The Town of Barnstable recognizes arts and culture as key economic drivers that contribute to the vibrancy of the area and provide an important backdrop and enriching experiences year round for residents and visitors.  Each of the seven villages features art, culture and historic gems, all with seaside charm.  Two of the villages, Hyannis and Barnstable Village have state designated cultural districts. The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, the first state designated cultural district on Cape Cod, and the Barnstable Village Cultural District focus the town and community partners on the common goals to attract artists, cultural and creative enterprises; encourage business and job retention and creation; further establish the district as a tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic buildings; enhance property values;  and foster local cultural development. 

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

The Cultural Center offers a wide range of events and programs related to Exhibition, Education, and Entertainment.


Upcoming events in Culture

The Greatest Sports Heroes A to Z 4/4

The Greatest Sports Heroes A to Z    4/4

April 4, 2018 5:30 pm

A performance by Bright Star Touring Theatre celebrating some of the greatest sports heroes of all time including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and many more. This fun and engaging review of the world’s greatest sports heroes includes important lessons about perseverance, health, wellness and integrity.  It will leave young audiences cheering. Co-sponsored by the Union Zion Heritage Museum. Free and open to the public.
4/4 5:30 PM


Location: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

Cape Symphony presents "Impressions of Don Quixote" 4/7 and 4/8

Cape Symphony presents

April 7, 2018 7:30 pm

Join us as we welcome world-renowned cellist Zuill Bailey to the stage.  Bailey and his cello will represent Don Quixote in a musical story, known as a “tone poem,” by Richard Strauss that depicts the various adventures of the would-be knight and his sidekick Sancho Panza..  Bailey is a GRAMMY-Award winning, internationally renowned soloist, artistic director, and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought-after cellists today.  Luckily, you won’t have to travel far to see this unique performance. Bailey will be joining your Cape Symphony for “Impressions of Don Quixote” April 7 & 8.


Location: Barnstable Performing Arts Center 744 West Main Street Hyannis

Tales of Cape Cod leads 2018 season 4/27-10/6

Tales of Cape Cod leads 2018 season 4/27-10/6

April 27, 2018 7:00 pm

Tales of Cape Cod 2018 Season-Tales’ summer living history series – 20 programs in all this season-4/27-10/6 at 7 PM

April 27: Anthony Amore, “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists”
May 14: Captain Russell Webster, “The 1999 Search & Recovery of JFK Jr.’s Plane”
May 21: Chris Macort, “The Recent Discoveries of The Whydah”
June 4: Greg Williams, ”‘Jolly’ Jane Toppen: Don’t Drink the Water”
June 11: Brenda Collins, “Women of the Civil War: They Changed America for Good”
June 18: Therese Barbo, “The Murder of 1899: The Crime That Changed Cape Cod Forever”
June 25: Paula Peters, “A Critical Story of Pre-Colonial Wampanoag Encounters”
July 9: Vincent Miles, “The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Asa Eldridge and the Maritime Trade”
July 16: John Whelan, “I Am Cape Cod: People and Their Stories”
July 23: Barbara Sillery, “The Haunting of Cape Cod”
July 30: Jay Stradal, “All Aboard! Rails to Trails: History of Railroads On Cape Cod”
Aug. 6: Michael Lepage, “Taking My Shot: Re-Enactment of Alexander Hamilton”
Aug. 13: Marty Sandler, “The Letters of JFK”
Aug. 20: Susan Jarek Glidden, “Vampires of New England”
Aug. 27: Ginny Adams, “Barns of New England”
Sept. 10: Eric Hart, “The History of the Cape Cod Cinema”
Sept. 17: Greg Williams, “CSI Fall River: The State of Crime-Scene Investigation in 1892”
Sept. 24: Ken Morton, “Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey”
Oct. 1: Carl Herzog, “Victories & Voyages: The Extraordinary Career of the USS Constitution”
Oct. 6: Casey Sherman, author of “The Finest Hours,” “The Ice Bucket Challenge,” “Boston Strong,” and “Search for the Strangler”


Location: Olde Colonial Courthouse Route 6A, Barnstable Village