The 6th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival in Cape Cod

What: The 6th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival

Where: 212 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA

When: August 13th-14th

Why: To celebrate and strengthen the presence of jazz music and the New Orleans culture in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Both days feature a stellar lineup of venerated jazz musicians, including saxaphonist Greg Abate, vocalist Dane Vannatter, pianist Janice Friedman, and the Berklee Rising Stars, a talented compilation of students and professors from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Whether you plan to visit all the shows or just one, a stroll through the artsy, eclectic, and classically beautiful port town is a must. For information on whale watching, boating and fishing, golf, tennis, beaches and places to stay, visit the town’s web site at

Cost: Tickets are $25 for each concert and can be purchased online or by calling 866.811.4111. Free admission for children under 11. A portion of the event profits will be donated to New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, an organization that provides discountd health services to New Orleans-based jazz musicians, in an effort to keep the music alive.

How to get there: The two-leg trip from NYC to Provincetown can take a variety of forms-land, sea and air.  One option is to take the Bonanza Bus Line from Port Authority and transfer to a Plymouth and Brockton bus in Hyannis.  Another option is to first get to Boston (consult offManhattan’s Manhattan to Boston Public Transportation Guide).  From Boston, take the Plymouth & Brockton Street bus—bikes can be brought on the buses for a small fee. Set out to sea and hop on a high-speed ferry or take a quick flight with Cape Air. If you’d rather carpool in a rented car, consult offManhattan’s guide to renting Hybrids in Manhattan, however parking can be a pain and everything in Provincetown is within walking distance. Visitors are also welcome to dock their boats in the main marina.

(Provincetown Jazz Festival, 212 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA, 508.274.2513, )

Photos: Courtesy of Provincetown Jazz Festival