HyArts Shanty News & Updates


One of the best ways to experience a taste of Cape Cod art is with a stroll through the colorful seaside Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
Whether you are a casual browser or an experienced gallery goer, the shanties are a fun must-do Hyannis experience.
Artists change weekly throughout the season, visit often!

Grab a bite at one of many waterfront restaurants or over 40 along Main Street, or grab take-out for a picnic in the park.  
If you're looking for local products the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties are a memorable place to shop and always free to browse! 

At the Harbor Overlook:
‘LIVE LUNCH’ MUSIC with Cape Cod musicians, 11:30am-1:30pm: two servings each week!
Every Monday and Friday, weather permitting, 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Musicians rotate throughout the season; snacks and sandwiches for sale from The Little Sandwich Shop.

DRUM CIRCLE: every Saturdays, through end of August, weather permitting, 4:00pm-6:00pm
facilitated by Sam Holmstock, co-founder of Entrain!


HyANNIS HYArts Artist Shanties are 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: 51 Ocean St,  at the corner of South St & Ocean St, Hyannis MA

Harbor Overlook HyArts Shanties: 51 Ocean St,
at the corner of South St & Ocean St, Hyannis MA


Visit the Shanties

Spring Weekends 
1st weekend in May through mid-June
Fri-Sun (and Monday, Memorial Day) 11 am - 6 pm*

Summer Weeks
June 7 through last Sunday in August
Mon-Sun 11 am - 8 pm*

Fall Weeks
First Monday in September through Columbus Day
Mon-Sun 11 am - 6 pm*

Fall & December holiday Weekends
Special select dates TBA
*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
Open daily

Harbor Overlook:
Town Comfort Stations - Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot
Open daily

There are over 40 restaurants along Main Street and several overlooking Hyannis Inner 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:

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

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Weekly Shanty Schedule


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 it’s 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 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 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.