The Nantucket Project

September 12th ~ 18th 2018

Each fall, The Nantucket Project gathers 500 visionaries and seekers to the island to discuss the boldest and most thought-provoking ideas of our time. 

Marquee speakers and performers - past presenters include Dick Cavett, Jennifer Garner, Mark Shriver, Marcia Clark, Glenn Beck, Chelsea Manning, Tony Blair, Steve Wozniak, Deepak Chopra, Hope Solo, Norman Lear, Christy Turlington Burns, Seth Godin and Paul Giamatti to name a few - give the talks and performances of their lives under a big tent by the sea.

The Nantucket Project



Nantucket Restaurant Week Fall

September 24th ~ 30th 2018

Join us for Nantucket Restaurant Week, a celebration of the superlative culinary tradition found in Nantucket. Experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket’s hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed culinary establishments.

Each Spring and Fall participating Nantucket restaurants will be offering three – five course dinners from $25 to $50. It is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or to dine with an old favorite.

Nantucket Restaurant Week



Cranberry Festival

October 6, 2018

Learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket, participate in family activities or just kick back and enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery of one of the most unique and beautiful places on our Island.  And of course pounds of organic Genuine Nantucket Cranberries are available for purchase!

Cranberry Festival



Nantucket Half Marathon

October 7th, 2018

Packet pick-up will be held Saturday, October 6th from 4:30-6:30 pm at The Haul Over at 7 Salem Street – right next to the Stop and Shop grocery store downtown. You will receive your race number, timing chip and t-shirt at this time. Limited packet pick-up will be available on race morning at the Nantucket Lighthouse School from 7 – 7:45 am but we highly encourage you to save yourself the time and stress and pick up on Saturday evening. We are unable to accommodate early birds at pick up. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 4:30 pm. 

Nantucket Half Marathon



Festival of Wreaths

November 21, 23, 24 2018, 10am–5pm, November 25 2018, 10am-2pm

The Festival of Wreaths is the NHA’s kickoff celebration for the holiday season! This community event features an array of wreaths beautifully crafted by local businesses, non-profits, schools, and organizations that are displayed during the week of Thanksgiving. Visitors can bid on their favorite wreaths in a silent auction to benefit the NHA’s year-round outreach efforts. From traditionally-decorated greens to unconventional materials, all of the Festival of Wreaths entries capture the creativity of Nantucketers!

Festival of Wreaths



Cold Turkey Plunge

Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018

Each year on Thanksgiving morning, hundreds of participants brave the icy waters of Nantucket in support of the Cold Turkey Plunge benefiting Weezie Library for Children. Thanks to the many plungers and business supporters, this fun and frigid event has raised more than $100,000 in recent years.

Turkey Plunge



Festival of Trees

Nov 30–Dec 31 2018, Daily 10am to 5pm

The Festival of Trees is the NHA’s highly anticipated holiday tradition that begins during Nantucket’s Stroll weekend and transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland for the entire month of December! This event features community-crafted trees designed by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists and children.

Festival of Trees



Christmas Stroll

November 30 - December 2, 2018

In 1973, the founders of the original Nantucket Christmas Stroll were merely trying to prevent islanders from escaping to Cape Cod, 26 miles across the Sound, to do their holiday shopping.
 
That year, in an effort to keep shoppers on the island to shop local, merchants kept their stores open late the first Friday in December. That initial Stroll, christened by merchants as a "Christmas Shoppers Stroll" a mere three hours in duration, was proclaimed a huge success. Shopkeepers entertained shoppers with wine, hot chocolate, tea, mulled cider, fruitcake, and holiday cookies while they perused crafts, books, clothes and wares, and other holiday gift items. In subsequent years, the event grew exponentially, drawing larger crowds until it became a nationally- and, ultimately, internationally-renowned holiday event. 

Christmas Stroll