🎬 Weekend Update: 8/5-8/7
First Friday, MVAAFF, Sunflowers, Artisan Fair, The Moth, The Black Party
August is kicking off with a bang this weekend. Let’s get straight to it since this roundup is LONG!
☀️ Weather Report: A hot and humid, sunny weekend is coming, highs in the mid-80s.
What To Do This Weekend
🎟️🎬Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival - Info here
The 20th annual MVAAFF, an OSCAR-qualifying film festival in the short film category will open with an impressive slate of independent films, featured documentaries panel discussions and exclusive events. This year, special guests will include Tyler Perry, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and Reverend Al Sharpton. Several options to attend span the 9-day festival.
👨👩👧🎟️ Pick Your Own Sunflowers @ FARM Institute Tickets
Come tour the FARM Institute’s one-acre sunflower field! Pick-your-own sunflowers are available now through mid-August. Each family admission includes up to five guests and a total of a dozen sunflower stems per group. Please sign up for a half-hour time slot on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
🎟️ Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest @ The Strand Theatre Tickets
Join Damon Williams and his comedic friends this August at the 11th annual Martha's Vineyard Comedy Fest. Opening week (Aug 1-5) will showcase Brandi Denise (50 Cent's "Power" on STARZ) and Alonzo Bodden (NBC's Last Comic Standing). Four nights, $70 per ticket, 9pm each night
⭐ 👨👩👧 Family Fishing with Oak Bluffs Library @ Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier, 10a-12p (supplies free + provided)
⭐👨👩👧 Kids Oyster Day @ Edgartown Public Library @ 10:30-11a (free demo)
🔄👨👩👧 Lunch + Learn @ MV Family Center, 10:30-12 (free lunch + STEM demo)
⭐ 👨👩👧 Beach Seine at Edgartown Great Pond 'Cut' , 3-5p
👨👩👧🎵🥤First Friday Vineyard Haven, Owen Park, 4-11pm
Food trucks, Artist Vendors, 4 to 6 p.m. Live Music, 4 to 9:30 p.m. Silent Disco After-Party 9 to 11 p.m.
👨👩👧🎵Sunset Concert Series: Workman Song @ Trinity Park Tabernacle, 6p (Free will donation)
🔄 🎵 🎟️ Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish @ Featherstone, 6:30 / $20
🔄 🎟️ 👨👩👧 Moana @ MV Drive In / YMCA, 8:30p tickets
⭐ 🎨Annual MVCMA Craft and Artisan Fair @ Trinity Park Tabernacle, 9a-2p
Annual Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association Craft Fair at the Tabernacle, now in in its 39th year. Featuring photography, shell art, knitting and crochet, holiday ornaments, ice dye, floral arrangements, origami, jewelry, baby gifts and more! Rain or shine. Free admission.
⭐👨👩👧Flower Fest @ FARM Institute, 10a-1p
Celebrate mid-summer by strolling through the Farm Institute’s 1-acre sunflower field, making a flower crown, or assembling a bouquet with flowers from the island’s flower farmers. Kids can visit with the Farm’s flower fairy, build a fairy house, have their face painted, or make native pollinator seed bombs. All single participants will take home either a bouquet of sunflowers or a flower crown of your own making. Families will have the option to take home two flower crowns or two bouquets, or one of each. $35/family Tickets
⭐🎵👨👩👧 Children’s Pinkletink Rock Concert @ West Tisbury Library, 11-12p, Free
⭐👨👩👧 The Black Party MV: Hosted by A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth @ Waban Park, 12-4p
Highlights include: Music (DJ Rog spinning all day) Kickball; Community vendors - no sales, just information and good conversations; Spades & Dominoes, opportunities to learn how to play or just pull up to a table and jump into a game; Children’s Village sponsored by Color of Change with face painting, storytelling, fun & games Info
🎨 Oak Bluffs Arts District Stroll @Dukes County Avenue Art District, 4-7p
🔄🥤👨👩👧 West Tisbury Farmers Market @ Agricultural Hall, 9a-12p Info
🔄 👨👩👧 🐕Chilmark Flea Market @ 142 North Road, Chilmark, 9a-2p Info
🔄 🎟️ 👨👩👧 Star Wars, A New Hope @ MV Drive In / YMCA, 8:30p tickets
🎟️ Spin Class @ Vineyard Family Tennis, 10a Sign Up
🎟️ The Moth Mainstage @ Trinity Park Tabernacle, 7:30p, $45 tickets
An evening of true stories, told live, without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection.
⭐🎟️👨👩👧 Amity Island 5K & Fun Run @ Katama FARM Institute, 8a Sign Up
⭐🎟️🎵 MV Chamber Music Society presents The Verona Quartet @ Old Whaling Church, 4p Info
⭐🎟️ Summer Soiree to Benefit Hospice of MV @ Farm Neck Golf Club Sold Out
🔄 👨👩👧 Oak Bluffs Open Market @ Washington Park, 9a-1p Info
🔄 🎨 Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival @ Grange Hall, 10a-2p Info
🔄 🎵 👨👩👧 🐕 Sundays in the Park Concert Series @ Ocean Park, 5:30p
🔄 🎵 👨👩👧 🐕 Vineyard Haven Band Summer Concerts @ Owen Park, 7:30p
Save The Date
August 14 / MV SoundFest @ The Cove Info
August 17-21 / Grand Illumination Festival, Agricultural Festival Info
August 26-28 / Beach Road Weekend Info
Apparently, Kamala’s in town! The Food + Wine Festival has been MIA since pre-COVID, but HarborView recently announced they will be hosting their own event on 10/23. There’s some debate over whether or not the Oak Bluffs Fireworks will be happening in a few weeks - we’ll let you know as we get closer if it’s a go.
🗺️ ICYMI / We shared a roundup of frequently asked questions from July.
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