Provincetown is one of the most popular summer vacation destination spots on Cape Cod throughout the months of June, July, and August. But what is it like before the heart of the season, in May? Simply put, wonderful! There are lots of exciting activities and things to do before the season really kicks up on Memorial Day.
One of the most fun things of the season to many of the “townies” is the opening parties at many of the area restauraunts, bars, and boutiques. Almost every night, a different location opens its doors for the season and holds an event to showcase their menu, items for sale, or specialty drinks. It is a great way to meet these business owners and many of the people who call Ptown, “home” all year long.
Avoid the summer heat and take your bike or shows out to the beautiful trails and beaches. This is very popular year round but especially beautiful this time of year when flowers are blooming and things are coming alive. It is also much less busy, giving a peaceful feel to your interaction with nature.
May is one of the best times of year to get some great deals on items in the area boutques as they bring in merchandise for the new season. Additionally, many of the gallery owners are anxious to sell a few pieces to really kick off the busy time well. Take some time to pick up some great items at one of the Ptown boutiques.
Sure, it can be a bit nippy out some Mays but don’t let that stop you from checking out Ptown before the busy season hits. Plus, rates are especially competitive for your hotel stay, making it a great weekend vacation spot.
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.
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!
This past weekend, the annual Portuguese Festival was held in Ptown, a fun event highlighting the town’s Portuguese heritage. This year, the event was held Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29th with a variety of activities happening each day. Maybe the highlight of the festival is the parade which stretched down Commercial Street starting at 3 pm on Saturday. Here are a few pics we took of the event!
You can find out more about next year’s festival here!