From artist shanties, Shakespeare Under the Stars and ukulele concerts to West African Drum Circles, Tai Chi, Zumba, live music, museums, baseball games under the lights and strolling the mile long Main Street with over 40 restaurants and plenty of shopping, there is something to satisfy everyone’s interests and tastes in the downtown Hyannis HyArts Cultural District this summer.

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties are open for the 2024 season. Discover new faces and artwork as artists change weekly throughout the season. A must stop on the Walkway-to-the Sea, discover Cape Cod artists working and selling hand-made, crafted and designed wares in two shanty locations: Harbor Overlook at 51 Ocean Street and Bismore Park at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis.

With over 85 artists participating in this year’s HyArts Artist Shanty program, it is the perfect opportunity to shop local and support the creative economy. Artwork includes a variety of media, from ceramics, mosaics, and wood turning to fiber art, paintings, jewelry and more. Don’t neglect those rumbling tummies while you stroll Hyannis’s working waterfront, the Harbor Overlook Snack Shack features pop-up food vendors throughout the season for you to grab a quick bite.

ABOUT THE ARTIST SHANTY PROGRAM: The Town-run Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”. This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world.


Always OPEN FROM 11:00am! 
Artists frequently come in early and stay late!
Seven days a week: Through September 2, 2024:
11:00 am – at least 6:00 pm June & September, till 8:00pm July and August
Five days a week: September 5 through September 30, 2024:11:00 am – 6:00 pm

October Weekends, Friday through Sunday, 10/4 -10/20, 2024 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

November: Sweetacular Soiree on Gingerbread Lane at the Harbor Overlook 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 11/29 and 11/30, 2024
Special holiday event with artist market, entertainment, food, fun and games.

All programs are subject to change or cancellation without notice.


Cape Cod Ukulele Concerts| Hyannis Village Green
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | June 24 – August 26, 2024
A whole lot of strumming and singing for all ages! Cathy Hatch’s ukulele group plays bluegrass, pop and more, with the occasional kazoo too. No rain dates.


Zumba | Hyannis Village Green
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | July 2 – September 24, 2024

Shake, shimmy and smile! Get a fun workout before strolling Main Street!

2024 Free Summer Sounds Concert Series| Asetlon Park
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | July 9 – August 27, 2024

Bring your blankets, chairs, and wear your dancing shoes every Tuesday night! There is plenty of local talent to keep you movin’ and groovin’ each week.

Shakespeare Under the Stars | Hyannis Village Green
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | July 23, July 30 and August 6, 2024

Presented by the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College

Bring a blanket or chair and settle in for a little bit of Bard.



Tai Chi | Hyannis Village Green

10:00 am -11:00 am | July 10, 17 and August 7, 14, 2024


Barnstable Town Band Concerts| Hyannis Village Green

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm | June 26 – August 28, 2024

Hometown musical charm at its best! No rain dates. Follow @artsbarnstable on Instagram for happenings all around town and weather related cancellations.


West African Drumming Class | Hyannis Village Green

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | July 11 – August 22, 2024

Participate OR Fun to watch!

Instructors: Sam Holmstock, co-founder of world-fusion ensemble, ENTRAIN and Fugan Dineen, drummer and percussionist (with special drop in appearances by Issa Coulibaly) make this drumming class a can’t miss event teaching traditional West African Rhythms. EMAIL questions to Bring a Djembe or Dununba.
DROP IN FEE $20.00; $30.00 for Issa classes.


JAZZY MUSIC STROLL | Hyannis Main Street
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | July 11 – August 22, 2024

Stroll Main Street and hear a variety of musicians each week.



HISTORY ON TAP | Cape Cod Maritime Museum

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16, August 30, 2024
A little bit of history paired with beer or wine tastings from local breweries. Historians will give a short talk with demonstration and answer any questions. Be curious, ask questions, and learn all about these periods of history while sampling local libations!

2024 FREE Music Man Blues Concert Series| Aselton Park

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | July 12 – August 16, 2024

Bring your blankets, chairs, and wear your dancing shoes every Tuesday night. There is plenty of local talent to keep you movin’ and groovin’ each week.

MUSIC ON MAIN | Hyannis Main Street
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | July 12 – August 16, 2024
Stroll along the mile long street and hear a variety of musicians each week.


Cape Cod Ballroom Dancing | Hyannis Village Green
Several dates throughout the summer:



2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | July 28, August 25, September 15, 2024

FREE. No experience necessary. Open to all. Bring all manner of drums, percussion, pots and pans… whatever be it percussion, sousaphone, Alto-gloop, African drums, Caribbean drums, Asian drums, Native-American drums, Middle-Eastern drums, Digeridoos and everything in between. EMAIL questions to

Cape Cod Baseball League | McKeon Park
Catch a baseball game, day or under the lights just steps from Hyannis Harbor.

Hyannis HyArts Campus | 250 South Street, Hyannis:
The Guyer Art Barn community arts space offering arts education, performance, and exhibitions. Free parking.


July 28 | Aselton Park

Love Local Fest, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

August 31 | Second Summer Fireworks

Veteran’s Beach

September 21 |Aselton Park
Rising Tides public art project, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

September 29 | Aselton Park

Love Local Fest | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


It is easy to spend art-FULL days in downtown Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. Free and metered parking lots are steps away from Hyannis Main Street & Hyannis Harbor.


There are plenty of programs and events to keep active and entertained year round in all seven villages in the town of Barnstable and you can find many listings at and Instagram/Facebook @artsbarnstable


Take part in talks, tunes, theater and more. Check out the Friday farmers market at Osterville Historical Museum; watch the painters during the Cahoon Museum Great Brush Off; exhibits, classes, theater, live music it is all non-stop action at Cotuit Center for the Arts; celebrate the Cahoon’s as well as rotating contemporary exhibits at the Cahoon museum.   Go on an whale watch, historical or nature walk or take a ghost walk or bring a picnic to the Jailhouse Jams weekly concerts in Barnstable Village; catch one of the matinee movies and exhibit at the Centerville Historical Museum. Step back in time and trace history at one of the village historical societies, hike conservation paths, explore town beaches and recreation areas and each village library hosts a wide variety of programs for all ages.