Provincetown, Massachusetts 2017 Calendar of Events
By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
When we first visited Provincetown, Massachusetts, we felt like we had come home. I don’t know if everyone feels that way but we did. We loved Ptown so much that we returned there to be married.
Located at the end of Cape Cod, Provincetown stands as an icon of diversity, spirit and artistic expression. They call themselves America’s First Destination because this is where the pilgrims originally landed.
With so many special events and opportunities to go along with stunning natural scenery, it is also the first destination many LGBT people think of for vacation.
Provincetown Tourism created the following information about What To See and Do In Ptown In 2017.
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 Weekend, WorldFest 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
Provincetown, Massachusetts is a special place. We hope this information helps you when planning your Ptown visit in 2017.
Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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