Fall Festivities

With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the time to make the most of the Island’s great outdoors before winter weather hits. The crisp days of autumn lure us out for fishing, golfing, running, socializing, and enjoying the Island’s bountiful harvest. Check out the following fun events lined up for September and October.


1. Here, fishy fishy. The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby has been a staple for fishing fanatics for more than sixty-five years. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown is highlighting the people and stories that are part of this iconic tradition with the exhibit One on the Line: The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. The museum is also hosting lectures from Derby Hall of Fame member Janet Messineo (Thursday, September 5) and Derby President Ed Jerome (Tuesday, September 10), both from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the museum’s library. Tickets are $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit Prepare to catch the big one by immersing yourself in Derby history.

Paul Moyer with a fifty-pound striped bass.
Alison Shaw

2. Fore! Breathe in thecrisp air and note the changing foliage while playing eighteen holes for charity. On Saturday, September 7, the Edgartown Golf Club will be hosting its annual tournament to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. The format will be a four-player scramble, with morning and afternoon sessions. The $100 entry fee includes lunch. Space is limited, so register by calling 508-627-5343 or in person at the Edgartown Golf Club.

3. Lights, camera, action. Whether you’re a movie buff, or just like to kick back and watch a great on-screen story, this year’s Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival (September 5 to 8) might just be your ticket. Featuring top-notch films from the international film circuit, the festival will also include special events, parties, receptions, and – who knows? – maybe you’ll see the next big movie before the masses. Screenings and events will take place in several locations around Vineyard Haven, including the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. For a list of events and ticket information, head to Let’s go to the movies!

4. On your mark, get set, go! With the summer heat finally gone, the fall temperatures are ideal for a run outdoors. So why not get out there for charity? This year’s annual Columbus Day 5K Road Race, sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Road Race Committee, takes place on Sunday, October 13. The first 150 participants to register will receive a special edition T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Vineyard House. Preregistration ($15) is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, October 12, at the Wesley Hotel in Oak Bluffs. Registration ($20) is available on race day starting at 9 a.m., also at the Wesley. Race begins at 11 a.m. in Ocean Park and the route proceeds along scenic East Chop. Get your sweat on.

Mark Lovewell running
Mark Lovewell

5. Food and wine lovers unite. Treat your taste buds this fall at the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival, October 17 to 20. This event will run the culinary gamut from produce and meats fresh off of Island farms to fine wines from around the world. Be sure to check out the first annual Sommelier Throw Down on Friday, October 18, at l’etoile in Edgartown. Tickets for the festival range from $25 to $100. For tickets and more info visit Taste and sip to your heart’s content!