Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 6/16-6/19

WaterFire – Saturday, June 18, 2016
Sponsored by CVS Health Charity Classic and the Providence Journal
Lighting at 8:44 PM, fires stay lit until 12:30 AM

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight. Continue reading “Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 6/16-6/19”

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. Continue reading “Our Recommendations for Memorial Day Weekend 5/26 – 5/29”

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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Upcoming Events July 29th – August 2nd

We have a lot going on this week in Providence! Especially, our WaterFire to support RI defeats Hep C. The Steeple Street Music Stage is back at this WaterFire. Come enjoy live performances by Rose Weaver and Greg Abate. Lighting begins at 8:25 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29th 

Windmill Wednesday’s at Prescott Farms: 3:30 p.m. Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island.

Blithwood’s Summer Concert Series-Music at Sunset: 5:00 p.m. Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay.

PechaKucha Night Providence: 7:30 p.m. It’s time once again for one of your favorite PechaKucha Nights of the year: We return to the beautiful outdoor space and community garden at The Avenue Concept!

Thursday, July 30th

KidInfo Story Time + Art in the Park: 10:30 a.m.  Join us for STORYTIME in Burnside Park while local authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers bring stories and books to life!

Children’s Workshop-Rocks Rock!: 1:00 p.m. Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children! The one and a half hour program will feature hands-on activities focusing on the natural elements found in Ballard Park.

Armory Farmers Market: 3:30 p.m.

2015 Burnside Music Series: 4:30 p.m.

Concert Under the Elms Concert Series: 6:30 p.m. Join us for the Concerts under the Elms, an annual outdoor summer concert series held Thursdays under the canopy of elms at the John Brown House Museum.

Movies on the Block: 7:30 p.m. Blade Runner

Friday, July 31st

Family Fun Friday-Rolie Polie Guacamole: 11:00 a.m. Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy the show! Each week, dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances.

Saturday, August 1st

Broad Street Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m.

Henseler Foundation Kayak and Paddle Board Race: 8:30 a.m. Enjoy the historic beauty of Wickford, Rhode Island from the water at this great flatwater race.

Hope Street Farmers Market 9:00 a.m.

WaterFire Providence Full Lighting: 8:00 p.m. For the 2nd year in a row WaterFire is partnering up with RI Defeats Hep C for our “C is for Cure” event.

Sunday, August 2nd

The Providence Flea: 10:00 a.m. Featuring all the cool vendors from last summer’s Flea plus a slate of new vendors for even more one-of-a-kind Flea finds!

Alex and Ani Sunday Jazz Series: 1:00 p.m. Attention jazz fans! Get ready to make your Sundays a little more musical with The Alex and Ani Sunday Jazz Series at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard.

The Empire Review Variety Show: 8:00 p.m. Witness a raft of talented local performers the likes of which you have never seen at Providence’s premiere variety show!

Upcoming Events July 15-19

There’s so much to do this weekend in Rhode Island. It’s Providence Restaurant Week all week long with great deals on great food, and there is a WaterFire full lighting on Saturday. Check out what other events are going on!

Wednesday, July 15

Ways of Looking for Artists: Making and Meaning: 10:30 a.m. How can art in a museum setting illuminate one’s own artistic process? Through sustained looking, conversation, and writing, artists deeply engage with art and consider their own practice. Museum educator Hollis Mickey provides contemplative moments and opportunities for generative dialogue.

Brown St. Summer Concert Series: 5:30 p.m. Our July 15 concert feature the amazing sounds of the local band, Roz and the Rice Cakes, plus include a Play at the Park activity with the Providence Children’s Museum.

Thursday, July 16

KidInfo Storytime and Art in the Park: 10:30 a.m. Join us for STORYTIME in Burnside Park while local authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers bring stories and books to life. As always, a mobile playground, faceprinting and food trucks for lunch add to the all-ages fun and make for a perfect picnic in the park

Armory Farmers Market 3:30 p.m.

Burnside Music Series: 4:30 p.m. Join us every Thursday this summer for beautiful times in Burnside Park, replete with delightful bevs by Trinity Brewhouse, delicious food by Rhode Island’s greatest food trucks, casual jams by celebrity DJs, and, of course, the finest tunes Rhode Island has to offer, courtesy of a kaleidoscopic array of astounding musicians

Concerts Under the Elms Concert Series: 6:30 p.m. Join us for the Concerts under the Elms, an annual outdoor summer concert series held Thursdays under the canopy of elms at the John Brown House Museum.

Saturday, July 18

Broad St. Farmer’s Market: 8:00 a.m.

Hope St. Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m.

Children’s Museum Bubble Blowout: 11:00 a.m. The Museum’s Children’s Garden bubbles over with fun as families blow billowing bubbles of all shapes and sizes! Kids use a wide array of wacky tools to blow giant bubbles, stretch them into astonishing shapes, and explore their amazing properties.

Design the Night: It’s Elemental: 4:00 p.m. The evening features discussions with local artists, art-making for adults and children, gallery talks, refreshments, and music—all incorporating elemental themes of fire, water, air, and earth.

Beaux Arts Ball at Newport Art Museum: 6:00 p.m. The Museum’s Gala Party will entice the eye and the palette with theatricals, dinner by Russell Morin Fine Catering inside the Griswold House galleries, a silent auction and lively After Party dancing. Imaginative and colorful attire is encouraged.

Hands-on-Art at the RISD Museum: 6:00 p.m. Inspired by works on view, create art in the galleries with the guidance of art instructor Paul Carpentier. No experience necessary. Materials provided. Free.

Shakespeare in the Spirit: 7:30m p.m. This year’s Mixed Magic Theatre Exult Choir concert, Shakespeare in the Spirit, blends gospel music to scenes from Shakespeare and both soar to new and unique heights.

WaterFire Full Lighting: 8:20 p.m. To start this Waterfire there will be a 100 person torch procession surrounding the circle of fires in the basin in honor of Navigant Credit Union’s 100th Anniversary “Celebrating a Century, Looking forward to the Next 100″.

Sunday, July 19

The Providence Flea: 10:00 a.m.

Alex and Ani Sunday Jazz Series: 1:00 p.m. Attention jazz fans! Get ready to make your Sundays a little more musical with The Alex and Ani Sunday Jazz Series at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard

Shakespeare in the Spirit: 3:00 pm, 7:30m p.m. This year’s Mixed Magic Theatre Exult Choir concert, Shakespeare in the Spirit, blends gospel music to scenes from Shakespeare and both soar to new and unique heights.

 

Upcoming Events June 10-14

This week celebrates the anniversary of the attack and burning of the HMS Gaspee in Providence. Throughout the weekend, there will be several events to commemorate this day including, guided tours and a Full WaterFire lighting. Also, this weekend is the Providence International Arts Festival, an experience like no other! Come join us for performances and art installations throughout the city Thursday-Sunday.

 

 

Wednesday, June 10

Thursday, June 11

Providence International Arts Festival Discover the city center as it comes to life with firsts in arts, culture, music, food, and spectacle. Experience an extravaganza of performances and art installations throughout the city and join the parade converging on Kennedy Plaza during this signature showcase event. 8:30 a.m.- midnight

Friday, June 12

Providence International Arts Festival 8:30 a.m.- 10:30-p.m

Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park 4:30- 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 13

Providence International Arts Festival 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 p.m

Hope Street Farmers Market  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2015 Festival of Historic Houses 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Since the first Festival, more than 50 years ago, The Providence Preservation Society has showcased contemporary living in historic homes.

Imagination Playground Providence Children’s Museum presents Imagination Playground where kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes. Event is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Yard Sale The Providence Public Library downtown will host a Rock ‘N’ Roll Yard Sale from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy live music and dj while browsing the vendors’ tables.

Gaspee Day at the John Brown House John Brown, the Providence merchant who promoted the attack on the Gaspee, later built and resided in a magnificent 18th century mansion. The John Brown House Museum at 52 Power Street will be open from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. with guided tours at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Self-guided audio tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will emphasize John Brown’s role as organizer of the Gaspee event and will make sure that everyone sees the painting in the museum that records the burning of the Gaspee. 10:00 a.m- 7:30 p.m.

Gaspee Day at the Governor Stephen Hopkins House Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street) and open for tours between 1:00 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are always welcome. 1:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Waterfire: Full Lighting  Sunset: 8:21 p.m. Lighting time: 8:46 p.m. The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.

Hao Ni “Ghost Hit Wall” Reception Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present “Ghost Hit Wall” by Hao Ni, featuring an eclectic series of video, mixed media installations, sculptures, and drawings from June 11 – July 19, 2015. The opening reception is Saturday, June 13 from 6PM – 9PM.

One Providence Experience The Columbus Cooperative and The Imaginary Company proudly present One Providence Experience a free and open to the public event on June 13th. A part of the Providence International Arts Festival.

Sunday, June 14

Imagination Playground Providence Children’s Museum presents Imagination Playground where kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes. Event is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Providence International Arts Festival 12:00 p.m- 9:00 p.m.

The Providence Flee  Shop Local this season at the Flea. Every Sunday, rain or shine, from 10 am – 4 pm, June 7 through September 13 on the Providence River Greenway, South Water Street (across from 345 South Water Street) in Providence, RI. (No admission fee) 

 

Recommendations for May 22nd Through May 25th

WaterFire Providence’s first full lighting of the 2014 season is finally here! The lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:07 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is full of museums, galleries, live music, great food, and unique events.

WaterFire Providence’s first full lighting of the 2014 season is finally here! The lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:07 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is full of museums, galleries, live music, great food, and unique events. Get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

Thursday, May 22nd

Consuelo’s Revenge at The Parlour Consuelo’s Revenge, The Quahogs, Triple Threat, and Cousin Tommy will be performing at The Parlour in Providence at 8 pm. Consuelo’s Revenge is influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Sam Cooks, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, and Bruce Springstein and has a unique sound that is sure to capture the audience’s attention. This event is 21 + and there is a $7 cover charge at the door.

Friday, May 23rd

Journalist Alexander Stille: Salon at the Athenaeum At this Providence Athenaeum salon, journalist Alexander Stille will discuss his memoir The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace.  His nuanced portrait of his parents’ marriage highlights the 20th century moment when the mass migration of Jews from fascist-dominated Europe created the cross-pollination that reshaped much of American culture and society.

Saturday, May 24th

WaterFire Full Lighting Don’t miss the first full lighting of the WaterFire Providence 2014 season! The lighting ceremony begins at 8:07 pm – in the meantime, stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  This special evening is sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association, Brown’s 250th Anniversary, and Bank of America.

Sunday, May 25th

Brown University Alumni Exhibition Part 2 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.

WaterFire’s Recommendations for December 12th-14th

WaterFire and the Providence Rescue Mission to bring you a very special Christmas WaterFire. Thanks to an anonymous donor as a gift to the City, the 41 braziers in Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly, turning downtown into a winter wonderland on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.

WaterFire has worked with Providence Rescue Mission to bring you a very special Christmas WaterFire, now in its third year. Thanks to an anonymous donor as a gift to the City, the 41 braziers in Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly, turning downtown into a winter wonderland for both Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.  With the holiday spirit of inspiring people and bringing people together, as well as to showcase the incredible work of Providence Rescue Mission, we have planned a memorable event including a festival of trees along the Basin at WaterPlace park, a Holiday Arts Festival Plaza held inside the tunnel at Waterplace/Union Plaza, special musical highlights throughout the night, and more. We hope you will join us on one or both nights!

 

Thursday, December 12

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland at Slater Park

Held in Slater Park, this annual festival of lights also includes fun events for the family.

Trinity Rep presents: Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike

Check out the New England premiere of the newest play from the outrageous comic mind of Christopher Durang. 

 

Highlights of the Holidays Tours

Located in Bristol, Blithewold mansion is a beautiful historic mansion that offers experienced tour guides to explore not only the history of the house and the family throughout the year. Decked out in holiday garb, the tour includes insight in how family stories interweave with the decorations and ornaments and ribbons and greenery.

Friday, December 13

31st Annual Foundry Artists Association Holiday Show and Sale

This annual showcase brings together over 65 local and region artists to offer unique, hand crafted wares that offers something for everyone on your holiday gift list.

 

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

Visit Providence Performing Arts Center for a special night of holiday-inspired classics featuring the Boston Pops.

 

WaterFire Christmas 

Begin your weekend with us at WaterFire! Festivities begin at the close of the workday at 5pm.  Throughout the night enjoy the festival of trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses to benefit Providence Rescue Mission, enjoy the handmade wares from local artists at the Arts Festival Plaza, and enjoy holiday music from many local caroling ensembles and choral groups. This annual event, now extended for two nights, will be a fun for the whole family event that we hope will become an annual tradition for everyone.

Saturday, December 14

Home For The Holidays

Visit the John Brown House Museum on historic Benefit Street in Providence, to explore what kind of Christmas merriment (or lack thereof) John Brown and his immediate family would have witnessed in Providence during their lifetime.

 

Federal Hill Christmas Stroll

Peruse Atwell’s Avenue on Federal Hill for an early evening featuring carolers, holiday treats, and family friendly events to celebrate the holiday’s.

 

WaterFire Christmas 

Lighting begins at 5pm though you can come down early to walk around Providence and to visit the Arts Festival Plaza in WaterPlace/Union Plaza Tunnel which will open at 3pm. Throughout the night enjoy the festival of trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses to benefit Providence Rescue Mission, enjoy the handmade wares from local artists at the Arts Festival Plaza, and enjoy holiday music from many local caroling ensembles and choral groups.   

 

Sunday, December 14

The Providence Flea

The Flea, featuring vintage vendors of all sorts, goes indoors to Hope High School.

 

Festival Fete’s Holiday Market Held at Rhode’s on the Pawtuxet, this holiday market includes more than 150 contemporary American art and craft artisans.

 

We hope that you enjoy your time in Providence,  the Creative Capitol, by touring the many museums,  local stores and culinary delights. Head over to our main page to get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

WaterFire’s recommendations for November 7th through November 10th

Thank you to Alex and Ani & the RI Broadcasters Association for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (4:31PM) and remain lit until midnight.

This weekend we salute our Veteran’s at a very special WaterFire as well as host a national conference to discuss the ways in which the arts contribute to the transformation of a city–something WaterFire holds as a core mission. We hope that you enjoy your time in Providence,  the Creative Capitol, by touring the many museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. Head over to our main page to get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

Thursday, November 7

The Art of Placemaking Conference

Presented by WaterFire Providence, placemakers, artists, urban planners, community developers and researchers are invited to attend this two-day conference to discuss the impacts of using art to build and transform community. Leading practitioners in the field are participating in what is sure to be an informative and thought-provoking exploration into creative placemaking.

Friday, November 8

Kronos Quartet World Premier

Featuring the work of composer Kareem Roustom, FirstWorks and Community MusicWorks join in a bold collaboration to commission a new work for one of the most innovative ensembles in the world today. This event will likely sell out so be sure to purchase your tickets today!

Festival Ballet Providence Presents: Up Close On Hope

Providence is lucky to have such a spectacular professional dance company and Up Close on Hope presents the perfect opportunity to experience the full range of the dance company in an intimate setting. Offering a program that will appeal to contemporary and classical dance patrons, Up Close on Hope presents something for everyone.

Weekly Salon at Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-su pported library open to the public  that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon, which is free and open to the public, features Brown University Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies Laurel Bestock on “The Lure of the Exotic: Egyptomania in the wake of the Napoleonic expedition.” Ever a fascinating discussion at the Athenaeum Salons, check out this event.  

Saturday, November 9

WaterFire Full Lighting

In a very special Salute to Veteran’s and we have a lot planned to celebrate the service of so many men and women. With an early sunset we have events starting as early as 3pm. Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  Inca Sonthe internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park.  Share a dedication with the world in honor or remembrance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern.   This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor:  Alex and Ani & RI Broadcasters Association

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier!

No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 4:00pm to 12:00am every Saturday night.  Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.

Sunday, November 10

The Providence Singers season premier

Check out The Providence Singers, Rhode Island’s renowned choral organization, in their season kickoff presentation of Benjamin Britten’s most beloved choral works. This 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and frequently makes guest appearances throughout the region. This will be a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

CRAFTOPIA Holiday Show

It’s that time of the year and for those who like to get an early(ish) start on the shopping madness here is an opportunity to direct your hard earned dollars to support local and regional artists with handmade goods and crafts.

Other Events Around Town:

WaterFire’s recommendations for October 10th through October 13th

Thank you to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (6:10PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

This weekends WaterFire is sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Our annual Flames of Hope event draws thousands of people and we welcome you to Providence. Whether it’s your first time visiting the Creative Capitol or you’re returning for this inspiring event, we hope that you will get out and explore all that Providence and our surrounding communities have to offer!

Thursday, October 10

RISD Museum’s Making it in America opening exhibition celebration

Be among the first to view Making It in America, an exciting exhibition of works from the RISD Museum’s collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. Free, all welcome.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 

One of our favorite annual events at Roger Williams Park Zoo, check out  Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, a fundraiser which supports the zoo’s environmental education programs, conservation efforts, & zoo improvements. 5,000 pumpkins on display.

Friday, October 11

Benefit Street: Walk a Mile of History It’s the perfect time of year for an afternoon stroll down Benefit Street to admire the rich history of colonial Providence. The East Side of Providence, particularly Benefit Street, is renowned for its quintessential New England historic architecture.  Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for a Fall walk down Benefit Street and discover the past that makes this community so vibrant in the present. Created “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare boasts one of the most extensive collections of 18th and 19th century urban architecture in the country.   Weekly Salon at Providence Athenaeum The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-supported library open to the public  that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon, which is free and open to the public, features RISD Assistant Professor of History of Art + Visual Culture Daniel Harkett on “Learning to Talk in Nineteenth-Century French Salons,” part 1 of “The Cosmology of Conversation,” a series on the history of the salon.  

Saturday, October 12

Click on the calendar for even more options. Be sure to check out our Dining out in Providence page for a list of suggested restaurants to visit throughout the day!

RISD Alumni Art Sale

Head over to historic Benefit Street to check out the RISD Alumni Art Sales where a length of the street will be lined with artists showcasing and selling their wares along with food trucks and various entertainers.

WaterFire Full Lighting

There’s so much to do at WaterFire! Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  Inca Sonthe internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park.  Share a dedication with the world in honor or remembrance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern.  

This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor:  Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation: Flames of Hope

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier! No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 5pm to 1am every Saturday night.  Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.

Sunday, October 13

Federal Hill’s Annual Columbus Day Festival Parade 

Starting on Saturday and extending through Monday, this annual event draws thousands of people to Atwells Avenue to enjoy delicious food and great entertainment. A parade is scheduled for Sunday at 11am!

Annual Scituate Art Festival Head out of Providence on Route 6 to the Northwest corner of the state to Scituate, a quintessential New England village.  Enjoy over 300 exhibitors, music, good food, and the picturesque surroundings of this lovely Rhode Island town.

Providence is packed with exciting things to do that will inspire you. Check out  the museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. This is also the best time of the year to enjoy the changing of the season and the explosion of colors as the leaves turn. Check out a list of state beaches, state parks, and bike paths for an exciting adventure. Below are a few of our recommendations for events and adventures that you can  explore this weekend. Other Events Around Town:

WaterFire’s recommendations for October 3rd through October 5

Thank you to Webster Bank for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (6:22PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

Get inspired by Providence and the greater-Providence region by touring the many museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. This is also the best time of the year to enjoy the changing of the season and the explosion of colors as the leaves turn. Check out a list of state beaches, state parks, and bike paths for an exciting adventure. Below are a few of our recommendations for events and adventures that you can  explore this weekend.

Thursday, October 3

Festival Ballet Providence presents: Together We Dance 3

Dance fans, don’t miss this great event to kick off Festival Ballet Providence’s 36th season. Internationally renowned ballet stars – along with Festival Ballet Providence (FBP) company and school dancers – take the Vets stage for a one-night-only gala performance.

 

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 

One of our favorite annual events at Roger Williams Park Zoo, check out  Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, a fundraiser which supports the zoo’s environmental education programs, conservation efforts, & zoo improvements. 5,000 pumpkins on display.

 

Friday, October 4

Benefit Street: Walk a Mile of History

It’s the perfect time of year for an afternoon stroll down Benefit Street to admire the rich history of colonial Providence. The East Side of Providence, particularly Benefit Street, is renowned for its quintessential New England historic architecture.  Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for a Fall walk down Benefit Street and discover the past that makes this community so vibrant in the present. Created “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare boasts one of the most extensive collections of 18th and 19th century urban architecture in the country.

 

Weekly Salon at Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-supported library open to the public  that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon, which is free and open to the public, features historian Thom Bassett as he explores some of President Abraham Lincoln’s contradictions, inconsistencies, and even failures regarding race during the Civil War and in his truncated plans for reconstruction in his discussion, “The Flawed Emancipator: Lincoln, Race, and Narratives of Freedom.”

 

 

Trinity Repertory Company presents: The Grapes of Wrath

 

Check out Providence’s regional theater, now in its 50th season, located at the historic Lederer Theater Center in downtown Providence. Running nightly through October 6, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath at Trinity Rep is a great idea for a night out.

 

 

Saturday, October 5

Click on the calendar for even more options. Be sure to check out our Dining out in Providence page for a list of suggested restaurants to visit throughout the day!

 

WaterFire Full Lighting

There’s so much to do at WaterFire! Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  Inca Sonthe internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park.  Share a dedication with the world in honor or remembrance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern.  This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor: Webster Bank

 

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier!

No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 5pm to 1am every Saturday night. Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.

 

Sunday, October 6

Providence Performing Arts Center: Once

Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. The travelling cast comes through Providence and the beautiful Providence Performing Arts Center in downtown Providence.

 

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WaterFire Recommendations for the weekend of September 26- 28th

Thank you to Roger Williams University & Roger Williams University School of Law for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after (6:34PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

Get inspired by Providence and the greater-Providence region by touring the many museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. We’re happy to share with you a few suggestions for events and adventures that you can  explore this weekend.

Thursday, September 26

Weekly Salon at Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-supported library open to the public  that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon. which is free and open to the public, brings together composer Kareem Roustom, Community MusicWorks (CMW) Artistic Director Sebastian Ruth, and FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher  to discuss their upcoming collaborative concert with the Kronos Quartet.

Trinity Repertory Company presents: The Grapes of Wrath

Check out Providence’s regional theater, now in its 50th season, located at the historic Lederer Theater Center in downtown Providence. Running nightly through October 6, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath at Trinity Rep is a great idea for a night out.

Friday, September 27

Benefit Street: Walk a Mile of History

It’s the perfect time of year for an afternoon stroll down Benefit Street to admire the rich history of colonial Providence. The East Side of Providence, particularly Benefit Street, is renowned for its quintessential New England historic architecture.  Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for a Fall walk down Benefit Street and discover the past that makes this community so vibrant in the present. Created “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare boasts one of the most extensive collections of 18th and 19th century urban architecture in the country.

A Better World by Design 2013 Conference

Now in its 6th year, A Better World by Design is an internationally-acclaimed conference held annually at Brown & RISD campuses in Providence. This conference aims to connect students, professionals, and individuals from a myriad of disciplines and strives to build a global community of socially-conscious innovators.

Saturday, September 28

You have a lot of options and could certainly be out all day. We think the Street Painting Festival, IonaFest, and WaterFire offer you a full day of activity downtown, but click on the calendar for even more options. Be sure to check out our Dining out in Providence page for a list of suggested restaurants to visit throughout the day!

14th Annual Providence Rotary Street Paining Festival

Check out the annual chalk art festival held inside the skating center in the heart of downtown Providence. Free!

IonaFest: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Iona Dobbins

The First Annual “IonaFest,” hosted by the Art League of Rhode Island, will celebrate the life and legacy of Iona Dobbins, arts advocate and former executive director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and her contributions to the arts in Rhode Island. Beginning with a parade procession commencing from Providence Performing Arts Center, InoaFest includes live performances at Grants Block (outside stage near Tazza on Westminster Street), and a fundraiser with performances at Roots Cultural Center. This is sure to a great event celebrating the life and legacy of a prominent arts advocate in our community.

WaterFire Full Lighting

There’s so much to do at WaterFire! Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  Inca Sonthe internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park.  Share a dedication with the world in honor or rememberance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern.  This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor: Roger Williams University & Roger Williams School of Law Celebrating 20 Years

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier!

No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 5pm to 1am every Saturday night. Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.

Sunday, September 29

Aerplaye Dance Presents: Return

Rhode Island’s newest modern dance company, Aerplaye, presents its premiere performance, Return, at the Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium.

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