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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Cape Cod This Fall: Food, Festivals and Outdoor Fun

Fall is a fantastic time to visit Cape Cod! Often referred to as “locals summer”, you'll find amazing weather, easy driving, open (and free!) beach parking lots, great dining, spectacular sunsets, cranberry bogs, fun festivals and plenty of outdoor activities to explore.

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Here are a few of the many activities we recommend along with a Red Jacket Resorts' insiders tip for each one. So, pack your bags, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and don't miss these fall favorites on Cape Cod!

Yarmouth Seaside Festival

Celebrating 40 years this Columbus Day Weekend, the annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival in South Yarmouth features a huge arts and crafts show, parade, 5K road race, giant beach bonfire and fireworks. the live music, children's entertainment, games and rides and great food. There's also a sand sculpture contest, a canoe and kayak race and much more. For a full schedule of activities and events, Visit their website here.(October 12 – 14)

RJR Tip: Guests staying at any one of our five Cape Cod Red Jacket Resorts on Sunday, October 13, are welcome to join us on our private beach for a perfect view of the fireworks.  

Wellfleet OysterFest 

An annual celebration of the town's famous oysters, clams and its deep-rooted shellfishing traditions, everyone loves the Wellfleet OysterFest. Wellfleet's town center comes alive for this two-day family festival that brings together locals and visitors for a weekend full of food, art, music, fun and games. There are 7 live bands, a special Family Fun area and more. The ‘Fest happens annually the weekend after Columbus Day, rain or shine! Click here for details, ticket information and a full schedule of activities. (October 19 - 20)  And if you happen to be on the Cape earlier in October, you'll want to kick off the 'Fest on October 5 with The First Oyster: Art and Oyster Crawl celebrating two of Wellfleet's precious traditions: outstanding art galleries and delicious shellfish!

RJR Tip: Go early for the easiest parking and don't miss the Oyster Shuck-Off where you'll see amateurs compete for the fun of it and some of Wellfleet's home-town shuckers who have been fast enough to go on to compete nationally.

Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest

More than 100 micro-breweries will fill the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in late September for the Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest, from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for general admission, which includes a custom glass, beer sampling, live music and access to food vendors. Designated drivers will be charged $15 and will receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks for their good deed. The fairgrounds are about an hour from our resorts, but well worth the drive for this awesome Cape Cod event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Whale Watching

Don't miss out on the spectacular whale watching this season. Guests aboard the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises have seen whales on every trip this season and every trip has been different! They've seen humpback, finback and minke whales, and at times, huge numbers of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Seals and seabird sightings round out this true North Atlantic adventure. Whale watching takes place well into October, click here for details and a schedule of trips and a list of the 'Top 10 Tips to Enjoy Your Whale Watch'. (Now – Oct 30)

RJR Tip: Buy discounted tickets at the front desk or purchase a whale watch package including accommodations and a whale watch tour. And if you have any questions, be sure to ask the on-board naturalist who's an expert in the field.

Cape Cod National Seashore and Cape Cod Rail Trail

Get outside and explore! The weather on Cape Cod is ideal in September and October and we're surrounded by natural beauty. The Cape Cod National Seashore is an amazing place for long or short hikes, wildlife walks and beach strolls. There are even tours at lighthouses and other historic buildings, canoe trips, and art programs. Prefer to bike? Choose a segment of the scenic Cape Cod Rail Trail which stretches 22 miles through six Cape Cod towns, passing by beaches, lakes, salt marshes, pine forests and cranberry bogs. The paved trail is mostly flat with bike rentals and restaurants along the route.

RJR Tip: One of our favorite walks in the Cape Cod National Seashore is the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail in Wellfleet where the trail starts through a stunted oak and pine forest and into a mature woodland, leading to a wooden boardwalk that winds through the picturesque Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.

RJR Tip: Just off the Cape Cod Rail Trail in Brewster, the Eat Cake for Breakfast Bakery is the perfect spot to take a break for a treat. We highly recommend the 'Brewster Buns'!