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Enjoy Cape Cod in the Fall – The Local’s Favorite Time of Year!

Everyone knows what Cape Cod has to offer during the summer season – from beautiful beaches to gorgeous warm weather, the Cape is the perfect summer vacation destination. However, after Labor Day, the flood of visitors noticeably dries up, there’s significantly less bridge traffic, and some of our favorite summertime restaurants and shops start to close up in preparation for the colder months. What most people don’t know is that September and October on Cape Cod are some of the most beautiful months on this island! While the air is slightly cooler and the streets are slightly less crowded, there are a whole slew of fall activities to partake in during an autumn getaway.

One of the largest and most highly attended of these events is the Wellfleet Oysterfest. This famous festival always takes place sometime in mid-to-late October and attracts huge crowds of locals and visitors seeking “hometown flavor and big time fun”. It features a variety of different attractions from fine arts and crafts displays to a shucking contest, a road race, and a tennis tournament. This weekend long event is brought to Wellfleet by the non-profit organization, SPAT (Shellfish Promotion and Tasting) to spread information about the town’s shellfishing traditions. For more information about the Wellfleet Oysterfest, visit SPAT also provides convenient transportation to the festival from multiple points throughout Wellfleet.

Wellfleet Oyster Fest

A similar event highlighting Cape Cod’s shellfish history and traditions is the Bourne Scallop Festivalm which usual place the third week of September. This event is visited by more than 55,000 patrons each year and features famous scallop dinners, food courts, craft shows, rides and games, and non-stop entertainment. While tickets are required for the event, they are extremely inexpensive at just $6/adult, $2/child 6-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. However, the dinner tickets are slightly more expensive at around $20 each. This Bourne Scallop Fest has been awarded one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Business Association and is a must-see for fall tourists and locals! For information about tickets and the entertainment schedule, visit their website:

For those guests seeking a quieter fall escape, there are plenty of local landmarks and delicious restaurants to be visited during your stay. A day trip to the scenic Lower Cape is a great way to experience the local flavor of the Cape’s seaside towns. Drive down Cape to Truro and explore Highland Light – Cape Cod’s oldest lighthouse. Make a pit stop at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow en route on chillier days for a cup of their famous hot chocolate or coffee and a delectable treat. The trip to the lighthouse will take about 45 minutes from Yarmouth, so make a day trip out of this excursion. After the lighthouse, check out Truro Vineyards (just five or ten minutes away) for a free tour and wine-tasting, Then on your way back, stop at the PB Boulangerie Bistro for an upscale French dining experience.

On a warmer autumn day, head to Yarmouthport and visit the Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray’s Beach – a long boardwalk that hangs over a beautiful salt marsh and offers a beautiful coastline, plants, and a variety of marine life. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the small picnic area and simply enjoy the view! For more beautiful scenery, climb the nearby ScargoTower in Dennis just a ten minute drive away along Cape Cod’s picturesque Route 6A. Finish off the day just around the corner at Scargo Café (open year round!) with a fantastic seafood entrée!

Scargo Tower

While the flourishing summers on Cape Cod are hard to beat, a relaxing vacation during the fall remains one of the Cape’s best kept secrets. In the Fall, all visitors get a taste of what it’s like to be a local, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t invite you to join the Love, Live, Local Fest at the end of the month. Local artisans, musicians, food vendors, boutique shopping – all at the beautiful Asleton Park in Hyannis! See all the details on their Facebook event page:

Love Local Fest

For more information about any of the places mentioned here, visit the links listed below.

Wellfleet Oyserfest –

Bourne Scallop Fest –

Highland Lighthouse –

Hot Chocolate Sparrow –

Truro Vineyards –

PB Boulangerie Bistro –

Gray’s Beach/Bass Hole Boardwalk –

Scargo Café –