PROVINCETOWN — Provincetown welcomes travelers from around the world to find out why the city is the world’s number one destination for LGBTQ+ travelers, according to a press release from the Provincetown Business Guild.
Classic queer events and themed weeks – such as Independence Weekend, Bear Week, Girl Splash, Carnival and Holly Folly – are joined by arts and theater festivals, new wellness-focused getaways and the return of music, food and wine festivals that debuted in 2021.
Whether you want a quintessential Provincetown summer, a wellness-focused vacation, or a cozy winter getaway, travelers will find all of these experiences and more in the town at the tip of Cape Cod, according to the release.
Tickets are on sale now for select 2022 events, including the Let’s Get Kraken Carnival cruise and the all-new Pride queer comedy showcase. Plan and book a getaway to Provincetown now at ptown.org.
Women of Color Weekend: June 2-5
A celebration of pride and diversity for LGBTQ+ women, transgender, non-binary, and fluid people of color, and their allies.
Provincetown Pride: June 3-5
Celebrate the full spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community with a rally, parties and a special queer comedy showcase at City Hall in celebration of the 5th anniversary of official Provincetown Pride. New this year: Feet Over Front Street 5K – Pride Edition. Front is the original name of the main street in Provincetown (now Commercial Street).
Pride Wellness Retreat: June 6-12
A six-night, all-inclusive gay men’s retreat with yoga, meals, accommodation, excursions, bike rentals and more.
Provincetown International Film Festival: June 15-19
The 24th annual five-day festival features independent stories, documentaries, animated features, shorts, panel discussions and special events.
Frolic: Men of Color Weekend: June 16-20
Men of Melanin Magic welcomes you to Frolic State University for the 2022 Men of Color Weekend Homecoming Theme.
CabaretFest: June 21 to 26
The theme for the 22nd anniversary festival is “Hurrah for Hollywood!” with movie-focused entertainment and masterclasses.
Independence Weekend: July 1-4
Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and parties all week, hosted by the Crown & Anchor.
Bear Week: July 9-17
Bears, cubs, wolves, otters and their admirers venture to Provincetown during this annual event to enjoy cruises, pool parties, discos, shows and more.
Girl Splash: July 20-23
The annual Women’s Summer Getaway, produced by Provincetown for Women, features entertainment, pool parties, beach relaxation and more.
Family Week: July 23-30
The largest annual gathering of LGBTQ+ parents and their children in the world, according to the press release. This year marks the 28th anniversary of this week of workshops, family fun and community building.
Carnival: August 13-20
Provincetown’s original summer celebration is back! Carnival-goers will enjoy and express themselves at costume parties, live entertainment, drag brunches and the famous Carnival Parade (August 18) themed around monsters, myths and legends. New this year: Feet Over Front Street 5K – Carnival Edition.
Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla Weekend: September 9-11
Join swimmers, volunteers, kayakers and cheerleaders for the 35th annual event to raise funds for AIDS, women’s health and other services for the Cape Town community.
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival: September 22-25
Tutti Frutti Tennessee Williams – Cool, tasty and refreshing! The 17th season features a lineup of plays entirely from Tennessee, the first time since 2006.
Mates Leather Weekend XXV: Sept. 29-Oct. 3
A weekend of parties, relaxation and contests for people in leather, rubber and uniforms.
ArtProvincetown: October 8-10
A three-day festival of art exhibits, special events, parties and more.
Washashore Festival: October 8-10
The union of live music, good beer and the eternal uniqueness of Provincetown. The performers and events embody freedom of expression, individuality, beauty, acceptance and joy.
Women’s Week: October 10 to 16
A week of events for women, including music, comedy, dance parties, art exhibits, film screenings, dune tours, sporting events and more.
Single Women’s Weekend: October 12-15
Speed-meeting, dance parties, treasure hunts, good food and much more. Make some new friends and maybe meet Mrs. Right.
Fantasia Fair, the original transgender week: October 15-23
According to the press release, the world’s longest-running transgender event is part learning experience, part social gathering, and part reunion. This total immersion experience welcomes everyone.
Provincetown Food and Wine Festival: November 2-5
International wines and varied menus will honor this year’s theme, Celebrate Portugal.
Mr. New England Leather: November 18-20
The annual contest to crown Mr. New England Leather 2022.
Holly Folly: December 2-4
One of the only LGBTQ+ holiday festivals in the world, according to the press release, and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, Holly Folly offers holiday shopping at local businesses, the Canteen Holiday Market, the Jingle Bell Run and champagne brunch, dance parties, sing along and drag bingo. New this year: Light the Night Holiday Stroll, where attendees are encouraged to wear light-up costumes and props as they march down Commercial Street and Hung with Care, a queer holiday burlesque show at City Hall.
First Light: Dec. 30, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023
Ring in the New Year at the tip of Cape Cod with this three-day celebration of parties, live entertainment, the New Year’s Eve Light-Up Bike Ride, fireworks, and the annual Polar Bear Dive on the Day. of the year.
For more details on these theme weeks and events, visit the Provincetown Business Guild www.ptown.org and on Instagram @VisitPtown.