The Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District is a walkable, charming village, pristine harbor and working waterfront - all part of a premier center of art and culture for Island residents and visitors. Vineyard Haven is the year-round gateway to Martha’s Vineyard. Arriving on the ferry, you disembark right in the center of the cultural district, where a colorful mural welcomes you to our town, a special place that celebrates arts, culture and the seafaring life throughout the seasons. The cultural district comprises dynamic arts destinations including the historic Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, a renowned professional theater; the celebrated independent book store, Bunch of Grapes; the illustrious Vineyard Haven Library and the popular MV Film Center.
On every corner, you will discover top-class artisans, jewelers, galleries, clothing designers and a wealth of local businesses, lodgings and eateries – all in this appealing and accessible district surrounding our splendid harbor. The William Street Historic District is a key stop. Gaze at beautifully maintained captain’s homes, where they have stood proudly for generations. These captains sailed in and out of the same harbor where thousands of vessels anchor today. Vineyard Haven Harbor has always been one of the most lively and treasured ports in New England, especially for wooden boats. Wooden vessels have been designed and built here for centuries; currently and most notably at the world renowned Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway. A strong maritime history, and the vibrancy and sheer volume of our treasured creative establishments, are reasons to celebrate this unique island district.