Founded in 1992, the Onset Bay Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to creating events year-round to support the arts and the community.
The OBA hosts over 30 community events throughout the year: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Kayak Poker Run, Summer of Love Music Series, Wareham-Onset Independence Day Fireworks, Illumination Night, Onset Blues Festival, Chalk-Full-of-Fun Street Painting Festival, Midsummer Shakespeare, Kite Festival, and Christmas in the Parks are just some of the events that make our village great for residents and visitors alike! These events offer a performance venue for local artists and musicians, and free or inexpensive access to the arts for the public.
The OBA is staffed entirely by volunteers dedicated to supporting a robust and thriving community in the village. We rely on membership, donations, grants and other fundraising for all our operational expenses. All proceeds from OBA fundraisers go directly back to the community in the form of public events or beautification efforts.
Onset is an historic Victorian waterfront village in the Town of Wareham, Massachusetts.
Built in the 1800s as a self-sufficient resort community, many of the original storefronts and cottages remain, allowing it to retain the Victorian charm of the era.
Onset's location on Buzzards Bay offers pristine beaches, excellent kayaking, biking, fishing and boating opportunities, and beautiful vistas everywhere you look. The water is within a short walk from anywhere in the village.
Less than an hour from Boston and Providence, it's an easy drive that also bypasses the heavy Cape-bound traffic of the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges. But it's only 2 miles from the Cape Cod Canal and its bridges for easy access to the rest of Cape Cod.
During the summer, the area beaches draw thousands of visitors who enjoy the Victorian charm and low-key atmosphere of the area.
But the secret is getting out - Onset offers so much more through its many cultural attractions! In addition to events put on by the OBA, the Cape Verdean Festival draws thousands of people from all over New England and beyond. And people plan their vacation weeks around the various annual festivals and celebrations.