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 on Thursday, 8/16. While the year-round population of Provincetown tops out at 3,000 people, the Carnival Parade attracts nearly 90,000 visitors annually.

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Carnival Parade

2018 Carnival Event Schedule

Individual tickets and VIP Passes are available at the Provincetown Business Guild’s ticketing website.

Wed, 8/15

Drag Bingo

What: Join Scarbie for the annual Drag Bingo event on the lawn of the UU Meeting House. Seating is limited to 300, 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, 8/15 @ 6:30pm; Seating begins @ 5 pm.

Where: UU Meeting House, 236 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $25.00

 

Northern Deca-dance, featuring Betty Who!

What: Dance party featuring a special performance by Betty Who.

When: Wed, 8/15, 7:30 – 10 pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: $35 in advance; $45 at door; $120 VIP Meet & Greet | Buy Tickets


Ptown Carnival Costume Party Neptune Contestant

Thu, 8/16

Carnival Parade – 40th Anniversary

What: The Provincetown Carnival Parade is pinnacle of the Carnival week and one of the biggest events of the summer on the Cape! Come join the tens of thousands of people who come celebrate this annual event, complete with floats and costumed paraders.

ThemeMardis Gras by the Sea!

When: Thu, 8/16, 3 – 5 pm

Where: Starts at the Harbor Hotel and continues down Commercial St, through the town center, to the corner of Franklin St in the West End. | See Parade Route

Interested in participating?

See the Parade Registration page for complete details.

Ptown Carnival Parade
Provincetown Carnival Parade

Annual Leather / Underwear Dance Party

What: The party continues at this annual dance party, which never disappoints.

When: Thu, 8/16, 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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

Cost: $10.00


Fri, 8/17

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: 8/17 at Noon

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

Cost: TBA

 

Nights of Adonis Closing Masquerade Party

What: Closing dance party in both Wave and Paramount. Featuring DJ Abel!

When: 8/17; 9:00 pm party and dancing at Wave; 10:00 pm Doors open to the Paramount Dance Club

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

Cost: $10.00

Drag Brunch Provincetown Carnival
Drag Brunch Provincetown Carnival

Past 2018 Events

Sun, 8/12

Carnival Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

What: Join this annual event at the Pilgrim Monument that kicks off Carnival Week.

When: Sun, 8/12, 10 am

Where: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road | Directions

Cost: Free

 

Cruise D’ Krewes Sunset Boat Party

What: 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 a guest DJ. Sponsored by Bay State Cruises, Cape Cod 5 & Seamens Bank.

When: Sun, 8/12; 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Boarding begins at 4 pm.

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 day of event

Ptown Carnival Sunset Cruise
Carnival Sunset Cruise

Costume Party: The Nights of Bacchus

What: 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. This Carnvial costume theme is Mardi Gras by the Sea.

  • 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, 8/12. 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


Provincetown Carnival Week 2019
Carnival Costume Contest & Dance

Mon, 8/13

Le Vendeur Marche Par La Mer

What: Come to this open-air market with vendors selling arts, crafts, DIY and vintage wares.

When: Mon, 8/13, 12 – 4 pm

Where: Bas Relief, 106 Bradford St | Directions

Cost: Free

 

Provincetown Carnival Pool Party

What: Provincetown Carnival’s hottest pool party is back and bigger than ever, and this year’s Carnival theme – Mardis Gras by the Sea – means a Rajin’ Cajun pool party.

So put on your best bathing suit, grab your towel and join over 1500 of the hottest gay men from all over the world for one of the biggest events of Carnival Week. Don’t wait to buy your tickets.

When: Mon, 8/13, 1 – 5 pm

Where: Brass Key Guesthouse, 67 Bradford St | Map

Cost: $25 until 7/1, then $35.00 | Buy tickets

Carnival Pool Party Ptown
Annual Carnival Pool Party at Brass Key

King Cakes at Velvet

What: Come experience the 1st annual Carnival Gessellschaft King Cakes dance party. Gesellschaft is a style, glam, and drag. Presented by Janet Jorgulesco and House of La Rue.

When: Monday, 8/13, 10:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Velvet Lounge, 258 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $10

 


Tuesday, 8/14

Voodoo Party at the Watership Inn

What: 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. This party is celebrating it’s 30th year!

When: Tue, 8/14/ 3 – 5 pm

Where: Watership Inn, 7 Winthrop Street | Directions

Cost: $10.00

 

Sunset Dune Tour and Cocktail Reception

VIP PASS #1 HOLDERs ONLY

During this two-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 cocktail and see one of the most beautiful sunsets on the East Coast. 

When: Tue 8/14, 6 – 8 pm

Where: Art’s Dune Tours, 4 Standish Street | Directions

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

 

Fat Tuesday: Beads and Boxers

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

When: Tue, 8/14, 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


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

VIP Pass Details

VIP Pass #1: $135

Includes express entrance and tickets to these events:

  • Nights of Bacchus Costume and Dance Party (Sunday)
  • Rajin Cajun Carnival Pool Party (Monday)
  • Sunset Dune Tour (Tuesday)
  • Fat Tuesday: Beads and Boxers at the A House Dance Party (Tuesday)
  • Purgatory Underwear Dance Party (Thursday)
  • Nights of Adonis Closing Masquerade Dance Party (Friday)
  • Carnival VIP Gift bag with T-shirts and other goodies!

VIP Pass #2: $120.

Includes express entrance and tickets to these events:

  • Nights of Bacchus Costume and Dance Party (Sunday)
  • Rajin Cajun Carnival Pool Party (Monday)
  • Fat Tuesday: Beads and Boxers at the A House Dance Party (Tuesday)
  • Purgatory Underwear Dance Party (Thursday)
  • Nights of Adonis Closing Masquerade Dance Party (Friday)
  • Carnival VIP Gift bag with T-shirts and other goodies!

Note: VIP Pass #2 DOES NOT include Sunset Dune Tour

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