Visit the Shanties

OPENING DAY: FRIDAY MAY 3, 2019, 11:00AM! Friday through Sunday, May 3 through June 9 THEN, seven days a week through the fall.
Harbor Overlook:
Mondays (June -Sept 2) & Fridays, May through August: ‘Live lunch’ 11:30am-1:30pm:
>>>featuring local musicians and snacks and sandwiches fro mthe Little Sandwich Shop for sale
Saturdays, May through Augusts: Drum Circle, 4;00pm-6:00pm
>>>facilitated by Sam Holmstock, co-founder of Entrain!

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.

Each year, this popular attraction provides a picturesque setting for visitors to stroll the waterfront, meet local artists selling their wares, listen to music, taking in all the sights of a working waterfront.
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! 

The program, which first started in 2005 with just 11 artists, has expanded to now include nearly 100 artists who rotate throughout the season, displaying their work at two locations along the Walkway-to-the-Sea: Bismore Park/180 Ocean Street and Harbor Overlook/51 Ocean Street.
The artist shanties are named for the town’s seven villages and each shanty exterior at Bismore Park features past and present images of the villages.  The five shanties at the Harbor Overlook are named for town beaches. At both locations you will discover Cape Cod artists working and selling their hand-made, crafted and designed wares from ceramics, mosaics, and wood working to fiber art, paintings, jewelry and more.

Artists change weekly throughout the season.  The shanties are open on weekends May through early June, including Monday, Memorial Day.
Then seven days a week through Columbus Day and select fall and December weekends. Musicians are featured at both shanties several days a week throughout the season and visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds during a “Live Lunch” or evening singer spotlight night.


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

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

Summer Weeks
July 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
May 1st-May 14th: 6am - 5pm
May 15th-Sept: 6am - 8pm
Oct: 8am - 6pm

Harbor Overlook:
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.


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 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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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.