Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Thanks to Columbus Day, the weekend of October 12-13 is a long weekend, and if you’re in an exploring kind of mood, you might want to check out the Yarmouth Seaside Festival.
The Yarmouth Seaside Festival may have started small when it began back in 1978, but today it’s three full days, from Saturday, October 12th to Monday the 14th. Its main venue is Joshua Sears Memorial Field, where you’ll find continuous live music, amusement rides and craft shopping, plus a range of shows kids will love – a Mad Science Show, Raptor Project Birds of Prey Shows, and Bawana Jim’s Wildlife Shows. There are also festival staples like a pie-eating contest and pumpkin decorating.
While this may seem like enough, some of the festival’s biggest highlights are outside the field: Seagull Beach hosts a fireworks show Sunday at 8 pm; Bass River Beach hosts an old-fashioned bonfire on Saturday night and a Sand Sculpture Contest Monday morning. You can get out on the water at Wilbur Park for a Canoe and Kayak Race (also Monday morning). And of course, there’s a Parade (Sunday at noon) that runs down Route 28, starting at the old drive-in (across from Captain Parker’s) and ending at the Police Barracks.
For a complete event schedule, check out the website. Needless to say, this is a free event, though rides, food and crafts (did we mention there’s a craft fair with well over a hundred vendors?) are extra. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10-5. Monday events are in the morning only at beaches as described above, with a post-canoe/kayak race party at The Sea Dog Brew Pub.