HyArts Artist Shanties

Two Locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:
BISMORE PARK & HARBOR OVERLOOK

Currently open seven days a week!

Always open from 11:00am.
Frequently artists come in early and stay late
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Meet Cape Cod creatives in the heart of Hyannis’ working waterfront. Artwork is hand-made, designed or crafted.

Artists change weekly. It is a must stop throughout the season!

Browse among the 12 colorful seaside shanties in the beautiful and breezy stops along the Walkway-to-the-Sea from Hyannis Main Street to Hyannis Harbor to catch all the latest trends and discover ever changing artwork in a variety of mediums.

 

2022 HOURS & DATES:
Many artists open early and stay late.

2022 Season
May & June Weekends: Fri - Sun 5/20 to 6/19 Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
June Full Week begins Monday, June 20 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
July Full Week Mon-Sun; 11:00am-8:00pm
August Full week Mon - Sun; 11:00am -8:00pm
September Full Week begins Monday, Sept 5 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
October Weekends Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm
Black Friday/Shop Local Saturday at Harbor Overlook Fri & Sat 11:00am -3:00pm
NOTE! 8:00pm close begins the week of June 27 AND returns to 6:00pm close week of Aug. 29

Shanty season: Open May-Oct + Nov & Dec special events.

Parking: It is easy to Park and Walk from many free and metered lots steps away from Hyannis Main Street and the harbor front.

Music and more: Local musicians share their talents throughout the season plus family game zones, puppet shows and more. Check out the events calendar for all the fun!

Discover Barnstable:
Learn the Town of Barnstable village names! The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the town's seven villages and each shanty exterior features past and present images of the town of Barnstable's seven villages.

The Harbor Overlook shanties are named for some of the Town of Barnstable public beaches: Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville and Keyes.

Cost: FREE TO BROWSE!
The HyArts Artist Shanties are free to browse. Most artists accept either cash or credit card, but each has their own policies so be prepared.

ATMS & Banks:
ATMs by ticket office near Spanky's and next to Hy-Line Ferry
Several banks are within walking distance along Main Street including Rockland Trust, Santander & Bank of America.

Public Restrooms:
Bismore Park:
Located in the large white building, which houses the Dockmaster's Office and the Town of Barnstable Welcome Center.

Harbor Overlook:
Located in the Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot - next to the School Admin Building and side entrance to Hyannis Village Green.

Food & Drink: 
Over 40 restaurants along Hyannis Main Street & several at Hyannis Harbor. Bismore Park and Harbor Overlook have picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and plenty of grass for spreading a picnic blanket.

 

 

visual map of parking locations, see listing above

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS

Directions:

Visitor Parking:
Park and Walk! Get your steps in with ease, all the sites and sounds in HyArts Cultural District are just steps away from the Town Hall free (up to six hours) parking lot as well as the metered lots in the HyArts Cultural District.

Free Public Parking:

Metered Public Parking:
Ocean Street Parking Lot, Bismore Park Parking Lot and Street Spaces

More Parking Information Including Locations, Hours, Costs: Town of Barnstable Parking Management

Weekly Schedule: Click 'more details' to see hours and artists each week:

  • June 20 @ 11:00 am - June 26 @ 6:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • June 27 @ 11:00 am - July 3 @ 8:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • July 4 @ 11:00 am - July 10 @ 8:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Hyannis Harbor Overlook

    51 Ocean St.
    Hyannis, MA United States

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  • July 11 @ 11:00 am - July 17 @ 8:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Hyannis Harbor Overlook

    51 Ocean St.
    Hyannis, MA United States

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  • July 18 @ 11:00 am - July 24 @ 8:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Hyannis Harbor Overlook

    51 Ocean St.
    Hyannis, MA United States

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  • July 25 @ 11:00 am - July 31 @ 8:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Hyannis Harbor Overlook

    51 Ocean St.
    Hyannis, MA United States

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HyArts Artist Shanty History and Mission

In 2005, the Town of Barnstable designed and built a boardwalk and installed seven artist shanties at Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis, to serve as affordable, unique work/gallery space for local artists and artisans.

The shanty program, an integral component of the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District spring through fall program, has flourished and continues to grow each year, garnering overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the arts community and residents and visitors.

Since its inception this arts program has been a successful venue for participating artists.  In the first season, 11 artists participated in this artist incubator program, currently over 100 participate each year.

The program is designed to provide prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve their business, marketing and selling skills and meet visitors from around the region and the world.

Through prior funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant and programming support from our Hyannis HyArts Cultural District partners, hundreds of artists have enjoyed increased sales and recognition through their participation in the artist shanty program.

The success of this program continues today, and we thank local and regional media outlets and our cultural district partners including the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), Cape Cod Art Center (CCAC), JFK Hyannis Museum, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Cape Cod RTA and value the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce promotional support.

 

Program Info for Current Shanty Artists