Provincetown in October

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    May 10, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    Hey guys. Going to Boston in October, planning to go to Provincetown also for a few days. Is it worth going there in October? What do you recommend?
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    May 10, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    Mates Leather Weekend is usually in October. I go every year. This year it's at the end of September / beginning of October.

    Other than that, it's past peak season, so there won't be many people around. You may find a lot of the stores and such closed already if you go much later than Mates.

    Either way, it's only a couple hours away from Boston, so why not? There might still be a few people huddled up under the dick dock. icon_lol.gif
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    May 11, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Thanks so much for your comments Pyrotech. Shame it seems it will be quiet whwn I can make it there. Was really looking forward to being there for the first time, had heard many nice things, and finally it may happen but not the right time of the year...
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    May 11, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
    Yep, you're missing the parties by a couple months. Summer is huge there, and in the Fall it starts to die down. In the winter, it's very isolated, and you're not likely to see anyone walking around if you decide to go for a dreary stroll. I stayed a few weeks in the winter there to have full concentration on an art project. It's wonderful if you want to hole yourself up for months on end without having to talk to anyone. It really is a beautiful town, and if it weren't for the winters, I'd live there year-round.

    After you visit, check out the book "Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown" by Michael Cunningham. A really quick read, and you'll feel nostalgic with every page.
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    May 11, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    Provincetown on weekends in October is still pretty active, especially until Columbs Day. Women's Week occurs during mid October, so it will be a predominantly lesbian crowd during that time. Halloween in Ptown is awesome though with a big turnout. Tea dances at the Boatslip run through Halloween, although they are only held on the weekends after mid September..
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    May 12, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    bluechip508 saidProvincetown on weekends in October is still pretty active, especially until Columbs Day.


    So that leaves you Mates, and the following weekend, lol.

    If you're there the first weekend of October, I'd say definitely check out Mates. There's a photo in my profile of myself looking directly at another mohawked guy. You can see the crowd in the background, and it's at night after leaving the bar during Mates on a Saturday, to give you an idea of the size of the crowd at about 2am. Not huge, and not tiny. I'd say over half of the people that were out at the bar that night went out to the pizza joint (name?) to continue the party / hook up / etc.

    You probably won't have trouble finding a room, but it'll be best to book early to get the best price, of course. I used to stay at the boatslip before I just started staying with local friends. It was a decent price in a convenient location.
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    May 12, 2011 6:36 AM GMT
    As someone who's gone to p-town in Oct for the last 21 years, I think that there's plenty to do or not do as is your want.

    Mates has already been mentioned.

    Women's week is the second week in Oct.

    Gay AA convention is on the third week as is the Phantasia Fair (cross-dressers) convention.

    Fourth week is Halloween and the Halloween parade.

    Most of the shops that are closed are the ones that sell either junk (t-shirts, candy, souvenirs, etc) or overpriced knick-knacks. There's still plenty of places open. Going out to the bars is quiet during the week and picks up toward the weekends. I've never felt like I shouldn't have gone in Oct. It's busy without being crowded. The Galleries on the East end of town are really great to browse through. Plus there's plenty of places to eat (good to bad and cheap to expensive). If you like hiking or biking, there's lots of trails through the Province Lands (national park).
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    May 12, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    I want to go there for Halloween.
    That would be SO awesome.
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    May 13, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    Thanks again to all for the good advice. My travel plans are set and it seems I can be there Oct 28, just before Halloween...it seems it can be fun, look forward to the trip!
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    May 13, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    I used to live in the Los Angeles area and often attended the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. I would say the Ptown Halloween is just as fun. Commercial St is absolutely jammed. Halloween will be on a Monday in 2011, so I expect they will hold most of the big celebration on the weekend of Oct. 28-30.
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    May 13, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    Is Provincetown fun July 4th weekend? I may be there this summer around that time and I have never been
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    May 13, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    I go for Halloween every year, Spooky Bear weekend. I will never spend Halloween anywhere else as long as I live nearby!
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    May 13, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    July 4th in Ptown is the biggest event of the summer other than the Carnival Week in August. Ptown is famous for its theme weeks/weekends catering to various factions. July 4th week is circuit boy week. You will probably have trouble finding a reservation this late though unless you are already booked.
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    May 13, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    bluechip508 saidJuly 4th in Ptown is the biggest event of the summer other than the Carnival Week in August. Ptown is famous for its theme weeks/weekends catering to various factions. July 4th week is circuit boy week. You will probably have trouble finding a reservation this late though unless you are already booked.



    Already booked at Provincetown Inn, but not sure I am up for a "Circuit Boy Weekend". Nothing against them -- been there, done that -- but was looking for something more laid back
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    May 16, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Will definitely be there for halloween, hope to meet soem of you there!
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    May 16, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidAlready booked at Provincetown Inn, but not sure I am up for a "Circuit Boy Weekend". Nothing against them -- been there, done that -- but was looking for something more laid back


    Are you booked there for July 4 weekend? Bear week is the following week, which would be a little more laid back. Same rule applies though; if you don't book early, you're going to have trouble finding a place. Most of my friends that go every year book their rooms for the summer during the winter of the previous year.
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    Jun 19, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    I am in Ptown now for the international film festival. Tons of people here. October is also a nice time if you don't mind the crowd.

    Vinny