August in Provincetown is filled with excitement, entertainment, and fun! Carnival, one of Provincetown’s biggest events, celebrates its 41st year and there are several other opportunities for visitors and locals to enjoy, such as the Homemade Boat Race during Whale Week and the Provincetown Jazz Festival.
Carnival Week is arguably the biggest event of the year, attracting almost 100,000 visitors on the day of the Carnival Parade! Provincetown’s community and culture has created its own uniquely popular event, internationally famous for its flair, revelry, expressivity, and vitality. From August 17th - 24th, including pre-carnival events on the 15th and 16th and the parade itself on the 22nd, Provincetown is transformed into a passionate celebration of life, with 2019’s theme being Enchanted Forest. The range of events is expansive. There are dog costume parties, sunset cruises, performance art events, gallery receptions, and of course, lots of dance parties.
The Carnival parade, starting at 3 p.m. on the 22nd, is the crowning event for the week. The parade features music, floats, bikes, pull carts, and pedestrians but half the spectacle is the crowd itself. Parade-goers dress up, running with the theme ‘Enchanted Forest’ and always dutiful to Provincetown’s perpetual gay pride celebration. Cheering, singing, and smiles fill the streets along the parade route that runs through the center of Town.