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Providence For The Holidays

Looking for some holiday cheer this season? Head to Providence, RI and experience the warmth and charm of timeless New England holiday traditions, along with the city's sophisticated arts, culinary and shopping scenes. From carolers, festivals and strolls, to rock concert extravaganzas, there are scores of holiday happenings for all to enjoy.



New Year's Eve Exclusive Party Package
Providence Marriott Downtown
Providence, RI
Price: $359
Phone: 401-272-2400
Includes: Deluxe overnight accommodations on Dec. 31, 2014; a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; live music and dancing in the Grand Ballroom; dinner and a champagne toast at midnight; DJ and dancing in the Marquis Ballroom; and late check out.

Romance Package

Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick
Warwick, RI
Dates: Anytime
Price: Prices vary
Phone: 401-734-9600
Includes: In-room sparkling wine (where permitted by law) or cider upon arrival; as always, access to hotel fitness center, pool and whirlpool; full breakfast for two in the hotel's designated restaurant; and late check-out available upon request. 

Spa Escape Package
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Providence, RI
Price: $399
Phone: 401-421-0700
Includes: Escape to The Spa at the Providence Biltmore. The 50-minute signature couples body massage is the perfect way to ease mind and body. Then relax with a glass of champagne in one of the spacious Junior Suites. Booking must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance of arrival and a valid major credit card is due at the time of booking. Cancellation must be made 48 hours prior to arrival.

Couples Getaway in Providence
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Providence, RI
Price: Starting at $159
Phone: 401-455-3100
Includes: Escape to Providence this winter for a couples getaway. Package includes a deluxe room, breakfast for two in the Public Restaurant, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, and a late check out of 2 p.m.

Click here for a full list of getaway packages.

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Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, Newport, Bristol, Jamestown, Woonsocket, Westerly and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards (i.e. "Oscars." RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, music, style, architecture, history, ... read more

Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: John Brown House Museum
  • Address: 52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
  • Venue: John Brown House Museum

Created in the mid-18th century "for the benefit of all," this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

1149 Wine Divas

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 1149 Division Street, Warwick, RI 02818
  • Venue: Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Tuesday

A ladies only wine club offering a reception wine, and 4 food courses paired with wine.

Benefit Night at the Flatbread Company

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Flathbread Company
  • Address: 161 Cushing Street, Providence, RI 02906
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Every Tuesday night the Flatbread Company donates $3.50 from every large and $1.75 from every flatbread sold from 5 - 9 p.m. to a different local group or community organization each week. Check our Facebook page to see this week's benefit.

Bacon, bacon, bacon - Cooking Clasds

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 41 Lookout Ave, North Providence, RI 02911
  • Venue: Professor Chef

Imagine an entire menu that had bacon in every dish...well here it is! We will be making Bacon and Blue Cheese soup, bacon wrapped meat loaf cupcakes, and Bourbon and Bacon Brownies!!! Tue 8./4 6:30 pm $60 per person

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Opening Night Celebration

Discover an unforgettably memorable selection of short films from around the world and New England that await audiences at the gala opening night of the 19th Annual Flickers. This year’s selection promises to engage, entertain and possibly discover the next Academy Award nominee. As part of it’s long tradition, Flickers will celebrate the “Art of the Short Film” representing an array of genres that salute RIIFF’s unique status: out of more than 7,000 film festivals ... read more

National Night Out

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: John Donigian Park
  • Address: 228 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909

The National Night Out Festival is returning to Olneyville! National Night Out is a chance for the community to hang out with local police officers while listening to music, playing games, eating delicious food, and maybe even winning prizes in our raffle contest. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Make sure you don't miss it!

Camp: Explorers Week

$160 Member, $180 Non-member There is no better place for your child to spend his/her summer, exploring Blithewold’s gorgeous 33 acres of shorefront, gardens and grounds. For children in grades K-4 (entering grades 1-5) Each fun-filled week has a unique theme and is packed full of arts and crafts, science, games, beach exploration, hiking through the gardens & grounds, nature exploration, music and dancing, Family Fun Friday performances, and visits from special guests! read more

The Little Mermaid

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Theatre by the Sea
  • Address: 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck, RI 02879
  • Venue: Theatre by the Sea
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, the under the sea musical spectacular, hits the Theatre By The Sea stage from July 22 to August 15. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a splashy extravaganza. Prepare to be swept away by the classic songs you remember, and delighted by new ones written by Oscar-winning Disney tunesm... read more

Play at the Park with Providence Children's Museum!

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Children's Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

For a fourth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across Providence, building on its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community. The Museum will facilitate open-ended activities at city parks during Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative evening concerts in July and August. Families will build forts... read more

Rough Point Landscape History and Garden Tour

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Rough Point
  • Address: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Tuesday

Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Experience the creation of Frederick Law Olmsted who initially designed the grounds. The tour covers 250 years of this beautiful property’s history from farmland to premier vacation spot. Weather dependent, registration available online.

Teen Workshop at Frequency

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Frequency @ 186 Carpenter
  • Address: 186 Carpenter, Providence, RI 02903
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday

A month-long workshop for teens: Part 1: A New Spelling of My Name and Part 2: Invisible Cities Part 1: A New Spelling of My Name Who gave us our names? How does society define us? How do we begin to name and define ourselves? Part 1 of this course leads participants through a series of prompts, games, and exercises centered around identity, selfhood, and power. We’ll rant and rave, question and critique, experiment and play. Part 2: Invisible Cities What if you were in charge of everythin... read more

Get Out! at Providence Children's Museum

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Children's Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Get out and play at Providence Children’s Museum! Explore active hands-on programs in The Children’s Garden every week – create rockets, mess around with mud and moon sand, and more. August 4 | Sun Spotters: Use a tool called a sunspotter to follow the sun’s progress across the sky. August 11 | Mars Mud: Dig, scoop and build with mud on an imaginary journey to the red planet. August 18 | Moon Sand: Create, shape and engage with special kinesthetic sand. August 25 | Stomp... read more

Fitness in the Parks Summer 2015 - June 22 to August 28

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Providence Public Parks
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Fitness in the Parks (FITP) program coordinates FREE fitness classes across the city of Providence during the summer working with the Park+Recreation Department, the Healthy Communities Office, the YMCA of Greater Providence, and many other partners. This summer is the 3rd Annual Season of the program, which will run from June 22nd until the end of August with some fitness classes still running through September. Schedule can be found on our website, Facebook ( read more

Summer Art Camp

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Warwick Museum of Art
  • Address: 3259 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Ages 6-12 will have unique ways to explore their creativity this summer at the Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Road. New art sessions include Animal Art, Mask Making, Paper Mache Art and Wearable Art. Plus, favorite sessions like Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Mosaics, and more will be offered again! Full camp schedule, instructors, and pricing are on Facebook (Events), online at or call the office. Easy phone registration with Discover Card, MasterCard or Visa. Register soon ... read more

"Rhode Island Masters" Exhibition

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum is excited to announce that four original Stuart portraits are coming to the museum on permanent loan from The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston. The artwork will be the anchor for the upcoming exhibition “Rhode Island Masters” beginning on June 6th. The exhibition will be shown June 6-August 31, 2015 and consists of original works of art by 18th and 19th century Rhode Island artists. The show will provide the public with a rare glimpse at e... read more

Dinner & Adventure

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 202 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035
  • Venue: 5 Wits Patriot Place
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

5 Wits has teamed up with three Patriot Place Restaurants to bring you Dinner & Adventure! Show your 5 Wits receipt at these restaurants, and receive: Red Robin: Free appetizer with a $20 purchase Tavolino: Free appetizer with purchase of an entree CBS Scene: 1/2 price off an entree with purchase of a second entree. Limit one per table or... Show your restaurant receipt to 5 Wits, and receive: 5 Wits: Free admission with purchase of a 2nd admission. Limit 2/receipt, within 30 days

Providence Ghost Tour

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Prospect Terrace Park
  • Address: Congdon St, Providence, RI 02906
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Now in our 10th season, we have been voted as one of the Top Ten Ghost Tours by Join us as we lead you by lantern light through the darkened streets of the historic East Side of Providence, RI sharing with you stories that will be sure to send a chill down your spine.

Visit Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Discover art, history, and nature at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum! The Museum, set in the woods on a beautiful millpond and stream, has the working Stuart snuff mill, an operating gristmill, fish ladder, and colonial herb garden. Visitors enjoy our nature trails with scenic overlooks of the pristine Carr Pond and stunning flora and fauna. Artists find inspiration on our beautiful grounds. Art exhibits and period works are on display in our Welcome Center and Gallery. Guided tours of ... read more

Yoga in the Garden

Blithewold and Bristol Yoga Studio invite you to outdoor yoga in Blithewold's beautiful gardens. All experience levels welcome. Price: Drop-in Session: $10 member, $15 non-member Pre-paid 1-month unlimited pass: $60 member, $100 non-member

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom (FINAL SEASON)

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
  • Venue: Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive experience inside the Zoo’s beautifully landscaped greenhouse filled with hundreds of free-flying native North American butterflies. A delight for butterfly and gardening enthusiasts alike, this enchanting experience invites visitors to discover a deeper appreciation for some of our earth’s most imperi... read more

My Sky: an exhibit exploring the universe at Providence Children's Museum

This summer, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, a traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe. My Sky invites children and adults to investigate the sun, moon and stars together in an immersive environment as they: • Explore close-up images of the sun • Discover the phases of the moon • Gaze through a telescope to study the stars and planets • Find familiar constellations and invent new ones • Meet ... read more

Slater Mill Tours

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860
  • Venue: Slater Mill Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Visit the birthplace of the American industrial revolution! Take a guided tour through our country's first successful cotton spinning mill. See spinning frames and power looms, the machine shop, an industrial waterwheel, and much more. Standard museum tour admission includes a tour of all three historic structures on campus. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

About the Aqueducts of Portugal Exhibit

  • August 04, 2015
  • Location: James P. Adams Library · Rhode Island College
  • Address: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day

Portugal has a tradition of moving water substantial distances for agricultural and communal needs, dating back at least to Roman times, and has many aqueducts. The fourteen multi-arched, above ground, aqueducts that were selected for this exhibition supplied fortresses, cities, universities, monasteries, palaces, gardens, and manufactories. One is Roman. Another revived a Roman predecessor. Two are fed by saqiyas, ancient chain-of-bucket devices used by the Romans and the Moors for raising w... read more

Iterations: from Paris to Providence features the work of 9 local artists

  • August 04, 2015
  • Address: 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Public Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Providence Public Library’s summer exhibit "Iterations: From Paris to Providence" (in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room, 1stfloor, 150 Empire Street, Providence) features pochoir-printed plates from our extensive art and architecture collection and the work of nine local artists who used the plates as creative inspiration. Pochoir is a many-layered stenciling process that produces extremely vivid and dimensional prints; it was particularly popular in late 19th and early ... read more

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