In addition to all that Chatham has to offer every day, these special events make Chatham an event destination all through the year.
Independence Day Parade
Chatham's Independence Day Parade is one of the oldest in the United States. It attracts over 20,000 spectators and showcases the pride of the community, its visitors and residents. Recent parades have had around 100 entrants – floats, bands, local organizations, families, antique cars, sports teams, fire trucks, performers, and more.
Chatham Art in the Park combines public art with business community support to create a unique Chatham experience.
Works of art are created by local artists using Cape Cod-related profiles, which are on display from June through August.
There is also a scavenger hunt for smaller companion pieces of art in local shops.
The Chatham Merchants Association “Sharks in the Park” is now Chatham Art in the Park. The proceeds of the past Sharks in the Park auctions have benefited the
Every Friday evening during the summer months at 8:00pm all roads on the Cape lead to the Chatham Town Band concert in Kate Gould Park on Main Street in Chatham. As many as six thousand people attend these concerts, and it will be one of the highlights of your summer in Chatham. There will be musical numbers by the band, folk dances for the children, dance numbers for grownups and community singing for everyone. Members of the colorfully uniformed forty-piece band live in Chatham and the surrounding towns.
The Hookers Ball is the The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance annual fundraising party held every Auguast, to raise the money needed to support its mission of keeping local seafood on dinner plates, healthy fish populations in the ocean, and a sustainable and profitable small-boat fishing industry on Cape Cod.
The Chatham Creative Art Center's Festival of the Arts is Cape Cod's Premier Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, showcasing beautiful work. There is a wonderful variety of 120 artisans exhibiting at the show. Exhibitors from around the country showcase one of a kind pieces including clothing, jewelry, fine woodworking, art, ceramics, graphics, metalwork, glass and much more. Delicious food trucks and an ice cream van are conveniently located in the center of the green to ensure you energy to keep exploring!
Pumpkin People in the Park can be found in Kate Gould Park and the bandstand on Main Street. The creative and innovative Pumpkin People are fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from October 13 until Halloween! These larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the Oktoberfest festival. Come and see these outrageous displays in October and plan to be at the Oktoberfest in Chatham.
The Chatham Turkey Trot is a fun 3.1 mile run / walk in Chatham, Massachusetts. Participants bring a bag of groceries along with their registration fees, and all of the money and groceries are donated to the Lower Cape Outreach Council. The Turkey Trot is held each year on Thanksgiving morning, and starts at 8 a.m. in the parking lot behind CVS in Chatham, at the corner of Main St. & Stage Harbor Rd. There is a pie sale before and after the Turkey Trot (including gluten free pies!), and a raffle after the Turk
Chatham's Christmas Stroll that is pure Currier & Ives...something to write home about. We start with a light parade and caroling down Main Street followed by the tree lighting ceremony, a handbell choir, carolers and more. Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate; hop on the holly trolley, marvel at the lights & the decorations as you stop to visit all our unique shops waiting to welcome you with warm refreshments, prizes, raffles and great gift ideas too. Santa's workshop is here too...can you find Santa?
Come join us for First Night Chatham! We are a family-friendly, alcohol free, town-wide celebration of the arts with over 70 performances and events. December 31st, 2019 will be First Night Chatham's 29th New Year's Eve celebration. It's a full day of fun and entertainment, starting with the Town Photo at the Chatham Lighthouse at Noon, and culminating with Fireworks at Oyster Pond at the stroke of midnight.