Nantucket Vacation Specials
There’s no better place to enjoy an Indian summer or autumn getaway on Nantucket, than at The Nantucket Hotel & Resort.
The Nantucket Hotel is the perfect home base for your Nantucket Indian summer or autumn vacation. Enjoy walking, biking, shopping, fine dining, and sightseeing. Then, relax in our spacious accommodations or soothing outdoor hot tub; work out in our fitness center and spa, The Nantucket Club; take a dip in our outdoor, heated pools (open through Columbus Day) or enjoy a memorable dinner indoors or on our glass-enclosed Terrace at Breeze!
Indian summer and autumn on Nantucket mean many fishing tournaments, sports activities, and festivals. For a glimpse of what’s happening on the Island during this season, please see below.
Fall Things to Do on Nantucket – September 2019
Eleventh Annual Slip 14 Bluefin Blast – September 7-8, 2019
Bluefin tuna is one of the most sought after game fish in the world. That’s what makes this tournament so thrilling. Come with your fellow anglers, family, and friends and enjoy a great day on Nantucket’s waters in search of these maritime beauties! This Tournament is professional and competitive but, due to the decline in recent years of this species, organizers are taking a more “catch and release” type of approach for the event. It doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun and enjoy bragging rights for hooking the biggest catch of the day!
16th Annual Nantucket Slam: September 8-10, 2019
If you haven’t gotten your fill of fishing yet, here’s another event, the Nantucket Slam for recreational and die-hard anglers, which helps to support a great cause…The cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Come with your boat – or without one – and compete in a two-day fishing tournament to reel in several species of fish from Nantucket’s waters. Choose from among three categories – Fly, Spin/Plug, and/or Trolling – all created to accommodate a variety of boat sizes and fishing styles. This is also a “catch and release” event and prizes will be awarded for the biggest and most caught fish, per species. Several Champions will be crowned, as well.
The Nantucket Project – September 19-22, 2019
The Nantucket Project is a recognized conference and forum that brings together the world’s top visionaries, thinkers, innovators, and performers on Nantucket to exchange their thoughts and views on myriad topics. The goal of the Event is to stimulate discussion, which leads to significant change. For information on the 2018 event and to learn more on how you can attend, visit The Nantucket Project’s website. The presenters’ list will be updated on their website once the event dates’ draw closer.
Fall Restaurant Week – September 30-October 6, 2019
The autumn version of Nantucket’s popular Restaurant Week, enables dining patrons to sample the culinary wares at some of Nantucket’s famed dining establishments amidst the Island’s alluring backdrop. Most offer a special Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, including our own Breeze restaurant, which will be participating in this event. Be sure to arrive hungry!
Nantucket Arts Festival – October 4-15, 2019
Over 2,000 people attended this unique and innovative Exhibition in 2018. Be one of the attendees this year and you’ll see why it’s so special. You will be able to view visual arts’ and cultural works that are not typically seen in most of the galleries on Nantucket, as well as musical, theatrical, literary, film, and other events. The Festival’s aim is to present an appreciation of the history, culture and architecture of the Island. Visit the Nantucket Arts Council’s website for an up-to-date list of this year’s participating artists, as well as more information. The 2019 theme is “Re-Imagining the Real – Shifting Our World View.” Planned events include an opening concert by The Lobbyists, poetry and theatrical readings, a concert by the famous Walden Chamber Players, a continuing series of petite concerts, an Improv Workshop with Jasper Young, Farmers & Artisans’ Markets, several Film Shorts’ Festivals, an organ crawl, and much more.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation Cranberry Festival – October 13, 2019
If you’re yearning to know everything about our state’s most famous fruit, the cranberry, this is the fall Festival for you! You’ll learn the history and farming techniques of this humble fruit, watch the berries being harvested, view sheep shearing and herding dog demonstrations, enjoy live music, participate in exciting family events, including hay rides, and take in all the beautiful, autumnal Island scenery. Plus, there’s plenty of food to sample made from, you guessed it, cranberries! For more information on this 16th Annual Festival, visit the Cranberry Festival’s website. Please Note: The Festival will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Nantucket Halloween Celebration – October 31, 2019
We’re all young on Halloween and who among us doesn’t like sweets? This Annual Fall Tradition consists of a parade, which winds up Main Street and down Centre on Halloween afternoon, as well as a costume pageant. The festivities kick-off at 4:00 p.m. with the Parade beginning at 5:00 p.m. Parents and children alike dress up as their favorite personas and local businesses join the fun by distributing copious amounts of candy.