A rundown of reimagined and rescheduled August events.


1. Nantucket by Design
July 30 through August 1

If anyone could design an event to be both fascinating and engaging in the era of COVID-19, it’s the Nantucket Historical Association. This year, its fifth annual Nantucket by Design fundraiser will offer virtual seats for a variety of exciting events, including private dinners, discussion panels with celebrity designers and a virtual dance party for the annual Night at the Museum gala. What better way to learn about Nantucket’s impact on American design than to do it while funding the preservation of the island’s rich history? For more information, click here.


2. NiSHA Keep Our Shelter in Place
July 31 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

While the past few months have certainly been “ruff,” take some time to heal by celebrating NiSHA’s first virtual event, Keep Our Shelter in Place, to support our furry friends on-island. With appearances from “paw-dorable” rescues, a live-action Puppy Bowl and music and art, the celebration is sure to produce some tail-wagging and smiles through the screen. Consider contributing the cost of a ticket to the event and continue to support NiSHA all year round, click here


3. Nantucket Summer Antiques Show 
July 31 through August 3

Although antiques may be things of the past, this year’s fourth annual Nantucket Summer Antiques Show is anything but, with a new virtual platform. Collectors can view and acquire antiques from across the globe in the privacy of their own home, all while helping the Antiques Council support charitable organizations benefiting Nantucket’s architecture and history. For more information, click here


4. August Fête
August 6 | 7:00 pm

Take a house tour from the comfort of your own couch during the Nantucket Preservation Trust’s virtual edition of its annual August Fête. This year’s event, titled There’s No Place Like Home, offers viewers prerecorded home tours of preserved properties and live Q&As in the week leading up to the Fête. On August 6, join the virtual gathering and silent auction to celebrate NPT’s Sense of Place exhibition and support its ongoing work to preserve historical properties. For more information, click here


5. Nantucket Garden Club’s House & Garden Tour
Originally scheduled August 5

Although the Nantucket Garden Club had to cancel this year’s House & Garden Tour, the island is still in full bloom, and taking time to stop and smell the roses feels more important than ever. Continue to water the seeds of the garden community by joining the club to help care for Nantucket’s landscapes. In addition, funds from the annual House & Garden Tour support scholarships and community grants, and now is the perfect time to apply to receive one next year. For more information, click here


6. Boston Pops for Nantucket
August 8 | 7:00 pm

A crowded Jetties Beach is not on the horizon for August 2020, but summer’s favorite event is still popping. This year’s Boston Pops for Nantucket, brought to you by the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, recognizes the courage of hospital and health-care employees, workers and the island community. Gather your picnic essentials and tune in to the online celebration on August 8, or make a donation by clicking here


7. Nantucket Race Week
August 8-16

Don’t rock the boat by missing Nantucket Race Week! Cruise over to the harbor to watch sailors of all levels compete in a variety of regattas and other events hosted by Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club. All funds raised benefit Nantucket Community Sailing, a nonprofit providing affordable access and outreach programs for locals to enjoy sailing and water sports. At press time, plans for the regatta to occur virtually were still being formed, if deemed necessary. For more information, click here


8. Nantucket Golf Club Children’s Charity Classic
August 9-10

There’s nothing more tee-rific than golfing for a cause! The Children’s Charity Tournament allows golfers to put their skills on the range to good use. Hosted by the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation, the tournament benefits charities aiding the enrichment of local Nantucket youth, as well as continuing the Foundation’s grant and scholar programs. As this issue went to print, the tournament was still set to take place August 9–10. For updates and more information, click here


9. Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Tim Russert Summer Groove Virtual Experience
August 15 |

COVID-19 may have put a brief damper on our dancing spirits, but now it’s time to lace up those dancing shoes and groove for the Tim Russert Summer Groove virtual celebration. The annual fundraiser for the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club is a unique opportunity to support the island’s children and shake off those quarantine blues. Find more information and donate by clicking here


10. Great Point Circle Lighthouse Celebration
August 20 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Great Point Circle Lighthouse Celebration—yes, still on the summer agenda!—is a bright light after months of quarantine and cancellations. Grab your shades and head out to the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge for a picnic and tour of Great Point Lighthouse on the evening of August 20. Register now for the celebration or donate by clicking here

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