Provincetown’s celebrated 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.com rated 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.