Planning an Event on Nantucket

Looking to host an Event on Nantucket?

We are happy to support events that build community, support local businesses, attract visitors, and energize our island.

If you are planning an event on-island please contact our office so that we may help determine what permits your special event will require. Review our Special Event Policy (PDF), fill out an online application and the Town’s event coordinator, Carlisle Jensen, will review and respond to you within 7 business days.

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The Town of Nantucket defines a “Special Event” as any event that is:

  1. Held on public property
  2. Held on private property but the event is open to the public (free or ticketed)
  3. An event that serves alcohol either within the price of admission or as an advertised amenity to guests, regardless of location.
  4. Any event up to 250 participants that is hosted by an individual, group, and or organization that will impact access to public property, impact business activity, and or potentially impact the safety of residents and visitors.
  5. Any event over 250 people requires a separate Public Assembly application. Please fill out a special event application and contact Carlisle Jensen promptly if you are planning an event requiring a Public Assembly permit.

Examples of events that would need to be permitted are include but are not limited to:

  • Road races or sport events
  • Concerts (Inside or outside a building without a permanent entertainment license
  • Celebrations, commercial or catered beach dinners, receptions, beach weddings
  • Fundraising events
  • Retail receptions
  • Ticketed dinner parties or cocktail receptions

Special Event Permits Issued by The Town Of Nantucket

Each permit has a specific fee associated with it. All applicants will be charged a $25 application fee plus the applicable permit fee(s). Please review the Town of Nantucket fee schedule (PDF) for details.

 Only businesses with non-profit status may apply for and receive an “All Alcohol” Temporary Pouring Permit.

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Events On Private Property

If you are planning an event on private property, you may still need to apply for a special event permit, pouring permit, or entertainment license. If you have any questions about the complexity of hosting a public event on private property please contact Carlisle Jensen.

Special permits are needed as follows:

  • When alcohol is included in the price of admission to an event
  • When an event is advertised as open to the public and provides alcohol
  • When an event is held on private property, such as a hotel or event venue, that does not have its own permanent liquor license

Events on Nantucket's Beaches 

If you are planning a special event on one of Nantucket’s beaches, we ask that you respect our beaches, as they are fragile and open for enjoyment by all. On an average summer day, beach goers can number into the thousands at certain beaches. Because of the high volume of people who use the beaches each day, we restrict special events on public beaches from 5pm-10pm only.

Details regarding special events held on the beach can be found in the approved activities on Nantucket Beaches policy (PDF). If you have any questions regarding hosting a special event on a beach, please contact Carlisle Jensen and she will walk you through the process.