Every year, Cape Cod erupts with the most interesting and exciting annual events. The Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet is no different! Our streets transform from a historic downtown area to a red and green block party to honor the Portuguese fishing culture and their traditions. This annual celebration ignites with fiery dances, passionate songs, and scrumptious cuisine in late June.
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Your Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Taking place near the harbor, the Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet is the best way to experience our beautiful, coastal community. This four-day extravaganza will leave you with so many stories and memories. As you plan your trip, check out all of our tips and insights into this year’s festival!
The History Behind the Celebration
For over 60 years, the Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet commemorates the rich heritage of the brave Portuguese travelers who discovered our peninsula. Every year, there is a large mass service at St. Peter’s Church. Then, the celebratory march towards the sea follows the ceremony. The march ends at MacMillan Wharf. As you arrive at the harbor for the Blessing of the Fleet, you’ll see beautifully decorated boats with flags flying high and colors filling the air.
What You’ll Experience
Known for its incredible celebrations and amazing culinary treats, the Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet features the freshest seafood. The festival begins with on Thursday evening with the “Share Our Table” event where local restaurants serve their most mouth-watering entrees. Sprinkled with the freshest spices and richest flavors, you’ll be delighted by the delicious lobster, shrimp, oysters, and clams. And, we encourage everyone to bring cash with them to cover the cost of beer, wine, and some of the food.
As you walk around with your food and drinks, check out the array of activities to enjoy. On Saturday of the weekend festival, you’ll enjoy a parade held for the Portuguese Festival. There will also be face painting, live music, and most importantly, dancing. Traditional Portuguese dances bring the crowds to life with extraordinary numbers and fast-paced moves. You’re sure to enjoy the smooth flow of the Samba and other entertaining dances while you are there!
Comfort and Relaxation Await At Admiral’s Landing!
After the celebrations of the Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet each night, make the short 10-minute walk back to Admiral’s Landing. Our convenient location gives you easy access to the beautiful peninsula of Provincetown. And, our gourmet breakfast will have you fueled and ready to go for your active days here in Cape Cod. Our nine airy guest rooms offer an abundance of natural light, stunning views of our historic property, and wonderful amenities. We invite you to browse our quaint rooms and suites and hand pick the perfect one for your vacation.