Find your fancy in America’s First Destination.
Provincetown, Mass. – Signature events featuring specialty food, art, biking, music and an agricultural fair are some of the unique attractions available for visitors in Provincetown this summer. Festivities include a blend of charitable and fundraising events with the town’s famed Carnival Week extravaganza, giving just about everyone a reason to come see why Ptown has earned a reputation as America’s First Destination for summertime fun.
- August kicks off with a special event for athletes – the annual Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon, Aug. 1-2. Come witness the unmatched atmosphere and stunning natural beauty of Provincetown as you cross the finish line, and stay for the town’s famed attractions, venerable inns and fine and casual dining, all arranged in a quintessential, picturesque New England setting; you’ll see why Coastal Living magazine named Ptown one of the 10 happiest seaside towns in America in 2014. The two-day bike race, spanning 46 towns across Massachusetts, raises more money annually for charity than any other athletic fundraising event in the country, including $41 million for cancer research in 2014.
- Add a new treasure to your special collection at the Castle Hill Silent Art Auction, at the Truro Center for the Arts, Aug. 8. Experience America’s oldest continuous art colony first-hand and celebrate with the local community of artists. One of Castle Hill’s largest fundraising events of the year, the auction will feature works of art by widely recognized historical and contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, jewelers and mixed media artists.
- Feed your appetite at the 5th Annual Lobsterfest on Fisherman’s Pier, Aug. 8. Enjoy musical performances, dancing, a live auction and a rustic lobster dinner at the beautiful setting on the pier overlooking the harbor. Auction items include a Red Sox package for two with round trip air provided by Cape Air, a South African safari, dinner with a private chef, and much more. Lobsterfest raises money to benefit Outer Cape Health Services.
- Listen to the hottest jazz on the East Coast at the 11th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival, Aug. 13. This year’s talented lineup will feature Pittsburgh jazz vocalist Dane Vannatter and Providence jazz vocalist Tish Adams, backed up by the local Cape Cod Jazz Quintet with Steve Ahern (trumpet & flute), Bruce Abbott (sax & flute), Fred Boyle (piano), Ron Ormsby (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums). Since the first festival in 2005, artists from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand have appeared at concerts in Provincetown and Cotuit on Cape Cod.
- It’s no secret Provincetown’s 37th Annual Carnival celebration, Aug. 15-21, is reason enough to visit Ptown this summer. Revelers will invade Ptown by the thousands for this year’s theme, “Candyland.” It is a time when village homes are transformed, and individual and group costuming rival that of Rio and New Orleans. Carnival Week has grown to be the first and longest running festival of its kind in New England, joining a long list of “firsts” the town has been credited, beginning with the first landing spot of the Pilgrims 400 years ago.
- Celebrate the Cape’s agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and farming, Sept. 6, at the Sustainable CAPE Truro Agricultural Fair. Taste Cape Cod’s all natural, locally harvested foods from the land and sea that represent the Cape’s storied history. The educational fair connects the health of the local food system to physical health, environment and future.
When you arrive in Provincetown, the eclectic and upscale shops, renowned art galleries and world-class restaurants on Commercial St. will be in full swing, and Ptown’s award-winning beaches, Herring Cove and Race Point, which were named two of the top 25 beaches in the world by AOL Travel, will be open for swimming, sun seeking, kayaking, parasailing, whale watching, dune hiking and picnicking.
Whether you’re an athlete, foodie, music and arts lover or reveler, experience the welcoming atmosphere, beautiful landscape and fantastic events that make Ptown what Lavender Magazine named America’s “Best Summer Vacation Destination” and why Fodor’s Travel, Smithsonian Magazine and others named Ptown one of the 10 best small towns in America. You’ll leave with an incredible experience and lasting memories that will leave you wanting more.
For a full schedule of events in Ptown, visit ptowntourism.com/events.