Ptown Carnival Week 2018
2019 Carnival Week
Week Dates: Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
Parade Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Theme: Enchanted 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.
Past 2018 Events
We’ve left the 2018 events schedule posted so you can get an idea of what to expect. The organizers of Carnival, the Provincetown Business Guild, usually finalizes the week’s event schedule in May, so check back in May 2019 or sign up for our Newsletter.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Theme: Mardis 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
Parking: 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.
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
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
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
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