Provincetown, Massachusetts is an LGBTQ+ refuge year round and therefore a great destination any time of the year, but for an extra queer time, schedule your visit during one of the many festivals or themed weekends and weeks. Here's a calendar of P-town events through the end of the year.
Womxn of Color Weekend June 2 – 5
Celebrating LGBTQ+ women, trans, nonbinary, and genderfluid people of color.
Provincetown Pride June 3 – 5
The 5th Anniversary of P-town’s Official Pride.
Pride Wellness Retreat June 6 – 12
A 6-night all-inclusive gay men’s wellness retreat.
Provincetown International Film Festival June 15 – 19
The 24th annual 5-day festival showcases independent films.
Frolic: Men of Color Weekend June 16 – 20
Men of Melanin Magic welcome you to Frolic State University for homecoming.
Cabaret Fest June 21 – 26
“Hooray For Hollywood!” is the theme of the 22nd annual movie-focused festival.
Independence Weekend July 1 – 4
Celebrate the 4th of July with dazzling fireworks and explosive parties at the Crown & Anchor.
Bear Week July 9 – 17
Bears, cubs, wolves, otters, and their admirers venture to Provincetown to enjoy cruises, pool parties, discos, and shows.
Girl Splash July 20 – 23
Produced by Provincetown for Women, this annual getaway features entertainment, pool parties, and beach relaxation.
Family Week July 23 – 30
The largest annual gathering of LGBTQ+ parents and their children in the world.
Carnival August 13 – 20
Themed “Monsters, Myths & Legends,” one of the largest outdoor Massachusetts celebrations returns with costume parties, live entertainment, drag brunches, and the famous Carnival Parade (August 18).
Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla Weekend September 9 – 11
Join swimmers, volunteers, kayakers, and cheerleaders for the 35th annual event to raise money for HIV, women’s health, and other services.
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival September 22 – 25
It’s all Tennessee Williams plays all the time for the 17th season.
Mates Leather Weekend XXV September 29 – October 3
Parties, relaxation, and contests for people in leather, rubber, and uniforms.
Art Provincetown October 8 – 10
A 3-day festival of creativity in this former artist colony.
Washashore Festival October 8 – 10
A union of live music, good beer, and the singularity of Provincetown.
Women’s Week October 10 – 16
A week of events for women, including music, comedy, dance parties, art exhibitions, film screenings, dune tours, sports events, and more.
Single Women’s Weekend October 12 – 15
Fantasia Fair, The Original Transgender Week October 15 – 23
The longest-running transgender event in the world is part learning experience, part social gathering, and part reunion.
Provincetown Food & Wine Festival November 2 – 5
Global wines and diverse menus celebrate Portugal at this year’s fest.
Mr. New England Leather November 18 – 20
The annual pageant will crown Mr. New England Leather 2023.
Holly Folly December 2 – 4
One of the only LGBTQ+ holiday festivals in the world celebrates its 25th anniversary. New this year: “Light the Night Holiday Stroll,” with illuminated costumes; and Hung with Care, a queer holiday burlesque spectacular.