Pilgrim Monument

5 Free Events in Ptown – July 2017

For a small town at Cape Cod’s tip, Provincetown hosts an amazing number of events throughout the summer. And some of these events are free!

Here are our 5 top free activities to do if you’re visiting Ptown, or you’re in nearby Truro or Wellfleet in July.

Pilgrim Monument

Pilgrim Monument
View of West End from top of Monument

The Pilgrim Monument commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown, in November 1620. After 5 weeks in Ptown, they set sail for Plymouth where they settled.

This 252-foot granite monument offers spectacular 360 views of the Outer Cape and the Massachusetts southern coastline. The Monument includes a museum which depicts the town’s history and life throughout the centuries.

When: Free admission Wednesdays after 5 pm. Last entrance to the top is 6:30.

Where: Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road | Directions | Website | Phone

Helpful Tips: Parking in Monument lot is $15.00, but it’s only a short walk from the center of town. 

Provincetown Art Association & Museum

This PAAM’s collection reflects the diversity and history of the artists who lived or visited the nation’s oldest active artist colony to paint, sculpt, draw, and create. The work is not only an expression of the artists’ creativity, but also of the natural beauty that inspired and drew upon.

When: Free admission Fridays after 5 pm.

Where: Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), 460 Commercial St | Directions

Website | Phone

Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Photo courtesy of PAAM

Summer Concert Series – Herring Cove

5 Free Weekly Events Provincetown

Local Cape musicians perform each Wednesday and Sunday from June 28 through September 3.

For those of you who haven’t been to Herring Cove Beach, the sunsets are unparalleled. It’s a spectacular backdrop for enjoying a live music concert. And you can purchase food, drinks, beer and wine at the Pavilion from Far Land On The Beach. Just grab a chair and enjoy!

When: Wednesdays & Sundays at 6:30 pm | Performer Schedule

Where: Herring Cove Beach Pavilion, Rt 6A | Directions

Ranger-led Guided Tour of the Province Lands

Take a guided tour of the Province Lands led by a National Park Service Ranger. The walks vary in length and difficulty, and some require reservations. To make a reservation for a walk or hike, just call the Visitors Center at the number below.

Province Land Visitors Center, 171 Race Point Rd. | Directions

Website | 508-487-1256

Ranger-led Guided Walks
Image courtesy of NPS

Nature Through Art

What: Bring your art supplies as the ranger leads you to some beautiful vista guaranteed to inspire. Reservation required.
Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile.
When: Mondays, 10 am
Meet at: Province Lands Visitor Center


Province Lands Dunes Hike

What: Explore an enchanting dune landscape of unusual plants and wild cranberry bogs. No reservations required.
Time/Distance: 1 ½ hours, 1 mile in loose sand.
When: Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am
Meet at: Province Lands Visitor Center


More Walking, Less Talking Hike

What: Explore unique and secluded places! New location each week.
Time/Distance: 2 hours, 3-4 miles
When: Saturdays, 8 am
Meet at: Call Visitors Center for meet-up


Art In The Dunes Hike

What: Hike into the Province Lands dunes, view first-hand the quality of light, and isolation that attracted artists and writers to Provincetown. Visit an artist-in-residence dune shack. Reservations required.
Time/Distance: 2 ½ – 3 hours, 2½ miles in loose sand.
When: Wednesdays
Meet at: Province Lands Visitor Center

Movie Night: Provincetown Public Library

The Provincetown Public Library sponsors a free movie night on Wednesdays in July featuring James Bond movies with Sean Connery. Marc Strauss, Professor Emeritus in Theatre and Dance from Southeast Missouri State University will provide commentary about each film before the screening, and then answer questions after the screening.

Be sure to get to the library early to view the ½ scale Rose Dorothea Schooner Model, Ptown’s celebrated fishing schooner which won the 1907 Lipton Cup. The model rests inside the middle of the library, reaching from the second to the third floor. The third floor balcony surrounding the schooner model provides wonder views of the deck.

When: Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

Where: Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial St | Directions

Website | Phone

Movie Schedule
7/12: “You Only Live Twice” (1967)
7/19: “Diamonds are Forever” (1971)
7/26: “Never Say Never Again” (1983)

5 Free Events in Ptown

5 Free Events in Ptown