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Provincetown Events throughout the Year

Provincetown is a place of celebration of self and community--especially on holiday weekends! Our town hosts many events throughout the year for tourists around the globe. Provincetown residents aim to entertain with themed weeks throughout the year.

You may prefer visiting Provincetown in the summertime for the beach and sunshine, but you might be missing out on some of the holiday events that are less crowded and more unique. If you are planning on staying at the White Porch Inn, but aren't sure what time of year to visit, this article can act as your guide. 

Halloween Weekend in Provincetown

Dates:
The annual Halloween event (known as Spookybear) is always during the weekend closest to Halloween.

Spookybear Events

All the typical Halloween fare will take place at Spookybear--costume parties, candy, and ghost tours, for example--however, there are also parties for any "bear" to attend.

The Spooky Bear has trivia nights that can be a great way to meet people! You can dress your best at the flashy Costume Ball.

If none of that sounds good, you can relax on the Provincetown Dunes watching the sunset. Halloween may be scary, but that doesn't mean you should be scared of P-Town this fall!

Thanksgiving Weekend

Dates:

Annually Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Saturday and Sunday.


Let's face it: Thanksgiving is not one of the sexier holidays. You don't wear costumes, it's all about eating, and it's not exactly the warmest time to visit the Atlantic coast. However, you can still have a fantastic trip to PTown if you do the right activities.

Thanksgiving in Provincetown Events

There are light festivals at the Lobster Pot, where people start shining their Christmas lights in preparation for December. You can also enter the Pilgrim 5K.     

Holly Folly in Provincetown

Dates:

The first weekend in December. (Annually)

Holly Folly Events

If you want to start the Christmas season off strong, you have to head to P-Town's Holly Folly. You can visit the Canteen's holiday market, wear ugly sweaters, go bar hopping at decked out pubs, or listen to live entertainment like the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

As one of the few LGBTQ+ holiday festivals, you'll have many unique events like the Jingle Bell Run, which is a run outside in bathing suits, drag bingo, and plenty of sing-alongs. Come sing "Let it Snow" with the rest of us!

New Year's Weekend

Dates:

Starting December 30 and ending January 3.


New Year's Events

The New Year's event (First Light) is one of the last events of the winter. Come watch the wonderful Provincetown fireworks. Make sure you find someone to kiss! It's recommended to bring blankets and warm clothes.

Provincetown Pride

Dates:
First weekend of June.

We can't talk about Provincetown Holidays without focusing on Pride month! On the first weekend of June, you can expect a firm celebration of love and acceptance.

Provincetown Pride Events
The Pride Parade is a great place to start. Adorn your grandest pride costumes, buy LGBTQ merchandise at the local stores, and watch a dazzling rainbow-inspired display. Make new friends and connect with others in the gay community.

Bear Week in Provincetown

Dates:

Middle of July

What is Bear Week?

Bear Week is the busiest Provincetown theme week. Men from around the country come here to meet other bears and make new friends.

Bear Week Events

When the weather is nice, that means the pools are open! You can visit any of the popular pool parties in Provincetown, as well as meet up for dance parties around the beach.

People also love to dress up in drag, costumes, and other expressions of their freedom. Don't be shy! You're safe in PTown! Click here for more Bear Week Events.
These are just a few of the events going on in Provincetown every year. We didn't talk about every one of them, (Carnival is one of the favorites), but this can hopefully give you an idea of what events Provincetown has to offer.

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Going early in the morning, and early before tourist season, is a treat to have the beach to yourself! This morning was foggy but the sun shone Thru so it was picture perfect. Great waves cresting with spray in the breeze and then petering out on the sand. Tranquility personified.
Head of the Meadow. Bucketlist47, Trip Advisor
We went this past week to watch the sunset and it was perfect!! The sun literally sets right in front of you. The beach had many other people who had the same idea and it was a fun crowd..We brought a blanket and some wine and loved the experience. Its a must do!!
Race Point Beach. cargk, TripAdvisor
Love this beach!!! Parking and access is easy. Huge dog friendly section! Doggie had a blast! Beautiful beach. Very rocky - bring water shoes!
Herring Cove Beach. Lindsay alice, TripAdvisor
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