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.

Food Truck Friday – Friday, May 27th, 2016
Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park, 5 PM to 8 PM

People of all ages will delight in “Food Truck Friday” held at Carousel Park in Roger Williams Park! From 5 to 8 PM, local food trucks will be open for dinner while customers enjoy live music and other activities. Pony rides will be offered, in addition to Hasbro’s Boundless Playground and the park carousel being open for use. There will also be a beer garden for the adults to enjoy while they take in the beautiful scenery. There is no cost for entry, but pony/carousel rides and food/beverage will be an additional cost.

Chalk the Walks – Sunday, May 29th, 2016
Providence Children’s Museum, 9 AM to 6 PM

Providence Children’s Museum will be holding “Chalk the Walks” where children will be able to create sidewalk doodles and designs in front of the museum!. Tickets are $9 or free for museum members.

Roger Williams Park Zoo Animal Feedings
Spring Weekend Harbor Seal Encounters – Sunday, May 29th at 2 PM
Giraffe Feedings – Daily 11:30 to 12 PM

People of all ages are welcome to Roger Williams Zoo for animal feedings! Giraffe feedings take place daily, while seal feedings are offered on the weekends in the spring. Standard zoo admission to attend feedings, but please RSVP. 


Portals: The History of the Future Exhibition – Thursday, May 26th & Friday, May 27th, 2016
Providence Public Library – 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

The Providence Public Library is offering a new exhibition called “Portals: The History of the Future“, which will “highlight the material trails left by the people of the past as they looked to the future.” Visitors will be able to take a look at what the future looked like to our predecessors, and how it varies greatly from the reality we live in today. Admission is free for all ages. 

Air America Exhibition – Thursday, May 26th & Friday, May 27th, 2016
John Carter Brown Library at Brown University – 9 AM to 5 PM

John Carter Brown library presents the “Air America Exhibition,” where visitors will be able to get a history of air– something we all need. The exhibition showcases “texts, maps, and illustrations [that] reveal the multiple and resonant meanings of air to the history of the Americas,” and its extreme importance to everyone and everything living on the Earth. Admission is free for all ages.

All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion – Thursday, May 26th to Sunday, May 29th, 2016
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 10 AM to 5 PM

The “All of Everything” exhibition features original designs by the talented Todd Oldham. His creative designs, well known embellishment work, superb craftsmanship, and unique flair dominated fashion in the 1990s. From a Swarovski crystal-encrusted ensemble to a Pantone non-repeating print design, this exhibition offers 65 complete ensembles in a wide variety of styles, all labors of Oldham’s “intensive design process” and attention to detail. Ticket information can be found here.

Rhode Island School of Design Annual Graduate Thesis Presentation – Friday, May 27th to Sunday, May 29th, 2016
RI Convention Center – 12 PM to 5 PM

Rhode Island School of Design’s annual graduate thesis presentation exhibits the work of 225 students, with creations in various fields such as Architecture, Ceramics, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles and Teaching + Learning in Art + Design. Viewers are welcome to explore the work of up-and-coming artists and designers while their work showcases their artistic journey and creative process. Admission is free for all ages.


Storm Warning Tour: feat. Hed PE & The Veer Union with Overwith, Fear The Masses, Brand New Day & Everybody Panic – Friday, May 27th, 2016
Fête Music Hall, doors at 7 PM

Founded in 1994 in Huntington Beach, California, (Hed)p.e. has a unique sound of punk rock combined with G-funk-inflected hip-hop. The band achieved mainstream success with their album “broke” and released “Blackout” in 2003, which continues to be their most successful record to date (full list here). The band continues to record, tour, and evolve into the unique punk/metal/rap/reggae/rock sound that they have today. Tickets here ($17 Advanced, $20 Day of Show). All ages welcome.

Luna – Sunday, May 29th, 2016
Columbus Theater, show at 8 PM

Originally from New York City, Luna is an indie rock band. They have been active since 1991, with their lineup changing throughout the 1990s, morphing into the band they are today. Since their formation, the band has released 7 studio albums (vinyl and CD). Their influences include The Velvet Underground, The Feelies, Television, New Order, and The Rolling StonesTickets here ($20 Advanced, $30 Day of Show). All ages welcome.


David Liebe Hart (Adult Swim/Tim & Eric), The Viennagram – Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Columbus Theater, doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM

David Liebe Hart is a puppeteer, gaining recognition through appearances on Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim‘s Adult Swim shows, “Tom goes to the Mayor”, “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”, and “Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule”, and many more. Tickets here ($12 Advance, $14 day of show). All ages welcome.

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre Thursday, May 26th at 7 PM; Friday, May 27th at 8 PM; Saturday, May 28th at 8 PM; Sunday, May 29th at 2 PM

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater presents The Winter’s Tale, one of the final works of the late, great playwright. The story bears the trials of a royal family ripped apart by imprisonment, infidelity, life, death, love, as well as the healing of time. Directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr., The Winter’s Tale is an emotional, poetic, and epic journey. The Feinstein-Gamm Theater’s interpretation has been called “A Feast For The Soul”, “Enthralling”, and “Exactly Right”. Tickets here (~$41-$49). All ages welcome.

Trinity Rep Presents: Oklahoma!The Chace Theater
Thursday, May 26th at 7:30 PM; Friday, May 27th at 7:30; Sunday, May 29th Matinee at 2 PM

Trinity Rep proudly presents: Oklahoma! The possibilities for love, riches, and happiness encourage main characters Curly and Jud to head west at the turn of the 20th century in Oklahoma! Oklahoma! is a story about the men and women who followed their excitement and wonder to a new land, and the trials, tears, laughter, and dancing along their journey. Tickets here.

On Sunday, May 29th, audience members are welcome to Trinity Rep for a meet and greet with the cast before the show! The event will include food from Open Season food trucks and dancing with cast members. Dance classes are ages 10 and up, and space is limited so make sure you register soon!

Trinity Rep Presents: Late Night Catechism The Dowling Theater

Friday, May 27th at 7:30; Saturday, May 28th Matinee at 2 PM, Sunday, May 29th Matinee at 2 PM
Trinity Rep is proud to present: Late Night Catechism, an interactive comedy show that will surely bring back deeply buried memories of catholic school. Taught by “Sister,” Late Night is a “hilarious mix of of comedy, nostalgia, and Catholic dogma in an adult remedial class just for you.” Tickets here.

Author: Anna Palmer

Intern, optimist, beach bum.

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