Weekend Outlook

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Oysters take pride of place this weekend, featuring in two different events. Wellfleet's annual OysterFest celebrates all things related to the bivalve, and culminates with the much-anticipated oyster shucking contest. And the 6th Annual Oyster Symposium takes place on the Upper Cape - the first time this international event has come to North America.

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Want to hone your Davy Crockett-style tracking skills? Head to Harwich this Saturday, where the Harwich Conservation Trust presents naturalist and tracking instructor Todd Kelley for a workshop on how to identify wildlife and their tracks by interpreting the clues they leave behind.

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Dog-lovers should to head to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds this weekend, as more than 900 dogs of many breeds compete in the annual Cranberry Cluster All-Breed Dog Shows.

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This weekend may be what many people consider the unofficial end of summer, but there is plenty going on both this weekend and on into the fall. Here's a preview.

A different kind of food buffet takes place at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth on Saturday, as more than 25 food trucks roll into town.

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Fans of author and illustrator Edward Gorey can introduce a new generation to his work with an unusual children’s celebration Saturday at the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port.

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As we arrive at what many consider the midway point of summer, there is no shortage of great activities to get out and enjoy.

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Hydrangea bushes are blooming this time of year. They’re blue, they’re pink, they’re purple, they’re white – and, they’re finally getting their own festival.

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July Fourth is the biggest party of the summer. With the holiday on a Saturday, that’s going to be the big day for parades and fireworks. Here's a guide to what's happening around the area.

So maybe having great white sharks off the beach isn't ideal for a tourist destination. But then again... maybe it can be a good thing. The fascination for sharks is celebrated this Saturday in Chatham with an all-day Finomenal Fest that's part education, part fun.

Heritage Museums & Gardens opens a major art exhibit this weekend that brings together work by three generations of paintings by the Wyeth family.

You won’t have to leave your dog at home to go to the latest festival in Brewster, because paws in the Park on Saturday is all about pets and raises money to help other animals. More info.


Memorial Day weekend brings parades and other observances across the Cape and Islands, many of these on Monday. Starting on Sunday, however, will be "Troops in the Spotlight." This 24-hour observance is an annual event, now in its 11th year. It takes over part of the parking lot at Kmart Plaza in Hyannis. Troops in the Spotlight honors the men and women who serve in the armed forces with a 24-hour honor guard, collections for care packages, and more.

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Your ears will be happy and your toes tapping, as we have lots of good music happening this weekend. Some of Cape Cod’s top female music stars will perform together Sunday in a show to benefit cancer patients through the new Cape Wellness Collaborative.