The ultimate activities guide for the week of September 28 – October 4, 2018.
For the first time ever, the NRTA Wave Bus will be operating year-round! To celebrate this exciting development, the NRTA will host a kick-off celebration on Friday morning, featuring speakers, contests to win year-round passes, giveaways, and more. For more information about the Wave and year-round schedules, click here.
Get out your shucking knives and your dust off your dancing shoes – the Scallopers Ball is back! Hosted by the Nantucket Shellfish Association, this annual party marks the beginning of scalloping season on the island. Expect live music, dancing, and of course, a bevy of local, raw, and delicious seafood. Although the event is sold-out, you can request to be put on the waitlist for a ticket. For more information, click here.
Celebrate the Arts on Nantucket with the Opening Night Concert for the Nantucket Arts Festival. Hosted by the Nantucket Arts Council, the kick-off concert will feature the band The Lobbyists, with entrance to the art exhibit opening upstairs afterwards. Make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming artistic week, including events highlighting the visual arts, photography, film, music, theater, and more! For more information, click here.
Did you know that September is National Recovery Month? Nantucket Rising and Bartlett’s Farm have come together to draw attention to this initiative and mental health and substance use disorders on the island with the 5K Run for Recovery. Enjoy a beautiful run along Bartlett’s Farm, Miacomet Pond, and the Atlantic Ocean, all while supporting a great cause. Online registration for the run closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, but you can still show up to the event and support the day-of! For more information, click here.
Get crACKin’ on your outfit for the Cocktails & Claws Fundraiser – this event is not one to be missed! Join the Harvey Foundation and CRU to support the MEAL initiative – Meaningful Eats in Adolescent Lives. This program helps to get Nantucket students in 6th through 12th grades together to prepare a meal and understand balanced nutrition. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, raw bar, and an awesome clambake at this community party. For tickets and more information, click here.
Film Buffs – this one’s for you. You’ve heard of the Nantucket Film Festival and the Nantucket Shorts Festival, now get the best of both worlds (and a pretty worldly selection of films) with the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Now in its 20th year, the MSFF is a global event featuring ten short films, and is screened in more than 250 venues across six continents. Get a chance to see the flicks right here on-island at the Atheneum, and you even have three opportunities to check them out! For tickets and more information, click here.
Catch this one-night only event while you can! In connection with Nantucket Arts Festival, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket will be proudly staging their very own Artistic Director Justin Cerne’s new play, Truth or Consequences. For tickets and more information about this staged reading featuring a host of Nantucket’s best talent, click here.
Nantucket has long been associated with the whaling industry, but we don’t often think about what happened after its demise. Dr. Jamie Jones will explore this topic in the Food for Thought Lecture Series: The Cultural “Afterlife” of Whaling. Get ready to discuss the question, “Where do industries go when they die?” and don’t forget to bring a bagged lunch! For more information, click here.
Every Fall, the Chamber of Commerce celebrates a big piece of what makes Nantucket so special: the local businesses. This year, the Chamber will recognize Young’s Bicycles as Small Business of the Year, Burt Rice as Volunteer of the Year, Kimberly C. Corkran as Tourism Advocate of the year, and Melissa D. Philbrick will receive the 2018 Achievement of Merit Award. Dinner tickets and table sponsorship opportunities are still available! For tickets and more information, click here.
Following last year’s wonderfully successful staging of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the Dreamland will be opening another production for this season: The Diary of Anne Frank. Upholding the Dreamland’s goal to produce an iconic and socially-conscious play each fall, this show tells the historic story of a young Anne Frank’s transcendent spirit as she comes of age during WWII. Support these talented local and professional actors by grabbing your tickets to this important show here.