Portuguese Fest and Fleet Blessing

From Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, June 24, Provincetown will host its annual Portuguese Festival and the Blessing of the Fleet! Portuguese culture and Provincetown’s fishing heritage can be seen as a tightly-knit cornerstone of the community and this is the time of year when every bit of that is celebrated with colorful parades, wonderful cuisine and great live music. There are things going on literally all over town!

I grew up on local fish, kale soup and Portuguese sweet bread, so any excuse I find to get nostalgic over copious amounts of foods sounds pretty perfect! From the Compartilhe Na Nossa Mesa or “Share Our Table” event that showcases cuisine from local restaurants to the Portuguese food court put on by the Lions Club there will be plenty to go around. Bring your appetites and go back for second helpings!

It is a family-oriented event that definitely embraces the kids with activities like free face painting, “The Great Lobster Crate Race” on the Wharf, cookouts and games on Motta Field and even a fishing derby to get the next generation of Provincetown fishermen and women started! This whole festival is highlighted by the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday the 24th from 12 to 1pm. MacMillan Pier will be loaded with people, all gazing out into a harbor filled with colorfully decorated fishing boats. This year’s blessing for a safe and prosperous fishing season will be given by Bishop Edgar Da Cunha S.D.V. from the Fall River Diocese.

If you’re interested in attending and would like to see a full rundown of all the scheduled events (many of them are free), click here.