From Eastham to Provincetown, you'll find many exciting Cape Cod events, festivals and happenings throughout the year. From street carnivals and parades to art shows and cultural celebrations, you will feel the spirit of Cape Cod in our charming towns and historic hamlets. Just 22 miles from Eastham, Provincetown is a quaint coastal town at the tip of Cape Cod, beloved for its natural beauty and vibrant art scene. Take a day trip to beautiful Provincetown to enjoy whale watching, beach bumming, dining, or strolling through downtown to the art galleries on Commercial Street. Here are a few fun events and activities to experience on your Cape Cod adventure!
Eastham and Cape Cod Events
Outdoor Art Show
Cape Cod is an inspiration for artists. Check out the Outdoor Artshow, sponsored by the Eastham Painters Guild, held on the grounds of the Schoolhouse Museum on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer.
Gather during the weekend after Labor Day for fun activities centered on the Eastham village green with its famous windmill. This free 3-day event features a parade of floats, marching bands, live music, an arts and crafts fair and an antique auto parade.
The Annual Wellfleet OysterFest is held in neighboring Wellfleet the weekend after Columbus Day.This two-day celebration, dedicated to the delicious Wellfleet Oyster, includes an oyster shucking competition, oyster tasting, arts and crafts, and a road race.
The Pan-Massachusette Challenge cycling event passes through Eastham every August to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. For information, call 800-WE-CYCLE or visit www.pmc.org.
Annual Women's Week
This October celebration of women and diversity includes talented musicians and comedians, original theater productions and fabulous dance parties. This popular Cape Cod event also presents sports events, readings by new lesbian authors, a crafts fair, singles mixers, hikes through the dunes, and social gatherings at inns.
Provincetown Family Week
This annual Cape Cod event sponsored by Family Pride Coalition is packed with family activities, beach picnics, dances, kite flying, sandcastle building, campfire sing-alongs and workshops. Held in early August, Family Week provides a safe and vibrant atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families to gather from all over the country and share experiences.
From the Opening Party at the Boatslip featuring shows, drag king and queen competitions, and music, to the Pride Parade down Commercial Street to the wild Closing Party at Crown & Anchor, this August event is one of the biggest weekend bashes on the Cape.
Provincetown International Film Festival
This renowned festival every June showcases independent American and international films, honors industry luminaries, and presents enlightening educational forums on a variety of film topics.
Art's Dune Tours
Imagine dunes with wispy beach grass, green pine trees and red beach plums nestled in hollows and silhouettes by blue sky. Tour the historic sand dunes on the Cape Cod National Seashore where your guide points out "dune shacks" along the shore where artists and writers like Eugene O'Neill and Harry Kemp were inspired to create their art.
Provincetown Portuguese Festival
What began in 1947 to pay homage to St. Peter and ask for blessing of the town's fisher folk, this 4-day festival in June features Portuguese food, music, games and a colorful parade culminating with the Fishermen's Mass and Blessing of the Fleet.
Provincetown Day Trips
Reach the Beach
Provincetown boasts some of the country's most beautiful beaches, including Race Point Beach. Lounge on the white sands or see seals frolicing on a sand bar. Herring Cove Beach is a gorgeous place to soak up the sunshine or enjoy a sunset walk along the picturesque sand dunes.
Boating, Sailing and Whale Watching
Dolphin Fleet Whale Watching offers 3-4 hour tours through the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. See marine life including whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, sunfish, seals and pelagic birds. You can rent powerboats, sailboats and kayaks at Flyers Boat Rentals.
Take a Stroll or a Bike Ride
Stroll down Commercial Street in downtown Provincetown to discover art galleries, shows and events. For outdoor adventure, rent a bike in downtown and go explore the Province Lands Bike Trail. You'll love the views, so bring a camera.
Be a Foodie
There are a many wonderful restaurants, eateries and outdoor patios in Provincetown, as well as quaint coffee shops and cafes with the most delicious pastries and deserts. Reservations can be difficult during peak periods, so plan your dining excursions a few days in advance. Try acclaimed restaurants like Karoo Kafe, The Canteen, Relish and Ceraldi.