Our Recommendations for Memorial Day Weekend 5/26 – 5/29

WaterFire – Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Sponsored by Bank of America
Lighting at 8:31 PM, fires stay lit until 12:30 AM

Join us for the first WaterFire full lighting of the season! All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.

Family Fun

Birds from Down Under – Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Roger Williams Park Zoo
10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Take a trip to Roger Williams Zoo to visit with more than 450 bird species native to Australia, including grass parakeets, cockatiels and various other parrot species. Each visitor will receive a seed stick and is free to feed the exotic birds while engaging in conversation about their habitats and the environmental challenges they face. Admission is an additional $3 to zoo admission.

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

This holiday season shop local and support your local artists and businesses in Rhode Island. Providence is home to an array of shops that will satisfy your every need. Small local businesses are Rhode Island’s largest employer, so this holiday season support your local shops and businesses. By buying local, you will reduce your carbon footprint and help to build the community here in Rhode Island. Here’s some recommendations on where to shop locally this holiday season!

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Upcoming Events for October 29th – November 1st

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Thursday, October 29

Armory Farmers Market: The market is located at the corner of Parade and Hudson Streets in Providence. Come out and support your local farmers and buy some fresh fruits ad veggies. Begins at 3:30 p.m.

Geometer Exhibition By Steven Pestana : Visit GRIN for the geometer exhibition by artist Steven Pestana. The exhibition runs from October 15th- November 14th.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. Located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, opens at 6 p.m.

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Upcoming Events for October 9th through 12th

Looking for something fun to do this Columbus day weekend? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, October 9

Questival Providence: Questival is a 24-hour team social adventure race that takes place across the greater Providence area! There is also an Saturday adventure if you’d rather participate there. Tickets are available for the 24h and Saturday events http://questival.cotopaxi.com/questivals/providence2015/ For more information, visit questival.cotopaxi.com

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. Located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, opens at 6 p.m.

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Upcoming Events for October 2nd through 4th

Visiting for this weekend’s full WaterFire? Check out these other events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, October 2

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. Located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, opens at 6 p.m.

Bo Burnham: Make Happy Tour Fall 2015: Bo’s live shows are a unique blend of stand-up, music, and theatre. He’s currently performing all over North America on his new “MAKE HAPPY TOUR.” Located at the Vets beginning at 8 p.m.

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Upcoming Events for September 25th through 27th

Visiting for this weekend’s full WaterFire? Check out these other events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, September 25

Wine and Food Festival at the Newport Mansions: At the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one Grand Tasting admission price allows you to experience a tasting tour around the world with wine and food samples showcasing the finest vintages and cuisine available.  Plus, Grand Tasting parking is complimentary at Easton’s Beach on Memorial Boulevard, with free shuttle service to and from Marble House. Ticket sales are non-refundable.  All attendees must be 21 or over.

To Search: Investigations of the Virtual and Material Lives of Objects: This two-day conversation highlights the double lives of objects—- their local, intimate, and concrete quality as they reside in museums and their global, ubiquitous, and permeable virtual representations in digital media. It investigates the structures of knowledge and emergent network systems whose architectures and formal characteristics facilitate our encounters with objects. 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

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Upcoming Events for September 18th through 20th

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, September 18th

Downtown Abbey Cooking Class:  You will prepare a 3 course menu of delicious, original recipes from the 1920’s. Menu: Broiled Oysters With Peach and Paprika, Apricot Stuffed Pork Tenderloins, Château Potatoes, Julianne Carrots with Lemon Cream and Floating Islands with Lemon-Scented Custard Sauce and Raspberries. 6:30 p.m. located at 41 Lookout Ave, North Providence, RI 02911. $70 per person.

Chris Distefano at Comedy Connection: Described as a high energy comic, Chris Distefano acts out a variety of characters derived from his life, typically leaving you on the edge of your seat. 8:00 p.m. ;located at Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914. Tickets are $15.

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Upcoming Events for September 3rd through 6th

Looking for something to kick off your September with? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Thursday, September 3

Armory Farmers Market: 3:30 p.m. The market is located at the corner of Parade and Hudson Streets in Providence.

Burnside Music Series: 4:30 p.m. Each and every Thursday, July 9-September 10, the Trinity Beer Garden will open for business at 4:30 pm. Mill about and sip sangria to the melodious sounds of genius DJs from 4:30-6, and enjoy live music from 6-7.

TIGER, TIGER – NewportFILM Outdoors + Green Screen 6:00 p.m. Join us at the Norman Bird Sanctuary for a screening of TIGER, TIGER, a visionary documentary about the survival of a man dedicating his life to saving an endangered species.You may opt to purchase a ticket to the pre-party ($30) or just come for the screening ($5 suggested donation).

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Upcoming Events August 26-30

Visiting for this weekend’s full WaterFire? Check out these other events happening in Rhode Island!

Wednesday, August 26

Windmill Wednesdays at Prescott Farm: 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Have you always wanted to see the inside of the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill?  Now is your chance at this windmill open house!  Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island.  Enjoy a family-friendly evening with johnnycake tasting and hands-on activities for kids.

National Night Out: 5:00-8:00 p.m. Family oriented fun with prizes, rock wall, raffles, food samples, bouncy house for the kids, antique firetrucks, meet and greet with police officers, demonstrations and so much more! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.

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Our Recommendations: Farmer’s Markets and Local Produce

Providence offers many options for buying local and fresh. Check out our recommendations below. For a complete list of farmers markets and more informations about buying local, visit Farm Fresh Food.

Healthy Foods Healthy Families Program

Farm Fresh Food’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program has been empowering low-income Rhode Island families with the tools to shop for and cook affordable fresh foods for five years and counting. This works through a series of hands-on activities, offered in English and Spanish, at the farmers market that run from July 6- October 31. Parents go with their children to the market where the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families staff offers free samples, games, recipes, financial incentives, and giveaways. The farmers markets that are currently participating in this program include Armory Park (Providence’s westside), Broad St. (Providence’s southside), Neutaconkanut Park (Providence’s westside), PawtucketWest Warwick, and Woonsocket markets.

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Our Recommendations: Rhode Island Performing Arts Venues

If you’re interested in Theatre or the performing arts, you won’t have to travel far. Rhode Island is home to many different performing arts venues that always have something different to offer. If you’re planning on visiting Providence or Rhode Island soon, you should check out these different venues to see if there is a performance during your visit!

Providence

PPAC
Providence Performing Arts Center, photo via eventseeker.com

Providence Performing Arts Center – PPAC is the most popular theatre in Rhode Island. This 3,100 seat theatre becomes home to several different touring Broadway shows throughout the year. The beauty of PPAC with its elegant and historic feel makes seeing a show at this theatre feel like you are actually on Broadway!

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Upcoming Events August 12-16

If you’re in town for this Saturday’s Clear Currents Full WaterFire, check out what else is happening this weekend! There are lots of exciting events happening in RI for the whole family this week.

Wednesday, August 12

Clothing Optional: A Figurative Show: 5:30 pm Opening reception. “Clothing Optional” will feature works by a number of local, national and international artists, including: Jeff Bye, Ted DiLucia, Elizabeth Frank, Ted Gall, Kristy Goggio, Jeff Hall, Daniel Koterbay, Azamat Kuliev, James Paterson, Eleanor Rahim, Jeff Schneider, and David Witbeck.

Origami Workshop with Rod Nice: 6:30 p.m. Rod Nice (aka “Sensei”) is returning to the Providence Public Library to enchant us with his origami teachings…learn how to fold an Origami Rose in this special workshop!

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