Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 2/23 to 2/26

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Terrarium Night at The Empowerment Factory

Looking for a fun family event for school vacation week? Gather your family for a special night out creating your very own personalized terrarium!No worries if you don’t have a green thumb – Blooming Artisan’s party instructor will lead you through, step-by-step.All tools and materials will be provided for you.


Intermission Exhibition – RISD Museum

A temporary pause in a performance, a break from business as usual.

During the renovation of the Museum’s European Galleries, select works from the 1100s through the 1800s are on view in this open-storage presentation, offering opportunities for chance encounters and unintentional juxtapositions.

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Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Thinking about what treats to buy your sweetheart this Valentines Day?

Ignite Providence has put together a round-up of sweet stops around Providence for you!

PVDonuts – Providence

Providence’s first gourmet donut shop creates fun donuts daily, all house made and covered in delicious toppings! This valentines day stop in for one of thir coffee drinks and pick up some donuts. PVDonuts also offers vegan and gluten free options, along with delivery service.

Our recommendation for a sweet gift? The strawberry or raspberry glazed donuts!


Ellie’s Bakery – Providence

This bakery doubles as a café, serving breakfawst and lunch aside their sweet treats. They have partnered with Flowers by Semia to make a one stop Valentines Day shop! Stop by to pick up Valentines Day essentials. Ellie’s also offeres year-round baking classes to teach others their baking secrets!

Our recommendation for a sweet gift? The Mon Amour cake, a mini treat with raspberry and lots of chocolate!

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 6/23-6/26

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 6/2-6/5

PVD Fest is this weekend!

June 2, 2016 – June 5th, 2016

PVD Fest is a festival that allows visitors to truly experience the creative, art-oriented city of Providence, Rhode Island. This multi-art, four-day festival completely transforms the city, taking place at historical and unique venues. Participating art installations, musicians/bands, restaurants, museums, libraries, etc. work together to create an event showcasing the best of the Creative Capital. For more information and a complete list of events and locations, please visit the PVD Fest website here.

Parking information for the event can be found here. Help with accommodations for the weekend here.

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Our Recommendations – Newport Attractions

The City of Newport is one of Rhode Island’s largest visitors destinations. From the note worthy mansions, to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, there is never a dull moment in this sea-side city. Check out our list of fun activities for you to do while you’re in Newport.

Newport Mansions

The Newport Mansions are one of the most famous attractions you can find while you’re in Newport. Whether you want to take a guided tour, or participate in one of the many events held at these venues throughout the year, you definitely don’t want to miss out on these large spectacles while you are in town

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The Breakers, photo via newportweddingglam.com

The Breakers

The Breakers is one of the largest and most famous Newport Mansions. Known for being the summer home to the prominent Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, inventor of the New York Central Railroad, the Breakers is now open for tours throughout the week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Marble House

The Marble House was built as a summer home for the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Built in 1892, this home transitioned Newport from its small summer town to the extravagant reputation that it now possesses. The Marble House is open at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekly.

The Elms 

The Elms was the summer home for Mr. and Mrs. Edward Berwind. The construction of this mansion was completed in 1901. The Elms are open for tours beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the last tour leaving at 5:00 p.m.

Rosecliff, photo via winterantiquesshow.com


Rosecliff was established by heiress Theresa Oelrich of Nevada. The home was built to resemble the garden retreat in Versaille. Rosecliff is open beginning at 9:00 a.m. for tours with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m.

For a full list of the Newport Mansions, their tour schedules and upcoming events please visit their website.

Historic Sites

Interested in seeing more of the history Newport has to offer? There are plenty of historic monuments for you to explore while your visiting this port-side city.

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

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International Tennis Hall of Fame, photo via arhturmonizgallery.com

This historic landmark didn’t begin as a tennis hall or museum, in fact it was a lavish club entitled the Newport Casino. Built in 1880, this structure offered all sorts of activities. From shopping to horse shows to tea parties, the Newport Casino had it all back in the day! In 1986, the owners of the Newport Casino decided that tennis needed an establishment to honor the sport and decided to create what is now the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Today, the museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Fort Adams, photo via familyzip.com

Fort Adams

Built in 1799 and named after President John Adams, this historic landmark overlooks Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. In 1965, the Fort was taken on by the State of Rhode Island to become a part of Fort Adams State Park. Today, the park is known for many summer activities including, swimming, picnicking, and boating. Most famously, the park is known for its two annual events, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, which bring thousands of people to the city every year.

Art Galleries

Newport Art Museum
Newport Art Museum, photo via kirbyperkins.com

The Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum is home to many different historic and contemporary exhibits. A unique aspect of this museum is that it focuses on artists from Rhode Island and art produced in Rhode Island. Come to see different pieces of art regularly at the Newport Art Museum. The Newport Art Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The National Museum of American Illustration

The National Museum of American Illustration was opened in 1998 and houses illustrations from many different time periods and styles. The Museum is open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with guided tours at 3:00 p.m. on Friday’s.

Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center

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Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center, photo via janepickens.com

As one of the oldest theaters still standing in the United States, the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center presents a variety of movies from historically based, documentaries, and classics. The historic atmosphere of the theater creates an experience you will never forget! You will always be able to find the right movie for you and your family at the Jane Pickens Theater.


Whether by boat, bus, or on foot, there are plenty of ways you can tour the city of Newport and all the scenic views it has to offer.

The Cliff Walk 

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Cliff Walk, photo via laurencecchi.com

The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile scenic walk that travels alongside the eastern boarder of Newport. Beginning on Memorial Boulevard and ending on Narragansett Avenue, the famous trail illustrates the beautiful seaside views of Newport while also experiencing the history of this city as you walk by the Newport Mansions. This is one of the most popular tours and tourist attractions the city has to offer.

Viking Guided Tours

The best way to see all the sites in Newport is to hop on one of the famous Viking Trolley Buses! Enjoy everything Newport has to offer with a guided tour that will give you ample information about the city’s history. For more information about specific tours and rates please visit their website.

Adirondack II Tour

Tour Newport Harbor on the Adirondack II, an elegant 80 foot sail boat! Experience Newport from the water! Buy tickets online or when you’re in person. The Adirondack II departs from Bowen’s Wharf several times throughout the day.

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Adirondack II Tours, photo via admiralfitzroyinn.com


This selection is only a glimpse of the fun attractions there are in Newport. Between all of the wharfs, there are plenty of shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. In search of a relaxing beach day? Newport has got you covered. Check out our beach recommendations for the best spots in Newport County. Looking for a family friendly activity? Check out the local baseball team, The Newport Gulls, in one of their home games at Cardienes Field! There is one thing that is certain, you definitely won’t run out of things to do on your trip to Newport.


Upcoming Events for August 25th-31st

There are a lot a great activities and live music happening around Providence this week. From musical theatre by the sea to Columbus Theatre performances and gospel choirs, there’s a lot to choose from.

Monday, August 25th

Theatre by the Sea Presents: Monty Python’s Spamalot -8:00pm

The funniest show on earth is coming to spread laughter and merriment throughout the kingdom of Matunuck! Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences are eating up SPAMALOT.

Wednesday, August 27th

Columbus Theatre Presents Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang -8:00pm

The Columbus Theatre proudly presents Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang with special guests Reformed Whores. The concert will be on Wednesday, August 27th at The Columbus Theatre. Doors will open at 8pm, show will start at 9pm. General Admission $25 advance tickets on sale Friday, May 2nd at http://duodetwang.brownpapertickets.com

Friday, August 29th

The Greatness of Gospel: Our Roots Runs Deep -7:30pm

This year music director Kim Morrison Pitts-Wiley has chosen a variety of songs that cover the full spectrum of gospel music as well as several contemporary songs with a spiritual flare. And as usual, the show will feature several special guest gospel singers from Rhode Island. Donald Gerola is a renown sculptor whose work has appeared in museums and public places around the world. He has created an outdoor sculpture garden featuring colorful and elegant metal sculptures, some of them more than twenty feet tall. The sculptor garden will be a backdrop for an exciting evening of beautiful and powerful music.

Saturday, August 30th

Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, [The User] -1:00pm

Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening. Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them.

Sunday, August 31st

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.

Upcoming Events for May 25th to May 31st

This week you can see a Brown University Alumni exhibition, enjoy an evening with the Providence Premieres, attend a salon by Neal Overstrom, view art by Linnea Toney, and more! If you have any events to recommend, feel free to drop us a line!

Sunday, May 25th

Brown University Alumni Exhibition Part 2, 1:00pm

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, the David Winton Bell Gallery presents the Brown University Alumni Exhibition Part 2, featuring work by alumni Sarah Morris ’89, Rob Reynolds ’90 and Taryn Simon ’97. May 25th is the last day to view this alumni exhibition.

Thursday, May 29th

Providence Premieres at the Providence Art Club, 8:00pm

Join us for a tour-de-force evening of local talent as a lineup of Rhode Island’s All-Star classical musicians and composers present an exciting and innovative program of New Music. Featuring 5 World Premiere Commissions written especially for the concert, the evening will be presented in an exciting 70-minute format to include projected media and electronics.

Friday, May 30th

Neal Overstrom: Salon at the Athenaeum, 5:00pm

The RISD Edna Lawrence Nature Lab Director Neal Overstrom discusses “Collecting Nature: Menageries, Museums, and the Human-Nature Connection” (with a digression on a 21st century giraffe). Part 4 of ‘What use is the giraffe?’, The Evolution of Science, Society, and Spectacle in the Cosmopolitan 19th Century, is part of a series on the giraffe who went to Paris in 1827.

Saturday, May 31st

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market, 9:00am

Don’t miss out on one of the last Winter & Spring time farmer’s markets in Pawtucket! Get your locally grown foods to enjoy for the week.

Hope Street Spring Block Party, 12:00pm

This year’s Hope Street Spring Block Party is sure to be a great event with live music, great food, and merchant specials. There’s fun for the whole family, including a beer garden, a fashion and wares show, and a ton of activities for the kids. Musical guests featured at this Hope Street event will include Ravi Shavi, Atlantic Thrills, Jay Berndt, Huge Face, Uke Springsteen, Joe’s Backyard Band, the Classical High School Jazz Band, and more to be announced!

Linnea Toney Leeming at ArtProv Gallery, 4:00pm

ArtProv gallery’s new exhibit, “Inspired Color,” features the large-scale works of abstract painter Linnea Toney Leeming. Linnea Toney Leeming is an abstract painter whose multi-faceted career as an artist, educator, and photographer has spanned more than 30 years.



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Upcoming Events for May 11th to May 17th

This week you can join Rhode Island College to celebrate Asian-Pacific American culture, be inspired by marathon runner Dick Beardsley, visit a group art exhibition or author talk, attend a dance performance, a discussion on the importance of sleep, the final Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market and of course, the first WaterFire lighting! Continue reading “Upcoming Events for May 11th to May 17th”

Upcoming Events for the Week of May 4th to May 10th

This week you can enjoy a charity walk, enjoy a surprise restaurant crawl, attend a discussion with Arthur Meyer and a jazz festival, celebrate motherhood, and more!

This week you can enjoy a charity walk, enjoy a surprise restaurant crawl, attend a discussion with Arthur Meyer and a jazz festival, celebrate motherhood, and more! If you have any events to recommend, feel free to drop us a line!

Sunday, May 4th

Walk to Cure Arthritis 2014, 9:00am

The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. The walk features a 3-mile or 1-mile course. Information will be provided about arthritis, and fun activities will be hosted for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring along their dogs!

Performance Exhibit: The Most Massive Woman Wins, 7:30pm

Challenging, brutal, and hilarious, four woman of varying shapes and sizes sit in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic. The women explore their perceptions of body image and reveal their experiences of dealing with weight issues through monologues, short scenes, and schoolyard rhymes. From painful childhood memories to frustrations with the opposite sex, these experiences both haunt and empower these women as they imagine their way to a new vision of themselves as beautiful and whole.


Tuesday, May 6th

Dishcrawl: Spring on the Hill, 7:00pm

Join Dishcrawl to explore three award winning restaurants in the Federal Hill Neighbourhood — but the restaurants are  a secret! Ticket holders will be told where to meet 48-hours before the event, if you don’t buy a ticket, you won’t be able to find the event.


Wednesday, May 7th

Lippitt House Spring Social, 3:00pm

Join in the seasonal kick off of the Lippitt House Museum with a festive celebration. Take advantage of a special opportunity to explore the museum and grounds. Everyone is welcome!

3rd Annual Providence Rotary Jazz Festival, 7:00pm

If you enjoy jazz music, this is the place to be! Nationally known artists, Gray Sargent (Tony Bennett’s guitarist), Marshall Wood (Tony Bennett’s bassist), drummer Gary Johnson, Jim Porcella on vocals and, introducing Christine Fawson, on trumpet and vocals.


Friday, May 9th

Arthur Meyers: Salon at the Athenaeum, 5:00pm

Arthur Meyers, the director of the Middletown, Connecticut library will discuss his recent book publication, Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement, as the fifth part of the “Cosmology of Conversation” series. Join in for a discussion of ideas, ideals, the history, and the legacy of the open forum lecture movement!


Saturday, May 10th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market, 9:00am

Don’t miss out on one of the last Winter & Spring time farmer’s markets in Pawtucket! Get your locally grown foods to enjoy for the week.

Listen to Your Mother, Providence 2014, 6:00pm

Join together in the RISD auditorium to celebrate motherhood — Listen to Your Mother will take you on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving a voice to mothers. The complexity, diversity, and humor of motherhood will be explored through original readings, performed live on stage.

Wilbury Theatre Group’s Beggars Banquet 2014, 7:00pm

The Wilbury Theatre Group Board of Directors invites you to the second annual ‘Beggars Banquet’ fundraiser. Tom Gleadow, local actor and cabaret director, and Kim Kalunian, a local news personality, will emcee the event. There will be food, drink, games, and live music!

Young Leaders Circle Spring Fundraiser, 8:00pm

When you were a kid, what was your favorite part of summer? The Young Leaders Circle thinks it should include going to camp, trips to the beach, or riding bikes with friends. Unfortunately, many Rhode Island children spend their days inside, playing video games or watching television. This childhood themed fundraiser will benefit United Way’s Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, to give children a better summer.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Season Finale, 8:00pm

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will be celebrating the culmination of their 69th season by hosting pianist Alon Goldstein. Goldstein will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 1. The Orchestra will perform Strauss’ Don Juan and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe Suites.



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Recommendations for June 12th Through June 15th

The full lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:22 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is celebrating the anniversary of the Gaspee affair this weekend, so history is the theme. Go the annual parade, attend a culinary concert, watch the celebratory fireworks, and more!

The full lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:22 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is celebrating the anniversary of the Gaspee affair this weekend, so history is the theme.  Go the annual parade, attend a culinary concert, watch the celebratory fireworks, and more! Get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

Thursday, June 12th

Armory Farmers Market Stop by the Armory Farmers Market for fresh, local food! This market offers the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families Program!

Music on the Hill Culinary Concert Musicians from Rhode Island will be performing at the SS Rose and Clement Church as a part of the Music on the Hill Festival Series. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advanced ticket sales end June 1st. Students with ID receive free admission.

Friday, June 13th

PPS’s 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces the 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses, taking place this year on June 13, 14, and 15. The Festival, known for opening some of Providence’s most interesting homes, gardens and converted industrial mill spaces to visitors from across the region, highlights Providence’s post-industrial heritage through its dynamic housing stock. Continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment The Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment gives visitors a feel for colonial military life. Dozens of Militia will camp out for the weekend in authentic Revolutionary style.

Saturday, June 14th

Gaspee Days Ecumenical Service The Gaspee Days Ecumenical Service is a non-denominational service with music by the West Bay Chorus, and is hailed as “An outstanding tribute to the faith of America”.

49th Annual Gaspee Days Parade The 49th Annual Gaspee Days Parade will feature a colonial fife & drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum & bugle corps, & much more! The Mummers are the grand finale unit. The forecast for the day is sunny and clear, so join Gaspee Days in celebrating the 49th Annual Parade!

Alla and Edna Brown 5k Gaspee Days Road Race The 5K Gaspee Days Road Race is one of the great runs in New England, as participants compete in front of the crowds assembled for the Gaspee Days Parade which follows.

The Gaspee Project at WaterFire WaterFire Providence Presents the Gaspee Project. June 14th, 2014, 242 years after the burning of the HMS Gaspee, as we retell and relive the story of that historic night through a variety of artistic mediums, events, and experiences.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza 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.

WaterFire Full Lighting A WaterFire Providence full lighting will be held on Saturday, June 14th, at sunset around 8:22 pm. This event will be sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business and the Rhode Island Hoteliers.

Sunday, May 25th

Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park Come to Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park in Pawtuxet Park and experience what life was like in colonial America, along with cooking demos. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy live music and the outdoors. Witness Royal Navy press crews in action!

Gaspee Days Raffle Support local community businesses who have helped sponsor the Gaspee Days events by purchasing your tickets for the Gaspee Day Raffle here. Tickets will be drawn at Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park event on Sunday, June 15th.

The Burning of the Gaspee This Sunday, June 15th at 4pm, come see the reenactment of The Burning of the Gaspee. Celebrate the ending the Gaspee Days Festivities with the symbolic burning of the ship that sparked the American Revolution.

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