While the impact of the coronavirus can still be felt in Provincetown, it is hard not to feel optimistic with so many Americans getting vaccinated. As a result, Provincetown is cautiously opening back up this summer and bringing back many of their theme weeks and weekends.
If you’re planning a trip to Provincetown this summer, check the calendar of theme weeks, fundraisers and parties that are currently scheduled for the summer of 2021. Tea Dances at The Boatslip begin one week from today on, Thursday, June 3rd.
May & June theme weeks in Provincetown
Memorial Day Weekend – May 28 – 31, 2021
Also known as “Baby Dyke Weekend” for the attracted demographic, there are parties, along with boating, dancing, pool parties, and drinking. Come and celebrate with everyone. Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of the 2021 summer season in Provincetown.
Pride Weekend – June 4 – 6, 2021
This is a relatively new theme weekend for Provincetown which officially celebrated its first Pride Weekend in 2018. This year Provincetown Pride starts on Friday with music, a gay market and parade.
Women of Color Weekend – June 4 – 7, 2021
This is a four-day event that coincides with Pride Weekend and is designed to elevate, strengthen, educate and celebrate LGBTQIA women of color, trans- people of color, non-binary people of color, gender-fluid people of color and their accomplices.
23rd Annual Provincetown International Film Festival – June 16 – 25, 2021
This worldclass film festival showcases new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. If you love gay and independent film – this is your week.
Men of Color Weekend – June 17 – 20, 2021
This is a relatively new theme weekend for Provincetown but it is a very welcome addition. The annual summer celebration is presented by the fun and welcoming social group in Boston, Men of Melanin.
Cabaretfest – June 23 – 27, 2021
Do you love cabaret music? You’ll want to come to Provincetown for the four days of parties, workshops, performances and networking and ofcourse, music.
Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet – June 24 – 27, 2021
Provincetown is a Portugeuse fishing village. This annual celebration recognizes and celebrates its Portugeuse roots and includes live music, dancing, parades, food, games, and the annual parade of boats.
July theme weeks in Provincetown
July 4th and Independence Week – July 1 – 5, 2021
This is party-week central and often referred to as circuit-boy week. The town fills to capacity so if you’re planning to come make sure you secure a reservation and ferry ticket. The town puts on a fun fireworks show (~8:45pm over Provincetown Harbor) and a Parade (~11am) to celebrate the 4th of July.
Bear Week – July 10 – 18, 2021
The largest bear event in the world takes place in Ptown each July. Like Independence week, Provincetown fills to capacity; overrun by hairy, leather, and large men. Personally, I find this to be the friendliest week of the year. Just be sure to make your restaurant reservations in advance – Bears love to go out and eat.
Girl Splash – July 21 – 24, 2021
This weekend is for the ladies. It includes concerts, comediennes, parties, and dancing.
Family Week – July 24 – 31, 2021
This is the largest annual gathering in the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families. Sponsored by the Family Equality Council, this fun-filled week will include more opportunities than ever to build community. All families are welcome!
August & September theme weeks in Provincetown
Provincetown Jazz Festival – August 1 – 16, 2021
The 17th annual Jazz Festival calendar was still coming together at the time I wrote this post so check back for concert dates and times.
Carnival: Somewhere Over the Rainbow – August 15 – 21, 2021
Provincetown’s Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts with a week of revelry, costumes, and a parade. This is Sergio and my favorite week all summer and is always a lot of fun. This year’s theme of Over the Rainbow seems quite appropriate considering everything the world has been through.
Labor Day Weekend White Party – September 3 – 6, 2021
The annual Labor Day White Party which started in 1986 when a small group of friends gathered to play croquet, have a few drinks and close the summer season together has grown into one of the largest parties of the summer. The summer season officially closes Labor Day Weekend.
Cape Cod Classic – September 16 – 19, 2021
The NGPA is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aviation professionals and enthusiasts from around the world
Annual Harbor to the Bay Bike Ride – September 18, 2021
Launched in 2003, Harbor to the Bay (H2B) has raised over $5 million for four local HIV/AIDS organizations; Fenway Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative (CRI), and AIDS Action. The ride from Boston to Provincetown is a wonderful annual event and fundraiser.
Yankee Lambda Car Club Invitational – September 18, 2021
This annual classic car show hosted in Provincetown at the Monument parking lot from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. concludes with a parade down Commercial Street.
14th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival – September 23 – 26, 2021
The festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide.
Mates Leather Weekend – September 30, 2021 to October 4, 2021
A kick-back, have a good time, meet some hot new friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in leather, rubber and uniforms.