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 7/21-7/24

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

WaterFire – Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
Full Lighting, sponsored by Cox Business
Lighting at 8:32 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 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 for October 2nd through 4th

Visiting for this weekend’s full WaterFire? Check out these other events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, October 2

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. Located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, opens at 6 p.m.

Bo Burnham: Make Happy Tour Fall 2015: Bo’s live shows are a unique blend of stand-up, music, and theatre. He’s currently performing all over North America on his new “MAKE HAPPY TOUR.” Located at the Vets beginning at 8 p.m.

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Upcoming Events for September 25th through 27th

Visiting for this weekend’s full WaterFire? Check out these other events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, September 25

Wine and Food Festival at the Newport Mansions: At the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one Grand Tasting admission price allows you to experience a tasting tour around the world with wine and food samples showcasing the finest vintages and cuisine available.  Plus, Grand Tasting parking is complimentary at Easton’s Beach on Memorial Boulevard, with free shuttle service to and from Marble House. Ticket sales are non-refundable.  All attendees must be 21 or over.

To Search: Investigations of the Virtual and Material Lives of Objects: This two-day conversation highlights the double lives of objects—- their local, intimate, and concrete quality as they reside in museums and their global, ubiquitous, and permeable virtual representations in digital media. It investigates the structures of knowledge and emergent network systems whose architectures and formal characteristics facilitate our encounters with objects. 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

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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 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) 

 

Upcoming events for September 8th – 14th

September 21st is the International Day of Peace and the RI Peace Flag Project is celebrating with events all month long. The Pawtucket Arts Festival is also going on this month and this weekend they are presenting the the Slater Mill Fall Festival a family friendly event featuring music, magic, and more. This will also be the last weekend to check out the Providence Flea at their Summer location on South Water Street in Providence and while some of the of the summertime farmers markets are winding down there are plenty to choose from.

September 21st is the International Day of Peace and the RI Peace Flag Project is celebrating with  events all month long. The Pawtucket Arts Festival is also going on this month and this weekend they are presenting the the Slater Mill Fall Festival a family friendly event featuring music, magic, and more. This will also be the last weekend to check out the Providence Flea at their Summer location on South Water Street in Providence and while some of the of the summertime farmers markets are winding down there are plenty to choose from. As always if you know of or are planning an event in the greater Providence Metro area please drop us a line. Also, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 10th

Providence Art Club – Artist Talk with Alice Benvie Gebhart
(6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

The Providence Art Club will be hosting an artist talk by glass artist Alice Benvie Gebhart at their Dodge House Gallery

Thursday, September 11th

Walk Across RI for Peace and Justice
(8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Join the RI Peace Flag Project as they walk from Westerly to Providence!

Gather in Wilcox Park across from the Episcopal Church at 9am on September 11. There will be a minute of silence to recognize the importance of the day and honor all the lives that have been lost in 13 years.  The walk will be a visible call to our community to work for the justice that peace requires.

Friday, September 12th

The Peace Flag Project’s Peace Art Exhibit
(5:00 – 6:30 p.m.)

Join The Peach Flag Project for Gallery Opening of the Peace Art Exhibit. For the past four years, the Atrium Gallery of the First Unitarian Church has hosted special Peace Art Exhibits, as a part of the September Month of Peace in Rhode Island. The Exhibits are part of this Peace Month and draw attention to art work that focuses on peace.

Saturday, September 13th

Slater Park Fall Festival
(11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

The Slater Park Fall Festival will be a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park – from the Daggett Farm to Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and historic Daggett House. This ‘open air market’ features food, craft, exhibitions and performances.

Sunday, September 14th

Slater Park Fall Festival
(11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Providence Flea
(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This will the last Providence Flea of the Summer! Join them on the Greenway 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.

This week’s farmers markets:

Featured image by Erin Cuddigan via WaterFire Providence Flickr.

Upcoming Events for August 18th – 24th

There are a lot of great things going on around town the week. A plethora of H. P. Lovecraft themed events; a night of synth rock and a night of dreamy pop music at the Columbus Theatre; it’s a circus at the RISD Museum; a guided architectural library tour; a Providence Roller Derby bout; and more farmers market that you shake an organic, gluten-free stick at. On top of all that there is a fun-filled lighting of WaterFire on Saturday, featuring: capoeira performances; a welcoming of new Teach for America RI teachers; and the Clear Currents: Paddle WaterFire illuminated koi fish return to showcase the majesty and natural beauty of Providence’s waterways.

There are a lot of great things going on around town the week. A plethora of H. P. Lovecraft themed events; a night of synth rock and a night of dreamy pop music at the Columbus Theatre; it’s a circus at the RISD Museum; a guided architectural library tour; a Providence Roller Derby bout; and more farmers market that you shake an organic, gluten-free stick at. On top of all that there is a fun-filled lighting of WaterFire Providence on Saturday, featuring: capoeira performances; a welcoming of new Teach for America RI teachers; and the Clear Currents: Paddle WaterFire illuminated koi fish return to showcase the majesty and natural beauty of Providence’s waterways.

Tuesday, August 19th

Guided Architectural Library Building Tour – 10:30am

Join the Providence Public Library every first and third Tuesday of each month for a free guided tour of the historic building.

Wednesday, August 20th

Columbus Theatre presents Kishi Bashi – 8:00pm

The Columbus Cooperative proudly presents KISHI BASHI (Athens, GA). Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi (born November 4, 1975). Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study classical music becoming a renowned violinist.[citation needed] Ishibashi has recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia based indie rock group of Montreal.

Thursday, August 21st

Lovecraft Film Festival: Double Feature! – 5:00pm

Providence Public Library will be hosting double feature screenings for the upcoming Lovecraft Readathon on Thursday, August 21st. Don’t miss this series of Lovecraft film adaptations of Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness

Trrrip Opening Reception at GRIN Gallery – 5:00pm

GRIN is pleased to present tttrip., a group exhibition of installation and sculpture by artists Claudia O’Steen, Garret Gould, and Sophia Sobers.

Design the Night: It’s a Circus – 5:00pm

Join RISD for an evening of merriment as they celebrate the new exhibition Circus. Be entertained by a variety of performers, create a wearable circus artwork, and enjoy a short tour focused on leisure time pursuits.

Free. 5 – 9 pm, Museum Galleries.

Saturday, August 23rd

Summit Music Festival 2014 – 1:00pm

Come see live performances, taste Trinity Brewhouse beer and wine garden, and enjoy other activities for kids at Lippitt Memorial Park. The event is free and will be hosted by the Summit Neighborhood Association.

Providence Roller Derby presents: Old Money Honey’s vs. The Mob Squad – 6:30pm

Looking for action before WaterFire begins? Look not further that the Bank of America Skating and the Providence Roll Derby. That’s right folks, Providence Roller Derby is back OUTSIDE! The Old Money Honey’s and The Mob Squad will be participating in this event. Buy tickets here.

Lovecraft Read-a-thon – 7:00pm

The Providence Public Library will be holding a Lovecraft Read-a-thon. Come listen to the works of one of Providence’s most celebrated people, H.P. Lovecraft.

This multimedia, interactive event is a collaboration between the Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Historical Society, designed in the spirit of the Moby-Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum – though a good deal shorter!

Downtown Sundown Concert Series – 7:00pm

Hear In Rhode Island and Roger Williams National Memorial will present several evenings of music featuring local singer-songwriters as part of the Downtown Sundown Series. Experience an “outdoor coffeehouse”. Performers on August 23rd Marc Douglas Berardo, Allysen Callery, Bob Kendall, and Ed McGuirl.

Columbus Theatre Presents Wild Ones – 8:00pm

The Columbus Cooperative proudly presents WILD ONES (PDX) with special guest. Wild Ones are a dreamy pop band from Portland, OR. Their debut album, Keep It Safe, came out this year on Party Damage Records. Tickets available at http://wildones.brownpapertickets.com

WaterFire Providence – Sunset

Thanks to our evening sponsors Amica Insurance and Cox Business we have a wonderful evening planned for you.  Here are just some of the highlights!
  • 6:00 – 8:00pm at the WaterPlace Stage will be a spectacular demonstration of Capoeira, the exciting Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines acrobatics, dancing, music and fighting into a “game” that is as breath-taking to watch as it is to play.
  • 7:40 – 8:00pm the Teach For America torch procession will start at Starry, Starry Night and travel through the park to arrive for the Circle of Fire lighting ceremony in WaterPlace Park at 7:50.  Get there early for a host of surprises.
  • 8:00pm  the launch of the one hundred illuminated Koi fish who will swim the river of fire all night.  They will arrive swimming downstream into Waterplace Basin just as the fires are lit.  They will be lead by the Gendo Taiko drummers of Brown University with the drums mounted on a boat.  WaterFire’s Clear Currents program celebrates the improving water quality on the Woonasquatucket River which is bringing more and more fish back to the river.
  • 7:00 – 11:30 the WaterFire Stage on Steeple Street will be featuring Tony Cerbo singing favorites all night long, with a special appearance of Mixed Magic Theatre’s Exult Choir. The Exult Choir will be previewing their upcoming Gospel Festival taking place on August 29th at Mixed Magic Theatre – The Greatness of Gospel Our Roots Run Deep.  The WaterFire Stage on Steeple Street is sponsored by Geico and Fat Belly’s Pub.
Featured image via WaterFire Providence, photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Recommendations for June 26th Through June 29th

June 28th’s full WaterFire lighting is on its way! Lighting will occur shortly after sunset (8:22pm) and the event will continue until just past midnight. 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.

June 28th’s full WaterFire lighting is on its way! Lighting will occur shortly after sunset (8:22pm) and the event will continue until just past midnight.  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, June 26th

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

Music on the Hill Mendelssohn Octet As a part of the Music on the Hill Festival Series, musicians will performs works by Mendelssohn and Golijov at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick.

Friday, June 27th

Jazz Night Come celebrate your passion for Jazz at Jazz Night! Every Friday night, A-Bar transforms into the hottest Jazz venue around! Join Joe, the boys and their ever-changing roster of special guests (Greg Abate, Tish Adams, to name a few…) Excellent food and perfect cocktails in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere, no cover, complimentary valet parking. Jazz moves to the courtyard on warmer evenings; under the stars…

Saturday, June 28th

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza WaterFire Providence and Bryce Studio are pleased to announce that the Arts Festival Plaza will return for the 2014 WaterFire Providence season. Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

WaterFire Full Lighting Don’t miss the full lighting of the weekend! The Unitarian Universalist Association will sponsor a WaterFire Providence event on Saturday, June 28th. The lighting will begin at sunset, 8:25 PM, and run until shortly after midnight.

Sunday, June 29th

The Providence Flea The Providence Flea is back for the summer, and the team wants you to be a part of it! Join us on the Greenway every Sunday through September 14th from 10 am – 4 pm on South Water Street.The Flea has a vintage theme. Antiques, collectibles, vintage wares, vintage jewelry or clothing, upcycled or recycled items can be found at The Flea. A small and carefully selected group of local artists’ and artisans’ wares, and local, independent service providers can also be found at The Flea.

Featured image from Panoramio.