Provincetown Carnival

Provincetown Carnival Week

2019 Carnival Week

Week Dates: Thursday, August 15 – Saturday, August 24, 2019

Parade Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019

ThemeEnchanted Forest!

What is Provincetown Carnival Week?

Provincetown Carnival 2019 is a weeklong celebration of LGBTQ life–parties, art fairs, a costume ball, and more–and culminates in the Carnival Parade on Thursday, 8/22/19. 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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Enchanted Pool Party GLAAD Benefit Provincetown

2019 Events

Thu, 8/15

Pre-Carnival Ceremony

What: Welcome Vacaya and Gilbert Baker Flag Reunification Ceremony
Gather on the beach behind the Crown & Anchor as Provincetown welcomes Vacaya’s passengers off the Celebrity Summit. Passengers will be carrying sections of the original Gilbert Baker Rainbow 25 Sea to Sea Flag for a reunification and welcoming ceremony to kick off Carnival.

When: Fri, 8/15 at 8:30 am

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

Cost: Free

Welcome Party at the Crown & Anchor

What: Special welcome party for Vacaya at the Crown & Anchor in the Wave and Paramount with VJ Tom Yaz and DJ Chris Racine.

When: Thu, 8/15

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

Cost: $10


Fri, 8/16

Carnival Gallery Stroll

What: Partake in the traditional Carnival Gallery Stroll, a longstanding Provincetown tradition. Provincetown is America’s oldest continuous art colony and many of our galleries throughout town host receptions on Friday nights.

When: Beginning at 6 pm; Opening and closing times vary.

Where: Commercial St.

Cost: Free


Sat, 8/17

Enchanted Yappy Hour Welcome to Town with Tito’s at Crown & Anchor

What: Provincetown loves dogs, so the PBG and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are kicking off Carnival Week with a party for people and their pups. Pup costumes welcome!

When: Sat, 8/17, 2 – 4 pm

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

Cost: $10 | Buy Tickets

Sun, 8/18

Carnival Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

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

When: Sun, 8/18, 10 am

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

Cost: Free


Enchanted Sunset Cruise

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. Always an enchanting experience.

When: Sun, 8/18; 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Boarding begins at 4 pm.

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: $25 | Buy Cruise Tickets

Ptown Carnival Sunset Cruise
Carnival Sunset Cruise

Costume Party: Enchanted Forest Costume Ball

What: Get in a costume or join in the voting at the annual Carnival Costume contest and opening party. Thirsty Burlington MC’s the contest poolside at the Wave, where contestants will each time to strut their stuff for participants to vote. There are cash prizes and winners will be featured in Carnival Parade!

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $200

The costume party starts at poolside at the Wave Bar with the costume contest from 8:30 – 10 pm, then the party continues next door with dancing at the Paramount until 1 am.

When: Sun, 8/18. 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) | Buy Individual Ticket

Provincetown Carnival Week 2019
Carnival Costume Contest & Dance

Monday, 8/19

Provincetown Carnival Pool Party: Brass Key

What: Provincetown Carnival’s hottest pool party is back and bigger than ever. This year’s Carnival theme is “Enchanted Forest”. 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, 8/19, 1 – 5 pm

Where: Brass Key Guesthouse, 67 Bradford St | Map

Cost: $30 – $40 | Buy tickets

Event Website | Brasskey Website

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Annual Carnival Pool Party at Brass Key

Enchantment at GESSELLSCHAFT

What: Come experience the 2nd annual Carnival Gessellschaft – a style, glam, and drag dance party. Presented by Janet Jorgulesco and House of La Rue.

When: Monday, 8/19, 10:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Velvet Lounge, 258 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $10 | Buy Tickets

Tuesday, 8/20

Enchanted Pool Party – GLAAD Benefit

What: The Crown & Anchor, GLAAD, and Absolut Elyx host an afternoon of music and dancing overlooking Provincetown Harbor. DJ Blacklow will spin, and the Crown & Anchor is expanding the waterfront dance floor for this special event with multiple bars available. VIP Ticket purchasers will enjoy exclusive use of the Absolut Elyx VIP Lounge with complimentary Absolut Elyx beverages.

A portion of the door proceeds will benefit GLAAD. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homphobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

When: Tue, 8/20; 11 am – 4 pm

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

Cost: $29 & $64 (VIP Access) | Buy Enchanted Pool Party Tickets


Carnival Cocktail Party at the Watership Inn

What: Join this annual cocktail party – and Miss Richfield 1981 – 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, 8/20 3 – 5 pm

Where: Watership Inn, 7 Winthrop Street | Directions

Cost: $10.00 | Buy Tickets


One Enchanted Evening – Town Hall Show

What: Come for an evening with of entertainment by many of Provincetown’s favorite, eclectic bunch performers – under one roof!

When: Tue, 8/20; Time TBA

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: $10 | Tickets


Magical and Mystical Party at A-House

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

When: Tue, 8/20, 10 pm – 1 am

Where: A House, 6 Masonic Place | Directions

Cost: $10.00. Benefits PBG’s Carnival & The Provincetown AIDS Support Group | Buy Tickets

Wed, 8/21

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, 8/21 @ 6:30pm; Seating begins @ 5 pm.

Where: UU Meeting House, 236 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $25.00


Trixie Mattel

Who: Trixie Mattel, crowned winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, returns to Provincetown this summer for one night only during Carnival Week!  Known for her life-in-plastic aesthetic, Trixie has been charming audiences for years with her unmatched performance style, razor-sharp reads, and off-color comedy as a dazzling host and emcee personality.

Mattel is the stage name of Brian Michael Firkus, an American singer, actor, drag queen and recognized “Skinny Legend.” Trixie is the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season 3 (originally competing on season 7). He is also a Billboard Heatseekers #1 charting recording artist (One Stone, 2018), a wildly successful theater touring act, and one half of a comic duo on Viceland (“The Trixie and Katya Show”) and on YouTube (“UNHhhh”). In 2019, Trixie will be working the festival circuit as the subject of a bio documentary, “Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts.”

Benefit for Provincetown LGBTQ Welcome Center

When: Wed, 8/21 at 8 pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: $50 – $125; VIP Meet & Greet: $150 | Buy Tickets

Thu, 8/22

Carnival Parade

What: The parade is the pinnacle event of Carnival Week, drawing the largest crowd of the summer!

When: Thu, August 22, 2019

Theme: Enchanted Forest

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 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

Where to Park?

It’ll be crowded, so check out our comprehensive list of Parking in Provincetown

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, 8/22, 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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

Cost: $10.00

Fri, 8/23

Enchanted Creatures Fantasy Ball: Official Closing Party

What: Closing dance party in both Wave and Paramount. The party starts at 9 pm at Wave with VJ Tom Yaz, and at 10 the party moves into Paramount for dancing with DJ J Warren until close.

When: 8/23; 9:00 pm dancing at Wave; 10:00 pm Doors open to the Paramount Dance Club

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

Cost: $10.00 | Buy Tickets

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