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Providence Calendar of Events

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 01, 2015

WaterFire

  • August 01, 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

4000 Miles

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

After suffering a tragic loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace and shelter in the West Village apartment of his fiercely independent 91 year-old grandmother. Over the course of a one month cohabitation, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately comfort each other with curiosity and compassion.

Smokin' Saturdays at the Celtic Lounge

  • August 01, 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

"Die, Mommie, Die" by Charles Busch

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st

What a drag!!!  Trapped in a loveless marriage, faded song stylist Angela Arden attempts to set herself free by murdering her husband. When her ill-tempered children become suspicious, Angela's hopes for a new life fall riotously apart. This psychedelic satire of '60s celluloid classics will give "summer camp" a whole new meaning. Featuring female impersonator Payton St. James. CUSTOM REPEAT: PREVIEWS: July 17 & 18 @ 7:30pm PERFORMANCES: July 19, 30 & 31 @ 7:30pm AUGUS... read more

Akrobatik

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: Fete Music Hall
  • Address: 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI 02909

Boston Hip-Hop veteran Akrobatik takes the stage in Providence at Fete Music Hall. 18+, $10

Boz Scaggs

Fans who have followed Scaggs' remarkable career dating back to the sixties with the Steve Miller Band; the solo triumphs with such classic albums as Silk Degrees and the Middle Man. See him live on Saturday, August 1 at 8pm. Tickets start at $35!

Foolproof Brewing Company's Augtoberfest!

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: Foolproof Brewing Company
  • Address: 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860

Foolproof Brewing Company and the Pawtucket Foundation will be hosting the third annual Augtoberfest, Saturday, Aug. 1. The event will feature beer, food trucks, games, raffles and live music. As part of the festival, Foolproof will be releasing this year's Augtoberfest Festbier in 16 oz. cans and kegs. Tickets: -Jester ($25) - 2 beverage tickets, branded plastic cup - Prince ($35) - 3 beverage tickets, glass stein ($45 value) - King ($45) - 3 beverage tickets, glass stein, 4-pack take-h... read more

Mike Finoia from Sirius Satellite Radio

Mike Finoia is a standup comedian based out of New York City. He was featured in the 2014 Comedy Central New York Comedy Festival, and can be heard regularly on Sirius / XM radio. He is the host of JamCast which can be found on I-Tunes and SoundCloud.

WaterFire Boat Rides

  • August 01, 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!

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association highlights the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, from 1971 until his death in 1990. During his time leading the school, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience feat... read more

Stars and Night Sky at Providence Children's Museum

In celebration of the My Sky traveling exhibit, explore activities related to the celestial bodies above. Design your own constellations, create star systems using geoboards and rubber bands, make asteroids from clay, and more in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s hands-on art and science exploration space.

Venus in Fur (by David Ives)

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A beleaguered director, desperate to cast his stage adaptation of a classic sadomasochistic tale,”Venus in Fur”, reluctantly auditions an equally desperate actress. As the casting session simmers, lines blur between play and reality when the two enter a dangerous game of submission and domination that only one can win. An erotic, darkly comic pas de deux.


 DATES: June 5 - June 28, Thurs/Fri/Sat & Sun. @ 7:30 EXCEPT Sun. June 28 which is at 2:30PM.


 Following a 3 week hiatus,... read more

The Little Mermaid

  • August 01, 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

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

  • August 01, 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 (Facebook.com/fitnessintheparksprov... read more

Whiskey Tour & Tastings

  • August 01, 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

"Rhode Island Masters" Exhibition

  • August 01, 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 01, 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 TripAdvisor.com. 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 01, 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 01, 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

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom (FINAL SEASON)

  • August 01, 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 01, 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 01, 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 01, 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.

Providence River & Harbor Tours

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: Providence River Boat Company
  • Address: 575 South Water Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence River Boat Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Enjoy the Renaissance City from a whole new perspective! Climb aboard and enjoy a unique water tour of the Providence River and Industrial Harbor. Admire the diverse architecture and rich history of our capital city as Captain Tom highlights historical landmarks and nautical points of interest.