If you haven’t been to Provincetown in the off-season, you should come for October. The Cape Cod light is extraordinary in Provincetown any day, but in the fall, it is downright striking. Aside from the magnificent light, there are minimal restaurant lines, many stores have sales, the weather is still good with temps in the mid-fifties, and the locals are happy and laid-back—all making it the perfect time to visit Provincetown.

And things are happening! Columbus Day Weekend, October 5-8, kicks off the Monumental Yard Sale, a town-wide yard sale where stores and homes sell their wares for cheap prices. There’s also theProvincetown Art Association and Museum’s (PAAM) 13th Annual GalaWomen’s Week 2018, followed very quickly by Fantasia Fair, and one of the biggest events of October, Halloween Weekend. Every year the night to don costumes and play on Commercial Street seems to increase in popularity, bringing in flash mobs, performances, and tons of parties! This year there’s also a Black and Gold Ball at Town Hall on October 27th to boot.

“Color Outside The Lines: Art Has No Boundaries” is the theme of PAAM’s 13th Annual Benefit Gala, happening on Saturday, October 6that 5pm. Join the community as they honor contemporary artists and their contributing members during a night to remember, with a formal dinner and special guests and honorees. To learn more, please click here.

With over 150 events for women, including music, comedy, dance parties, film screenings, dune tours, sails, food events, sports events, and more, Women’s Week once again brings thousands of women together—singles and couples alike.  Every year there is the Community Dinner (October 9), which features delicious food and many performances, from comedy to serious song styling.  Chris Williamson returns to Provincetown, Suede is here, and the comedy of greats such as Judy Gold, Jennie McNulty, and Suzanne Westenhoefer will all be here (just to name a few). Come celebrate Women’s Week’s 35th year here in Provincetown! For more info, click here.

Since 1975, this transgender event has offered anyone who identifies as trans (and even those who don’t) a place to gather and attend conferences, fashion shows, two formal banquets, lunches, and even a cabaret/talent show! This week-long event is an immersive experience and, as the longest-running transgender event in the world, has a large following, making this week sure to fill our little peninsula! For more info, click here.

Make sure not to miss Halloween Weekend! It’s a huge event here in Provincetown, which is not surprising, as we love to dress up and throw a good party. Each year attendance seems to rise, as if Provincetown and Halloween are a match made in heaven—and this year there is a special Black and Gold Halloween Ball on October 27th at Town Hall. Come join the fun, dress up in your craziest costume, and enjoy the fabulous spectacle of it all!

Ultimately, October is an amazing time to be here in Provincetown, as it provides visitors a slightly quieter, slightly more contemplative time to enjoy all this coastal town has to offer.

About Provincetown

Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

As America’s oldest continuous art colony, the Provincetown artist community takes many forms. From festivals to flower shows, author readings to live theater and dance performances, this thriving creative scene has plenty to offer come September. As the air turns cooler, check out the Provincetown Art Guide and Provincetown Gallery Guide to keep visitors and residents alike entertained well into September.

While September brings the close of summer, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the crisp ocean breezes in Provincetown. First, in conjunction with the Provincetown Great Schooner Regatta, promoting awareness of Provincetown’s maritime heritage, comes Paint the Race (September 6). This event is a perfect way to take in the thrilling race and the panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay all from a whale watching boat. Painters, photographers, and sketch artists are all welcome to meet at Fisherman’s Pier and follow along as the boats race through the bay.

The delight of great outdoors continues at the Annual Provincetown Dahlia Show (September 29-30). This charming show presents hundreds of dahlias as growers all over New England flock to Provincetown to display their prized flowers.

Join the Provincetown community for Celebration of Life (September 7), an annual concert and signing of prayer ribbons held at UU Meeting House. Inscribed with messages and names, the ribbons allow the community to celebrate loved ones. The ribbons will create a visual marker for the swimmers as they cross the harbor during Swim for Life the following day. Both Swim for Life and Celebration of Life are a reminder of everyone the community lost during the AIDS crisis as well as the importance of following your joy in life.

Fall festivals are in full swing in Provincetown this September. First up is the 8th Annual Afterglow Festival (September 10-15), Provincetown’s avant garde live performance arts festival. Dedicated to providing a platform for innovative stage artists, the festival sheds light on new performers and seasoned veterans alike.

The festival season continues with the Provincetown Book Festival (September 14-16), which includes three days of free literary events, with readings, panels, and even a cooking demonstration! Featured guests include author Amy Bloom, National Book Award Winner James Caroll, poet Eileen Myles, and many more. The full roster of exciting activities includes everything from the “Writing for Young People” and “First Ladies of Fiction” panels to a cooking demonstration by Chef Justin Chapple, the culinary director of Food & Wine.

The final September festival is the celebrated Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (September 27-30). Diving into the theme of anticipation, the festival will include two plays by Williams: “The Rose Tattoo” a production from New York City, directed by Dana Greenfield and featuring fan favorite Irene Glezos. The other Williams play, “Talisman Roses” has never been published or performed and will receive its world premiere in Provincetown. Produced by actor-director Marsha Mason and produced by The Collective NY, “Talisman” is the festival’s 12th world premiere of a Tennessee Williams play. Experience all Provincetown has to offer this September: renowned authors and playwrights, gorgeous displays, and riveting live performances are just the beginning.

About Provincetown

Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown Massachusetts boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

Get ready to celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Provincetown! From charity events to annual parties you won’t want to miss, this Labor Day Weekend will be one to remember. Kicking off the long weekend on Friday, August 31st is the ASGCC’s (AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod) Annual Labor Day Art Auction and Raffle. All proceeds will benefit the ASGCC, one of the first AIDS organizations in the US, which serves all of Cape Cod and the Islands. The event will take place in Town Hall on both Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st.

On Saturday, September 1st, Provincetown’s most anticipated event of Labor Day Weekend, the 32nd Annual White Party, will take place at Delft Haven from 2 – 5 pm. Dress in your best whites and enjoy an unforgettable time with friends and family while sipping great cocktails and enjoying even better views!

On Monday, September 3rd, enjoy the first day of the 17th Annual Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta! This special event honors maritime history and the great natural resources of our region. The Regatta takes place every year in September beginning on Labor Day and ending with the big race on Thursday, September 6th.

Aside from the above scheduled events, there is always live entertainment to be seen here in Provincetown! There is a countless amount of theater and music productions happening this summer. To learn more about what’s available and when, please click here to see this summer’s impressive line-up.

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colonies in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

Get ready to enjoy the final weeks of summer this August 11-18 at the 40th Annual Provincetown Carnival: Mardi Gras by the Sea!

Kick off the week on Saturday, August 11 from 2-4 p.m. at the Krewe of Barkus: Welcome to Town Cocktail Party at the Crown & Anchor! Bring your pup and sip delicious cocktails. Prizes will be given for best dog costumes.

On Sunday, August 12 gather at the Pilgrim Monument at 10 a.m. for the Monumental Carnival Pride Flag Raising Ceremony. The event is free and open to the public and will feature special guest speakers you won’t want to miss.

Later in the day, cruise around Provincetown’s gorgeous harbor at the Opening Party: Cruise D’Krewes Sunset Boat Ride! Get your crew together and enjoy great music, beautiful views, dancing, and drinks. Event runs from 4-7:30 p.m. Boarding begins promptly at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event.

Wrap up your day at the opening night of the annual Nights of Bacchus Costume Ball at the Crown & Anchor from 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.! Costumes will be judged and prizes will be awarded. $10 cover charge.

Start your week off at the Rajin Cajun Annual Carnival Pool Party at Brass Key Guesthouse on Monday, August 13th from 1-5 p.m. Music provided by DJ Edil Hernandez and special guest Trenton Ducati. $25 cover charge.

From 12-4 p.m., enjoy Provincetown’s eclectic marketplace full of local vendors’ creations at Le Vendeur Marche Par La Mer on Bradford Street behind Provincetown Town Hall.

From 10 p.m. – 1 a.m., come jam at King Cakes at Gessellschaft drag dance party at Velvet! $10 cover charge.

On Tuesday, August 14th from 3 – 5 p.m., live it up at the Watership Inn’s 30th Annual Voodoo Party! Special guest star to make an appearance. $10 cover charge.

From 10 p.m. – 1 a.m., dance your heart out at Fat Tuesday: Beads and Boxers party at the A-House with DJ David LaSalle. $10 cover charge.

On Wednesday, August 15th, Tito’s and The Provincetown Business Guild present Northern DecaDance featuring Betty Who at Provincetown Town Hall! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Early bird tickets are $36.00, regular price $45. VIP tickets available.

On Thursday, August 16th, enjoy the extravagance of the 40th Annual Carnival Parade! Come down to Commercial street at 3 p.m. dressed in your best costume fitting this year’s theme: Mardi Gras by the Sea!

Later in the day, party the night away at the annual Poseidon Underwear Party at Club Purgatory from 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

On Friday, August 17th, close the festival off at Nights of Adonis Masquerade Party with VJTom Yaz and DJ Abel at 9 p.m. at the Crown & Anchor! $10 cover.

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colonies in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

The Summer Cabaret Scene gets bigger and brighter year after year. Among the talented performers in town for the cabaret this July are Lucie Arnaz (July 23) and Seth Sikes(July 24). In addition to the cabaret, there are several extended runs to round out the summer lineup. This exciting array of talent includes drag legend Thirsty Burlington, fan favorite Dina Martina, the Star Boys: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Show, comedian James Judd and BenDeLaCreme from RuPaul’s Drag Race, whose five-week run began July 6th.

For even more shows, concerts, and comedy, this summer’s comedy lineup includes Miss Richfield 1981’s “Born Again” (Saturdays through September 15), Poppy’s Poppin’ N Rockin’ Comedy Show (July 18 – 20), and The Joan Rivers Tribute Show “The Bitch is Back!”(July 23 – August 1).

For a night of music, don’t miss the The Voice’s Esera Tualo (through September 2) and Speakeasy Night with Zoe Lewis and the Bootleggers (July 17). Then, tying comedy and song together is the powerhouse Sandra Bernhard in “Sandemonium” (July 23 & 24).

If you’re in the mood to immerse yourself in a theatrical experience, you can catch the moving production of Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! (July 16 – August 30). The story follows the trials and tribulations of an intergenerational group of gay men over the course of a summer. Winner of the Tony Award for best play in 1995, this story of love and friendship is a must-see for Provincetown theatergoers.

Each summer, Provincetown’s entertainment scene shines bright with Broadway stars, musical legends, and comedy favorites. With every night packed with not-to-be-missed shows, this July is sure to be one to remember. Don’t miss out on the exciting entertainment summer series Provincetown has to offer!

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colonies in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

Several of Provincetown’s biggest and best events return this season, including Bear Week, Girl Splash, and Family Week. A delightful mix of wild parties and family fun, July also brings ways to give back to the community with charity events, including the annual 5K Walk/Run and GLAD’s annual summer party. From women-centered events like Girls Week to family fun at Family Week, there are tons of exciting events to choose from.

Bear Week (July 7-15) is packed with nine days of events including pool and beach parties, Bearlesque: All-Male Bear Burlesque Troup, and relaxing activities like a scenic sunset cruise or whale watch. Come celebrate with thousands of fellow Bears at one of the biggest, most exciting theme weeks in Provincetown.

While summer is a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy time off, it is also about giving back to the community. July in Provincetown delivers with plenty of charity events on the schedule. First up is the Provincetown Annual 5K Walk/Run (July 15), which kicks off at the East End and ends with breakfast at the Provincetown Inn. Celebrating its 10th year, this year’s goal is to raise $25,000 to support the work of ASGCC and the Provincetown community. Participate in the event (runners are welcome to bring their leashed dogs!) or support those who do by donating or cheering them on!

Close on the heels of Bear Week is the annual theme week for women – Girl Splash (July 17-21). This coming together of women features concerts, outdoor events, and lively parties from dawn ‘til dusk. Foodies will enjoy the Cape Cod Clambake on the beach and those in search of adventure should check out the Provincetown Scavenger Hunt and the Wonder Women party, which is (super) fun for all.

For those looking to make a getaway with the whole family, Provincetown’s annual Family Week (July 28-August 4) is the place to be. Co-hosted by Colage and Family Equality Council, Family Week brings together LGBTQ families from around the country to create lasting bonds and build community. Thoughtful programming includes the Multi-Racial Families Ice Cream get-together, the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Gathering, and Single Parents gathering. For the kids, there is art, theater, whale camp, concerts, readings, and more. An inclusive space, Family Week is full of activities for all ages!

Celebrating its 37th year, GLAD’s Annual Summer Party (July 28) is a community staple. Join celebrity auctioneer Kate Clinton at the Pilgrim Monument & Museum for a lovely afternoon of bidding on special packages including travel, relaxing massages, trendy restaurants and more! With the Provincetown Harbor as a backdrop it’s a perfect day to fill up on delicious food and celebrate all GLAD does for the Provincetown community.

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colonies in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

Before you know it, the sun will be shining and Commercial Street will be lined with visitors from near and far. The start of the summer season in Provincetown is just around the corner, bringing with it an array of rousing theme parties, outdoor adventures, and cultural events. From the exhilarating Ragnar Relay Race to women-centered events like Women of Color Weekend, this summer is gearing up to be one of Provincetown’s best!

Celebrate the start of summer with a challenge at the Ragnar Relay Race (May 11 – 12). With breathtaking views of Cape Cod, the Ragnar Relay is a thrilling adventure, a measure of teamwork, and a perfect way to view historic landmarks like Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower. Join the waitlist to compete or cheer on your friends, family and community members as they cross the finish line at Provincetown’s Pilgrim Monument.

Continue to feed your love of the great outdoors at the Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta and Mini Triathlon (June 9) at Surfside Inn. Spend the morning racing in a variety of ways, including rowing, kayaking, or standup paddle boarding. Then, celebrate the successes of the day at the post-race party, with a delicious lunch and an inspiring award ceremony. Open to all levels, the regatta is a great chance to get out on the water or sit back and enjoy the view as competitors race by.

With summer around the corner, it’s time for the women-centered events to roll into Provincetown! First up is Single Women’s Weekend (May 18-20) for all those looking for love. With special events like speed dating, dance parties, mixers, and more, this weekend is the perfect time to find that special someone or simply to enjoy Provincetown with friends. Close on the heels of Single Women’s Weekend is Women’s Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-28), an annual holiday celebration packed with fun events. Produced by Provincetown for Women and Lesbian Night Life, these three days of non-stop fun include an incredible afternoon boat party and plenty of dancing that will last into the night. Rounding out the early summer women-centric events is Women of Color Weekend (May 31-June 3). With workshops, a basketball tournament, cookout, and the Friday Fête, Women of Color Weekend is a unique mix of powerful learning experiences, dance parties, and impactful performances.

Cultural events will be out in full force this summer with returning favorites like Provincetown International Film Festival (June 13-17) and the Provincetown Portuguese Festival (June 21-24). Celebrating 20 years, the Provincetown International Film Festival is a community staple, which attracts filmmakers, celebrities, and anyone who enjoys the art of film. The schedule for the festival will arrive in May 2018, though passes are available now. The Provincetown Portuguese Festival is another town favorite event. A celebration of Portuguese traditions, food, music, and dance, this festival is welcome to all who wish to learn more about Portuguese culture. Cap the weekend off with The Blessing of The Fleet, an annual event celebrating Portuguese tradition with a fun-filled boat parade, fleet decoration contest, and more!

This June, the Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) will organize the very first Provincetown Pride celebration (June 1-3). On Friday, hop on the Pride Boat Cruise from Boston to P-town aboard the Provincetown II. Then on Saturday, celebrate the opening of the PBG’s LGBTQA visitor’s center and join the Pride Dance Party at the Fisherman’s Wharf. And on Sunday, celebrate with pride at a flotilla parade in Provincetown Harbor. With plenty of exciting events this May and June, Provincetown is the place to be!

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

 

 

Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Provincetown – with less crowds and even more daylight to enjoy everything the town has to offer. April marks the beginning of whale watching season, the reopening of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, and exciting events like Miss Gay Mass US of A and Spring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town roll into town. Round out the holiday season in Provincetown with Patriot’s Day Weekend celebrations and take in the natural beauty of Provincetown in the spring!

Patriots Day (April 16) commemorates the first battle of the American Revolutionary War and for Massachusetts natives with Monday off, it’s the perfect time for a three-day weekend getaway trip to Provincetown. Visitors have an opportunity to connect with the town’s past, which dates back to pre-Revolutionary War. In 2020, the town will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown. Visit the Provincetown Art Association Museum, take a trip to the top of the Pilgrim Monument or stroll through town to soak up the history.

Whale Watching Season officially begins mid-April at Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch. The trip is filled with interactive activities including a lively presentation on the types of whales you might see, hands-on displays and the remarkable sounds of creatures from below the surface. See if you can spot humpbacks, dolphins, porpoise and more on this exciting marine adventure.

The annual Spring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town (April 27-29) swings into town with three dances and five workshops where you can learn line dancing, two-step, the waltz, and more. The lively event is produced by Gays for Patsy Dance Club, which promotes country-western style dancing for the LGBTQ community in and around Boston. Spend the weekend learning to dance, practicing your skills, and meeting tons of new people!

Miss Gay Massachusetts USofA Weekend kicks off with the Royalty in Review (April 14) at the Crown and Anchor. Join past winners from Massachusetts and national pageants for a night of music, singing, and comedy. Then, the following night watch as a new winner is crowned Miss Gay Massachusetts. Don’t miss a chance to celebrate the season and witness the beauty of Provincetown in spring!

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

 

 

The natural beauty of Cape Cod calls to visitors and residents alike, including the many artists and art admirers who pass through Provincetown each year. A stroll through town reveals Provincetown’s unique blend: America’s oldest active art colony mixed with a flourishing contemporary art scene. Visit Provincetown Art Museum (PAAM) for a taste of local artistic flavor, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) for a contemporary flare, or the many art galleries that line the streets for a little of both. This art guide will take a look at all the exciting new and upcoming exhibits and events that are not to be missed.

The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center is a cornerstone for contemporary art in Provincetown with a focus on developing and encouraging emerging artists and writers. From readings and art talks to exhibitions there are tons of opportunities to meet the artists and learn more about their work.  Readings include poet Jill McDonough and fiction author Hasanthika Sirisena on March 24th. Exhibitions throughout March will feature work from painters, sculptors, and animators, with original work by, Anne Clare Rogers (March 9-14), Peter Glenn Oakley (March 16-21), and Jacob Rivkin (March 23-28).

After celebrating its centennial year in 2014, the Provincetown Art Museum (PAAM) has cemented itself as a cultural institution and a year-round destination for local and regional art. The permanent collection at PAAM includes over 3,000 works by more than 700 artists, including hundreds who have called Cape Cod home. Current featured work from the collection includes drawings by Edward Hopper, watercolors by his wife, Josephine Hopper, and 22 diary entries between them (Now extended through April 1st).

The permanent collection at PAAM is largely made up of generous donations by those dedicated to showcasing regional art. Other current exhibits include Recent Gifts: Part II (through March 11th, 2018), which showcases some of these latest donations, and PAAM and the History of the Provincetown Art Colony (through June 30th, 2018), which details the unique relationship between visiting artists and the Provincetown community members who welcomed and inspired them. PAAM, along with the Provincetown Film Society, also produces the annual Provincetown Film Arts series, led by former editor of Premiere magazine, Howard Karren. In March the series will feature four films:  Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words (2016), ¡Women Art Revolution (2010), I Killed My Mother (2009).

A walk down Commercial Street will reveal over 40 art galleries to peruse for local art.  Not to be missed are the weekly Friday night art openings – a perfect setting to meet the artists and gallery owners. Kick back, relax, sip some wine, and enjoy all Provincetown artists have to offer, now and all year round.

For a full list of galleries see the Provincetown gallery guide:

http://provincetownartistregistry.com/gallery_guide.html

 

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

 

Provincetown welcomes a New Year of art, heritage, nature and entertainment! As the days actually begin to get longer, Provincetown is active and ready to welcome visitors for the first “season” of 2018.

Visitors to Provincetown in late Winter and early Spring are greeted with a calming energy from our natural environment. Beaches are certainly cold and not the time for swimming, but photographers, writers and other artists will find the beauty an outstanding inspiration. Dress warmly and stroll the harbor beach and central pier. Be on the lookout for the chance to glimpse a snowy owl, a harbor seal basking in the sunlight or visit those intrepid birds that stay the winter in Beech Forest.

When you need a moment to warm up from the great outdoors, stop into any of the artist galleries where you’ll find artists at work or at the Provincetown Art Association Museum, for a view of the finished product. The permanent collection at PAAM includes extensive local and regional holdings, comprising over 3,000 works by over 700 twentieth century and contemporary artists who have worked in Provincetown and on Cape Cod. The Recent Gifts II exhibit runs January 19 – March 11, 2018.

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center gets to the heart of contemporary art through its fellowships and residency programs. Each week of this winter season, you’ll have the chance to meet many of the artists at readings and exhibits. A full calendar with dates and times of opening receptions is available at the FAWC website. . Some of the highlights include readings by H.R. Webster & David Hoon Kim, Hannah Beresford & Brendan Bowles. Candace Wiley & Christa Romanosky, Exhibits By Simonette Quamina, Peter Glenn Oakley, Lydia Hicks, Esteban Del Valle.

A winter visit to Provincetown can be a romantic trip for couples and an entertaining one for friends. Popup restaurants, (Blackfish at 186), stalwarts (Ciro and Sal’s, Fanizzi’s, The Mews, Napi’s,) and community hotspots, (The Canteen, Joon Bar, Mac’s Seafood, Ross’ Grill, 1620 Brewhouse, Spindlers) serve up winter fare that will warm you up body and soul. Casual eateries open through winter include Angel Foods, East End Market, Far Land Provisions, George’s Pizza and Kohi Coffee, Kung Fu Dumplings, 141 Bradford Natural Market.

When the wind chill dips, the intrepid visitor goes shopping! Provincetown’s one-of-a-kind shops are the perfect place to get a first-look at newest items on the shelves. Arcadia, Botanica, Cabot’s Candy, Cape Tip Sportswear, The Captain’s Daughters, Cock and Bull Leather, Christina’s Jewelry, D Flax, East End Books, Glass Half Full, Global Gifts, Hook, Roots Home and Garden, Shor Home Furnishings, Utilities.

If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit, guesthouses and inns are ready to welcome you to your home away from home. Cozy up at the Aerie House & Beach Club, Benchmark Inn, Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa, Charm, Lands End Inn, Eastwood at Provincetown, 8 Dyer Hotel, Roux, Sage Inn, Somerset House Inn, Waterford Inn, White Porch Inn.

Bars and nightlife can spirit you away from the cold throughout the winter months. A-House and Little Bar are famously open year-round and Crown & Anchor keeps things pumping in February.

While visiting Provincetown in the winter service businesses are available to locals and visitors alike and include the Provincetown Library, local health clubs (Provincetown Gym and Mussell Beach) as well as Conwell Lumber, Land’s End Marine Supply, Stop & Shop.

For more info on what’s open throughout the winter months, visit what’s open at  Ptownie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take an icy plunge into the depths of Provincetown Harbor, watch as colorful bursts light up the night sky, and warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy all this and much more at Provincetown First Light (December 28, 2017 – January 2, 2018).  First Light is a weeklong extravaganza filled with a free fireworks display on the beach, New Year’s Eve dance parties, drag shows and live performances, and plenty of delicious food at our one-of-a-kind restaurants. Make this New Year’s an unforgettable one – visit Provincetown First Light.

The one and only POLAR PLUNGE!

See if you have what it takes at the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. Proceeds go to Center for Coastal Studies, so jump in the harbor and feel the chill for a good cause, then cozy up with a cocktail and a steaming bowl of chili at Harbor Lounge. With a guest emcee, music, and plenty of hot beverages to keep warm, those cheering from the sidelines are sure to have just as much fun.

After taking the plunge, or observing warm and dry from afar, relax and experience the beautiful fireworks display over the Provincetown harbor. If you don’t mind a climb, take in the champagne and oyster reception at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum for a classy night out. With stunning views of the fireworks from the highest point on Cape Cod, it is sure to be a New Year’s celebration you won’t soon forget.

The Light Bright Bike Ride rolls into Provincetown on New Year’s Eve. Riders whiz through town on bikes with beautiful, bold colored lights and prizes are awarded for the brightest, the most colorful, and the most creative bike decorations. Provincetwon Light Bright is a joyful, must-see event.

Ain’t New Year’s a DRAG?!

First Light Provincetown pulls out all the stops to entertain. It’s out with the old and in with the new at the Illusions Drag Revue at the Crown and Anchor (December 29). Described as “high energy, high style, and high camp,” Provincetown’s longest running drag revue is packed with some of the funniest, most glamorous queens. If one night of drag is not enough, then head back to the Crown and Anchor for Drag Bingo (December 30). Hosted by Tiki Bronstein, this is not your grandmother’s bingo. Bonus: proceeds go to the Provincetown Business Guild. Need even more drag? Catch drag legend Thirsty Burlington’s Holiday Spectacular at the Crown and Anchor (December 30) and Miss Richfield 1981 in “Fall on Your Knees” at Sage Inn (December 30).

Town Hall is Well Strung

For one-night only, the four talented men of Well Strung are back in Provincetown where they created the all-male singing string quartet. From Madonna to Mozart, enjoy the beautiful blending of vocals and a seamless mix of pop and classical music at Town Hall (December 30).

If you’re in the mood to groove, New Year’s weekend at Wave Bar has not one but three nights and three chances to dance ‘til dawn (December 29th – 31st).

Then dance into the New Year with DJ Chris Racine at the Paramount 2018 Resolution Dance party (December 31). For a more interactive music experience, check out Provincetown’s favorite piano man, Bobby Wetherbee, at Central House Cabaret (December 29-31). And don’t miss Suede in concert for her annual New Year’s Show at the Crown and Anchor (January 1).

First Light is fun for the whole family with plenty of kid-friendly activities. If outside gets a little chilly, warm up indoors at the Provincetown Library with a full program of events. First up is the Family Snacks & Crafts Meet Up (December 29). Then, in partnership with the Family Equality Council, the library is offering Drag Story Time with Miss Richfield 1981 (December 30). The next day, stretch your creative muscles at the Family Bike Decorating & Crafts in the Library (December 31).

Whether you enjoy the great number of outdoor activities or you keep warm indoors at one of our historic inns or B&Bs, start 2018 off with a bang at First Light Provincetown.

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

There’s no more festive and authentic spot in the country than Provincetown to celebrate the holidays. Plan your getaway in the place where the Pilgrims themselves first anchored. The whole town is in on the celebration as you walk the historic streets and enjoy the festivities of the season.

November highlights tradition and heritage with plenty to see and enjoy in town including workshops, exhibits and tours at local galleries and museums. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum has extended the exhibit of The Hoppers Collection which includes 96 drawings by Edward Hopper, 69 drawings and watercolors by his wife, Josephine Hopper, and 22 diaries dating between from 1933-1956 chronicling the Hoppers’ lives on Cape Cod and beyond.
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is open every day and provides a majestic view from 252 above the town along with a historic view of the town from its  permanent exhibits highlighting the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the monument. The Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated with a community-wide event that brings people from all over to celebrate the light of the season. The 2017 lighting ceremony will take place on November 22, 2017 from 5-7pm at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. The switch officially “flips” at approximately 6 pm.

On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, join the local community in their annual “only-in-Provincetown” lobster pot lighting in Lopes Square. Join the  Popko Family, in the heart-warming family friendly lighting of 100 lobster traps donated by local fisherman.

Throughout the month, look for special events such as Provincetown Men’s Weekend  (November 10-12) and Mr. New England Leather Weekend (November 17-19) as well as bountiful menus filled with seasonal delights in town bars and restaurants. For a complete list of what is open each day, the Provincetown Business Guild has setup a special daily list. Getting to Provincetown this November is easier than ever, with an extended ferry season. Weekends are now in service from Bay State Cruise Company. Air travel is also available on a regular basis with regular flights from Cape Air. 

The celebrations continue into December with one-of-a-kind holiday, shopping, gatherings, shows and the final celebration of the year, First Light. Holly Folly sets the tone, December 1-3, with a signature holiday event that includes an evening concert by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, the 5th Annual Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch, Drag Bingo Fundraiser, and the annual Inn Stroll.

Get all warmed up on the weekends throughout December at the community holiday market where food, drink and merriment are served up with a special Provincetown flare.  Accommodations in one of the many inns, b&b’s, and hotels offer winter amenities and special rates.

The month and year come to a magical close, at the annual First Light event. December 28-January 2, are the days to enjoy all the excitement featuring the Polar Bear Plunge, Light Bright Bike Ride, and New Year’s Day Fireworks. Local restaurants, accommodations, shops and organizations plan all year for this final weekend bringing together their best experiences just for this event.

All ages and tastes are welcome to enjoy the beauty and celebration of Provincetown this fall and winter.

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

This Halloween, witness Provincetown’s transformation as the sun goes down, jack-o-lanterns light up Commercial Street and revelers emerge in elaborate costumes. One of the biggest celebrations of the year, Provincetown Halloween Weekend (October 27 – November 2) is packed with plenty of activities for the 21+ crowd as well as families:  costume parties, haunted house dances, bar sing-a-longs, and more festive events. It’s time to break out your wildest, most creative costumes for the best Ptown Halloween yet!

Kick off Halloween Weekend with a tune at the Crown and Anchor’s Hairspray Movie Sing-a-long (October 27). Join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in rousing renditions of your favorite Hairspray songs and belt out “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” or croon along to “(You’re) Timeless to Me” with the rest of the crowd. The sing-a-long includes a costume contest so be sure to don your biggest Tracy Turnblad wig and of course, break out the hairspray.

The revelry continues all weekend long at various venues throughout Provincetown. Don’t miss the Spooky Bear Saints & Sinners Party – Renaissance Bears and Medieval Madness with DJ Chris Racine at Paramount and VJ Tom Yaz at Wave Bar (October 27). The following night, the bears are back at the Crown and Anchor for a full night of dancing and celebration at the legendary Costume Ball.

Halloween weekend isn’t limited to parties; there are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy from morning to night. Go on an outdoor adventure with the Provincetown Ghost Tour (October 27 & 28). The 90-minute walking tour explores old Provincetown buildings and cemeteries and provides a taste of the town’s long history and reported ghost stories. For those that prefer a night of live theater, take in an eerie Halloween performance of Frankenstein at the Provincetown Theater (October 5 – October 30).

For families with little ones, the Third Annual Halloween Greet n’ Treat (October 31 4:30pm-6:00pm) is a fan favorite. The kids’ parade will march through town in the afternoon, followed by trick-or-treating on Motta field where local businesses will hand out candy from festive, hand-decorated stations.

The fun doesn’t stop when Sunday comes to a close; Provincetown Halloween Weekend runs through Tuesday (October 31) with numerous theme events and parties. Check out the Shipwreck Lounge hosted Haunted Hotel. Part Halloween party and part haunted house, this FREE event is not to be missed. Then hop over to the Ptown Ghost Hunt to investigate what’s lurking in the shadows of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House with Adam Berry (TLC’s Kindred Spirits, SyFy’s Ghost Hunters).

Provincetown’s 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival is a community event honoring life and death through art. Inspired by the Mexican traditions of El Día de los Muertos, the Festival includes a series of art workshops, a procession, an ofrenda exhibition, a performing arts event and a dance party. Workshops begin mid-October. The procession, ofrenda exhibition, performing arts event and dance party all take place on November 2.

Join the fun and have an unforgettable time at Provincetown Halloween weekend!

 

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fishermen, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

 

 

As summer hands off the baton to the fall season, Provincetown is setting up for a jam-packed season. With cool ocean breezes and a full lineup of exciting activities, autumn is the perfect time to visit Provincetown. September brings several outdoor charity events and parties for the Cape Cod native or visitor while October ushers in creative festivals and art shows.

The Provincetown White Party (September 2) kicks off the festive fall season on Labor Day Weekend. The annual extravaganza doubles as a fundraiser for Outer Cape Health Services, as Provincetown natives and out-of-towners don their most lavish white outfits. The party continues at Tea Dance, a daily outdoor dance party hosted at the Provincetown Boatslip Beach Club.

September in Provincetown boasts a slew of festivals and charity events. For some family fun, check out the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta (September 4-7). An educational and sailing event, the Regatta honors Provincetown’s history as a traditional fishing port and celebrates the area’s striking natural resources. Come for the educational events throughout the week and stay for the annual schooner race, where sailors compete for the honor of the Fisherman’s Cup. Visitors can view the thrilling races from the water in spectator boats or at spots throughout town.

The 24th Annual Celebration of Life Concert (September 8) and the 30th Annual Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla (September 9) are quintessential Provincetown events that bring the community together each year. Celebrating its 30th year, Swim for Life was born during the heart of the AIDS crisis. Last year, the charity event featured 400 swimmers and since its inception it has raised over 4 million for AIDS, women’s health, and the Provincetown community.

“The Swim for Life in Provincetown is an American story. When people gather with passion and vision great things are accomplished, despite government inaction. Provincetown Harbor lured us into its embrace and cleansed us of our pain and loss,” said Jay Critchley, Founder of Provincetown Community Impact and Swim for Life producer.

Fall in Provincetown is bursting with creativity. The Sixth Annual Afterglow Festival (September 11-17) is a performing arts festival featuring original new artists as well as seasoned fan-favorites. For theater aficionados, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (September 21-24) is not to be missed. This year, the festival will present plays by two playwriting greats: Williams and Shakespeare. The always-innovative roster includes Hamlet: Tragedy at Sea—a South African production, which will be performed a shallow tank of water at the Wharf House at Provincetown Marina.

The 34th Annual Women’s Week (October 9-15) is the largest cultural gathering of lesbian and queer women. During this weeklong festival, women flood Commercial Street for music, dancing, comedy shows and outdoor activities. For Women’s Week 2017, fan favorite events will return, including the community dinner hosted by the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown (October 10) and the annual Football Game hosted by Kate Clinton (October 12). Already on the 2017 roster at the Crown and Anchor are comedians Karen Williams, Vickie Shaw, and Julie Gold as well as musicians Suede, Julie Wheeler, and Karen Grenier. On the heels of Women’s Week is Fantasia Fair (October 15-22), the longest-running conference for transgender and gender non-conforming people. This weeklong celebration of gender identity is packed with workshops, fashion and talent shows, and special events. Don’t miss your chance to experience the beauty of Provincetown in the fall.

About Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fishermen, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.

Provincetown, MA News Release
May 9, 2017
For Immediate Release
We Want Your Spirits to Climb… Let Us Entertain You!
     Broadway Stars Return To Provincetown Including
Tony Award Winners
Billy Porter and Sutton Foster
Provincetown, MA: A sampling of what’s in store for you this summer: 

Since Judy Garland wowed her fans at Provincetown’s Madeira Room, the cape tip town has connected audiences with America’s best loved entertainers and this upcoming season is no exception. Kicking it off in May is award-winning song stylist Lainie Kazan, appearing May 20 at Provincetown’s newest entertainment venue, Fisherman’s Hall.  A regular on both the Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin shows, today’s audiences know Ms. Kazan as the mother of the bride in the hit film

On the theatrical side, the Oscar Wilde classic Salome launches the season at the Provincetown Theater May 3-20, followed by Peter Shaffer’s Tony award winning Amadeus May 24 – June 11. Upcoming productions include The Bitch is Back with Joe Posa as Joan Rivers July 5-9 and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses July 12-August 20.

Laughter rules the day over the Memorial Day weekend with comics Suzanne Westenhoefer and Poppy Champlain at the Post Office Cabaret followed by the summer long appearances of Electra!, Trixie Mattel and Raja, winner of the Ru Paul Drag Race.
Cabaret Fest kicks off the summer with “A Sentimental Journey” (June 1 – 4) and the brightest stars of both Broadway and television showcase the Crown and Anchor’s Cabaret Serieswhose summer line-up includes:
Will & Grace star Leslie Jordan (July 8-9) followed by singer Seth Sikes, winning raves for his interpretation of Judy Garland’s greatest hits. Linda Eder puts her imprint on the Great American Songbook on July 24 & 25 followed by the Provincetown debut of Tony award winning Brian Stokes Mitchell on August 6.
Laughter is expected to rock Provincetown’s  historic Town Hall on August 12 with comic Margaret Cho followed by the multi-talented Billy Porter, Tony winning star of the hit musical Kinky Boots on August 19 & 20. And of course it wouldn’t be summer without Bobby Wetherbee at the keys and mic performing every weekend at the Central House.
The Broadway Channel’s Seth Rudetsky kick off the Broadway series at the Art House on July 1 & 2 with Tony award winner Michael Cerveris, star of the hit shows Assassins and Fun House.
On July 28 & 29 Melissa Errico, star of Finian’s Rainbow and a Tony nominee for her role in My Fair Lady’s Eliza Doolittle.  Cabaret superstar Marilyn Maye returns with pianist Billy Stritch (August 4 – 7) followed by Broadway’s Beth Malone (August 20 & 21), and Tony winner Faith Prince (August 25 & 26).
Megan Hilty, star of the hit TV show SMASH appears with Seth Rudetsky at the Town Hallon August 6 followed by Broadway favorite Sutton Foster, Tony winner for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, appearing with Seth Rudetsky August 13.

You will find no shortage of live entertainment at other clubs in town including Tin Pan Alleyfeaturing live jazz every Thursday and singer/songwriter Jon Richardson making his Provincetown debut with appearances every Sunday night. Boston favorite Brian Pattonmakes magic at the piano for multiple appearances this summer.

The Peregrine Theatre Ensemble brings all that jazz to the town’s newest entertainment venue with a summer long production of the musical Chicago. The show opens on July 6 and runs thru September 2 at the newly renovated Fisherman’s Hall.

Musical entertainment, literary stars and thoughtful discussion is happening at the historic Hawthorne Barn at the end of Miller Hill Road May 12 through June 10.  Highlights include literary lions Richard Russo and Anna Tinti on May 20 and on Friday, June 2: Dispatches From the Plague Years: David France and Andrew Sullivan. 
Provincetown, MA News Release
March 28, 2017
For Immediate Release
Spring Has Sprung So Hop Into Provincetown! 
Provincetown, MA – The first days of spring are here and Provincetown is blooming! Our many accommodations are welcoming guests, shops are popping open, restaurants are lighting their stoves and there’s plenty of entertainment and attractions for you to enjoy.

With over 80 inns and guesthouses, Provincetown is home to a fabulous array of places to stay. From intimate escapes to vacations with the whole family, you will find something that’s just perfect. Make the trip even easier when fast ferry services from Boston start crossing Cape Cod Bay again in mid-May.
If shopping is your passion, we have nearly 200 boutique shopsopening for the season. With a world class collection of art galleriesamong them, many offerings reflect Provincetown’s rich history and deep connection to the sea.  Just browsing can be a treasure hunt so rest on the benches in front of Town Hall if you need a break,
then keep exploring!

When all that shopping works up an appetite, make sure you try one of the 60 eateries that Provincetown is famous for. Enjoy fresh local seafood served at a table overlooking the harbor or a lobster with bib and all. Cap off the night with a sweet treat like homemade fudge or stroll Commercial Street with some ice cream. From fine cuisine to the basics that make you feel like a kid, there’s something to satisfy any craving.

With all the unique shopping and delicious food, you can’t forget the amazing attractions and incredible nightlife!  The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is welcoming visitors to the most attended art museum on Cape Cod so make plans early.  The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum reopens April 1st with a tribute to Provincetown’s place in art and theater history with an enhanced “Great Summer of 1916″exhibit.
It wouldn’t be spring without the triumphant return of the whales to our waters! They will soon be splashing around Provincetown and whale watches start leaving MacMillan Wharf in Mid-April to see the spectacle. For those who prefer their adventures on dry land, the dune tours start their 71st season on April 15th.

Spring is also the time to mark your calendar for special events! On Sunday, April 9th the Provincetown Recreation Department celebrates Spring with a festive breakfast followed by an Egg Hunt at the Pilgrim Monument at 10:30. It’s free and fun for the entire family!  Starting April 21st, the Provincetown Public Library is hosting its 2nd Annual Moby-Dick Reading Marathon for lovers of literature and that classic tale.
Nights bring out the sparkle in Provincetown and the Miss Gay Massachusetts US of A will be an evening of pageantry and more April 15 & 16.  With no less glamour, the Gays for Patsy Dance Club brings its annual Spring Stomp to town April 28-30. This year it’s a Hoedown in P-town! But if that’s not your thing, you might try a wonderful evening of music from the Outer Cape Chorale Concerton May 19th at Town Hall.
With so much going on, 
now is the perfect time to Come Home to Ptown!
For more information, please contact the Provincetown Office of Tourism at  tourism@provincetown-ma.gov.

Town Vows to Build Bridges, Not Walls

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Provincetown, MA – On Monday February 13th the Provincetown Board of Selectmen unanimously adopted a Proclamation upholding the values of equality, inclusivity, respect and dignity. The Town leaders invite everyone who stands for these values to rally against discrimination and recklessness at noon on Monday, February 20th at the Bas Relief Memorial Park in Provincetown.

Home to a large international community of seasonal workers from many countries around the world, Provincetown welcomes everyone seeking the freedom to enjoy their full life’s potential.gay-couple-town-hall

Provincetown has a long-standing record of fighting discrimination and advocating for equality and human rights as the birthplace of American Liberty where the Mayflower Compact was drafted and adopted in 1620 preceding the U.S. Constitution. Also, Provincetown was the first small town in America to issue same-sex marriage licenses at its historic Town Hall in 2004. Town Hall, together with the Pilgrim Monument, erected to commemorate the first Landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims, has become a symbol of unity, inclusion, togetherness and liberty.

The Proclamation further reads that climate change is not a hoax, and Provincetown, one of the Commonwealth’s designated Green Communities, will continue to work to protect and sustain the environment to protect future generations, including its Renewable Energy and Zero Waste programs.

Especially in times of uncertainty, the LGBTQA Community comes together in Ptown
2017 season is full of special days, sparkling nights & so much more!

 

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Provincetown, MA – Provincetown is where hospitality, culture and commerce flourish along with a freedom of expression found only at the tip of Cape Cod, especially in times of uncertainty.  Our exciting blend of fine shops, outstanding restaurants, entertainment venues and quality accommodations are set in a backdrop of incomparable beaches and a vibrant harbor, inviting visitors to enjoy America’s First Destination all year long.
From fireworks and parades to Bear Week and Girl Splash, The 2017 Calendar Of Events showcases the best of Provincetown with something special every month of the year. Chase off the winter chill on Snowbound Leather Weekend or celebrate with neighbors at the Year-Rounders’ Festival at Town Hall.
Welcome the whales with the launch of the Whale Watch season in April and explore history, culture & heritage when the  Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum reopens for the season on April 1st.  Need a lift? Fast Ferry service begins in May with daily 90-minute trips from Boston.  June starts off celebrations of diversity with Women of Color WeekendWorldFest Cultural Festival and The Provincetown International Film Festival brings Hollywood to town. The Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet, now in its 70th year, is one of the Cape’s most popular events.
Independence Week in July is always a hit, featuring a July 4th parade down well-known Commercial Street and fireworks from MacMillan Pier.  Family Week, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world, and the Gay Athalon Games close out the month.  August really swings with the Provincetown Jazz Festival and the legendary Carnival Week & Parade, now in its 39th year, will unveil hundreds of “Gods & Goddesses.”
Provincetown moves towards fall with the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta and the 30th Annual Swim For Life & Paddler Flotilla.  Afterglow – Alternative Performance Arts Festival  honors Provincetown as the birthplace of Modern American Theater while the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival continues the tradition of theater in Provincetown.   Ballroom dancers from around the world will compete for the coveted Provincetown Dance Trophy.
October is a mix of art, women and fantasy with the annual PAAM Gala kicking off the month. Women’s Week is soon after with over 150 different events for every taste. Up next? Fantasia Fair, now in its 43rd year, the longest standing transgender fair in the country, is followed by Halloween Weekend with a ball at Town Hall, costumes and cavorting that has to be seen!
As the calendar winds down the events keep coming! The Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument the day before Thanksgiving and the lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree at Lopes Square soon after have become holiday traditions.  Holly Folly Stroll has lots in store for the holidays and the Outer Cape Chorale Concert fills the air with sounds of the season. And Provincetown sends out the old and brings in the New Year with First Light Provincetown Weekend & Fireworks! 
Steeped in history, culture, cuisine and artisans, Provincetown is a cornerstone of inclusion and worthy of the title: America’s First Destination. For the full lineup of events for 2017 please visit Provincetown Tourism on the web at ptowntourism.com/events.
Some highlights of the 2017 Season:
February 10 – 14: Valentine’s Day Weekend
February 24 – 26:  Snowbound Leather Weekend IX
March 11: Year Rounders’ Festival
April 15 – 16: Miss Gay Mass US of A 
April 21 – 23: Moby Dick Marathon at the Provincetown Library
May 19 – 21 Single Women’s Weekend
June 1: Night at the Chef’s Table Benefit
June 4: Provincetown 10K Race
June 1 – 5: Women of Color & Friends Weekend
June 10: Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta
June 14 – 18: Provincetown International Film Festival
June 22 – 25: Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
June 29 – July 7: Independence Week
July 4th: Parade & Fireworks
July 8 – 16: Bear Week
July 18 – 22: Girl Splash
July 22: Bride Pride
July 26 – 31: Gay Athalon Games
July 29 – August 5: Family Week in Provincetown
August 12 – 19: 39th Annual Carnival Week
Parade on Thursday, August 17th 
September 4 – 7: Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta
September 9: 30th Annual Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla
September 11 – 17 Afterglow Festival
September 21 – 24: Tennessee Williams Festival 
September 28 – October 2: Mates Leather Weekend XXI
October 9 – 15: 33rd Annual Women’s Week
October 15 – 22: Fantasia Fair
October 27 – 31: Halloween Weekend
November 17 – 19: Mr. New England Leather
November 22: Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
November 25: Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree
December 1 – 3: Holly Folly Stroll
December 8 & 9: Outer Cape Chorale Winter Concert
December 28 – Jan 1: First Light Provincetown & Fireworks
Don’t forget to tag all of your Ptown photos with #myptown
to share your experience with the world on My Ptown Gallery! 
 
For more information, please contact the Provincetown Office of Tourism at tourism@provincetown-ma.gov.

Provincetown, MA: On Wednesday December 14, 2016, the Provincetown Board of Selectmen toured the 26-unit residential housing complex at 4 Harbor Hill Rd in Provincetown’s West End during an open house for anyone interested in acquiring the property.

The Selectmen are investigating the opportunity for the newly created Year-Round Rental Housing Trust (YRRHT) to purchase the property at Harbor Hill Rd off of the Bradford Street Extension, with the goal of it becoming, if possible, a self-sustaining enterprise. This is part of the ongoing efforts to provide year-round housing necessary to meet the needs of the community.hh1

The property, currently in bankruptcy, will be sold in its entirety to a single buyer. Initial bids for the property are due February 14, 2017.

“If we are going to take advantage of this opportunity we will need to schedule a Special Town Meeting and a Special Election early in February to authorize the additional funds the Trust would need to acquire the property,” said David Panagore, Town Manager.hh2

The property sits on a 1.2-acre site and is comprised of 26 one-, two-, and three-bedroom wood-frame condominiums. Parking for 27 cars is available on-site.

On Monday December 19 the Board of Selectmen will meet to interview and appoint trustees to the YRRHT. “As outlined in our Housing Playbook, we need strategies and tools to meet housing needs at many income levels. The YRRHT addresses the hole in the donut, making available housing at reasonable rates to middle income folks, who can’t afford or often can’t find housing, and don’t qualify for affordable housing opportunities,” said David Panagore.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Provincetown to make immediate progress in addressingour housing crisis,” said Raphael Richter, Chair of the Board of Selectmen. “While the time for us to act is short due to forces outside of our control, this opportunity is so great that the Board of Selectmen have confidence that Town Staff, the Trustees and the Community can come together to take advantage of this. If the Trust successfully acquires this property, we could see dozens of year round residents able to remain in and return to Provincetown in a time frame that is remarkably rapid for the public sector,” he added.

Harbor Hill was operating as a timeshare condominium trust until August 30, 2016, when the operating entity filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

 

Make New Year’s Memories in America’s First Destination

FIREWORKS SHOW – January 1st
  
PROVINCETOWN, MA – One of the Northeast’s hottest new traditions is First Light Provincetown. The celebration features outrageous entertainment, special dance and cabaret events and fireworks over Cape Cod Bay for a thrilling moment to ring in 2017.

Plans for New Year’s celebration on Cape Cod, “First Light Provincetown,” are well under way in the town where thousands of revelers gather each year to send out the old and bring in the new. First Light Provincetown festivities open December 29th and offer a long weekend of special events through January 2nd.
Ptown sets a festive mood with streets awash in color and glitter as revelers in holiday fashions fit for a queen gather for a lineup of parties as romance and resolutions collide at midnight. Celebrate until 2:00 AM to stretch your endurance with old or new-found friends. Every taste in music and entertainment is satisfied as New Year’s Eve events are hosted at electrifying venues.
Next up is the food scene and a special romantic dinner at the one of the town’s terrific restaurants offering special prix-fixe menus along with your favorite bubbly. Special tastings and full course dining are offered by some of New England’s best rated restaurants. New Year’s Eve recovery celebrations also include New Year’s day Pajama Brunch, an early energy booster to keep your juices flowing.
Bring the kids to the Provincetown Public Library on January 1st for family-oriented entertainment sponsored by the Family Equality Council, and don’t forget to visit the Canteen Holiday Market to pick up something special for the New Year.
Dive into the frigid waters of Cape Cod Bay for the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, shake off the shivers and warm up at the Aprés Chill Chili Party and, at dusk, stroll down MacMillian Pier as the skies explode with the First Light Fireworks show. Following fireworks don’t miss New Year’s Night concerts, dining and entertainment.
First Light Provincetown adds its signature to one of the most awarded international destinations for LGBTQ adventures, including being rated as the #1 “Best Place to Stay in 2016” by Trivago and one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” by Travel +Leisure.
To view special New Year’s events and special activities in Provincetown, visit
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PROVINCETOWN, MA – Want to stump guests at your Thanksgiving dinner this year? Ask them where in 1620 the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in the New World. Chances are, unless someone let them in on the historic secret, they won’t know that the answer is Provincetown.
The Pilgrims first landed and spent five weeks in what is now Provincetown, MA, where they created one of the most famous documents to frame American Democracy – the Mayflower Compact – America’s first declaration of equality and justice for all. Today, that same spirit of freedom and independence is the hallmark of the town known as America’s First Destination.
For a quintessential New England Thanksgiving, join the feasts in casual and fine dining restaurants or sit around the fire with “Townies” (as locals call themselves) for the most special of family and community holidays.
The Pilgrim Monument, founded in 1892, can be seen from nearly everywhere in Ptown, reminding residents and visitors alike that they are walking in the footsteps of the country’s forefathers. The annual “Lighting of the Monument” is one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful traditions. This year the ceremony takes place Wednesday, November 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the admission is FREE, there will be live entertainment and refreshments served. Last year 1,500 helped to commemorate this iconic event and to witness the Monument festooned with more than 3,100 “landing lights” which shine nightly and brightly through January 6, 2017.
Another special lighting ceremony rings in the holidays on November 26, 2016. Provincetown artist Julian Popko and family build a unique Lobster Pot Tree in the heart of Provincetown’s Lopes Square. Stacked with over 100 authentic lobster pots in the shape of a tree and borrowed from local lobstermen, the tree rises up two stories and is lit with thousands of holiday lights. Come be a part of the lighting, where cookies and hot cocoa will be served at 5:30 p.m. There will be a big crowd counting down as the giant tree topper is lifted and then lowered onto this original favorite ‘tree’ in the center of Ptown.
Beyond the ceremonies and soaking up American lore, take advantage of unique opportunities with special treasures to buy in the eclectic shops along historic Commercial Street, the towering sand dunes and beautiful beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the intimate art galleries in America’s longest continuous artist colony, and Ptown’s eclectic mix of lodging and fine dining. Visitors often decide to extend their stays thanks to the town’s relaxed, friendly and vibrant atmosphere, where clubs and cabarets allow one to sing, be entertained or dance the night away.
Next up is Holly Folly Stroll 2016, which runs December 2-4, 2016. This LGBTQ holiday festival includes a the Jingle Bell Run, Drag Bingo, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, great holiday sales with a Shop Hop and much more. Information about spending part of your holiday at this annual celebration may be found at https://ptown.org/holly-folly/

One of the Northeast’s hottest new traditions is
First Light Provincetown. The celebration features outrageous entertainment, special dance and cabaret events, a Polar Bear Plunge and fireworks over Cape Cod Bay for a thrilling moment to ring in 2017. Make plans now to join thousands of friends who make the annual trek to the Cape’s end to be part of the spectacular scene. This year’s,  First Light Provincetown will be held December 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017.
Learn more by visiting https://ptown.org/firstlight/.

For more information on year round Ptown events, visit ptowntourism.com and tag all your holiday photos #myptown to share them on the Town’s website gallery.

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Four Outrageous Days of Spookiness Slated in America’s First Destination

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PROVINCETOWN, MA – For a most bizarre, outrageous, scary, and titillating Halloween experience, join Provincetown’s world-renowned four day extravaganza. With its authentic setting out of a Hollywood horror back lot, foggy narrow lanes and jack-o-lantern festooned doorways welcome the many who return each year to party with the gaudiest of goblins and glitziest of ghouls.
From dastardly, dance-until-you’re-dead (or un-dead) parties at one of Ptown’s famed clubs, to crazy costume competitions awarding cash prizes for the sexiest or scariest ensemble, there’s no shortage of events to rattle a skeleton’s bones.
The quaint New England town’s uniqueness shines as it hosts unforgettable Halloween events. Perhaps being home to America’s oldest and continuous permanent artist colony lends to the aura of expressionism that creates the grand scale of town’s Halloween celebration and adds to the reasons Travel + Leisure labeled it one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.”
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In a town as eclectic and progressive as Ptown – with ample excuses for costuming, dancing, and revelry year-round – Halloween requires extra flair,” said Provincetown Director of Tourism
Anthony Fuccillo. “Costumes here don’t come pre-packaged from a store, but rather require real creativity, preparation and calculated effort. Our visitors and townies are in it to win it.”
In a town known for its every-day flair for the dramatic, the fun, the glamorous and the silly, Halloween in Provincetown is an annual bucket list celebration of the bizarre.
The list of festivities includes something for everyone:
Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Solid Gold Tea Dance – Come dance into the evening with your favorite resident DJ Maryalice. 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Boatslip.
  • Goblins and Ghouls Lounge – Random prizes for best costumes, specialty drinks, and scary fun videos at Ptown’s chilliest lounge. A scary great time all night long – No Cover. Starting at 5:00 pm at the Shipwreck Lounge.
  • Spooky Bear Meet & Greet – Drink specials and complimentary light fare. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Wave Bar @ Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
  • Spooky Bear Rocky Horror Screening – Come dressed to thrill!! Hosted bdracula-for-dummies-jpg-pagespeed-ic-vcyfvvwybny Rodd Hott. Cabaret (No Cover) 8:00 pm @ the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
  • Spooky Bear Slaughterhouse Saints & Sinners Ball – Hold your Halos high or sharpen those horns for a sexy good time at the Wave and the Paramount’s Best Costume Party in Town! Free for Club Members of the Northeast Ursamen. Bears/Leather/Uniforms. DJ Chris Racine Paramount ($5 Cover) 9:00 pm @ the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
  • VJ Tom Yaz in the Wave Bar – A special Halloween weekend guest spot featuring lots of Yaz original videos. Cover. 9:00 pm at Wave Bar @ the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
  • Fetish Party – Hosted by Thirsty Burlington, $100 cash prize, music by Billboard magazine reporter and resident DJ David LaSalle. 10:00 pm at the A House, 4-6 Masonic Place
Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • Dracula for Dummys – Strange events unfold as a play within a play within a play. Eight actors scramble to their places as the show must go on! This odd group of friends band together to save the life of a dear friend and to rid their theater of a blood-sucking vampire. 7:30 pm, Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St.
  • Spooky Tea – Last T Dance of the summer – so come dance into the evening with your favorite resident DJ Maryalice. 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Boatslip.
  • Goblins and Ghouls – Random prizes for best costumes, specialty drinks, and scary fun videos at Ptown’s chilliest lounge. A scary great time all night long – No Cover. Starting at 5:00 pm at the Shipwreck Lounge.
  • Provincetown Masquerade Ball – Non-stop dancing, Costume Contest with cash prizes. 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at The Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street
  • Halloween Video Lounge –  Cover, 9:00 pm, Wave Bar @ the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
  • Spooky Bear Costume Ball – Theme: Bears Go To Wonderland. Crown & Anchors’ biggest party of the year! $10 cover- Free for Club Members of the Northeast Ursamen, Prizes $100 for Scariest, $100 for Sexiest & $300 for Best in Theme Group. Paramount with DJ Chris Racine & Wave with VJ Tom Yaz. 9:00 pm – 1:00 am @ Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
  • Club Purgatory – The most Fabulous Costume Party in Town with Cash prize, extravagant decorations and great music. 10:00 pm-1:00 am at The Gifford House Inn 9 Carver St.
  • Porchside Bar – Show off your Fantastic Halloween Costumes in Parade. Never a COVER! 7:00 pm – 1:00 am at The Gifford House Inn, 9 Carver St.
  • All Hallows Eve – Cash prizes, music by Billboard magazine reporter and resident DJ David LaSalle. Starting at 10:00 pm at A House, 4-6 Masonic Place.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
  • Dracula for Dummys – Strange events unfold as a play within a play within a play. Eight actors scramble to their places as the show must go on! This odd group of friends band together to save the life of a dear friend and to rid their theater of a blood-sucking vampire. 2 pm, Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St
  • Club Purgatory – Leather Masquerade Party. Dance to the hottest music and come dressed in your favorite LBGTQ leather, rubber or fetish gear. 9:00 pm – 1:00 am (dancing starts at 10:30 pm) at The Gifford House Inn, 9 Carver St corner of Bradford St.
  • Spooky Bear Farewell Brunch – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Central House @ the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
Monday, October 31, 2016
  • Dead Silence – The Disease of Astonishment – A Horror Theater Attraction. Multiple tours available, The Art House, 214 Commercial St
  • Dracula for Dummys – Strange events unfold as a play within a play within a play. Eight actors scramble to their places as the show must go on! This odd group of friends band together to save the life of a dear friend and to rid their theater of a blood-sucking vampire. 7:30 pm, Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St
  • Porchside Bar – Townie Costume Ball. 10:00 pm – 1:00 am at The Gifford House Inn, 9 Carver St.
For more information on year round four seasons of Ptown events, visit ptowntourism.com and tag all your photos #myptown to share them the on Town’s website gallery.

Events promise a full-immersion experience celebrating
the transgender community

PROVINCETOWN, MA – In a world becoming more aware of the Transgender Community, Fantasia Fair and its celebrants have journeyed to Provincetown for over four decades for the annual gathering where fun is mixed with practical, social and educational opportunities. This year’s ‘Fan Fair’ returns October 16-23 and promises prospects for friendship, learning, and growth for the entire spectrum of the transgender nation.
Fantasia Fair is an intimate happening promoting a sense of belonging, where no one is excluded and, yet, large enough to welcome new participants every year. Presenters scheduled to appear at the 42nd Fantasia Fair include noted presentations by Jennifer Finney Boylan, Diego Miguel Sanchez, Nick Teich, Dr. Maureen Osborne, Dawn Ennis, Lorelei Erisis, Felice Newman, Sandi Hammond, Trace Peterson, among many others.
The Fair has been held in Provincetown since its inception in 1975. Known as “America’s First Destination,” Ptown enjoys many historic ‘firsts’ including the landing in the New World of the Pilgrims, the first town to officiate gay and lesbian marriages and often rated the top destination welcoming LGBTQ visitors, who revel in the beautiful landscapes and a progressive cultural scene. Gay Cities, Out Traveler and Planet Out have repeatedly named it “Best Gay Resort Town.”
Fantasia Fair, which is part conference and part social gathering, invites its attendees to spend an entire week presenting their gender as they wish. The event attracts male-to-female transsexuals, female-to-male transsexuals, intersexed individuals, crossdressers, and people who are exploring their gender identity from the U.S. and internationally, including Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Hawaii, Japan, Uganda, and Venezuela.
“Provincetown is well known for celebrating individualism and its many manifestations,” said Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s Director of Tourism. “Our history as a LGBTQ and artists’ mecca can be traced back more than a century. Since 1899, Provincetown has been home to the oldest continuous arts colony and in 1916, it is the place where Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill authored his first play – establishing Provincetown as the birthplace of modern American theater and a most creative and diverse community,” noted Fuccillo.
To learn more about the Fantasia Fair visit FantasiaFair.org
Provincetown, MA – Calling all amateur historians, sailing enthusiasts and anyone who loves Tall Ships – your chance to tour a replica of a 16th century Spanish Galleon is here!  During October 6-9, 2016 the crew of the Galeón Andalucía will be docked at Provincetown’s MacMillan Pier and will shout ‘All Aboard’ to welcome visitors to tour this unique ship.
Photo courtesy of Galeon Andalucia
Converted into a floating museum, the vessel offers an interpretive center dedicated to galleons and four floors of space open to the public.  Daily tours will be offered from 10 am – 6 pm throughout her stay in Provincetown. The admission is $10 for an adult, $5 for children (5-12 years old); children under 5 come in for free.


For three centuries, Spanish Galleons crossed the Atlantic Ocean, sailed around the Caribbean Sea and the American coasts, and covered the Pacific route as well. The Galeón Andalucía is a 500-ton galleon, 160 ft. long,
Photo courtesy of Galeon Andalucia
with four masts that hold 6 immense sails. Her average speed is 7 knots and it takes a crew of 15-35 people to sail her. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian oceans, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and her wake has spread over the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China seas, the Aegean Sea and the Caribbean Sea, covering thousands of nautical miles in an attempt to evoke her ancestors.
“For a town known as America’s First Destination, the docking of a 16th century galleon reminds us that the pilgrims first set foot in the New World here in Provincetown, MA in 1620, and they drafted the Mayflower Compact in the town’s harbor. The streak of independence that began 400 years ago remains a beacon for people looking for an authentic, welcoming place to visit,” said Rex McKinsey, Provincetown’s Harbormaster.
Photo courtesy of Galeon Andalucia 
The town’s award-winning accommodations offer
appealing seasonal rates and guests are treated
like locals as Provincetown’s renowned shops, galleries and restaurants open their doors to the sidewalks to welcome visitors to America’s “Best Beach Town” as named by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
For more information about Provincetown, visit provincetowntourismoffice.org.
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Public education project highlights 400th year commemoration of Pilgrims’ 1620 first landing in Provincetown, Massachusetts

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PROVINCETOWN, MA – The Provincetown Office of Tourism today launched an online educational initiative,” Where in the World did the Pilgrims Land?” The WHERE Project represents a kick-off of programs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Pilgrims first landing in Provincetown Harbor in the year 1620.
The project is built around a simple premise, the historical foundational question of where the Pilgrims first landed and inked the Mayflower Compact. The WHERE Project will help to broaden understanding of important facts leading to the creation of American Democracy. The program will intrigue educators and youth alike in a web-based interactive art, photo, essay and science competition, to commemorate where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World, with engaging ways to relive the path of the Pilgrims as they made their journey to what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts.
For nearly 400 years, the spirit of freedom, independence and diversity has endured as the hallmark of the town known as “America’s First Destination.” The new educational initiative is built on a set of critical questions designed for discovering native cultures and aspects of the journey of the 102 Pilgrim newcomers, and their drafting and unanimously adopting the Mayflower Compact as America’s first declaration of equality and justice.
“In preparing for Provincetown’s 400th anniversary in 2020, we want to involve the public and future generations in a dialogue about important American history ideals and democracy,” said David Panagore, Provincetown Town Manager. “Among other programs being planned by the Provincetown 400 Committee, the WHERE Project gives us a unique way to engage students, families and community groups here and internationally and hopefully welcome them as new discovers during the next several years leading up to 2020.”
The “WHERE Project” will launch today and name achievers for the following four years, with students, youth and affinity clubs participating. Contest parameters and instructions for participation can be found on the project website, along with a gallery of project entries, allowing all access to compare and contrast their ideas and projects with others. Each individual or team can enter the competition with an art, photo, essay, or science project.
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), Cape Cod Office of Tourismand select local community tourism offices will be invited to participate in the education initiative, and standards-based, age-appropriate course instructional materials will be available to provide learning opportunities for formal and informal educational settings.
For more information about the WHERE Project, visit http://myptown.wpengine.com/WHERE
Provincetown, MA has been recognized for their environmental efforts and now can add “Top Green Cities in the U.S.” to its list of accolades. Many familiar with Provincetown know it as one of America’s premier vacation destinations and point to its progressive culture, celebratory attitude and historical significance.
The “Top Green City” designation is presented by Factory Direct Promos to U.S. cities that have taken measures to ban the plastic bag or implement plastic bag fees.
The award was in recognition of Provincetown prohibiting single-use plastic bags as part of their commitment to a greener, sustainable future. The ban, which went into effect in April 2015, has many benefits including, reducing litter and the town’s carbon footprint while protecting wildlife and marine life. Previously, in 2011, Provincetown was named one of 86 Green Communities in Massachusetts.
There is much to celebrate about the PTown – which has been racking up awards for more then a decade, including, being named the “Best Beach Town” the “Number One Travel Destination and one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns.” 
The Pilgrims knew Provincetown was a special place when they first landed here in 1620, as America approaches the 400-year commemoration of the Pilgrims’ landing at Provincetown, travelers have a special opportunity to follow the route of the first visitors to the new land by journeying to the tip of Cape Cod and discovering the best quaint and historic destination.
Ptown’s warm sands and kaleidoscope sunsets are certainly renewable resources and this eco-friendly Town’s award-winning accommodations offer attractive prices, as Ptown’s renowned shops, galleries and restaurants open their doors to the sidewalks to welcome visitors.
For more information about Provincetown, visit:  provincetowntourismoffice.org.

Honor Adds to Accolades as “America’s First Destination” for Dining, Lodging, Art & Culture

PROVINCETOWN, MA – In this year’s America’s Favorite Places survey, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Provincetown as America’s Top Beach Town. The article states “A winning trifecta of gorgeous natural scenery, charming architecture, and an everyone-is-welcome cultural scene, earned PTown top honors. As the results make clear, American beachgoers are looking for more than just expanses of sand on their summer vacations. Some travelers are looking for resorts with a longstanding tradition of leisure.”

Photo by Radu Luca

Previously, Travel + Leisure named Provincetown one of America’s Quirkiest Towns and one of America’s Most Romantic Destinations.

The article reads “It’s unlikely the Pilgrims knew they were standing on prime waterfront real estate when they signed the Mayflower Compact… The sleepy town of 3,000 residents on the tip of Cape Cod balloons into an arts colony of 60,000 people come summertime, drawing a creative crowd that spends the days sunning at Race Point Beach or strolling the galleries on downtown’s Commercial Street. At night, PTown’s bars play host to Broadway performers, drag shows, and a whole lot of dancing.”

As the summer heats up, Provincetown’s accolades pile up. Recently The Boston Globe asked Foursquare to determine the “Best Beach in MA,” and the answer was Herring Cove. This recognition comes on the heels of Provincetown being named by Trivago the “Number One Place to Stay” in the U.S. in 2016.

Photo by Radu Luca

The Town known as America’s First Destination was honored by Smithsonian Magazine and Fodor’s as one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” and has been named one of the “happiest seaside towns” by Coastal Living Magazine.

“We are pleased that Travel + Leisure recognized Provincetown as America’s #1 Beach Town,” said Tony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s Director of Tourism. “We are also America’s oldest continuous art colony, we have over 80 historic inns, over 60 eateries and art galleries and over 200 boutique shops,” Fuccillo added.

Provincetown has long laid cultural claim to its position on the outer edge of the Outer Cape. “This is the freest town in America,” resident Norman Mailer once said. “The town’s LGBT community helps set it apart,” a fact that led GayCities.com to name Provincetown “Best Gay Resort Town in America” and add it to the list of “Top Ten Best Gay Beaches.” LGBTQ awards arrive annually, with Out Traveler and Planet Out both lauding Provincetown as one of “Top Five Gay Resort Towns” and Provincetown making the list on Orbitz of the “26 LGBT Vacations You Must Take Before You Die.”
Photo by Radu Luca

The Pilgrims knew Provincetown was a special place when they first landed here in 1620 and inked the Mayflower Compact. As America approaches the 400-year commemoration of the Pilgrims’ first landing at Provincetown, travelers have a special opportunity to follow the route of the visitors seeking the New World by journeying to the tip of Cape Cod.

For more information about Provincetown, visit: provincetowntourismoffice.org.

PROVINCETOWN, MA – Sightings of velour tracksuits, giant earrings and shoulder pads can mean only one thing – Provincetown’s Carnival Week extravaganza. This year’s theme “Back to the 80’s” will have everyone adding “Thriller,” “Sweet Child of Mine,” and “Papa Don’t Preach” to their vacation playlists.
Carnival 2013 – Viva Las Vegas

“Crazy Train” might be the perfect description of Carnival Week in Provincetown – the first and longest running festival of its kind in New England. “Jump” to the frantic beat of the disco in clubs and cabarets where LGBTQ revelers just “Don’t Stop Believin” that the fun will ever end. Ptown is a place where lasting memories are made year in and out if you just “Listen to Your Heart” and, never be “Alone” or “Fade to Black.”

When “Heaven is a Place on Earth” echoed across the land, Provincetown had to be top of mind. Known as “America’s First Destination,” Ptown launched a nation when the Pilgrims landed in the harbor and inked the Mayflower Compact in 1620. That trailblazing spirit continues today with a yearly calendar of fairs, festivals and celebrations, as personal as the first same sex marriage and as monumental as Carnival under the Pilgrim Monument. It is no wonder that Trivago has named Provincetown as America’s #1 Place to Stay in 2016.
“Carnival is a time where quaint homes, boutiques and inns don decorations to carry out each year’s theme and this year we imagine “Love Shacks” or “Funky Towns” during a week when individual and group costuming rivals those of Rio and New Orleans. More than a few Madonna impersonators are likely to be seen this year as 80’s fashion, culture and music fuel the street scene,” said Tony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s Director of Tourism.
This year’s Carnival Week is packed with variety, humor and the outrageous.The fun begins on the evening of August 13th at Art’s Dune Tour Sunset Wine & Cheese Reception. This excursion is a ‘must’ for professional and amateur photographers alike as Provincetown is one of the few places on the East Coast where you sit on a beach and watch the sun setting over the water.
Carnival 2014 – Comic Book Capers
The official Carnival Week starts on August 14th with a 10:00 am Pride Flag Raising at the Pilgrim Monument. Next up, find a gift for that special someone at Bas Relief Park, where you can meet local artists exhibiting handcrafts and antiques at “Men at Work.” If it’s the 80’s, the nautical-themed ‘Love Boat Cruise’ departs from MacMillan Pier at 5:00 pm, with perhaps a few Captain Stubing’s and Julie McCoy’s in attendance.
On August 15th, things heat up as clothes drop off for the “Boys Just Want to Have Fun”pool party starting at 2:00 pm at the Brass Key Guesthouse. From the pool to dress up time, the Crown & Anchor hosts the “Back to the Future Costume Ball” at 7:00 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded for costume creativity, adherence to theme, craftsmanship and sassy attitude.
Join friends, new and old, at the Watership Inn for one of the original Carnival parties – the “Love Shack Party,” starting at 3:00 pm on August 16th. After a dinner at one of Provincetown’s unique and charming restaurants, visit the Paramount at Crown & Anchor to hear Tony award-winning actor/singer/songwriter Levi Kries perform. Levi is best known by the LGBTQ community as being one of the pioneers of the modern OutMusic Movement, singing songs with that speak to and bring the experience of Gay men to mainstream awareness. Cap off an exciting day by dancing the night away at “It’s Raining Men Dance Party” starting at 10:00 pm at the Atlantic House.
People watching on Commercial Street is an art form during Carnival so spend August 17th walking the streets of the quaint village, dropping in on eclectic shops and galleries where locals will treat you as one of their own. At night fall it’s The So 80’s Dance Party” with a 7:00 pm door opening at Provincetown Town Hall. Come in drag and dress to impress while enjoying special guest performances by Martha Wash & Lisa Lisa and you may walk away with a $500 prize.
Carnival 2015 – Candyland

The crown jewel of Carnival week is the annual Provincetown Carnival Parade! The always outrageous and exotic entourage kicks off at 3 p.m., August 18th, at the Harbor Hotel traveling down historic Commercial Street, to the delight of costumed revelers. Parade-goers always alert to the parade’s final float, which traditionally unveils next year’s Carnival theme. Following the parade and street party, slap on some leather and head out to the annual Where’s the Beef Leather Dance Party” starting at 10:30 pm at Club Purgatory.

Don’t miss the official close-to-Carnival party the “Electric Slide Dance Party” starting at 9:00 pm on August 19th at the Crown and Anchor.  In the Paramount Room, DJ Phil B will rock the house and VJ Tom Yaz will help you enjoy the countdown to the end of Carnival at Wave Bar.
The best way many find to wind down from the frantic schedule of Carnival is to, well, stay another week to enjoy some post-festivity rest and relaxation. Picturesque Provincetown has land and seascapes, dunes, beaches, and cycling trails through Cape nature habitats rated some of the world’s finest. ‘Second Summer’ arrives in September with a host of activities to thrill you and top rated inns and restaurants to pamper you and “Every Breath You Take” in America’s First Destination.
For additional information or to buy tickets to any Carnival event please visit https://ptown.org/carnival/. For more information on upcoming events in Provincetown visit http://myptown.wpengine.com/
PROVINCETOWN – This July 14, ancestors of the 102 passengers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 are invited to visit the spot where the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown, MA, known as ‘America’s FirstDestination.’ Hosted by The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, the visitors will also tour Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, the tallest all-granite structure in the United States.

“We welcome the Mayflower descendants to Provincetown where their ancestor’s journey from England ended. Today, Provincetown is internationally recognized for its openness and diversity and our visitors, who return every year, seek their personal version of freedom,” said David Panagore, Provincetown’s Town Manager.
Image courtesy of Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Soon after setting anchor at the tip of Cape Cod, the Pilgrims
signed the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. The
Compact is one of the first documents based on the idea of law made by and for the people. Over the span of 400 years, Provincetown then and now is recognized as the birthplace of American Liberty and is known for its freedom, openness and equality.

Pilgrims of another sort, the four-legged variety, also helped establish the New World traveling aboard the Mayflower. Historians say that an Old English Mastiff and an English

Mastiff and English Springer Spaniel

Springer Spaniel crossed from England with the Pilgrims. Throughout history Provincetown life has included pets and is likely why Dog Fancy Magazine named Ptown the “most dog-friendly town in America.” Recently, The Huffington Post named Provincetown’s Pilgrim Bark Park one of the 9 Most Tricked-Out Dog Parks and it was voted Cape Cod’s Best Dog Park by Curbed Cape Cod.

Provincetown is known as a year round haven for visitors who can walk the footprints of history. In fact, Trivago recently ranked Provincetown first on its list of ‘ 2016 US Best Ranked Cities to Stay.‘ As the Town prepares to commemorate the arrival of the Pilgrims in 2020, there is no better time to make your own pilgrimage to Provincetown. To learn more visit http://myptown.wpengine.com/.

America’s Fist Destination Explodes with Hot Summer Celebrations

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Don’t miss one of New England’s grandest Fourth of July celebrations, as fireworks bring joy to the young and the young at heart. Independence Day Celebrations kick off on July 3rd with one of Crown & Anchor’s mega-themed dance parties – Freedom Beach Party where world-class DJs rock the sandy dance floor. Festivities continue with a family-oriented and fanciful Fourth of July Parade down Commercial Street. And end your day – or begin your night – with a spectacular Fireworks Display reflected in the calm waters of Provincetown Harbor.
As the Fireworks settle the Town awakens to an annual rite of summer passage – the arrival of the Bears. Bear Week in Ptown, July 9-17 is when a hairy and hearty breed of men crowd the quaint streets of the town in search of bear or cub packs. On tap for this unique faction of gay culture are food feasts, boat  cruises, pool parties, live acts and late night dancing. As the men head out of town the women take over with the annual Girl Splash – July 19-23. Girl Splash is an amazing lesbian weekend loaded with special events including: whale watching, schooner sails, star-studded entertainment, pool and dance parties. Girl Splash is one of the “can’t miss” events for women who love women anywhere to be found.
Strollers and playgrounds are the order of the week as Provincetown welcomes all American kids to Family Week 2016, July 23-30. No need to leave the kids at home when you visit Ptown with fun and games hosted by the Family Equality Council. Family Week in Provincetown is one of the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ parents and their families in the world. The memory-filled week will include a family Olympics, a “Run the Trails for Whales 5K,” interactive music classes and pool parties. Continue the kid-friendly adventures with the Center for Coastal Studies 6th Annual Whale Week – July 24-30. You can learn about the whales of Cape Cod, and make your own home made boat!
For those whose interests are more ‘grounded’, join in The Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s 19th annual Secret Garden Tour, on July 17th. The tour is a self-guided journey through private stunning gardens in full bloom. You can also try your hand at sailing on ‘The Queen of the Tall Ships’ Kalmar Nyckel – a faithful re-creation of the Dutch-built armed merchant ship that brought Swedish settlers to North America in 1638. The ship is docked at MacMillan Wharf and passengers of “day sails” during July 18-29 are afforded the option to work alongside the crew, hauling lines and raising sails, or simply enjoy the views.

During your visit be sure to take a stroll down famous Commercial Street – one of the best people-watching streets in the world. The main drag is quintessential New England, with shops catering to eclectic and treasure-hunting buyers, renowned art galleries, world-class restaurants and some of the best watering holes this side of the Atlantic. Several of Ptown’s iconic eateries have been revived and refreshed with new owners bringing great dining to Mojo’s, Spindler’s at the Waterford InnStrangers and SaintsUpper Deck BBQ & Brews and Kabob-E-Licious.
Whether you’re a parent, bear, foodie 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 and Trivago ranked Provincetown first on its list of ‘2016 US Best Ranked Cities to Stay.’

See a full lineup of hot summer events at Ptown’s at ptowntourism.com/events.
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PROVINCETOWN – Throughout history, throngs of visitors have made the trek to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to bathe in the unabashed freedom of the town or experience the adventures of the quaint village known as ‘America’s First Destination.’ Many make the trip to for environmental encounters as eco-tourists or landing up close and personal with art making and procurement, masters of literary works, culinary exploration, innkeeper traditions and photographic adventures, and the nightlife and award-winning entertainers who descend on Ptown every year.
But getting a glimpse into how diversity has been the root of strength for a place with every shade of the LGBTQA community, retirees and spring breakers, dog and pet lovers all wandering up and down one of the best people watching main streets in the world may give you a greater understanding of Provincetown today.

In this Presidential season, candidates need to focus on the facts, so up on social media these fun factoids go and may have the candidates, who think they know most everything, puzzled. Putting oneself in the position of a 2016 Presidential Candidate, see how many answers you think our prospective POTUS might have in her or his knowledge bank.

1.     What is America’s most dog-friendly town, according to Dog Fancy magazine? 
2.     Where did the Pilgrims first land in America in 1620?

3.     What town is the birthplace of modern American Theater?

4.     Where is one of the world’s top ten gay beaches located, according to gaycities.com?

5.     Where was the Mayflower Compact inked?

6.     Where is the tallest all granite structure in the U.S. located?

7.     What town was no. 4 on Expedia’s list of most interesting U.S.

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8.     What is America’s oldest continuous art colony?
9.     In what town was the first Whale Watch guided?
10.   What is the gayest town in America per capita, according to the U.S. Census?

11.   What town did Travel & Leisure magazine award three accolades: one of America’s most romantic towns, one of America’s favorite beach towns, and one of America’s quirkiest towns?
12.   What town has been named one of the best gay resort towns in the world by GayCities.com, PlanetOut, and OutTraveler?

13.   What town is known to have the best top flight, big name entertainment outside of Vegas?

14.   What town was number one on Trivago’s list of “2016 US Best Ranked Cities to Stay”? 
15.   What town is known as America’s First Destination?


If you answered Provincetown, MA, each time, you are leading the field!
Provincetown is a destination for all seasons. Visit the town’s award-winning accommodations, relish the town’s eclectic array of restaurants, and experience the endless events and celebrations that make up our diverse community.

PROVINCETOWN, MA – Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” rang out as the evening’s anthem at Provincetown’s vigil in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting. More than 300 people gathered on the steps of Town Hall on Sunday evening to honor the 49 individuals who lost their lives and the scores of others who suffered injuries during what is being called the worst single mass murder in U.S. history at Orlando’s LGBTQ Pulse nightclub.
Provincetown’s Town Manager, David Panagore said this town is deeply connected to this tragedy. “We will never allow those who are filled with hate to drive a wedge into our community or our nation. For decades, the LGBTQ community has found Provincetown to be their international gathering place and during this time we must remain unified, and stand strong in the face of this senseless act. We are all Orlando,” said Panagore.

The event, organized by the Town and The Gay Men’s Wisdom

Photo by Radu Luca. Officials display scene of solidarity in front of historic Provincetown Town Hall. From left to right: Miss Richfield 1981; David Panagore, Town Manager; Raymond Rigoglioso, Gay Men of Wisdom Center; Cheryl Andrews, Selectman; Sarah Peake, State Representative; Robert Anthony, Selectman; and Erik Yingling, Selectman

Center’s Raymond Rigoglioso, featured tributes from Rev. Terry R. Pannell, State Representative Sarah Peake and international entertainer, Miss Richfield 1981.

Following the vigil, attendees created a procession down Commercial Street to the Boatslip Resort, where the vigil ended at the place where America’s first and lasting Gay Tea Dances draw thousands annually. The normal celebration of dancing and renewing friendship fell silent for moment of solidarity followed by a stirring rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Provincetown, the small village at the tip of Cape Cod is known as America’s First Destination because of important and historic firsts. Provincetown is the cradle of American Democracy and was the first destination for the Pilgrims in search of liberty and freedom, landing in 1620 and inking the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. It was back in 2004 in Provincetown that the first same sex marriages were ceremoniously welcomed and one of the most revered spots dedicated to the memory of the thousands who were taken by AIDS.

Three centuries following the arrival of peoples to the New World, the LGBTQ community makes annual treks to Provincetown to bask in the freedom of expression and liberation that lives on today. This week’s celebration of life honors the individuals who lost their lives and the families and friends of the Orlando victims, reminding all that the struggle for freedom is never over. “The lives lost in Orlando mirror the images of millions who have fought to remain true to their being. Each life represents a beacon of hope for all to live with honesty and integrity, traits that demonstrate what is best about America,” said Panagore.
Provincetown’s season of commemorations and celebrations will go on without fear and in the spirit of promoting solidarity that is part of the DNA of a great LGBTQ community.
For more information about Provincetown visit ptowntourism.com.

America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony Frames Its Best Art Season Yet

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PROVINCETOWN – More than 60 art galleries line the streets in America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony, awaiting art-lovers looking for a new treasure to add to their collections. Summer gallery strolls and historic art museums welcome everyone to browse and interact with local and visiting artists, and year-round celebrations feature distinguished historic and modern-day arts performances.
There’s no shortage of opportunities to find a new masterpiece in Provincetown. In addition to the many galleries in town, museums such as the Fine Arts Work Center and Provincetown Art Association and Museum present noted exhibitions and readings, most of which are open to the public and offer guests the opportunity to view and purchase art.
“Come for the art, stay for the fun!” said Town Manager David Panagore. “Join us for a great season of gallery openings, sandy beaches and bayside dining and entertainment all within walking distance from each other,” he added.
Every year, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum hosts its own special exhibit, with the current program highlighting “The Great Provincetown Summer – 1916,” presenting objects, art and narrative about a remarkable period when art and cultural luminaries converged in Provincetown and provided the foundation for the town’s rich cultural heritage.
Drawing thousands annually to experience Provincetown’s art history and culture, the town’s festivals and celebrations feature some of America’s most recognized artists and performers. The International Film Festival in June offers American and international narrative features, documentaries and short films and highlights rich and diverse subject matter of Provincetown.
Also in early summer is the annual International Encaustic Conference, an annual interdisciplinary event bringing a community of artists together with gallerists, curators, critics and collectors interested in the fascinating and ancient practice of encaustic painting – an ancient process of mixing colored pigments with melted beeswax before applying to a surface.
In September, the Afterglow Performance Arts Festival presents renowned and under-the-radar innovative stage artists evolving the world of live performance, honoring Provincetown as the birthplace of the Modern American Theater. In celebration of one who drew on Provincetown for inspiration, the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival opens again as the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to the playwright, featuring a collection of landmark productions and plays that honor the Festival’s past and the legacy of Tennessee Williams.
In a town known for its festivals, the Provincetown Jazz festival is a highlight of August, when artists come from around the world to perform in Ptown, and in October, the Provincetown Dance festival introduces various dance performers and winners of the Provincetown Ballroom Dancing Competition.
For more than a century, Provincetown has remained an inspiration for artists in every medium – painting, sculpting, theater, literature, photography, dance and music. The atmosphere of experimentation, and unrivaled experiences, subjects, teaching and learning opportunities draw artists year-after-year to deepen their talents or add to their collections.
Provincetown’s creative productions are enhanced by its quaint, unique and award-winning accommodations and beaches, specialty shops, outdoor recreation, and highly rated restaurants. All of this is primed for the visitor in the place where the Pilgrim’s First Landed in 1620 and began the tradition of Ptown being a visitor’s mecca. Provincetown was recently designated one of the “18 most interesting U.S. destinations” by Expedia and named number one on its list of “2016 US Best Ranked Cities to Stay” by the travel website Trivago. Ptown is also consistently rated as one of best gay resort towns in the world, winning awards from GayCities.com, PlanetOut, and OutTraveler.
For more information about Provincetown’s arts and entertainment scene, and for a full schedule of events, visit ptowntourism.com.

Farmers Market

 

Provincetown, Mass. – The Provincetown Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 14, to begin the 2016 season and will continue every Saturday through November 19 with more local, organic foods, new vendors, and expanded access to consumers.

The decade-old market located on Ryder St. next to Provincetown Town Hall will have every farm and produce item found in grocery stores, according to Kathy Sanders, 2016 Provincetown Farmers Market manager.
“The Farmers Market will offer organic and organic practices with a diverse selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables all season,” Sanders said. “We want people to see that anything you can find at a grocery store can be found at the market.”
Items will include year-round grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, free-range chickens and farm fresh eggs, honey, cheese, olive oil, sauces, pesto, jams and jellies, maple syrup, baked goods, plants, and fresh cut flowers, to name some of the variety. A new rule for 2016 is that vendors must mark any goods not grown locally and organically.
Seasonal produce will also be available weekly, beginning with lettuce and greens, sprouts, mushrooms, onions, early apples, potatoes, spinach and peas. June adds tomatoes, beans, asparagus, beets, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon. Fall accommodates your Thanksgiving dinner needs, with squash, pumpkins, free-range turkeys, cranberry sauce and root vegetables available.
This year, in an effort to expand access to consumers, the market will accept assistance coupons to provide fresh, unprepared, grown fruits and vegetables to as many people as possible. Provincetown Farmers Market is a MDAR/USDA Farmers Market and is qualified to accept WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. The market is in the application process and fully anticipates being able to accept SNAP/EBT cards.
A Cape Cod small farm owner herself, Sanders manages two Lower Cape Farmers Markets, is a member of six markets on the Cape and has relationships with farms big and small. Sanders’ ability to meet farmers face-to-face has improved participation by new farms and young farmers and their families, a focus for this year’s market. A guest vender spot will be available to encourage local, backyard farmers to become involved in the market.
“Many restaurants and chefs visit the Provincetown Farmers Market, and in the past, local restaurants have bought from local farms at the market including Sage Inn and Lounge, Pop+Dutch, and Two Southern Sissies BBQ, to name a few,” Sanders said. “When you see chefs shopping at a farmers market, you know you’re in the right place,” she added.
Many farmers donate leftover produce to charities including: Methodist Church Food Pantry, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, and Food For Kids. The Provincetown Farmers Market donates a percentage of sales to a local food pantry.
A canvas shopping tote with the Provincetown Farmers Market logo will be available for purchase. The market encourages use of the environmentally friendly bags instead of plastic at the market to further emphasize the town’s Green Community status. Provincetown banned single-use plastic bags last year.
According to Sanders, one of the most unique opportunities available to consumers at the Provincetown Farmers Market is the ability to enjoy the same local fare that was harvested for early settlers on the Cape hundreds of years ago.
“The food at the market is what we would have been eating 200 years ago and what would have been available for our family dinners,” she said. “What the market is able to provide should be valued, and we’re encouraging more people to get involved in 2016.”
For more information or if your business or organization would like to participate in the Provincetown Farmers Market, contact Kathy Sanders at provincetownfarmersmarket@hotmail.com.

See schedule of star-studded acts in America’s First Destination

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Provincetown, Mass. – An all-star lineup of award-winning performers and productions will debut for the 2016 entertainment season in Provincetown at The Art House, Crown & Anchor, Hawthorne Barn, Post Office Café and Cabaret, The Provincetown Theater, Provincetown Town Hall, and Sage Inn & Lounge. Headliners include Patti Lupone, Marilyn Maye, Rita Moreno, and Lily Tomlin, alongside a production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” among other mainstream and offbeat hits.
“Diversity and star power describe the 2016 Season,” explained town manager, David Panagore. “Intimate venues to experience top entertainers is the name of the game in Ptown, where on any given night you might see Alan Cumming or Linda Eder walking down Commercial Street.”
This year’s performers include Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe award winners, among other high-profile Broadway entertainers and stage acts for unrivaled performances. The 2016 entertainment calendar adds glamour to the Town’s annual schedule of events that have made Provincetown an international magnet for those looking for a memorable destination getaway year-round.
Named by the travel website Trivago as number one on its list of “2016 US Best Ranked Cities to Stay” and recently designated one of the “18 most interesting U.S. destinations” by Expedia, Provincetown earns its reputation as America’s oldest continuous arts colony featuring entertainment, art galleries, and productions by celebrated and local talent. Along with star power, Cabarets featuring topflight LGBTQ entertainers nightly add to Ptown’s top ranking as one of the best gay resort towns by GayCities.com, PlanetOut, and OutTraveler.

Make your reservation today for a memorable Provincetown vacation! Experience the endless entertainment and vibrant nightlife that make Ptown one of the best vacation destinations in the world. Eclectic and upscale shopping, award-winning beaches, renowned art galleries and world-class restaurants are waiting for you in America’s First Destination.

Provincetown 2016 Entertainment Lineup:
The Art House Performance Schedule
May 28 & 29: Melissa Ferrick 
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May 29: Indigo Girls
Provincetown Town Hall
June 3 – September 3: Brown is the New Pink starring Varla Jean & Ryan Landry
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June 22 – September 3: Varla Jean Merman, A Little White Music
Art House
June 30 – September 10: Well Strung, All New Show, Directed by Jeffery Roberson
Art House
July 2 & 5: Tori Scott
Art House
July 3: Cheyenne Jackson
Provincetown Town Hall
July 6-8: Steve Grand, An All American Boy
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July 9 – September 17: Jinkx Monsoon with Major Scales at Piano, All New Show
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July 12 – August 25: Courtney Act, The Girl from Oz
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July 17-19: Megan Hilty
Art House
August 3-6: Marilyn Maye with Billy Stritch at the Piano
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August 15: Bianca Del Rio, Not Today Satan
Provincetown Town Hall
August 16: Kristin Chenoweth
Provincetown Town Hall
September 4: Patti Lupone, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
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The Crown & Anchor 2016 Broadway Series
July 16: Alan Cumming
Provincetown Town Hall
July 24-25: Lucie Arnaz
Paramount Cabaret
July 31 – August 1: Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway
Paramount Cabaret
August 6: Lypsinka
Provincetown Town Hall
August 15-16: Levi Kreis
Paramount Cabaret
August 22-23: Linda Eder
Paramount Cabaret
August 28-29: Randy Graff
Paramount Cabaret
September 5-6: Charles Busch
Paramount Cabaret
October 9-10: Lily Tomlin
Paramount Cabaret
TBA: Rita Moreno
Paramount Cabaret
Post Office Café and Cabaret Performance Schedule (All shows at Post Office Café and Cabaret)
Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30):
Poppy Champlin
Suzanne Westenhoefer
Summer Season (June-August):
Electra!, Living the Legends
Ptown Malespot, All Male Revue
Thirsty Burlington, The Farewell Tour
The Provincetown Theater 2016 Season (All shows at The Provincetown Theater)
April 6-24: “The Dresser” by Ronald Harwood
Presented by PTCP
April 27 – May 14: “Doctor Faustus Lights The Lights” by Gertrude Stein
Presented by PTCP
May 18 – June 5: “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde
Presented by PTCP
June 10 – July 10: “The Maids” by Jean Genet
June 20 – July 7: “The Little Dog Laughed” by Douglas Carter Beane
Presented by Peregrine Theatre Ensemble
July 16 – 30: “Red, Hot and Blue Cabaret (100 Years of Cole Porter Remixed)
Presented by PTCP
July 18 – August 18: “The Full Monty” by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek
Presented by Peregrine Theatre Ensemble
August 5-14: “Souvenir – A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Co-Produced by PTCP and Cotuit Center for the Arts
August 19-21: Joan Rivers Tribute Show – “The Bitch Is Back”
Presented by Celebrity Management
August 22 – September 8: “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins
Presented by Peregrine Theatre Ensemble
September 9-18: “Desire Under the Elms” by Eugene O’Neill
Presented by The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival
October 6 – November 6: “The Rocky Horror Show” musical by Richard O’Brien
Presented by Peregrine Theatre Ensemble
November 30 – December 23: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Presented by PTCP
December 30 – January 1 (2017): “2nd Annual New Year’s Gala
Presented by PTCP
Sage Inn & Lounge (All shows at Sage Inn & Lounge)
Sage Series:
July 3-4: Cat Faulkner, Favorite Songs from the American Songbook
July 5 – September 4: The Calamari Sisters
July 9: Marcus Simeone & Tracy Stark, Songs of Janis Ian
August 5-6: Karen Oberlin with Tedd Firth, Secret Love: A Tribute to Doris Day
October 13-14: Kate Ferber, One Child Born: The Songs of Laura Nyro
Summer Comedy Series:
July 19-23: Jennie McNulty & Poppy Champlin
July 26-28: Jennie McNulty
Shawn Nightingale Productions
August 20-22: Melissa Manchester
Sage Inn & Lounge
July 30: David Sedaris
Provincetown Town Hall
Twenty Summers (all events will be at the Hawthorne Barn atop Miller Hill)
May 13: Marshall Crenshaw
May 14: Edith Windsor, Historic plaintiff whose case led to legalization of gay marriage.
May 20: Naomi Wolf, Author, feminist.
May 27: Bill James, Baseball guru who inspired Moneyball.
May 28: Jim True-Frost & James Waterston
June 3: Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer-winning novelist.
June 4: Classical Concert
June 10: Garance Doré, Influential fashion writer and photographer.
June 11: John Boutte, New Orleans jazz singer.
For more information, visit:
The Art House at ptownarthouse.com
The Crown & Anchor at onlyatthecrown.com
Peregrine Theater Ensemble at www.peregrinetheatre.com
Post Office Café and Cabaret at postofficecabaret.com and ptownmalecall.com
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival at www.twptown.org
The Provincetown Theater at provincetowntheater.org
Sage Inn & Lounge at sageinnptown.com
Shawn Nightingale Productions at ShawnNightingaleProductions.com
Twenty Summers at 20summers.org

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Provincetown, Mass – To celebrate spring, the Town of Provincetown announced today that parking will be free the entire month of April. Since travel site Trivago named Provincetown the Best U.S. Place to Stay in 2016, town leaders wanted to make Ptown even more welcoming and accessible.

“If you are thinking about coming to Provincetown in April, we’re giving you one more reason. PARKING is FREE.” said Town Manager David Panagore. “So spend your time eating in our restaurants, shopping in the stores and galleries, watching a cabaret show and staying overnight rather than giving one thought to paying for parking.”
Follow the signs to find your free parking space along main roads and in town lots.
Experience seasonal celebrations in America’s First Destination
Provincetown, Mass. – As the crocuses, daffodils and tulips begin to bloom, Provincetown enters the spring season with its renowned shops, galleries and restaurants opening their doors to the sidewalks to welcome visitors. This time of year, stunning sunsets and leisurely strolls along Commercial Street await those looking to get an early spring start with a full lineup of celebrations and unrivaled hospitality.
Ptown’s award-winning accommodations are available at enticing spring-season rates making a Cape Cod stay that much easier. The travel website Trivago recently named Provincetown the number one destination to stay in 2016.
The March, April and May lineup of events breaks the ice from a New England winter and features unique holiday celebrations, concerts, charitable events and some weekend revelry in one of  America’s Quirkiest Towns, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. The spring warm up also includes a slate of LGBTQ events in the Best Gay Resort Town in America, according to GayCities.com.
Spring is part of a special new focus of making Provincetown, America’s First Destination, more accessible for 365 days a year for all seasons. As preparations ramp up for commemorating where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620, the stage is being set for liberating and diverse special events for which the town is known. This distinct quality, along with the picturesque seascapes, dramatic coastal light and endless supply of unique characters, accompanies the wide range of celebrations with entertainment for every taste and persuasion.
The following are some of Ptown’s signature spring events and celebrations:
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day – Head to Provincetown for St. Patrick’s Day and don your shamrocks, best kilt or leprechaun consume, sip your favorite stout, ale or lager and dance to music at one of Ptown’s quaint pubs.
  • March 17-20: Out of Hibernation Weekend – Join Bears and their Gay admirers at a series of events to welcome spring.
  • March 25-27: Easter Weekend – Escape for a spring break in late March and watch an Easter sunrise across Cape Cod Bay cuddled up with a loved one or beach combing with friends for a sun set at Race Point Beach.
  • April 16-17: Miss Gay Mass US of A – The culmination of the Pageant Weekend has arrived. See who will wear the Crowns for 2016 and represent Massachusetts and New England in the National Pageant held in Dallas, Texas, in May.
  • April 22-24: Gays for Patsy’s Spring Stomp – Gays for Patsy is the place for LGBTQs to get together to socialize, two-step, line dance, east and west coast swing, waltz and more to contemporary country, pop and R&B in a supportive environment for more than 25 years!
  • May 7: Run to the Top of the Pilgrim Monument – The Run is a microchip timed run to the top of the Pilgrim Monument to benefit the Cape Cod Firefighter/EMS Cancer Relief Fund.
  • May 8: Mother’s Day – Ptown is for Moms who will enjoy free admission at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.
  • May 13-14: Outer Cape Chorale Concert – Join the Outer Cape Chorale for its May 2016 concert at Provincetown Town Hall.
  • May 13-14: Ragnar Relay Race – Finish the overnight relay race running through Provincetown, amid its charming architecture and unique landscape.
  • May 20-22: Single Women’s Weekend – Find that special someone at one of the many events through the weekend. Take a holiday from your usual haunts.
  • May 20-22: Monumental Yard Sale Weekend – Shop the best sales up and down Commercial Street and at residences all over town.
  • May 21: Provincetown Business Guild Spring Show – the charity event presents “POP!” – a tribute to the music of Michael Jackson & Madonna.
  • May 29: Annual Piano and Organ Celebration Concert – Always a favorite with memorable music at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown.

More details on these events and others can be found at ptowntourism.com/events.

Don’t forget to tag all of your Ptown photos with #myptown to share your experience with the world on the My Ptown Gallery.
 
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St. Patrick’s Day, Easter highlight March events in America’s First Destination.

Provincetown, Mass. – In the place where the foundation of liberty paved the way for Irish immigrants, Provincetown is the perfect destination to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, one of many exciting events on the schedule for March, including Out of Hibernation Weekend and the Easter holiday.
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On what has become one of America’s favorite days to celebrate and don the Irish green, visitors can put on their best St. Patrick’s Day attire and stop by one of Ptown’s pubs, or spend the afternoon walking the streets of the quaint village, dropping in on eclectic shops and galleries where locals will treat you as one of their own.
The National Seashore will be open to experience where so many once crossed the seas to arrive on land in search of acceptance and prosperity, beginning with the arrival of the pilgrims in 1620 and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. A new world free from persecution and tolerant of freedom of expression are ideas still important today in the historic town at the tip of Cape Cod.
More entertainment follows St. Patrick’s Day with the annual Out of Hibernation Weekendcelebration, March 18-20, a meet and greet to get acquainted or reacquainted with friends and join bears and their admirers in a series of events to welcome spring. Out of Hibernation Weekend is one of the many LGBTQ events that make Ptown the “Best Gay Resort Town in America,” according to GayCities.com.

For travelers looking for a spring getaway in late March, what better place to watch an Easter sunrise across Cape Cod Bay and spend time cuddled up with loved ones than in Provincetown. And, down the street at the tip of Cape Cod, watch the sun set at Race Point Beach. Award-winning accommodations are available at affordable rates, and restaurants will be serving up specialty fare. Commercial Street will be open for shopping, dining and gallery strolling, and the renowned nightlife will be in full swing.
Spring events prove Provincetown is a place for all seasons, the perfect destination to kick off spring and immerse in one-of-a-kind celebrations in one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns,” according to Travel and Leisure Magazine. See why the travel website Trivago recently named Ptown the number one destination to stay in 2016 and why Fodor’s Travel and Smithsonian magazine call it one of the “Best Small Towns in America.”
For a full calendar of events or for more information on entertainment and accommodations in Ptown, go to ptowntourism.com. Don’t forget to tag all of your Ptown photos with #myptown to share your experience with the world on the My Ptown Gallery.
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by Provincetown Artist Justine Ives

February 11, 2016…Provincetown MA:  The Provincetown Public Library’s first annual Moby-Dick Marathon Reading will proudly feature the original images of local artist Justine Ives.  In preparation for the event, the Library commissioned Ives, a Provincetown resident, to create a series of 8 pieces inspired by Melville’s classic novel.

“Justine’s vigorous work is a visual tribute to the hearty souls who embodied the whaling industry while adding to the canon of illustrations that depict it,” said Library Trustee Stephen Borkowski while reviewing the artwork in January of 2016.  Ives is a professional book designer and illustrator with a Master’s in Sequential Art. She is also art director and co-creator of Bohème Publishing; a small, new independent book publisher based out of Provincetown, Cape Cod. Bohème released its first book, The Keeper, in 2013 and is following up with their second project this spring. This past summer, she coordinated an event commemorating the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which was held at the Provincetown Library.  Her full portfolio is available at https://www.behance.net/justineakaog.

Ives’ imagery will be used across all mediums of promotional materials associated with the three day marathon weekend, and Library visitors will have the opportunity to view select pieces of the series on display in the building during the month of April.  The Board of Library Trustees is currently collaborating with Provincetown businesses to produce merchandise featuring the original artwork to commemorate the inaugural edition of this new Library event.  Apparel, prints, stationery and several other items will be available for purchase as the Library circulation desk and through the Library’s new online store.

Provincetown will join New Bedford MA, Mystic CT, and New York City in celebrating its rich whaling heritage by hosting the first annual Provincetown Public Library Moby-DickMarathon Reading in April 2016.  The Marathon will be the latest entry in a series of new annual events created by the Board of Library Trustees focused on expanding Provincetown’s involvement in national literary, art, and academic communities.  The three-day marathon-style reading of this nineteenth century masterpiece will be held in the Provincetown Library Marc Jacobs Reading Room, and officially begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 22.

At its midwinter conference in January, the American Library Association announced the winners of all the major children’s book awards, “the Oscars for children’s books,” as one librarian put it.  The winners are books about bears, buses, drums and dreams, kids of all sizes, genders and abilities. And we’ve got them, so come and get them!

Find seasonal beauty and peaceful quiet in America’s First Destination

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Provincetown, Mass. – A trending topic throughout a busy nation is how to find peaceful moments for appreciating self and more sublime interests. As winter snow blankets the East Coast, Provincetown offers a warm welcome for guests during its “Season of Solitude,” when visitors enjoy the romantic spirit, intimate atmosphere and seaside charm of a quintessential New England Cape village.
In a rushed and hurried world, there are very few unique places for people to escape hurried demands and the crush of crowds. Some mistakenly imagine that travelers must go to all ends of the Earth to find seclusion, when in fact, in just a short trip to Cape Cod, a traveler can find one of the most enchanting places to spend precious time alone with a loved one, writing or reading that wonderful book that was stowed away for the right time. Provincetown offers the visitor an unrivaled beauty of winter light, cozy fireplaces and sea and landscapes dressed in a winter coat.
Art, cultural activities, fine dining and entertainment, the hallmarks of Ptown, are all accessible, as award-winning local inns, B&Bs and boutique hotels light candles, welcoming guests for a one-of-a-kind winter retreat. Enticing winter-season accommodation rates make a visit that much easier, and the eclectic shops and galleries offer world-class and hard-to-find treasures, reasons the travel website Trivago recently named Ptown the number one destination to stay in 2016 .
One highlight of the quiet season is Valentine’s Day, the perfect time for couples to hide out among the fine selection of well-appointed accommodations, which are by turns charming, cozy, elegant, luxurious – and generously hospitable. And a number of Cape Cod’s best restaurants are keeping the hearth warm, too, with some offering an intimate dining experience and others serving up innovative local fare alongside lively entertainment. This is surely one reason Travel + Leisure Magazine named Ptown one of ” America’s Most Romantic ” destinations.
Far from the fashionable frenzy of summertime, getting snowbound in Ptown means simple pleasures and laid-back luxury surrounded by the stunning beauty of this Cape Cod haven. Experience the peace that comes from browsing art galleries or cuddling up with a favorite book that’s gone waiting. Find serenity along the National Seashore and discover species that flourish without crowds in watch of a sighting. Rejuvenate with exercise along historic pathways or modern gyms. And, don’t forget a spa day or giving way to a new hairstyle, easily found along village streets.
And for those who want to “Get Outta the Cold and Into the Heat!” check out Snowbound Leather Weekend IX , Feb. 19-21, 2016, one of the many LGBTQ events that make Ptown the ” Best Gay Resort Town in America,” according to GayCities.com.
Provincetown’s “Season of Solitude” is the perfect setting for an intimate winter getaway, with diverse offerings around town and first-rate accommodations at winter-season rates. Don’t miss this special experience in what Fodor’s Travel named one of the ” 10 Best Small Towns in America ” and what Travel and Leisure calls one of ” America’s Quirkiest Towns.”

America’s First Destination for the holidays has something for everyone.

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. –  When the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument illuminates the tip of Cape Cod this Thanksgiving, the holiday season is set to begin with the Lighting of the Provincetown Lobster Pot TreeHolly Folly, the Annual Winter Concert, and the grand finale, the New Year’s celebration First Light Provincetown!

“There is perhaps no more romantic or memorable place to spend the holidays than in front of a crackling fire in Provincetown,” Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, said. “Shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment combine to ring in the holidays with a celebration of diversity for which Ptown is known.”
The New England tradition of the Lighting of the Provincetown Lobster Pot Tree returns on Saturday, Nov. 28, with local lobstermen loaning more than 100 pots to stack into a twinkling two-story tree lit with thousands of holiday lights. Be on hand for the countdown as the giant tree topper is lifted and then lowered onto this symbolic “tree” in the town’s center.
Stay for a week and take advantage of great hospitality rates for holiday shopping and great dining, or return to Provincetown to take part in the LGBTQ holiday festival Holly Folly! This three-day seasonal celebration, Friday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 6, features a packed schedule of headliner benefit and fundraising events, including a Shop HopSing-A-Long, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus ConcertRetro Dance Party, the Snow BallJingle Bell Run & Barefoot Champagne BrunchGingerbread House DecoratingSouper SaturdayFood BoutiqueDrag BrunchCookie PartyLeather Dance Party, and the always festive Santa Speedo Run. Information about Holly Folly and a full schedule of events can be found at ptown.org/holly-folly.
This holiday season, don’t miss the outdoor Holiday Market at the Canteen Garden, taking place the weekends of Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13, and Jan. 1-2. The Canteen transforms its garden into a holiday village, housing hot drinks and food, Provincetown artisans, gifts, live music, theatre, crafts, exhibits, and more!
See the Outer Cape Chorale perform at Provincetown Town Hall for the Annual Winter Concert, Dec. 11-12, at 7 p.m. The 170-voice chorus will perform classical music with jazz leanings. The concert is free of charge to the public, and a Goodwill collection will be taken.
Celebrate a cozy Christmas in Ptown, when the seaside charm of America’s First Destinationbecomes a welcomed candlelit and cozy escape, with award-winning local inns, B&Bs and boutiques all decked out for the holidays. The corks will start popping for New Year’s, as the town celebrates the grandest party of them all – First Light Provincetown! 
A new, extended weekend on the town’s winter visitor calendar, First Light Provincetownfestivities begin Wednesday, Dec. 30, with events through the weekend. The special lineup will feature popular entertainment, themed dance parties, lively community competitions and a weekend fireworks show that will ring visitors into the New Year with a bang!
Put 2015 behind you on New Year’s Eve, when the town’s terrific restaurants will offer prix fixe menus to serve, along with your favorite bubbly. A lineup of parties for every taste will be on tap once romance and resolutions meet at midnight, as Ptown’s venerable dance clubs and bars will challenge your endurance with extended hours until 2 a.m. Participating venues for weeklong events include: The A-House, Crown & Anchor’s Paramount, Wave Bar and Vault, The Gifford House Bar, Porchside and Purgatory, Governor Bradford, Shipwreck Lounge, Squealing Pig, the Underground Bar, and Velvet Lounge and Dance Club.
After ringing in 2016, wake up for New Year’s Day brunch, a can’t-miss annual tradition in Ptown. Join townies for the Pajama Brunch, an early energy booster to keep your juices flowing, presented by the Mews Restaurant and Café. The frigid waters of Cape Cod Bay will host the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, and after, you can shake off the shivers and warm up at the Aprés Chill Chili Party, to get you ready for another devilish night out on the town! Ptown staple, Miss Richfield 1981, will perform the can’t-miss “Fall On Your Knees” in two early evening shows at the Crown & Anchor.
Saturday, Jan. 2, brings another day full of events, including New Year’s Drag Bingo, 2-4 p.m., when revelers gather in holiday fashions fit for a queen. Later, escape the cold and warm up at the Town Hall Open House from 2-5 p.m., where you can partake in children’s activities, including a puppet show, self-guided tours of Provincetown’s art collection and enjoy cookies and hot cider.
Other Saturday activities include the duo piano concert “4 Hands, 2 Guys, 1 Piano! American Music,” at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting House and the outrageous comedy by Dina Martina, the “Slightly Belated Christmas Show,” at the Crown & Anchor, where Suede in Concert will share the limelight. Finally, don’t miss the Cape Cod skies explode for the first time in more than a decade with the Fireworks Show off MacMillan Pier! Show will begin at 5:30 p.m.*
Provincetown for the holidays is the perfect place for fun, relaxation and solitude and is also the place to kick off the New Year with a roar! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this excitement in what Fodor’s Travel named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America,” and see why Travel and Leisure calls Ptown one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.” And of course, this special community at the tip of Cape Cod is consistently named one of the top LGBTQ destinations in America, including being named the “Best Gay Resort Town in America” the past two years in a row.
For details and to see a full lineup of New Year’s events in Provincetown, visit ptown.org/firstlight.
* (Fireworks move to Friday, Jan. 1, if rain appears in the forecast.)

Ptown Library wins Library Journal award for second consecutive year.

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Provincetown, MA – The Library Journal, the most trusted and respected publication for the library community, has named Provincetown Public Library as the top ranked library in the United States, using the 2015 LJ Index. This is the second consecutive year the Provincetown Public Library has received the award.
“We are very excited for the Provincetown Public Library. This award reflects how successful its programs are and how important the Library is in the life of this community.” Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, said. “The Provincetown Public Library is part of the great history of the town. It has been a resource for residents and tourists alike and a place where history buffs can locate hard-to-find information about some of the first settlers of America. This is a great achievement for a small town best known for its thriving LGBTQ community.”
The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJ Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category. The Provincetown Public Library ranks against all libraries with an expenditure range of $400,000-$999,999. A Five Star Service ranking accompanies the first place award.
The scores and star ratings are drawn from data reported annually by public libraries to their state library agencies and are compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2015, the Index also considered involvement in innovative projects as well as the outcomes of such initiatives into the ranking system.
The Provincetown Public Library was originally constructed in 1860 as the Center Methodist Episcopal Church, believed to be the largest church of Methodist denomination in the United States at that time. In 1975, the building received certification to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the library is a major tourist attraction in Provincetown – America’s First Destination – where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World in 1620. It hosts an expansive collection and the town’s historic archive and is home to the half scale replica of the Rose Dorothea, the 1907 Lipton Cup winner. The model was constructed over an 11-year period and now lives in the top floor of the library, which is dedicated to providing the community with enriching, innovative programming and initiatives. For a complete history of the Provincetown Public Library, visit provincetownlibrary.org.

The historic Provincetown Public Library is one of the many reasons the town has accumulated so many prestigious awards for being one of the best small cultural towns in America, including Smithsonian magazine naming Provincetown one of the “Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit” and being named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s Travel. We must mention GayCities.com named Ptown the “Best Gay Resort Town in America” the past two years in a row.

For more information about the Library Journal and the LJ Index, visit http://lj.libraryjournal.com/.

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument commemorates Ptown as “America’s First Destination”

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – For an unforgettable Thanksgiving treat, dip your toes into Provincetown Harbor, the first landing spot of the Pilgrims. Provincetown is the perfect place for mixing the quintessential New England atmosphere with fine dining and lodging at the tip of Cape Cod. Join festivities at the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 5-7 p.m., at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (PMPM).
“There is no better place to step back into history around Thanksgiving than in Provincetown,” said Provincetown Director of Tourism, Anthony Fuccillo. “The journey and sacrifice nearly 400 years ago has left all Americans with something for which we are all thankful.”
The ceremony, which commemorates the Pilgrims’ First Landing in the New World in Provincetown on Nov. 11, 1620, attracts throngs of visitors each year, to witness the Monument draped in more than 3,100 “landing lights.” The lights shine nightly through Jan. 5, 2016, symbolizing the approximate amount of time of the Pilgrims’ first visit in Provincetown.
Thanksgiving in Provincetown celebrates the 102 Pilgrim newcomers who drafted and unanimously adopted the Mayflower Compact, America’s first declaration of equality and justice for what is known today as American Democracy. For nearly 400 years, the same spirit of freedom and independence has endured as the hallmark of the town known as America’s First Destination.
The Pilgrim Monument can be seen from nearly everywhere in Ptown and the far reaches of the Cape, reminding residents and visitors alike they are walking in the footsteps of proud tribes and those who have arrived since 1620. Visitors can take the 10-minute climb up its 116 steps and 60 ramps, pausing along the way to have a look at the 175 plaques adorning the inside of the structure, which mark the contributions of several towns formerly comprising Plymouth Colony that donated stones for the Monument’s construction.
The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument is just the beginning of an event-filled Ptown holiday weekend. Following a Thanksgiving Day of quality time spent with family and friends, either at a quaint home or a cozy dining spot at one of Provincetown’s first-rate restaurants, visitors can roll the dice at the Provincetown Business Guild Casino Night, Friday, Nov. 27, at the Crown & Anchor. Townies and visitors try their hands at a variety of games like Blackjack, Roulette, Money Wheel, and more, at this can’t-miss fundraising event.
To kick off the holiday season, another special lighting ceremony takes place Saturday, Nov. 28, in what is known as the “Lighting of the Provincetown Lobster Pot Tree.” Stacked with more than 100 real lobster pots loaned by local lobstermen, the twinkling tree rises up over two stories and is lit with thousands of holiday lights. Be on hand for the countdown as the giant tree topper is lifted and then lowered onto this most unique “tree” in the town’s center.
For more information about the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, visit www.pilgrim-monument.org. To view a year-round schedule of events in Ptown and to visit the new #myptown online gallery, check out ptowntourism.com. A complete directory of town businesses and attractions and a calendar of the year’s events can also be found on the iPtown app, available on both iTunes and Google Play.
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Fireworks Light up America’s First Destination with a Week of Sparkling and Splashy Events

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The town of Provincetown is set to host a week of festivities to usher in 2016 at the tip of Cape Cod, Dec. 30 – Jan. 3. The First Light Provincetown celebration adds a new extended weekend to its popular winter visitor calendar, featuring popular entertainment, special theme dance parties, lively community competitions and a weekend fireworks show that will ring visitors into the New Year with a bang.
“Provincetown is known the world over for throwing grand parties. We annually welcome thousands to celebrate Independence Day in July, and now we’re going to warm up the town with hot entertainers, fireworks, fun events and the friendly atmosphere of our town for another favorite holiday,” said David B. Panagore, Provincetown’s new Town Manager. “New Year’s in Ptown is a natural.”
First Light Provincetown activities kick off on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when some of America’s oldest pubs and intimate bars and clubs will serve specialty drinks and keep the dance floors gyrating through the weekend. Of course, Commercial Street shopping will help you fashion the perfect outfit for New Year’s revelry.
Put 2015 behind you on New Year’s Eve, when the town’s terrific restaurants are offering prix fixe menus to serve, along with your favorite bubbly. Enjoy early entertainment provided by The Payomet Performing Arts Center being featured in performance at Town Hall. A lineup of parties for every taste is on tap once romance and resolutions meet at midnight, as Ptown’s venerable dance clubs and bars challenge your endurance, with extended hours until 2 a.m. Participating venues for weeklong events include: The A-House, Crown & Anchor’s Paramount, Wave and Vault, The Gifford House Bar, Porchside and Purgatory, Governor Bradford, Shipwreck Lounge, Squealing Pig, and The Underground Bar.
After ringing in 2016, wake up for New Year’s Day brunch, a can’t-miss annual tradition in Ptown. Join townies for the Pajama Brunch, an early energy booster to keep your juices flowing, presented by the Mews Restaurant and Café. The frigid waters of Cape Cod Bay host the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, and after, you can shake off the shivers and warm up at the Aprés Chill Chili Party, to get you ready for another devilish night out on the town. Ptown staple, Miss Richfield, presents the can’t-miss “Fall On Your Knees” in two early evening shows at the Crown & Anchor.
Saturday, Jan. 2, brings Ptown streets awash in color and glitter, as revelers in holiday fashions fit for a queen gather for New Year’s Drag Bingo. For the first time in more than a decade, Cape Cod Bay skies explode with the First Light Fireworks show off MacMillan Pier.* Dina Martina brings her outrageous comedy, “Slightly Belated Christmas Show,” to the Crown & Anchor stage, where Suede in Concert shares the limelight.
First Light Provincetown adds its signature to one of the most awarded international destinations for LGBTQ adventures, including being rated as the “Best Resort Town” by GayCities.com and one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” by Travel and Leisure.
To view special New Year’s events and a year-round schedule of special activities in Provincetown, visit Ptown.org/new-years-in-Provincetown.
* (Fireworks move to Friday, Jan. 1, if rain appears in the forecast.)
First destination for ghouls and goblins unfolds in the shadows of eerie 
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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – To put an exclamation point on a successful Second Summer, Ptown goes full-throttle for Halloween, with an eclectic schedule of spooky, sexy parties, street entertainment and events fit for every kind of zombie, angel, demon and daddy. Many will tell you, if you haven’t been to Halloween in Provincetown, you haven’t been to Halloween.

Laying claim to Halloween as a signature annual event in many towns has become fashionable to elevate the fall touring months. But in America’s First Destination, where the pilgrims first landed almost 400 years ago, reveling fright figures by the thousands venture to the tip of Cape Cod each year for the grand daddy spook fest of them all, in the foggy and eerie village where it all began.
Making Halloween that special commemoration comes naturally for a town where dressing up and donning costumes is a part of everyday life, one of the many reasons Travel and Leisure named Ptown one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.” Ptown’s uniqueness shines as the town hosts unforgettable Halloween events under the bewitching spell cast on Ptown for the weekend.
The holiday celebration of the pumpkin features high stepping on dance floors and roaming fog-laced back alleys or a spooky cemetery. Head to one of the town’s famed clubs to dance until you’re dead (or undead), or measure your costume’s merit against Halloween’s best in contests that in some cases award cash prizes for best group, sexiest and scariest costumes. There’s no shortage of events to rattle your skeleton’s bones, while proving why Halloween weekend is one of the most fun times of year to visit Ptown.
Of course, some of the most elaborate costuming is saved for parading in the streets, where visitors from all over New England come to view and participate in this annual rite of ghosts passing.
For more information on year-round events in Provincetown or to see the new #myptown gallery, visit ptowntourism.com.
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Travel dates set for latest trend in luxury transportation.

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. –  The Provincetown 365 Committee and Bay State Cruise Company have announced a LimoLiner service to debut in October that introduces a new transportation mode between Boston and Provincetown. The experimental transportation alternative could secure future plans for furthering Provincetown 365’s initiatives for helping support a thriving year-round community in Provincetown.

The Bay State Cruise Company is adding two weekends of service to their fall schedule. Following the conclusion of the ferry season, Monday, Oct. 18, the company has chartered the luxurious LimoLiner fleet to stand in for the ferries on Friday nights, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 from Boston, and Sunday early evenings, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from Provincetown.
The LimoLiner is equipped with a spacious limo cabin replete with food and beverage service, WiFi and your own service attendant. Travelers are encouraged to reserve spaces as soon as possible to secure one of the 28 large, comfortable seats on board.
Bay State Cruise Company is selling tickets aboard the LimoLiner through their website and Boston and Provincetown ticket offices. Prices for the LimoLiner will be the same as the ferry, and travel times will vary between 2 hours and 10 minutes to 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The LimoLiner launches in time for Halloween in Provincetown, a signature annual event in the place Travel and Leisure named one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” and what Fodor’s Travel named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America.” Halloween revelers can make it to Provincetown in style on the LimoLiner to join fellow fright figures by the thousands in America’s First Destination, the eerie village where it all began 400 years ago with the landing of the Pilgrims and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor.
To book a luxurious LimoLiner ride from Boston to Provincetown on Friday nights, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, and a trip from Provincetown to Boston on Sunday early evenings, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, travelers can visit baystatecruisecompany.com or the Bay State Cruise Company ticket offices in Boston and Provincetown.

America’s First Destination will be Aprylle Gilbert’s final at the finish line in Pilgrims’ First Landing Park 

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Endurance runner and musician Aprylle Gilbert will finish her historic run along famed U.S. Route 6 on Tuesday, Sept. Route 6 sign15, at Pilgrims’ First Landing Park in Provincetown. The coast-to coast run is in support of her charity program, “Coast to Coast for Kids,” supporting disadvantaged children in San Jose, Calif.

Gilbert’s run began on May 11, 2015, in Bishop, Calif. and stretches 3,652 miles to Provincetown, where U.S. Route 6 ends. She runs 30-40 miles each day and has endured challenging terrains and climates including the deserts in California, Nevada and Utah and mountain regions in Colorado, although she says she finds comfort in the changing landscapes.

Gilbert has traveled with her friend and support driver, Jose Reyes, with help from a network of volunteers and the Route 6 Tourist Association. She doesn’t use any money from the charity fund and credits the volunteers who have offered her housing in small towns along the way. As a reward for those who are sponsoring the run, donors receive gifts of Gilbert’s CDs and her book. One-hundred percent of contributions are donated to charity.

 

To honor Gilbert, the Board of Selectmen in the Town of Provincetown, in the County of Barnstable of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Route 6 CA signhas proclaimed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, as Aprylle Gilbert Day in the Town of Provincetown and encourages citizens to express their gratitude and to paytribute on this day.

Pilgrims’ First Landing Park commemorates the 102 Pilgrims on the Mayflower whose first landing in the New World was at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown in 1620. Plans are underway to commemorate the 400th landing along with the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor, a document giving rise to a nation and American Democracy.

Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear dog tags..

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – On Friday, September 25, 2015, approximately 50 young wounded AmericanWWP service men and women, combat veterans from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will take part in a rehabilitative bicycling training ride here on the lower cape. These heroes will be riding specially adapted bicycles and will take an inspirational journey along a 13.5 mile course taking in the natural beauty of what we call home.

The riders will leave from the North Truro Air Force base traveling from Truro along the entire length of Commercial Street, looping through the National Seashore, returning along Shankpainter Road and ending on MacMillan Pier under the Grand Pavilion.

WWP provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to Wounded Warriors at no cost, which includes adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as unmodified road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment.

This is the latest stop of Wounded Warrior Project’s national Soldier Ride. Soldier Ride is a physical health & wellness program of WWP, which envisions a generation of wounded veterans well-adjusted in body, receiving the care they need to maximize rehabilitation and live active and healthy lives. Through peer support, adaptive sports, health, nutrition, and recreational activities, WWP helps warriors achieve independence and pursue an excellent quality of life.

From 9:15am to 11:30am these riders will be in town and the ride will culminate with a procession down Macmillan Pier with a proclamation under the Pavilion.

The public Is encouraged to come observe the event along the route waving small American flags and join us in welcoming these heroes to our community.

Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving Wounded Warriors for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

All-things Ptown available on touch-screen terminals.

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The Provincetown Tourism Office has installed kiosks at its Commercial Street location and at the Provincetown Public Library to provide visitors with accurate and timely information about local attractions and events to help maximize their visit to America’s First Destination. The kiosks host the town’s new, quirky, reinvented website that includes information about entertainment, accommodations, and the arts, culture and history of Provincetown.

Visitors can find details about businesses in Ptown on the new touch-screen terminals, including eclectic shops and art galleries on Commercial Street, activities on Ptown’s award winning beaches, Herring Cove and Race Point, and a breadth of other activities such as kayaking, parasailing, whale watching, dune hiking and picnicking.
The kiosks are currently available for the wave of merrymakers in Ptown for the famous Carnival week celebration, Aug. 15-21. Some of the options Carnival-goers will find useful will be locating dining options, daily activities and nighttime venues to continue the partying deep into the night.
Revelers will want to capture the fun and frivolity of Carnival – voted the best festival on Cape Cod. Photos and videos posted on Instagram and tagged with #myptown will be added to the gallery visitors can view on the kiosks or online. The feed will include everything from the everyday to the outrageous experiences in the place Travel and Leisure named one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.”
Ptown has accumulated prestigious awards for being one of the best cultural towns and coastal destinations in America, including being rated one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns 2014” by Coastal Living magazine and being named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s Travel.
For more information about news and events in Ptown or to see the #myptown gallery, visit ptowntourism.com.

Social media feed on website shows spectrum of diversity in America’s First Destination  

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The Provincetown Tourism Office has launched a social media feed on its recently revamped website that collects Instagram photos and videos and YouTube videos using #myptown. The photo and video feed will share everyday experiences of visitors and residents in the place Travel and Leisure named one of the “quirkiest towns in America.”

As the gallery grows and #myptown develops, the feed will form a window into Provincetown and will be the first door into the year 2020 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first landing of the Pilgrims in 1620.

“We’re looking forward to the sights, images and sounds from diverse individual perspectives and the unique characters that give Ptown its identity as one of the most colorful destinations in America.” Provincetown Director of Tourism, Tony Fuccillo, said. “For almost 400 years, Ptown has been home to individuality and freedom of expression, and we’re eager to see this representation in the content people share on our website.”

Whether on Commercial St., with its eclectic shops and array of art galleries, swimming and sun bathing on Ptown’s award winning beaches, Herring Cove and Race Point, taking on activities such as kayaking, parasailing, whale watching, dune hiking and picnicking or experiencing the exciting nightlife, with #myptown, you’ll see why Ptown is truly a special place for everyone.

The Tourism Office launches the new, interactive social media feed in time for the town’s 37th annual Carnival week extravaganza, Aug. 15-21, when tens of thousands of revelers will descend on Ptown with their outrageous costumes. This year’s theme, “Candyland,” sets the mood for fearless revelry and a super sweet street scene, creating the perfect atmosphere for capturing and sharing photos and videos.

Ptown has accumulated prestigious awards for being one of the best cultural towns and coastal destinations in America, including being rated one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns 2014” by Coastal Living magazine and Fodor’s Travel and being named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s Travel and Smithsonian Magazine.

To see the #myptown gallery, visit ptowntourism.com.

 

Presented by Provincetown Community Television​ and LIPTV

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The goal of #Ptown24 is to document 24 hours of life in Provincetown through the eyes of its citizens and visitors. Starting at 6 am on August 13, 2015 and ending at 6 am on August 14th, we encourage everyone in Provincetown to shoot and post videos of their day to the #Ptown24 Vimeo group or post videos and photographs to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Ptown24.

From the fishing piers to the dance floors, from the restaurants and guest houses, to the kitchens and guest rooms of peoples homes, from the drag shows to town hall offices, we hope collaborate with all citizens and visitors to document a full 24 hours in our magical town. PTV will serve as headquarter during the event and have coffee, snacks, water, and technical support available for participants from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

America’s First Destination is the premier getaway for fall escapes

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Just when you felt it safe to stow away those costumes from Provincetown’s famous Carnival, in rushes an event-filled “Second Summer” in America’s First Destination. Locals and loyal visitors alike will tell you Ptown might be one of the nation’s best-kept secrets during September and October, when “Townies” say the best weather shines on the tip of the Cape. The warm sun mixes with brisk ocean breezes, and stunning sunsets descend slowly into the sea.

While most vacation destinations are shuttering their windows and packing away the patio furniture, Ptown’s quaint shops, charming restaurants and renowned art galleries open their doors to the sidewalks, and the award-winning beaches remain a picturesque spot for fun and relaxation or contemplation.

Second Summer also means lodging rates are a bargain, hosting a fall bloom in this town with something for everyone. Come to Ptown and mingle with international visitors who crowd the streets seeking a blend of scenic views, great cuisine and authentic culture. Experience unique adventures and special events in the place Travel and Leisure called one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.”

The slate of fall activities begins Sept. 7-10 with The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta, a four-day sailing event that brings the sailors to town and makes for an entertaining, edifying spectacle both on and off the water. Most of all, this event is a fitting tribute to the role that seafaring folk have played in Provincetown’s past and in the nation’s history. And only in America’s oldest continuous art colony can artists jump aboard a Whale Watch Boat for Castle Hill’s “Paints the Race,” where artists can do just that from a great view on the water.

Next up is the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla, Sept. 12, a benefit for AIDS, Women’s Health and the Provincetown community. Swim for Life is considered one of the town’s quintessential traditions, along with an unrivaled concert at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting Hall (UU), where local stars from town entertainment venues stage a talent show unlike any other as a celebration of life and a great weekend.

The Afterglow Festival begins Sept. 14 and offers up an entire week of performance art by emerging as well as renowned artists. Following the festival, the National Gay Pilots Association lands in town for the Cape Cod Classic, making the weekend of Sept. 18-20 time for a getaway to take advantage of the season. The same weekend is the 10th Annual Kate Clinton Classic Women’s Flag Football Tournament, in which national & international women’s teams compete in 8-on-8, semi-contact flag football. It’s definitely a sight to behold!

On Sept. 19, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) hosts its Annual Consignment Auction, featuring rare and special works by deceased Provincetown and outer Cape Cod artists. Come put in your bid at this exciting and free live event!

The busy weekend of Sept. 25-27 is full of benefits, dances and other fun events, including the Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter (CASAS) sponsored Pet Appreciation Weekend, which provides fun ways to show appreciation for our animal friends, while also raising money for the CASAS shelter that aids animals without a home. Blooming for fall also is the Provincetown Dahlia Show, a free event designed to give the public an opportunity to marvel at some of the most beautiful local flowers on the Cape, grown with love and care by local gardeners with an affinity for the particular flower.

Celebrate works of an all-time great at the acclaimed Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, Sept. 24-27. The festival is now in its 10th year and continues to wow attendees with its creative takes on the work of one of America’s most beloved playwrights. The 10th anniversary celebration features a collection of landmark productions and brand new plays that honor the Festival’s past and a world premiere that paves the way for the Williams of tomorrow.

Polish up your gear and leather as October belongs in large part to LGBTQA events, kicking off with Mates Leather Weekend, Oct. 1-4, a series of leather/fetish community events and music with a portion of proceeds benefitting the AIDS support group. Columbus Day Weekend follows, Oct. 9-12, reinvigorating Ptown’s party side leading into the 31st Annual Women’s Week, Oct. 12-18, and Fantasia Fair, Oct. 18-25, a weeklong celebration of gender diversity and the longest-running annual event in the transgender world with show-stopping entertainment, workshops and more.

Show your support at PAAM’s 10th Annual Benefit Gala, Oct. 10, its largest fundraising event of the year. An elegant benefit for PAAM’s curatorial projects, celebrate PAAM in style with a catered dinner, and help PAAM honor artists and supporters for their work and dedication.

Oct. 9-12, residents and businesses of Provincetown throw open their doors and throw out the loot for the Fall Monumental Yard Sale Weekend! If you are looking to add something eclectic or antique to your personal collection at an affordable price, head out to this a one-of-a-kind, town-wide yard sale, fit for everyone from antique enthusiasts to bargain hunters. But, come early for the best treasures.

To put an exclamation point on a successful Second Summer, Ptown goes full-throttle for Halloween. Experience the eclectic schedule of spooky, sexy parties, street entertainment and events fit for every kind of angel, demon and daddy, including Spooky Bear Weekend, a burly event that’s devilishly fun. Simply put, if you haven’t been to Halloween in Ptown, you haven’t been to Halloween!

For a schedule of events during Second Summer and all year long, visit ptowntourism.com/events.

The Provincetown Public Library and Provincetown Theater proudly announce the Second Annual Summer Short Play Series, a collaborative effort aimed at spotlighting local theater through entertaining presentations for both residents and seasonal visitors to our town.  This will be the latest of several high profile initiatives that have helped the Library earn a strong reputation for enriching, community oriented programming on both a local and national level over the past three years.
Using our gorgeous remodeled building, the Library provides a platform for playwrights and actors to highlight upcoming summer theatrical productions in the form of five short performances held on Thursday afternoons from July 30 to September 3.  Actors will present original 20 minute performances in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room each week at 4:00 pm.  There will be no performance held on August 20, the day of the Carnival Parade.
“The Library is thrilled to have the opportunity to once again collaborate with the Provincetown Theater to produce a second season of the Summer Short Play Series,” said Library Director Matt Clark.  “The reception to last year’s performances was overwhelmingly positive, and we are so happy to provide the same quality productions to our community again this summer.”
The plays, all created by local writers, will be shown in the following order:
July 30
OK, That’s It by Bob Cohen
August 6
Smoke by Maureen Condon
August 13
Kisses & Promises by Bragan Thomas
August 27
A Super Reunion by Candace Perry
September 3
Shedding Karma by Dian Hamilton
 
Contact: 
Matt Clark
Director
Provincetown Public Library
mpclark@provincetown-ma.gov
508-816-6373

Satisfy your sweet desires in America’s First Destination. 

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Tens of thousands of merrymakers will descend on Provincetown, Aug. 15-21, for the annual rite of summer’s passage – the 37th Annual Carnival Week extravaganza! More than a few sweethearts will search the town for their Candy King or Queen, as this year’s theme, “Candyland,” sets the mood for fearless revelry and a super sweet street scene. The schedule is filled with adventures for all, including a vendor fair, boat cruise, dance parties, inn stroll and the grand finale, the Carnival Parade!

To kick off a great week of festivities, begin your Carnival celebration by witnessing the natural beauty of the Cape Cod Sand Dunes at Art’s Dune Tour Sunset Wine & Cheese Reception, Saturday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. Professional and amateur photographers are welcome anytime, as there’s no better time for a photo shoot than the sand dunes in the place Lavender Magazine called America’s “Best Summer Vacation Destination.”


The fun continues Sunday, Aug. 16, as the boys and girls board the Shake Your Bon Bon Boat Cruise at Macmillan Pier. You never know what you’ll see as you dance to the beats of DJ Lee Thornhill, while taking in the amazing Ptown sunset. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. departure. The cruise will return for 9 p.m.

If you love Broadway, you’ll adore Tony Award winner Bill Porter, star of the hottest musical in NYC, Kinky Boots. He’s on stage at the Crown & Anchor, Sunday through Tuesday.

More fun comes Monday, Aug. 17, 12-4 p.m., at the Hubba Bubba Vendor Fair, at Bas Relief behind Town Hall. Come be a part of the hottest local artists, handcrafts and antiques fair the comics have to offer and meet the vendors and their unique collections. This is a great opportunity to understand how Ptown has become known as such a melting pot of fantastic art and community participation.

A staple of Carnival week is the always outrageous, annual pool dip, and this year’s gathering will be even sweeter. Don’t miss the Liquid Candy Pool PartyMonday, Aug. 17, at the Brass Key Guesthouse. Dive into this wet and wild event featuring swimsuit entertainment, dancer boys and the amazing DJ Andy Morris.

The excitement continues into the night with the Sugar and Spice Costume Ball, 9 p.m. to midnight, at the Boatslip Resort. Celebrate the 37th anniversary of Carnival at the original Carnival Costume Ball, hosted by Provincetown’s very own Hat Sisters. Costumes will be judged for the following cash prizes: Male – 1st – $500, 2nd – $200, Female – 1st – $500, 2nd – $200, along with crowns, sashes and the honor of a float ride in the ever popular Carnival parade.

Up next is the daytime Good and Plenty Watership Inn Party, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3-5 p.m. Libations a plenty and a surprise guest star to entertain with friends, new and old, at one of the founding Carnival Inn parties.

Finish the night at the Eye Candy Dance Party, at The A House. Spot your favorite eye candy and show off your assets, as you groove into the night with this amazing dance party. Enjoy the night with Resident DJ and Billboard Magazine reporter David LaSalle.

 On Wednesday, Aug. 19, humorist and this year’s Carnival Grand Marshall, Sandra Bernhard, makes a stop in Candyland on her international tour with her new live show, “Sandra Bernhard is #blessed.” The world-renowned comedian will showcase her talents at the Provincetown Town Hall.

“Sandra Bernhard is #blessed,” spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque. Bernhard’s show, which also features her band, The Flawless Zircons, has been selling out venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and all points in between. Opening for Bernhard is award-winning cabaret performer Anne Steele.

From 1991-1996, Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett – the first openly gay character on a network sitcom – on Roseanne, while she has also had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, including Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will & Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early ’80s. Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s iconic The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics.

More Wednesday night revelry can be had at Club Purgatory on 11 Carver St., from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Strut your stuff as the dance floor keeps gyrating, and show off this summer’s hottest leather attire at this third annual event.

The crown jewel of Carnival week continues the festivities with the presentation of the 37th annual Provincetown Carnival Parade! The always outrageous and exotic entourage kicks off Thursday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., at the Harbor Hotel and will travel down historic Commercial Street, greeting throngs of thousands of revelers. The street scene is one of the most costumed affairs in America, so be sure to capture your memories with pics. Parade-goers should be sure to catch the parade’s last float, which traditionally unveils next year’s Carnival theme. For more information from the Provincetown Business Guild on how to ride or walk in the parade, click here.

Another way to take in quintessential New England is the Laffy Taffy Inn Stroll, Friday, Aug. 21. Check out some of Ptown’s charming guesthouses like Aerie House & Beach Club, Gifford House, White Wind Inn, Sunset Inn, and the Queen Vic Guesthouse. Proprietors truly let their imagination run wild in decorating their establishments in accordance with the year’s Carnival theme for the enjoyment of participants in this stroll of local inns.

For one venue with elaborate events each day of Carnival, find your sweetest moments at Ptown’s venerable Crown and Anchor, which sets the tone from start to finish with a lineup of can’t-miss dance nights, featuring noted International DJs keeping the dance floor gyrating. The Candyland-themed parties begin on Saturday, Aug. 15, with Good & Fruity featuring DJ Grind and continue through Carnival week with Bubblicious on Sunday (8/16) with DJ Blacklow, Sugar Shack on Monday (8/17) with DJ Edil, Candy Crush on Tuesday (8/18) with DJ James Anthony, Sugar Daddies Vault At Large on Wednesday (8/19) with DJ Chris Racine, and All-Man Joy on Thursday (8/20) with DJ Mickey Friedmann. Carnival officially concludes with the Cotton Candy Closing Party on Friday (8/21) with DJ Ivan Gomez spinning tunes for the dance floor, while VJ Tom Yaz will help you enjoy the final hour countdown for Carnival week with great video in the Crown’s Wave Bar. This party is always a favorite and guaranteed to help all Carnival-goers conclude the week with a bang. For those who just cannot leave, don’t worry, on Saturday (8/22), there will be the Lifesavers Recovery Party with DJ Twisted Dee to help rebound from the non-stop action.

Carnival Week has grown to be the first and longest running festival of its kind in New England, always hosted in Provincetown, known as America’s First Destination. The town is designated so because of its so many “firsts” in American history, including the place of first landing for the Pilgrims 400 years ago. Many also recognize the town as first to officiate gay and lesbian marriages and as a primary destination welcoming diverse populations who revel in rich artistic traditions, history, beautiful landscapes, and a progressive cultural scene. This is a great time to revel with your LGBTQ community friends and neighbors, where harmony is a way of life on the Cape.

For a year-round schedule of events in Ptown, visit ptowntourism.com/events.

Find your fancy in America’s First Destination. 

Provincetown, Mass. – Signature events featuring specialty food, art, biking, musicprovincetown website header 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 

America’s First Destination explodes with hot summer celebrations

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – In the midst of Provincetown’s renowned summer season is a stretch of Provincetown Massinternationally recognized, can’t miss events, beginning with one of the hottest Independence Day celebrations on the East Coast. Thousands of visitors travel from around the world to experience the summer action that has garnered Ptown its reputation as one of America’s finest summertime destinations.

Don’t miss one of New England’s grandest Fourth of July celebrations, as fireworks bring joy to the young and the young at heart. Mega themed dance parties with world class DJs rock each night at popular venues throughout town. Independence Day in Ptown means eight days of festivities, where thousands can witness a family-oriented Fourth of July parade, take in one of the grandest fireworks displays over Provincetown Harbor or celebrate at an afternoon tea dance or special themed holiday dance party.

As the fireworks settle from Fourth celebrations, the town awakens to an annual rite of summer passage – EN-4thJuly13the arrival of the BEARs. Bear Week in Ptown, July 11-19, is where a hairy and hearty breed of men crowd the quaint streets of the town, some in tow their female “Goldilocks” mates, in search of bear or cub packs, a term reserved for the younger grizzlies. On tap for this unique group of fun-seekers are food feasts, boat cruises, pool parties, live acts and late night dancing at some of America’s most historic entertainment venues.

Following Bear Week is Girl Splash, a Provincetown for Women event, set for July 21-25. The all-women celebration begins with the Kick-Off Party on July 21 and follows with the Girl Blast Welcome Party, Garden Party, Splash Dance, “Orange is the New Splash” Party and White Party. Outdoor events include the Dune Tour & Beach Fire, Cape Cod Clambake on the Beach, Sunset Schooner Sail and the Girl Splash Whale Watch. Information on these events and more can be found at the Provincetown for Women website.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. On July 25, don’t miss the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) 34th Annual Summer Party at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. Enjoy the essence of Ptown and take home treasures from the excellent silent and live auction. Join other GLAD supporters and learn more about the work and progress GLAD has made in the past year.

To round out a fabulous month of memorable events, award-winning performers enter the comedy arena as American humorist, comedian, radio contributor and New York Times best selling author David Sedaris entertains July 29-30. On Aug. 17, Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker take to the stage. American actress, comedian and Ms. Magazine WOMAN OF THE YEAR Kathy Najimy is up next, Aug. 19. Add to this sizzling lineup two-time Emmy winner, Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author, who has been making audiences laugh for years with her rapid fire wit, Kathy Griffin, Aug. 23.

For jazz lovers interested in seeing live entertainment in Ptown, hear Bart Weisman perform at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), during the museum’s summer concert series on certain Wednesdays in July and August. See the PAAM event calendar for details.

Soon enough, before the town’s second summer arrives, Ptown’s famous Carnival will kick off on Aug. 15, followed by a week of activities for young and old alike in a community-wide event, a true celebration of individuality which rivals its counterparts in Rio and New Orleans for fun and extreme costuming and elaborate decorations.

Make your way to Ptown this summer to see why Travel and Leisure magazine named Ptown on of the “quirkiest towns in America” and why Coastal Living magazine named Ptown one of the 10 happiest seaside towns in America in 2014. Upon arrival, you’ll find out why Fodor’s Travel, Smithsonian Magazine and others named Ptown one of the 10 best small towns in America.

See a full lineup of events at Ptown’s at ptowntourism.com/events.

Two weeks of activities commemorate local artist’s influential legacy

 

Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991)

Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991)

 

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), in conjunction with the Dedalus Foundation, will host two weeks of exhibitions, talks and workshops May 15-31, to commemorate the centennial of iconic Provincetown artist Robert Motherwell.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Motherwell is known as one of the leaders of Abstract Expressionism, a movement that grew out of European Surrealism in the 1940s. The two-week celebration will honor his artistic legacy and influence on Modernism and future generations of artists and writers.

The Fine Arts Work Center and PAAM will feature paintings, collage, poetry and other works showcasing Motherwell’s status as one of America’s great Abstract Expressionists. Various scholars, artists and writers will offer presentations and talks to provide perspective on the life and work of Motherwell. Most events are free and open to the public.

Much of Motherwell’s legacy resides in the Dedalus Foundation, which Motherwell founded in 1981to foster public understanding of Modernism through the Foundation’s programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions. The Dedalus Foundation will supply a number of Motherwell’s works for the centennial, in addition to the collection of Motherwell’s works at PAAM.

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center

Today, art in Provincetown is not only in museums but also in the almost 60 galleries around town that open their doors to weekly gallery strolls and to art enthusiasts from around the world. The coastal town is as vibrant artistically as it was 100 years ago, with a natural environment that continues to inspire new generations of artists and writers who seek to find their own form of expression in America’s oldest continuous art colony known as America’s First Destination.

For a full schedule of events in Provincetown, visit ptowntourism.com/events.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Holliday Headline High-Profile Performances

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – An unprecedented lineup of award-winning performers descend on Provincetown in time for the town’s renowned summer season, when thousands of visitors travel from around the world to experience Ptown’s famed attractions, venerable inns and fine and casual dining, all arranged in a quintessential picturesque New England setting. Since the Pilgrims first landed nearly 400 years ago in Provincetown and inked the Mayflower Compact, the stars have flocked to Ptown helping it earn its reputation as America’s First Destination.

This summer’s star performers include Tony and Emmy award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Tony award winners Jennifer HollidayAudra McDonaldBernadette PetersBilly Porter and Jane Krakowski, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, opera legend Debora Voigt, and many other Broadway entertainers. Add to this sizzling lineup two-time Emmy winner, Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author, who has been making audiences laugh for years with her rapid fire wit, Kathy Griffin, and drag legend for a divine evening with Charles Busch, for one of the greatest star-studded calendars anywhere. These acts supplement the illustrious schedule of events that have made Ptown an international magnet for those looking for a memorable summer destination getaway.

The “quaint and quirky town” at the tip of Cape Cod will host the performances at various trendy and legendary bars and clubs across town, amid the colored lights and seductive intimate corners of what Fodor’s Travel named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America.”

In addition to Ptown’s vibrant nightlife filled with these regular star-studded performances, 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, surfing, whale watching, dune hiking and picnicking.
Don’t miss your favorite Broadway star this summer in Ptown and experience the welcoming atmosphere, beautiful landscape and fantastic events that makes what Lavender Magazine named America’s “Best Summer Vacation Destination.”For a full schedule of events in Provincetown, visit ptowntourism.com/events.   

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PROVINCE TOWN – As one of the 84 Green Communities in the Southeast Region of Massachusetts, Provincetown will become a single-use plastic bag free zone beginning April 15. 2015.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags when shopping. Retail stores and restaurants will also have the option of offering their customers reusable or paper bags at no charge or at a reasonable fee.

The banning of plastic bags is intended to decrease the impact such bags have on the environment and the threat they impose to animals on land and at sea.

Thank you for your understanding and supporting this environmentally-friendly initiative.

 Biannual event turns trash into treasure for thousands

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Twice a year, residents and businesses of Provincetown throw open their doors and throw out the loot. If you are looking to add something eclectic to your personal collection at an affordable price and want a getaway spring fling, head out to America’s First Destination. Ptown’s Monumental Yard Sale Weekend, May 15-17, is a one-of-a-kind town-wide yard sale, fit for everyone from antique enthusiasts to bargain hunters.

The biannual event that started 15 years ago as a weekend for stores to liquidate prior year’s merchandise has grown to a monumental town-wide event, in which people’s front yards and porches become opportunities for people to enrich their environments with the perfect tchotchke or 19th century writing desk.

“You hear the best shopping stories of people coming to town and leaving with the most unique items. I’ve seen tons of furnishings, art, decorative items, rugs – you name it,” Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s tourism director, said. “The fun is the frenzy, as treasure hunters move quickly about the quaint streets and lanes of the town, hoping to get to the best finds including many freebees lining the streets.”

Maybe you’re an antique enthusiast looking for a shaker cabinet. Or maybe you’re the shop-til-you-drop type looking for deals on merchandise that didn’t make the cut in 2014. Either way, you’re destined to find something unique during this sale in Ptown.

Visit hundreds of homes and businesses across town, and you’ll experience not only yards of hidden gems, but you’ll also meet delightful people and experience the beautiful Ptown landscape in one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” (Fodor’s Travel). This zany event is one reason why Travel and Leisure magazine named Provincetown one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.”

Memorial Day getaways are just around the corner so you may also want to start your summer off right with a weekend trip to Ptown to take in the town’s biking trails and award winning beaches – Herring Cove and Race Point – which were named two of the top 25 beaches in the world by AOL Travel, with Herring Cove being the “raciest” strand. The weekend consists of four days of festivities and a diverse lineup of events for every taste, a reason Lavender Magazine named Ptown “Best Summer Vacation Destination.”

To see a full calendar of events in Provincetown, visit ptowntourism.com/events.

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Provincetown’s cprovincetown website headerelebrated summer season is quickly approaching, a time when thousands of visitors travel from around the world to experience summer in one of America’s hottest destinations for art and nature lovers and those who want a quintessential Cape Cod getaway.

The action begins Memorial Day Weekend, May 21-25, when travelers for a long weekend visit Ptown for summer’s opening act. Four days of festivities include a diverse lineup of events for every taste, from raucous cabarets and risqué comedians, to live music and killer DJs that keep the dance floors gyrating before the nightly ritual of mingling in the center of town caps off each evening.

Throughout summer, visitors of all stripes will take to 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, with Herring Cove being the “raciest” strand. The beaches are premier destinations for fun, sun and an atmosphere that welcomes everyone. Many of the town’s beaches are accessible by an elaborate labyrinth of bike trails and present great opportunities for swimming, sun seeking, surfing, whale watching, dune hiking and picnicking.

Back in town, Commercial Street is in full swing. This three-mile stretch of eclectic and upscale shops, renowned art galleries and world-class restaurants welcomes diverse crowds from around the world to one of Travel and Leisure’s “quirkiest towns in America” in what Smithsonian rated as one of the top ten best small cultural towns in America.

Provincetown is also a favorite destination among dog lovers, as Dog Fancy Magazine calls Ptown the most dog friendly town in America, and Liveability.comrated Provincetown’s Pilgrim Bark Park as one of the “top 3 woof-worthy dog parks in America.” Dog strolling is a favorite pastime where annual reunions of pets can keep their owners moving back and forth across the quaint lanes and streets of the town.

After the sun has set, it’s time for eating and clubbing out in Ptown’s trendy and legendary bars and clubs amid the colored lights and seductive intimate corners of some of America’s oldest and continuously operating pubs.

This summer in Ptown, notable events in June include the Provincetown 10k Charity Road Race, May 31, Provincetown’s 5th annual WorldFest International Cultural Festival, June 6-8, the 17th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival, June 17-21, and the Outriders Boston to Provincetown Bike Race on June 20. The fun continues with one of the East Coast’s most popular weeks of Independence celebrations where thousands can witness a family-oriented 4th of July parade, take in one of the grandest fireworks displays over Provincetown Harbor, or celebrate at an afternoon tea dance or special themed holiday dance party.

Ptown’s long association with the equality movement means LGBTQ visitors will celebrate hundreds of same-sex marriages and be in high gear for summer’s internationally recognized events including Women of Color Weekend and Cabaret Fest! June 4-7, Provincetown Bear Week, July 11-19, and Girl Splash, July 21-25.

Before the town’s second summer arrives, revelry is at a high pitch during Ptown’s famous Carnival on Aug. 15, surrounded by a week of activities for young and old alike in a community-wide event, a true celebration of individuality which rivals its counterparts in Rio and New Orleans for fun and extreme costuming and elaborate decorations.

Summer 2015 has the all the makings to be another historic season in which to find adventure  that will leave visitors with lasting memories and an experience of a lifetime in America’s First Destination, Provincetown, Mass.

To see a full calendar of events for summer’s opening act in Provincetown, visit ptowntourism.com/events.

No Better St. Patrick’s Day Than in America’s First Destination

 

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Celebrate the Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s Day in Provincetown, the place where the foundation of liberty paved the way for Irish immigrants and where the message of freedom first rang.

The landing of the pilgrims and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown harbor in 1620 established the written framework for a new world free from persecution and tolerant for freedom of expression – ideas still important today in Provincetown.

On what has become one of America’s favorite days to celebrate and don the Irish green, commemorate Irish heritage strolling the National Seashore, where the immigrants once crossed the seas to arrive on land in search of acceptance and prosperity, a signature of Ptown’s identity.

Put on your best St. Patrick’s Day attire and spend the afternoon walking the streets of the quaint village, dropping in on eclectic shops and galleries where locals will treat you as one of their own, or visit one of Ptown’s own Irish pubs and drink a Guinness and dance to Irish music.

More fun in Ptown for St. Patrick’s Day weekend is the annual Out of Hibernation celebration, a meet and greet to get acquainted or reacquainted with friends and join bears and their Gay admirers in this series of events to welcome spring.

A stay in Provincetown always means simple pleasures, laid-back luxury and an abundance of entertainment. Check into one of Provincetown’s fine selection of well-appointed accommodations, which are by turns charming, cozy, elegant, luxurious – and generously hospitable.

For travelers looking for a spring getaway in early April, what better place to watch your Easter sunrise and spend time with loved ones than in Provincetown.

Cuddle up with a favorite book that’s gone waiting. Rejuvenate with exercise along historic pathways or modern gyms. Beat the crowds to the art galleries to find treasures created during the snow days. And, don’t forget a spa day or giving way to a new hairstyle, easily found along village streets.

So retreat for the holidays and immerse yourself in Provincetown, a place for all seasons.

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Memorable Experiences Await in America’s First Destination

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Spring in Provincetown means warming sands, stunning sunsets and leisurely strolls along Commercial Street. The town’s award-winning accommodations offer attractive prices, and guests are treated like locals, as Ptown’s renowned shops, galleries and restaurants open their doors to the sidewalks to welcome visitors.

The upcoming calendar is no exception to the town’s stellar yearlong lineup of events, featuring many holiday celebrations, art festivals, charitable events and some weekend revelry. This season demonstrates just how much fun people can have when then arrive to this “quirky” town, as designated by Travel and Leisure magazine.

So leave the memories of cold and snow behind and savor the picturesque seascapes, dramatic coastal light and endless supply of unique character and join in the wide range of celebrations, with entertainment for every taste and persuasion.

Upon arrival, you’ll see why Ptown was rated one of the 10 happiest seaside townsin America for 2014 by Costal Living magazine and why Fodor’s Travel, Smithsonian Magazine and others named Ptown one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America and why Travel and Leisure called it one of ‘America’s Most Romantic‘ destinations.

The following are some of Ptown’s signature spring events and celebrations:

  • March 13-15: Out of Hibernation Weekend – Join Bears and their Gay admirers at a series of events to welcome spring.
  • March 13-17: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – Head to Provincetown for St. Patrick’s Day and put on your best kilt or leprechaun consume, drink a Guinness and listen and dance to music at one of Ptown’s pubs.
  • March 14: Year Rounder’s Festival – A vibrant event, involving numerous community groups, cultural organizations, businesses, artists, craftspeople, musicians and other performers.
  • April 11-12: Miss Gay Mass US of A – The culmination of the Pageant Weekend has arrived. See who will wear the Crowns for 2015 and represent Massachusetts and New England in the National Pageant held in Texas in May.
  • April 24-26: Gays for Patsy’s Spring Stomp – Come for five workshops and two dances, so much fun in Ptown!
  • April 24-May 3: Appearances International Eco Arts Festival – Artists are invited to create, perform or place artwork under the pine covered grounds and camp!
  • May 2: Run to the Top of the Pilgrim Monument – The Run is a microchip timed run to the top of the Pilgrim Monument to benefit the Cape Cod Firefighter/EMS Cancer Relief Fund.
  • May 8-10: Mother’s Day Weekend – Moms have free admission at Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum on Sunday May 10th, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
  • May 9: Ragnar Relay Race – Finish the overnight relay race running through Provincetown amid its charming architecture and unique landscape.
  • May 15-17: Single Women’s Weekend – Find that special someone and take a holiday from your usual haunts.
  • May 15-17: Monumental Yard Sale Weekend – Shop the best sales up and down Commercial Street and at residences all over town.
  • May 16: Provincetown Spring Show – All You Need is Love – A musical journey of the life and times of the world’s most celebrated musical men, The Beatles.
  • May 16: Spring Food Boutique – Dine on inventive small plates and creative cocktails from selected gourmet food producers.
  • May 24: Annual Piano and Organ Celebration Concert – Always a favorite with memorable music.
  • May 31: Provincetown 10K – This year’s race will help raise funds for Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Provincetown AIDS Memorial.

More details on these events and others can be found at ptowntourism.com/events.

Provincetown Launches New Fanciful Website

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Provincetown, Mass. – First came the “iPtown” app to connect the worldto Provincetown via mobile devices, and now a new website is sure to keep the town on the cutting edge of websites. The Provincetown Tourism Office launched new web resources today at www.PTownTourism.com featuring a creative twist with new images and themes in addition to enhanced functionality and user-friendliness.

New Provincetown website landing page features idyllic illustration with animated sailing ship and sunburst rising over Pilgrim Monument.

Leveraging the quaint architecture and quirky, playful nature of Provincetown as a motif, the website will parallel themes established in the iPtown mobile application that was launched in summer of 2013 to positive reviews.

“As America’s First Destination, we wanted to take advantage of the many firsts accorded Cape Cod’s most famous destination,” said Val Marmillion, president of Marmillion + Company, who developed the site.  “Accolades such as top rankings in travel journals, including one of “America’s Most Quirky Destinations” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, led us to celebrate such uniqueness by allowing the Town’s tourism wptown iconsebsite to be fun and imaginative.”

Like the app, the website will offer hundreds of links to attractions, events and local business webpages, while seamlessly integrating with social media. Eye-catching and fun, while maintaining ease of navigation, was the touchstone for setting Ptown’s web resources apart from other destination and tourism sites that can be overwhelming with heavy content or click-throughs.

Of note is that like the iPtown app, the enhanced site will mirror the tourism assets of Provincetown itself, rather than a more commercial site full of banner ads and product promotions. This affords even the most intrepid traveler or seasoned local a limitless tool to explore, discover or rediscover all the offerings of the picturesque town on the tip of Cape Cod, which has become synonymous with progressive culture, art, eco-tourism, history, LGBTQ equality and quality destination travel.

The new site features a variety of enhancements and additions, including:

  • Branding – The new website is now visually aligned with the new Provincetown brand position recalling that Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown and inked the Mayflower Compact, the roots of American Democracy
  • Responsiveness – The site features a responsive framework that allows it fluid functions within a variety of browsers and on a multiple devices. Site visitors can easily research their next dining experience, area events or sightseeing options from the convenience of their desktop, laptop, tablet or Smartphone with intuitive imagery to guide them.
  • Ease of use – Website navigation has been simplified to make finding information about the community and multiple map options readily and easily accessible. The site also features a comprehensive search option to locate information quickly and on the fly.
  • New Features – Real-time weather feed, RSS Content Syndication, a refreshed events calendar with mapped event locations, social media synergies and much more are now found live on the site.
  • Simplified Content Management – Site administrators now have the ability to easily add and update content on a regular basis from any device anywhere in the world in real time. This ensures timely information rollouts and a more up-to-date experience for all site visitors.

“Everyone who has a special relationship for Provincetown will now have the most modern resources at hand to remain up to date on everything happening here year-round,” said Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s Director of Tourism. “The enhanced site will be a fabulous tool for those new to Provincetown, as well as returning visitors, local residents or potential travelers daydreaming about the perfect vacation destination in which to make new and lasting memories.”

The enhanced version of www.PTownTourism.com is ready for exploration and utilization by all PTown lovers, punctuating an exciting time for America’s First Destination for travel and tourism in the digital age.

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Provincetown Sets The Gold Standard For Year-Round Women-Focused Events and Attractions

Provincetown, Mass. – Provincetown is world-renowned for celebrating diversity and welcoming, unbridled, free expression by all. It then should come as no surprise that Ptown, as many call it, celebrates the role of women in many special ways.

Art lovers know Provincetown as America’s oldest continuous artist colony. Historians will note that the spot was the first stop by the Mayflower during the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World, and the place where the Mayflower Compact was inked. For travelers, it is the vacation destination named number two on Travel and Leisure’s list of quirkiest towns in America in 2014, in addition to many other top ratings. The LGBTQ community would point to Provincetown as America’s first destination for same-sex marriage and the culturally progressive spirit that comes with that title. Even CNN has jumped on the bandwagon this year, recently publishing “8 Ways to Love a Tiny Cape Cod Oasis.” But Provincetown is perhaps most meaningful to women who live, play and work in a community where the gender-equity is woven into the spirit and leadership of Cape Cod’s most favorite place for visitors.

Women's WeekEmbedded in the history of Provincetown are the remarkable women with cultural, artistic, literary and modern family achievements. Take a look at the town’s calendar of events and you see no shortage of activities exclusively for women, some of which have been around for decades.

The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown

The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown

In 1984, several entrepreneurial women innkeepers convened to discuss the summer vacation season and ways to bring women back during the fall season. This discussion blossomed into what was then called “Women’s Weekend” – a clambake on the beach each October. The innkeepers wrote letters to their women summer guests, inviting them back to enjoy Provincetown’s off-season while soaking in the picturesque surroundings, local entertainment and savoring a quintessential New England clambake. Each Columbus Day Weekend, the event adds to Ptown lore and Women’s Week finds resounding success today as one of the longest running lesbian events on record nationwide. Eventually, the women officially became known as the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown, inviting new women innkeepers to create a hospitality industry like no other, catering primarily to tastes of women by women.

Over the past three decades, Women’s Week has exceeded all expectations. Special events during the week include a variety of comedians, performance artists, zany drag revues, jazz, blues and contemporary musicians that have delighted audiences of all types. Some of the performers include award-winning LGBTQ entertainers like Kate Clinton and Poppy Champlin, musicians including Janis Ian, and authors Marianne K. Martin, Lynn Ames and Georgia Beers.

Provincetown has become a women’s destination for all seasons, where many choose to take in the beauty and solitude of winter days when hustle and bustle give way to a serenity hard to find anywhere else. In anticipation of summer’s arrival, memorable events begin to blossom, building anticipation each year for celebrations of women. May 15-17, 2015, marks the annual Single Women’s Weekend, where the stream of young women celebrating the end of another school year swells the ranks of nightspots, street scenes and beaches. Women of Color Weekend, June 4-7, 2015, offers the only singles gathering specifically for women of color. Rounding things out is the annual Girl Splash, which takes place each summer in late July, and gives women a chance to let their hair down and bask in the sun. More Information for these events can be found here or by visiting www.provincetowntourismoffice.org.

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Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, says, “Celebrating women comes naturally to us in Ptown. We like to look at events like Women’s Week as a collection of options women have to enjoy here, just condensed into seven days. Women interested in a Ptown experience during any time of the year will find options suited to their interests,” says Fuccillo. “Whether it be the art and performance scene, landscapes and beaches, the fine dining, beach outings or quaint community explorations, our progressive town will delight all tastes.”

Provincetown is a women’s place for all seasons and all reasons.

Provincetown Today, Tomorrow & Beyond

Nestled on the tip of Cape Code and sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay is Provincetown, Massachusetts, the home of American Democracy. Nearly four hundred years ago, Pilgrims arrived here and penned the Mayflower Compact, the beginning of many firsts that gave rise to the town’s fame as America’s First Destination. Most visitors come here as tourists to take in the beauty, the light, the landscape, diverse peoples and quintessential New England quaintness. But many of us know this as home and are concerned that we plan adequately for our future.

In its essence, Provincetown is the end of the road and on the front lines of vulnerability to climate change and attendant sea level rise. Old timers will tell you of the nor’easters that have come and gone and even a stray hurricane, but the new reality is that people, wildlife and some of the Nation’s most fragile dune shoreline risks extinction without a focus on resiliency and adaption to the changing rigors that nature is sure to deliver.

As a casual visitor, one cannot help but notice the excitement of discovery, the adventure of exploration, the exhilaration of free expression, and the unique character possessed by a town with Native American and European heritage, mostly of Portuguese ancestry who followed the early arrivers to take to the surrounding sea for commerce. The shingled cottages and grand homes of Provincetown are right out of a moviedom back lot, with the exception that these are the real deal of shoreline landscapes and memories drenched in fog and mystery that has given birth to thousands of novels, plays, poem art and photography work. But, looks can be deceiving.

There are important challenges facing our small, coastal community that a tourist cannot detect. As the population of Provincetown drastically swells in the summer months to accommodate visitors who seek that most special of holidays, the Townies who attend to a more and more affluent visitor are among the lowest wage earners in the nation. Many quaint cottages have been converted to seasonal ownership and those of our population who tend the fishing fleet and the indigenous eateries and shops have dwindled in the face of skyrocketing costs. Where do workers live? How do year round and seasonal residents of Provincetown afford measures to become more resilient? When will warmer climates take away the one constant income derived from tourism that must be mostly captured within a four month short summer season?

These questions underlie the challenge of sustainability for Provincetown and hundreds of shoreline communities of the Northeast. For America, there is a rather urgent need to sustain communities of historical, cultural, and ecological significance in the face of market trends that keep the issues of local economic viability disguised to ensure that towns are happy places to visit. Provincetown embodies what too many towns in America face but fail to address. We have a perfect storm brewing, where a plan of what can be done to sustain the legacy of the town becomes most important to us and portable to others facing similar fates.

Provincetown has applied for and was one of only two communities nationwide to be selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to participate in the 2014 round of the Design and Resiliency Team (DART) program. This is a significant opportunity for everyone to help shape the community’s strategy for addressing economic development and housing sustainability issues so we can keep our community, built and natural treasures strong and alive into the future. The first step is to encourage all residents & non-resident taxpayers, business owners & employees, public officials & community leaders of the Town to join with the DART Team on Monday, November 17th, from 1:00-5:00 pm, at Town Hall for a Community Meeting and Discussion Groups. Please attend, bring your ideas and insights, and add your voice to the process. A final Community Presentation with recommendations will take place on Wednesday November 19th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

This pilot round of the DART program is especially timely, as the Provincetown Planning Board will begin the process of updating the Local Comprehensive Plan this winter. The energy and engagement created by the DART in addressing these important community issues will serve to “kick start” the Local Comprehensive Plan process. Provincetown’s numerous groups, including businesses, artists, young people, summer community, seniors, churches, town government, non-profits, families, singles, and GLBT populations all feel the impact of the seasonal economy and limited housing options and are encouraged to attend the DART sessions to provide input.
Let’s have a strong presence ready to work with the DART Team to describe our present, while seeking a new way into the future, reminiscent of the peoples who have always called Provincetown home, the new comers who created a most remarkable nation and the present residents who keep the lights burning bright so that an authentic and vibrant American destination can sustain itself for future generations.

By: Valsin A. Marmillion, president, Marmillion + Company, branding and marking firm for the Visitor Services Board, resident of 151 Commercial Street, Provincetown

Provincetown moves forward with efforts to increase green, environmentally sustainable living

Provincetown, Mass. – Those most familiar with Provincetown would likely point to it’s progressive culture, celebratory attitude and historical significance as the primary aspects of what makes the Massachusetts town so unique and beloved by residents and visitors alike. As one of America’s premier vacation destinations, champions of same-sex marriage and first stop by the Pilgrims almost 400 years ago, there is much to celebrate about the quirky borough at the tip of Cape Cod. Now PTown, as it is known by locals, is looking to add environmental advocacy to that list as it announces two upcoming efforts designed to help raise awareness on green energy, sustainability and the potential economic impact they could have on the community.

solarizeThe first of these efforts is Provincetown’s application to participate in the 2015 Solarize Mass Program. The program is a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and cities and towns across Massachusetts. Now in its fourth year, the program has led to more than 2400 residents and business owners signing contracts for small-scale solar electricity systems, while educating thousands more about the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies.

The potential acceptance of PTown’s application to the 2015 Solarize Mass Program would enable property owners to make solar photovoltaic (PV) installations more accessible through a marketing campaign in partnership with community-selected solar installers. The more individuals sign up for solar installations the more the price per installation decreases, collectively benefitting the entire community and providing incentives for more people to consider installations as well.

capeThe second effort by Provincetown to cultivate more environmental awareness and green living advocacy is an upcoming meeting set for Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Marc Jacobs Room of the Provincetown Public Library at 365 Commercial Street, to provide the PTown community with information on how to save energy and money in the upcoming winter season. The public meeting will be hosted by the Cape Light Compact, an award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options. The meeting’s presentation, “Let Cape Light Compact Help Chill Your Bill,” will provide residents specific information for how best to prepare for the upcoming winter season and expected increases in electricity prices.

The Provincetown Tourism Office and Visitor Services Board have partnered in support of promoting these two important initiatives for the people of Provincetown in an overall effort to further establish the community’s progressive reputation, now with regard to environmental sustainability, green living and positive economic impact. Residents are encouraged to follow, participate and help spread the word on these items in the hopes of a robust, collective effort to improve the quality of life, land and economy of those who call Provincetown home.

America’s First Destination set to make 30th anniversary of Women’s Week one for the ages

Provincetown, Mass. – Over the years Provincetown has come to represent many things to many different people. For artists and art enthusiasts it is known as America’s oldest continuous artist colony. For historians, it is known as the first stop by the Mayflower during the Pilgrims journey to the New World. For travelers it is the vacation destination named as one of the quirkiest towns in America in 2014 by Travel and Leisure, where one can experience picturesque beaches, world-class shopping and dining, and some of the best whale watching in the country.

Women's WeekBut PTown, as it is known by locals, perhaps is the most meaningful to the LGBT community that has come to know it as America’s first destination for same-sex marriage and its pioneering spirit of diversity and progressive, inclusive culture. It is in this same spirit that Provincetown announces another shining example of its culturally progressive identity in the 30th anniversary of Women’s Week, set for October 13-19, 2014.

In 1984, several entrepreneurial and vivacious female innkeepers convened to talk about the summer vacation season and ways to bring women back during the fall. This small discussion blossomed into the idea of a clambake on the beach for one weekend in October that would be called Women’s Weekend. With email yet to exist, the women wrote letters to their summer guests and invited them all to come back to stay and enjoy Provincetown’s off-season, while enjoying the picturesque surroundings and local entertainment, in addition to the clambake. The event was a resounding success, and today is one of the longest running lesbian events in history.

The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown

The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown

The innkeepers officially became the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown, inviting new innkeepers to join their ranks and become a part of Women’s Week. A few events came out of this endeavor that are still mainstays of the celebration today. These include a community dinner, an annual golf tournament, a fun run, and the epic dance party on the final night of the week, dedicated to the women of Provincetown.

Over the past 30 years, Women’s Week has grown far beyond anyone’s expectation. Comics, drag performers, jazz, blues and contemporary musicians, opera singers, and many more local and international talents have all performed in years past and continue to come back to entertain those celebrating during this special week. Some of these include iconic and award-winning LGBT entertainers include Kate Clinton, Poppy Champlin, Kristen Becker and Suzanne Westenhoefer; musicians Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett, Cris Williamson,Tret Fure, and Janis Ian; and authors Marianne K. Martin, Lynn Ames andGeorgia Beers to name a few.

Another reason this year’s anniversary is special is that award-winning filmmaker Andrea Meyerson will be filming her Women’s Week documentary entitled “Clambake: 30 Years of Women’s Week in Provincetown.” Upon completion, the documentary will debut at the Provincetown International Film Festival in June 2015, and then another special viewing will take place at next year’s Women’s Week. The goal will be to have it play in all the LGBT film festivals across the country and all over the world to show exactly how large a role Provincetown has played in the emergence of LGBT awareness and advocacy in the past three decades.

Other Women’s Week events scheduled include original plays, writing, photography and theater workshops, walking tours, craft fairs, and meet-and-greet events for all to enjoy. Revelers will have an overwhelming amount of activities that include sunset sails on the PTown harbor, afternoon tea dances, dune tours, sunset campfires, culinary classes, drum lessons, a mock American Idol night, wine tasting, a fish fry, a 1920s speakeasy, the annual clambake that started it all, and much, much more. This year is so full of events that are not be missed that there’s simply too many to mention them all. For a complete Women’s Week calendar of events and entertainment head over to the 2014 Women’s Week website here.

Over 30 years Women’s Week has grown into one of Ptown’s largest, longest running and most beloved events. Through hard work and determination, the original women innkeepers that put on a simple clambake three decades ago can now surely look on in awe at their event and the success it’s achieved. Today, any women attending for the first time will find it immediately evident why Provincetown truly is America’s first destination for celebrating LGBT culture and diversity, but even more importantly for celebrating the culture and diversity of ALL people. Come experience it for yourself!