Provincetown Portuguese Festival Celebration 2021

The announcement on our plans for this year are below but first, we invite you to get your 2021 Festival T-Shirts while supplies last. Plus, don’t forget to and bid on the original work of a Provincetown artist.

Marcey's Art Shack on MacMillan Pier
Thursday Friday, and Saturday, June 3rd through June 27th
Hours are 11:30am to 3:30pm

Festival Booth at Stop & Shop
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 3rd through June 19th
Hours are from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Festival Booth in Portuguese Square on Ryder Street
Thursday, June 24th: 3:00pm to Closing
Friday, June 25th: 10am to Closing
Saturday, June 26th: 10am to Closing
Sunday, June 27th: 10am to Closing

Supplies are limited due to COVID restrictions, Please Shop Early!

The annual Art Auction is taking bids by telephone for the beautiful painting of the F/V Victory II by local artist Derek Macara. There’s more information on our Facebook page or call Maureen at 508-246-6678. Starting bid is $1200 and winners will be notified by telephone on June 28, 2021.

From the Festival Team:

Please know that Festival Weekend takes the cooperation and planning of a committed team of volunteers who work all year long to make the event something special.

With a background of more than 800 total years of Provincetown heritage, the Festival Team continues its mission and works with town officials to share the spirit of a 72 year celebration the community and thousands of visitors enjoy annually during the last weekend in June.

As the country emerges from the pandemic, the Festival faces new challenges of balancing state and local regulations with a deep regard for the welfare of all who enjoy the events, music and food that Festival Weekend is known for. With the utmost regard for the welfare of our community, it’s certain the Festival and Blessing of the Fleet will be downsized again for 2021.
While the Festival Team remains committed to safety, we continue moving forward with cautious optimism that Provincetown can mindfully celebrate its Portuguese heritage and honor the Fleet this year.

To this end, the Festival is proud to offer a collection of our most popular features so everyone who loves Provincetown can connect with the traditions that we hold so dear.
First, we will decorate with flags through the center of town, Lopes Square and Portuguese Square during the month of June through the 4th of July. Next, that familiar flock of painted roosters will once again color the streets and MacMillan wharf.

The commemorative Booklet, a treasured keepsake, will be distributed for free and made available on our website. It’s filled with stories, photos and more that capture the spirit of Provincetown and preserves those memories forever.

Native son and talented artist Derek Macara has generously donated an original painting of the Victory II that is simply stunning. It will be auctioned off via telephone bidding after going on display at both the Seamen’s Bank branch on Commercial Street and the Red Inn further down.

That same image will be featured on the 2021 T-Shirt. They’ll be sold at a booth on MacMillan Pier starting in June and at Stop & Shop from Memorial Day weekend until Festival Weekend, running June 25, 26 and 27. Then you can stop by Portuguese Square to get yours when the booth moves to the corner of Ryder Street by Town Hall.

Finally, the boats will be Blessed on Sunday of Festival Weekend and the annual Mass at St. Peter’s Church starts at 10:30am. There’ll be no procession to the pier. Vessels will be blessed in a ceremony that continues the tradition in a quiet and respectful way.

Unfortunately, this year the Festival year will not offer live music or our popular food events at the Bas Relief like the Lobster Bake, Lions Club Food Court, etc. Same goes for the events at Motta Field including the BBQ. Instead we ask our friends to visit local establishments that have been so generous for so long. They rally behind us every year, we hope you will support them in return.

The Portuguese Festival Team has again been challenged to modify the traditional Festival and Blessing of the Fleet events into what is feasible under unknown circumstances. Hard choices have been made with the best intentions and we appreciate your understanding.

Next year will be the 75th Anniversary of the Blessing of the Fleet. Our plans are to make Festival Weekend the best celebration ever and look forward to Sharing The Heritage in exciting ways in 2022.

The Festival Team

Susan Avellar
Liliana DeSousa
Beverly Ferreira
Maureen Joseph Hurst
Chris King
Susan Leonard
David Mayo
Tim McNulty
Shannon Patrick

Don Murphy
Michela Murphy
Paul Silva
Nancy Silva
Charles Souza
Rich Waldo
Jeff Perry
Mike Potenza

The Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet

Provincetown welcomes people from around the world who come to celebrate Portuguese culture and our proud seafaring heritage at the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet.

The Festival is four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games and more. With over 30 events and activities with many of them free, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Festival Weekend is capped off with The Blessing of The Fleet. After a procession through town, boats decked out in their finest parade past the Bishop and receive their Blessing for a safe & prosperous year.

People come from around the world come to celebrate Portuguese heritage and culture at the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet.

The annual Festival is four days of live music, dancing, parades, incredible food, games and more. With over 30 mostly free activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Festival Weekend is capped off with The Blessing of The Fleet where boats decked out in their finest line up to receive the blessing for a safe & prosperous year. We invite you to join us June 24 - June 27, 2021 and share the heritage!

Here's the fun we had in 2019!


5:00pm - 10:00pm
Seamen’s Bank Compartilhe Na Nossa Mesa
Join Us For A Salute To America!
“Share Our Table”. A showcase of Provincetown’s best Restaurants and Music held under the Seamen’s Bank Tent at the Bas Relief. Reservations are required. Limited seating. 508 246-6678

8:00pm - 10:00pm
Dance to the music of the world music

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Ken Silva Fishing Derby for Kids at MacMillan Pier. • FREE

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Portuguese Soup Tasting at the Bas Relief under the tent with music by the Dory Bar Blues Band

12:00pm - 5:00pm
Face Painting in Portuguese Square. • FREE

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Portuguese Writers & Poets read at the Harbor Lounge. Harbor Lounge is located at 359 Commercial street across from the Public Library. A free event!

2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Great Lobster Crate Race behind the Surf Club. • FREE

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Portuguese Square Music and Dancing. • FREE

5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Lobster Pot & Cape Tip Seafood present the Lobster Bake under the Tent at the Bas Relief. Beer and Wine Cash Bar • Oyster, Clam, Shrimp Cash Bar. Open seating, tickets at the door.

6:30pm - 10:00pm
Music for all ages on stage in Portuguese Square. • FREE

9:00pm - 1:00am
Homecoming Get Together with the Jug Band at Bubala's By The Sea Restaurant. 185 Commercial Street


10:00am - 12:00pm
Motta Family Kids Games & Cookout at Motta Field. • FREE

10:30am - 2:00pm
Portuguese Square Live Entertainment and Portuguese Dancers. • FREE

11:30am - 7:30pm
Lions Club Portuguese Food Court under the tent at the Bas Relief. Beer and Wine Cash Bar.

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Portuguese Square - The Toe Jam Puppet Band. For kids of all ages • FREE

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Portuguese Festival Parade on Commercial Street from East End Snail Road to West End Franklin Street

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Portuguese Square Entertainment. • FREE

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Comedy by the Portuguese Kids in the Lions Club Portuguese Food Court under the Tent at the Bas Relief near Portuguese Square. • FREE Beer and Wine cash bar.

7:30pm - 9:30pm
An early evening FADO concert at the Provincetown Town Hall. Handicap access elevator available behind Town Hall. Contributions appreciated.

9:00pm - 12:30am
Portuguese Square Dance to The Berkshire Bateria SAMBA Band. Portuguese Square. • FREE

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

10:30am - 11:30am
Fishermen’s Mass at St. Peter the Apostle Church. Celebrant: Bishop Edgar M. DaCunha S.D.V.

11:30am - 12:30pm
Portuguese Dancers entertain in Lopes Square while you wait for the Procession. • FREE

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Procession from St. Peter the Apostle Church to MacMillan Pier.

12:00pm - 4:00pm
TASCA Portuguese Cafe on MacMillan Pier. Sample the taste of Portugal with a host of delicacies including a Beer & Wine cash bar!

72nd Blessing Of The Fleet

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Portuguese Music and Dancers at MacMillan Pier. • FREE

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Traditional Band Concert by St. Anthony’s Band from Cambridge in front of Town Hall. • FREE

4:00pm - 7:00pm
FINISH UP ANOTHER GREAT FESTIVAL with get-together at the Old Colony Top with Music by Ed Sheridan and Friends • FREE

Planning for 2021? We'll see you for the 2021 Festival June 24 - 27!
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