It’s always a good time to visit Martha’s Vineyard and the spring and summer months promise to be extra exciting this year, with the return of many of our popular annual events. While many in-person events were forced to cancel or reschedule over the last couple of years, it’s finally feeling like we can look forward to all that 2022 has to offer without hesitation. Below is a round-up of those noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard that are planned for 2022 with more are being added every day.
If the last couple of years have taught us anything it’s to continue to remain fluid and adaptable. We hope to be celebrating each of these events when the time comes but we do recommend you visit the individual event website for the most updated information pertaining to the happening you would like to attend. For a comprehensive daily calendar of events visit the Vineyard Gazette’s online calendar here.
April 30, 2022: Island Alpaca Annual Shearing Day Celebration
The herd at Island Alpaca is up for their annual pre-summer grooming, and those in the community are invited to come celebrate along with the alpacas. Get up close to these gentle, curious creatures to learn about the fleece to fiber transition and the benefits of alpaca ownership. The more than 30 alpaca at the farm will be sheared and available for public viewing.
May 6–8, 2022: Mother's Day in Edgartown
This annual event is hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade and features shopping specials, seasonal celebrations and all things spring throughout Edgartown.
May 18–22, 2022: The 22nd Annual Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
The 22nd annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival will take place at their new home at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury and will feature compelling films from across the globe. The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival regularly produces community events that celebrate all genres of film and spark discussion, debate and action.
May 21, 2022: Martha’s Vineyard Marathon and Half Marathon
What better way to enjoy Martha’s Vineyard by running it! Martha's Vineyard offers two beautiful courses for the relay, half and the full marathon that showcase our amazing Island in Massachusetts. Both the full and the half marathon are relatively flat with a few gentle rollers in the full marathon. Whether you're trying to qualify for Boston or just want to run a beautiful race, see why Martha's Vineyard is so famous and spend a few extra days pre- or post-race. A destination favorite for runners from far and wide.
May 26–29, 2022: Environmental Film Festival at the Martha's Vineyard Film Society
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation Society
presents “Nature as Inspiration” the 8th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival. This year's Festival will be a hybrid of online and in-person events. The Festival includes environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit dedicated to raising awareness of climate related issues and concerns.
May 28 & 29, 2022: Vineyard Artisans Memorial Day Festival at the Grange Hall
The Vineyard Artisans Festival returns to the Grange Hall in West Tisbury year after year, beginning for the season on Memorial Day weekend. This time-honored summer event brings the wares of local artists, designers and craftsmen to visitors each week on Sundays and Thursdays through September.
June 10–12, 2022: Oak Bluffs Pride Parade and Events
Join the town of Oak Bluffs for the first-ever Pride Parade and Events in town.
June 11, 2022: West Tisbury Farmer’s Market begins and continues weekly through the summer season. Events take place on Saturdays from June 11 through October 29 and on Wednesday, June 15 through the end of September. Home to the freshest food on Martha’s Vineyard, The West Tisbury Farmer’s Market has been a coveted summer tradition since 1974! This open-air market invites the public to shop directly from our local farmers and food purveyors. Markets take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Hall every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm June through October, rain or shine!
June 16, 2022: Taste of the Vineyard
Forced to cancel in 2020 and 2021, the highly anticipated Taste of the Vineyard returns in 2022. The celebratory Gourmet Stroll is the season’s kick-off event, the first of the two-night Taste of the Vineyard affair; guests eat, drink, and dance the night away with new and old friends featuring the Island’s finest restaurants, caterers, and beverage purveyors. The Taste serves as the Vineyard Preservation Trust’s most important annual fundraiser and by attending, you are stewarding their work to preserve and care for the Island’s most iconic, historic landmarks including the Flying Horses Carousel, Alley’s General Store and more.
June 17–19, 2022: Juneteenth Jubilee
Island businesses and nonprofit organizations are joining forces this year to celebrate the newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, with a weekend filled with art, music and lectures by leading scholars of black history. Sponsored in part by the Vineyard Gazette Media Group, Juneteenth Jubilee on Martha’s Vineyard will kick off on Friday, June 17 with a screening of the film Jubilee, Juneteenth and Thirteenth and wrap up Sunday, June 19 when Dunmere Cottage, a historic guest house in Oak Bluffs, is added to the MV African American Heritage Trail.
June 18, 2022: Oak Bluffs HarborFest
Oak Bluffs hosts its annual HarborFest which celebrates summer with live music, food, arts, crafts along the Oak Bluffs Harbor from morning to night. Free admission.
July 4: Independence Day Parade and Fireworks in Edgartown
Another beloved tradition that was forced to cancel last year, the beloved Edgartown Fourth of July parade and fireworks display overlooking the Edgartown Lighthouse and harbor return for 2022.
July 7: Sail MV 31st Annual Seafood Buffet & Auction, followed by Vineyard Cup Regatta July 9 & 10
To help Sail Martha’s Vineyard continue providing sailing education, year-round rowing, maritime studies, and Island racing Sail MV hosts the 31st Annual Seafood Buffet & Auction on the Vineyard Haven waterfront. As always, there will be a fantastic evening of seafood, refreshments, live entertainment, and a chance to win fabulous local experiences and local products. Following the buffet and auction is the Vineyard Cup Regatta sailing race which SailMV expects to be bigger and better than ever!
July 24: Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Possible Dreams Auction
The Possible Dreams Auction is the largest annual fundraiser for MV Community Services, which provides affordable childcare, accessible mental health care, disability support services, domestic and sexual violence support and so much more to the Island community. The Possible Dreams Auction gives people the opportunity to purchase unique on and off-Island experiences, all while giving back to their Island community. Comedian, late-night host, and seasonal Chilmark resident Seth Meyers has hosted the high profile event multiple times over the years.
July 31 & August 1, 2022: Islanders Write at Featherstone Center for the Arts
Panel discussions and workshops about the art, craft and business of writing. Author signings and more presented by the Martha's Vineyard Times.
August 1–5, 8–12, and 15–19: Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest
Every August as African-American cultural pride is at its peak on the island, the annual Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest takes center stage. Each year some of the hottest comedians on the circuit which has included Damon Williams, Tony Roberts, G., AJ Jamal, John Henton, Pierre, B-Phlat, Tony Tone, Howie Bell, Chastity Washington, Honest Williamson, Michael Coylar, Gary “G-Thang” Johnson and many more, perform original stand-up comedy.
August 5–13: African American Film Festival
The 20th Annual Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival has been celebrating black excellence in film since 2022 and is an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival in the Short Film Category.
August 11–13 and August 20–22: Built on Stilts Dance Festival
The Built on Stilts Dance Festival consists of performances by members of the Vineyard community and by professional performing artists from the island, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, DC, New Haven, Providence and beyond. Shows might also include live music, storytelling, theater, poetry readings, comedy, circus acts, fitness demos and more! All shows are appropriate for all ages and free to the public at the historic Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.
August 17: Grand Illumination Night at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association
Also known as Illumination Night, this magical evening typically takes place on the third Wednesday of every August. The gingerbread cottages of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are decorated with paper lanterns and illuminated at sunset, and the result is simply magnificent. The tradition dates back to the turn of the 19th century and it is an awe-inspiring can’t-miss display.
August 18–21: The 160th Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair
“The Ag Fair” is one of the crown jewels of August on Martha’s Vineyard, which takes place at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury during the third week of August. This annual tradition has been going on for 160 years and features rides, games, contests, competition, live entertainment, and more. It’s a lot like an old-fashioned agricultural country fair complete with skillet toss, horse pull, woodsmen competition, art displays, dog and livestock shows!
August 26–28: Beach Road Weekend
Calling all music lovers! Beach Road Weekend is a three day concert festival in Vineyard Haven’s Veterans Park that is not to be missed. Participating musicians for 2022 include Beck, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and more.
September 11–October 25: Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
For over 75 years “The Derby” has been a Vineyard fishing tradition that completely consumes local and visiting anglers alike. Participants vie for big prizes and many of them don’t sleep until they catch a winning fish.
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