StriperFest is the biggest fishing party on the East Coast. Over a late summer weekend, thousands of fishermen and their friends and family come to Cape Cod to take boat demo rides, check out the sponsors’ displays, eat, drink and enjoy live music. Way more than just an awards ceremony for The Striper Cup, it’s the season-capping event of the year for striped bass fishermen.
Please note that StriperFest is a no smoking venue and there are no pets allowed (with the exception of service animals specifically trained to help people who have disabilities)
StriperFest is held in On The Water’s hometown: the historic Cape Cod town of Falmouth, MA. Located right on Vineyard Sound, it’s the perfect location to celebrate a great season of fishing for striped bass and party on the waterfront at Falmouth Harbor. The Upper Cape is surrounded by world-class fall fishing, so don’t forget to bring your gear and plan to stay awhile. Falmouth offers something for the whole family, with great shopping, dining and nightlife. Take the ferry from Falmouth Harbor to Martha’s Vineyard, or check out the aquarium at nearby Woods Hole. Mark your calendars now for a fun-filled weekend!
Driving Directions from the Bourne Bridge:
Go over the Bourne Bridge, which crosses the Cape Cod Canal. In the rotary after the bridge, take the second exit, Rt. 28 South. Continue straight on Rt. 28S for approx. 13.8 miles. Rt. 28 will take a sharp left at Queens Buyway, which brings you into downtown Falmouth. Continue on Rt. 28 for 1.3 miles, and take a right onto Scranton Ave. (just after the 7-Eleven). Marine Park will be on your left after .3 miles, on the waterfront. Look for the tents!
Marine Park, 180 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA
Free parking parking available at the Gus Canty Community Center and the Falmouth Plaza (free shuttle provided). Premium parking is also available for $10 at the StriperFest lot on Scranton Ave. across from Robbins Rd.
Please don’t park in front of Windfall Market, West Marine, or any of the side streets adjacent to Marine Park! There is no parking at MacDougalls’.
Yamaha Demo Day
For the sixth year in a row, Yamaha will be holding demo tours for a number of their new models. Just sign up at the Yamaha display inside StriperFest and walk down to the docks to enjoy a free demo ride out into Vineyard Sound!
Time: 9AM – 5:30PM
Location: Falmouth Harbor, Right next to StriperFest
Make Your Plans Now for a Weekend Getaway!
Local Bait & Tackle Shops
Eastman’s Sport & Tackle • Falmouth • FishWithEastmans.com
Canal Bait & Tackle • Sagamore • FishTheCanal.com
Sports Port Bait & Tackle • Hyannis • SportsPort.us
Falmouth Bait & Tackle • Falmouth • facebook.com/FalmouthBaitTackle
Coop’s Bait & Tackle • Martha’s Vineyard • facebook.com/Coops-Bait-and-Tackle-Shop
Larry’s Tackle Shop • Martha’s Vineyard • facebook.com/larrystackle.shop
Keep It Reel Kayak & Tackle • Forestdale • facebook.com/Keepitreelmv
Boat Fishing: Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands are all within an hour run and offer superb fishing. False albacore are often abundant at this time of year just outside Falmouth Harbor. Cape Cod Bay also offers small-boat owners a shot at bluefin tuna. If you have a large boat, there are plenty of slips available in Falmouth Harbor that are within walking distance from the event.
Nearby Boat Ramps: Falmouth Harbor, Green Pond, Woods Hole, Sandwich Marina.
Shore Fishing: Cape Cod Canal, Nobska Point, South Cape Beach, the Falmouth beaches. There is plenty of beach access, and all beach lots are open to the public in the off-season, no fees required.
Squeteague Harbor Marine • Cataumet • facebook.com/Squeteague-Harbor-Marine
Macdougalls’ Cape Cod Marine Service • Falmouth • macdougalls.com
Nearby Charter Boats
Bucktail Charters • Mashpee • FishWithBucktail.com
Chaser Offshore Fishing • Falmouth • facebook.com/fishingvessel.chaser
Fish Chatham Charters • Chatham • FishChatham.com
Fishtale Sportfishing • Harwich Port • FishTaleSportFishing.com
Fishsticks Charters • Martha’s Vineyard • fishstickcharters.com
Legit Fish Charters • Scituate • FishWithLegit.com
Lucky Lady II Sportfishing • Barnstable • CCBCharters.com
Patriot Party Boats • Falmouth • patriotpartyboats.com
Reel Deal Charters • Truro • fishreeldeal.com
Salt Shaker Charters • Dennisport • FishWithSaltShaker.com
Schooney Charters • Truro • SchooneyCharters.com
(Most hotels offer off-season discounts)
Seaside Inn • Falmouth • SeasideInnFalmouth.com • 508-540-4120
Treehouse Lodge • Falmouth • MyTreeHouseLodge.com • 508-548-1986
Downtown Falmouth • Mashpee Commons • Woods Hole
Mattakeese Wharf • Barnstable • Mattakeese.com
Jake’s Clambakes • South Yarmouth • Jakesclambakes.com
British Beer Company • Falmouth • BritishBeer.com
Paul’s Pizza • Falmouth • PaulsPizzaCapeCod.com
Discover quaint gift and clothing boutiques, art galleries, specialty stores and restaurants for both fine and casual dining. Visit www.falmouthchamber.com
Other Local Attractions
Martha’s Vineyard is a short boat ride from Falmouth. There are two ferries that will get you there for an affordable price:
Island Queen • Falmouth Harbor • (508) 548-4800 • www.islandqueen.com
Steamship Authority • Woods Hole • (508) 548-4800 • www.mvferry.com
Cape Cod Children’s Museum • Mashpee, MA • www.capecodchildrensmuseum.org
The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) is excited to partner with this year’s StriperFest. Founded in 1999, the mission of MFNE is to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region. Did you know that Caucasian men over 50 have the highest mortality rate from melanoma and the majority of melanomas if caught early can be cured? Early detection is the key. MFNE works to increase awareness that regular skin exams by your healthcare professional can prevent many of these melanomas. So don’t wait, make your annual skin check appointment today and stop by our booth at StriperFest 2018!