Upcoming events for the week of February 16th – 22nd

This week we have a play written by Olneyville fifth-graders, movie showings for the Providence French Film Festival, an awards party for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We hope you enjoy these events, and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

This week we have a play written by Olneyville fifth-graders, movie showings for the Providence French Film Festival, an awards party for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We hope you enjoy these events, and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, February 16th

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play”

See the last performance of “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play” at 3pm. Written by fifth-graders from the Olneyville neighborhood, this play is about how kindness can turn bullying situations around. The performance is located in the Media & Arts Center at the Met School at 325 Public Street in Providence. Tickets are Pay What You Can, but reservations are encouraged. Call the box office to RSVP: 401-331-7007. Programs are free for Olneyville kids. Donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, February 19th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 20th

Providence French Film Festival: Young and Beautiful 6:30 PM

Providence French Film Festival: The Meteor 9:00 PM

Friday, February 21st

Providence French Film Festival: Queen of Montreuil 4:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Rebellion 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 22nd

Awards Party: Providence Children’s Film Festival

Head over to the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium and enjoy a screening of Once in a Lullaby at 3:30pm, followed by a party at 5:30pm announcing the award winners of this year’s festival. Tickets are $10 for children and students and $15 for adults.

Providence French Film Festival: Aya of Yop City 12:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Haute Cuisine 2:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Far from Anywhere 4:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Cycling with Moliere 6:30 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Calm at Sea 9:00 PM

(Photo via: Flickr: Taco Inc., Marianne Lee, 2010)

Providence French Film Festival

Brown University’s French Department Presents: Providence French Film Festival 2014

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This year’s Providence French Film Festival will consist of a variety of films screened at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. Comedies, dramas, documentaries and more will be shown to those who wish to appreciate the French language in this medium.

Tickets and passes can be purchased at the Cable Car Cinema in advance or on the day of the screening beginning at 9am.  Online ticketing is available at www.cablecarcinema.com for general admission tickets only (no passes/full price only). Pass holders must obtain a ticket for each screening at the Cable Car (limit 2 tickets per screening).

Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street
Providence, RI
401.272.3970

$9 general admission
$7 student admission
$55 for 8 general admissions
$20 for 4 student admissions

Film Date Time
Young and Beautiful FEB 20 6:00 pm
The Meteor FEB 20 9:00 pm
Queen of Montreuil FEB 21 4:00 pm
Rebellion FEB 21 9:00 pm
Aya of Yop City FEB 22 12:00 pm
Haute Cuisine FEB 22 2:00 pm
Far from Anywhere FEB 22 4:00 pm
Cycling with Moliere FEB 22 6:30 pm
Calm at Sea FEB 22 9:00 pm
Asphalt Playground FEB 23 12:00 pm
The Last of the Unjust FEB 23 2:15 pm
Guilty FEB 23 6:00 pm
Bowling FEB 23 9:00 pm
Populaire FEB 24 6:30 pm
Far from Vietnam FEB 24 9:00 pm
Laurence Anyways MAR 1 2:15 pm
Blue is the Warmest Color MAR 2 2:15 pm
Ayiti Toma MAR 2 6:30 pm

 

Upcoming events for the week of February 9th – 15th

This week you can look forward to the Providence Children’s Film Festival’s opening night, a unique show by the Martha Redbone Roots Project, a spoken word performance, an inspiring play written by fifth-graders, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market.

This week you can look forward to the Providence Children’s Film Festival’s opening night,  a unique show by the Martha Redbone Roots Project, a spoken word performance, an inspiring play written by fifth-graders, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market. We hope you enjoy these events, and if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Wednesday, February 12th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 13th

Opening Night: Providence Children’s Film Festival

Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival! Help us kick off this year’s festival with food and festivities followed by a screening of The Zigzag Kid at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium. The party begins at 6pm followed by screening of The Zigzag Kid at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for children and students and $15 for adults.

Martha Redbone Roots Project at Aurora

Hailed as “Americana’s next superstar”, Martha Redbone soulfully fuses her Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American heritage in a vibrant gumbo of funk and R&B. With her latest album, Garden of Love—Songs of William Blake, Redbone plunges her hands into both the fertile soil of timeless Appalachian roots music and the mystical and romantic poetry of the seminal, late-18th century British bard. The result, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen, is brilliant and startlingly fresh. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Andrea Gibson Spoken Word

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. See her perform live at Providence’s Columbus Theatre at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show.

Friday, February 14th

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play”

Nine young playwrights from the Olneyville neighborhood, each in the 5th grade, have collaboratively written a full-length play around the theme of acts of kindness, and turning bystanders into upstanders in bullying situations. Presented by the Manton Avenue Project, performances will take place at 7pm on Friday, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Media and Arts Center at the Met School at 325 Public St. in Providence. Tickets are Pay What You Can, but reservations are encouraged.  As always, our programs are free to Olneyville kids. Donations are appreciated.

(Photo via: Pete DeSimas Photography)

Upcoming events for the week of February 2nd – 8th

We’ve got a poetry reading, classical music, funk music, a great photographic story-telling exhibition about life in Olneyville, an experimental lighting installation in the Grace Cemetery on Broad Street, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market.

We’ve got a poetry reading, classical music, funk music, a great photographic story-telling exhibition about life in Olneyville, an experimental lighting installation in the Grace Cemetery on Broad Street, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market. We hope you enjoy them and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, February 2nd

Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

Stop by the Metcalf Auditorium and the RISD Museum’s Chace Center at 1:0pm to hear the poems of Langston Hughes read aloud by members of the community and leaders of diverse backgrounds, including educators, corporate executives, writers, musicians and artists, accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio. A reception will be held after the reading.

Wednesday, February 5th

Community In Focus: Photographs & Stories Of Olneyville

An oral history and photo exhibit showcasing the diverse culture and history of the Olneyville community. Undertaken as part of Olneyville Housing Corporation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, the exhibit celebrates life in Olneyville by pairing 25 striking portraits of Olneyville residents with the residents’ own real-life stories of the neighborhood. The opening reception is at the gallery in the City Hall beginning at 4:00pm. The show runs through March 24th.

Wolfgang Holzmair at the Granoff Center for the Arts

Quite possibly the leading Lied baritone of his generation, Austrian Wolfgang Holzmair is an artist of rare communicative gifts. Performing Franz Schubert’s posthumous collection of songs Schwanengesang (“Swan Song”), Holzmair will be joined by his long-time recital partner Russell Ryan.

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 6th

SouthLight Community Lighting Event

SouthLight is a lighting installation project by students at the Rhode Island School of Design in collaboration with Social Light Movement. Social Light Movement, a philanthropic organization, was founded to improve lighting for people – particularly those who are unlikely to have access to good quality illumination within their environment. Event opens at 6pm at Grace Church Cemetery on the corner of Broad Street & Elmwood Avenue in Trinity Square. Bring your friends and family for a night of lights, music, and complimentary refreshments! The lighting will continue on Friday, February 7th at 6:00pm.

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires

Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow,” notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, the follow up to his widely praised debut album No Time For Dreaming. The “Screaming Eagle Of Soul” is set to release the 11-track set April 2 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

Saturday, February 8th

WaterFire: From Art Installation to Global Phenomenon

The Cora Lee Gibbs Honorary Lecture at the Newport Art Museum by WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans.

This lecture will provide guests with an overview of the history of WaterFire in Providence and an exciting look into the future of WaterFire projects around the world.

WaterFire, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans has been praised as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance, and a demonstration of the power of art to unite a community. WaterFire has been discussed in hundreds of articles and included in symposia around the world. Evans has created installations of WaterFire in Singapore and Houston, and is currently exploring art installations for a number of other cities.

Upcoming events for the week of January 12th – 18th

Welcome to a new year. This will be the first of our new series of weekly recommendations of arts, culture and foodie events happening around town.

Welcome to a new year. This will be the first of our new series of weekly recommendations of arts, culture and foodie events happening around town. We hope you enjoy them and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, January 12th

Chopin Club at the Mary K. Hail Music Mansion

If you are in the mood for a little classical entertainment then we know you will love this performance by pianists Ann Sears and Linda Papatopoli, contralto Susan Allen, violist Paulinka de Rochemont, and violinist Sebastian Ruth perform works of Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and J.S. Bach.  This free concert is open to the public.

Wednesday, January 15th

The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market at the Hope Artiste Village

Looking for savory delights and fresh produce? Look no further. The Wintertime Farmers Market has fresh veggies, cheese, eggs and whole lot more brought to you from a variety local farms. The market is open weekly on Wednesdays from 4 – 7pm and Saturdays from 9 – 11am.

Friday, January 17th

Opening reception for the Group Show at the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School

Including two and three dimensional works by seven local artists this show at The Wheeler School on Providence’s East Side is an excellent opportunity see some of the area’s local artist talent. Artists included in the gallery show are: Hannah Antalek, Harrison Bucy, Jenn Houle, Anne Rogers, Margaret Rogers and Jodi Stevens. The show runs through January 30th, 2014.

Emotional Release by Rubens Fogacci at Just Art Gallery in The Plant

Head on over to the West Side of Providence to see new paintings by Italian artist Rubens Fogacci, presented for the first time in the United States by Just Art Gallery in The Plant buildings on Valley Street from 5 – 8pm. Fogacci’s subjects range from human figures to surrealist portraits of historically famous people as well as mythological figures such as, the famous Neptune or Giuseppe Garibaldi. In most recent years, his figures favor everyday scenes as well as, still life environments while maintaing the infamous characteristics of his creations; that of the strongly marked lines, bright and lively colors.

Saturday, January 18th

Beethoven’s Second Performed by the RI Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Larry Rachleff conducting, presents an evening of stunning nineteenth and twentieth century music. Performances will include, Beethoven’s Second Symphony; Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand featuring the Philharmonic debut of Jean-Phillip Collard; and the Orchestra will perform Hindemith’s Mathis Der Maler.

‘Mericans Tribute to Providence Record Release Show

Local rockers, The ‘Mericans, will be celebrating the release of their new album A Tribute to Providence in true rock-star style be performing all 20 songs live at the Parlour in Providence. The ‘Mericans are an Experimental Americana Roots Rock band from Rhode Island led by former Purple Ivy Shadows singer/guitarist Chris Daltry who has been called a “visionary founding father of the rootsy rockers” by the Providence Phoenix.

As always be sure to check out our event calendar for details about all of these events and more.

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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Be Inspired by Beautiful Rhode Island

What’s more inspiring than the blazing colors of Fall in New England? For a state that is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, it is notable that its shoreline on Narragansett Bay in the Atlantic Ocean runs for nearly 400 miles, lending to Rhode Island’s nickname as the “Ocean State.”  Rhode Island has 35 islands within its territorial waters, including Aquidneck Island and Block Island. While you’re visiting Providence, take time to explore the state and some of its beautiful beaches and state parks while the weather is pleasant and the environment is rich with the colors of Autumn.

State Beaches

Charlestown Breachway located in Charlestown, RI

East  Beach located in Charlestown, RI

East Matunuck State Beach located in South Kingstown, RI

Misquamicut State Beach located in Westerly, RI

Roger W. Wheeler State Beach located in Narragansett, RI

Salty Brine State Beach located in Narragansett, RI

Scarbourough State Beaches (North and South) located in Narragansett, RI

 

State Campgrounds

Burlingame State Park and Campground located in Charlestown, RI

Charlestown Breachway located in Charlestown, RI

East Beach located in Charlestown, RI

Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground located in Narragansett, RI

George Washington State Campground and Management Area located in Glocester, RI

 

State Parks

Beavertail State Park located in Jamestown, RI

Brenton Point located on Ocean Drive in Newport, RI

Pulaski State Park and Recreational Area located in Chepachet, RI

Colt State Park located in Bristol, RI

Fort Adams located in Newport, RI

Fort Wetherhill State Park located in Jamestown, RI

Goddard Memorial State Park located in East Greenwich, RI

Haines Memorial State Park located in East Providence, RI

Lincoln Woods State Park located in Lincoln, RI

Snake Den State Park located in Johnston, RI

World War II Veterans Memorial located in Woonsocket, RI

 

Additional Parks to Visit

Arcadia Management Area 14,000 acres;located in Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton, and West Greenwich

 

Bike Paths

Blackstone River Bikeway
Length: 10.3 miles
Terrain: Mostly flat with a few steep inclines
What You’ll See: Mostly woodlands following alongside the historic Blackstone River and its canal
Nearby Attractions: Slater Mill, the Museum of Work and Culture, Wilbur Kelly House Museum and Blackstone Valley Visitors Center
Other Activities: Fishing and kayaking/canoeing
Towns: Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket

Coventry Greenway
Length: 4.3-miles
Terrain: Mostly flat
What You’ll See: Woodlands, streams, a lake and reservoir
Other Activities: Fishing and kayaking/canoeing
Town: Coventry

East Bay Bike Path
Length: 14.5 miles
Terrain: From the north, the first several miles offer a demanding terrain of steep hills broken up by plateus; the remainder is mostly flat and travels over several causeways along the Bay’s shoreline
What You’ll See: Stunning views of Narragansett Bay, New England’s largest estuary, and Providence, the capital city.  Coves and marshes are also common.
Nearby Attractions: Colt State Park, the historic Looff Carousel, Bristol and Barrington Town Beaches, the Audubon Environmental Education Center, the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame
Other Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, antiquing, fine dining (notably seafood and others) and boating
Towns: Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and Warren

South County William C. O’Neill Bike Path 
Length: ~9 miles
Terrain: Almost completely flat
What You’ll See: Farmland, some woods and streams
Nearby Attractions: The Great Swamp, the historic villages of Kingston, Wakefield and Peacedale, Narragansett Town Beach and the historic Narragansett Towers
Other activities: Shopping, bird-watching, fishing, kayaking/canoeing and surfing

Woonasquatucket River Greenway
Length: ~10 miles
Terrain: Relatively flat with some hills
What You’ll See: The Woonasquatucket River, some woodlands
Nearby Attractions: Buttonhole Golf Course, WaterPlace Park, Providence Place mall and the State House
Other Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, recreation at Riverside Mills Park, Merino Park and Donigian Park, shopping and fine dining
Access: There are eight ideal access points along the path, with several of them offering plenty of parking and even canoe launches
Towns: Providence and Johnston

 

 

 

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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WaterFire’s recommendations for September 19-22nd

Thank you to (Up)Beat Cancer: Joe Andruzzi Foundation presented by East Commerce Solutions, Inc., RI Rally4Recovery, The U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University & National Grid for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (6:46PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

Fall view from Prospect Park

This weekend marks the Fall Eqinox. As the leaves change and the days grow shorter and cooler, the beauty of New England is in full force. Be sure to enjoy the varied palette of colors along historic Benefit Street and take a walk over to Prospect Park for a birds-eye view of the entire downtown skyline. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a walking tour of Providence where you will discover the complex history of the city as well as enjoy the insights and historical perspective offered by your tour guide. As we light the braziers at each WaterFire, enjoy the crackle of the flames and the crisp feel of the night air as you join us to usher in the season of magic and wonder.

Thursday, September 19

Burnside Park Music Series

Due to popular demand, and the generous support of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy sponsors, the Burnside Park Music Series has been extended September 19! This week we welcome Gurpo Sazon to the Burnside Park music stage, a dynamic Latin band that has been featured at WaterFire on two occasion. This is the final evening of the summer music series so get out and check it out. The beer garden is open at 4:30, music begins at 5:30. Free & family-friendly!

Gallery Night Providence

What better way to check out all of the various artists throughout Providence than to check out ‘Gallery Night Providence’! This is a free, fun-filled introduction to Providence’s exciting art scene that is held on the third Thursday of the month, from March through November.

Friday, September 20

PARK(ing) Day

This annual, worldwide event, encourages artists, designers and citizens to transform metered parking spots, or parking lots, into temporary public parks and works of art. With over 30 participating businesses and organizations participating throughout Providence, this will be a great excuse to get out and walk around town. Perhaps you will discover a new park, an outdoor library, cafe seating, a musical ensemble, an art show, a mini-farmers’ market, you name it. Let’s go PARK(ing)!

Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference

Taste Trekkers is the nation’s first food tourism conference and is taking place downtown Providence. This event is specifically designed for people who plan their vacations around food.  This is a great opportunity to experience insight from locally and regionally renown chefs and farmers, wine makers and beer brewers, food bloggers and travel writers, all with one goal: to show you how to explore the world through food. Conference begins on Friday and extends through the weekend.

Saturday, September 21

WaterFire Full Lighting

With events starting at 1:30pm, we have a lot in store for you this evening at WaterFire.  Check out  Rally 4 Recovery‘s annual festival at Roger Williams Memorial Park where you can hear great bands and enjoy other family friendly events.  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. Be sure to stop the College Street Bridge to check out the tent featuring FoodForward, an event brought to you by RallyRI and WaterFire to showcase some of Rhode Island’s food innovators where you can learn more and sample some great products.

This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsors: (Up)Beat Cancer: Joe Andruzzi Foundation presented by East Commerce Solutions, Inc. & RI Rally4Recovery & The U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University & National Grid 

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

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 6pm – 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.

Sunday, September 22

Final Summer Pops in the Park

The Philharmonic Pops Orchestra are performing at Slater Park in Pawtucket at 5:30pm, just a quick jaunt North of Providence. This is their final outside concert and should not be missed. Free and family friendly, Slater Park is a beautiful location for listening to an evening concert.

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