Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 3/23 to 3/26

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Breakfast with the Animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face-to-face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours! Start by dining on a hot buffet, then after breakfast you’ll join zookeepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day; climb into the bear exhibit to prep the space for its occupants, get face-to-face with a camel, see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes and takin get their first enrichment of the day, and experience the thrill of watching the Zoo come alive.

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 3/16 to 3/19

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Coming to Rhode Island Exhibit

At the Providence Children’s Museum. In this exhibit you will take a time-traveling adventure and meet real people who came to Rhode Island from many different countries. Hear their stories and find out why they came, what they brought and how they changed the Ocean State.

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 8/4 – 8/7

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

WaterFire – Saturday, August 6th, 2016
A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C, sponsored by HepCHope.com
Lighting at 8:19 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 on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 7/28-7/31

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

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Our Recommendations: Art Galleries

Providence is known as the “Creative Capital,” and for good reason. The city is home to many art galleries and museums that display artwork from all over the world. And if you’re visiting at the end of the month, Gallery Night is not to be missed. Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence open their doors.  This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence.

Yellow Peril Gallery

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Yellow Peril Gallery, photo via theplantprovidence.com

Founded in 2011, Yellow Peril Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging, mid-career and established artists in the United States and abroad. Their inventory comprises of works of art from critically-acclaimed artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. Artists represented share their commitment to social responsibility, and 10% from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice.

Thursday and Friday: 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m.-  5 p.m. 

Providence Art Club Gallery

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Providence Art Club Gallery, photo via gallery night.org

Founded in 1880 to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community, the Club has long been a place for artists and art patrons to congregate, create, display and circulate works of art. Located along Thomas Street, in the shadow of the First Baptist Church, the Providence Art Club is a picturesque procession of historic houses, home to studios, galleries and the clubhouse. Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of sponsoring and supporting the visual arts in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.

Monday- Friday 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

RISD Museum

RISD Museum, photo via mhcari.org

The RISD Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and publications. The RISD Museum houses more than 91,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman sculpture to contemporary art in every medium, including textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture. Part of the Rhode Island School of Design, the museum offers a full schedule of special exhibitions, lectures, tours, concerts and other programs.

Tuesdays- Sundays 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

ArtProv Gallery

ArtProv is a gallery of contemporary art that displays an evocative collection of works centered around color, texture and expression by local, national and international artists. Constructed in a converted loft space in the Jewelry District’s historic Doran Building, ArtProv’s inspired location features three viewing spaces open for private showings.

Wednesday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

The Chazan Gallery

Chazan Gallery, photo via chazangallery.org

Chazan Gallery @ Wheeler is a nonprofit artists’ space which exhibits a wide range of contemporary work by artists living or working in the area. Providence is a city with a very large community of artists, and the gallery provides an excellent space for these artists to exhibit their work. Through an open jury process, the gallery shows work from among the strongest artists in the area in a series of varied and intresting exhibitions each year. Bill Van Siclen, the Providence Journal’s art editor, has called the gallery “a model of quality and consistency. The artists have been among the best the state has to offer.” Located on the East Side of Providence near Brown University and RISD, the gallery is totally supported by Wheeler School, a gift to the Providence arts community from the school.

Tuesday-  Saturday 11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday 2:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

Grin Contemporary Gallery

GRIN is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District of Providence, Rhode Island. Directed by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN was founded in 2013 as a space for artists to develop and exhibit their work, with a steady curatorial hand.

Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

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David Winton Bell Gallery, photo via brown.edu

David Winton Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery is Brown University’s contemporary art gallery and home to an important part of the university’s permanent art collection. The gallery hosts four to five major exhibitions each year, as well as annual exhibitions of student artwork and a triennial exhibition of artwork by Brown faculty members.

Monday-Wednesday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Dryden Gallery

The Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame stands as the city’s largest and most versatile space of its kind. It is comprised of two distinctly structured, equally appealing venues. The ground floor Red Gallery is an intimate setting ideal for showcasing individual artists, while the Grand Gallery encompasses the cavernous third floor of one of Providence’s most celebrated restored mill buildings. Providence Picture Frame, in continuous operation since 1889, is the oldest and largest frame store in New England. Dryden Gallery manifests its commitment to support, provide common ground for, and indeed celebrate local visual artists and their peers from all points of the compass.

Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. -6:30 p.m.

Gallery Z

The Atwells Ave. location currently displays an extensive and diverse selection of small-to-medium-sized original Fine Art works (paintings, photographs, drawings, glass, sculptures, collages, assemblages) from Gallery Z‘s deep stable of Fine Artists: locally, nationally or internationally renowned, along with a selection of jewelry, pottery and unusual specialty handicrafts from Armenia and around the world.

Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

The Haffenreffer Museum, photo via ianaldenrussell.com

The Haffenreffer Museum

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching museum.  A resource across the university, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. The museum offers exhibits, public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery

Peter Miller Fine Art (PMFA) photography gallery opened in March 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island. The gallery is the only venue dedicated exclusively to fine art photography in Providence and Southern New England.

Visit by appointment


AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work, exhibit and/or perform in its facilities, which include several rotating gallery spaces, a performance stage, a black-box theater, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a fabrication and electronics lab, a dance studio, a youth program focusing on youth under state care and in the juvenile detention facilities, four dozen affordable live/work studios for artists, and a bar and restaurant.

  • Main Gallery: 115 Empire St. Performance Space
  • Youth Gallery: 115 Empire Street (Second Floor)
  • Open Window: 115 Empire Street
  • Project Space (and Reading Room): 93 Mathewson St. (Dreyfus building)
  • Resident Gallery: 131 Washington (First floor of the Mercantile building)

Open the first Saturday of the month from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

For a full list of Art Galleries in Providence and the entire State of Rhode Island, please visit the Discover Rhode Island website.

Upcoming Events for July 24th to July 27th

This week is filled with lots of live musical performances as well as storytime for the kids. Sit back, relax, and enjoy what the local music scene has to offer!

This week is filled with  lots of live musical performances as well as storytime for the kids. Sit back, relax, and enjoy what the local music scene has to offer! As always, if you have any upcoming events to suggest, feel free to drop us a line.

This week’s farmers markets:

Wednesday, July 23rd-Saruday, July 26th

FRINGEPVD: Providence Fringe Festival, 4:01pm

Presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group, FRINGEPVD is Providence’s 1st Annual Fringe Festival, bringing over 50 performing and visual artists from Providence, Boston, New York, and beyond together in over 30 performances in 5 venues from July 23-26.

Thursday, July 24th

Storytime and Art in the Park: BIG NAZO, 10:30am

Come to Storytime and Art in the Park: BIG NAZO this Thursday, July 24th and enjoy child-centered art from local performers and artists! Then, join Ricky Katowicz for “Art in the Park: Maurice Sendak’s Wild World!” free face painting, a mobile playground, and the free green grass of the park keep kids of all ages entertained. Grab lunch from the food truck market for a picnic in the park!

Music Series & Beer Garden: An Afternoon with Girls Rock! Rhode Island, 4:30pm

This Thursday, July 24th, come to an afternoon performance of Girls Rock! Rhode Island from 4:30-7:30pm. Featuring special guests Glttrghost and Neon Boots. Join the Burnside Park Music Series for an awesome showcase of Girl’s Rock! Rhode Island’s participants, as well as the world debuts of Glttrghost and Neon Boots.

The Music Lab Presents: Travis Colby and Special Guests, 6:00pm

This week, The Bread Lab presents jazz pianist Travis Colby. Join them this Thursday, July 24th for an after work celebration of food, music, and cocktails! Live music will be playing from 6-8pm, plus $5 cocktails and food specials. All ages, kid-friendly, no cover!

Concert Under the Elms, 6:30pm

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. Tickets are $10, free for RIHS members and children under 12.

Saturday, July 26th

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, 6:00pm

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.

Downtown Sundown Concert Series, 7:00pm

Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and maybe even a picnic dinner and sit on the lawn at the beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial and enjoy FREE concerts by some of the best songwriters Rhode Island has to offer. Check out performances by Jesse and Jack Gauthier, Dan Lilley and Scatman, Lisa Markovich, and Bethel Steele.

WaterFire Full Lighting: Gilead Sciences, 8:11pm

On Saturday, July 26th 2014, Gilead Sciences will sponsor a WaterFire Providence full lighting. The lighting will begin at sunset, around 8:11pm. We will have resource fairs and screening tents for Hepatitis C located on College Street, in collaboration with RI Defeats Hepatitis C.

Sunday, July 27th

The Providence Flea, 10:00am

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.

Bike Providence: Cyclovía, 12:00pm

Join Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence for a car-free event that will open up Broadway for walking, skating, running, cycling and exercise. Free and open to the public! Featuring Zumba, bike activities, street vendors and more!

Opera Providence’s Opera in the Park, 5:00pm

The Sunday “Opera in the Park” series will be held at Hopkins Park at the intersection of Branch Avenue & Charles Street in Providence, RI. Hopkins Park provides a great venue with plenty of room for families to enjoy a free concert. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music! Sure to be a great, fun-filled event for the whole family.

Providence Skyline at Night by Marianne Lee, via Associations Now.

Upcoming Events for July 14th to July 19th

This week is filled with great arts events, from gallery openings to comedy collections to theatre productions. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of Providence’s artistic side and see what wonders this community has created.

This week is filled with great arts events, from gallery openings to comedy collections to theatre productions. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of Providence’s artistic side and see what wonders this community has created.  As always, if you have any upcoming events to suggest, feel free to drop us a line.

This week’s farmers markets:

Tuesday, July 15th

Guided Architectural Library Building Tour, 10:30pm

Join the Providence Public Library for a guided architectural tour of the historic 1900 library building at 10:30 am every first and third Tuesday of each month. Please meet at 225 Washington Street entrance. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Wednesday, July 16th

Yoga in the Park, 12:00pm

FREE, Five-week Yoga Class Starts Wednesday June 4th at noon. Please join the yoga lessons and find your center in the center of the beautiful urban oasis that is Roger Williams National Memorial. These classes will go every Wednesday from 12:00pm-1:00pm until June 30th. Yoga is known to keep you fit, and what better way to benefit from that than with your entire community on a lovely summer day in the park?

Thursday, July 17th

“Fiber Works” Exhibit, 5:00pm

ArtProv gallery’s newest exhibit, “FIber Works,” will run from July 14, 2014, to August 2, 2014, and will feature the textile works of four artists: Liz Alpert Fay, Michelle Sirois-Silver, Mary Jane Andreozzi and Judith Larzelere. An opening reception will be held during Gallery Night Providence on July 17 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The gallery will also be open on the following days during the Handweavers Guild of Americas Convergence in Providence: July 14 – July 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment.

Cate Charles Gallery Presents “Summer Selections”, 5:00pm

“Summer Selections” Opening Night: Cate Charles Gallery, a new art gallery located in Providence’s SOMA (South Main Street) district, will open its newest exhibit titled “Summer Selections” on July 17, 2014, for Gallery Night Providence 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The show will run through August 17th.

“This Land Is” Exhibit, 5:00pm

GRIN is pleased to present This Land Is, the debut solo exhibition of painting, sound and sculpture by Samuel Denoncour.

Many Faces: Photographs of Rhode Island African Americans, 5:30pm

RIBHS’s “Many Faces” gallery will present visitors with historic photos of African Americans in Rhode Island. The opening reception will be on July 17th at 5:30pm in John Brown House Museum.

Grand Slam Championships: Providence Poetry Slam, 8:00pm

What is the Grand Slam Championship? The Providence Poetry Slam’s highly successful 2013-2014 season is culminating in its biggest night of the year: the Grand Slam Championship.

Friday, July 18th

Theatre Company of RI Presents: Camelot, 8:00pm

The Theatre Company of Rhode Island has the mission of bring quality theatrical productions to Northern Rhode Island, and making theatre more accessible to actors.

Saturday, July 19th

Providence Roller Derby Presents: Mob vs. Rats, 5:00pm

It’s here folks, the beginning of Providence Roller Derby’s home season, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. On July 19th, the first bout of the 2014 home season, the Sakonnet River Roller Rats skate against the Mob Squad at Thayer Arena.

Comedy Connection of Rhode Island: $5 Funnies, 10:15pm

Comedy Connection of Rhode Island presents $5 Funnies, a showcase of Rhode Island’s best comedy. For only $5, you can enjoy a night of laughs and entertainment. This event is for ages 18+.

Featured image from I Dig Hardware.