Listings are updated frequently.
The Islands include Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Complete up-to-date listings for Martha's Vineyard can be found on the Arts Martha's Vineyard website at: www.artsmarthasvineyard.org/fall-for-the-arts
The Anchors10 Daggett Street, Edgartown
774-563-0775 / 508-221-2562
Modern Improvisation Dance Group
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Ages 21 and over, no previous dance experience needed. Bring your ideas and music. All levels welcome.
Art*Island Blossom Festival
Wednesday - Saturday, October 23 - 26
In its second year, the Art*Island Festival celebrates the creativity and imagination that forge communities on Martha’s Vineyard.
Wednesday at the Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street, Edgartown
5 pm: Art at the Harbor View, an exhibition open for the duration of the festival.
7 - 8 pm: Pecha Kucha, a live, lively and thoughtful presentations by people, artists, and creators on a particular theme. In collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. In the Menemsha Room. (Reservations are required only if you’d like to present. Call Katy at 508-627-4441 x123 or email email@example.com.)
8:30 pm: Whale Nation, an astonishing evocation of the million year history of whales, dolphins, whaling, and the ocean. Performed in verse written by Heathcoate Williams. In collaboration with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater
Thursday, Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Center Street, Vineyard Haven
7 - 8 pm: An Evening Without, A performance/reading presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts ACLU and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center. In this quietly impactful and moving performance, people will read short excerpts from works of famous writers and artists who were kept out of the US for political reasons. Readers include Rose Styron, Geraldine Brooks, Jay Allison, and others.
Friday, A Gallery, 8 Uncas Ave, Oak Bluffs
5:30 - 7:30 pm: Event at the A Gallery. Details to come, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St, Vineyard Haven
8 - 10 pm: The Vineyard Playhouse cast will perform a staged reading of a brand new play. More details to come!
Saturday, Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street, Edgartown
3 pm: Dance. In collaboration with Marianne Goldberg.
5 - 6 pm: Art and Life Artist Panel. Join this public discussion about the role of art in communities and in our lives.
7:30 - 10:30 pm: Gideon’s Army, presented in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The film follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point.
Arts Martha’s Vineyardat Harbor View Hotel
131 North Water Street, Edgartown
Creative Economy Speaker Series
Tuesdays, Now - October 29, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Each week a different speaker is welcomed to discuss their perspectives on creative economy and their experiences working in the industry. Bring a bag lunch; coffee and water will be provided.
October 22: Wendy Northcross, Director of the Cape Cad Chamber of Commerce (and tentatively Tom Lynch, Town of Barnstable Administrator). We welcome Wendy and Tom from Cape Cod to share their experience with the creative economy on the regional scale. Come to hear about their approaches to arts & culture on the Cape, and what Martha’s Vineyard can do to build its own identity as an arts & culture destination.
October 29: Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy Industry Director, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development. Arts Martha’s Vineyard is happy to welcome back Helena Fruscio to conclude our speaker series this year. Helena will speak from the state perspective on ways to grow and support the creative economy.
Dr. Daniel Fisher House99 Main Street, Edgartown
open hours: TBD
Bob Avakian Photography
October 21 - 31
Bob Avakian has called the Vineyard home since 1973, and has sought to capture the Island’s beauty through his photography. He captures landscapes at night and at dawn, seeking to catch “a moment suspended between night and day.” Through a partnership with the Preservation Trust, Bob will exhibit his photographs in the beautiful setting of the historic Daniel Fisher House. Learn more about Bob’s work at www.bobavakianphotography.com.
Dreamland9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Sunday, October 27, 7 - 10 pm
Dance the night away to a live band. Costumes are optional, but this close to Halloween – why not? Check the online events calendar for more details coming soon.
Farm Institute14 Aero Avenue, Edgartown
Saturday, October 26
Farm Freak Fest
The Farm Institute’s great Halloween celebration. Details to come.
Featherstone Center for the Arts30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs
508-693-1850 / www.featherstoneart.org
Gallery: 12 - 4 pm daily
Life Drawing Class with Tom Maley
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Pre-register by calling or visiting the website.
Tomorrow’s Antiques Exhibit
Sunday October 20 - Wednesday, November 6
Sunday, October 20, noon - 4 pm opening reception
Gallery Hours: noon - 4 pm daily
Guest Curator Nancy Kingsley. Free and all are welcome.
Kitchen Porch Cateringjan@kitchenporch.com / www.kitchenporch.com
Fall Cleanse with John Bagnulo & Jan Buhrman
Sunday - Friday, October 20 - 25
Join nutritionist and food expert John Bagnulo and locavore educator Chef Jan Buhrman for a 5-day cleanse that will strengthen and invigorate you. In this program, gain a better understanding of which foods truly nourish the body and which foods deplete it. Note: Participants should be able to eat a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables and be capable of hiking on moderately sloped hills.
Friday - Sunday, October 25 - 27
A newly-created 3-day program with full schedule and all meals included. More detail to come on the website under "Experiences".
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine FestivalVarious locations throughout Edgartown
Food & Wine Festival
Thursday - Sunday, October 17 - 20
Join us for Martha’s Vineyard premier food and wine event. Enjoy wines from around the world and foods prepared by chefs from Martha’s Vineyard and New England. Indulge in locally-grown produce from sea and Island farms and enjoy world-class entertainment. Check website for full schedule information and tickets.
Morning Glory FarmEdgartown
Saturday, October 19, 11 am - 3 pm
An annual favorite at Morning Glory Farms. This year’s festival will have lots of activities for kids old and young including a pumpkin carving contest, hay mazes, and hay rides. There will also be lots of great baked goods and lunch food. And if you want to try out your Halloween costume a little early, come dressed up!
The YardMiddle Road off Beetlebung Corner, Chilmark
Friday, October 18, 8 pm
The Yard’s professional dance collective, directed by Jesse Keller and Alison Manning, will be showing select works created over the past three years that the group has been in residence. Dance pieces include works created during the 2013 summer season, 2012 season, and a few brand new works. DanceTheYard will bring life to The Yard theater with the names and faces that have come to be known throughout the years. Special Fall for the Arts ticket price, includes wine, beer, and desserts.
DanceTheYard and Island Friends
Saturday, October 19, 1 pm
Join DanceTheYard and Island Friends including What’s Written Within and Island choreographers. Special Fall for the Arts ticket price, includes beer, wine, and desserts.
14th Annual Harvest Fairat the Old Mill
October 19, noon - 3 pm
An array of family-friendly activities.
American Seasons80 Centre Street, Nantucket
508-228-7111 / www.americanseasons.com
5th Annual Hogtoberfest
October 18 - 20
Hosted by chefs Michael LaScola and Matt Jennings.
Nantucket Whaling Museum13 Broad Street, Nantucket
508-228-1894 / www.nha.org
Historic House Walking Tours
Now - November 1, 2:15 pm daily
Rain or shine. Reservations strongly recommended.