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Late Fall Events on the Vineyard You Won’t Want to Miss

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. Once Labor Day weekend passes, the festivities begin with the fun continuing 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.


November 24
Fall Festival at Felix Neck: Drawing hundreds of islanders and visitors each year, this celebration of fall is a Vineyard tradition for the day after Thanksgiving. Hayrides, face painting and other fun family activities.

November 24 & 25
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.

November 29
Oak Bluffs Tree Lighting:  Welcome the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting in Oak Bluffs. Seasonal music, treats and a visit from Santa make this a tradition to enjoy for all ages.

December 2
Annual Appraisal Day at the MV Museum: Trash or treasure? Bring your prized objects for appraisers from Skinner, Inc. to evaluate.  Should you decide to consign with Skinner, a portion of the sale price will be donated to the MV Museum.

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.