2018 Carnival in Provincetown: Events & Parties

Ptown CarnivalProvincetown Carnival 2018 is a week long celebration of LGBTQ life that starts Saturday, August 11th and runs through Friday, August 18th, but really culminates in the Carnival Parade on Thursday.  This year is Provincetown’s 40th Carnival celebration and Grand marshals include John Waters, Kate Clinton and Tony Kushner. The theme for this year is Mardi Gras by the Sea.

Below is a list of many events and parties that will take place during Carnival. If you’re planning to come down for the week, a few days or just for an afternoon there is plenty to see and do. Please note that many of these parties and events require tickets so it is best to purchase in advance since most sell out.

SATURDAY

Ptown

Daily Tea Dance starts at 4PM at the Boatslip

Tea Dance at the Boatslip is a daily occurrence but there is something special about the first tea dance of the 2018 Carnival Week.

DILF: Carnival Edition doors open at 9:30PM at the Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Club with music by the Perry Twins

SUNDAYCrown and Anchor, Ptown

Cruise D’ Krewes Sunset Boat Party boarding begins at 4PM and the cruise runs from 4:30 – 7:30PM at Macmillan Pier

The Night of Bacchus Costume Ball is the official opening party for 2018 Carnival – doors open at 8:30PM at the Paramount & Wave bar

MONDAY

Ragin’ Cajun Pool Party is a massive pool party that takes place from 1-5PM at the Brass Key pool

Mardi Gras by the Sea Carnival Dance Party with DJ Phil B starts at 10PM at the Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Club

TUESDAY

Fat Tuesday: Boxers and Beads Party is at the A-House with Resident DJ and Billboard Magazine reporter David LaSalle spinning your favorite music

Mardi Gras by the Sea Carnival Dance Party with DJ James Anthony starts at 10PM at the Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Club

WEDNESDAY

Source: Provincetown Magazine – Carnival 2015

Drag Bingo takes place on the lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House – seating starts at 5PM and bingo starts at 6:30PM

Northern Deca-dance, featuring Betty Who! starts at 7:30PM at Provincetown Hall

Mardi Gras by the Sea Carnival Dance Party with DJ Joe Gauthreaux starts at 10PM at the Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Club

THURSDAY

Provincetown, Ptown, Carnival

Photo by Kyle Szary from 2017 Carnival “Gods and Goddesses”

Carnival Parade – 40th Anniversary don’t miss this parade and all the strutting up and down Commercial Street during the day – it is the best people watching all year and a lot of fun; from 3-5PM

Underwear Party at Club Purgatory will be jammed Carnival Week – doors open at 9PM

Mardi Gras by the Sea Carnival Dance Party with DJ Micky Friedmann starts at 10PM at the Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Club

FRIDAYCrown and Anchor, Paramount Club

Drag Brunch – Benefit for Helping Our Women (HOW) is hosted by  Miss Richfield 1981, and starts at 12PM at Patio on Commercial Street

Mardi Gras Muscles Party is at the A-House with Resident DJ and Billboard Magazine reporter David LaSalle spinning your favorite music

Nights of Adonis Masquerade Party with DJ Abel & VJ Tom Yaz at the Crown and Anchor’s Paramount and Wave Bars starting at 10PM

Feel free to add any events I overlooked in the comments section.

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