Visit the Shanties

Stroll along Hyannis Harbor and meet Cape Cod artists selling their art while working in their seaside studios. Visitors to the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties can spend an afternoon at the harbor strolling the boardwalk, visiting artists, listening to live music, and even enjoying a picnic in the park. If you're looking for fine handmade local products or the perfect Cape Cod souvenir or gift it’s a terrific place to shop.

HyArts Artist Shanties are OPEN for the Season, Now at two locations!


  Bismore Park HyArts Shanties:   180 Ocean St, Hyannis MA

Bismore Park HyArts Shanties: 180 Ocean St, Hyannis MA


  Harbor Overlook HyArts Shanties:   Corner of South St & Ocean St, Hyannis MA

Harbor Overlook HyArts Shanties: Corner of South St & Ocean St, Hyannis MA

Spring Weekends 
May 4 - June 10
Fri-Mon 11 am - 6 pm*

Summer Weeks
June 11 - October 8
Mon-Sun 11 am - 8 pm*

Fall Weekends
October 12 - December ?
Fri-Mon 10 am - 3 pm* 

*Many artists open early and stay later


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 TD Bank, Bank of Cape Cod, Rockland Trust, Santander, Bank of America

Public Restrooms:
Bismore Park:  Visitor Center
May 1st-May 14th: 6am - 5pm
May 15th-Sept: 6am - 10pm
Oct: 6am - 8pm

Harbor Overlook: Town Comfort Stations located in the Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot
Open daily 8am - 8pm

There are many great restaurants along Main Street and on the Harbor.  Both shanty locations have picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and plenty of grass for spreading a picnic blanket.


Directions to Harbor Overlook HyArts Shanties
Directions to Bismore Park HyArts Shanties

Visitor Parking:

Free Public Parking:
Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot Main Street Access
Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot - South Street Access

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


HyArts Artist Shanty History and Mission

In 2005, the Town of Barnstable designed and built a boardwalk and installed seven artist shanties to serve as affordable, unique studio and gallery space for local artists and artisans. The shanty program, an integral component of the HyArts District summer program, has flourished and continues to grow each year, garnering overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the arts community and residents and visitors.

Since it’s inception this arts program has been a successful venue for participating artists. In the first season 11 artists collectively earned over $80,000.  In 12 seasons (through 2016) the collective earnings of  600 artists is 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 800,000  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.