October 13 – 16
Food & Wine Festival, and
Four days, three nights of unique-to-the-Island
experiences are what you will find at the
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival.
Rooted in the Island’s rich tradition of farming and fishing,
the festival enlists local culinary talent, and the farmers, fishermen,
oyster producers, and artisans they work with along with guest chefs
and vintners from around the world who will be adding to the celebration.
From the Fresh Off
the Farm kick–off community dinner on Thursday night to the Grand
Tasting, there are events for every taste, and you can design the Festival
itinerary of your dreams!Browse events and an overview of weekend at Mvfoodandwine.com
For great family fun, The Annual Pumpkin Festival at Morning Glory
Farm is an iconic family event on Saturday. Enjoy autumn foods, pumpkin
carving, painting, bowling and more!
November 25 – 26
Thanksgiving Day Weekend
Holiday shopping opportunities and family activities abound this
holiday weekend, including the Thanksgiving Weekend
Martha’s Vineyard Artisans Festival on
Saturday and Sunday. vineyardartisans.com
Enjoy the sounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual
Thanksgiving Concert featuring artistic director Delores Stevens on piano,
and otherworld-class musicians. mvcms.org
Don’t miss your chance to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Celebrate small businesses across the Island
on this one-day-only national event. Sales,
value adds, and one-of-a-kind items will be available throughout the Island, throughout
the day. Find the entire list at mvy.com/shopsmall.
December 9 – 18
Christmas in Edgartown
Voted Best of the Vineyard three years in a row, this year’s 35th Annual Christmas
in Edgartown is a weekend festival you won’t want to miss.
Across Edgartown, spot Santa, teddy bears, Frosty, parades,
holiday crafts and gifts, sales and so much more.
Every year, Christmas In Edgartown helps raise over $40,000 for Island charities and
nonprofi ts. Come be a part of the holiday magic, hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade.
The annual holiday Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse will take place
in front of the Harbor View Hotel. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies,
and music on the hotel porch,
and help countdown the final seconds until the Lighthouse is lit for Christmas.
At the Annual Jewelry Jingle, make the Martha’s Vineyard Museum a part of your Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Shop gently used and unwanted jewelry in the Museum library to find a perfect holidays gifts.
Members can shop in the Museum gift shop and receive 20% off your total purchase.
Non-members will get 10% off . mvmuseum.org
Join in Martha’s Vineyard’s first and longest running Santa holiday event,
Breakfast With Santa including a meal for the entire family
and a chance to visit with Santa and have a great photo taken.
Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce Jim Lambert Scholarship Fund.
October 13 – October 16
9th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
Hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade
Ticket pricing varies.
The flagship food, wine and drink festival of Martha’s Vineyard, the MVF&W Festival stays rooted in the Island’s rich tradition of farming and fishing, inviting you to meet local culinary talent, and the farmers, fishermen, oyster producers, and artisans they work with—adding guest chefs and vintners from around the world for a unique to the Island celebration.
Poetry reading with Alice Kociemba and Justen Ahren
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore Free. 508-693-2291 bunchofgrapes.com
Morning Glory Farm Pumpkin Festival
FREE all ages, family friendly 11:00am - 2:00pm Morning Glory Farm,
120 Meshacket Road, Edgartown morninggloryfarm.com 508 627-9003
Heirloom Apple Tasting Seminar
10:00am - 12noon at the Harbor View Hotel Cost $50 mvfoodandwine.com
Join the author of the award-winning Apple Lover’s Cookbook
(and Yankee Magazine senior food editor) as you explore the wide world of antique apples. honeyed champagne notes of Ashmead’s Kernel to the citrusy Calville Blanc d’Hiver (the classic apple for tarte tatin)
to the nectar richness of Cox’s Orange Pippin,
apples offer a medium to explore flavor and texture in much the same way as wine, chocolate, and beer do.
11:00am - 12:30pm at Atlantic Fish and Chophouse,
2 Main St., Edgartown
Cost $75 mvfoodandwine.com
Enjoy a selection of four local oysters for a total of a dozen briny bivalves fresh from the Vineyard waters -
paired with eight perfect pours presented by Dan Michaud of Ruby Wines.
As Dan shares favorite whites from his travels,
local oyster farmers including Jack Blake
of Sweet Neck Oysters, Nic Turner of Honeysuckle Oyster Farm, and Tim from Chilmark Oysters
will share tales of farming the sea.
Time & Talent Auction
4:00pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown standrewsmv.org
Gather for some wine, cheese and heavy h’ors doeuvres,
and then bid on some amazing things
Cheese and Charcuterie Seminar
1:00om - 2:30pm at the Harborside Inn,
3 South Water St., Edgartown Cost $60
Join the adventure of all things cheese and cured meat
with artisan food purveyor Sid Wainer & Son.
Grand Tasting Taste and Sip
2:00pm - 5:00pm at the Harbor View Hotel
(VIP Tasting from 1:00pm - 2:00pm)
Cost $132 general; $175 VIP
Enjoy access to top culinary chefs from Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and beyond! Featuring over 300 winemakers, spirits, breweries, gourmet foods, restaurants, against a backdrop of sailboats.
The highlights of Grand Tasting are the chef demonstrations featuring a line-up of
celebrity chefs and wine pairing.
Sunday Brunch With An Island Twist
9:30am - 12noon at the Harbor View Hotel Cost $60 mvfoodandwine.com
Join Jenny Johnson, found of Champy and Co-Host of NESN’s Dining Playbook as she leads an engaging conversation about the Vineyard’s flourishing Resilient Food Initiative with Noli Taylor,
Program Director of Island Grown Schools and Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activist Handbook and Founder of Edible Vineyard while guests dine on fabulous brunch fare prepared with
locally-sourced ingredients by the Chefs of the Harbor View Hotel.
Opening Reception for The Art of Ceramics: Alternative Firings
Show Continues through November 13 - Open each day from 12:00noon - 4:00pm
Exhibit Opening: Sandy Fisher’s Edgartown
5:00pm - 7:00pm. MV Museum Galleries: 59 School Street, Edgartown
Museum Members Free, Non-members $8
Francis “Sandy” Fisher Jr. (1916 - 2014) was born just as the whaling industry was declining in Edgartown, but long before tourism began to boom on the Island. Explore Edgartown through Sandy’s eyes in this exhibit guest curated by researcher and volunteer Sally Pierce. Using photos, oral histories, and art from the Museum’s collection, see what Edgartown life was like for much of the 20th century.
Paint Corner Art Bar Barn Bowl & Bistro
6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost $45 for information thebarnmv.com
Come have dinner and drinks while you create a beautiful painting with instruction from the one and only Leslie Belkner from the Paint Corner
Tisbury Art Bar
6:30pm - 8:30pm. Morgan Learning Center:
110 Main Street, Vineyard Haven Museum Members $20, Non-Members $25
Welcome fall with a few easy steps. Sign up for Tisbury Art Bar with your friends, bring your favorite beer or wine (we’ll provide you with all the painting supplies), and create art. Renown Island artists will teach each class. Sip and socialize while you learn to paint like a pro. Reservations required. Call Katy, 508- 627-4441 x123.
Holiday Gift Show
Preview Party, Free, featherstoneart.org
Join us for champagne and holiday treats as we open the gallery for our annual holiday gift and ornament sale.
November 19 – December 18
Holiday Gift Show 12noon - 4pm each day Free; featherstoneart.org
Come select Island made gifts priced from $1 to $250
Vineyard Open & Basic Skills
Figure Skating Competition 2:15pm - 7:00pm Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena,
91 Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs Contact: Jane Taylor 508-685-7308 mvarena.com
The MV Ice Arena is pleased to host the 2016 Vineyard Open & Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition presented by the MV Figure Skating Club. The event will feature skaters from all over New England
Paint Corner Art Bar
Barn Bowl & Bistro 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost $45 for information thebarnmv.com
Come have dinner and drinks while you create a beautiful painting with
instruction from the one and only Leslie Belkner from
the Paint Corner Art Bar—no experience necessary!
November 25 & November 26
The Thanksgiving Weekend Martha’s Vineyard Artisans Festival
Agricultural Hall 35 Panhandle Rd, West Tisbury 10:00am - 4:00pm (both days)
Small Business Saturday
Celebrate small businesses across the Island on this one day, national event. Sales, value adds, one-of-a-kind items available throughout the Island, throughout the day! Find the entire list at MVY.com/ShopSmall
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert
7:30pm Old Whaling Church, Edgartown Tickets $20 sold at door; Students Free 508-696-8055 mvcms.org
Featuring Delores Stevens, piano, and other world-class musicians
What’s It Worth?
with Skinner, Inc. 5:00pm - 7pm. Private Home $50 per person. mvmuseum.org Reservations required.
Call Katy, 508-627-4441 x123 or e-mail
Family heirlooms and yard-sale treasures take the stage at this fun-filled evening of antiquarian show and tell. Join friends of the Museum for an open house, as appraisers from Skinner, Inc. identify, comment, and place a value on objects brought by the audience. Wine and hoes d’oeuvres will be provided, and each guest is invited to bring one item for appraisal. Please omit coins, stamps, jewelry, and musical instruments.
Annual Christmas Faire
9:30am - 2:00pm First Congregational Church of Salisbury, 1051 State Rd., West Tisbury Contact: 508-693-2842
Traditional boxwood and balsam wreaths, fresh green centerpieces and table trees, craft items, vintage jewelry, a special gift display, delicious baked items, and fair trade table.Lunch served from 11:30 to 1:30.
Annual Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc.
9:00am - 3:00pm. Museum Library: 59 School Street, Edgartown. One item $15,
three items $40. Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will evaluate your prized objects in this popular event. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations required and will be taken starting November 14th. Call Katy,
508-627-4441 x123 or e-mail kfuller@ mvmuseum.org.
Nut/Cracked performed by The Bang Group presented by The Yard 7pm.
The Yard, 508-645-9662,
Cost of admission: $5 - $75
Nut/Cracked performed by The Bang Group. A family-friendly version of the holiday performance you know and love. Celebrating its 14th anniversary, “Nut/Cracked” comes for the second year in a row to Martha’s Vineyard!
December 8 – 11
35th Annual Christmas in Edgartown
Voted Best of the Vineyard for the third year in a row, Christmas in Edgartown is a weekend festival you don’t want to miss! Santa, Teddy Bears, Frosty, parades, holiday crafts and gifts, sales and so much more! Every year through the various events, Christmas In Edgartown helps raise over $40,000 for Island-wide charities and non-profits. Come be a part of the holiday magic! Hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade.
Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse
5:00pm - 7pm. Outside the Harbor View Hotel: 131 North Water Street, Edgartown Free and open to all. The annual holiday lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse will take place in front of the Harbor View Hotel. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies, and music on the hotel porch, and help count down the final seconds until the Lighthouse is lit for Christmas. Music begins at 5pm; the Lighthouse is lit at 6pm.
Annual Jewelry Jingle
9am - 12noon. Museum Library: 59 School Street, Edgartown Free and open to all. Make the Museum a part of your
Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Shop Jewelry Jingle, full of gently used and unwanted jewelry, in the Museum Library for perfect holidays gifts. Members, shop in the Museum gift shop and receive 20% off your total purchase; non-members get 10% off.
8:00am - 10:30am at The Wharf Pub mvy.com/calendarJoin in Martha’s Vineyard first and longest running Santa holiday event with breakfast for the entire family and a chance to visit with Santa and have a great photo taken. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce Jim Lambert Scholarship Fund._____________________________________________________
Breakfast With Santa
8:00am - 10:30am at The Wharf Pub mvy.com/calendar
Join in Martha’s Vineyard first and longest running Santa holiday event with breakfast for the entire family and a chance to visit with Santa and have a great photo taken. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce Jim Lambert Scholarship Fund.
Paint Corner Art Bar
Barn Bowl & Bistro 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost $45 thebarnmv.com
Come have dinner and drinks while you create a beautiful painting with instruction from the one and only Leslie Belkner from the Paint Corner Art Bar—no experience necessary!
4:00pm, doors open at 3:30pm First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, 1051 State Rd., West Tisbury
Contact: 508-693-2842 Cost: $15
The choir of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury led by David Rhoderick will hold their annual Christmas concert
Martha’s Vineyard booms with international visitors. Every year, the Vineyard gains more international awareness which allows the Island to welcome visitors from all different regions of the world. At the top of each webpage, we recognize just a few of these countries that visitors come from, and have translation pages to try to encourage travel to Martha’s Vineyard. The Island’s beauty and culture is different than anything else you can find in the world and we believe it should be experienced by all!
A Haven for Creativity
Arts and Culture thrive on Martha’s Vineyard. For years, all sorts of creative minds have found solitude and a place for reflection on the Island, inspired by the gorgeous scenery and relaxed way of life. Authors, painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, actors, artisans, and filmmakers infuse the Island communities with a tangibly vibrant cultural life.
More than a dozen public galleries display an eclectic mix of work by talented Vineyarders and internationally-renowned off-island artists. Lose yourself in impressionist views of the ever-present sea and marvel at fanciful sculpture. You could spend weeks discovering all the art the Island has to offer, and more is being created all the time! Several artists and artisans open their studios, granting the public a first-hand look at their creative process, even offering courses and hands-on activities to inspire your own creative potential.
Classical and experimental incarnations of the performing arts also flourish here. Performances span dance, music, and theater in venues ranging from a large performing arts center to more intimate stages across the Island. Many playwrights and directors often premiere their newest work on Vineyard stages.
Film is also a mainstay of Island culture, with two annual film festivals in March and in September. Two film societies on the Island express varied styles, and both also often invite filmmakers to speak and inspire discussion at many of their screenings.
A Culture Shaped by Historic Traditions
Alongside the Vineyard’s rich arts scene are traditions stretching back 10,000 years. Descendants of the Island’s earliest Wampanoag inhabitants preserve their tribal culture at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. Stately mansions, built by intrepid 19th-century whaling captains who called Edgartown home, transport visitors to the days of New England’s maritime glories. Discover these and other stories at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, in several historic houses, and at the island’s five lighthouses.
A diversity of cultures and lifestyles forged and continues to shape communities on Martha’s Vineyard. During and after the Great Depression, African Americans came here seeking economic independence. Visit landmarks of their story along the African American Heritage Trail. Faithful parishioners of the Methodist Camp Meeting brought bright colors and life to Oak Bluffs with their whimsical “Gingerbread Cottages,” constructed at the height of the revival’s popularity in the late 1800s.
Immerse Yourself in the Vineyard’s Arts & Culture
How do you get involved in the great creative work happening on the Vineyard? One way to stay connected is Arts App, a mobile application piloted by Cape Cod and the Islands. The free app is available from the iPhone or Google Play Store, and puts a directory, a map, an events calendar, and news and twitter feeds at your fingertips. Each organization controls its own page, ensuring you get the most up-to-date information.
Still need some inspiration for what to do? Take a look at these sample itineraries: 1 Day Itinerary, 3 Day Itinerary and Family Friendly Itinerary. Find one that suits your needs – whether you want to dedicate an afternoon to the arts, or several days of your visit!
Each fall, Martha’s Vineyard, along with Cape Cod and Nantucket, dedicates the entire month of October to a celebration of the arts. Fall for the Arts strives to initiate and sustain conversations among artists, patrons, and the public. For up-to-date information about this year’s festival, click here or visit the homepage of ARTS Martha’s Vineyard, an arts and culture collaborative on the Island.
Fall for the Arts runs throughout the month of October, drawing visitors to enjoy the as-yet under-appreciated autumn “shoulder season,” when temperatures cool slightly, and the largest crowds disperse, making for a more tranquil Vineyard experience. Galleries and studios stay open for the festival, and signature events unique to the Island take place every weekend. Among these, the Vineyard Artisans Festival showcases varied handicrafts made on the Island. The culinary arts also figure prominently, with “Art of Chocolate” at Featherstone Center for the Arts and the Food & Wine Festival. The month concludes with Art*Island, a festival of arts & ideas.
Check back soon for updates about this year’s Fall for the Arts partners and events!
Aquinnah Cultural Center
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
African American Heritage Trail
Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association
Featherstone Center for the Arts
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
Local Wild Food Challenge