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Time to Catch the Fish of the Day 73rd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby

September 9th- October 13th
All ages
Registration includes your badge number, pin, and hat for the derby.
Youth $25, Adults $60,
Seniors $35

The derby has been an annual event for 73 years. It brings the community and lovers of fishing together in a multi-week fishing tournament.
The derby was set up to help support the community, and focuses its overall goals on boating safety, conservation causes, and youth organizations. Every year money raised goes to The MV Rod and Gun Club, Red Stocking Fund, American Hero’s Saltwater Challenge, Sancy Pachio Memorial Youth Scholarship, and towards College Scholarships. Last year these contributions were around $43,250.

Weigh In times are 8am-10am and 8pm-10pm daily, at the Edgartown Junior Yacht Club throughout the length of the derby. Don’t have a fish to weigh in? That’s ok head on in anyway, it’s fun to check out what fish are being weighed in, and to see how big they are. During weigh ins you can also check the Board and see who is leading the catch. Gear is available to purchase at the Club House, another great way to support the event if you don’t fish.

Did you catch a fish? There is always someone on the docks available to fillet your fish. That can be a bit of a messy sight, worth checking out if you haven’t before. Fishermen/women can get their fish filleted or can donate. Tons of fish from the Derby is donated for meals to local schools, the local jail, and to elderly services every year.


Daily, weekly, and grand prizes add to the fun for each fish you weigh in. Daily and weekly prizes range from gear to use or wear fishing to monetary winnings. The grand prizes; from shore a Cape Codder 19 Center Console Boat, from boat a 2018 Clay Subaru Car.

Get further information about the event at:

Want to participate? Here are the rules and regulations:

Halloween on Martha’s Vineyard



There’s really nothing in the world like the charm and sense of community on Martha’s Vineyard. During the Autumn months, holidays give everyone a chance to reconnect after our busy summer vacation rental season. Holidays like Halloween are a fun and delicious time to meet up with friends at events like the following:

Halloween Puppet Parade

Today from 3 to 4PM, there’s a Halloween puppet parade on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Bring your puppets to the party, beginning at the Mansion House corner with a musical puppet show, weather permitting. Great for those young ones with a great imagination. And don’t forget to go Trick-or-Treating while there, thanks to the Tisbury Business Association.

Halloween Party at Ag Hall

Make sure to end your night with the kids at Ag Hall where they will have games, prizes, refreshments, and a spooky hayride.  All ages are welcome. Sponsored by West Tisbury Parks and Recreation.

YMCA Halloween Dance Party

For that age group that wants to party without the parents (while reassuring your parents you’ll be fine) we have something for you. For middle schoolers in grades 6-8, the YMCA is holding a DJ dance party, light show, with snacks, more. Admission is $5. 7:00PM to 10:00PM

The Ritz Halloween Party

So after the children have had their fun, The Ritz Cafe hosts its annual Halloween party. Rock your costumes for a chance at a $500 cash prize! 21 +

The Atlantic End of the Season Halloween Bash

So if you didn’t have enough on Halloween with all of the events, Saturday, the Atlantic Fish & Chop House ends their season with their annual Halloween bash on November 1st. 21+ only


Have a happy, thrill-filled, safe Halloween from Sandpiper Rentals!

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4th of July on Martha’s Vineyard

EBOT-DG-3-sm1With the 4th of July, just over a week away, I can’t help but to start to get excited! There is so many things happening on island, and it’s never too late to start making your plans. Whether it is a big family bbq, a day spent lazily on the beach, or taking part in the traditional 4th of july activities, there’s something for everyone. Below you’ll find some information on two of the biggest events on Martha’s Vineyard.

4TH OF JULY IN EDGARTOWN A tradition that has lasted several decades, the annual 4th of July parade starts promptly at 5 pm. The parade begins at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road. Next it takes a right onto Main Street and then a left onto Pease’s Point Way (next to the monument). It follows Pease’s Point Way and then takes a right onto Morse Street, a left onto Fuller Street and a right onto Thayer Street. At the end of Thayer it takes a right onto North Water Street. Next it takes a right up Main Street and pauses in front of the reviewing stand (in front of the Whaling Church). It continues up Main Street and then takes a left onto the West Tisbury Road and finishes at the Edgartown School. The fireworks typically start as soon as it is dark (typically 9 pm)

STARS AND STRIPES FESTIVAL Considered one of the most exciting shows of the summer, the 4th annual Stars and Stripes Festival is a rocking music festival that takes place at Flatbread Company near the airport. Tickets are $30 In advance / $35 Day of Show, 21+ Show ID.  First 100 guests to arrive receive a door prize! All Proceeds Benefit the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard



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