Provincetown Carnival

We have a safer Carnival experience in store this year.

Here’s what to expect:

 
  • Proof of vaccine required for entry to all Official Carnival Events
  • Carnival staff will be vaccinated or test negative ahead of event
  • Limited tickets available due to capacity limits for social distancing
  • Leverage outdoor areas in most venues
  • Mandatory indoor mask order thru Saturday, August 21
  • Free testing and vaccinations in Provincetown
  • Town-wide program for businesses to certify staff vaccinated or proof of vaccine required to enter
  • Community Ambassadors
  • Express Yourself Day in place of organized parade

Provincetown Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts and was named Best Festival on Cape Cod in 2013. Carnival attracts around 100,000 revelers from all walks of life, in a celebration of our diversity and in celebration in what the U.S. Census Bureau calls the GAYEST city in America!

Welcome to Somewhere Over the Rainbow
43rd Carnival Provincetown
August 15th to 21st

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-carnival-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-tickets-161575714311

Friday, August 13th

Friday Evening Gallery Stroll
Opening and Closing times vary.
Galleries located throughout town.
Please partake in the traditional Carnival Gallery Stroll, a longstanding Provincetown tradition.
Provincetown is America’s oldest continuous art colony and many of our galleries host receptions on Friday nights.
For locations: ptown.org/shop/galleries

Sunday, August 15th

Official Carnival Flag Raising Ceremony
10 AM
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
1 High Pole Road
Official flag raising with special guests. Admission Free

Sponsored by Seamen’s Bank

Opening Party: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore with DJ Edil Hernandez
4 PM to 7:30 PM
Baystate Cruises at end of Macmillan Pier
$30 tickets benefit Provincetown Business Guild ($35 day of event)
Kick off Carnival in style by cruising somewhere over the rainbow while the sun sets over our Provincetown. You will feel the magic and know you are not in Kansas when you dance to the beat of DJ Edil Hernandez and enjoy a sunset cocktail cosponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Baystate Cruises. Sponsored by Seamen’s Bank
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-carnival-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-tickets-161575714311

Opening Night Costume Party: Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are
9:00 PM to Close
Paramount at Crown & Anchor
247 Commercial Street
$20 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild
Join our hostess extraordinaire in kicking off Carnival festivities at the Annual Costume Ball. You won’t want to miss this year’s extraordinary costume contest with dazzling Provincetown icons. Come see and be seen with DJ James Anthony. 
$500 First Prize; $200 Second Prize. Additionally Tito’s Handmade Vodka will provide prizes to winners and donate $500 and $250 respectively to first and second place winner’s charity of choice.
Ticket link: https://onlyatthecrown.com/event/6157-the-official-pbg-opening-party-for-carnival-come-out-come-out-wherever-you-are

Monday, August 16th

Carnival kickoff at Shipwreck: Kickoff Carnival with a “Tito’s PRIDE Queen”
8 PM
10 Carver Street
Admission free/donations benefit Provincetown Business Guild

Gesellschaft presents Tornado
Red Room at Velvet
10:30 to close
258 Commercial
Come jam at a style, glam, and drag dance party. Join Janet Jorgulesco and the House of La Rue at GESELLSCHAFT
No cover/donations benefit Provincetown Business Guild

Tuesday, August 17th

RAINBOW Dance Party
A-House
10 PM to close
4-6 Masonic Place
$20 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild & AIDS Support Group
Dance the night away with resident DJ Wayne Michael
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-carnival-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-tickets-161575714311

Wednesday, August 18th

Carnival Whale Watch
9:30 AM Dolphin Fleet
Macmillan Pier
Call 800-826-9300 in advance for $5 off and reference Carnival Whale Watch

Provincetown Follies at Boatslip, Gayest Show and Party in Town

9 PM to 11:30 PM
Boatslip Resort
161 Commercial Street
$20 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild
Enjoy a cocktail party and show with some of Provincetown’s iconic performers and dance the night away with DJ Maryalice on the fabulous Boatslip deck.
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-carnival-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-tickets-161575714311

Ruby Red Slippers
Red Room at Velvet
10:30 to close
258 Commercial
Continue the magic and put on those ruby red slippers for a style, glam, and drag dance party.
$10 Cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-carnival-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-tickets-161575714311

Thursday, August 19th

Express Yourself Day
All day throughout Provincetown
Express Your Queer Self – Come as you are, or dress in a harness, speedo, singlet, kaftan or muu muu and heels, or in accordance with this year’s theme: Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We expect to see lots of Dorothys in Provincetown on Express Yourself Day. Sponsored by Cape Cod 5

Ty Sunderland presents Love Prism
Dance with DJ Ty Sunderland, sponsored by PAX and b\well
Provincetown Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
7 PM to midnight
From New York City, Ty Sunderland is spinning. Enjoy the festive dance party with special guests at Provincetown’s iconic Town Hall.
Admission free with ticket, must RSVP in advance via QR code https://paxpresents.splashthat.com/

Friday, August 20th

Friday Evening Gallery Stroll
Opening and Closing times vary.
Galleries located throughout town.
Please partake in the traditional Carnival Gallery Stroll, a longstanding Provincetown tradition.
Provincetown is America’s oldest continuous art colony and many of our galleries host receptions on Friday nights.
For locations: ptown.org/shop/galleries

Official Closing Party: There’s No Place Like Home
10 PM to close
Crown & Anchor
247 Commercial Street
$20 cover benefits Provincetown Business Guild
Close out Carnival Week with a bang dancing to resident DJ Christopher Racine.
Ticket link: https://onlyatthecrown.com/event/6159-official-closing-party-carnival-2021

CARNIVAL VIP ALL PASS
$130 VIP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE!
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-carnival-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-tickets-161575714311

Includes all of the following events and the Official Carnival T-Shirt ($25 value) at $15 discount. Can be picked up beginning August 15th at Carnival Headquarters at The Firehouse (256 Commercial Street) :
· Opening Party: You’re Not In Kansas Anymore Sunset Cruise
· Opening Night Costume Party: Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are
· RAINBOW Dance Party at A-House
· Provincetown Follies: Gayest Show/Cocktail Party in Town
· Red Room presents Ruby Red Slippers
· Carnival Dance Party with Ty Sunderland at Town Hall
· Closing Party: There’s No Place Like Home
· Official Carnival T-Shirt

CARNIVAL POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES

Entry #1 Deb Perry
Entry #2 Michael Petty
Entry #3 James Goodin
Entry #4 Michael Villa
Entry #5 Bill Masto
Entry #6 Olivia Marques
Entry #7 Olivia Marques
Entry #8 Dave Pirro
Entry #9 Jordan Lis
Entry #10 Brian Bierig
Entry #11 James Wilson
Entry #12 Katreece Montgomery
Entry #13 Vincent D'Angelo
Entry #14 Holly Matthews
Entry #15 Rob DiVincenzo
Entry #16 Richard Vic
Entry #17 Richard Vic
Entry #18 Crystal Marcantonio
Entry #19 Ethan Wise
Entry #20 Bonnie and Beth Abelew

Thank you for your participation, donations, sponsorship and generous support of Carnival! The Provincetown Business Guild was established in 1978 to promote LGBTQ business, culture and tourism in Provincetown. We are located at 3 Freeman Street, Unit 2.The Provincetown LGBTQ Welcome Center is located at 3 Freeman Street, Unit 2, and is a 501©3