Filled with art galleries and studios, Wellfleet is quite literally the Cape’s artsy town. While many are drawn to the area for its beaches and natural beauty, you could also spend days simply exploring Wellfleet’s artistic side.
While only a few thousand people live in Wellfleet year-round, its population really takes off during the summer months. That’s when many visitors and seasonal residents flock to the Cape, in search of summertime fun and adventures.
While outdoor recreation and relaxation is certainly an option, some come to stroll through the dozen or so art galleries found in Wellfleet. In operation for nearly 40 years, the Wellfleet Art Gallery Association helps to promote the town as a center for arts and crafts galleries.
Many of those galleries are within walking distance of each other on either Main Street or Commercial Street. One such location is the Celeste Fine Art Gallery. It’s a single-artist gallery on Commercial Street. Celeste Fine Art Gallery is only open during the summer, featuring artwork from a Boston painter who grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod.
Another option on Commercial Street is the Cove Gallery. New exhibits open up on Saturday nights during the summer season. It also features some live jazz on select evenings.
One of the town’s more unique destinations is the Front Porch Gallery. It’s part of a home built in the mid 1800s and features the work of local artists. The Off Main Gallery offers the opportunity to see rotating exhibits, mostly during the summer season.
Located in the harbor area across from Town Pier, The Frying Pan Gallery showcases local artwork, as well. Owner/artist Steve Swain's schools of fish have become a decorating staple in many homes and businesses throughout the Outer Cape.
The town is also home to the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. The seasonal theater hosts live performances, mostly during the summer months. The Harbor Stage Company is the town’s other professional theater company.