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NOVEMBER 2021

Provincetown Beer and Wine Festival
November 4, 2021 – November 7, 2021
A new annual event to celebrate local chefs & restaurants while exploring exceptional wines in historic Provincetown, MA.

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.

Provincetown Turkey Trot
November 25, 2021
Since there’s no official Ptown Turkey Trot this year, Provincetown Runners is asking anyone and everyone in town interested in burning some pre-Thanksgiving calories to meet at Pilgrim’s First Landing Park on the West End at 8:30am for a 9am run/walk Thanksgiving morning.

Thanksgiving
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 26, 2021 to November 28, 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.

Canteen Holiday Market
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2021
The Canteen transforms for the holidays into a festive wonderland complete with an outdoor holiday village, twinkling lights, snug blankets, and steaming mugs of hot drinks and hearty, hot foods to warm your bones and fill you with holiday cheer.

Winter in Provincetown

DECEMBER

Canteen Holiday Market
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2021
The Canteen transforms for the holidays into a festive wonderland complete with an outdoor holiday village, twinkling lights, snug blankets, and steaming mugs of hot drinks and hearty, hot foods to warm your bones and fill you with holiday cheer.

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.

Tis the Season of Giving
December 3, 2021 at 8:00pm
Tis the Season for Giving, A Benefit for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, now in its 13th year, will be happening LIVE and IN PERSON

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 2, 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!

Winter in Provincetown

January 2022, February 2022, and March 2022

New Years Day 2022
January 1, 2022

Martin Luther King Weekend
January 14, 2022 to January 17, 2022

Valentine’s Day Weekend
February 11, 2022 to February 14, 2022

Presidents’ Day Weekend
February 18, 2022 to February 21, 2022

Snowbound Leather Weekend
February 25, 2022 to February 27, 2022
Events include a beer blast, a leather dance, Chaps n’ Straps, snowbound brunches, a white-out thermal underwear party, and more.

Hibernation Bear Weekend
March 11, 2022 to March 13, 2022
It may be winter, but the bears come out of hibernation in Ptown in March.

Year Rounder’s Festival
March 12, 2022
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.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2022

Winter in Provincetown

April 2022

Whale Watch Season Begins
TBA
New England’s first and finest whale watch is back for the spring season, and there’s a lot to see, as whales typically migrate in the spring.

Moby Dick Marathon
TBA
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.

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Reopens
April 1, 2022
The PMPM opens for the 2021 season!

Good Friday
April 15, 2022

Passover
April 15, 2022

Easter Sunday
April 17, 2022

Patriot’s Day
April 18, 2021

Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
April 29, 2022 to May 1, 2022
An annual LGBTQA+ (queer) spring dance weekend held in Provincetown, Massachusetts featuring country western dancing with three dances, multiple dance workshops, and a whole bunch of socializing.

May 2022

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

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

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

Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
April 29, 2022 to May 1, 2022
An annual LGBTQA+ (queer) spring dance weekend held in Provincetown, Massachusetts featuring country western dancing with three dances, multiple dance workshops, and a whole bunch of socializing.

Twenty Summers 2022 Season
Weekends May 15, 2022 to June 15, 2022
Twenty Summers fosters public engagement with art and artists and honors the legacy of art in Provincetown.

Ferry Service Resumes
May 15, 2022
Bay State Cruise Company kicks off its season in May.

Single Women’s Weekend
May 20, 2022 to May 22, 2022
An opportunity for lesbians to connect, perchance to eventually marry! Meet- and-greets, speed dating, shows, and other events.

Memorial Day Weekend
May 26, 2022 to May 30, 2022
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 – Come Hear the Music Play
May 29, 2022 to June 1, 2022
The weekend is packed with activities that are educational, entertainment and fun, celebrating the art of cabaret!

Winter in Provincetown

June 2022

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

Provincetown Dance Festival
TBA

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

TEDx Provincetown
TBA
Showcases the rich depth of perspective from the talented denizens of Provincetown and contributes that to the TED universe of Ideas Worth Spreading.

Twenty Summers 2022 Season
Weekends May 15, 2022 to June 15, 2022
Twenty Summers fosters public engagement with art and artists and honors the legacy of art in Provincetown.

CabaretFest – Come Hear the Music Play
May 29, 2022 to June 1, 2022
The weekend is packed with activities that are educational, entertainment and fun, celebrating the art of cabaret!

Women of Color Weekend
June 2, 2022 to June 6, 2022
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
June 3, 2022 to June 5, 2022
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 and Mini Triathlon
June 4, 2022 and June 5, 2022

Provincetown International Film Festival
June 16, 2022 to June 25, 2022
Showcases new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors.

Juneteenth
June 19, 2022

Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
June 23, 2022 to June 26, 2022
Four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games, and more, capped off by the parade of boats and the blessing.

Full Kit Gear Provincetown

July 2022

Annual Secret Garden Tour
TBD

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

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

Great Music on Sundays @5 Season Begins
TBA
Great Music on Sundays @5 is Provincetown’s longest-running concert series of music of our world.

July 4th and Independence Week
July 1, 2022 to July 6, 2022
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, 2022

Bear Week
July 9, 2022 to July 17, 2022
The largest bear event in the world, with Ptown overrun by hair, leather, and large men. Restaurants love the bears.

Annual 5K Run/Walk
July 17, 2022

Family Week
July 23, 2022 to July 30, 2022
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

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

Provincetown Jazz Festival
July and August 2022 (Dates TBA)
Jazz up your summer at the annual Provincetown Jazz Festival.

Carnival: Monsters, Myths, and Legends
August 13, 2022 to August 20, 2022
Provincetown’s Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts with a week of revelry, costumes, and a parade.

Carnival: Parade
August 18, 2022
This years theme for the Parade is “Monsters, Myths, and Legends”

September 2022

Rose Dorothea Award Ceremony
TBA
The Rose Dorothea Award pays tribute to nationally renowned writers who work on the Outer Cape.

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

PAAM Consignment Auction
TBA
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.

2nd Annual Provincetown Wellness Week
TBA
Provincetown Wellness Week celebrates the Provincetown community and a culture of well-being by promoting and fostering fitness and healing activities, cradled in the natural beauty of the Outer Cape.

Mates Leather Weekend
TBA
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.

Labor Day Weekend
September 2, 2022 to September 5, 2022

35th Swim for Life
September 10, 2022
Celebrating its 35th year in 2022, this quintessential Provincetown tradition symbolizes the heroic efforts of a community devastated by the pandemic and its unequivocal response to it.

Cape Cod Classic
September 15, 2022 to September 18, 2022
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 16, 2022 to September 18, 2022
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 Classic Women’s Flag Football Tournament
September 16, 2022 to September 19, 2022

Annual Harbor to the Bay Bike Ride
September 17, 2022

14th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
September 22, 2022 to September 25, 2022
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.

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October 2022

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

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

Women’s Week
TBA
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.

Columbus Day Weekend
October 7, 2022 to October 10, 2022

Washashore Music and Arts Festival
October 7, 2022 to October 9, 2022
An annual gathering celebrating the union of live music, queer artists, good beer, and the everlasting singularity of Provincetown.

ArtProvincetown Festival
October 7, 2022 to October 9, 2022
A weekend of art exhibitions, special events, parties, and more.

FanFair 2021 (Transgender Week)
October 16, 2022 to October 23, 2022
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 28, 2022 to October 31, 2022
Hands down one of the best weekends of the year in Provincetown!

Spooky Bear Weekend
October 28, 2022 to October 31, 2022
Spooky Bear is an opportunity to “do” Halloween right—Bear style!

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