Provincetown Portuguese Festival a
nd Blessing of the Fleet
For nearly two centuries, Provincetown has been home to a significant community of Portuguese families, whose ancestors came to America to work in the shipping industry. Many still work on the fishing boats. The annual celebration of the fleet, which runs through Sunday, features dancers, puppets, fado and samba music, kids’ events including a fishing derby, and, of course, plenty of fantastic traditional Portuguese food. New this year are the lobster crate races, which sound, well, painful. From 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, the Harbor Lounge (359 Commercial St.) features readings by Portuguese writers and poets. At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a free concert on the Stage at Portuguese Square by Enio and his band Euro. On Sunday, the festivities wrap up with a parade and the judging of the decorated boats.
Various locations around Provincetown. www.provincetownportuguesesfestival.com
Yarmouth Summer Celebration Fireworks
Get some early exercise for your eyeballs in advance of the Fourth of July festivities with the free fireworks extravaganza Friday night at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. The fourth annual display begins with an outdoor screening of family cartoons at 8:30; the fireworks will start exploding at 9:15. (Rain date is Saturday.) This year’s Yarmouth Summer Celebration kick-off marks the 375th anniversary of the town of Yarmouth. On Saturday, the weeklong party comes to a close with a regatta and sand-sculpting awards on Bass River Beach.
210 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. www.yarmouthsummercelebration.com
Cape Cinema Music Series: Small Black
Excellent live music on Cape Cod isn't always easy to find. So this is great news. After a two-year hiatus, the Cape Cinema brings back its adventurous music series with the Brooklyn-based indie-synth band Small Black. Opened in 1930 by Raymond Moore, founder of the Cape Playhouse, the Cape Cinema makes a unique performance space, with art-deco style and a dazzling mural on the ceiling painted by the multimedia artist Rockwell Kent. Past shows have featured cognoscenti-approved bands including Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and Dirty Projectors. Small Black is coming off a national tour, so expect tickets to go quickly.
35 Hope Lane, Dennis. $15. www.capecinema.com
Moby Dick! The Musical
Like the white whale himself, Cotuit Center for the Arts’s staging of “Moby Dick! The Musical” proves hard to catch, wrapping up its monthlong run with performances this weekend. The bawdy regional theater staple, written by Robert Longden with music by Hereward Kaye, follows the students of St. Godley’s Academy for Young Ladies as they attempt to save the school from financial ruin by staging Melville’s Nantucket epic in a swimming pool. It’s your last chance for the summer to catch Captain Ahab in drag.
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. $15-28. www.artsonthecape.org
First Annual Melody Tent Family Food Truck Festival
George Carlin once joked, “As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything.” This one, however, looks like a keeper. The food truck craze pulls into the Cape with edibles from all over, including France (OK, the truck’s not actually from France – it’s from the acclaimed Rhode Island bistro Plouf Plouf), Italy (the Pasta Pot) and Cape Verde (Big Daddy’s Chef on Fire). Closer to home, try the haul from Mainely Lobstah, wallow in the intoxicating aroma of the Bacon Truck and finish the day with a delicious Cape Cod Cannoli. Blues prodigy Quinn Sullivan, the Buddy Guy protégé from New Bedford who is now 15, performs at 1 p.m. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. $15-23. www.melodytent.org/events/
Local Author Palooza!
Every great Cape respite includes a good book in your beach bag or on your nightstand. If you’re looking for a new title to dive into, check out the Cape Cod Writers Center’s local authors event at the Osterville Free Library, hosted by the bibliophiles at Books By the Sea. There will be two dozen Cape authors, from suspense to romance to local lore and kids’ lit, and they will be on hand to discuss their work and to sign copies of their books. (Above: “Fierce Joy” author Marsha Danzig).
1-4 p.m. 43 Wianno Ave., Osterville. Free. www.booksbythesea.net/events.aspx
Who Really Discovered Cape Cod?
Did Leif Erikson and the Vikings really land on the Cape around the year 1000? It’s a perennial topic of debate over the bridge: Researchers have suggested Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, and other Cape-and-islands locales as the true landing spot for the European discovery of the New World. Historian Bill Barber presents a visual history, with a screening of “The History of Cape Cod from its Creation to the Present Time.”
1 p.m. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster. Free with museum admission ($5-10, children under 3 free). www.ccmnh.org.
Jesse Dee and his R&B
Boston R&B mainstay Jesse Dee brings his high-energy, after-dark brand of soul to the land of sunshine. His band anchors an evening of music (also featuring the Sacred Mounds and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens) to cap the Payomet Performing Arts Center’s Highlands Fest 2014: Taking Root. It’s a free daytime program (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) that features more music, with free pizza and ice cream for the kids. It won’t get any better than that.