August 9th’s full WaterFire lighting is on its way! Lighting will occur shortly after sunset and the event will continue until just past midnight. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! In addition to being a WaterFire weekend (with the return of the WaterFire Ballroom for the first time in two years), this week is the week of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, providing Providence with a sense of global culture and art. Mixed between fantastic film showings are farmers markets, flea markets, family storytime, opera, and an event you’ve been waiting all summer for: Foo Fest! As always, if you have any upcoming events to suggest, feel free to drop us a line.
This week’s farmers markets:
- Neutaconkanut Farmers Market: Monday, August 4th 3:00pm
- Broad Street Farmers Market: Tuesday, August 5th 8:30am
- Woonsocket Farmers Market: Tuesday, August 5th 3:00pm
- Downtown Farmers Market: Tuesday, August 5th 3:00pm
- Hope Street Farmers Market: Wednesday, August 6th 3:00pm
- West Warwick Farmers Market: Thursday, August 7th 3:00pm
- Armory Farmers Market: Thursday, August 7th 3:30pm
- Broad Street Farmers Market: Saturday, August 9th 8:30am
- Hope Street Farmers Market: Saturday, August 9th 9:00am
- Slate Park Farmers Market: Sunday, August 10th 12:00pm
Now in its 18th year, FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) will take place August 5-10, 2014. The Festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. In 2013, Flickers screened 216 cinematic works in six days to large and appreciative crowds.
The films screened came from 65 countries, and 36 states in the United States. During the 2013 Festival, there were 55 World and US/North American Premieres. A total of 21 Narrative Feature, 43 Feature/Documentaries and 152 Short Films were screened. Following months of adjudication and review, Festival films were selected from over 5,114 submissions.
Thursday, August 7th
Come to Storytime and Art in the Park: Jen Corace & Alison Paul this Thursday, August 7th and enjoy child-centered art from local performers and artists! Then, join Ricky Katowicz for “Art in the Park: Maurice Sendak’s Wild World!” free face painting, a mobile playground, and the free green grass of the park keep kids of all ages entertained. Grab lunch from the food truck market for a picnic in the park!
This Thursday, August 7th, join the Burnside Music Series & Beer Garden for Death Vessel. Come hear the ethereal momentum of the elements contained in something like Folk.
The Music Lab presents Mark Milloff: We’re in for a wild, unpredictable–but exciting–evening featuring Mark Milloff, local blues guitarist and frontman of Cannibal Ramblers.
Friday, August 8th
Opera Providence’s The Mikado, 8:00pm
Opera Providence’s The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan will feature: Michael DiMucci, Allison Pohl, Andy Papas, Jason Shealy, Ian Pomerantz, Arielle Rogers, Christopher Davey, Roselin Osser, and Aimee-Rose Willett. Costumes will be done Everett Hoag.
Saturday, August 9th
AS220 Foo Fest, 1:00pm
As220 Foo Fest: AS220 is extremely pleased to announce that the legendary PSYCHIC TV will be headlining the 2014 edition of our annual Foo Fest, taking place on August 9th of this year.
WaterFire Providence and Bryce Studio are pleased to announce that the Arts Festival Plaza will return for the 2014 WaterFire Providence season. Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.
Hear In Rhode Island and Roger Williams National Memorial will present several evenings of music featuring local singer-songwriters as part of the Downtown Sundown Series. Experience an “outdoor coffeehouse”. Performers on August 9th include Michelle Cruz, Lily Faith Milne, Dylan Sevey, and Vudu Sister.
National Grid is sponsoring WaterFire on Saturday, August 9th 2014. The lighting begins at sunset around 7:55 PM. The event usually ends close to midnight.
Sunday, August 10th
The Providence Flea, 10:00am
The Providence Flea is back for the summer, and the team wants you to be a part of it! Join us on the Greenway every Sunday through September 14th from 10 am – 4 pm on South Water Street.The Flea has a vintage theme. Antiques, collectibles, vintage wares, vintage jewelry or clothing, upcycled or recycled items can be found at The Flea. A small and carefully selected group of local artists’ and artisans’ wares, and local, independent service providers can also be found at The Flea.
Featured image from Emily Gauvin.