ADULTS ONLY: The Wild West of the East

An entertaining TRUE history of Provincetown debauchery

Provincetown performer-writer Billy Hough will take you on an adults-only tour of Bohemian Provincetown at or by the locations where they happened.


Bay dock west of the Boatslip, 161 Commercial St., Provincetown


Provincetown has always been known as a wild sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll town where anything might—and did—happen. Why was Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill arrested at gunpoint in the Atlantic House Bar? How did Divine, John Waters’ leading lady, cause so much trouble that locals wanted her banned from Provincetown? Where did Andy Warhol take Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, and why? Sylvia Plath and Anais Nin participated in some “bad” behavior here too. Provincetown’s own musician-writer-actor-badass Billy Hough (of Scream Along with Billy) will take you on this adult-only tour of Bohemian Provincetown at or by the locations where they happened. You’ll soon understand why Norman Mailer called his adopted hometown “The Wild West of the East.”

Distance and time: 1-2 miles and 60 minutes

Terrain: Downtown streets

About Billy Hough

Longtime Provincetown resident and celebrity Billy Hough is a musician, actor, writer and more. In his Scream Along with Billy shows he, along with bassist Sue Goldberg and special guests, take rock ‘n’ roll to a new level. A regular at Bubala’s in Provincetown and Joe’s Pub in New York, the show is part concert, part performance art, always entertaining; Billy takes audiences to places they’ve never considered. In a 2008 edition of The New Yorker magazine, staff writer Hilton Als praised Billy Hough for keeping the spirit of Provincetown absurdist theater alive. 

PHOTOS:  Anais Nin in Provincetown; tour guide Billy Hough tells tales and cracks everyone up; Jack Kerouac writing in the Provincetown dunes; Tennessee Williams with Frank Merlo, whom he met in Provincetown; advertising an Andy Warhol show in Provincetown; and Billy Hough on tour.


  • Guide Gratuity $0.00


Location: Meet at the public dock on the bay to the west (right) of the Boatslip, 161 Commercial St., Provincetown. Guide gratuities are appreciated.