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No matter when you plan your visit, you will find something fun to do. From historic tours to WaterFire, performing arts to food festivals, and everything in between, there are events for every season.


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Saturday Aug 29, 2015

Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra Concert

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre
  • Address: 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895

This is a fun, educational and affordable family event!  Enjoy energetic performances of movie themes, patriotic marches and light classical pops as performed by Rhode Island’s only 60-piece pops orchestra. Come out to the Summer Pops, and we’re willing to bet you’ll make it a yearly tradition for the whole family! Because this unique group only performs during the summer months, the Orchestra is able to draw on the talents of musicians who may otherwise not be available.... read more

Second Annual Providence Basketball Classic

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Jorge Alvarez High
  • Address: 375 Adelaide Ave., Providence, Rhode Island 02907

The event, which  is directed by Build PVD in collaboration with 300 Men and several Rhode Island organizations,  will feature eight (8) teams comprised of professionals and former collegiate players from throughout New England. Teams will compete in a single-elimination tourney and vye for a $2,000 prize. The day-long event will also feature a high school All-star game comprised of RI’s top high school and middle school student-athletes.   The 2015 Providence Basketba... read more


  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: WaterFire Providence
  • Address: WaterPlace Park, Providence, RI 02908
  • Venue: WaterFire Providence

WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances. Boats pass quietly before the flames, as black-clad performers tend the fires from sunset to midnight. WaterFire is an experience that... read more

Smokin' Saturdays at the Celtic Lounge

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Celtic Lounge
  • Address: 397 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02905
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Starting this Saturday (9/20) Hella Smoke will be hosting Smokin' Saturdays at the Celtic Lounge on Westminster and Empire! We'll have local artists in, performing some nights, mixing their music into the playlist others, and just mingling with the crowd answering your questions throughout all of them. Selling VIP tickets to the private bar at just $25 per, and cover at just $5 before midnight, ladies free before 11, and $10 after midnight! Come on down, listen to some great music, meet some ... read more

Brew at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Brew at the Zoo is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Roam the Zoo while sampling over 100 craft beers from more than 50 of the regions’ finest brewers at Rhode Island’s most popular outdoor venue. (Daytime admission to the Zoo will end at 12 noon for event preparations.) Proceeds from this fundraiser will help to support animal care, education and conservation programs, and Zoo improvements.

Manage Your Stress With an Introduction to Mindful Meditation

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Studio Exhale
  • Address: 1263 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI

• Feeling tired and overwhelmed? • Too much anxiety and uncertainty in your life? • Dealing with stress of work, family situations or chronic illness? Integrative Health Services is hosting a free informational orientation for those interested in holistic stress management. Join us to discover how the nationally recognized 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program recently featured on 60-Minutes can help you move toward greater balance, control and participation in ... read more

Mike Hanley from The Today Show!

Mike Hanley’s unique style of high energy, full tilt comedy has left audiences all over erupting in laughter. If you are married you will laugh at Mike’s hysterical stories. If you are single you will want to stay that way for the rest of your life. From relationships to kids to the day to day grind, Mike has a story that will be sure to have you on the edge of your seat. There is no mistaking Mike’s trademark intensity the minute he hits the stage. Mike has been headlining sho... read more

Newport Stamp Act Protest

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Colony House
  • Address: Washington Square, Newport, RI 02840

On the afternoon of August 29, 2015, Newport, Rhode Island’s rich colonial history comes to life during the Newport Historical Society’s Stamp Act Protest. This large-scale reenactment takes place in downtown Newport to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots, one of the first events that sparked the American Revolution. Visitors can meet with craftspeople whose businesses were once present on Washington Square, such as a printer, tailor and milliner, along with histo... read more

Providence Roller Derby presents: The Mob Squad vs. The Sakonnet River Roller Rats

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: The Providence Rink/Alex and Ani City Center/formerly the Bank of America City Center
  • Address: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02912

That's right folks it's summer time and that means Home Season is back and we will once again be skating outside under the city lights of Providence!! When: Saturday August 29, 2015 Doors at 6 pm. Bout starts at 7:00 pm. Where: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI (The Providence Rink/Alex and Ani City Center/formerly the Bank of America City Center) Seating is first come first serve. Bleacher seats available. Bring chairs for track side seating. Music by Dj Tank Jones Beer vendor will be Trinity B... read more

RWP Zoo Last Admission at Noon

Roger Williams Park Zoo will end admission at 12 noon in order to prepare for the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo. Guests will have until 2 pm to enjoy the exhibits. Thank you for understanding.

The Jon Butcher Axis

  • August 29, 2015
  • Address: 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860
  • Venue: Slater Mill Museum

Grammy Award nominee Jon Butcher bring his legendary band The JON BUTCHER AXIS to Pawtucket, RI to headline Slater's Art and Manufacture Festival (S.A.M.Fest), Saturday, August 29 at 3 p.m., in Hodgson Park on the historic Slater Mill grounds, for their only Rhode Island concert this year. The JON BUTCHER AXIS will perform early band hits -- HOLY WAR, WISHES, OCEAN IN MOTION, LIFE TAKES A LIFE and more ... plus the music of JIMI HENDRIX re-calibrated, re-formulated and re-accelerated for their E... read more

WaterFire Boat Rides

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Providence River Boat Company
  • Address: 575 South Water Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence River Boat Company

Enjoy an unparalleled boat ride throughout the sparkling bonfires of Waterplace Park, Riverwalk and the Providence River! Climb aboard and experience the 80+ floating braziers, flickering firelight on the arched bridges, aromatic wood smoke and enchanting music of this award-winning installation along the waterways of the Renaissance City!

Whiskey Tour & Tastings

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Sons of Liberty Distillery
  • Address: 1425 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Every Saturday the Sons of Liberty open their distillery doors in the Peacedale Mill so you can learn the art and science behind making whiskey, see their distillery and then try their internationally acclaimed whiskies. Tours are approximately 20 minutes long and start every half hour (first at 12pm, last at 3:30pm). You'll be guided through the distillery and whiskey process by one of the founders of Sons of Liberty - providing you with a ton of knowledge you can impress your friends with late... read more

Chalk the Walk at Providence Children's Museum

Kids make a mark by creating colorful sidewalk chalk drawings and doodles.

S.A.M.FEST Slater's Art and Manufacture Festival

  • August 29, 2015
  • Address: 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860
  • Venue: Slater Mill Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

S.A.M.FEST celebrates the innovative spirit in the arts, manufacture and creative enterprise of all kinds, at the place “where innovation starts,” the iconic Slater Mill. S.A.M.FEST showcases art and design, artisan manufacture, music and performance in a central square with the historic architecture of Old Slater Mill, and the mighty Blackstone River as backdrop. Saturday, August 29 DW Funk All Stars (12:00 p.m.) James Montgomery Band (1:30 p.m.) (feat. Cliff Goodwin from Joe Co... read more

"Rhode Island Masters" Exhibition

  • August 29, 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

Providence Ghost Tour

  • August 29, 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 29, 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

Summer Work

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Hera Gallery
  • Address: 10 High St., Wakefield, RI 02879
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Hera Gallery is pleased host Summer Work, an exhibition featuring the work of Hera Members Connie Greene, Mandy Howe, Rhonda LaPorte, Elizabeth Lind, Myron Rubenstein, & James Sundquist. We invite the public to join us Saturday, August 1st from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception and to the artist panel discussion on Thursday August 20th, at 7pm. Connie Greene is a founding member of Hera Gallery living in Narragansett. Her artistic interests lie in documenting the rise of local food pr... read more

Young Frankenstein

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Theatre by the Sea
  • Address: 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck, RI 02879
  • Venue: Theatre by the Sea
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy Young Frankenstein, playing August 19 thru September 6. This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas M... read more

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom (FINAL SEASON)

  • August 29, 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 29, 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.

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

  • August 29, 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

Fraternite: The French in Newport

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Newport Historical Society
  • Address: 127 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

A two-part exhibit that showcases the role of the French during the Revolutionary War. The Colony House portion focuses on the French participation in Rhode Island during the American Revolution. The portion at the Museum of Newport History highlights the relationship between the Marquis de Lafayette and Daniel Lyman, a local Continental army officer and a leading 18th century Newport resident. Presented by the Newport Historical Society. Hours and admission prices vary.