May is one of the most action-packed months of the year for historic Provincetown and with good reason. As warmer weather rolls in, so do the many events that make the cultural experience here on the tip of the Cape so enriching. As the town transitions into high season, art and community blooms and the magical summer begins.
Throughout most of May and well into June, the Twenty Summers arts company returns for its sixth stint in the historic Hawthorne Barn. Founded to preserve Hawthorne Barn and maintain Provincetown’s role as a hub of art creation and its valued impact on the public, Twenty Summers hosts a wide array of artistic events including concerts, conversations with leading artists, open studios, as well as other community events. Each week provides a unique opportunity to delve deeper into Provincetown’s thriving art scene in one of its most iconic venues.
This year, Provincetown’s art scene is raising the bar by not only providing the engaging and entertaining works it is known for but tackling the topical issues facing the world today. The Broto: Art, Science, and Collaboration Conference will be in town on May 17th and 18th to discuss the intersection of art and science in the context of global climate change. What might an art installation addressing global climate change look like and how might it address this issue? Register here to find out.
In an impressive fusion of Opera and Broadway, the Outer Cape Chorale Concert will take place on the nights of May 17ths and 18ths. Over 100 singers and a full chamber orchestra will fill the hall with their practiced and talented voices as they masterfully perform a range of tunes, many of which you will recognize and to which you are encouraged to sing along. Not only is this a night of talent that you have the opportunity to enjoy as well as participate in, but it is generously offered for FREE.
If you are otherwise frugally minded, Provincetown will also be having a Monumental Yard Sale May 18th and 19th. Nautical wear, vastly underpriced antiques, fantastically flamboyant garb, and of course, art, are all items that you might just snag if you are quick to get looking and have a keen eye. As with all yard sales, much is hoped for but nothing is promised. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt!
Amongst its many socially-conscious celebrations, Provincetown hosts three events in May specifically for women. First is the Single Women’s Weekend from May 17th-19th, where single lesbians have the opportunity to come together in person for a weekend of dancing, food, dune tours, and more. Next is the LesbianNightLife Girl’s Party, from May 23-26th. Admission includes a meet-and-greet on Thursday, parties Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, as well as a boat cruise on Saturday and a pool party on Sunday. This party is sure to fill up your Memorial Day Weekend if you are looking to party and meet women.To close out the month, May 30th-June 2nd will be a powerful gathering for social justice with the Women of Color Weekend. Offering workshops, parties, meals, and more for LGBTQ women of color, this weekend promises to be a celebration for the mindset of social-consciousness Provincetown represents.
May is the transitional month between spring and the opening of the summer season in Provincetown and Memorial Day Weekend is the long weekend that launches Provincetown into its most beautiful time of the year. The many inns and B&Bs of Provincetown open to welcome the flood of guests that come out to enjoy this bustling weekend. Although the weekend is traditionally focused on celebrating women, Provincetown is an exciting place to spend a long weekend for all groups. Come join the fun and welcome the summer season as the resplendent atmosphere, radiant weather, and sparkling, warming waters make Memorial Day Weekend the unofficial start of the summer season in Provincetown.
The Center of Coastal Studies will host their “Homeport by the Bay” gala on May 30th. The fundraiser will be focused on whales and whale research in a changing climate. The event will feature a live auction, fine dining, and an address by Dr. Jooke Robbins. Come out to support the preservation of the iconic beauty of Massachusetts’ and the rest of the world’s whales.
Cabaret Fest comes to town May 30th-June2nd with the theme of The Memories of the 60s. The weekend includes workshops, masterclasses, private parties, an award luncheon, a Q&A, a finale show, and 11 cabaret shows. Enjoy the education and entertainment of the biggest cabaret event of the year.
The Castle Hill Center for the Arts will host the Encaustic Conference May 31st-June 2nd. This interdisciplinary event brings together a diverse group of artists working with wax in a wide variety of ways to form one of the biggest art conferences of the year. The event is host to well over a dozen workshops including topics such as “Next Level: Working Large”, “Going Bold and Outwards”, and “Professional Development”. Judy Pfaff will give the keynote address.
One the biggest events of the year closes out this exciting month. Provincetown Pride, Friday, May 31st – Sunday, June 2nd, is an internationally recognized celebration that draws the large crowds one would expect in one of the country’s most popular and proud LGBTQ communities. The weekend includes dance parties every day, discussions with author Russ Lopez about his new book “The Hub to the Gay Universe”, as well as a “Stonewall Stroll” and Q&A with Stonewall Veterans. Provincetown Pride is a celebration as well as time to reflect on how far the LGBTQ community has come and how to keep evolving into a safer and more welcome community for all.
Come welcome the start of the summer season in Provincetown by joining us for one of the many events going on in May. Whether you are a long-time patron of the town or someone looking to find that summer spot that feels like your home away from home, Provincetown welcomes you. With art, performances, an inclusive community, a proactive social conscience, and the beauty of the Cape, there is something for everyone in this town.