A funfair, sporting events, food stalls and a huge fireworks display - Yarmouth Seaside Festival is the perfect addition to your Cape Cod trip.
- When? 7 - 9 October 2017
- Where? Joshua Sears Memorial Field, South Yarmouth
- Price: TBC
There are certain things you might associate with a midlife birthday party but a 5km race, a pie-eating contest and a funfair are probably not top of the list. Yarmouth Seaside Festival (now nearing its 40th year) has all this and more, making it one of Cape Cod's best-loved festival weekends.
Occurring annually on Columbus Day weekend, the event ties together the strong community spirit of the area with locals coming together to celebrate traditional food, crafts and outdoor pursuits. As well as sporting competitions there's also a chance to kayak and canoe plus listen to live music and taste a plethora of freshly caught Cape seafood. It also draws in people from across the USA who come to sell local handicrafts and home-made produce. Check out the intricate designs of Gems of the Sea shell art if you're a bit of a nautical lover or the flower showers at Zwinkler if your shower-head is in need of an update (sounds random but they look amazing).
If you're feeling adventurous sign-up for the 5k race or if you'd rather be pushed to victory, round up your friends and join the bed race. Teams of 5 create a themed bed and race in their pyjamas with four pushing the bed and one riding inside. There's a prize for 1st place, 'Most Outrageous' bed and a 'Broken Spring' award for the most ridiculous creation. Now that's our kind of race.
Ending with a bang - a huge fireworks display - Yarmouth Seaside Festival is the perfect way to round off your break to the Cod at Seagull Beach. Stretching for two days there's also plenty of time to see everything on offer. We hope we're still going that strong on our 40th.
- Get there: Yarmouth is in the centre of the Cape Cod peninsula, so either drive or take a taxi to the festival.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Yarmouth for the duration of the festival.
Visit the official Yarmouth Seaside Festival website for more information.
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