The 45th Annual Carnival is happening August 12-19, 2023
Carnival – created by the Provincetown Business Guild in 1978 – is Ptown’s original Summer celebration of community, expression, and creativity. The weeklong festival attracts tens of thousands of guests from all over the world to enjoy parties, events, costume contests and the celebrated Carnival parade down Commercial Street. Start planing now for 2023’s theme: Land of Toys
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Featured Carnival 2023 Events
Sunday August 14th
Monday August 15th
The Myth of Medusa Carnival Pool Party @ The Brass Key
Join over 1,000 of the sexiest folks at Carnival for a truly massive, one-of-a-kind experience. Dance the day away under the sun on the gorgeous grounds of the Brass Key Guesthouse – plenty of surprise performances and jaw-dropping feats throughout the afternoon await.
Tuesday August 16th
Wednesday August 17th
Thursday August 18th
44th Annual Carnival Parade
Winding its way down Commercial Street from the Harbor Hotel in the East End to the Coast Guard Station in the West End, this year’s 44th Annual Carnival Parade will again serve as a symbol of Provincetown’s inclusiveness, creativity and diversity with 2022's theme: Monsters, Myths & Legends.
Friday August 19th
Rainbow Connection: Big Feet Dance Party @ Provincetown Brewing Company
Jump into the ‘Legend of Big Foot’ and bring your BIG FEET dance-moves to groove amongst the redwoods of the taproom. Who knows, maybe Sassy-Squatch will make an appearance? Grab some food and the best beer in town to keep the party going.
Carnival Gallery Stroll
The Provincetown Gallery Stroll is a free event that occurs Friday evenings in season. Most of Provincetown’s galleries, from the east to the west end, are open for visitors to stroll through with many featuring special exhibitions during The Stroll. This is a great opportunity to visit the many wonderful galleries throughout Provincetown.
Monster Mashup Carnival Closing Party @ The Crown & Anchor
Not your average graveyard smash. The Monster Mashup closing party will wrap-up the entirety of our Monstrous, Legendary, Mythical week, and smush all of our themes together into one big party climax. Expect DJ Chris Racine to serve a mashup (or two,) to keep the children entertained. Dance until your tank is out of gas, because this will be the final serve!
Saturday August 20th
Queer AF Bingo: Studio 54 Carnival Edition with Austin & Mackenzie @ The Crown & Anchor
Relive the glamor by dressing up as your favorite Studio 54 legend and then join Ptown celebrity-duo, drag queen Mackenzie + lovable co-host Austin, as they tell some stories, pull some (Bingo) balls, and give away some fabulous prizes!
Carnival 2023 Events
The Land of Toys Carnival Cruise features music by DJ Andrew Haig & NYC golden-era icon and black trans advocate DJ Lina Bradford, Sponsored by Bay State Cruise Co. ...
Malibu: The Brass Key’s Annual Carnival Pool Party
Celebrate Carnival at The Brass Key - Featuring. DJ Edil Hernandez, Paige Turner as Barbie and a Sea of Kens! Benefiting the PBG. ...
Alyssa Edwards at Town Hall: Carnival 2023
Provincetown is excited to welcome Drag Race fan favorite, Alyssa Edwards to Town Hall for the 45th Annual Carnival Celebration! She's here to frolic with all of you - her favorites - in the Land of Toys. Join us for a night of comedy, stories and tongue pops like only Alyssa Edwards can offer! ...
45th Annual Carnival Parade: Land of Toys
Winding its way down Commercial Street from the Harbor Hotel in the East End to the Coast Guard Station in the West End, this year’s 44th Annual Carnival Parade will again serve as a symbol of Provincetown’s inclusiveness, creativity and diversity. ...
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