The year was 1984. Several women who were new innkeepers in town, vivacious young entrepreneurs, got together to talk about the season and what to do to bring women back during the fall. From this early conversation, they planned a Clambake on the Beach for a weekend in October, and decided to call it Women’s Weekend. They wrote to their summer guests (no email, either!) and invited them to come back to stay and enjoy Provincetown’s off-season, beautiful surroundings while enjoying a Clambake and some local entertainment. It was a tremendous success, and the rest is Herstory!
The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown became an official group, inviting new innkeepers to join the ranks and help out with Women’s Week. A few events began that have become mainstays of the week, including the Community Dinner, the Annual Golf Tournament, The Fun Run, and our fabulous Dance Party on the last night of the week.
Over the years, Women’s Week has grown way past anyone’s expectations — scores of performers of all kinds — comics, opera singers, comedians, drag king bands, jazz and blues singers, local talent and international talent — icons of women’s music and new fresh talent just starting out — all come to Provincetown to perform for our crowds during Women’s Week.
There are original plays, our own version of American Idol, walking tours, workshops, meet-and-greet events, the list goes on and on. In the past several years, there is a lesbian literary festival that has grown up inside Women’s Week, featuring the best in lesbian fiction today. Many of our favorite authors, from Bold Strokes Books, Bywater Books, A&M Books, and many others come to do readings and book signings during the week.
We are thrilled to host this exciting event for women every year. It’s our passion and our pride to hold this premier event in this beautiful place at the end of Cape Cod that we call home.
— The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown