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2024 Nantucket Events

Summer on Nantucket is a time like no other. As the island blooms into vibrant life, it becomes a playground for residents and visitors alike, offering a wide range of events and activities. From cultural events to charitable galas and holiday fun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for the summer of 2024:


Nantucket Film Festival

June 19 - 24, 2024

Kick-start your summer with the Nantucket Film Festival, a celebration of cinema that showcases independent films and emerging talent. From thought-provoking documentaries to heartwarming dramas, this festival offers a diverse lineup of screenings.


Race for Open Space

June 29, 2024

Join the community in supporting conservation efforts on the island by participating in the Race for Open Space, hosted by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Lace-up your running shoes and hit the trails for a scenic race through Nantucket’s breathtaking landscapes!


Independence Day Events

July 4, 2024

Celebrate America’s birthday alongside community members with fun events, including parades, fireworks, and performances. From picnics on the beach to patriotic concerts, Nantucket knows how to throw a Fourth of July bash!


Nantucket Dance Festival

July 9 - 14, 2024

Prepare to be dazzled by the talent on display at the Nantucket Dance Festival. Featuring performances in a mix of genres, this event is a must-see for anyone who appreciates the beauty and grace of dance.


Nantucket Conservation Foundation Bash in the Bog

July 2024

Support the preservation of Nantucket’s natural beauty at the Conservation Foundation’s annual Bash in the Bog. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities, all supporting initiatives such as land upkeep, trail maintenance, and scientific research.


Nantucket Comedy Festival

July 11 - 13, 2024

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt at the Nantucket Comedy Festival. Featuring top comedians, this event is the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based comedy education program serving Nantucket’s children.


AAN Annual Art Auction & Gala

July 13, 2024

Immerse yourself in the world of art at the Artists Association of Nantucket’s Annual Art Auction & Gala. Bid on unique works of art by local and visiting artists, and support the island’s vibrant arts community.


Nantucket by Design

July 15 - 18, 2024

Experience the intersection of art, design, and architecture at Nantucket by Design. This multi-day event showcases the island’s rich cultural heritage through lectures, panels, and workshops.


Nantucket Triathlon

July 20, 2024

Test your endurance and push your limits at the Nantucket Triathlon. Swim, bike, and run your way through this challenging course, surrounded by the island’s stunning coastal scenery.


Sconset Trust Gala

July 21, 2024

Dress to impress and join the Sconset Trust for an unforgettable evening of dining and dancing at their 40th annual gala. Celebrate the beauty and history of Siasconset while supporting conservation efforts on the island.


Nantucket Garden Festival

July 23 - 25, 2024

Experience blossoming beauty at the Nantucket Garden Festival. Explore stunning gardens, attend workshops and lectures, and gain inspiration for your own green spaces!


13th Annual Farm Fresh Feast for Sustainable Nantucket

July 24, 2024

Hosted at the beautiful Mt Vernon Farm, experience a delicious meal under the moonlit sky at the 13th annual Farm Fresh Feast. Local chefs will showcase the best of Nantucket’s farm-to-table cuisines, supporting Sustainable Nantucket’s mission of promoting local food systems.


Maria Mitchell Stargazer Gala

July 25, 2024

Celebrate the legacy of astronomer Maria Mitchell at the Stargazer Gala. Enjoy an evening of stargazing, celestial-themed cocktails, and live music inspired by the legendary spirit of Jimmy Buffett, all in support of the Maria Mitchell Association’s mission of scientific education and exploration.


7th Annual Dragonfly Fundraiser

July 27, 2024

Support and inspire change within the mental and behavioral health space at the Dragonfly Fundraiser, an elegant soiree featuring live music, auctions, and exquisite dishes. This year's event will support Fairwinds - Nantucket’s Behavioral Health Center, an agency that provides confidential, quality professional care to youth and adults on Nantucket who seek mental health and addiction services.


Swim Across America

July 27, 2024

Make a splash for a good cause at Swim Across America, an open-water swim fundraiser benefiting cancer research and treatment programs. Dive into the waters of Jetties Beach and join fellow swimmers in the fight against cancer.


NiSHA - Woofstock 2024

August 2, 2024

Celebrate the work of the Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals at their Woofstock 2024, hosted at Bartlett’s Farm. Enjoy an evening of dining, dancing, and fundraising, and help support NiSHA’s mission of providing shelter and care for animals in need.


49th NISDA Sandcastle & Sculpture Day

August 3, 2024

Channel your inner artist and create a masterpiece in the sand at the NISDA Sandcastle & Sculpture Day. Join teams of all ages as they compete to build the most creative and impressive sculptures on Nantucket’s beautiful beaches.


68th Annual House Tour

August 7, 2024

Step inside some of Nantucket’s most beautiful homes and gardens at the Annual House Tour. Explore unbelievable architecture, stunning interiors, and blossoming landscapes as you take a look into the island’s rich architectural history.


Nantucket Preservation Trust’s August Fete

August 8, 2024

Raise a glass to historic preservation at the Nantucket Preservation Trust August Fete. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music, all while supporting the Trust’s efforts to protect Nantucket’s historic buildings and landscapes.


Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Boston Pops

August 10, 2024

Experience the magic of the Boston Pops on Nantucket, the largest and most popular event of the summer season. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable evening of music under the stars while supporting Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s vital healthcare services.


2024 Tim Russert Summer Groove

August 17, 2024

Get ready to groove at the Tim Russert Summer Groove, a lively concert benefiting the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club. Dance the night away and celebrate the spirit of summer on Nantucket. 


52nd Opera House Cup Race

August 18, 2024

Set sail for adventure at the Opera House Cup Race, one of the highlights of Nantucket’s sailing season. Watch as beautiful all-wooden, single-hulled classic boats compete in this historic regatta, and soak up the excitement of the open seas.


Summer on Nantucket is a time of endless possibilities, where every day brings new adventures. Whether you’re exploring the island’s natural beauty, enjoying its countless culinary delights, or immersing yourself in its rich cultural heritage, there’s no shortage of reasons to fall in love with Nantucket this season. So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready for a summer to remember!


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