In the midst of Provincetown’s renowned summer season is a stretch of internationally 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 – the 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.