Theme Weeks & Events


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Fantasia Fair
Sunday, October 14 – Sunday, October 21

This event is the longest standing transgender event. It is part-conference and part social gathering with a fashion show, banquets, and lots of speakers.

Provincetown Roundup
Wednesday, October 17 – Sunday, October 21

This even focuses on recovery and service among the LGBTQA+ community. It features five days of 12 step programs and activities.

Friday, October 26 – Friday, November 2

In true Provincetown fashion, we go all-out for Halloween. There are dances, parties, a haunted house, and much more.

Spooky Bear Weekend
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

As part of the Halloween extravaganza, don’t forget about Spooky Bear weekend!

Winter in Provincetown


Day of Dead Festival
Wednesday, October 20 – Friday, November 2 (Day of the Dead, November 2)

This is a relatively new annual event honoring life and death with art, a procession, and more. Take a workshop and make your own offrande!

Provincetown Men’s Weekend
Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11

This weekend brings all men together in Ptown, regardless of relationship status, with lots of parties and dances.

Mr New England Leather Weekend
Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18

A regional section of the International Mister Leather competition to be held in Chicago.

Pilgrim Monument Lighting
Wednesday, November 21

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!

Thursday, November 22

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

Lobster Pot Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 24

To really welcome in the holiday season, we light the lobster pot Christmas tree in a special ceremony at Lopes Square.




Holly Folly
Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2

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!

First Light
Friday, December 28 – Wednesday, January 2

An exciting weekend of celebrating a new year by our beautiful, historic waterfront with fireworks, the Canteen Holiday Market, parties, and the Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

Winter in Provincetown

February 2019

Snowbound Leather Weekend
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24

Get out of the cold and into the heat with Snowbound Leather Weekend XL! Vote on your top pick for Mr. Snowbound 2019, attend workshops, or choose from a variety of parties.



March 2019

Year Rounders Festival
Saturday, March 9

This festival celebrates the unique experience of living here year round. We are looking to harness all of the talent and energy from the year round community.

Out of Hibernation Weekend
Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17

This weekend of events put on by UrsaMen and the Crown & Anchor is a celebration of the coming springtime and getting out to celebrate.

Winter in Provincetown

April 2019

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Re-Opens
Monday, April 1

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Re-Opens for the 2019 season.

Gays for Patsy’s Annual Stomp
Friday, April 26- Sunday, April 28

An annual Provincetown spring hoedown featuring dancing, workshops, and lots of socializing.


May 2019

Nauticon (It’s Vegas, Baby!)
Friday, May 17, – Sunday, May 19

A creative and fun way for fans of anime, science fiction, fantasy, comicbooks, and all things nerdy to get together and get to know one another.

Twenty Summers Re-Opens
Friday, May 17, – Saturday, June 15

Season 6 kicks off for 2019 with great music and conversations!

Single Women’s Weekend
Friday, May 17, – Sunday, May 19

A weekend full of dating activities for single lesbians so you can meet maybe the girls of your dreams or at least make some good friends.

Memorial Day Weekend
Thursday, May 23, – Monday, May 27

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.

Womxn of Color Weekend
Thursday, May 30, – Sunday, June 2

Women of Color Weekend is a celebration of women of color in the LGBTQA+ community with talks, workshops, shows, and more.

Thursday, May 30, – Sunday, June 2

Four days and three nights of music, cabaret, workshops, networking, and fun.

Provincetown Pride Weekend
Friday, May 31, – Sunday, June 2

Provincetown’s 2nd Annual Pride event features dance parties, food, and a “Global Rainbow”.

Winter in Provincetown

June 2019

Sunday, June 9 and Monday, June 10

WorldFest is an opportunity for all international students/workers, residents and visitors to learn about our international students/workers and their creative talents.

Provincetown International Film Festival
Wednesday, June 12- Sunday, June 16

One of the country’s preeminent lm festivals presents a diverse array of American and international narrative features, documentaries and short films.

Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet
Thursday, June 20- Sunday, June 23

This festival celebrates the rich history of Provincetown and the town’s unique Portuguese and nautical roots.

Independence Week
Friday, June 28- Friday, July 5

Independence Week in Provincetown is party central, with dances, DJs, pool parties, and lots and lots of fun. Check out your favorite bar or club for specials.


July 2019

Bear Week
Saturday, July 13, – Sunday, July 21

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

Girl Splash
Tuesday, July 23, – Sunday, July 27

Concerts, comediennes, parties, dancing and more for the summer women’s festival in Provincetown. Buy your tickets early, as events sell out quickly!

Family Week
Saturday, July 27, – Saturday, August 3

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!

Whale Week
Sunday, July 28, – Saturday, August 3

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

Winter in Provincetown

August 2019

Pan-Mass Challenge
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4

The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Carnival Week
Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 24

Provincetown’s Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts with a week of revelry, costumes, and a parade. This year’s theme is The Enchanted Forest.

Provincetown Jazz Festival
Friday, August 15

Since 2005, the Provincetown Jazz Festival™ has been held in Provincetown, home of the nation’s oldest art colony.


September 2019

Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta
Monday, September 2, – Thursday, September 5

A celebration of the role of the Great Atlantic fishing bank schooner in Provincetown’s maritime history, while providing educational opportunities for residents and visitors to experience these historic vessels both in port and at sea through a series of races.

Celebration of Life and Swim for Life
Friday, September 6, – Saturday, September 7

For three decades, in one of the largest natural harbors in the world, thousands of swimmers braved its unpredictable waters − its chilly currents, surging tides, and their deep fears − raising $4M for AIDS, women’s health and the community.

Gay Pilots Cape Cod Classic
Thursday, September 12, – Sunday, September 15

The Cape Cod Classic provides an intimate opportunity to experience Provincetown while bonding over our common love of aviation. The event features breakout sessions, a general aviation-themed keynote address, fly-in, and formal dinner banquet, among other activities.

Yankee Lambda Car Club
Friday, September 13, – Sunday, September 15

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 (Sandwich).

Afterglow Festival
Monday, September 9, – Saturday, September 14

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

Provincetown Book Festival
Friday, September 13, – Sunday, September 15 

Now in its fourth year, the Provincetown Book Festival draws authors and readers from all over the country to spend three days in conversation about books. 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
Monday, September 23, – Sunday, September 29 

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

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
Thursday, September 26, – Sunday, September 29 

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
Thursday, September 26, – Sunday, September 29 

A weekend of fun and frolic in Provincetown for men who like leather, rubber, and uniforms, but that also has a serious side: raising serious money for the AIDS Support Group.

Winter in Provincetown

October 2019

Inspiration Weekend
Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6

This is a weekend about self-reflection and spiritual development with the assistance of music, lyrics, and spoken word.

Women’s Week
Monday, October 7 – Sunday, October 13

This is a celebration of women hosted by women (the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown to be exact) with more than 150 diverse events.

Wellfleet Oyster Festival
Saturday, October 12 and Sunday October 13

Not technically in Provincetown, the Wellfleet Oysterfest is an annual celebration of local fishing traditions and delicious food.