Summer Is Coming… and we couldn’t be more excited! After a seemingly mild winter (hell, anything compared to last year feels mild!) we are gearing up for our blACKbook launch of all things, sip, shop, stay, and of course… SOCIAL! So as we near the end of March, we’ve got a bakers dozen dates to make sure are on all of your Nantucket calendars.

1. 42nd Annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival

DATE: April 29th – May 1st


Why You Gotta Go: There is no festival like Daffodil Festival on ACK… and no better way to kick off spring and get in the Nantucket state of mind than with this Nantucket Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual event! The day is all about Saturday and Sconset, with an antique car parade up Main Street and then one of the most awesome and extravagant picnics along the streets in the 02564! Get ready to dress up and feel the flower power with this blACKbook favorite weekend.

 2. 10th Annual Night With The Stars

DATE: Saturday May 7th at the BOX
 chicke box
Why You Gotta Go:STAR Nantucket is a non-profit that provides accessible sports and recreation programs to island kids with special needs. Celebrating the fundraiser’s 10th anniversary, this year STAR has a Hollywood theme and red carpet attire is encouraged! (Break out those ball gowns & tuxedos if you feel so inclined and take advantage of their Oscar-worthy photo booth!) Be sure to check out the amazing local and off island auction items including restaurant gift cards, Red Sox tickets, jewelry, artwork and more! Tickets are available at the door or online.

3. Nantucket Book Festival

DATE: June 17th to the 19th
Why You Gotta Go… Toasting to its 5th year, The Nantucket Book Festival has become a serious favorite of ours over the past few years. From unique lectures around the island, to authors in bars, to chatting with your favorite writer over a beer at the brewery or watching how books transition into films, this weekend has great energy and, like any good book, always leaves us wanting more! Click photo for full schedule.

4. Nantucket Yoga Festival

DATE: July 8th-10th at Bartlett’s Farm
Nantucket yoga festival
Why You Gotta Go: This 5th annual Nantucket Yoga Festival is ALWAYS a blACKbook highlight for health, wellness and practicing mindfulness … And this year the event is bigger and better than ever…. including THREE tents for classes, vendors + events as well as guest speakers like Lilias Folan and Jillian Pransky! BONUS: early bird special launches this weekend with full weekend passes going for just $300… click the photo for details!

5. Nantucket Red Tie Soiree

DATE: Sunday July 10th at the Sankaty Club

Nantucket Red Tie Soiree
Why You Gotta Go: Red is the new black when it comes to soirees! And what a perfect way to get decked out in brights to support science research and education on Nantucket with the Maria Mitchell’s Red Tie Soiree! Savor an evening out at Sankaty Golf Club and experience what Maria Mitchell is all about! We had a blast last year!

 6. Rob Garza on ACK with Audio Architechs

DATE: July 11th at the Whaling Museum Roofdeck
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Why You Gotta Go: Pete Ahern is at it again, this time bringing bACK Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation out to the island for the second time to spin and set the mood of the Summer Series on the NHA roof deck. This is a one time only show, so make sure when the tickets go on sale, to get yours quick! We remember this party at PAZZO had much of the buzz of August 2014! Don’t miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with this incredible musician.

 7. Museum After Dark

DATE: Saturday July 23rd at the Whaling Museum 
MAD event
Why You Gotta Go: We had so much fun at the first annual #ACKMAD collab (heck, we are living in the age of collaboration!) and this young + fresh event at the Whaling Museum offered a new look at the island with a later timeline. This year is set to be more collaborative than ever with more brands and incorporating the old with the new as the roof deck is transformed and the first floor is transitioned into a festive dance floor (And who doesn’t want that epic selfie while all dressed up under the whale!)

8. TWN celebrates 60 years with Meryl Streep

DATE: July 30th at the Nantucket Hotel
Meryl Streep Headshot - Brigitte Lacombe
Why You Gotta Go: Okay, so I know it’s not fair to promote events that are already sold out… but how can we not give a shout out to Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, celebrating its 60th year on island and bringing in one of the biggest female actresses of our time!?!? Nantucket Hotel welcomes Meryl Streep in late July as she gives a live performance in front of such an intimate audience… we can’t wait to see what she does! Make sure you have the whole TWN schedule by clicking here!

9. BOSTON POPS on Nantucket

DATE: Saturday August 13th at Jetties Beach
Why You Gotta Go: Toasting to a big milestone, the 20th anniversary of the Boston Pops on Nantucket promises to be bigger and better than ever! (And I don’t know how we are going to top last years legendary sunset, but I am sure we will find a way!) #POPSonACK is one of the most important events of the year that helps to keep the Nantucket Cottage Hospitals lights on, the heat running and the ability to say with pride that “THIS IS MY HOSPITAL!” We hear that tables are almost sold out, so make sure to get yours ASAP… and if you’re looking for general admission with your pops picnic… click the photo!


DATE: Thursday August 11th, Upper Main Street
photo: Kris Kinsley Hancock
Why You Gotta Go: We have just LOVED the August Fete over the past few years with 2014 celebrating in Sconset + 2015 mingling in Madaket! And this years will be a showcase like none other, as the Nantucket Preservation Trust takes us into the heart of Upper Main Street and lets us experience the “Gut Fish Not Houses” mentality through intimate property tours! We have thoroughly enjoyed walking and talking and really savoring preserving Nantuckets historic homes during this incredible event… trust us, you will too!

11. 10th annual Autism Speaks Walk

DATE: Saturday August 20th
photo: Kris Kinsley Hancock
Why You Gotta Go: The town always lights it up blue during this special week in honor of Autisim Speaks. Nantucket holds a very big place in the hearts of founders Bob and Suzanne Wright, who have been celebrating along side the other thousand participants over the past 10 years of walking for this worthy cause. You’ll see the puzzle piece on the shirts of bartenders, you’ll taste “light it up blue” specialty cocktails around town, and you’ll feel inspired as you walk with this extraordinary event.

12.  Summer Groove

DATE: SATURDAY August 20th at the Boys & Girls Club
Summer groove
Why You Gotta Go: Not only does the Summer Groove support the largest kids foundation on island… but it is always the final hurrah of the season, bringing together hundreds of community members to toast and donate and dance to the Boys & Girls Club. This year, we were so happy to hear that the Tim Russet Spirit of Hope recipient is Tommy Bresette! Click photo for more event details.


DATE: August 23 + 24th
Why You HAVE To Go: And finally, The Revivalists are ALWAYS Miss blACKbook’s show of the summer. As we’ve been following these NOLA boys from Boston to Aspen, we can’t wait to have them bACK on the stage at our very own legendary Chicken Box. Tickets have not got on sale, but make sure the BOX ticket master link is saved to your phone so you don’t miss these Men Amongst Mountains on our little island.


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  • Ella Wall Prichard March 25, 2016

    Thanks! Great list as I begin to plan my summer in Nantucket. I’d add the NHA design week–the first week in August, I think.

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