As one season closes, a new one opens on Martha’s Vineyard with its own signature events to tempt visitors back to the Island. With films, festivals, food events and more, there’s something fun for everyone this fall. Though autumn technically doesn’t begin until Friday, September 22, there’s no harm in playing a little fast and loose with dates. Once Labor Day weekend passes, the festivities begin, starting September 5 with the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival. The fun runs right through to mid-December with the Island’s traditional Christmas in Edgartown celebration, just prior to the solstice.
The Steamship Authority ferries provide year-round access to the Island. Many of the Vineyard’s hotels and restaurants have dusted off their welcome mats after a busy summer season and stand ready to welcome guests with cozy accommodations, great food and local entertainment. Aside from events mentioned below, there’s a lot happening on the Island both indoors and out during this not-so-quiet season, so be sure to check MVOL.com’s calendar of events for even more good times on Martha’s Vineyard.
1) September 5-10
MV International Film Festival: Film buff alert! Come to Martha’s Vineyard to enjoy five days of films from around the world. Now in its 12th year, the Festival also offers special events, including Q&As with filmmakers, opening and after-parties and more.
2) September 9
MV Wind Fest: Come fly a kite on Martha’s Vineyard! This lively Festival also offers wind sculpture displays and outdoor fun for the whole family.
3) September, 10- October 14
MV Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby: September welcomes the Island’s iconic, and possibly most anticipated, annual sporting event. Come to compete or just enjoy the Derby vibe and special events.
4) September 16
Tivoli Day: Join Islanders and visitors alike as all turn out to celebrate Oak Bluffs annual end of season block party. This annual event offers end-of-season sales, live music, fun and dancing in the streets.
5) September 22 & 23
Living Local Harvestfest: It doesn’t get more home-grown than this locally-sourced pot-luck with music, dancing and an after-season chance to socialize. Come connect with the Island’s farming community and learn about MV’s on-going efforts towards sustainability.
6) October 6,7,8
The Art of Chocolate Festival: This annual event, hosted by Featherstone Center for the Arts, invites you to taste your way around tables laden with chocolates in all their glorious forms and intensities of flavor.
7) October 8 & November 24 & 25
Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Artisans Festivals: Now’s the time to shop for truly unique holiday gifts as the beloved summertime Artisans Festival returns for autumn’s two major holidays.
8) October 19-22
MV Food & Wine Festival: If you love the culinary arts, you won’t want to miss this event featuring four days of dazzling wine dinners, locavore events and seminars, topped off by the annual Grand Tasting.
9) October 22
Wild Food Challenge: Hunters, gatherers, fisherfolk and foragers are invited to compete in this annual location-centric event, challenging the creativity and resourcefulness of those who aspire to ‘live off the land.’ Observers and tasters are welcome!
10) December 7-10
Christmas In Edgartown: Carolers, cookies, tree and lighthouse lighting, wreath-making, Santa sightings and more crowd this 4-day extravaganza of Yuletide cheer. A traditional Christmas celebration in a setting so picture-perfect, it might just make you believe in Santa again.
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