Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 8/11-8/14

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Birds from Down UnderThursday, August 11th, 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.

PVD Ghost Tours Thursday, August 11th-Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Prospect Terrace Park – 8 PM to 9:30 PM

Providence Ghost Tours are back for the summer. Join a lantern-led tour for a chilling walk through the darkened streets of the historic East Side of Providence. Listen to the stories about Providence’s haunted past!

Roger Williams Park Zoo Animal Feedings
Spring Weekend Harbor Seal Encounters – Thursday, August 11th; Saturday, August 13th; Sunday, August 14th 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 giraffe feedings, but please RSVP. Seal Encounters are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

Food Truck FridayFriday, August 12th, 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.

Hope Street Farmers Market – Saturday, August 13th, 2016
Lippitt Park, 9 AM to 1 PM

Support local farms and vendors at the Hope Street Farmers Market! Come by to get your locally grown fruits and veggies, freshly caught seafood, just-baked bread, and so much more. The Hope Street Farmers Market runs every Saturday throughout the summer and fall, until October 26th. You can even get your bike tuned up while you shop!

Discover Colonial Newport: Walking Tour Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Enjoy a kid-friendly morning in Newport learning about the extraordinary entrepreneurship and religious diversity of the city’s colonial period in a walking tour starting at the Brick Market.  Tours: $15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members, active duty and retired military with ID; $5 for children ages 5-12.

Wake up the Barnyard at Coggeshall Farm – Saturday, August 13th, 2016
Coggeshall Farm Museum, 9 AM to 10 AM

Every Saturday through late August, Coggeshall will open at 9 am for its Wake Up the Barnyard program!  Help feed the chickens, let out the sheep and get the cows ready for the day.  Good for all ages, admission to this program is $5-7.


Portals: The History of the Future Exhibition Thursday, August 11th & Friday, August 12th, 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.

All of Everything: Todd Oldham FashionThursday, August 11th – Sunday, August 14th, 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.

Metlife Family Friday – Friday, August 12th, 2016
Providence Children’s Museum, 5 PM – 8 PM

Families are invited to explore and play at Providence Children’s Museum free of charge! The museum will be free on Friday evenings from 5 PM to 8 PM, sponsored by the Metlife Foundation.

Imagination PlaygroundFriday, August 12th, 2016
Providence Children’s Museum, 11 AM to 2 PM

Children are invited to come play at Imagination Playground with large  blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts. Bring your imagination to life at Providence Children’s Museum every Friday between July 1st and August 26th!

Body Worlds Vital – Thursday, August 11th-Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Rhode Island Convention Center, 10 AM to 5 PM

Check out the inner workings of the human body at Body Worlds Vital, coming to the Rhode Island Convention Center this month. Visitors are invited to observe healthy and unhealthy human bodies, accompanied by a audio tour. The exhibit is open for all ages, with ticket prices ranging between $15.50 for children and $19.50 for adults. Tickets available here.


WBRU Concert Series: The Wombats with Wild Sun– Friday, August 12th, 2016
WaterPlace Park, Show starts at 7 PM

WBRU proudly presents the 2016 Summer Concert Series! This week, Aurora and Young Lincoln preform at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence. Head down to see some of the nation’s best up-and-coming alternative rock artists. The WBRU concert series will take place every Friday night from July 8th to August 12th. Concerts are always free.


Movies on the Block: Superman (1978) – Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Grants Block, 8:15 PM

Head to Grant’s Block this Thursday around sundown for Movies on the Block! This week, “Superman (1978)” will be playing. Dine at a surrounding restaurant for dinner then settle into your blankets and chairs for the feature movie! Admission is free.

Author: Anna Palmer

Intern, optimist, beach bum.

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