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 time at the Harbor Overlook and at Bismore Park experiencing the sights and sounds of a working waterfront. Visit artists, listen to live music, grab a bite or take out for 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 and always free to browse!
HyANNIS HYArts Artist Shanties are at two locations!
BISMORE PARK HYARTS SHANTIES
HARBOR OVERLOOK HYARTS SHANTIES
1st weekend in May through mid June
Fri-Sun (and Monday, Memorial Day) 11 am - 6 pm*
Mid June through last Sunday in August
Mon-Sun 11 am - 8 pm*
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
Bismore Park: Visitor Center
May 1st-May 14th: 6am - 5pm
May 15th-Sept: 6am - 8pm
Oct: 8am - 6pm
Town Comfort Stations - Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot
Open daily 8am - 6pm
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.
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
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.