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Tara Rugg

Tara Rugg is the marketing manager at the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. She lives in Warwick with her husband, and loves spending time in Providence for dining, theater and concerts. In her free time, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

Columbus Day Weekend Festival on Federal Hill

This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the Columbus Day Weekend Festival on Federal Hill, presented by the Federal Hill Commerce Association, and we couldn't be more excited! The festival runs Oct. 6–9, 2023 and is full of amazing food, savory pastries, live entertainment, games, rides and, of…

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Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life Weekend

Join the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to celebrate life on Sept. 30–Oct. 1 at the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life Weekend, and help them light the way to hope for anyone touched by breast cancer. Passport to Survivorship Expo The weekend begins with the free Passport to…

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Grab a Brew at Beer Garden City in Cranston

Hang on to summer a little longer with Beer Garden City at Garden City Center in Cranston. Each weekend in September will feature a different local brewery at the Gazebo. Sample local brews and even grab a bite from Avvio Italian Ristorante while you're there. It's family (and dog) friendly, so…

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Walking in Rhode Island

Providence is one of the most walkable cities in America. When John Kostrzewa was researching his new book, "Walking Rhode Island: 40 Hikes for Nature and History Lovers," he found two easy trails in the city that offer great exercise and spectacular views. Neutaconkanut Hill The short climb to…

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Family Fun at the Pawtucket Arts Festival

Now celebrating its 25th year, the Pawtucket Arts Festival (Sept. 1–10) highlights the city's creative culture over two weeks. This year's festival focuses on education and public engagement while celebrating the diverse communities of Pawtucket. The festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1 and runs…

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A Parent's Guide to College Move-In, Providence Style

Dropping off your kids at college can be tough, especially in a new city. You don't know where to park, where to eat or even where to buy toilet paper! But fear not, we have a list of all the places you'll need to know about in order to survive your first parent college drop-off in Providence…

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PVD Vegan Restaurant Week Returns

PVD Vegan Restaurant Week is taking a hiatus for 2023. Follow @riveganrestaurantweek for 2024 information. November 1 is World Vegan Day and PVD Vegan Restaurant Week is keeping the celebration going for 10 days! From Oct. 28–Nov. 6, dozens of restaurants in Providence and throughout Rhode Island…

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7 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be small in size but we're no stranger to the big screen! And with the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival in full swing, it's no wonder we've got movies on the mind. While Flickers brings in movies from all around the world, this year's schedule includes plenty of…

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Celebrate National Oyster Day in Providence and Beyond

August 5 is National Oyster Day and we've rounded up all kinds of deals for you! Whether you're digging some buck-a-shuck specials or want a behind-the-scenes peek at where oysters are grown, look no further for everything you need to have a shucking good time. Providence Oyster Deals Providence…

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Vegan & Vegetarian Dining at Providence Restaurants

If you're one of the growing number of Americans who prefer a plant-based diet, you probably know all the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Providence. But did you know that a wide variety of other Providence restaurants also have vegan-friendly options on their menu? Jump to: Plant-Friendly…

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