As the summer season winds down in Provincetown, you might want to consider planning your visit for September, or what the townies call the ‘shoulder season’.
Here are 6 Reasons to Visit Provincetown in September:
1. Warm Weather
Ask a Ptown year-rounder what their favorite month is here in Provincetown, and chance are they say ‘September’. Most days the temperatures are in the mid-70’s. It’s still warm enough to spend a day at the beach, and even take a dip. And the nights are cool, but comfortable!
2. Special Events
Provincetown is still abuzz with special events. The Afterglow Festival, Tennessee Williams Festival and Provincetown Swim for Life all take place in Provincetown in September.
The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta: Mon, 9/4 – Thurs, 9/7
Provincetown Swim for Life: Fri, 9/8 – Sat, 9/9
The Provincetown Swim for Life was started in 1988 to raise awareness and funds to help those with AIDS in Provincetown. The annual 1.4 mile swim across Provincetown Harbor is now in its 30th year! The swim will be held on Sat, 9/9.
Afterglow Festival: Mon, 9/11 – Sun, 9/17
Afterglow is a gathering to Provincetown of both renowned and under-the-radar innovative stage artists evolving the world of live performance.
Lambda Antique Car Show: Sat, 9/16
Members of the Yankee Chapter of the Lambda’s Antique Car Club bring their beautiful antique cars to Ptown for the weekend with the cars on display on MacMillan Pier Saturday morning through early afternoon, followed by a car parade down Commercial St. 2017 Theme: Westward Ho!
Tennessee Williams Festival: Thu, 9/21 – Sun, 9/24
The Tennessee Williams Theater Festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide.
3. Busy, But Not Too Busy
Things slow down compared to July and August, but they don’t go dark here during the month of September. Dining, shopping and people watching is easier with the summer crowds gone. The waits for a dinner table are shorter, if at all, and you don’t necessarily have to plan in advance reservations to enjoy local cuisine. We do recommend that you consider reservations for the weekends.
4. Lower Cost
Hotels, B&B’s and shops start discounting prices. After Labor Day, most room prices drop, and the minimum night’s stay in most B&B’s is gone, unlike the peak of season. (During the summer, many hotels have a five night minimum stay.) See Ptown Guest Houses.
5. The September Light
Provincetown is famous for its beautiful natural light, which is what drew painters to Provincetown and made it America’s first artists colony. The September morning and evening light is spectacular! The cooler temperatures seems to give it even more hues.
6. Travel on the Fast Ferry
Bay State Cruise still runs three daily round trips from Boston to Provincetown until mid-October! Locals love Bay State Cruise because they know they can count on this regular round trip run.