Cape Cod Arts Organizations

Art and Multicultural Centers

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, 3 Shootflying Hill Road, Centerville, 508-362-0066,
Regional arts agency for Barnstable County, committed to strengthening and promoting Cape Cod’s arts and cultural industry throughout the year. The foundation serves individual artists, cultural organizations, fine and performing arts groups and businesses, and cultural and historical establishments such as museums and archives. Grants program, Passport to the Arts, annual regional art exhibit, annual Creative Collaborative Conference, Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series in Dennis, Harwich, Hyannis, Chatham, Mashpee, Orleans, Falmouth, and Sandwich in July and August, the TD Bank North Pops by the Sea concert in August with the Boston Pops in the Hyannis Town Green, and Fall for the Arts, a Cape-wide arts and culture festival in October.

Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable, 508-362-2909,
Art shows, classes, and workshops for adults and children: painting, pastels, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Gift shop with works by local artists.

Cape Cod Conservatory, 2235 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, 508-362-2772; and 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508-540-0611,
Art shows, concerts, instruction in instruments, voice, and classes in art, dance, drama, and photography. Programs for pre-school children, youth, and adults.

Cape Cod Potters, Chatham,
Lectures and workshops on ceramic production. Members individually and collectively hold exhibitions, sales and demonstrations.

Cape Cod Writers Center, Inc., 919 Main Street, Osterville, 508-420-0200,
Workshops, classes, writing groups, networking, monthly Writers Night Out and Breakfast with the Authors. The annual Writing Conference in August draws faculty and participants from across the country with many classes in the art and business of writing as well as mentoring and manuscript evaluations.

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit, 508-428-0669,
Art exhibitions, classes, plays and musicals in main and Black Box theaters, rock, popular, jazz, and classical concerts, folk music coffeehouse, films, talks, and special events.

Creative Arts Center in Chatham, 154 Crowell Road, Chatham, 508-945-3583,
Classes and workshops in drawing, painting, pottery, jewelry and children’s crafts. Open Monday through Saturday.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, 508-394-7100,
Visual, literary, and performing arts, offering continuous exhibits and regular performances, gatherings, and classes for a range of interests, abilities, and ages. Open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM, Sunday, noon to 5 PM, and many evenings. Exhibits and some events are free.

Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, 508-540-3304,
Classes and exhibition opportunities for all ages and abilities. Art exhibits on display and for sale in the gallery and lobby. Teen and kids’ after school and vacation art classes.

Harvest Gallery Wine Bar, 776 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis, 508-385-2444,
Contemporary art by over 30 Cape Cod artists: paintings, collages, sculptures, assemblages, textiles, photography, glass, jewelry, and more.

Hyannis Harbor Art Center at Guyer Barn, 250 South Street, Hyannis,
Restored 1865 barn showcases artists and serves as a community art space with year-round exhibits, art classes/workshops and lectures. Exhibitions feature established and emerging artists.

Hyannis Harbor Your Arts Artists Shanties, Ocean Street, Bismore Park, Hyannis, 508-862-4990,
Seven shanties are artist studios for over 35 local artists and artisans who create, display, and sell their work on Hyannis Harbor. Mid-May through the first weekend in October. Handmade glass beads and wire jewelry, original paintings and prints, woodcarving, photography, tapestry, and more.

The SheArt Network,44 Tonset Road, Orleans, 717-503-5859,
Non-profit organization provides women of all ages, backgrounds, and talents the opportunity for emotional and financial growth through creative expression. At The SheArt Network Studios women meet to share ideas, learn new artistic techniques, and create SheArt products including paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, prints, and home décor which are sold for the artist’s profit at non-juried SheArt events.

Three Fish & a Ram Community Arts Center, 36 Bates Road, Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, 508-477-ARTT (2788),
Classes and workshops, summer Kids Create Camp, art shows and other cultural events, and fine art by Cape Cod artists.

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 10 Meetinghouse Road; 1 Depot Road, Truro, 508-349-7511,
Instruction for adults and children, exhibitions, lectures, forums and its signature events to connect artists to the community and the community to the arts.

Woodruff’s Art Center, One North Market Street, Mashpee, 508-477-5767,
Gallery, art supply store, and custom frame shop. Monday to Saturday, 9 to 6 and Sunday 11 to 5.

Art Fairs and Festivals

Fall for the Arts,, Cape-wide family-friendly arts festival takes place in October. Showcases local art and culture. Events included: live performances by local musicians; open houses at theaters, museums, and historical sites; readings and lectures; art activities for children; guided art and heritage walks; plein air painters; special art exhibits; and more.

Falmouth Art Market, Town Hall Square, Main Street, Falmouth,, Tuesdays, 2 PM to dusk, June 26 to August 28. Local artists in all media: including visual artists, potters, fiber artists, illustrators, photographers, print makers, glass blowers, jewelers, and authors and poets. Two musical acts perform each week.

Falmouth Arts Alive, three-day arts festival held annually the last weekend in June,
Friday, June 22, 5 to 9 PM, Saturday, June 23, 10 AM to 9 PM, and Sunday, June 24, 11 AM to 5 PM. Over 50 music, dance, and theater performances and film screenings. Over 50 arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities. Presented by ArtsFalmouth, a nonprofit alliance of artists, cultural organizations, businesses, and individuals who believe in the importance of the arts for the vitality and future of Falmouth.


Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, P.O. Box 1934, North Chatham, 508-247-9400,
Varied summer programming by chamber ensembles.

Cape Cod Chorale, Sandwich,
Community chorus of more than 60 voices, with membership drawn from middle and upper Cape Cod communities. Each year the Chorale presents three concert series in varying venues, from Sandwich to Centerville to Harwich.

Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Street, Hyannis, 508-775-5630,
Non-profit theater dedicated to supporting other non-profit arts and education organizations in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod through grants and donations. Intimate theater experience with a variety of musical and comedy acts.

Cape Cod Opera, P.O. Box 582, North Chatham, 508-246-0039,
Presents fully staged operas and concerts and school outreach programs.

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, 712A Main Street, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-1111,
Performances include five classical concerts, three indoor pops concerts, and two outdoor pops concerts. MusicWorks! provides education programs for students and adults. The CCSO performs in the 1,400-seat Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis.

Chatham Chorale, P.O. Box 1111, West Dennis, 888-556-2707,
Directed by T. Joseph Marchio, its 100 auditioned singers come from almost every Cape Cod town. The chorale has sung many great choral works and collaborated in performances with numerous Cape arts and cultural organizations.

College Light Opera Company, Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508–548–0668 (summer only),
Broadway stock musicals performed by college students dedicated to learning the techniques of musical theater under the guidance of professional staff.

Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, Falmouth, 774-392-2383,
Directed by John Yankee, the orchestra includes amateur and professional players and performs several concerts and year and offers informal summer reading sessions.

Falmouth Chorale and Orchestra, Falmouth,
Under the direction of John Yankee, the Chorale draws on the rich and diverse talents of Cape Cod and the south coast to perform innovative and varied repertoire. More than 100 singers participate in concert and chamber chorales, the Coro Ragazzi children’s chorus, and outreach and education initiatives for youth and adults.

Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Male Men’s Chorus, Falmouth,
Community chorus singing in the tradition of a men’s glee club, with voice parts for tenor I & II, baritone, and bass. Repertoire includes ballads, folk tunes, traditional and seasonal songs, and patriotic melodies.

HyArts District-Harbor Your Arts (HyA) Performing Arts, Aselton Park (corner of South and Ocean Streets), Hyannis, 508-862-4990,
Free performing arts events by the harbor throughout July and August: strolling musicians, Tuesday night concerts, Sunset Celebrations on Friday nights, with entertainment for all ages, monthly concerts on Sunday.

Mastersingers by the Sea, Falmouth, 508-548-3992,
Auditioned chamber chorus accompanied by musicians from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, directed by David MacKenzie.

Meetinghouse Chamber Music Festival, 172 Tower Hill Circle, Brewster, 508-896-3344,
Chamber music concerts take place June 15 to July 23 in Orleans, Cotuit, Falmouth, and Brewster, Great chamber music with musicians from throughout the Northeast.

Opera New England of Cape Cod, P.O. Box 1009, Centerville, 508-771-3600
Presents and promotes opera on Cape Cod, including National Lyric Opera productions. Performances are at Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center, West Barnstable.

Outer Cape Chorale, Provincetown,
140-voice community chorus, conducted by Jon Arterton. The Chorale presents a varied mix of concerts year round. All concerts are free and are performed at Provincetown’s Town Hall and Orleans’ Nauset Regional Middle School. The Chamber Singers are about twenty members of the larger ensemble and perform year-round and have performed all over the Outer Cape.

Provincetown Jazz Festival, 501 Commercial Street #2C, Provincetown, 508-274-2513,
Saturday, August 11, 8 PM, Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, and Monday, August 13, 8 PM, at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit.

Simon Sinfonietta, Falmouth, 508-457-9696,
Chamber orchestra directed by Stephen Simon presents concerts at Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, from September through June.

Solstice Singers, Woods Hole, 508–540-7866,
Under the musical direction of Lore Loftfield DeBower, the group’s performances weave medieval and Renaissance songs together with drama, dance, poetry, and period costumes.

We Are The Men, MVC, Harwichport, 508-362-3076,
All male choral group of over 30 members who perform choral works in the tradition of England and Wales, including both sacred and secular music sung in English and Welsh.


Academy of Performing Arts, 120 Main Street, Orleans, 508-255-1963,
Presents 12 shows a year, including musicals, dramas, comedies, and original works, and benefit performances.

Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Main Street, Barnstable, 508-362-6333,
The oldest community theater on Cape Cod; produces four shows per year, usually a musical in the fall and three plays, plus various acting and directing workshops in the summer.

Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 826 Route 6A, Dennis Village, 508-385-3618,
Members of the center includes the Cape Playhouse, the Cape Cinema, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

The Cape Cod Theatre Project, Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508-457-4242,
Professional play development company performing staged readings of new American plays by established and emerging playwrights and featuring visiting actors from stage, film and television. The audience is invited to offer their impressions of the play in a talk back session with the artists after each performance. Performances take place Thursday through Saturday in July.

Cape Playhouse, 820 Route 6A, Dennis, MA 02638, 508-385-3911,
Professional summer theater offering film, stage and television stars June to September.

Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Route 6A, Brewster, 508-896-1888,
Contemporary and classic plays and musicals in two theaters on 7.5+ acres in Nickerson State Park. A five-play season runs May to November in the intimate Indoor theater. In the summer there are daytime children’s shows and evening Theatre Under the Stars in the Cape’s only outdoor theater.

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit, 508-428-0669,
Year-round performances of plays and musicals in main and Black Box theaters.

Elements Theatre Company, Orleans, 508-240-2400,
Performances year-round at Paraclete House at Rock Harbor with a focus on classical theater.

Eventide Arts, 713 Route 6A (Route 6A), Dennis, 508-255-9255,
Non-profit performing arts organization presenting plays, concerts, and workshops from September to June, focusing on thought-provoking plays with themes of concern for Cape residents, providing opportunities for Cape performing artists, and develops new writers of music and drama.

Falmouth Theatre Guild, Highfield Theatre, 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508-548-0400,
Community theater: musicals and plays produced with the involvement of local community.

Harwich Junior Theatre (HJT), Harwich Winter Theatre, 105 Division Street, West Harwich, 508-432-2002,
Family theatre providing year round entertainment for audiences of all ages. Year-round theatre workshops, drama classes, and educational programs available.

Monomoy Theatre, 776 Main Street, Chatham, 508-945-1589,
Features the Ohio University Players in eight productions a year, June through August. Productions involve a training program for graduate and undergraduate students in all aspects of theatre.

Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore, Old Dewline Road, North Truro, 508-487-5400,
Summer festivals, music, theater and children’s classes and shows.

The Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street, Provincetown, 508-487-7487,
State-of-the-art community theater, with year-round performing arts programming. Spring and Fall Playwrights’ Festivals, Winter Reading Series and several full productions. The Provincetown Theater Company is home to the PTC Players, PTC Children’s Theater and the PTC Playwrights’ Lab.

Tilden Arts Center, 4Cs Theater, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road (Route 132), West Barnstable, 508-375-4044,
The Tilden Arts Center houses two stages: a 120-seat studio theater and a 680-seat main theater. Theater productions by 4Cs Theater are held October to November and February to May.

Treasure Time Productions, West Falmouth, 508-548-0155,
Picture books and the arts are used to promote literacy. Through dance, drama and song, children perform a picture book plays under the direction of Lee Drescher.

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet, 508–349–WHAT (9428),
Two theaters: original 90-seat Harbor Stage next to the Town Pier, and the newer 220-seat Julie Harris Stage next to the Wellfleet Post Office. Concerts, films, live satellite broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, forums, lectures, children’s theater, and art exhibits offered year round.

Woods Hole Theater Company, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, 508-540-6525,
Year-round theatrical productions.


The Atwood House Museum, Chatham Historical Society, 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham, 508-945-2493,
Restored 1750s Old Atwood House, archival center, one of Chatham’s twin lights, period furniture, tools, glass, china and art in the galleries, and a gift shop featuring nautical items, jewelry, toys and books. Open June to October.

Bourne Society for Historic Preservation, 22 Sandwich Road, Pocasset, 508-759-6120,
The society saves architecturally significant homes and sponsors events including Antiques Appraisal Day and Christmas in Bourne Village. The BSHP site includes the Alonzo Booth Blacksmith Shop, Alan Green Carriage House and Briggs-McDermott House. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm, June to September.

Brewster Historical Society and Museum, 3171 Main St. (Route 6A), East Brewster, 508-896-9521,
The museum is a mid-19th century homestead and houses four permanent galleries, a special exhibits gallery, and a documents research area open by appointment. The fully restored 18th century windmill and Harris-Black House, and working 1870 blacksmith shop are adjacent to the park grounds. Open mid-July through mid-September, Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 4 pm..

Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit, 508-428-7581,
Eight galleries in a 1775 Georgian Colonial home. Seven exhibitions over the year cover the whole range of American art. The museum also has a gift shop, Mermaids Cove. Open year round except January. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm.

Cape Cod Children’s Museum, 577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee 02649, 508-539-8788,
Year-round entertainment and educational activities, crafts and hands-on exhibits, including a pirate ship, a submarine, an indoor planetarium, a puppet theater, a music room, toddler play area, and more.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South Street Hyannis, 508-775-1723,
Permanent and rotating exhibits, boat-building, activities, and programs for the whole family. Sail on the historic Crosby catboat replica Sarah. The gift shop features nautical books and gifts for all ages. Maritime Festival in June.

Cape Cod Museum of Art , 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, 508-385-4477,
Historic and contemporary artists influenced by Cape Cod, the Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts, its people, and their exchange of artistic ideas. Seven galleries, glass-enclosed sculpture porch, 90-seat auditorium, gift shop, and outdoor sculpture garden. The Weny Education Center and Harry Holl Sculpture and Clay Studio offer year round classes.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster, 508-896-3867,
The mission of the museum is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of the natural environment through discovery and learning. An 80-acre site abutted by conservation land, the museum offers lectures, Mudflat Mania!, nature programs, exhibits, an aquarium and the KidSummer Natural History Day Program.

Cataumet Schoolhouse Preservation Group, 1200 County Road, Cataumet, 774-238-0007,
Educational, cultural and recreational activities, including the Antique Auto Show and Picnic; Tuesday Talks on topics concerning Lands and Landscapes of Cape Cod; and the Holiday Fair.

Edward Gorey House, 8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-3909,
Known for his whimsically macabre books and illustrations, Edward had a great interest in ballet, theatre, and opera. On exhibit are original drawings, sketches and ephemera highlighting his work for The New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Dracula, productions on Cape Cod, and more. Gorey also wrote a silent movie script The Black Doll, and created the introduction of PBS’s Mystery!

Falmouth Historical Society and Museums, 55 and 65 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, 508-548-4857,
The museums overlook the Village Green, with two 18th-century houses displaying furniture and fine art, textiles and “curiosities” that provide a window on days gone by. Exhibits tell of Falmouth’s 19th-century whaling industry, pre-Civil War medicine and the life of Katharine Lee Bates, Falmouth-born author of America the Beautiful. Also on the grounds are three gardens. Offices, library and archives open year-round.

Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, 508-888-6870,
The Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen is owned and operated by the Thornton W. Burgess Society, a non-profit environmental education organization offering natural history programs for children, families and adults, plus jam making workshops in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen. Green Briar also features changing gallery exhibits, small resident animals, unique gift shop, library, wildflower garden, and walking trails. Special events for the public are scheduled throughout the year. Open year round.

Harwich Historical Society, 80 Parallel Street, Harwich, 508-432-8089,
Housed in the historic Brooks Academy, the Harwich Historical Society collects, preserves, and exhibits the history of the town. Open Thursdays, 1 to 6 PM, Fridays and Saturdays 1 to 4 PM, in the summer.

Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, 508-888-3300,
Celebrating American art, history, horticulture and industry on 100 acres, the museum has miles of walking paths and gardens including rhododendrons, Hart Family Maze Garden, labyrinth, hosta, heather and annual gardens. Seasonal exhibits, world class automobile collection, Flume Fountain with 26-foot waterfall, Hidden Hollow: Outdoor Discovery Center, Old East Mill, Museum Store and seasonal Blossoms Café.

Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508-495-1878,
Restored 1878 mansion serves as a year-round cultural and community center, open to the public on a regular basis from April to October. Admission is free. Art exhibitions, concerts, culinary classes and other events.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, 397 Main Street, Hyannis, 508-790-3077,
Multimedia exhibit features over 80 photographs spanning the years from 1934-1963, arranged in thematic groupings to reflect JFK, his family, friends and Cape Cod. A video narrated by Walter Cronkite depicts the President’s experiences on the Cape and a film of interviews with friends and neighbors are in the collection. Open March toDecember.

Osterville Historical Society & Museum, 155 West Bay Road, Osterville, 508-428-5861,
Three buildings, including the 1855 Herbert F. Crosby Boat Shop, with boats, exhibits, photos, objects, and tools highlighting Osterville’s boat building history; the Captain Parker House, circa 1824, with art, antiques and special exhibits; the Cammett House, circa 1730, a unique Cape “half house” featuring furnishings from the mid-1800s and two gardens maintained by the Osterville Garden Club. Open June to September, Thursday – Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, 508-487-1310, www.pilgrim–
Climb to the 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument for spectacular views of the Outer Cape. Permanent exhibits on the Mayflower Pilgrims, Provincetown and local history, and the building of the monument. The collections include decorative arts, toys, paintings, scrimshaw, and dioramas. Special exhibits annually. PMPM also hosts concerts, walking tours, book signings, and other programs. Open April to November.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-1750,
Permanent collection and special exhibitions October to May, Thursday to Sunday noon to 5 PM. Memorial Day to September, Monday to Thursday 11 Am to 8 PM, Friday, 11 AM to 10 PM,  Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM.

Sandwich Historical Society / Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich, 508-888-0251,
Glassblowing demonstrations and a multi-media presentation, Sandwich: The First 200 Years. Over 6,000 pieces of glass made in Sandwich in the 19th and 20th centuries. Special exhibits. Gift shop offers jewelry, paperweights, perfumes, ornaments, reproductions and contemporary glass. Hours: February and March, Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Daily April to December, 9:30 to 5 PM.

Truro Historical Society, Inc. / Highland Museum, 27 Highland Road, North Truro, 508-487-3397,
The society collects and displays artifacts on Truro history donated to the Highland Museum. Programs for children and adults, special exhibits presenting the art, culture, and history of Truro and a Wednesday evening series of lectures, musical presentations, and readings. Open June 1 through September 30.

Zion Union Heritage Museum, 276 North Street, Hyannis, 508-790-9466,
Celebrates the history of the Cape Cod African-American and Cape Verdean population as well as other ethnic and demographic diversity.

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