Provincetown
Theme Weeks & Events

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ptownie lists the best of theme weeks, events, festivals, and more!
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NOTE: Information subject to change. Please be sure to refer to ptownie’s Provincetown COVID-19 update page for the most up to date information.

January, February, and March

Polar Bear Plunge (January)
Put on your best costume and come take a very quick dip in Provincetown Harbor and show your support for the community! You can warm up afterward with cocktails and chili at the Harbor Lounge.

Mates Snowbound Leather Weekend (February)
Mates’ Snowbound Leather Weekend is a kick-back, have a good time, meet some hot new friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in leather, rubber and uniforms.

Out of Hibernation Weekend (March)
This weekend of events put on by UrsaMen and the Crown & Anchor. It is a celebration of the coming of springtime and getting out to celebrate.

Year Rounder’s Festival (March)
This festival celebrates the unique experience of living in Provincetown year round. We are looking to harness all of the talent and energy from the year round community.

Winter in Provincetown

April

Miss Gay USofA
Join past winners from the Massachusetts and national pageants for a night of music, singing, and comedy.

Moby Dick Marathon
The three-day marathon reading of this nineteenth century masterwork will be held at the Provincetown Library on the starboard side of the Rose Dorothea Model.

Gays for Patsy: Annual Hoedown
A laid-back weekend of dancing, learning, and socializing in Provincetown, Massachusetts just before the season starts consisting of three dances and 5 dance workshops.

May

Run to the Top
Walking the Provincetown Pilgrim Monument stairs is a fun workout… running up them in a firefighter’s full turn out gear–that’s a fundraiser!

Outer Cape Chorale
The spring concert takes place at Provincetown Town Hall.

Single Women’s Weekend
An opportunity for lesbians to connect, perchance to eventually marry! Meet- and-greets, speed dating, shows, and other events.

Ferry Service Resumes
Bay State Cruise Company kicks off its season in May.

Broto Conference
A weekend of exploration how art and climate can scale science globally — an ongoing experiment in art and science collaboration addressing climate change.

Monumental Yard Sale Weekend
Town Provincetown’s hidden treasures and bargains abound, whether in our shops or on our streets! treasure!

Twenty Summers
Twenty Summers fosters public engagement with art and artists and honors the legacy of art in Provincetown.

Memorial Day Weekend
Also known as “Baby Dyke Weekend” for the attracted demographic, there are myriad parties, along with boating, dancing, pool parties, and drinking. A lot of drinking.

Cabaretfest
Four days of parties, workshops, performances and networking—and music, music, music!

Winter in Provincetown

June

Women of Color Weekend
A four-day Pride event designed to elevate, strengthen, educate and celebrate LGBTQIA women of color, trans- people of color, non-binary people of color, gender-fluid people of color and their accomplices.

Pride Weekend
The Provincetown Pride celebration starts on Friday with music, a gay market and a Pride parade, and lots and lots of parties!

Heritage Day Celebration
An annual celebration of the community’s rich history; the individual being honored will be selected in the spring.

WorldFest 2021
Provincetown’s annual international cultural festival.

Provincetown International Film Festival
Showcases new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors.

Men of Color Weekend
Annual summer celebration brought presented by the Men of Melanin.

Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games, and more, capped off by the parade of boats and the blessing.

 

July

July 4th and Independence Week
This is party-week central in Ptown, alternately referred to as circuit-boy week, twink week, or pretty-boy week; you get the picture. A young, energetic crowd. The town puts on a reworks show (~8:45pm over Provincetown Harbor) and a Parade (~11am) to celebrate the 4th of July.

Bear Week
The largest bear event in the world, with Ptown overrun by hair, leather, and large men. Restaurants love the bears!

Girl Splash
Concerts, comediennes, parties, dancing and more for the summer women’s festival in Provincetown.

Cape Cod Dance Festival
The program will include some of the highest caliber American choreographers, dancers, and dance companies.

GLAD Summer Party
The Summer Party includes a delicious taste of summer, a gorgeous view of Provincetown, and a fabulous opportunity to support GLAD’s critical work.

Family Week
The largest annual gathering in the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families. Sponsored by the Family Equality Council, this fun-filled week will include more opportunities than ever to build community. All families are welcome!

Winter in Provincetown

August

Pan Mass Challenge
The largest single athletic charity event in the country, the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), brings together thousands of impassioned cyclists, committed volunteers, generous donors and dedicated corporate sponsors each year. Together, they provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover treatments and cures for all types of cancer.

Whale Week
Sponsored by the Center for Coastal Studies, this is a week filled with educational activities and opportunities for everyone.

Provincetown Jazz Festival
Jazz up your summer at the annual Provincetown Jazz Festival.

Carnival: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Provincetown’s Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts with a week of revelry, costumes, and a parade.

 

September

Celebration of Life Concert
It’s the prelude to the next morning’s Swim for Life and a celebration of everything Provincetown.

Swim for Life
Celebrating its 33rd year in 2020, this quintessential Provincetown tradition symbolizes the heroic efforts of a community devastated by the pandemic and its unequivocal response to it.

Afterglow Festival
A gathering in Provincetown of both renowned and under-the-radar innovative stage artists evolving the world of live performance.

Cape Cod Classic
The NGPA is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aviation professionals and enthusiasts from around the world.

Yankee Lambda Car Show
The Yankee Lambda Car Club is in town with the coolest cars ever! Event includes car show, parade through town, banquet and awards, and a tour of Heritage Museum car collection.

Provincetown Book Festival
The festival seeks to benefit the community by hosting a variety of events that include author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, workshops, and gatherings and conversations.

Pet Appreciation Week
A pet parade, dog show, and other activities all to benefit the Carrie A. Seamen Animal Shelter in Provincetown.

Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
The festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide.

PAAM Consignment Auction
PAAM’s annual consignment auction is a spectacular live event that features the work of late regional artists. Held annually in September, PAAM’s consignment auction features artwork by deceased artists who lived, studied, or worked on Cape Cod.

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October

Mates Leather Weekend
A kick-back, have a good time, meet some hot new friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in leather, rubber and uniforms.

PAAM Art Gala
The PAAM party is an annual celebration of art and artists.

TEDx Provincetown
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

Women’s Week
It’s a celebration of Women, sponsored by the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown, and it turns this vibrant seaside haven at the tip of Cape Cod into a Women’s Festival that has over 150 different events for every taste and interest.

Fantasia Fair
Part learning experience, part social gathering, and part reunion, the Fair is a full immersion experience, meaning that attendees can and usually do spend an entire week 24/7 presenting their gender as they wish

Provincetown Roundup: Serenity By the Sea
Serenity-by-the-Sea Provincetown celebrates recovery, unity, and service for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender, Queer, Questioning) community and all of our friends.

Halloween Weekend Provincetown
Hands down one of the best weekends of the year in Provincetown!

Spooky Bear Weekend
Spooky Bear is an opportunity to “do” Halloween right—Bear style!

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NOVEMBER

Mr. New England Leather Weekend
A regional section of the International Mister Leather competition to be held in Chicago.

Pilgrim Monument Lighting
Every year the distinctive Pilgrim Monument is beautifully lit to commemorate the Pilgrim’s first landing in the New World. There are speeches, entertainment, food, and more; everyone comes to it, so make sure to join us!

Thanksgiving
Many restaurants open their doors on Thanksgiving to present a hot delicious meal (often with a special Provincetown twist) for this holiday.

Lobster Pot Tree Lighting
To really welcome in the holiday season, we light a lobster-pot Christmas tree in a special ceremony at Lopes Square. These are real lobster traps on loan from local fishermen, and the tradition has been a gift to the town from the Popko family for over a decade.

The Canteen Holiday Market
The Canteen transforms for the holidays into a festive wonderland.

Winter in Provincetown

DECEMBER

World Aids Day
Join ASGCC for a candlelight vigil in observance of the 31st World AIDS Day Commemoration at the ASGCC Drop in Center.

Holly Folly
Holly Folly is a weekend of shopping, partying, and revelry! Come get all your Christmas shopping done, sample soups at a special bene t lunch, and enjoy Provincetown in the offseason.

Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch
Run begins at Fanizzis, continues down Commercial Street and ends at The Crown & Anchor for a champagne brunch.

Outer Cape Chorale Concerts
The winter concert features a plethora of different versions of the Magnificat, called Magnificent Magnificats.

First Light
An exciting weekend of celebrating a new year with festivities that include fireworks, the Canteen Holiday Market, parties, the annual Polar Bear Plunge, drag bingo, concerts, the Lite Brite bike ride, champagne brunch, and more!

First Light Fireworks
Fireworks will commence on MacMillan Pier by dusk.

There’s more where that came from! Ptownie has insider tips for all of your Provincetown adventures. Check out our 2020 Guide to Indoor Activities in Provincetown, MA!