Spring in Provincetown, we are finally emerging from our seasonal hibernation and don’t look now, but the thermometer outside says 65 degrees. Yippee! May and June are interesting months on Cape Cod, as the tourists arrive in a slow trickle. As locals, we notice that the traffic at lunch break gets a little slower, there’s a longer line at our favorite coffee shop, that sort of thing.  The deluge of people doesn’t really start until July, after schools get out. So the ‘shoulder season’ (a.k.a. now) is a really great time to get to Ptown for a visit.  Weather can be iffy but there’s no lack of indoor activities.  In fact, one perk of the iffy weather is that it forces you to explore beyond the beach in a way that you just wouldn’t do at the height of summer.  Rates are often cheaper for ferries and events. And no huge crowds (not yet anyways)—caveat to that is Memorial Day Weekend which, when Ptown gets its party on for the first real she-bang of the season.  If you are not the partying sort, better steer way clear.

Here are some fun events to catch in the next two months:

World-Class Concerts, Readings, & Speakers

Housed in the historic Hawthorne Barn (which was a famous Ptown art school

during the first half of the 20th century), Twenty Summers brings a lively slate of musicians, writers, poets, and leaders in their field for lectures, concerts, and readings every spring weekend, mid-May to mid-June.  We’re talking world-class offerings.  Not to be missed.  Buy your tickets early—some events are already sold out and the small space only allows about 50 seats.

One-Of-A-Kind Performances

The Provincetown Theater has opened its 2017 season with a bang. May 3-20, catch “Salome” by Oscar Wilde, a scandalous play that takes place at King Herod’s Birthday party. May 24-June 11 is “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer, a Tony Award winning play telling a highly fictionalized biography of the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rival composer Antonio Salieri.

Great Music

Memorial Day Weekend, Melissa Ferrick performs at The Art House for two shows on May 27 & 28.  A Massachusetts native and a teacher at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Ferrick has played with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Morrissey, the Indigo Girls, Bob Dylan, and more over her long, successful career.  This show celebrates her newly released 12th album.

Just Plain Fun

On June 1-4, Provincetown CabaretFest 2017 returns with “Sentimental Journey,” a tribute to the music of World War II. Run by John O’Neil, the weekend is packed with four days and three nights of cabaret, music, workshops, networking, humor and fun.  Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano are this year’s headliners.

The Galleries Are Open!

Head to the East End! The galleries have emerged from their winter slumber to share all that their busy artists have been cranking out over the winter. Here’s just a sampling: Cortile Gallery is showing “Freshly Created: New Works” for its opening show with new works by all 30 of its gallery artists.  Always scratching the avant-garde itch, AMP Gallery presents a group show of provocative paintings by Jay Critchley, Jackie Lipton, Dorothy Palanza & Jicky Schnee.  On view at Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) through July is On Bended Light, a retrospective of esteemed Provincetown photographer Marian Roth.  I don’t want to miss a selection of recently deceased Wellfleet painter Selina Trieff, on view at Berta Walker.