What is Fantasia Fair?
Why Fantasia Fair? Why Not Some Other Event?
Why Provincetown? Why October?
What About Transmen? What About People of Color? What About Young People? What About Those Who Identify as Nonbinary?
That said, since the very first Fantasia Fair in 1975, our demographic has been skewed toward white, middle-aged, female-identified trans people and their spouses. We suspect that’s largely because it’s the population most likely to be able to afford a week-long event and able to spare the time to attend. Again, we are always interested in hearing suggestions to help us become more diverse.
What Else is There to Do in Provincetown?
How Do I Get to Provincetown?
If you’re flying, you can rent a car at Boston or fly Cape Air directly to Provincetown from Boston’s Logan Airport or other Cape Air locations. Remember the TV show Wings? It was modeled on Cape Air, which flies to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Hyannis, Provincetown and other locations. If you like small planes, you’ll love the short twenty-minute scenic hop from Boston’s Logan Airport to the P’town airport.
If you would prefer, you can rent a car at Logan or in Providence, RI and drive to Provincetown—but you’ll probably use your car little during the Fair. Why? Because everybody walks or bicycles.
You can also catch the Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway bus from Logan Airport or several other locations in Boston.
Several ferry companies run routes from Boston to Provincetown, but the season ends just as Fantasia Fair starts. Due to unseasonably warm weather in 2017,one ferry was in operation throughout the Fair, so it wouldn’t hurt to check just before Fair time.
See the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation page here for throughout up-to-date information for travelers.
What Should I Bring?
You’ll need a couple of fancy outfits for the evening events, and casual clothes for daytime. A knapsack dcan come in handy when walking across town, and hiking boots or cycling clothing and helmet if you plan to hike or bike the seaside trails. Bring chargers for your digital devices and memory cards for your camera, and stock up on batteries and toiletries, for prices are expensive on the Cape. If you drink, you might want to bring a bottle or two of liquor, for the same reason.
There’s a laundromat on Shank Painter Road, and some inns have washers and dryers, but you should pack for a week.
This is All A Bit Much for Me. I'm Feeling A Bit Overwhelmed!
Remember: You won’t be alone. For perhaps the first time in your life you will be surrounded by peers. They will know how you’re feeling because they’ve felt that way themselves. The Fair is a crucible for forming friendships. And don’t forget–you’re in one of the most trans-friendly places in the world. However frightened you might feel, you’re safe and surrounded by people who will look out for you.
Take time before the Fair to explore this website, and study up on Provincetown and Cape Cod. Visit our Fantasia Fair page and Fantasia Fair Discussion Groups on Facebook. Ask your peers questions on the Discussion Group; they’ll be happy to assist you.
If it’s still a bit much for you, we can assign a Big Sister to help you through the rough spots. Pretty soon you’ll have your own Fantasia Fair support group.
We understand how intimidating it can be to appear in public; we do. Most of us once felt just as you do. Keep yourself safe at home if need be, but play in Provincetown. It’s a perfect place to learn to fly.
Will There Be Support for My Significant Other?
Couples who want to work on their relationships can do so in sessions led by mental health professionals. And partners who want to take a break from the Fair can choose from a panoply of interesting and intriguing activities ranging from shopping to whale-watching to bicycling to fine dining.
I've Heard Fantasia Fair is an Event for Rich Crossdressers
Nowadays the Fair is a diverse event, both in terms of socioeconomic levels and gender expression. And nowadays we offer scholarships to people who could not otherwise afford to attend.
Okay, the Big Question: Why is Fantasia Fair so Expensive?
We understand some people have limited incomes and just can’t afford to pay registration. If that applies to you, ask us for a one- or two-day registration or consider applying for a scholarship. Or just come to Provincetown anyway. Some of our events are free for everyone– for instance, the daily keynote speeches Monday through Saturday, and our Monday night dinner. The Fashion Show and Follies talent show aren’t free, but tickets are inexpensive.