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Weekend Outlook


Wondering what to do this weekend? Every Wednesday during All Things Considered, Steve Junker speaks with the editors of Cape Week about events happening on Cape Cod and the Islands. 

You can hear this week's best bets here.

Cape Cod Times / Christine Hochkep


Dancing for a Cure, the exuberant fundraiser to fight cancer, returns for a 5th year, bringing together hundreds of people of all ages to dance and dance and dance (and dance).

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Food, music, discussion, and theater - the weekend offers a little bit of everything. Better head out to enjoy it! 

Cape Cod Community College

The Multicultural Festival of Cape Cod will be back for its 15th year Saturday at Cape Cod Community College, with all kinds of ways to experience traditions from other countries. And don't forget the food trucks!

The Academy Awards are Sunday night, and if you have a desire to dress-up fancy and walk the red carpet like a movie star, there are a number of local parties planned around watching the event. There are Oscar parties in Dennis, Chatham and Vineyard Haven, featuring red carpets, real Oscars you can pose with, and papparazi. Now just start rehearsing your thank you speech...

Remember summer: bathing suits, fishing... and boating? If you fear warm weather might never come back, take yourself to Hyannis this weekend for the annual Boatbuilders Show. It's a great event, with an emphasis on local boatbuilders from Cape Cod and New England. Most of the builders themselves will on hand to talk about boats, boats, boats. And really, what nicer topic is there?

A "rigorous and sustained application of energy for creative purposes" - that's how we are defining marathon for this week's Weekend Outlook. (Yes, we get to make up definitions in this space, too.)

By that measure, writers and actors in Provincetown are throwing themselves into the marathon task of creating theater. The 24-Hour Theater Festival will start with a few random items and plenty of spirit, to produce a play in just 24 hours.

Caleb Nickerson House

Don't let your cultural intake be dry and flavorless! There's plenty going on this weekend to enjoy.

On Friday night the Provincetown Art Association and Museum hosts a potluck dinner to celebrate three art new exhibitions.


Don't let the cold weather and gray skies keep you indoors this weekend. There are plenty of fun events to get you out of the house.    

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is known for its live theater in the summer, but this winter its events are on screen with three unusual film series - with simulcast operas, plays, and science programming

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Your ears should enjoy another weekend full of diverse musical events - including one featuring saxophones of all sizes.  

This Friday at United Methodist Church in Wellfleet, a benefit concert features the Ukeladies and the trio Toast and Jam. Proceeds got to help Wana's Safe House for Girls in Haiti.  

Andy Cambria

Here comes the first weekend of 2015 - don't let it slip by without enjoying some good music.

On Sunday the Woods Hole Folk Music Society welcomes the trio Low Lily. The group is new, but regulars on the scene might recognize its members.


Ok. So, you're itching for a round of mini-golf, but you're thinking you have to wait until next summer? Ho ho ho - the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has a gift for you! You can play mini golf right through the exhibits on Saturday. Fore!



Holiday activities reach their crescendo this weekend, with events to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the Solstice.  

For Christmas, there’s the Living Creche in Dennis.  Did you know, this treasured tradition started in 1982 when a fire destroyed the plaster Nativity, and, with no time to replace it, a suggestion was made to use live people and animals?  True Cape Cod Holiday fact.


Food and music top the list of this weekend's Holiday offerings - that's nice, eh?

On Sunday, musician Chandler Travis brings back the Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless for the 11th year in Orleans - and this "cavalcade" is much more than a concert.

Most other concerts this weekend are all about holiday music, but the Outer Cape Chorale is taking its listeners to Africa.

Ronald Barnes

Do you hear ringing? That's the opening bell of the Holiday Season, and there are plenty of events to celebrate this weekend.

Gardens Aglow opens at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich with a light show all over the property - that's more than nine miles of lights!

Cape Cod Times

Goodbye unseasonably cold weather - now let's go have fun. Here's your rundown of what's happening around the Cape and Islands. 

Local comedians face off in the Comedy Competition New England in Wareham.

A lot of Cape churches hold holiday fairs, and you can find a listing of them here.

Katy Paul

Eight theater shows are opening this weekend, two more are continuing, and another opens next weekend - is this November or mid-July? Theater lovers have an abundance of choice to enjoy. Here are the shows. First the musicals:

Yes, it is Halloween - and there's plenty of Halloween fun to be had. The Cotuit Center for the Arts hosts its 14th annual masquerade ball. This year's theme? Outer Space Spooktacular. Come, all space aliens...

Singer Siobhan Magnus is hosting her own Halloween party in Plymouth - it's got music, fun, and a movie.

This is the last weekend before Halloween - so don't let it slip away without a giving yourself a little Halloween thrill.

The Drama Club at Barnstable High School welcomes you to a "Haunted Schoolhouse" that features a homecoming dance "gone terribly wrong" - and other ghoulish and imaginative horrors. 

Steve Heaslip / / Cape Cod Times

Feeling the stirrings of hunger? Head to the Outer Cape to join the multitudes who love to eat and talk about that delicious - slurp! - bivalve whose name is just about synonymous with Wellfleet - it's Wellfleet Oysterfest weekend.

Courtesy Edie Vonnegut

You want to step out this weekend? You're in luck. There's plenty to do.

Famed author Kurt Vonnegut lived for decades in Barnstable, and this weekend brings three days of festivities in town to celebrate that literary connection.

Cape Symphony is stepping back in time to the era of World War II for its shows this weekend, called Radio Days.

New Black Eagles Jazz Band

Hey you gorgeous weekend, let's go out and have fun. 

Music, film, beer, theater -  take your pick of activities to explore. JazzFest Falmouth starts this weekend, and there are more events planned than ever, because now the festival runs more days than ever. Enjoy the Jazz Stroll, and the New Black Eagles Jazz Band at Woods Hole Community Hall is a show not to miss for sure.


There are plenty of great events to get involved with this weekend. If you're in the mood for a parade, Sandwich has a big, BIG one planned to mark the grand finale of its town-wide 375th anniversary.

Harwich has a unusual music festival on Saturday and Sunday - it involves a mysterious piano found deep in the woods.


Our late-season surge of summery weather sets the stage for another event-filled weekend. Eastham launches its 37th annual Windmill Weekend, featuring a vehicle show, a pancake breakfast, a tricycle race, the Windmill Weekend Parade, and more.

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Labor Day was first made a holiday by the state of Oregon in 1887. By 1894, thirty states had recognized Labor Day, and it became a national holiday. That's a little bit of history. But the Town of Barnstable is using a lot of history to commemorate this year's Labor Day weekend, as it continues marking its 375th anniversary year, this time with a fireworks display on Saturday night.