Grab your calendar and make sure you've got these dates saved! We've rounded up some of the hottest (and coolest) events and festivals coming to Providence this year. Check out our monthly guide to these can't-miss events. And, be sure to take a look at the events calendar for other exciting things happening in The Creative Capital. While you're planning, why not browse our hotel getaway packages and stay for a few days?
Lumina (through–Feb. 20) – A month-long light festival, encompassing Downtown Providence from the 195 District Park to the BankNewport City Center, Lumina features 25 towering, rotating prisms of light. Additional activations and family-centric events bring a month of light and fun to Providence.
Monster Jam (Feb. 2–4) – Full-throttle family fun at the Amica Mutual Pavilion as the world's best drivers and their 12,000-pound monster trucks compete. Get to your seats early for Trackside, featuring competition previews, interviews with the drivers, giveaways and more.
RI VegFest (Feb. 3–4) – More than 85 vendors, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, artists and more create a fun and welcoming space at the WaterFire Arts Center for those who are vegan, vegetarian or just plant curious.
Providence Children's Film Festival (Feb. 16–25) – This annual festival presents the best of independent and international children's cinema to connect a diverse community of children and families in Rhode Island and New England.
Journey With Special Guests Toto (Feb. 21) – See Journey's 50th Anniversary Freedom Tour as they take The AMP's stage with special guests Toto.
EXULTATION — An Evening of Uplift with the Mixed Magic Exult Choir (Feb. 27) – The Mixed Magic Exult Choir brings an exhilarating evening of music to PPAC. Musical styles from hymns and spirituals to hip-hop, soul, blues and pop will help you shake off the mid-winter blues.
The Pipes are Calling: PPAC Celebrates the Season of St. Patrick (Feb. 28) – The PPAC Wonders of the Wurlitzer series presents a free lunchtime Celtic concert, featuring house organist Peter Edwin Krasinski and Irish step dancer Kevin Doyle.
RI Craft Beer Week (March 1–10) – Celebrate Rhode Island's beer manufacturers with events at your favorite bars, restaurants, package stores and RI's 35+ breweries.
"Frozen" (March 7–17) – "Frozen" comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center for a two-week run, featuring all the songs you love from the movie plus a dozen more. With sensational special effects and stunning sets, it's everything you love in a musical! Don't miss the BankNewport Family Night performance on March 13.
Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 9) – Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Providence with Grand Marshal Dan McGowan and Deputy Grand Marshal James Riley.
Small Island Big Song (March 15) – Experience a transcendent musical journey combining song, spoken word and cinematic visuals filmed over a three-year voyage across 16 island nations. First Nation artists from the Pacific and Indian Oceans blend traditions and create music celebrating the way the ocean connects, rather than divides.
Brit Floyd P·U·L·S·E (March 17) – Brit Floyd returns to The VETS stage with their biggest and most spectacular production to date, featuring classic tracks from Pink Floyd's catalogue including Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, The Division Bell and more.
Lewis Black: Goodbye Yeller Brick Road, The Final Tour (March 21) – Award-winning comedian Lewis Black's trademark style of yelling and finger pointing makes people laugh by exposing the absurdities of life. His "Goodbye Yeller Brick Road" tour hits The VETS on March 21.
August Wilson's "Fences" (March 21–April 28) – Trinity Rep presents August Wilson's most well-known play, featuring the story of a former Negro League baseball player in segregated 1957 Pittsburgh. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama returns to the Trinity Rep stage for the first time in more than 30 years.
GFree Fest (March 23) – Rhode Island's gluten-free festival showcases some of the best gluten-free products and restaurants with a full day of eating, drinking and shopping at the WaterFire Arts Center. Explore new products, meet gluten-friendly businesses and even sample a gluten-free cocktail!
Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life (March 28 & 29) – Best known for his role as Roy Kent on the hit show "Ted Lasso," actor, writer and producer Brett Goldstein comes to PPAC for two nights of stand-up comedy.
Black Violin: The Experience Tour (March 30) – Black Violin, featuring Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste, invokes a musical fusion of classical sounds and hip-hop beats. Head to The VETS and immerse yourself in a sound that transcends category and celebrates ingenuity and ambition.
WaterFire – Stay tuned for the 2024 WaterFire Season Schedule announcement in April.
74th Annual RI Home Show (April 4–7) – Head to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the largest home improvement show in Southern New England. The show features a new addition this year with the House of Brews – a partnership with the RI Brewers Guild which will allow attendees to sample local beers.
Providence Pizza Week (April 14–20) – A week-long celebration of pizza in Providence and beyond! Area chefs offer their most creative takes on pizza from savory toppings to dessert-style pies.
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles (April 14) – With psychedelic costumes and visuals, "RAIN" is an electrifying concert experience featuring all your favorites from Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and more at PPAC.
Disney Princess: The Concert (April 18) – The music of Disney's princesses comes alive on the PPAC stage with special guests from Broadway and television. Enjoy larger-than-life animation and theatrical effects, behind-the-scenes stories from your favorite stars and pure Disney magic.
"Company" (April 23–28) – Tony Award-winning "Company" finds Bobbie on her 35th birthday, searching for the answers about single and married life in the 21st century.
Ringling: The Greatest Show on Earth! (April 26–28) – Children of all ages are invited to the reimagined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for an immersive experience, featuring superhuman acts like highwire, trapeze and more at the Amica Mutual Pavilion!
International Portuguese Music Awards (May 4) – On stage at PPAC and featuring performances by prominent artists, the International Portuguese Music Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry by artists of Portuguese ancestry.
Providence Marathon (May 5) – Choose from a full or half marathon course for a run through historic downtown sites, views of the Providence river and charming neighborhoods.
Festival of Historic Houses (TBD) – The Providence Preservation Society hosts this annual self-guided tour of private homes and gardens in the Elmwood Neighborhood.
Rhode Island PrideFest & Illuminated Night Parade (June 15) – Beginning at 11 a.m. at the 195 District Park, followed by the parade in the heart of Downtown Providence at 8 p.m.
From Free to Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration (June 19) – As part of PPAC's Wonders of the the Wurlitzer series, join house organist Peter Edwin Krasinski and Ricardo Pitts-Wiley of Mixed Magic Theatre as they present a journey that spans continents in celebration of Juneteenth.
Providence Oddities & Curiosities Expo 2024 (June 22–23) – The first traveling event exclusively dedicated to oddities vendors and dark artists in the country heads to the RI Convention Center. You'll find items such as taxidermy, antiques, handcrafted oddities and more.
Providence Independence Day Celebration (July 4) – Providence has always had an independent spirit, and the Fourth of July is the perfect time to showcase that!
Providence Restaurant Weeks (July 7–20) – Take advantage of two weeks of dining specials including lunch, dinner and prix fixe menus.
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (TBD) – RIIFF features screenings, filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet events and even world premieres of independent films from around the world.
Cirque du Soleil: "OVO" (Aug. 1–4) – Cirque du Soleil returns to the Amica Mutual Pavilion with "OVO," a day in the life of insects, portrayed through show-stopping acrobatics. From crickets on trampolines to a contortionist spider, it will charm children of all ages.
NecronomiCon Providence (Aug. 15–18) – Celebrate the weird in fiction, art and academia with four days of festivities in Providence, the birthplace of weird.
RI Seafood Festival (Sept. 7–8) – This annual event brings the best local seafood restaurants along with Ocean State beer, wine and spirits to India Point Park.
Beervana Festival (TBD) – Celebrate craft beer at Beervana. Ticket includes a tasting glass and unlimited 2 oz. pours of some of the most diverse beers in the world.
PVDFest (TBD) – Providence's signature outdoor arts festival, featuring world-class performances, cutting-edge art, savory food options and more.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (TBD) – Roger Williams Park Zoo's annual fall event features thousands of artistically carved pumpkins. Stay tuned for details on this year's theme!
WaterFire Salute to Veterans (TBD) – A community-wide event to honor all U.S. veterans, active and reserve military personnel and their families for their service.
Three Nights of Lights (TBD) – This annual event features three days of citywide events incorporating the theme of light, including activations from WaterFire, The Avenue Concept and more.
Holiday Lights Spectacular (TBD) – Roger Williams Park Zoo's festive, larger-than-life display features more than 3.5 million illuminated lights, transforming the zoo into a winter wonderland!
Stay tuned for next year's events, too. We'll be adding 2025 event dates as they become available.
Providence Restaurant Weeks – Participating restaurants offer lunch and dinner specials, as well as prix fixe menus, breakfast, signature cocktails and more! Restaurant Weeks runs twice a year, in January and July.