Get your Fantasia Fair Experience Off on the Right Foot
If you arrive after the office is closed for the day, don’t worry. If you registered in advance, you can begin participating in the Fair immediately. Just look at the schedule on the website and jump right in. It’s a good idea, but not necessary to bring a printout or image of the e-mail acknowledging your registration; this is the message we sent you right after you completed the registration process.
If you’re not registered, that’s okay too. Go to any event and ask to speak to Fair staff. You can still participate.
In either case, be sure to stop by the Fair office the next day to check in and get your registration packet.
If this is your first Fantasia Fair, you may be a bit uncertain about what to do and where to go when you arrive in Provincetown. Fortunately, there is little to be nervous about. Here are some suggestions.
You’ll want to plan to arrive at your inn early Sunday afternoon to unload, unpack, and unwind. Sometime between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, make your way to the Boatslip Resort Hotel, located at 161 Commercial Street. Here you can check in, pick up your registration packet, get your badge and tickets for the week’s activities, and get acquainted with other Fair-goers. If you arrive after 5:00, don’t be too concerned about checking in–you’ll have an opportunity to do so Monday.
Look through your registration packet. It will contain the schedule for the week, the first daily issue of the special in-town edition of The Fantasia Fair Newsletter, a map of Provincetown, a copy of the Participant’s Guide, your 2018 Fantasia Fair pin, and a swag bag. You should take a few minutes to read the newsletter, as it will include the definitive next day’s schedule reflecting any changes in the program since the Participant’s Guide went to press. We publish the newsletter each day during Fair week. You can pick it at the Fair Office, at lunches, and at evening events. Also familiarize yourself with the Participant’s Guide, as it contains information about programs, presenters, events, another map, and Provincetown itself. We make the guide small enough to fit nicely in a hand bag or breast pocket, so you can keep it with you for the entire week. You’ll also receive our Guide to Activities in Provincetown and the Upper Cape, which will provide you with information on many non-Fair-related places and activities– whale watching, dune tours, wineries and much more are at your disposal.
If you arrive early enough in the afternoon, you might wish to take a stroll down Commercial Street to do some shopping or grab a quick bite to eat. Don’t worry about getting lost– Provincetown isn’t very big, and you’ll have that map of the town.
At 6:00, with your badge and Participant’s Guide in hand, head to Pilgrim House (formerly known as Sage) for the two-hour welcome reception. You can meet other Fair-goers, enjoy finger foods, and partake in a cash bar. It’s a fabulous space and a good place to make friends. Pilgrim House is located at 336 Commercial Street, and is set back from the street a ways. Come prepared to have a great time!
Many people are just rolling into town on Sunday evening and don’t have had time to change. If you find yourself running late or are too fatigued from traveling to change, don’t worry–just come however you are dressed.
The reception is a fairly casual affair where returning Fair-goers renew their friendships and greet first-time attendees. It’s a wonderful opportunity to mingle and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy! Remember: we all had to introduce ourselves when we first came to Fantasia Fair.
On Monday morning you’ll need to get to the orientation brunch. This will happen from 8:45 until11:15 am at The Paramount Room of the Crown & Anchor, located at 247 Commercial Street. At orientation, you’ll get more information about what is going on during the week, and the various Fair staff members will be pointed out. As the name implies, orientation will give you the direction you need to get the most out of Fantasia Fair. Come hungry, as there will be plenty of hot food.
Of course, if you arrive after the orientation brunch, things will happen a bit differently. When you arrive, try to get to the Fair office to check in as soon as you can. The Fair office is located in the lobby of the Boatslip Resort at 161 Commercial Street and is open from 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily, with these exceptions: open also Monday 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, closed Monday morning because of Orientation Brunch, and closed Saturday afternoon). The office staff can fill you in on what is going on and the Participants’ Guide will help fill in any gaps. You’ll find there are so many fun and interesting things going on all week that the hardest part will be choosing what to do next! And don’t forget– attendance isn’t mandatory at any event. If you wish, you can at any time take a nap, shop, or just go exploring.