7 of the Best Spring Festivals on Cape Cod

Spring is a magical time on Cape Cod as everything comes to life again!  My mother, an avid organic gardener, always said that spring was a rebirth when everything comes to life again. She started us planting bulbs every fall at the inn and we have continued that tradition. It’s always fun to see what you planted last fall start popping up in new places. At the Captain Freeman Inn we have planted bulbs all along our treasured Brewster Egg and in our front gardens. Along with everything spring also comes our treasured Cape Cod and Islands Spring Festivals. Plan a spring holiday to Cape Cod and enjoy some of the festivals detailed below:

7 of the Best Spring Festivals on Cape Cod


Brewster in Bloom (May 3rd- 5th)

Our sweet little town of Brewster has a wonderful celebration to welcome in Spring with our Brewster in Bloom Festival.  Run by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, all of the businesses in Brewster organize special events, open houses, chowder tasting and parades.

Here is  last year’s schedule which will be very similar this year :

7th Annual Arts & Antiques Excursion

Running all three days, this self-guided tour takes you to Brewster’s antique and art galleries. It takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday- 10am to close at participating galleries.

Brewster Band Spring Concert

To kick off our festival on Friday, visitors and locals enjoy a free concert with the Brewster Band at 7:00 pm at the Brewster Baptist Church, 1848 Main Street.

5K Bloom Run

Presented by Cape Cod 5, this fun 5K starts at the Brewster Inn and Chowder House. Get your legs ready for the summer with this fun spring race through Brewster. The race starts just a few steps from the inn on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Brewster Inn and Chowder House, 1993 Main Street. Registration opens 8:30 am.

Brewster in Bloom Parade

To culminate the festival, a parade will run through the center of town on Sunday, starting at 1pm. Every year there is a different theme and one can relax on the inn’s porch and watch the old fashion parade go by.

Open House at the Captain Freeman 

This year the Captain Freeman Inn will be hosting an Open House with truffle tasting from Brewster Sweets and in collaboration with our Brewster Pond Coalition will have information about their great cause.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival (April 26-28th)

And because we all love daffodils, consider staying with us and making a day trip  to Nantucket where you can enjoy their annual Daffodil Festival. If you decide on this festival it’s important to book your ferry tickets early as this is a popular time to visit the island. The festival is organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce and includes a weekend of events to celebrate springtime awakening on Nantucket Island  including art shows, tours, parades (including the antique car parade  and tailgate picnic), exhibitions, contests, lectures, and, of course,  the annual Nantucket Daffodil Flower Show.

Check out their  Calendar of Events <http://nantucket.net/events>  for a listing of more activities as more information becomes available nearer the festival time. .


Cape Cod Rhododendron Festival (May 25th- June 2nd)

We love to recommend the Heritage Museum and Gardens to our guests. It’s a stunning property that includes a wonderful car and art museum as well as a fun old fashion carousel that you can ride. During the spring time, the gardens come to life with thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties and an explosion of color cover 100 acres with spectacular blooms. Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticulture experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale. All Rhododendron Festival programs are free with museum admission. No advance registration required.

Portugese Festival ( June 27th-June 30th)

Provincetown welcomes guests from around the world  to celebrate Portuguese culture and their proud seafaring heritage at the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet.  The Festival is four days of live music, dancing, parades and incredible food. The festival weekend is capped off with The Blessing of The Fleet-after a procession through town, boats decked out in their finest parade past the Bishop and receive their Blessing for a safe & prosperous year.

Cape Cod Maritime Days (the full month of May)

The  26th annual Cape Cod Maritime Days is a wonderful celebration of all the Cape’s rich maritime history! The month-long event showcases a variety of Cape-wide maritime-themed activities, including guided kayak excursions, lighthouse & walking tours, nautical art exhibits and more.

One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in Cape Cod Maritime Days is to check out a new Maritime Meandering Tours of Cape Cod – four self-guided maritime itineraries that you can download for each region of the Cape. Sites are numbered to suggest a trail to follow, but are by no means all the maritime sites you will find along the way. So pull them apart and customize them to fill your day!
Maritime Meanderings of Upper Cape Cod
A self-guided tour of seafaring heritage of 13 sites that takes you from Buzzards Bay to Mashpee—and wanders over to Onset where you hop aboard the Hy-Line Cruises’ Cape Cod Canal Cruise.  A wide range of sightseeing, history, and maritime experiences awaits.

Maritime Meanderings of Mid Cape Cod 
Drive, walk, and sail around 14 sites on and off the beaten path in the Mid Cape, from “Mad Jack” Percival’s Grave to the Shiverick Shipyard Site Marker, with great historic sites in between! The sites mapped feature great architecture, Cape characters, whales, conservation, and more.

Maritime Meanderings of Lower Cape Cod
Delve headfirst into maritime history with these 13 sites, which include the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Light, and the Brooks Academy Museum. Also on the exciting itinerary are boating excursions, town piers, and even the restored Coast Guard lifeboat CG-36500 involved in the dramatic 1952 rescue of the SS Pendleton and featured in Disney’s 2016 feature film “The Finest Hours.”

Maritime Meanderings of Outer Cape Cod
This maritime journey stops at 14 sites along the Outer Cape, starting in Eastham at the Capt. Penniman House, wandering along Route 6 and through the Cape Cod National Seashore, and ending at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum.

This event is sponsored by Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Commission and Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Annual Strawberry Day (June 8th)

If you love strawberries like we do this is a fun festival not to be missed! The annual Strawberry Day is held at the Green Briar Jam Kitchen where you can shop for strawberry desserts and jams, and stay for the old-fashioned jam-making demonstration. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Thornton W. Burgess exhibit (conservationist and developer of many of the Peter Rabbit characters). This mercantile shop is home to not only jams and jellies, but unique gifts and Sandwich glass cup plates. After shopping, you can visit the nature center’s resident animals, and go through the wildflower paths.


Cape Cod Chowder Festival (June 23rd at 10am)

The Cape Cod Chowder Festival is a fun annual event at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in downtown Hyannis. Every year hundreds of seafood enthusiast come to Hyannis to taste seafood, listen to live music, and celebrate the summer on Cape Cod- a really fun event, especially if you like chowder.

Come stay with us

….and enjoy everything spring on Cape Cod. Our flowers will be blooming, the gardens being planted, the pool water warming with our solar heater and all of our guests rooms are awaiting your visit. Check out all of our boutique rooms, experience our southern hospitality and delicious farm to table breakfasts and see why the Captain Freeman Inn was voted #7 Best Inns in the country by Trip Adviser readers.







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