As if you needed more reasons to plan a getaway to Nantucket, the summer season is packed with festivals that are not to be missed. Throughout the month of June and July, the island bustles with multi-day events that celebrate food, arts and entertainment, wellness, nature and local traditions. So grab your friends and family members, book your stay at Hotel Pippa and check out this exhaustive list of our favorite festivals:
Nantucket Book Festival (June 14-16)
Avid readers and book lovers can celebrate the pleasures of this intimate pursuit during a multi-day event that features private readings, talks, panel discussions, book fairs and book signings, as well as parties celebrating the literary pastime. You will find local and national authors mingling with Nantucket residents, visitors and families throughout the festival. Most events are free and located in the heart of downtown Nantucket.
Nantucket Film Festival (June 19-24)
A celebration of independent filmmaking, the Nantucket Film Festival gathers some of Hollywood’s biggest actors and directors as well as rising stars of the industry. Now in its 24th year, the festival honors the art of screenwriting and has become one of the premier destination film festivals in the world. Visitors flock from all over to experience screenings, signature programs, and standout hospitality with the beautiful sandy beaches and shingled cottages of Nantucket serving as the most perfect backdrop.
Nantucket Yoga Festival (July 12-14)
Yoga instructors and wellness experts come together to celebrate the impact of yoga on a healthy lifestyle. The festival is full of workshops and classes, discussions and collaborations taking place in the ideal setting of Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm. The weekend event is a true celebration of conscious living, the independent spirit and creative collaboration, with a contagious spirit of positivity.
Nantucket Comedy Festival (July 11-13)
An annual event that brings top comedians to Nantucket, the festival also serves as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn™, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket’s children. You can do good while partaking in world-class laughs for four straight days, headlined by Don Gavin.
Nantucket Garden Festival (July 16-18)
A staple of festival season, the Nantucket Garden Festival highlights the beautiful gardens of Nantucket, with a focus on conservation, sustainability, and education. Attend the opening night soirée, join workshops, tour gardens, and enjoy local blooms as part of Nantucket’s three-day garden party.
Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival (July 22-27)
The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival brings the best of ballet – dancers, musicians and choreographers – to the island for performances in an intimate venue, the Nantucket Atheneum. This year marks the 12th year of the event, featuring world class stars from the New York City Ballet, LA Dance Project, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The festival includes free programs for all ages and culminates with two evening performances that are not to be missed.
For those looking for reasons to return to the island in the off-season, Nantucket boasts additional festivals during the fall, continuously enriching locals and visitors’ time on the island.
Whichever festival you plan to attend, book your stay at Hotel Pippa and enjoy the hotel’s convenient location, steps from the heart of downtown.