With a dramatic heritage that includes legendary playwrights Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill, and current residents including Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer and filmmaker John Waters, it’s no surprise that P-Town is the Cape’s premier performing arts destination. There are a number of theatre companies putting on performances all over the town, and tons of events that for a day, week or month bring out P-Town’s best and brightest in the arts.

Taking cues from bigger (but no more hip) cultural hubs Edinburgh, New York and San Francisco, Provincetown’s Fringe Festival runs for the entire summer visiting season and puts on a number of performances in all genres, but is known for its more experimental works. In 2006, the town will also be inaugurating another event it hopes will become a yearly event, the Tennessee Williams Festival .

In music, check out the Provincetown Music Festival (in July), the newer Provincetown Jazz Festival (in its second year, held in July), and concerts held every Sunday May through October in the at Five Series and the Universalist Meeting House.  

As for more year-round entertainment, there are always performances (of the more alternative variety) at the Art House Theatre, and a whole host of companies, including the Provincetown Reparatory Theatre and the New Provincetown Players, putting on shows at the Provincetown Theater .