It is no longer high season here in Ptown but that just means there are fewer tourists. That does NOT mean there is less to do. The September and October calendars are chock-a-block full with all kinds of festivals, special events, and more. Check out the Ptown Chamber of Commerce’s Events Calendar or Ptown.org to see what’s happening. Here are a few events that I am looking forward to this fall:
11th Annual Ptown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
September 22 – 25
This festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide. In the 1940s, Williams spent summers in Ptown, writing prodigiously while here. The work he did included ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ This year, the Ptown TW Fest is juxtaposing Williams with another famous Ptown visitor from a generation earlier, Eugene O’Neill. Works by both playwrights will be presented. For more info, visit twptown.org.
Monumental Yard Sale
The yard sale to end all yard sales, stretching up and down Commercial Street and at residences throughout the town. Who knows what treasures are awaiting discovery! For more info, visit Ptown.org.
Wellfleet Oyster Fest
If you have never been to OysterFest, you should go. It’s a scene. This annual celebration is a great way to enjoy the town’s famous shellfish. The Main Street comes alive with food, art, music, games, and more for this two-day family festival that brings together locals and visitors. For more info, visit wellfleetspat.org.
October 16 – 23
Fantasia Fair is a weeklong transgender event held every October here in Ptown. Part conference, part social gathering, the Fair is a “full immersion” experience, meaning that attendees can and usually do spend an entire week 24/7 presenting their gender as they wish. Running each year since 1975, Fantasia Fair attracts people from the entire spectrum of the transgender community. Individuals can attend workshops, seminars, banquets, special events and shows. There’s nothing else like it. For more info, visit FantasiaFair.org.
Dead Silence: The Disease Of Astonishment
October 8 – 31
I can’t wait to check out producer David Flower’s newest immersive haunted horror attraction. It takes place here in Ptown and combines a little bit of theater, special effects, and haunted mazes, all within the framework of a story. It’s about 30 minutes long and proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Friends and Supporters of the Provincetown Public Library. For more info, visit deadsilence-terror.com. Yeah, pretty much that domain name says it all!