Provincetown is packed with festivals and events for the holiday weekend
If you can’t find entertainment in Provincetown this weekend, come on, you can’t put in the effort. A flood of events around town for Indigenous Peoples Day / Columbus Day weekend includes a giant music festival, a new arts festival, the start of annual Women’s Week activities, a star of cinema at the town hall and a “monumental” garage sale all around town.
Want to make a plan? Here are some details:
Washashore Music and Art Festival
The new Washashore Music & Arts Festival will feature performances by nearly 30 national and local queer artists with performances in three venues to create a three-day “immersive experience”.
Performers will include pop star Vincint, who says “whenever I’m (in Provincetown), I feel right at home”; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ty Herndon, described as a “gay country music icon”; emerging national acts; DJs leading late night parties; and local artists.
The Friday-Sunday event will be a celebration of “the union of live music, queer artists, great beer and the uniqueness of Provincetown,” according to the event’s website.
One of the goals of the festival “is to introduce Provincetown to a new, younger and more diverse audience while strengthening Provincetown’s place as a haven for queer creative expression,” said Erik Borg of Provincetown festival host. Brewing Co. in an ad. “We envision the festival to grow in the coming years to become a south by southwest type event where art and performance can be found in every cafe, cabaret and corner of Ptown.”
The shows will take place at the Provincetown Brewing Co. bar, The Red Room and The Crown & Anchor Resort. The executive producers are Live from Provincetown and Not Your Average Presents.
“The Washashore Festival is committed to uplifting and reflecting the unique soul of Provincetown with artists who embody freedom of expression, individuality, beauty, acceptance and joy,” said Jonathan Hawkins of Live from Provincetown in the ad. “We want this festival to help make Provincetown a queer and accessible destination. “
Specific times and locations were not available at press time, but the artists listed by date are:
Friday: Herndon, Justin Dawson, Derek Monteiro, Donnelly & Richardson and New Breed.
Saturday: Blew Velvet, Kate Yeager, Siena Liggins, Marielle Kraft, LVDY, Johnny I, Zoë Lewis, Thirsty Burlington, SDOT, Daytime Disco, Chris Marchant and Joâo Santos.
Sunday: Vincint, Boy Radio, Karsten Sollors, The Dragon Sisters, Bitch, Billy Hough, Mike Sullivan, Qya Cristál, MikeMRF x Lisa Bello, Hops N Bottoms, Sunset Session and Andrew Haig.
The event for ages 21 and over offers general admission tickets ranging from $ 85 for one day to $ 190 for three days. Proof of full vaccination is required to attend the festival. Information: https://washashorefestival.com. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/washashore-music-arts-festival-tickets-161109172873.
The new ArtProvincetown festival will be held Friday through Sunday to spotlight the city’s art and galleries, which have been strained by the restrictions linked to the pandemic. This festival will share some crossovers with the Washashore festival.
Designed as “a festival for the whole community” in a city with a long history as an arts colony, ArtProvincetown will feature receptions, a scavenger hunt and parties with a focus on museums, galleries, studios and markets for artists and artisans.
Among the events:
Friday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., market and reception at Saki, 258 Commercial St, # 4, with shows, guests and raffle; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., evening with guest DJs in collaboration with Washashore in Saki
Saturday: Noon, the treasure hunt with cash prizes begins and ends at the Kmoe Gallery, 397 Commercial St .; 4 pm to 6 pm, Women Arts of Ptown reception with business owner / art collector Jeri Boccio at Waydowntown, 265 Commercial St .; 9:30 p.m. to midnight, live music from the Sarah Burrill Band in Waydowntown
Sunday: noon to 6 p.m., market and artist exhibition with guests and live performances at the Harbor Hotel, 698 Commercial St. (co-hosted by Provincetown Brewing Co and the Washashore Festival).
The ArtProvincetown push includes the www.ArtProvincetownfestival.com website built with a map of galleries, businesses and attractions, featured artists and more; as well as the instagram site @ArtProvincetown.
The popular fall tradition of Women’s Week is back “live and in person” this year, with a wide variety of events and activities starting Friday through October 17 across the city.
Opportunities include boat trips, whale watching and wine tasting daily, with film screenings throughout the week at Waters Edge Cinema (237 Commercial St.), including “Invisible”, “Lady Buds” and “The Lesbian Bar Project”.
Great performances will feature indie rock star (and music teacher) Melissa Ferrick and Broadway star Jenn Colella at The Art House, 214 Commercial St .; Poppy Champlin, “Whitney: The Music of Whitney Houston”, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and comedians Judy Gold and Jenny McNulty among the performers at Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St .; musician Zoe Lewis and actress Fiona Goodwin (“A Very British Lesbian”) among the performers at Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial St.; and actress Vickie Shaw, singer Suede and the “Women’s Week Idol” contest among the entertainment at Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
Other events will include: the vernissage and a reception for “Of This Place: A photo exhibition by Cape Cod Photo Collaborative” at The Commons, 46 Bradford St .; book signatures at Womenscrafts, 376 Commercial St .; Solid gold tea dances at Boatslip, 161, rue Commerciale; “L Word Generation Q Watch Partes” at the Post Office Cafe; and “Lesbo Bingo” at Crown & Anchor.
Information and full schedule: https://womensweekprovincetown.com/
Kathleen Turner in a new comedy
Golden Globe-winning Tony Award-nominated movie star Kathleen Turner (“Romancing the Stone,” “Serial Mom,” “Peggy Sue Got Married”) will return to town to lead a reading of “Family Game Night” a Dark ensemble comedy by local playwright Peter Kennedy about a derailed family board game night.
The plot: “What starts out as a mildly irritating board game featuring glitter and Grim Reaper hand puppets suddenly turns darker as three generations of the Morton family struggle to express very different views on theirs. individual end-of-life (and beyond) choices. In poignant flash-forwards, we begin to see the end of the game of how those choices will eventually play out. “
Broadway actor John Hickok (“Aida”, “Parade”, “Little Women”); New York actors Mehret Marsh, Dan Shaked, Franca Vercelloni and Bart Shatto; and Provincetown actors Tope Oni and Anne Stott. The Overnight Benefit Reading for the Provincetown Theater Foundation will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St. COVID-19 Tickets, Information and Guidelines: www.provincetowntheater.org.
Kennedy’s plays have been produced at festivals and theaters across the country. The award-winning and nominated “Family Game Night” was recently presented at the 2020 New Works Virtual Festival, a Broadway Star Fundraiser to Benefit The Actors Fund, starring Carmen Cusack, Richard Kind and Liz Larsen.
► The Provincetown Business Guild Monumental garage sale will take place in participating homes across the city from Saturday to Monday. Information: https://ptown.org/calendar/monumental-yard-sale/.
► Actor Eddie Pepitone, who “channels the power of the rant,” will debut in Provincetown with a show at 9 p.m. Friday at Red Room at Velvet, 258 Commercial St. with the comedian JT Habersaat.
Pepitone’s press material describes him as “a force of nature on stage, moving from social rage to self-doubt. His shows are an energetic blend of calm and chaos, blue collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Pepitone has appeared on “Rick and Morty” and “Bob’s Burgers” and his “For the Masses” was chosen as “Funniest Special” in 2020 by a New York Times reviewer.
Habersaat was the headliner of the Altercation Comedy Tour for over a decade and was named “Godfather of Punk Rock Comedy” by Chicago Now.
Proof of vaccination will be required to enter. Tickets and information: redroomatvelvet.com.
► A launch / fundraising gala will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for VALOR Sailing Project at the Thanassi gallery at 234, rue Commerciale. The VALOR Sailing Project is a new non-profit organization designed to serve communities of disabled and able-bodied veterans as well as active duty personnel with therapy through free boating. The Valor wooden boat is being redeveloped for the adaptability of people with disabilities and is expected to arrive next spring in Provincetown harbor and also offer a sailing school for ages 15 and up.
The event, designed to take place between other artistic and musical events in the city, will include an official proclamation by Town Crier Daniel Gomez-Llatta; military honors by an honor guard; entertainment throughout by Qya Crystal; Food and drink; and a raffle of works of art by Thanassi Kuliopulos.
Information: Projectvalorsailing.org, [email protected] 508-237-8753.
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