Provincetown Portuguese Festival 2018

Provincetown Portuguese Festival

When: Thurs, 6/21 – Sun, 6/24/18

Where: All over town

Highlights: Portuguese Festival Parade (Sat, 3 – 5 pm)

71st Blessing Of The Fleet (Sun, 1 pm)

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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

We’re leaving the 2017 schedule posted so you can get an idea of what to expect if you plan to attend in June 2018. Generally the festival organizers publish the schedule by mid-May, so check back then for the 2018 list fo events!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

When: Fri, 12 – 2 pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free


Portuguese Soup Tasting

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

When: Fri, 12 – 3 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

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


Face Painting for Kids!

When: Fri, 12 – 5 pm

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

Cost: Free


Portuguese Writers & Poets Reading

When: Fri, 2 – 4 pm

Where: Harbor Lounge, 359 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Free


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

When: Fri, 2:30 – 4 pm

Where: Macmillan Pier & Surf Club (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free


Music & Dancing

When: Fri, 3 – 6 pm

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

Cost: Free!


Lobster Bake

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

When: Fri, 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

When: Fri, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Cost: Free


Music for all Ages (Entertainment TBA)

When: Fri, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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

Cost: Free


Homecoming Get Together with the Old Jug Band

When: Fri, 9:00pm – 1:00am

Where: Surf Club, 315 Commercial St A | Directions

Cost: Free

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Today’s highlights: Parade, 3 – 5pm; FADO concert 7:30 – 9:30pm

Motta Family Kids Games & Cookout

Great place for the whole family to enjoy fun and food. A free event!

When: Sat, 10 am – 12 pm

Where: Motta Field, Winslow St. | Directions

Cost: Free


Portuguese Dancers and Live Entertainment

When: Sat, 10:30 am – 2 pm

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

Cost: Free


Portuguese Food Court by the Lions Club

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

When: Sat, 11:30am – 7:30pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: Priced individually


Toe Jam Puppet Band

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

When: Sat, 2 – 3 pm

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

Cost: Free


Portuguese Festival Parade

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

When: Sat, 3 – 5 pm

Where: Commercial St.  Starts at Harbor Hotel, down Commercial St to Franklin Street. | See Parade Route

Cost: Free


Entertainment

When: Sat, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

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

Cost: Free


Comedy by the Portuguese Kids

When: Sat, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: Free


FADO Concert

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

When: Sat, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 254 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: Contributions at the door are appreciated!


Dancing to Live SAMBA Music

When: Sat, 9:00pm – 12:30am

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

Cost: Free

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Highlight: Blessing of the Fleet, 1 pm – Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

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

When: Sun, 10:30 – 11:30am

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


Portuguese Dancers

Performances of authentic Portuguese dance routines in traditional costumes

When: Sun, 11:30am – 12:30pm

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

Cost: Free


TASCA Portuguese Cafe

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

When: Sun, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free


After Mass Procession

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.

When: Sun, 12 – 1 pm

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


70th Blessing Of The Fleet

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.

When: Sun, 1:00pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free


Portuguese Music and Dancers (After Blessing)

When: Sun, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free


Traditional Band Concert by St. Anthony’s Band

When: Sun, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Cost: Free


Festival Closing Gathering. Music by Ed Sheridan and friends

When: Sun, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Surf Club, 315 Commercial St A | Directions

Cost: Free

Festival Highlights

The Blessing of the Fleet – Sun, 1 pm

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.

Provincetown Portuguese Festival

The Portuguese Parade

Sat, 3 – 5 pm

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
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