MARTHA’S VINEYARD FESTIVALS AND SEASONAL HAPPENINGS
Every year, Martha’s Vineyard enjoys a hosts of seasonal festivals, firework shows, foodie frenzies, and holiday celebrations. Here are just a few highlights from our busy annual calendar:
Martha’s Vineyard’s traditional way to warm up in February is The Annual Big Chili Contest. Held at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs to benefit local non-profits, entrants and chili fans from far and wide come to compete and judge in this mid-winter party and eat-a-thon. The Mariachi band gets you in the spirit and the fun goes all day.
Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
The mission of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is to “produce community events, educational programs, and films that spark discussion, debate, and action.” Showing independent films from around the world, it’s an event any movie buff will enjoy.
MV Wine Festival
Kick off the summer with a weekend of good food, good wine, and, of course, plenty of good people. The Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival started only a few years ago, but has already established itself as an island staple. Events range from craft beer tastings to cocktail competitions to the Grand Tasting.
Old school Americana at its best! Hot dogs and burgers on the Whaling Church lawn, antique cars and fun floats. Vineyard Square is the best spot to see the parade as it goes right past the front of the hotel. Then, stroll up North Water Street to stake out your spot for the fireworks.
Third Week of August.
Not an official festival, but the BIG week of summer!
- Illumination Night on Wednesday in Oak Bluffs kicks off the big weekend. This traditional night at the campgrounds began more than a century ago and the format remains — a community sing-along as dark falls then the lighting of the beautiful Chinese and Japanese lanterns that adorn the cottages. Not to be missed!
- Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend. Animal shows, crafts, and competitions, as well as the highlight of the show — the skillet toss — where local women compete to throw their skillet the farthest.
- The Oak Bluffs Fireworks on Friday night are the biggest celebration of summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Gather in Ocean Park, where music in the Gazebo starts around 8:00 pm. Spectacular fireworks begin at dark. Take public transportation — buses run continuously between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown before and after the show — it is much easier than circling for hours looking for a parking spot!
Food & Wine Festival
October brings this annual culinary treat — workshops, tastings, wine dinners and the Grand Tasting make this a “must do” for foodies. Our location puts you at “Getaway Central” to walk to most of the main events!
Christmas in Edgartown
The second weekend in December brings caroling, horse drawn carriage rides, a parade and lots of holiday cheer to Edgartown. Breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning thrills the kiddies — Santa leaves the sleigh behind and arrives by Fire Engine. Discover more about this classic Edgartown event in this post from our blog!