We all know that the Nantucket summer goes by in a blink…so it definitely takes some good planning and preparation to make sure you’ve got the dates down pat! So with spring in full swing, here is the blACKbook HOT LIST of 2017 events! Think of it as your little cheat sheet to making the most of your summer on the Rock!


Saturday, May 6th

Join the #ACKpartyhosts for their spring kick off bash! The Nantuckey Derby party will benefit Small Friends on Nantucket, so here’s your chance to come dressed to the Derby 9’s, to enjoy the costume prizes, signature derby cocktails from Cisco Brewers, light bites and even a flower bar where guests will get to design their own Derby Accessory! Tickets are $50 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Small Friends. Now quit horsing around and get yours below!



Saturday, May 6th

Our Kentucky Derby fundraiser will be on Saturday, May 6th from 7pm to 10pm at The Chicken Box. Tickets will be $25 if purchased ahead of time online, or $30 at the door. A variety of yummy food will also be provided from local restaurants.
BONUS: It’s a Derby Double Header…after you’re done Derby-ing it downtown, head over to The BOX for the S.T.A.R. Derby Gala! The S.T.A.R. Kentucky Derby Gala and fundraiser will be Saturday, May 6, 7—10 p.m. at The Chicken Box! Tickets are $25 if purchased ahead of time online or $30 at the door. Local restaurants will provide a variety of yummy food, and there will also be a silent auction, The Savage Brothers on stage, derby cocktails and more! So don’t wait and get those $25 tickets by clicking below:



Thursday May 18th

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Get your stretch on with Champy founder and television personality Jenny Johnson, as she joins forces with local yogi and sommelier Ieva Aldens + Miss blACKbook’s Holly Finigan for a one-hour yoga class followed by sparkling wine and nibbles! Tickets at $25 can be purchased below!



Thursday, May 18th 

Join Miss blACKbook as she teams up with Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel for the one and only rosé-fueled dueling DJ bash at The BOX! Whispering Angel is bringing with them everyone’s favorite blush wine, as well as their special guest, DJ Nicole Rosé! Over the past six years, DJ Rosé has become a staple in the fashion world creating ambiance, hyping up audiences, and promoting the brand’s wide range of styles and various high profile companies. DJ Rosé can be heard regularly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt Groupe, Samsung and W Hotels and annually at Art Basel and Coachella. blACKbook will pair her with The BOX’s notorious Monday Dueling DJ party starter DJ LAZYBOY for the ultimate Rosé All Night Dueling DJ Dance Party that you don’t want to miss! BONUS: NO COVER!
Join Miss blACKbook as she teams up with Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel for the one and only rosé-fueled dueling DJ bash at The BOX! Whispering Angel is bringing with them everyone’s favorite blush wine, as well as their special guest, DJ Nicole Rosé! Over the past six years, DJ Rosé has become a staple in the fashion world creating ambiance, hyping up audiences, and promoting the brand’s wide range of styles and various high profile companies. DJ Rosé can be heard regularly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt Groupe, Samsung and W Hotels and annually at Art Basel and Coachella. blACKbook will pair her with The BOX’s notorious Monday Dueling DJ party starter DJ LAZYBOY for the ultimate Rosé All Night Dueling DJ Dance Party that you don’t want to miss! BONUS: NO COVER!


Friday, June 9th in Stowe

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Come follow Miss blACKbook and Jasmine Takanikos as they take their branding, strategy and social media workshop on the road to Holly’s VT Happy Place of Stowe, Vermont! A one-day workshop on the curation of self online and offline with tons of tips and tools to create lasting and effective marketing strategies as well as the details on how to use social media platforms in the best ways. Full-day pass is $495 and includes lunch!



Tuesday, June 16th + Wednesday, June 17th

With a vintage vibe and rich harmonious sound, The Ballroom Thieves first hit The BOX stage in 2015 and are finally making their way bACK to us this June! One listen to their soulful lyrics combined with their incredible stage presence and you’ll be hooked on their fresh yet familiar melodies and songs. This mega talented trio, which consists of a cellist, guitarist and drummer, play all their own music and have a second album debuting since their last trip to the 02554.  We know this is going to be a magical and musical two nights at 14 Dave Street!



Friday, June 16th

Hobnob with the Nantucket Book Festival authors while enjoying a spectacular buffet dinner overlooking the harbor at the beautiful Brant Point Grill. This event does double good as it’s a fundraiser for the Book Festival AND for our literary programs in Nantucket schools! Tickets are $425. BONUS: Enjoy both the Friday night Author Dinner and the Sunday morning Breakfast with Ruth Reichl at the Brant Point Grill for $500 – a savings of $50!


Tuesday, June 20th + Wednesday, June 21st

Packy’s been raving about this band since he got back on the Island. A masterful musical mix of tuba, sax, trumpet, trombone, guitars and one killer pianist, these guys have a fire and energy you want to be part of.  Self-described “Party Blues with a touch of Barefoot Boogie” musicians Andy Frasco and the U.N. deliver feel good music – the perfect way to kick off the official first day of summer!



Sunday, June 25th 

The Blush Bash is Nantucket’s first and only outdoor event dedicated entirely to The Pink Drink. It will be held at Bartlett’s Farm on Sunday, June 25, as a benefit for The Brant Point Shellfish Hatchery. What started as a private label rosé project dreamed up on the beach last July by two year-round Island residents, friends and business owners, Tanya McDonough + Elle Jarvis, The Blush Bash was intended to be their official launch party. While the girls did realize they were entirely too busy to travel through France and open two new ACK restaurants in the spring, they decided to throw the Pink Drink themed event anyway as a charity event. Given all of the discussion of our local shellfish industry, eel grass, and fertilizer run off, it was a perfect pairing to partner with Nantucket Natural Resources Department. Local band Foggy Roots will kick off the day followed by the Boston based band Bearstronaut with our own Pete Ahern of Audio Architects spinning a good old fashioned dance party at Cisco Brewers to round out the day. There will be more than 40 different rosés to sample and snacks for sale such as oysters from 167 Raw, Cheese Picnic Boxes from NOSH Nantucket and Pick Your Own Strawberries from Bartlett’s Farm! Tickets are $100 and you can get them below!



Tuesday June 27th + Wednesday June 28th

Get ready for a Cali music fusion of reggae, hip hop, pop and indie, as The BOX gets ready to host THE HOLDUP for the first time! This left-coast musical group hasn’t been touring for the past few years, so when Packy Norton heard they were bACK on the road, he knew they had to make a stop on the Grey Lady. Expect high vibes and notable  musical performances to hit the island on the 27th + 28th!



Tuesday July 5th + Wednesday July 6th

RIPE is the Boston-based jam band brought together by Berklee College of Music. They were so good in June last year that pACKy just had to bring them bACK out for September! These guys have been touring all year…and with all that high energy, the RIPE guys create an unforgettable live experience. Get ready to dance with their mostly original tunes plus a few fun covers!



Thursday, July 6th

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Get flashy with the trashiest fashion show at Cisco Brewers! The second annual CISCO TRASHION SHOW is slated for July 6th and you don’t want to miss this incredible fashion forward event! All the clothes are made out of recycled goods, and while you savor an afternoon at the ever beloved Brewery, you can support a good cause as all the funds raised at this event go back to supporting the ACK Clean Team and Nantucket Eco Group. This is the only fashion show that raises awareness on keeping our beaches the best in the world. Tickets, at $40, go on sale next month, so mark your calendars now!



Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th

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Hot to the 6th annual Nantucket Yoga Festival are Aya and Tyler, an amazing couple that share the power of meditation through music. Her voice is like an angel’s, and he plays flute, singing bowls, and the digeridoo! Aya and Tyler are part of the community concerts, brand new to the Yoga Festival and open to the public under the big tent on both Saturday and Sunday, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.! Experience the music, the energy, and the festival’s cool vibes as you have the ability to join in at no cost. While you’re there, make sure to check out the vendor market, open to the public all weekend!



Tuesday, July 11th + Wednesday, July 12th

Okay, so even though it’s already sold out…we just have to give a shout out to to one of the coolest names coming to the Rock this season.  For those that got tickets, know that Ziggy Marley is gonna be one of the hottest shows of the summer!



July 12th to July 15th

Ready for some roaring laughs? The Nantucket Comedy Festival is celebrating its 10th year and the list of events go on and on with amazing comics from all over the country coming to our little island. We had to make sure to mention their crazy stACKed Friday events with the early show of “Comedy Writing Legends,” featuring the Farrelly Brothers (Peter & Bobby Farrelly), who will interview Babaloo Mandell and Lowell Ganz. (The guys have written dozens of hit comedy movies like Splash, Parenthood, City Slickers and Fever Pitch to name just a few!) And their late show, “Friday Night Lights,” will feature stand-up comedy and road stories from national headlining comedians including Jeff Foxworthy! Click below to get your Patron Pass in for the full festival by clicking below:



Showing July 8th through August 26th

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See Mamma Mia reimagined in an intimate 130-person space! Its first time to Nantucket – Broadway meets the Nantucket stage. Sure to be a big hit for the whole family! Find your inner dancing queen and don’t be surprised if the cast has you on your feet while they dance in the aisles! Theatre Workshop of Nantucket is thrilled to bring this worldwide phenomenon to our beautiful little island!



 Friday, July 21st

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Join the super talented team at N Magazine as they toast to the 15th year of the Magazine with an evening of libations, light bites, live music, and more at the beautiful Whaling Museum! Dubbed “The Crystal Ball” in a nod to 15th anniversary gifts, this celebration will also honor 15 years of N Magazine cover stars, many of whom will be in attendance! BONUS: 50% of ticket proceeds will benefit Nantucket Historical Association! Tickets are $100 and will go on sale later this month so stay tuned on their website for more details!



Tuesday August 8th + Wednesday August 9th

This iconic ‘90s favorite is making its way to Nantucket! See, when Packy Norton saw Blues Traveler in a small venue back in 2015, he thought they’d be perfect for The BOX. Fast forward two years, and you’ve got one of the biggest names of the summer coming to the island for a two-night show in the heat of August. Get tickets now before they sell out!



 Thursday,  August 10th

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Here’s your chance to tour some of the most beautiful and authentic Nantucket homes on island! The August Fête to benefit the Nantucket Preservation Trust gives guests a curated look into some of the most beautifully preserved homes on the island. Join them on August 10th as they host the 12th annual Fête, this year showcasing historic homes on Mill Street, right next to the Pony Field! Enjoy bites and cocktails as you get the chance to go inside and tour these stunning homes. This is always one of our favorite experiential events of the summer, and it always sells out, so be sure to get your tickets early! Fête tickets are $225 and will be available to purchase later this month through the NPT website. So saddle up and get your leadership tickets now by clicking below or calling 508-228-1387



Saturday, August 12th

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The Boston Pops on Nantucket are always a beach highlight…and this year, they even got the BEACH BOYS to join ’em! Yep, the 21st annual #POPSonACK is a serious summer must, and this incredible fundraiser, which always raises tons of money for our Nantucket Cottage Hospital, also doubles as the biggest event of the Nantucket summer. We hear the tables are already sold out, so be sure to get your general admission tickets ASAP before those sell out too!



Saturday, August 19th

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The Tim Russert Summer Groove is always an August highlight for both its dance party and the incredible amount of funds it raises to keep the lights on (and the kids happy!) at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club! This year, event producer David M. Handy says to expect yet another complete transformation of the Club’s gymnasium, with a fresh design that incorporates a “cool” theme during this hot summer event! Event co-chairs Lauren Marttila and Amy Sanford have a spectacular line-up for the Groove, including a beautifully catered dinner where guests will enjoy Donelan Family Wines paired with the delicious cuisine of Nantucket Catering Company, then an amazing live auction, followed by dessert and “grooving” all night long. This year’s Tim Russert Spirit of Hope Award recipient is John Loose, who was an instrumental part of the new building campaign, construction of which was completed in 2015. The Groove is one event not to be missed that gives bACK to our amazing community kids’ club. And don’t wait! The Groove always sells out – and we hear that half the tables are already spoken for!



Thursday, August 24th

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This incredible nature-filled event is where our friends at The Trustees connect with the Great Point Circle Trustees Members and our community at large. This early evening event really lets you explore the stunning landscape of Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge and provides an awesome opportunity to go into and up the stairs of Great Point Lighthouse to savor the stunning views from the top. This year, expect a live steel drummer, a catered spread and beach BBQ with a raw bar and some late summer fun for the whole family. Tickets will launch later this month, so keep up to date with everything at thetrustees.org


Saturday, August 26th

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A small island with a BIG heart making a BIG difference! Did you know, that since 2013, Swim Across America Nantucket swimmers and volunteers have raised over $1.2 million while swimming over 600 miles, for on-island cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital & Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket!? These funds have provided over 1,600 cancer treatments on Nantucket! This year they hope to raise another $375,00, where all money raised allows our hospital to offer on-site hematology & oncology treatments for our fellow Nantucketers where they need it most, right here at home. So join them by swimming, volunteering or donating. This year they’ve added a 1/4 mile swim for our beginner swimmers, and will be once again offering a 4 mile swim for our more adventurous swimmers! Help Them Make Waves to Fight Cancer on August 26th at Jetties Beach!


Stay tuned for more HOT LISTS all season long on blACKbook, your modern day guide to Nantucket! Got something you think needs to be part of the HOT LIST? Email holly@nantucketblACKbook.com for details.