The Provincetown Portuguese Festival starts today Thursday June 23rd and runs through Sunday June 26th. What began in 1947 as the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet to pay homage to the town’s patron St. Peter, the Provincetown Portuguese Festival has expanded into a four-day celebration of the town’s vibrant Portuguese heritage with traditional food, games, music, dance and art. It will be fun for the whole family! Many of the weekend events are free to enjoy.
It’s a four day event that takes place throughout town and features food, music, dance and more. It begins on Thursday with Compartilhe Na Nossa Mesa or “share our table”, an event showcasing food from Provincetown’s restaurants. Be sure to make reservations. There will be a parade on Saturday and the festival will finish with the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday.
Friday, June 24, 2011
10am-12pm Capt. Manny Phillips Fishing Derby for Kids (FREE)
12-3pm Portuguese Soup Tasting with entertainment by the Dory Bar Blues Band
3-4pm Music dance and entertainment On The Stage Fills Portuguese Square (FREE)
4-6pm Singing Dancing with Live Entertainment From The Stage At Portuguese Square (FREE)
5-8pm CLAMFEED … all you can eat
6:30-8pm Music for All Ages by MIA and dancers on the Stage at Portuguese Square (FREE)
8:30-10:30pm Music for All Ages by Michelle Romeiro and Band on the Stage at Portuguese Square (FREE)
9:30-1:00am Homecoming Get Together with the “Old Jugs” at the Surf Club (FREE)
Saturday, June 25, 2011
9am-12pm Kids Games and Cookout (FREE)
11:30am-7:30pm Lions Club Portuguese Food Court
12:00-2pm Entertainment at Portuguese Square – Portuguese Dancers (FREE)
1:00 pm Judging of decorated boats.
2-3pm Entertainment at Portuguese Square Toe Jam Puppet Band (FREE)
3-4pm Entertainment at Portuguese Square and Commercial St. Miracle Fish Puppets (FREE)
3pm Portuguese Festival Parade (On Commercial St. from Cape Inn to Franklin St.)
4:30-5:30 Entertainment Toe Jam Puppet Band (FREE)
6:30pm-7:30 pm Entertainment by D’ALMA On The Stage in Portuguese Sq. (FREE)
7:30pm-9:30pm Provincetown Banner Fado Concert in historic Town Hall The music of Portugal With Catarina Avelar, Celia Maria, Jose Carlos and others.
9pm -12pm Entertainment Bossa Triba and the Berkshire Bateria Samba (FREE)
Sunday June 26,2011
10:30am Fishermen’s Mass at St. Peters Church.
12:00pm—1pm Procession from St. Peters Church to McMillan Pier.
12:00 pm Entertainment by Grupo Folclorico Coracoes Lusiados (FREE) LS
12:00pm—4pm FOOD .. Tasca do Pescador ( Portuguese Café) on McMillan Pier.
1:00pm-64th Annual Blessing of the Fleet
4:00-6:00pm Band Concert—St. Anthony’s Band, Cambridge
4:pm-7pm Ed Sheridan at the Surf Club (FREE)
Check out their website, Portuguese Festival for a full schedule of events. This event was voted one of the top 100 events in the U.S. Sounds like a fun way to explore a new culture.