Sundays and Thursdays: Vineyard Artisans Festival, Grange Hall, West Tisbury
An annual Vineyard tradition with more than 70 local artisans. Buy directly from them, and see demonstrations. Weaving, fine furniture, pottery, stained glass, oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, wampum jewelry, quilts, clothing, sea glass windows, handmade books, and much more. It is also open Labor Day weekend. For details, visit vineyardartisans.com.
Sundays: Oak Bluffs Market, Washington Park
Shop for Island-grown produce, original artwork, fine crafts, handmade jewelry, summer flowers, specialty foods, and vintage finds in an open market near Oak Bluffs Harbor. It is like a farmers’ market, antique show, artisan fair, and a body/mind/spirit expo all in one, plus live music. For more information, visit facebook.com/oakbluffsopenmarket.
Mondays and Fridays: Outdoor Concerts, Featherstone, Oak Bluffs
Enjoy musical performances on the beautiful lawn surrounding the Art Barn’s deck. All tickets for the performances will be sold online starting at 12 pm the week prior to a concert. The lineup includes Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Jon Zeeman, Joanne Cassidy, the Mike Benjamin Band, and more. For the full schedule, visit featherstoneart.org/music.html.
Mondays: World Market, Grange Hall, West Tisbury
Discover culturally rich, handmade products, including artwork, textiles, bags, dolls, jewelry, sculptures, baskets, olive products, and more. It is from seven organizations that are working together to increase awareness of global women’s empowerment initiatives. The market is open from 10 am to 3 pm. To learn more, visit worldmarketmondays.org.
Tuesdays: Live Concerts, Edgartown library
Enjoy music from local bands on the lawn at Edgartown library. Bring a blanket or a chair, and have a picnic from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. On August 17, Missis Biskis plays alternative country music; on August 24, the Jon Zeeman Band performs classic rock; and on August 31, Joanne Cassidy and Friends play R&B. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 508-627-4221.
Wednesdays and Saturdays: West Tisbury Farmers Market, Ag Hall
The Island’s oldest and largest farmers’ market features the best local seasonal produce, as well as homemade bread, savory condiments, fresh honey, homemade jams, beautiful flowers, artisan chocolates, sweet desserts, and unique gifts. Before visiting this delightful market, review the shopping guidelines at wtfmarket.org, and consider preordering online.
Wednesdays and Saturdays: Chilmark Flea Market
Visit the oldest outdoor flea market on the Island, offering antiques, imports, vintage finds, and high-quality handmade items from Vineyard artists and craftsmen. Discover jewelry, clothing, art, food, and much more, all in a beautiful outdoor setting at 142 North Road. It is open from 9 am to 2 pm, with free entry and parking. For updates, check facebook.com/chilmarkflea.
Wednesdays: Outdoor Movies, M.V. Film Society and Featherstone, Oak Bluffs
Watch films under the stars on the beautiful Featherstone campus. You can even arrive early and have a picnic before the movie begins at around 8:30 pm. Be sure to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or pillows. Seating circles are painted on the grass and each one is for a group of up to 8 people. For the film schedule and tickets, visit mvfilmsociety.com.
Wednesday, August 18: Grand Illumination, Oak Bluffs
Take part in an annual tradition for Island residents and visitors since 1869. Take a stroll among the colorful cottages on the Campground, which are creatively decorated with illuminated lanterns. For details, visit mvcma.org/grand-illumination.html.
Thursday, August 19 to Sunday, August 22: Agricultural Fair, West Tisbury
Enjoy quintessential summer fun at the annual fair from the M.V. Agricultural Society. Events and activities include games, rides, livestock shows, live music, dog shows, photo contests, and much more. For the latest details and a program schedule, visit marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.org/the-fair.
Thursdays: Music in the Square, Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown
Shimmy over to the courtyard at Eisenhauer Gallery as they welcome back beloved bands for Music in the Square. The concerts take place every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. They feature the Dukes of Circuit Avenue, Mike Benjamin and the Keepers, and Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. For the full schedule, visit eisenhauergallery.com.
August and September: Yoga and Walks, Island Alpaca, Oak Bluffs
Enjoy a relaxing yoga class in a beautiful pasture among furry and friendly alpacas. It is led by Jason Mazar-Kelly (YogiJay). Alternatively, go for a stroll with the alpaca and learn the basics of safely handling them, where they come from, and why they are important to us. To learn more about this unique farm with fun events and a gift shop, visit islandalpaca.com.
Saturday, Sept. 11: M.V. Wind Festival, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs
Enjoy spending time with friends and family in beautiful Ocean Park on Martha’s Vineyard. Events include kite making for children, adult kite-making kits, and kite flying for young and old. There will be prizes for all ages. You can also toss frisbees, blow bubbles, and purchase T-shirts and a poster. For more information, visit mvwindfestival.com.