Theme Weeks & Events


ptownie lists the best of theme weeks, events, festivals, and more!
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Twenty Summers 2021 Season
Weekends June 3, 2021 to June 11, 2021
Twenty Summers fosters public engagement with art and artists and honors the legacy of art in Provincetown.

Pride Weekend
June 4, 2021 to June 6, 2021
The Provincetown Pride celebration starts on Friday with music, a gay market and a Pride parade, and lots and lots of parties!

Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta & Beach Games
June 4, 2021 to June 6, 2021

Women of Color Weekend
June 4, 2021 to June 7, 2021
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.

International Encaustic Conference
June 5, 2021 to June 6, 2021
Bringing a community of artists together with gallerists, curators, critics and collectors engaged with wax, printmaking, mixed media and professional practices.

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

Provincetown International Film Festival
June 16, 2021 to June 25, 2021
Showcases new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors.

Provincetown Dance Festival
June 21, 2021

Men of Color Weekend
June 17, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Annual summer celebration brought presented by the Men of Melanin.

June 23, 2021 to June 27, 2021
Four days of parties, workshops, performances and networking—and music, music, music!

Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
June 24, 2021 to June 27, 2021
Four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games, and more, capped off by the parade of boats and the blessing.



July 4th and Independence Week
July 1, 2021 to July 5, 2021
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 fireworks show (~8:45pm over Provincetown Harbor) and a Parade (~11am) to celebrate the 4th of July.

July 4th Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2021

Bear Week
July 10, 2021 to July 18, 2021
The largest bear event in the world, with Ptown overrun by hair, leather, and large men. Restaurants love the bears!

Annual Secret Garden Tour

Annual 5K Run/Walk
July 18, 2021

Girl Splash
July 21, 2021 to July 24, 2021
Concerts, comediennes, parties, dancing and more for the summer women’s festival in Provincetown.

GLAD Summer Party
July 24, 2021 at 4:00pm
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
July 24, 2021 to July 31, 2021
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!

Great Music on Sundays @5 Season Begins
July 26, 2021 to September 13, 2021
Great Music on Sundays @5 is Provincetown’s longest-running concert series of music of our world.

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Trails for Whales
Lace up your running shoes and join us for a fun 5K through the beautiful Province Lands in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Whale Week
August 1, 2021 to August 7, 2021
Sponsored by the Center for Coastal Studies, this is a week filled with educational activities and opportunities for everyone.

Provincetown Jazz Festival
August 2, 2021 (Yarmouth) and August 16, 2021 (Cotuit)
Jazz up your summer at the annual Provincetown Jazz Festival.

Carnival: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
August 15, 2021 to August 21, 2021
Provincetown’s Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts with a week of revelry, costumes, and a parade.

Carnival: Parade
August 19, 2021
This years theme for the Parade is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”


Labor Day Weekend
September 3, 2021 to September 6, 2021

Paint the Race

25th Celebration of Life Concert
September 10, 2021
It’s the prelude to the next morning’s Swim for Life and a celebration of everything Provincetown.

31st Swim for Life
September 11, 2021
Celebrating its 31st year in 2021, 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
September 16, 2021 to September 19, 2021
The NGPA is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aviation professionals and enthusiasts from around the world.

Yankee Lambda Car Show
September 17, 2021 to September 19, 2021
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
September 17, 2021 to September 19, 2021
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.

Provincetown Classic Women’s Flag Football Tournament
September 17, 2021 to September 20, 2021

Annual Harbor to the Bay Bike Ride
September 18, 2021

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

14th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
September 23, 2021 to September 26, 2021
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.

Mates Leather Weekend
September 30, 2021 to October 4, 2021
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 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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Rose Dorothea Award Ceremony
The Rose Dorothea Award pays tribute to nationally renowned writers who work on the Outer Cape.

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).

Monumental Yard Sale Weekend
October 8, 2021 to October 10, 2021
Town Provincetown’s hidden treasures and bargains abound, whether in our shops or on our streets! treasure!

Columbus Day Weekend
October 8, 2021 to October 11, 2021

Women’s Week
October 11, 2021 to October 17, 2021
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.

FanFair 2021 (Transgender Week)
October 17, 2021 to October 24, 2021
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.

Halloween Weekend Provincetown
October 29, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Hands down one of the best weekends of the year in Provincetown!

Spooky Bear Weekend
October 29, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Spooky Bear is an opportunity to “do” Halloween right—Bear style!

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

Veteran’s Day
November 11, 2021

Pilgrim Monument Lighting
November 11, 2021
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!

Mr. New England Leather Weekend
November 19, 2021 to November 21, 2021
A regional section of the International Mister Leather competition to be held in Chicago.

Annual Pilgrim Trot 5K
November 25, 2021
Run or walk 3.1 miles on Commercial Street.

November 25, 2021
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
November 27, 2021
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.

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World Aids Day
December 1, 2021
Join ASGCC for a candlelight vigil in observance of the 31st World AIDS Day Commemoration at the ASGCC Drop in Center.

Holly Folly
December 3, 2021 to December 5, 2021
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.

Souper Saturday – Fundraiser for Soup Kitchen in Provincetown
December 4, 2021

Outer Cape Chorale Concerts
December 10, 2021 and December 11, 2021
The winter concert features a plethora of different versions of the Magnificat, called Magnificent Magnificats.

Christmas Day
December 25, 2021

First Light
December 30, 2021 to January 5, 2022
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!

There’s more where that came from! ptownie has insider tips for all of your Provincetown adventures. Check out our 2021 Guide Shows & Entertainment in Provincetown