Category: Festivals

Provincetown Events in April 2021

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Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Reopens – visit one of the main attractions in Provincetown with stunning views of the entire area! You can find out more and buy tickets here.

Whale Watch Season Begins – one of the top attractions on the Cape is whale watching and there is no better place than in the Provincetown area. Find out more with Dolphin Fleet.

Patriot’s Day – Celebrate your favorite Boston holiday with some time down on the Cape to enjoy the great outdoors and all that Provincetown has to offer.

Gays for Patsy – a weekend of fun and dancing in Provincetown!

Provincetown 2021

Provincetown Events in 2021

We are so excited about this season in Provincetown – and the many events hopefully coming back to life in person this year. While the schedule is ever evolving and subject to change, we put together a list of expected events for this upcoming season. Please reach out to us or check Provincetown Event Calendar on ptown.org for updated information.

April

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Reopens

Whale Watch Season Begins

Patriot’s Day

Gays for Patsy – a weekend of fun and dancing in Provincetown!

May

Run to the Top – a timed race to the top of the Provincetown Pilgrim to raise money for local organizations.

Outer Cape Chorale Concert

Monumental Yard Sale Weekend

Twenty Summers – a collaboration of art-filled events and installments throughout town.

Single Women’s Weekend – an annual event where Lesbians meet and connect with speed datings, shows, and more.

Memorial Day Weekend

Ferry Service Resumes

June 

Cabaret Fest – the largest cabaret festival in New England!

Women of Color Weekend – a pride event to elevate LGBTQIA women of color, trans- people of color, non-binary people of color, gender-fluid people of color, and their supporters.

Provincetown Pride

Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta & Beach Games

Annual Provincetown International Film Festival

WorldFest 2021 – an annual event designed to enhance the visibility of Provincetown’s international student/worker population.

Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet – celebrate the Portuguese heritage of Provincetown with events, a parade, and more.

July

Independence Week 2021

Bear Week

Cape Cod Dance Festival – a celebration of all things dance with parties, events, performances, and more.

Girl Splash – A week of parties, comedians, shows, and more to celebrate women.

Family Week – The largest celebration of LGBTQ+ families and their friends in the world!

August

Whale Week – An annual event sponsored by Center for Coastal Studies which features informational sessions and fun for the whole family.

Provincetown Carnival

Provincetown Jazz Festival

September

Labor Day Weekend

Swim for Life – a Provincetown tradition which helps raise money and honor the heroes of the community

Annual Celebration of Life Concert

Cape Cod Classic – NGPA’s annual celebration of aviation professionals and enthusiasts.

Provincetown Book Festival

Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival – a weeklong annual celebration of the theater scene that is so a part of the Provincetown history and community.

Pet Appreciation Week

October

Columbus Day Weekend

Mate’s Leather Weekend

Monumental Yard Sale Weekend

Women’s Week – a huge celebration filled with events, parties, workshops, and more where women come to meet and greet.

FanFair (Transgender Week)

Spooky Bear Weekend

Halloween

November

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

Mr. New England Leather

Thanksgiving Weekend

Annual Pilgrim Trot –  a healthy, annual event that raises money for a local Cape Cod charity while having a lot of fun.

Veteran’s Day

December

Holly Folly – a great way to get into the holiday spirit with shopping, fun, parties, and more!

Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch

Outer Cape Chorale Concert – celebrate beautiful singing in one of your favorite spots.

First Light – ring in the new year in Provincetown with celebrations all around town.

 

Pilgrim Monument Lighting

Pilgrim Monument Lighting

As is tradition each year, we recently experienced the annual lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. This year was extra special, however, as it celebrated the 400 year anniversary of the Pilgrim’s landing in Ptown. As their website states: “We illuminate the monument for everyone who needs a little light and love. As a beacon of tolerance and hope for over 100 years, we honor those throughout our world who do not enjoy the acceptance and peace we are thankful for.”

8 Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Provincetown Wanderlust

We love a travel quote to get us inspired to explore new places! Here are a few of our favorite “wanderlust-quotes” that get us right in the mood to head to Provincetown!

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” – Wilfred Peterson

“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.” – Jason Mraz

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

What are your favorite travel quotes?

[Video] Stunning Recap of 2016 Season in Provincetown

We wanted to share this stunning video that Cape Colony Inn had produced this season featuring all the activities people love about Ptown. We brought in a video team as well as drone footage to product this video that highlights Carnival, seashore activities, nightlife, and more. We would love for you to share it and let us know what you think!

8 October Events You Do NOT Want to Miss in Ptown!

October

 

October is SUCH a great time in Provincetown with TONS to do! From Columbus Day to Halloween festivities, there are tons of reasons to head to Ptown for a long weekend or week getaway. Here are 8 events that we love during the month of October:

1. Monumental Yard Sale Weekend

October 9 – 12: Shops around time offer some great “end of season” deals and residents open their doors so you can hunt for some hidden treasures! Find out more.

2. Women’s Week

October 12 – 18: There are so many great festivities and entertainers that hit Ptown for Women’s Week each year and this year is no different! Check it out.

3. Fantasia Fair

Oct 18 – 25 : The longest running annual conference in the transgender world, this event features workshops, seminars, and entertainment. Find out more.

4. Provincetown Roundup

Oct 21 – 25: Serenity by the Sea Provincetown celebrates another year of recovery, unity, and service for the LGBT&Q community during this annual event. Learn more.

5. Masquerade Ball

Oct 31: Heaven or Hell is a wild, no-holds-barred night of energetic dancing, deadly music and menacing encounters all tied together with MoonMaxx Entertainers tempting you with the age-old battle of good versus evil! Get tickets.

6. Spooky Bear Weekend

Oct 30 – Nov 1: Annual Spooky Bear weekend features fun activities all weekend! Find out more! 

7. Halloween Weekend w/ Kid’s Parade

Oct 30 – Nov 1: Families flock to Provincetown for Halloween each year for the fabulous kid’s parade and trick-or-treating! Check out your favorite restaurant or shop to see what they are doing! And stop by the front desk at Cape Colony Inn for a treat!

8. Dead Silence

October: Throughout the entire month, you can check out this superb theater attraction benefiting Provincetown Public Library! Find out more.

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The Annual Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet

Photos by Nancy Bloom
Photos by Nancy Bloom

The Annual Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet takes place the last week of June each year in Provincetown.  For over 60 years, the town of Provincetown has honored its Portuguese ancestry with a Blessing of the Fleet as well as the Portuguese Festival.   The streets of Provincetown and MacMillan Pier are lined with red and green flags during this four-day event that attracts a growing number of participants and spectators from all over New England in search of Portuguese traditions and heritage.

The festival kicks off with “Share Our Table,” a showcase of Provincetown’s best restaurants all under a tent at the Bass Relief.  There are events for everyone—Kids Painting in Portuguese Square, Fishing Derby for Kids, Lobster Crate Race, the Flag Race, readings by Portuguese writers and poets, and more.    

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A highlight of the week includes the Portuguese parade.   Dancers in costume parade down Commercial Street dancing to the sounds of Portuguese bands from various Portuguese communities all over New England.   

The Blessing of the Fleet takes place on the last day of the event.  Over 350 decorated vessels participate in this annual event.  Residents and visitors of Provincetown gather together at MacMillan Pier to watch as a local priest gives his blessings to the vessels, which is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. 

You don’t have to be Portuguese to attend this colorful cultural event.  It’s a family-friendly event with lots of amazing food, entertainment and activities!  So plan on heading over from Cape Colony Inn and join in on the fun! 

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Carnival 2014

We had an amazing time this year at Carnival in Provincetown! There were thousands of superheroes that hit the town and cast their super powers over exciting Ptown. The Cape Colony Inn had a presence in the parade along with local and national celebrities like Bruce Vilanch, Miss Richfield 1981, and Caroline Rhea.

Take a look at our video of photos that shows a lot of the fun and laughs from the day! Stay tuned for more information about next year’s Carnival events.