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Ptown Theme Weeks & Festivals

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Provincetown hosts an eclectic range of theme weeks and festivals throughout the year. These multi-day events celebrate the reflect the diverse history and make-up of this unique town: Arts, LGBTQ, theater, historic, holiday – and just the plain fun of Carnival and Halloween.

Be sure to plan in advance so you don’t miss out on the chance to experience one of these Provincetown events.

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2018 Carnival Week! Dates: Sat, August 11 – Fri, August 18, 2018
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Bear Week Provincetown
Provincetown Bear Week

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LGBTQ Events

For All

Carnival: Sat, August 11 – Fri, August 18, 2018

Family Week: Sat, 7/28 – Fri, 8/3/18

Fantasia Fair: Sun, 10/14 – Sun, 10/21/18

Gay Pilots Week: Thu, 9/13 – Sun, 9/16/18

Gays for Patsy: Fri, 4/27 – Sun, 4/29, 2018

Halloween: Fri: 10/26 – Wed, 10/31/18

Holly Folly: Fri, 11/30 – Sun, 12/2/18

Mates Leather Weekend: Thurs, 9/27 – Sun, 9/30/18

Pride 2018: Fri, 6/1 – Sun, 6/3

Provincetown Dance Trophy: Sat, 9/29/18

Provincetown Roundup: Wed, 10/17 – Sun, 10/21/18

White Party: Sun, 9/1/18

Provincetown Carnival Parade
Carnival Parade

Men

Bear Week: Sat, 7/7 – Sun, 7/15/18

Independence Week – July 4th Week: Fri, 6/29 – Fri, 7/6/18

Men’s Weekend: Fri, 11/9 – Sun, 11/11/18

Mr New England Leather Weekend, Fri, 11/16 – Sun, 11/18/18

Out of Hibernation Bear Weekend: Fri, 3/16 – Mon, 3/18/18

Snowbound Leather Weekend X: Fri, 2/23 – Sun, 2/25/18

Spooky Bear Weekend: Fri, 10/26 – Sun, 10/28/18

Women

Memorial Day Women’s Weekend: Thurs, 5/24 – Mon, 5/28/18

Girl Splash: July

Single Women’s Weekend: Fri, 5/18 – Sun, 5/20/18

Women of Color & Friends Weekend: Thu, 5/31 – Sun, 6/3/18

Women’s Week: Sat, 10/6 – Sun, 10/14/18

Arts & Culture

Afterglow Festival: Mon, 9/10 – Sun, 9/16/18

CabaretFest: Events run through Sun, 6/3

Day of Dead Festival: Thu, 11/1 & Fri, 11/2/18

Friday Night Gallery Stroll: Fridays, late May through late September

International Encaustic Conference: Fri, 6/1 – Sun, 6/3/18

Provincetown Film Festival: Thurs, 6/13 – Sun, 6/17/18

Portuguese Festival: Thurs, 6/21, – Sun, 6/24/18

Provincetown Dance Festival: Mid-June 2018

Tennessee Williams Festival: Thurs, 9/27 – Sun, 9/30/18

Twenty Summers: Events begin May 18 and run through June 16 | Watch 2017 performances online

provincetown theme weeks
Provincetown Portuguese Festival

Holidays

Carnival: Sat, August 11 – Fri, August 18, 2018 (In Ptown, it’s a holiday!)

Day of Dead Festival: Thu, 11/1 & Fri, 11/2/18

July 4th: Fireworks & Parade

Halloween: Fri: 10/26 – Wed, 10/31/18

New Year’s – First Light Celebration: Fri, 12/28/18 – Tue, 1/1/19

New Year’s Fireworks – Jan 1

Thanksgiving: Wed, 11/21 – Sun, 11/25/18

Pilgrim Monument Lighting: Wed, 11/21/18

Lobster Pot Tree Lighting: Sat, 11/24/18

Holly Folly: Fri, 11/30 – Sun, 12/2/18

Special Events

Antique Car Show & Parade, Yankee Lambda Car Club: Sat, 9/15/18

Book Festival: Fri, 9/14 & Sat, 9/15/18

Inspiration Weekend: Fri, 10/5 – Sun, 10/7/18

Lobster Pot Tree Lighting: Sat, 11/24/18

Pet Appreciation Week: Sun, 9/23 – Sat, 9/29/18

Pilgrim Monument Lighting: Wed, 11/21/18

Rowing Regatta and Mini Triathlon: Sat, 6/9/18

Schooner Regatta: Tues, 9/4/18 – Thurs, 9/6/18

Swim for Life: Sat, 9/8/18

Wellfleet Oyster Festival: Sat, 10/13 & Sun, 10/14/18

Whale Week: Sun 7/29 – Fri, 8/3/18

Fundraisers

5k Run/Walk Benefit, AIDS Support Group Cape Cod: Sun, 7/15/18

GLAD Summer Party: Sat, 7/28/18

Pet Appreciation Week: Sun, 9/23 – Sat, 9/29/18

Pilgrim 5K Trot: PAAM Fundraiser: Thanksgiving day, 11/22/18

Swim for Life: Sat, 9/8/18

Whale Week: Sun 7/29 – Fri, 8/3/18

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