HyArts Artist Shanties

Two Locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:

Opening day, Friday, May 20, 2022!

Artist shanties are always open from 11:00am.
Artists frequently come in early and stay late!

Artists rotate throughout the season so visit often to discover  ever changing artwork and local artists to meet.

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    Bismore Park Welcome Center

    Bismore Park HyArts Artist Shanties
    180 Ocean Street, Hyannis MA

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    Harbor Overlook

    Harbor Overlook HyArts Artist Shanties
    51 Ocean Street, Hyannis MA



Many artists open early and stay late.

May & June Weekends: Fri - Sun 5/20 to 6/19, 2022 Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
June Full Week begins Monday, June 20, 2022 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, 2022 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
October Weekend Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm
Black Friday/Shop Local Saturday 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

Gingerbread Lane at the Harbor Overlook

  • Nov. 25 + Nov. 26, 2022 Holiday Artist Market
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • December 3, 2021   Holiday Happenings
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    This event takes place during the Hyannis Main Street Stroll and Love Local Fest before the Hyannis Harbor boat parade.
    Plan to spend the day!


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:
Town Comfort Stations - Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot - next to the School Admin Building and side entrance to Hyannis Village Green.

There are over 40 restaurants along Main Street and several right at Hyannis Harbor. Bismore Park and Harbor Overlook have picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and plenty of grass for spreading a picnic blanket.




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

visual map of parking locations, see listing above



This Town run program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these "seaside studios". This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world.

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 Town of Barnstable beaches: Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville and Keyes.

Weekly Shanty Schedule

  • October 14 @ 11:00 am - October 16 @ 4:00 pm

    Bismore Park/ Harbor Overlook

    Bismore Park
    Hyannis, MA 02601 United States

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

    Bismore Park/ Harbor Overlook

    Bismore Park
    Hyannis, MA 02601 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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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 studio and 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 95 participate each year. In 14 seasons (through 2018) the collective earnings of more than 700 artists are over one million dollars.

The program is designed to support arts and culture in downtown Hyannis with the ultimate goal of increasing visitors to the harbor area and downtown. Over 850,000 visitors have visited the shanties since 2005.

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), Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, and value the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce promotional support.

Program Info for Current Shanty Artists