HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTIES - OPEN DAILY!
At this time, only Bismore Park location: from 11:00am, seven days a week!
The Bismore Park bathrooms are open to the public between the hours of 8:00 am – 8:00pm, 7 days a week.
To enhance the visitor experience of friendly faces, talented artists, wonderful customer service, and all of the unique sights and sounds at the waterfront, safety measures are in place at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties and Welcome Center.
OUTDOOR SHOPPING! Shanties are set up European market stall style!
Artist are wearing face coverings & sanitizing their wares throughout the day.
Visitors are asked to be mindful of physical distance along the boardwalk.
VISIT THE 2020 ARTIST PARTICIPANT PAGE:
Although some of the 2020 artists will not be on-site this season, they are here virtually to greet you! All the artists have plenty of merchandise for you to check out today.
HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTIES - TWO LOCATIONS!
2020 SEASON: Bismore Park location NOW OPEN!
Harbor Overlook to open later date.
Bismore Park HyArts Shanties
180 Ocean Street, Hyannis MA
Bismore Park HyArts Shanties
180 Ocean Street, Hyannis MA
Visit the Shanties
2020 Hours & Dates:
Many artists open early and stay later
Bismore Park location ONLY opening June 22, 2020
- June full weeks, starting June 22,2020
Mon-Sun 11 am - 6 pm*
*as of 6/29, every day till 8:00 pm
- July & August
Mon-Sun 11 am - 8 pm
- August 31 - September 27
Mon-Sun 11 am - 6 pm
- October weekends, Oct 2 - Oct 25
Fri-Sun 11 am - 4 pm
Nov & Dec SPECIAL EVENTS:
- November 27 + November 28
BLACK FRIDAY & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Harbor Overlook ONLY: 11 am - 3pm
- December 5 HYANNIS STROLL & BOAT PARADE
Harbor Overlook ONLY: 11 am-5 pm
PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
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 (up to six hours) 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
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, Open daily
Harbor Overlook: Town Comfort Stations - Barnstable Town Hall Parking Lot, Open daily
There are over 40 restaurants along Main Street and several overlooking Hyannis Inner Harbor. Both shanty locations have picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and plenty of grass for spreading a picnic blanket.
Public Art: Then and Now, Tales of the Sea and Oysters
Each shanty at Bismore Park is named for one of the seven villages in the Town of Barnstable. The exteriors of each shanty feature photographs from each of the town of Barnstable’s seven villages. Visitors will also see a large mural at the end of the shanty walkway and by the Greeter Island, large scale garden ‘Oysters’.
This Town run program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”. This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world.
The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the town’s seven villages and each shanty exterior features past and present images of the town of Barnstable’s seven villages. The Harbor Overlook shanties are named for Town of Barnstable beaches: Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville and Keyes.
Weekly Shanty Schedule
There are no upcoming Shanty Event Dates. Please check back for updates.
Activities at the Shanties
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 are 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.