HyArts Artist Shanties

Visit 12 colorful seaside shanties in two beautiful and breezy spots along the Walkway-to-the-Sea from Hyannis Main Street to Hyannis Harbor.

Always open from 11:00am.
Artists frequently come in early and stay late

Artists change weekly. It is 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.

Visit the Snack Shack at the Harbor Overlook!

Rotating  food vendors will pop up in the Snack Shack all season offering a variety of tastes and treats!

Many artists open early and stay late.

2023 Season
May & June Weekends: Fri - Sun Fri-Sun;
June Full Week Mon-Sun;
July Full Week Mon-Sun;
August Full week Mon - Sun;
September Full Week Mon-Sun;
October Weekends Fri-Sun;
Black Friday/Shop Local Saturday at Harbor Overlook Fri & Sat 11:00am -3:00pm
NOTE! 8:00pm close begins the week of __ & returns to 6:00pm close week of ___
May & June Weekends: Fri - Sun 5/20 to 6/19 Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
June Full Week begins Monday, June 20 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
July Full Week Mon-Sun; 11:00am-8:00pm Mon-Sun; 11:00am-8:00pm
August Full week Mon - Sun; 11:00am -8:00pm Mon-Sun;11:00am-8:00pm
September Full Week begins Monday, Sept 5 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
October Weekends Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm
Black Friday/Shop Local Saturday at Harbor Overlook Fri & Sat 11:00am -3:00pm 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

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!

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.

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.

Discover Barnstable:
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.





Harbor Overlook   51 Ocean Street. Hyannis
Bismore Park        180 Ocean Street, Hyannis

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:

  • October 21 @ 11:00 am - October 23 @ 4:00 pm

    Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook

    51 and 180 Ocean Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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  • October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Hyannis Harbor Overlook

    51 Ocean St.
    Hyannis, MA United States

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  • October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Hyannis Harbor Overlook

    51 Ocean St.
    Hyannis, MA United States

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  • November 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Hyannis HyArts Shanties

    Ocean Street
    Hyannis, Massachusetts

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  • November 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Hyannis HyArts Shanties

    Ocean Street
    Hyannis, Massachusetts

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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.


Program Info for Current Shanty Artists