Provincetown Carnival

Ptown Carnival Week 2018

When: Sat, August 11 – Fri, August 17, 2018

Where: All over Provincetown

ThemeMardi Gras by the Sea!

What is Provincetown Carnival Week?

Provincetown Carnival 2018 is a weeklong celebration of LGBTQ life–parties, art fairs, a costume ball, and more–and culminates in the Carnival Parade. While the year-round population of Provincetown tops out at 3,000 people, the Carnival Parade attracts nearly 90,000 visitors annually.

The week consists of dance parties, social events, and special performances, as well as Carnival Week favorites, such as the Sunset Cruise, Pool Party, Drag Brunch – and of course Thursday’s Carnival themed parade.

Provincetown Carnival
Carnival Parade

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2018 Carnival Event Schedule – Details to Come! 

The PBG is busy planning the 2018 schedule of events, and we’ll publish them when they are available – generally in late spring.

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Until then, we’ve left the 2017 schedule of events posted so you can see what to expect. We can ensure you there will be plenty of dance parties, social events, and special performances, as well as Carnival Week favorites, such as the Sunset Cruise, Pool Party, Drag Brunch – and of course Thursday’s Carnival themed parade.

Sat, 8/12/17

Carnival Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

Join this annual event that kicks off Carnival Week.

When: Sat, 8/12, 10 am

Where: Provincetown Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Hill

Cost: Free

Rumours Monthly Dance Party

What: Provincetown’s hottest new monthly dance party presented by Alex Remann & Bobby Kelley. Music by Jesus Montanez and videos by Tom Yaz.

When: Saturday, 8/12; 9:30pm – 1:00am

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $10 Cover

Sun, 8/13/17

Sunset Cruise: God’s of Love Sunset Boat Cruise

The Provincetown II becomes a floating Tea Dance as it cruises around the Cape Cod seashore. With an open deck, and two lower decks, the Provincetown II accommodates 1,000 people, so there’s plenty of room to socialize, party, and dance to guest DJ Lee Thornhill. Sponsored by Bay State Cruises, Cape Cod 5 & Seamens Bank.

When: Sun, 8/13, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: TBA

Ptown Carnival Sunset Cruise
Carnival Sunset Cruise

Costume Ball: Mount Olympus Gods and Goddesses

Get in a costume and join the Carnival opening party. The party starts at poolside at the Wave Bar with the costume contest from 8:30 – 10 pm. The costume theme is Mt Olympus Gods and Goddesses.

  • First Prize: $500 and ride on the Guild’s Carnival Float
  • Second Prize: $200 and ride on the Guild’s Carnival Float

The party then continues next door with dancing at the Paramount until 1 am.

When: Sun, 8/13. Costume Contest: 8:30 – 10 pm; Dancing: 10 pm – 1 am

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $10.00 | Included with VIP Pass

Mon, 8/14/17

Marketplace: Arts, Crafts, DIY and Vintage Wares

When: Mon, 8/14, 12 – 4 pm

Where: Bas Relief (On Bradford Street behind Provincetown Town Hall)

Cost: Free


Pool Party: Poseidon’s Playground Carnival Pool Party

Provincetown Carnival’s hottest pool party is back, complete with Greek God décor for this year’s Carnival theme: Gods & Goddesses. And speaking of Greek gods, this year’s party host is Trenton Ducati, with music by DJ Andy Morris.

When: Mon, 8/14, 2 – 5 pm

Where: Brass Key Guesthouse, 67 Bradford Street | Directions

Cost: $35.00 | Included with VIP Pass

Carnival Pool Party Ptown
Annual Carnival Pool Party at Brass Key

Hades Underworld Dance Party – DJ James Anthony

What: Hades Underworld Dance Party – with DJ James Anthony.

When: Monday, 8/14, 9:30pm – 1am

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: FREE


Tue, 8/15/17

Cocktail Party: Temple of Love Party at the Watership Inn

Join this annual cocktail party before heading over to Tea Dance. (Watership Inn is just down the street from Tea Dance!) Cocktails, beer, wine, light food will be available.

When: Tue, 8/15, 3 – 5 pm

Where: Watership Inn, 7 Winthrop Street | Directions

Cost: $10.00


Sunset Dune Tour and Wine & Cheese Reception


During this 2 hour tour, you’ll experience the beautiful National Seashore dunes up close that only Art’s Dune Tours provides. Their fleet of vehicles takes you into areas of the seashore that are closed to regular traffic, giving you an up-close view of the famous dune shacks and the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station, and their guides provide the history of these protected shores. Along the way, you’ll stop for a Wine & Cheese Reception and see one of the most beautiful sunsets on the East Coast. 

When: Tue 8/15, 6 – 8 pm

Where: Meet at 4 Standish Street | Directions

Cost: Only available with the purchase of a Carnival VIP Pass #1


Ares Tribal Dance with DJ Chris Racine

What: Carnival Dance Party – Ares Tribal Dance – with DJ Chris Racine.

When: Tuesday, 8/15; 9:30pm – CLOSE

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: FREE


Adonis Dance Party, A-house: Beauty & Desire

Resident DJ and Billboard Magazine reporter David LaSalle spins the music at Ptown’s iconic dance club.

When: Tue, 8/15, 10 pm – 1 am

Where: A House, 6 Masonic Place | Directions

Cost: $10.00. Benefits PBG’s Carnival & The Provincetown AIDS Support Group | Included with VIP Pass


Wed, 8/16/17

Aphrodite’s Sun and Splash Fest!

Spend the day poolside at the Crown & Anchor, which overlooks Ptown Harbor.

When: Wed, 8/16, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor Pool, 247 Commercial St (Enter through Wave Bar) | Directions

Cost: $10.00


Drag Bingo

What: Join Scarbie for the annual Drag Bingo event on the lawn of the UU Meeting House. Seating is limited to 300 gods & goddesses, and the event always sells out, so be sure to arrive early! Have fun and support the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, which sustains Ptown in so many ways.

When: Wed, 8/16 @ 6:30pm; Seating begins @ 5 pm.

Where: UU Meeting House, 236 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $25.00


Toga Dance Party: Great Hall of the Gods & Goddesses

Special performances by the Grand Marshalls:

  • Big Freedia is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music, a vibrant twist on hip-hop. Bounce music mixes call-and-response lyrics over beats and booty-shaking. Read more
  • Alex Newell, singer, performer and TV star of Glee, brings his clean, joyful voice to the party!
  • DJ Citizen Jane, Miami’s South Beach DJ, is sure to have everyone up on their feet.

Awards for Best Toga Costume and the decorations include living statues!

When: Wed, 8/16, 7 – 11:00 pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 254 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: $40.00; VIP Meet & Greet with performers – $100.00


Zephyrus Whirlwind Dance Party – DJ Power Infiniti

What: Zephyrus Whirlwind Dance Party – with DJ Power Infiniti.

When: Wednesday, 8/16; 9:30pm – 1am

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: FREE

Ptown Carnival Costume Contest
Carnival Costume Contest & Dance

Thu, 8/17

Carnival Parade: Gods and Goddesses

Join the thousands of people who line the street, cheering and enjoying the fun–music, candy and necklaces thrown from floats, and wild costumes.

When: Thu, 8/17

Time: 3 – 5 pm

Where: Harbor Hotel (East End) through the town to Franklin St (West End) | See Parade Route

At the end of the parade, next year’s Carnival 2018 theme is announced. 

Need costume inspiration? Check out our Carnival 2017 Costume Inspiration page for some ideas!

Interested in participating in the Ptown Carnival parade? See registration requirements & details.


Fire and Ice Carnival Daytime Block Party

What: Fire and Ice Carnival Block Party. THE place to be on Carnival Parade Day! Courtyard bar and all pool bars will be open! Get in the Carnival Spirit and watch the parade from the Crown’s courtyard!

When: Thursday, 8/17; 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: FREE


Atlas Dance Party with DJ Micky Friedmann

What: Atlas Dance Party with DJ Micky Friedmann

When: Thursday, 8/17; 9:30pm – 1am

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: FREE


Dance Party: Hot as Hades Leather / Underwear party

When: Thu, 8/17, 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Where: Club Purgatory, Gifford House, 11 Carver St. | Directions

Cost: $10.00; Included with VIP Pass | Buy Tickets


Ptown Carnival Parade
Provincetown Carnival Parade

Fri, 8/18

Drag Brunch – Benefit for Helping Our Women

What: Hosted by Miss Richfield 1981, the 13th Anniversary Drag Brunch, benefiting Ptown’s Helping Our Women (HOW), is the best meal – and show in town. Make sure to dress your best drag because only those dressed for the event will be admitted!

When: 8/18/17 at Noon

Where: Patio American Grill & Cocktail Bar, 328 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Sold out


Carnival Closing Dance Party: Zeus King of the Gods

The closing party licks off at 9 pm at the Wave Bar, and then moves next door to the Paramount Dance Club with DJ Abel spinning.

Special Appearance by Power Infiniti, DJ and performance artist! Power Infiniti’s outrageous costumes (including headdresses that appear to grow out of his head), dancing skills, and choreography have made him an icon in the Circuit scene.

When: Fri, 8/18, 9 pm Wave Bar; Dancing begins at 10 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $10.00 | Included with VIP Pass | Buy Tickets

Buy VIP Passes and individual event tickets at the PBG’s Carnival ticketing site.


Sat, 8/19

Neptune Sweat Dance Party – DJ Blacklow

What: Neptune Sweat Dance Party – DJ Blacklow

When: Saturday, 8/19; 9:30pm – CLOSE

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: FREE – No Cover


Drag Brunch Provincetown Carnival
Drag Brunch Provincetown Carnival

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