Sept. 6 to 11: M.V. International Film Festival, Film Center, Vineyard Haven
Become immersed in some of the best films from around the world that have memorable imagery and captivating stories. This annual festival will also have special guests, an opening night party, live music, drinks, appetizers, and a juried competition for short films. For the lineup of movies and to purchase tickets, visit mvfilmsociety.com or call 508-696-9369.
Sept. 10: M.V. Wind Festival, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs
Enjoy spending time with friends and family in beautiful Ocean Park on Martha’s Vineyard. Activities include kite making for children, adult kite-making kits, and kite flying for young and old. There will be live music, plus prizes for all ages. You can also toss frisbees, blow bubbles, and purchase T-shirts and a poster. For more information, visit mvwindfestival.com or call 508-693-5444.
Sept., Oct.: West Tisbury Farmers Market, Agricultural Hall
The Island’s oldest and largest farmers market features locally grown, seasonal produce, as well as homemade bread, savory condiments, fresh honey, homemade jams, beautiful flowers, artisan chocolates, sweet desserts, and unique gifts. Open every Wednesday through Sept. and every Saturday through Oct. Before visiting this popular market, check the vendor list at wtfmarket.org and consider preordering online.
Sept., Oct.: Plant Sale, Polly Hill Arboretum, West Tisbury
Discover all things green and growing at deep discounts at Polly Hill’s 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 from 9:30 am to 4 pm. For details, visit pollyhillarboretum.org or call 508-693-9426.
Sept., Oct., Nov.: 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 or call 508-955-9944.
Sept., Oct., Nov.: Yoga and Walks, Island Alpaca, Oak Bluffs
Join 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 or call 508-693-5554.
Sept., Oct., Nov.: Island trails and beaches, sunrise to sunset
Enjoy hiking or biking on trails, kayaking on ponds, 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. View an Island-wide map at vineyardvisitor.com.
Sept., Oct., Nov.: Vineyard Artisans Festival, Grange Hall, West Tisbury
Meet more than 70 local artisans, buy directly from them, and see demonstrations of fine art and crafts. Discover furniture, pottery, stained glass, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, quilts, handmade books, and much more. Open on weekends for Labor Day, Indigenous People’s Day, and Thanksgiving. For details, visit vineyardartisans.com or call 508-693-7927.
Oct.: Fall 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. 14 to 16: 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 learn about the diverse selection of films and to purchase tickets, visit mvfilmsociety.com or call 508-696-9369.
Oct. 22: Harvest Festival, Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
An all-day celebration of the autumn harvest that includes pumpkin carving and decorating, tractor wagon rides, demonstrations, 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 or call 508-693-9549.
Nov. 5: 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 local musicians performing until 10 pm. Tickets are sold ahead of time since capacity is limited. To learn more, visit marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.org or call 508-693-9549.