The ultimate list of events on Nantucket this July.


1. Rafael Osona Preview and Auction
Preview June 30 – July 2 10 am to 5 pm, Auction July 3 at 9:30 am
Online & the American Legion Hall, 21 Washington Street

For anyone who’s made a move in the past year and is looking to add a little something special to their new space, Rafael Osona Auctions is the place to go. This Fourth of July weekend you can bid live, by telephone or online for a one-of-a-kind vintage piece to complete your home. Be sure to preregister 24 hours in advance of the auction to bid live. For more information, click here.


2. Night in White
July 1 – 6:00 pm

Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of ABC’s black-ish, will return as host this year for the “Night in White” event to benefit the Museum of African American History on Nantucket. The event’s theme, where cinema meets history and culture, provides the lens for showing how African Americans have shaped American life through TV and film. For more information, click here.


3. Q&A with Elizabeth Smart
July 7 – 7:30 pm
Nantucket High School

Author, kidnapping survivor, founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and advocate for women’s safety Elizabeth Smart will come to Nantucket this July to discuss her life, her abilities to survive and her work to embolden others who have had similar experiences. For more information, click here.


4. Theatre Workshop of Nantucket Openings
July 7 + July 21
Bartlett’s Farm

Mamma Mia! TWN’s live theatre productions are back in a big way. ABBA’s Mamma Mia and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing will open at Bartlett’s Farm on July 7 and July 21, respectively. Be the first to see the curtain rise on a whole new kind of theatre on Nantucket. For tickets and more information, click here.


5. Nantucket Dreamland’s Inaugural DREAMBIG Event
July 10 – 6:00 pm
Location TBA

This July, the Nantucket Dreamland is putting a whole new spin on a midsummer night’s dream with their inaugural DREAMBIG fundraiser. To be held outdoors at an undisclosed Nantucket estate, the event offers an evening of fun, food, cocktails, music, dancing and so much more (along with some very special surprises). For more information, click here.


6. Nantucket Conservation Foundation Virtual Race for Open Space
July 9- 11 Online, July 10 at Milestone Cranberry Bog

Hanging on the couch? So 2020. Grab your running shoes and get outside with the NCF’s annual 2 mile / 5k / 10k run. Participate from anywhere in the world or take part in person at the Milestone Cranberry Bog on July 10. To register and find more information, click here.


7. Nantucket Garden Festival
July 13 – July 15
Online & Various Locations

The NGF is turning over a new leaf in 2021 by bringing back in-person events to celebrate its 12th year. The festival and fundraiser for the Nantucket Lighthouse School celebrates island gardening through creative in-person and virtual lectures and workshops, exquisite garden tours, and children’s activities. For more information, click here.


8. Small Friends Art & Artisan Show
July 15 – July 18

Showcasing some of the finest artisans from across the country, the Nantucket Art & Artisan Show will celebrate its 30th year with a specially curated online show of incredible and unique works of art. Plus, 25 percent of all show sales will go to support Small Friends, the year-round full day early education and care center serving working families of the island. For more information, click here.


9. AAN Art Auction & Gala
July 17 – 6:00 pm
Great Harbor Yacht Club

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then the scene at this year’s Art Auction & Gala will be worth a million. This year’s special event will include a speaker on NFTs, a live auction of select Nantucket masterpiece artworks, artist demonstrations and a tribute to treasured artist Lynn Nicholas. Grab your tickets early, as tables will be limited and will surely sell out. For tickets and more information, click here.


10. Swim Across America
July 24 – 6:30 am
Jetties Beach

Make waves to fight cancer at Swim Across America’s annual swim at Jetties Beach. SAA Nantucket has raised over $3 million over the past eight years for Nantucket Cottage Hospital and PASCON, and annually welcomes over 400 swimmers, volunteers, spectators and supporters. To register, donate and find more information, click here.

More from Nantucket Magazine


Whether you are headed to a dinner party or playing house guest...
Read More