The month of May is packed with events where visitors can explore a variety of Cape Cod pleasures. Besides the connection to the sea, celebrated during Maritime Days and the Figawi Regatta, the rhododendrons are in bloom, there’s food and beer and many favorite local spots are reopening for the summer. Here’s just a sample:
Maritime Days (May 1 – 31)
Celebrate the sea around us all month at Cape Cod’s many Maritime Days activities. From lighthouse and kayak tours to boat-building exhibits and the Maritime History Symposium, the Cape’s close connection to the ocean is explored and honored.
South Shore Cape and Islands Beer Week (May 9 – 14)
Beer tastings to paired dinners make the South Shore, Cape and Islands the place for beer lovers to be the second week in May. Learn to pair your favorite foods with just the right beer or try a few new brews at pubs, restaurants and spirit shops throughout the area during South Shore Cape and Island Beer Week.
Spring Restaurant Weeks on Cape Cod (May 16 to 22, May 20 to 26)
On Cape Cod there are two chances to enjoy special tasting menus and great deals at Cape Cod restaurants. From the 16th to the 22nd its Spring Restaurant Week Cape Cod, then from the 20th to the 26th, Provincetown invites you to check out its restaurants and galleries during the Spring Restaurant Week and Gallery Stroll.
Heritage Museums and Gardens Rhododendron Festival (May 21 to 30)
The famous rhododendron gardens at Sandwich’s Heritage Museums and Gardens will be at their peak this week, drawing visitors who, in addition to viewing the gardens, will be treated to gardening, painting and photography workshops.
Cape Cod's Figawi Regatta (May 27 – 29)
Sailors gear up for the start of the summer season with the Annual Figawi Regatta, the first major regatta in the Northeast, sailing from Hyannis to Nantucket on Saturday, then race back on Monday, with lots of race weekend activities, both on and off the water, in between.
If that’s not enough, the Cape Cod (Highland) Light reopens to visitors on May 14 and the Harbor Your Arts shanties on the Hyannis waterfront welcomes back local artists for the summer starting on May 1. There might even be a few spare minutes for a walk on one of the Cape’s many beaches.