Provincetown Portuguese Festival 2017

Provincetown Portuguese Festival

  • When: Thurs, June 22, – Sun, June 25, 2017
  • Where: All over town

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What is the Provincetown Portuguese Festival?

This weekend celebration of the culture and heritage of the Portuguese in Provincetown is an annual event filled with traditional Portuguese dancing, music, and cuisine.

This family-friendly festival features incredible food and entertainment and fun activities for adults and kids.

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Provincetown Portuguese Festival
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2017 Festival Event Schedule

Thursday, June 22

Seamen’s Bank Compartilhe Na Nossa Mesa or “Share Our Table”.

What: A showcase of Provincetown’s best restaurants with music by the New Beach Band. Reservations are required.

Time: 5 – 10pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Dancing at Bas Relief!

What: Music of the New Beach Band

Time: 8 – 10 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: $5.00. Purchase tickets at door.

Friday, June 23

Capt. Manny Phillips Fishing Derby for Kids

Time: 12 – 2 pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free

Portuguese Soup Tasting

What: This event features soup from fine restaurants in Provincetown, Truro & Wellfleet! Entertainment by the Dory Bar Blues Band.

Time: 12 – 3 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: $7, all you can eat. Purchase tickets at door.

Face Painting for Kids!

Time: 12 – 5 pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

Portuguese Writers & Poets Reading

Time: 2 – 4 pm

Where: Harbor Lounge, 359 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Free

The Great Lobster Crate Race (For kids of all ages)

Time: 2:30 – 4 pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free

Music & Dancing

Time: 3 – 6 pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free!

Lobster Bake

What: Twin lobster dinner under the Seaman’s Bank Tent. Cash bar for oysters, clams and shrimp, and beer & wine.

Time: 5 – 8 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: $30 plus a cash bar for oysters, clams and shrimp. Beer & Wine available too. No Reservations required.

Music by Rick Anthony

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Lopes Square | Directions

Cost: Free

Music for all Ages (Entertainment TBA)

Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

Homecoming Get Together with the Old Jug Band

Time: 9:00pm – 1:00am

Where: Surf Club, 315 Commercial St A | Directions

Cost: Free

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Motta Family Kids Games & Cookout

What: great place for the whole family to enjoy fun and food. A free event!

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Where: Motta Field, Winslow St. | Directions

Cost: Free

Portuguese Dancers and Live Entertainment

Time: 10:30 am – 2 pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

Portuguese Food Court by the Lions Club

What: A feast of Portuguese food and more plus beer, wine and music. Food & Beverages are priced individually.

Time: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: Priced individually

Capture The Flag Race

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Where: Surf Club, 315 Commercial St A | Directions

Cost: Free

Toe Jam Puppet Band

What: A favorite with the little ones! Read about Toe Jam Puppet Band

Time: 2 – 3 pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

Portuguese Festival Parade

What: Annual Festival parade that includes dancers, musicians, floats and more.

Time: 3 – 5 pm

Where: Commercial St.  Starts at Harbor Hotel, down Commercial St to Franklin Street.

Cost: Free

Entertainment (Details TBA)

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

Comedy by the Portuguese Kids

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: Free

FADO Concert

What: Performances of traditional Portuguese folk music. Courtesy of the Provincetown Banner.

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 254 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: Contributions at the door are appreciated!

Dancing to Live SAMBA Music

Time: 9:00pm – 12:30am

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fishermen’s Mass. Celebrated by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha S.D.V

Time: 10:30 – 11:30am

Where: St. Peter the Apostle Church, 11 Prince St | Directions

Portuguese Dancers

What: Performances of authentic Portuguese dance routines in traditional costumes

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Ryder St between Bradford & Commercial Sts (Portugueses Sq) | Directions

Cost: Free

TASCA Portuguese Cafe

What: Sample the taste of Portugal. Beer & wine cash bar.

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free

After Mass Procession

What: Procession leaves St. Peters as a group for the short walk to MacMillan Pier for the 70th annual Blessing of the Fleet. They are bearing banners that honor the fishing fleet past & present.

Time: 12 – 1 pm

Where: Starts at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 11 Prince St to MacMillan Pier | Directions

70th Blessing Of The Fleet

What: Boats gather in Provincetown Harbor, decorated for the blessing by Bishop Edgar Da Cunha S.D.V. The fleet will be judged for their decorations.

Time: 1:00pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free

Portuguese Music and Dancers (After Blessing)

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free

Traditional Band Concert by St. Anthony’s Band

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Outside Provincetown Town Hall, 254 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: Free

Festival Closing Gathering. Music by Ed Sheridan and friends

Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Surf Club, 315 Commercial St A | Directions

Cost: Free

Festival Highlights

The Blessing of the Fleet

The annual Blessing of the Fleet at MacMillan Wharf honors the tradition performed hundreds of years ago when a bishop blessed the vessels and crew before their long and possibly dangerous journey.

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The Portuguese Parade

Celebrate Portuguese heritage at the Portuguese Parade in Provincetown. Floats, fire trucks, traditional music, and dancers fill the streets of Provincetown. Commercial Street is decorated with Portuguese flags crisscrossing overhead.

Provincetown Portuguese Festival Parade
Photo by the Furies; www.furiesonline.com