The fair is packed up and gone, the fireworks are over, the roads are slowly clearing out, but that doesn’t mean it’s all over. In fact, some of the season’s best events are yet to come. Look for longer features on many of these exciting festivals and annual events as they get closer, but in the mean time, check your schedules and mark your calendars. These are not-to-be-missed events
Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest: August 23rd – September 1st. This year marks the second annual Martha's Vineyard Comedy Fest, a series of comedy shows produced by Knock-Knock Productions and sponsored by HBO, UPTOWN Magazine and This Week on Martha's Vineyard. With an all-star cast of comedians each night at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard Comedy Fest promises to set a new and higher standard for stand-up comedy. For a listing of comedians and times, visit the Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest Website.
The Third Annual Potters Bowl: On August 26th, come to , buy a bowl, get free soup! All bowls are $25 and all are made by local ceramic artists. Music provided by Kevin Keady. 4 pm – 6 pm.
The Third Annual Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Festival takes place on Labor Day Weekend, August 30th- September 3rd, 2012, at the . The space will be designed and transformed by local architect Peter Breese and Breeze Hodson Tonnesen, there will be amazing food and smoothies by Chris Fischer and , chocolate treats by , coffee by yoga clothes by , Gabriella Camilleri, Loving Kindness (Patricia Cliggot), Hyde and Foat Design, jewelry from Tiny Devotions, candles and lots and lots of yoga. Many of the Island’s yoga teachers from Island studios will teach and some of the featured teachers include: Saul David Raye, Sara Ivanhoe, Lynda Lee O'Laughlin. For more information, visit the MV Yoga Festival Website.
The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival takes place from September 6th – 9th. Four days filled with feature and short films from top-notch festivals such as Sundance, Berlin and Cannes (with a few undiscovered gems thrown in), great evening events, provocative forums and live world music - all within the ‘Walking Festival District’. The recurring theme of the annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival is "Other Places"; the festival's purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly (about how huge the world of film is) and deeply (about the universal concerns and desires that unite all people). About 90% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film. For schedules and more information, visit the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Website.
The Second Annual Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week kicks off on Monday, September 17th. From the 17th-22nd of September, Island stores, boutiques, designers, models, stylists and fashionistas gather together for a week dedicated to fashion. Filled with fashion shows, trunk shows, themed nights in select bars and much, much more. A portion of proceeds from MV Fashion Week will go to Angel Flight NE. Please visit the website at www.angelflightne.org. For more information and schedules visit the Martha's Vineyard Fashion Week Website
The Sixth Annual Living Local Harvest Festival takes place on September 29th at the in West Tisbury (rain date September 30th), presenting a rich program of free community events that aim to increase awareness and accelerate the uptake of sustainable living on Martha’s Vineyard. There will be demos, local food tastings and music. For schedule and more information, visit the Living Local Website