Events

Thursday, August 11

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival

Film, Festivals, Annual, Export

We have screened and promoted some of the most outstanding and emerging Feature, Documentary and Short films produced by and starring African Americans from...

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
The Art of Shore Casting - ACE MV

The Art of Shore Casting - ACE MV 6:30am

Nature & Outdoors, Classes & Instruction

Martha’s Vineyard happens to sit in some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Learn everything you need to know to master the art of shore casting...

 
Early Birders

Early Birders 8am

Nature & Outdoors, Community

The early bird gets the worm (or fish). Join Felix Neck birders for a casual walk of the Sanctuary grounds to look for summertime birds. An easy to moderate...

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary  
Yoga on the Beach

Yoga on the Beach 8am

Classes & Instruction

Join certified yoga instuctor at the Edgartown Lighthouse Beach every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. through the end of September. Meet at Lighthouse.

Edgartown Lighthouse  
Bookmaking Sampler

Bookmaking Sampler 9am

Classes & Instruction, Kids

For ages 7 to 12. Design and create three unique books with Larissa Bernat.

Seastone Papers  
Color Class

Color Class 9am

Arts & Artisans, Classes & Instruction

Discover color theory through play and practice. We will focus on a sequential series of color mixing exercises while exploring value, warm and cool hues,...

Featherstone Center for the Arts  
Scouting Week

Scouting Week 9am

Nature & Outdoors, Kids

Enrich your standard curriculum to deepen your awareness of place; our natural surroundings and the animals that live here. Learn from the animals by acting...

Sassafras Earth Education  
Guided Kayak Tour

Guided Kayak Tour 9:30am

Nature & Outdoors, Classes & Instruction, Guided Tours

Join a Felix Neck naturalist on an exciting kayak adventure on Sengekontacket Pond. Paddle by Sarson’s Island to see nesting shorebirds. Watch American...

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary  
Campground Walking Tours

Campground Walking Tours 10am

Nature & Outdoors, Guided Tours

Step into history. The historic cottages within the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are well-known and well-loved for their unique charm.

Trinity Park Tabernacle  
FARM Tour

FARM Tour 10am

Nature & Outdoors, Guided Tours, Kids

Explore the FARM by foot with a guided tour. Ever wondered how many eggs a chicken lays a day? What our cows eat? (Hint: they are 100% grass fed!) Whether...

Farm Institute  
Grey Barn Farm Tour

Grey Barn Farm Tour 10am

Nature & Outdoors, Guided Tours, Food & Drink

Come see the farm, meet the animals, and learn about the cheese making operation. Tour takes about an hour. No reservations required, just show up.

The Grey Barn and Farm  
Music and Memory Cafe

Music and Memory Cafe 10am

Clubs, Community

A weekly social gathering with live music, refreshments, and discussion. Welcoming environment for seniors, anyone who struggles with memory issues, or has a...

American Legion Post 257  
Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival

Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival 10am

Arts & Artisans, Markets & Fairs, Annual, Export

A Vineyard summer tradition and the only weekly juried art show where the public can meet over 70 artisans and buy directly from them. Many demonstrations,...

Grange Hall  
Creature Feature

Creature Feature 10:30am

Nature & Outdoors, Classes & Instruction, Kids

Parent/child program that offers young naturalists an up-close look at native animals of Martha's Vineyard. Programs combine a story, craft, and a look at...

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary  
Island Grown Story Time

Island Grown Story Time 10:30am

Kids, Community

Stories, snacks, songs. The library is hosting an Island Grown-themed story time. August’s harvest of the month is tomatoes.

West Tisbury Public Library  
Book Babies

Book Babies 11am

Books & Poetry, Kids

Song, stories, and playtime for babies 2-24months.

Oak Bluffs Public Library  
Preschool Story Hour

Preschool Story Hour 11am

Kids

Stories, songs, and Mother Goose for ages 3 and up.

Edgartown Public Library  
Forest STEM Camp

Forest STEM Camp 12pm

Classes & Instruction, Kids

Create internet connected sensors that reveal the secrets of trees. Our forests can tell us things. Five-day, hands-on stem camp creating "Internet of...

Various Island Locations  
Garden Volunteer Work Party

Garden Volunteer Work Party 1pm

Nature & Outdoors

Help our garden grow. Work alongside our knowledgeable garden volunteers and learn about native species that provide food for our Island butterflies and...

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary  
Harlem Fine Arts Show

Harlem Fine Arts Show 1pm

Arts & Artisans, Annual

The four-day traveling show of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography—the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora—first...

Harbor View Hotel  
Marine Tank Discovery

Marine Tank Discovery 1pm

Nature & Outdoors, Classes & Instruction, Kids

Explore what lies beneath the waters off Martha’s Vineyard and be introduced to local sea creatures through hands on experience.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary  
Courting Lewis Baker - MVAAFF

Courting Lewis Baker - MVAAFF 1:30pm

Film, Festivals, Annual

A young man’s journey to reconnect with his estranged father and it’s impact on his ability to find love.

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
MBFF (Man's Best Friend Forever) - MVAAFF

MBFF (Man's Best Friend Forever) - MVAAFF 1:30pm

Film, Festivals, Annual

An abused dog escapes its captor and embarks on a quest for love and glory.An abused dog escapes its captor and embarks on a quest for love and glory.

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
The Reunion - MVAAFF

The Reunion - MVAAFF 1:30pm

Film, Festivals, Annual

Four teenage girls the morning after a party where one of the girls gets intoxicated and wakes up to the news she’s been sexually assaulted. The girls...

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
Open Artist Studio

Open Artist Studio 2pm

Arts & Artisans

Island artist, Valentine, has opened her studio to the public.

Gallery Gallery  
Bike & Brew Tour

Bike & Brew Tour 2:30pm

Nature & Outdoors, Guided Tours, Food & Drink

Join us as we tour and taste at the two local Craft breweries every Thursday this summer. Bicycle to Oak Bluffs along scenic State Beach, first stop -...

Wheel Happy  
Live Music

Live Music 3pm

Music

Enjoy the acoustic tunes of Mike Martin in the beer garden.

Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery & Tasting Room  
Recess

Recess 3pm

Kids

Come to the library and learn different tag and team building games. If it is raining we will have indoor recess. For school-aged kids.

Oak Bluffs Public Library  
Story Time

Story Time 3:30pm

Kids

Join us in reading from our collection of new picture books.

Aquinnah Public Library  
Black Movie Night

Black Movie Night 4pm

Film, Festivals, Annual

Two actor friends decide to celebrate a night of black cinema instead of the Oscars, and are caught between their right to protest the lack of diversity, and...

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
From the Block to the Ballot

From the Block to the Ballot 4pm

Speaker/Panel

The movement for black lives creating change at the ballot. With Judith Browne Dianis, Kayla Reed, Joe Madison and DeAngelo Bester.

Lola's Southern Seafood  
RIISE Martha's Vineyard Benefit

RIISE Martha's Vineyard Benefit 4pm

Charitable Events

Honoring Dr. Lashonda Barnett. Featuring Emilio Modeste Trio. With readings from Jam on the Vine author and scholar. Resources in Independent School...

Private Home  
Searching for Shaniqua - MVAAFF

Searching for Shaniqua - MVAAFF 4pm

Film, Festivals, Annual

Searching for Shaniqua is a documentary that examines the impact that unique, Afrocentric, Islamic and so-called “ghetto” names have on people’s lives.

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
50th Anniversary Open House

50th Anniversary Open House 5pm

Arts & Artisans, Open House

CB Stark Jewelers is hosting an Open House in Edgartown to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Join them for food, drinks, and fun.

CB Stark Jewelers  
60th Anniversary Community Outreach

60th Anniversary Community Outreach 5pm

Community, Export

A very special evening, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of The Cottagers, Inc. of Oak Bluffs. The guest speaker will be Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP. Her...

Union Chapel  
CCC Adult Basketball Pick-Up

CCC Adult Basketball Pick-Up 5pm

Nature & Outdoors, Sports, Kids

Balls and Jerseys will be available. Feel free to stop by and jump in and play. No advanced sign-ups required. Come. play, have fun and meet new friends.

Chappaquiddick Community Center  
Lecture: Yiddish and Jive in Your Everyday Life

Lecture: Yiddish and Jive in Your Everyday Life 5pm

Speaker/Panel

The West Tisbury Library hosts Herb Foster in a sure to be interesting discussion, “Yiddish and Jive in Your Everyday Life.” Herb will speak and show...

West Tisbury Public Library  
OBDND (Oak Bluffs Dungeons and Dragons)

OBDND (Oak Bluffs Dungeons and Dragons) 5pm

Clubs

Join gamemaster Lagan Trieschmann for a night of adventure and dice-rolling. Oak Bluffs Dungeons and Dragons (OBDND) will meet weekly and will begin with a...

Oak Bluffs Public Library  
Talk: Jo Ann Jenkins

Talk: Jo Ann Jenkins 5pm

Speaker/Panel

Community outreach program presented by the Cottagers. Jo Ann Jenkins is AARP's CEO and the author of Disrupt Aging.

Trinity Park Tabernacle  
Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

Theater: Much Ado About Nothing 5pm

Nature & Outdoors, Performing Arts

By William Shakespeare and directed by Alexandra London-Thompson. Shakespeare's greatest romantic comedy; a play about pride, rumors, being open with your...

Tisbury Amphitheater  
Yale Law School Annual Summer Cocktail Party

Yale Law School Annual Summer Cocktail Party 5pm

Annual

For Alums, Students and Faculty. Call or email jfirestone@pavialaw.com for directions.

Private Home  
Kelley House Gallery Reception: Mark Chester

Kelley House Gallery Reception: Mark Chester 5:30pm

Arts & Artisans, Openings & Exhibits

Kelley House Gallery pleased to present "Meet the Photographer" series featuring the work of Mark Chester. Please join us for light appetizers, wine and...

Kelley House  
Thirsty Thursday Group Run

Thirsty Thursday Group Run 5:30pm

Nature & Outdoors, Sports, Food & Drink

Summer running series for all levels, all paces, and whatever distance you'd like. Markers will be set up so you can do 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 miles. Bring some...

Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery & Tasting Room  
Author Talk: Rod Womack

Author Talk: Rod Womack 6pm

Books & Poetry

Redwood is a gripping true story of a once successful and popular Baltimore restaurant known for its great cuisine, vivacious musical entertainment, radiant...

Oak Bluffs Public Library  
Paint the FARM

Paint the FARM 6pm

Arts & Artisans, Classes & Instruction, Nightlife

Join local teacher and painter Eva Cincotta for a fun evening of painting at the FARM Institute. We'll guide you through painting our flock of laying hens....

Farm Institute  
Woods Hole Scientist Exchange - ACE MV

Woods Hole Scientist Exchange - ACE MV 6pm

Just a boat ride away sits one of the greatest research facilities in the World: the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Join some of their leading...

Rosewater Market & Take Away  
Jazz Thursday

Jazz Thursday 6:30pm

Music, Nature & Outdoors

Jazz vocal with Joanne Cassidy, Mark Grandfield and David Hannon.

Featherstone Center for the Arts  
Author Talk: Elizabeth Benedict

Author Talk: Elizabeth Benedict 7pm

Books & Poetry

Ms. Benedict talks about the new book of collected essays she's edited Me, My Hair and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession. Alice Robb of the New...

Edgartown Public Library  
Babies Behind Bars - MVAAFF

Babies Behind Bars - MVAAFF 7pm

Film, Festivals, Annual

Soledad O’Brien examines a controversial program at Washington Corrections Center for Women that allows mothers to keep their babies behind bars for up to 24...

Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center  
Open Pottery Studio

Open Pottery Studio 7pm

Arts & Artisans

Supervised by Nancy Blank and Carl Mueller. This is a non-instructional time for those familiar with ceramics to work on their own.

Featherstone Center for the Arts  
Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading 7pm

Performing Arts

MV Poets Collective describes life's small and large stories in rhythmic narration.

Art Space  
Smooth Jazz and R&B: Vivan Male

Smooth Jazz and R&B: Vivan Male 7pm

Music

Singing adult contemporary music, jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop. Vivian's song renditions range in mood and tempo and demonstrate a musical versatility...

Old Whaling Church  
MV Author Series: NPR host Diane Rehm

MV Author Series: NPR host Diane Rehm 7:30pm

Speaker/Panel, Books & Poetry, Gazette

Diane Rehm has hosted NPR's The Diane Rehm Show since 1979. President Obama presented her with the National Humanities Medal in 2014 and her show was named...

Chilmark Community Center  
Opening Night: Red

Opening Night: Red 7:30pm

Performing Arts

By John Logan. Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo. A searing portrait of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, working in his New York studio in 1958 on a...

Martha's Vineyard Playhouse  
Summer Institute Speaker: Harnessing the Wind

Summer Institute Speaker: Harnessing the Wind 7:30pm

Speaker/Panel

Speaker Thomas Brostrøm is General Manager North America, Wind Power for the Danish business DONG Energy. DONG, the largest developer and operator of wind...

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center  
Trivia Night

Trivia Night 7:30pm

Community

With host Dan Cassidy. Come have fun, eat and drink, and win big prizes!

The Barn, Bowl, & Bistro  
Barnyard Movie Night: Zootopia

Barnyard Movie Night: Zootopia 8pm

Film, Kids

What could be better than a movie under the Katama stars? You bring blankets and snacks, we’ll set up the big screen on the side of the barn. Special thanks...

Farm Institute  
Built on Stilts Festival

Built on Stilts Festival 8pm

Performing Arts, Festivals, Community, Export

The Built on Stilts Dance Festival is comprised of work by members of the Vineyard Community and professional performing artists from the island and beyond. ...

Union Chapel  
The Vineyard Sound

The Vineyard Sound 8pm

Music

For over 20 years the Vineyard Sound has been an annual fixture of summer entertainment on the Island. Founded in 1992, the all-male vocal ensemble began as...

Federated Church  
Vineyard Ghost Walking Tours

Vineyard Ghost Walking Tours 8pm

Guided Tours

Lantern led treks through the haunted streets of old Vineyard Haven. Great Ghost stories and family fun. 6 person minimum. Tour dates subject to change. ...

Bunch of Grapes Bookstore  
WIMP Comedy Improv

WIMP Comedy Improv 8pm

Performing Arts, Community

The lauded WIMP Comedy Improv troupe who have wowed audiences at the Chicago Improv Festival and shared the stage with professional comedians are back for...

Alex's Place, Cabaret Space  
Live Music

Live Music 10pm

Music

With Mike Benjamin Band.

The Port Hunter  

Thursday, August 11