What Time Does Illumination Night Begin?

Illumination Night, 2013 is August 14. Here's what you need to know about the 178th Grand Illumination in the Oak Bluffs Campground, plus the dates for upcoming special events on Martha's Vineyard.

The Oak Bluffs Campgrounds Grand Illumination is August 14, 2013
The Oak Bluffs Campgrounds Grand Illumination is August 14, 2013
Illumination Night 2013 festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, where you can paint your own paper lantern.

The Oak Bluffs Public Library has a party with lanterns, refreshments and lights-out at 4 p.m. to watch the colors glow.
When the sun goes down, the magic begins! Head over to the Tabernacle in the Oak Bluffs Campground for the Grand Illumination starting at 8 p.m.

Parking for the event is available in the Sunset Park Lot, access from Greenleaf Avenue off Dukes County Avenue.

Oak Bluffs police advise there will be heightened security in the wake of April's Boston Marathon bombings. According to an announcement from Lieut. Timothy Williamson, "admittance to each of the events will be controlled by limiting access into the venues. There will be several access areas to each event that will be conveniently located.

"Spectators carrying backpacks, duffel bags, coolers, or other containers into the locations will be subjected to search. People not carrying these items will be ushered through uninhibited," Williamson posted on the police department's Facebook page.

About the Grand Illumination, from the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association:

  • This event is usually held on the third Wednesday in August.   
  • The cottages are adorned with colorful Chinese and Japanese lanterns, and both a Community Sing and a band concert are held in the Tabernacle.   
  • Grand Illumination started in Oak Bluffs over a century ago and was initially intended as a way of marking the visit of the Governor of Massachusetts. 
(source: mvcma.org)

More events coming up on Martha's Vineyard this month:
  • Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair: August 15–18
  • Oak Bluffs Annual Fireworks: August 16
  • On the Vine Music Festival, Oak Bluffs: August 22-25
Looking ahead to the fall:
  • Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival: Sept. 5-8
  • Martha's Vineyard Triathlon: Sept. 8
  • First day of school: Sept. 9
  • Oak Bluffs Tivoli Day Festival: Sept. 14
  • Race for the Library, Vineyard Haven: Sept. 15
  • Martha's Vineyard Fashion Week: Sept. 16-21
  • Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby: Sept. 15-Oct. 19
  • "A Race Against Time," The Gay Head 10K: Oct. 6
  • Denim and Diamonds, West Tisbury, Oct. 12
  • Wind Festival, Oak Bluffs: Oct. 12
  • Columbus Day Road Race: Oct. 13
  • Christmas in Edgartown Minnesingers Concerts: Dec. 13-14.

Is there something we missed or got wrong? Do you have an event to add? Leave a comment below, and make sure you've posted your event in our calendar for all to see. It's a free service and Facebook login is available.

Hellie Neumann June 16, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Chilmark Road Race, August 10th.
Louisa Hufstader June 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Thanks, Hellie, I added it. I also received an anonymous email saying the wind festival is Oct. 12 this year and not in August. Does anybody know more about this?
Anne Vose June 24, 2013 at 06:38 PM
The Edgartown House Tour will be Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00 to 4:30. This year the tour will be of 5 lovely homes on the "north side of town". Tea and refreshments are included in the $35 ticket price. Sponsored by the Federated Church of Edgartown. Further information 508 627-7077.
Bruce E Nevin July 02, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Island Community Chorus in the MVCA Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs Saturday, July 6 at 8 pm. Free-will offering. For More Information: Sponsor: Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association Contact: Russell Dagnall Address: 1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, MA Phone: 508.693.0525 Website: http://www.mvcma.org/
Bruce E Nevin July 02, 2013 at 10:17 AM


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