As the sun begins to set on summer (say it ain’t so!), there’s an undeniable charm in savoring every last moment of this season’s bliss. For those lucky enough to find themselves on Martha’s Vineyard, the end of summer brings a unique mix of emotions. While bidding farewell to the warm days might be bittersweet, the island’s enchanting offerings provide the perfect escape to create lasting memories before autumn arrives. So, let’s make the most of these days and explore the ultimate bucket list of can’t-miss summer activities that will turn your summer on Martha’s Vineyard into an unforgettable adventure. Here’s our list of Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Drive-In at the YMCA
Don’t let summer pass you by before reliving the nostalgic charm of a drive-in movie at the YMCA. Grab some popcorn, your favorite snacks, and a cozy blanket to enjoy a classic or blockbuster film under the starlit sky. Hosted by Circuit Arts and the YMCA, this is a pay-what-you-can experience, and the outdoor theater atmosphere at the YMCA will take you back in time. Check out the list of upcoming movies here and get your tickets while you still can. Movies run through August 26.
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Grace Church Lobster Rolls
No visit to Martha’s Vineyard is complete without indulging in Grace Church’s famous lobster rolls. Grace Church, located in Vineyard Haven, serves up delicious lobster rolls every week during the summer. The scrumptious rolls, combined with the community’s warm hospitality, create an unforgettable experience. You can grab a lobster roll every Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm curbside at the church near downtown Vineyard Haven!
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Catch Live Music
Martha’s Vineyard comes alive with musical performances throughout the summer. The MV Concert Series offers artists and entertainers in intimate settings, and the Featherstone Music Series has weekly concerts outside on their porch to support musical artists and their non-profit art center for just $20. The Tabernacle Concert Series is another fun outdoor option, with free concerts every Friday night in the center of Oak Bluffs. The music doesn’t stop there, the Eisenhauer Gallery Concert Series hosts weekly small concerts in the heart of Edgartown, that are free to the public and the perfect activity for your Thursday night in August. There is also the MVY Radio concert series, proving that there’s no shortage of talented musicians gracing the island.
For the ultimate musical experience on Martha’s Vineyard, you’ll want to be at the Beach Road Weekend Music Festival happening August 25–27. Some of the biggest names in the business will grace the outdoor stage in Vineyard Haven for three full days of nonstop acts, including performances by Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, and more! Be sure to check out our available Martha’s Vineyard home rentals during the week of Beach Road Weekend Music Festival.
Immerse yourself in the island’s vibrant music scene by attending one of these incredible concerts this summer!
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Attend A Performance by The Yard
If you’re a fan of performing arts, The Yard is a must-visit destination on Martha’s Vineyard. This contemporary dance colony hosts a wide array of artistic events, including dance performances, workshops, and artist talks. Experience the island’s artistic side and be captivated by the creativity and talent on display at one of their shows.
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Cape Poge Discovery Tour or Oversand Experience
Embrace the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard with a Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge Discovery Tour. Hop aboard a guided tour to witness the rare and protected flora and fauna and stunning landscapes. For an even more adventurous experience, opt for an independent oversand adventure and explore the island’s remote stretches in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. You can get a pass for Norton Point Beach or Cape Poge Beach and drive onto the beach for the ultimate beach day!
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Visit the Outdoor Markets
Explore the local culture and craftsmanship by strolling through the island’s vibrant outdoor weekly markets. The West Tisbury Farmers Market is one of the most popular on the island. On Wednesdays (through August 30) and Saturdays (through October 28), you can find fresh produce and artisanal products, delicious bites to eat, locally grown flowers, and other local items. There is also the Oak Bluffs Open Market on Sundays from 10-2 (through October), the new Edgartown Village Market on Tuesdays from 9 am to 2 pm (most weeks August 22nd through October 3rd), and the Chilmark Flea Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm (through September 6). These markets are filled with handcrafted goods and offer a unique shopping experience that supports local businesses.
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Charter A Boat
Discover the charm of Martha’s Vineyard from a different perspective by chartering a boat. Whether you choose to go fishing with “The Skipper,” embark on a sunset catamaran journey with “The Mad Max,” or enjoy a scenic catboat charter with “The Tigress,” the island’s coastal beauty will leave you in awe while you enjoy a day of leisure or adventure.
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Attend a Gallery Opening
Martha’s Vineyard has a thriving arts community, and attending a gallery opening is an excellent way to appreciate local talent. Keep an eye on the various art galleries across the island for their event schedules, as they often host captivating exhibitions and showcase diverse artistic styles.
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Go on a Walking Tour
Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Martha’s Vineyard with a guided walking tour. These tours offer fascinating insights into the island’s history, architecture, and local anecdotes. Whether it’s a ghost tour, a lighthouse tour, or an architectural tour, walking through the island’s scenic spots will be both informative and enjoyable. The Vineyard Preservation Trust offers a walking tour that you can explore here! If you happen to just be strolling about in downtown Edgarton, don’t miss the chance to pop into the beautiful Carnegie on N. Water Street to get a sense of the island’s rich history and the significance of some of Martha’s Vineyard’s most iconic landmarks.
Not To Miss Summer Events and Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard – Pack a Beach / Sunset Picnic
Finally, savor the magic of a Martha’s Vineyard sunset by packing a picnic basket and heading to one of the island’s beautiful beaches. We recommend visiting a local farmstand or grocery store to source the best local products for your picnic. Pick up delicious baked goods from Morning Glory, local cheese from Grey Barn, or premade sides and gourmet snacks from Edgartown Meat and Fish. Be it the stunning Aquinnah Cliffs, Joseph Sylvia State Beach, or South Beach, the sunset views will create cherished memories to end your summer on a high note.
As the summer season draws to a close, Martha’s Vineyard offers a treasure trove of activities that should be on everyone’s bucket list. From outdoor adventures to cultural delights, the island promises an unforgettable experience for every visitor and local. So, make the most of the remaining days of summer and embark on a journey to discover the beauty and charm of Martha’s Vineyard.