The Hyannis area is known for its beaches and scenery, but it is also a place for families to enjoy music, art, theater and an array of entertainment venues and world-class museums. The arts community is flourishing in the Hyannis area with many exhibits and festivals occurring throughout the year. See our year-round Calendar of Events for the latest arts & entertainment events happening in and around Hyannis. Also, check us out on Facebook and see what our local businesses are promoting!
Here is a partial listing of local art and entertainment organizations and museums:
- Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
- Cahoon Museum of American Art
- Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame and Museum
- Cape Cod Maritime Museum
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
- Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra
- Cape Playhouse
- Hyannis Public Library Association
- John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
- Plimoth Plantation
- Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Collection
The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District in downtown Hyannis, is home to local artists with seaside shanties, year round artist studios and galleries, open studios, festivals, concerts, theatrical performances, classes and workshops, self-guided walks and so much more, year round! Every day is an art-FULL day with plenty to see and do to keep you active and entertained every day.
BARNSTABLE VILLAGE CULTURAL DISTRICT: It’s history revisited in the Barnstable Village Cultural District, a charming seaside village on the north side of Barnstable. A balance between colonial history and 21st century flair, the district is filled with historical buildings, quaint shops, working artist studios and galleries, locally-owned shops, musical and theater groups, and restaurants. The district is steps away from Barnstable Harbor, a spectacular backdrop with its working waterfront and panoramic views of Sandy Neck Beach.
Check out our Arts Barnstable website www.artsbarnstable.com featuring everything arts and culture in all seven villages including links to the Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.
2017 Artfull happenings – Hyannis HyArts Cultural District
Centered around Hyannis Harbor and the Walkway to the Sea-the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District in Hyannis features events and activities that offer something for everyone.
Full details are available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com
ALSO on facebook and Instagram
HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTIES – TWO locations: 180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park, Hyannis AND 135 South Street/Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the corner of South and Ocean Street. Browse among the colorful artist shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”. Artwork varies and artists change weekly.
May 5th – June 11th, 2017: Weekends, Friday-Sunday, 11:00 am to at least 8:00 pm and Monday, Memorial Day
June 12th-September 3rd, 2017: Seven days a week, 11:00am to at least 8:00 pm:
September 4th (Labor Day) through October 9th, (Columbus Day) 2017: Seven days a week, 11:00 am to at least 6:00pm
About the shanties: The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties feature a variety of artists, rotating in and out of the shanties on a weekly basis throughout the season. Over 90 artists will participate in the 2017 program. Artwork varies throughout the season including photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodworking, window art, and more. Literary arts return with many Cape Cod authors spending weekends at the shanties.
ALSO AT THE ARTIST SHANTY BISMORE PARK LOCATION, Ocean Street, Hyannis:
‘Discover Barnstable’ —Bismore Park Welcome Center Harbor Master’s Bldg
Weekly hands on activities/talks from many of TOB’s departments: Every Monday and Thursday, July and August, July 10th through August 24th, 2017.
Mondays, 10:30am-11:30am; Thursdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm
The weekly talks feature staff members from various town departments sharing some of the interesting work they do each day.
The friendly Greeters at the Bismore Park Welcome Center assist guests in many ways. In addition to help with parking matters they provide a wealth of information on places to visit as well as information pertaining to the town of Barnstable including services, programs, amenities and resources available to residents and visitors.
As part of this talk series, the Coastal Explorer Van will also make an appearance on Monday July 13th and Thursday August 7th. It is an extraordinary 31-foot custom-built motor coach, complete with state-of-the-art equipment and displays. The vehicle is handicapped-accessible. On board you will find: saltwater aquariums with live animals, computer and interactive games and blue shark and dolphin models displaying both external and internal anatomy.
ENTERTAINMENT: Local singers and songwriters perform at the shanties each week, various days, throughout the season.Schedules are listed on line.
PUBLIC ART: Through the lens: Then and Now. Bismore Park, Ocean Street, shanty exteriors
Each shanty is named for one of the town’s villages: Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville and West Barnstable. The exteriors of each shanty feature photographs from each of the town of Barnstable’s seven villages. Local photographer Marie Grady Palcic has researched historical archives for many of the Barnstable locales she has photographed, and presents photographs from the ‘early days,’ in contrast to how the villages appear today. In addition, each shanty will showcase a collage from the “Seven Series –seven images from each of the seven villages based on a theme, along with a village ‘beauty shot.’ The photo murals will be on display during the entire shanty season, May-October each year.
Tales of the Sea, Bismore Park, Ocean Street HarborMaster Building
Mirroring the fluidity and motion of the ocean in her use of rollers, brushes and strokes, artist Jackie Reeves created a contemporary, colorful mural. The Tales of the Sea mural is 18 feet wide by 12 feet high on display at Hyannis Harbor, Bismore Park, at the end of the walkway near the Harbormaster Building and artist shanties.
Oysters, Ocean Street, in parking lot, near Harbor Master Building/Hy-Line terminal
Drawing inspiration from the ocean and nearby fishing boats, artist Cris Reverdy has created a sculptural interpretation of oyster shells, native to this area. The decorative shells also function as a raised flower bed. In an effort to imitate nature, full and fragmented shells were individually sculpted and arranged just like the sea delivers them to our shores.
ASELTON PARK: Corner of South and Ocean Street. No rain dates.
Aselton Park overlooks Hyanns Harbor. Always a breeze, enjoy relaxing at this open, airy park. During the summer months the park hosts many festivals and concerts.
Hyannis Harbor free concert series, Tuesdays and Fridays, July & August
6:00pm-7:30pm FREE Bring your blankets, beach chairs and dancing shoes!
HYANNIS VILLAGE GREEN BANDSTAND:
Main Street, Hyannis, www.hyannismainstreet.com
African Drum and Dance CLASSES-drop in’s welcome, fun to watch!
Monday evenings, 6:00pm-dusk, June 26th-August 28th, 2017
6:00pm-pm-7:00pm drum class, 7:00pm-8:30pm-dance class
Free Movies on the Green, dusk
Tuesday, July, Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars
July 11th : Moana, July 18th : Finding Dory, July 25th : Secret Life of Pets
Free Fun Kid’s Bubble Yoga, 4:00pm-5:00pm, July 12th through August 23rd, 2017
Hyannis Public Library Talks and Tunes-6:00pm-7:00pm: July, August
special speakers featured right at Hyannis Public Library pre-band concert!
Barnstable Town Band 7:00pm-8:30pm:
July 5th-August 30, 2017
Hometown music charm at its best! www.barnstabletownband.tumblr.com
Free Tai Chi on the Green, 10:00am-11:00am:
July 13th – September 14th, 2017
Free Stretch Yoga Class-5:15pm-6:30pm
July 13th, August 24th- Bring a mat or towel
Free Jazzy music stroll: 7:00pm-9:00pm
July 13th–August 24th, along Main Street
Free Move and Groove-9:00am-10:00am
July 15th– August 26th – A variety of dance classes to shake and shine in the morning sun.
HYANNIS HyARTS CAMPUS:
Where art is cultured! On the corner of Pearl and South, group of artist studio space, gallery and community art center.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE-THEATER at Guyer Barn:
New Classics Theater Company www.newclassicscompany.org: The theater company presents a summer of original theater and weekly Improv Comedy Shows.
Get ready for four main stage productions, 24 hour play festival, staged readings, teen improve workshops and improve nights every Friday. Find the full schedule at www.newclassicscompany.org
About Guyer Barn: This restored 1865 barn showcases artists in a variety of genres. It serves as a community art space with year round exhibits, art classes/workshops and demonstrations.
GALLERY ARTRIO: Gallery Artrio specializes in original fine art by award-winning and nationally recognized artists, as well as emerging artists of note. Media includes oil, pastel, encaustics, hand-blown glass from local artists, and beautiful hand wrought jewelry. The gallery hosts openings throughout the summer including plein air painting as part of Cape Cod Hydrangea festival and artist receptions. The annual Gallery Soiree is held in September each year. Find listing of events and artists on line at galleryartrio.com
AROUND DOWNTOWN HYANNIS:
KENNEDY LEGACY TRAIL WALKING TOUR: Daily. Free. Year Round.
Take a walk through history. The Kennedy Legacy Trail is a self-guided walking tour of sites in downtown Hyannis, Cape Cod that are significant to the Kennedy family. At each of the 10 sites, an informational sign, and links to video and audio information uncovers stories and history about the Kennedy’s on Cape Cod. The entire walking trail is 1.6 miles long and may be visited in any order. Brochures with a map of the sites can be downloaded at http://www.kennedylegacytrail.com and are also available at the JFK Hyannis Museum at 397 Main Street, Hyannis
Experience a fun way to explore Hyannis and pick up a few photography tips along the way! Walks will stop at sites around Hyannis, including the harbor front. Participants will be led by an experienced photographer who provides a little instruction with some area history thrown in-not to mention great photographs! Bring your own digital camera or even use your cell phone!
Walk begins at the JFK Museum, Main Street. Great family activity—discounts offered for groups.
Photo Scavenger hunts will take place in July and August—for the young and young at heart.
Details online at www.PhotographyCenterOfCapeCod.org or call 508.362.2909.
WALKWAY TO THE SEA:
Visitors can follow the wave patterned brick path winding from Main Street Hyannis through the Village Green to the harbor front-known as the Walkway –to- the-Sea.
Along the way is Aselton Park where there is a colorful public art installation called Buoyed Coast. There is soft, lush grass to enjoy a picnic or relax and take in cool breezes and a beautiful view.
SUMMER TROLLEY ALONG MAIN
Runs daily 11AM-7PM, approximately every 30 minutes with a large loop and stops along Main Street, harbor front, Kennedy Memorial, end of June through Labor Day. You don’t have to be at a stop—just flag it down and hop on!