Oct. 7 to 11, Daily except Wednesdays: Fall Plant Sale, Polly Hill Arboretum, West Tisbury
Discover all things green and growing at deep discounts at Polly Hill’s autumn plant sale. A wide variety of unique trees, shrubs, and perennials that are under the watchful eye of arboretum staff are waiting to be taken home. The sale runs daily, except Wednesdays, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. For details, visit pollyhillarboretum.org, or call 508-693-9426.
Oct. 7 to Nov. 25, Daily: Magical Sculpture Trail, Island Folk Pottery, Chilmark
Walk along a quarter-mile enchanting trail through the woods and discover whimsical sculptures on the way to an Island Folk Pottery shop. Created by artists Bill O’Callaghan and Heather Goff, the path is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Their pottery studio is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, and Sundays, 2 to 5 pm. To learn more, visit islandfolkpottery.com.
Oct. 9 to 10: Autumn Fun on the Farm, Farm Institute, Edgartown
Enjoy the fall season with fun activities for all ages on an Island farm. Pumpkin picking in a one-acre patch, wagon rides to see cows, bowling with squash, autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, and meeting barnyard animals. One small pumpkin is included per child’s ticket. To register, visit thetrustees.org/tfi, or call 508-627-7007.
Oct. 9 to 10, Nov. 26 to 27: Vineyard Artisans Festival, Grange Hall or Ag 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. For details, visit vineyardartisans.com.
Oct. 9 to 30, Wednesdays and Saturdays: West Tisbury Farmers Market, Agricultural 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.
Sunday, Oct. 10: 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.
Oct. 15 to 17: Women in Film Festival, Film Center, Vineyard Haven
Watch big-screen movies from women filmmakers in this third annual festival from the M.V. Film Society. It is a celebration of women who are in front of and behind the camera, telling stories that have not been told from a female perspective. To view the diverse selection of films and the festival schedule, visit mvfilmsociety.com/women-in-film-festival.
Saturday, Oct. 16: Harvest Festival, Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
An all-day celebration of the autumn harvest that includes pumpkin carving and decorating, tractor wagon rides, demonstrations by the M.V. Hunt Club, an antique power museum, a horse show, live music, a women’s skillet toss, and much more. Plus the West Tisbury farmers market is open at the same time. For details, visit marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.org.
October and November, Daily: Island Trails and Beaches
Enjoy hiking or biking on trails, kayaking, walking on the beach, and other recreational activities on the protected properties maintained by the M.V. Land Bank, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, The Trustees, and the state of Massachusetts. Many places have scenic overlooks, tranquil ponds, footbridges, and tumbling streams. For an Island-wide map, check vineyardvisitor.com.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Barn Raisers Ball, Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
Dance under the stars at the annual ball to celebrate when the Agricultural Hall was built by over 300 community members in 1994. The backyard concert features Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, performing from 7:30 to 10 pm. Tickets are sold ahead of time since capacity is limited. To learn more, visit marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.org, or call 508-693-9549.