Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties: Two Locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:
BISMORE PARK & HARBOR OVERLOOK
Always open from 11:00am.
Artists frequently come in early and stay late beyond set program hours.
Artists change weekly.
A must stop throughout the season! Work is hand-made, designed or crafted. Meet Cape Cod creatives in the heart of Hyannis’ working waterfront & discover an ever changing array of artwork.
Over 85 artists participate throughout the season!
2023 REMAINING DATES:
THE FINAL OCTOBER WEEKEND IS COMING UP FAST! BE SURE TO VISIT BEFORE THE END OF ANOTHER FABULOUS SHANTY SEASON.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2023
11:00AM TO 4:00PM
AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE TWO DAY SPECIAL EVENT AT THE HARBOR OVERLOOK IN NOVEMBER!
FRIDAY, 11/24 AND SATURDAY, 11/25, 2023
11:00AM TO 3:00PM, BOTH DAYS, WEATHER PERMITTING!
Friday, November 24 & Saturday November 25, 2023
Gingerbread Lane at the Harbor Overlook | 51 Ocean Street Hyannis |Walkway-to-the-Sea through Hyannis Village Green
TWO DAY FREE HOLIDAY EVENT AT “Gingerbread Lane’ at the Harbor Overlook
Friday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25, 2023, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Artist market | Juggler shows| Caroling with Carol karaoke| Family fun game zone
Snack Shack | web wishing walk | Good fun and cheer!
Stroll, shop and smile along Hyannis Main Street to the Harbor Overlook!
ARTIST HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE ARTIST SHANTIES:
Support your local creatives and find something hand-made, designed or crafted by Cape Cod artists!
HOT FOOD & DRINKS AT THE SNACK SHACK:
FAMILY FUN GAME ZONE with Shipyard Boulders:
Fun for all ages, play all your favorite outdoor games for FREE!
Get your body moving and challenge your mind. Special this weekend, Challenge your family and friends to earn discounts if you wish to purchase some games.
The Hyannis and Marstons Mills Public Libraries have teamed up to create a magical scene from a special story.
Take pictures and help yourself to free books and take home a themed craft.
VISIT WITH SANTA:
The jolly guy himself direct from the North Pole is excited to meet and greet all visitors on Friday and Saturday from Noon to 2:00pm.
Share a special wish on the colorful wishing web.
Add your ribbon wish with the others and feel the colorful collective energy of a community’s aspirations and hopes. Celebrate making wishes and art!
Get your jingle jams on with Carol, Caroling, with holiday tunes and more!
PARK AND WALK!
FREE parking steps away in the Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot. Walk through the Hyannis Village Green along the Walkway-to-the-Sea to the Harbor Overlook. Additional Public Parking Lots are steps away from Main Street! Town Hall, South and North Street parking lots – FREE, up to six hour. Ocean St. & Bismore Park lots are metered.
*Vendors and activities are subject to change or cancel without notice.
SNACK SHACK AT THE HARBOR OVERLOOK!
Food vendors pop up in the Snack Shack all season offering a variety of tastes and treats!
2023 Participating Vendors
This section will be updated throughout the season as vendors are approved.
Interested in being a vendor at the Snack Shack?
Click here for more information:
2024 HOURS & DATES:
Frequently artists open early and stay late beyond set program hours.
|May 17 - June 16||Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm * Open Memorial Day Monday|
|SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:|
|June 17 - June 30||Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm|
|July 1 - August 25||Mon-Sun; 11:00am-8:00pm|
|August 26 - Sept. 2||Mon - Sun; 11:00am - 6:00pm|
|FIVE DAYS A WEEK:|
|September 5 - September 30||Thurs - Mon; 11:00am-6:00pm|
|10/4- 10/20||Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm|
|Black Friday/Shop Local Saturday||Fri. 11/28 & Sat. 11/29; 11:00am -3:00pm Gingerbread Lane at HARBOR OVERLOOK|
Music and more: Local musicians share their talents throughout the season plus family game zones and more. Check out the events calendar for all the fun!
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.
Located in the large white building, which houses the Dockmaster's Office and the Town of Barnstable Welcome Center.
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.
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.
PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Harbor Overlook 51 Ocean Street. Hyannis
Bismore Park 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis
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:
- Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot - Main Street Access
- Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot - South Street Access
- Red Cross Parking Lot - South Street
- North Street Parking Lot - North Street
- Main Street - two hour spots along the street
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
There are no upcoming Shanty Event Dates. Please check back for updates.
Cape Cod Creatives at the artist shanties - visit often!
Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program 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.
In 2018, three more shanties were added to a second location steps away, the Harbor Overlook.
In 2019, an additional two sheds were added to the Harbor Overlook location bringing the current total of rental opportunities to 12 colorful shanties for artists to work and sell their wares in these 'seaside' studios.
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.