Welcome to another GoProvidence Weekend Roundup. This weekend kicks off the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival. In honor of that, we're going to give you five not-to-miss events from this weekend.

 

 

 Saturday, June 13: 

Festival of Historic Houses
Experience the historic Fox Point and Benefit Street neighborhoods in the Providence Preservation Society's annual Festival of Historic Houses. This festival provides a rare opportunity to step into many historic Providence homes and learn about their origins. The houses open up at 10 a.m.

Dean Avenue at The Dean Hotel
The Dean Hotel, recently featured in GQ Magazine's "America's Coolest City" article, is collaborating with local arts organization The Avenue Concept to host a full day of interactive activities. Six local DJs will be spinning jams throughout the day starting at 12 pm along with a slew of local vendors. There will also be a brightly colored skate park and sculpture lounge. This event runs from noon - 9 p.m.

 

Rock 'n' Roll Yard Sale
What Cheer Records + Vintage presents the Providence Rock & Roll Yard Sale at the Providence Public Library. This unique yard sale will house some of the area's best vendors, selling everything from records and vintage apparel to DIY handmade goods. There will also be live performances and a DJ, along with a cash bar. The yard sale starts at noon.

One Providence Experience 
Set in the shadow of the façade of the historic Providence National Bank, this showcase of local talent will be something that everyone will enjoy. Local artists included in the line-up will be Low Anthem, Gym Shorts, And the Kids, Ravi Shavi, Medusah Black and much, much more. This show is put on by the wonderful people that are the Columbus Cooperative and the Imaginary Company and starts at 6 p.m.

Angelique Kidjo
The "undisputed Queen of African Music," Angelique Kidjo, will be taking the stage to headline the Providence International Arts Festival. The FirstWorks Plaza Stage at Kennedy Plaza will be the setting for this exuberant, exciting showcase of Grammy Award-winning African music. The show starts at 9 p.m.

For a full calendar of events and interactive map of the whole Festival. And for a full list of events in Providence, check out our events calendar.