August On The Vineyard
August is the month where you’ll always be able to find something fun and exciting to do. The weather usually cooperates to give us endless days perfect for staying at the beach till six or seven uninterrupted with family and friends. It seems like every day and night there is something to do, whether you’re looking for a camp for your young children, jumping off Jaws (second) Bridge or sailing in a regatta with your friends in your teen years, hanging out on the beach and catching up with friends after working all day to earn some money while you’re in college, or looking to create some memories with your family, the island is bountiful with activities in August. Below you’ll find just a few events to look forward to in August.
FEATHERSTONE FLEA AND FINE ART MARKET surrounded by local artist’s exhibits at the Featherstone Art Center, browse through many different styles of art,
jewelry, antiques, and much more. Free parking and no admission fee. Market begins at 9:30 am and ends at 2 pm. Featherstone Center for the Arts, 30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs
CHILMARK FLEA MARKET The “Flea” is the oldest outdoor even & venue on the island. It has evolved from locals gathering to barter and trade for items to high quality Vineyard craftsman and the like offering vintage finds, unique handmade items, and much more. Enjoy the Flea every Wednesday and Saturday from 9-2. Free Parking is available. North Road Meadow, 142 North Road, Chilmark
BEETHOVEN MUSIC PERFORMANCE an all-Beethoven program of music, at Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on August 4 and the Chilmark Community Center August 4, 8-10 pm for both nights.$35 Sponsored by the MV Chamber Music Society.
ANNUAL ARTISANAL WATER TASTING Gather at the famed Allen Sheep Farm for a night of sipping still and sparkling waters, and
delighting in delectable treats from this sprawling waterfront estate. Throughout the event you will be regaled with a silent auction, raffle and live music. Proceeds from this night benefit Vineyard House, sober housing for islanders in early recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Allen Sheep Farm , 421 South Road 5:30- 7:30 Tickets $100, $75 before July 15, 2014. Call 1.508.593.8580 for tickets
EDGARTOWN YACHT CLUB’S ANNUAL 12 METER RACE Designed specifically for Classic Vintage, Classic Traditional, Modern, and Gran Prix twelve Meter Class Boats, this race draws a crowd every year. For more information and registration www.edgartownyc.org or call
508-627-4364. Participation fee $575.
4TH ANNUAL COMEDY FESTIVAL HBO and Uptown Magazine have come together to provide a series of comedy shows that have an all-star list of acts. The shows start at 8pm at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs. Admission is $30, and tickets can be bought at the door or
GRAND ILLUMINATION One of the highlights of the summer, the Grand Illumination is a tradition that dates back to when the campgrounds were just tents. The event starts at 7 where you can join in the Sing along. Once it is dark enough, hundreds of lanterns that are hung on the famous
gingerbread cottages are lit, and it is a display like no other.
AGRICULTURAL FAIR A four day fair affair that includes something for everyone: rides, games, live music, livestock, competitions, craft demonstrations, food, shopping, art show, and awards for homegrown vegetables, fruits, flowers and homemade goodies. And of course, the ever popular dog show. 35 Panhandle Rd, West Tisbury $10 for adults and $5 for children
END OF SUMMER FIREWORKS The August Fireworks are the cannot miss fireworks show of the season. Make your way to Ocean Park in Oak Bluff to enjoy music and a dazzling display of fireworks. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Fireman’s Civic Association. The best view from land is Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. If you’re lucky enough to own a boat, or have a friend with a boat, be sure to head on out on the water before sunset to catch the fireworks exploding over you. It’s a view few rarely get to watch.