Love Live Local’s Fests are back at Aselton Park in Hyannis, beginning July 25, marking the nonprofit’s ninth season of gathering community to celebrate all that makes Cape Cod so unique: local makers and brands, live music by local musicians, and locally crafted food and beverages.
“We are so grateful to the Cape Codders near and far for sticking with us throughout this past year as we navigated our way through running our events online and for being so dedicated to supporting the local businesses that vend with us,” said Love Live Local CEO Amanda Converse, “but we are beyond thrilled that we can put on the Love Local Fests that people have come to know and love over these past eight years.”
The Love Local Fests take place on the last Sundays in July and September from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aselton Park overlooking Hyannis Harbor. This year the Fests are sponsored by Cape Cod 5, CapeBuilt and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District. The events feature more than 65 local artists, artisans and makers who pop up for the day, food trucks, a beverage garden featuring local craft beers, ciders and wines, live music and kids activities.
This year’s kids’ activities will feature the usual lawn games and toys, but as a special treat during the July event the Cape Cod Maritime Museum will be hosting maritime themed activities for families and kids from 12 to 4 p.m. on their back patio. Hands-on activities include buoyancy experiments, Gyotaku (Japanese fish-based art), orienteering and navigational projects, and a chance to learn about what is living under the nearby docks.
While the kids are playing, their parents can enjoy the Catie Flynn Band (noon) and the Dirty Water Dance Band (2:30 p.m.) on the stage sponsored by Vivid Events and WOMR.
“Shopping local and supporting small businesses is important not just in the hard times, but in the good times as well,” said Converse. “Local businesses bring life and livelihoods to our community whether we are in a pandemic or not, and we hope to emphasize that through all of our work, including at our events.”