Roger Williams Park, The People’s Park, is celebrating its 150th birthday, and to celebrate there are dozens of fun, free summer events, concerts and activities for all ages. The Roger Williams Park Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department have teamed up to bring music, arts, fitness, health and cultural events, children’s classes, movies and more to our friends, neighbors and visitors. The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center and Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Zoo are also all open this summer. Check out the Roger Williams Park events calendar or read on for some of the highlights!
Making music in the park really brings people together and is a great draw for all ages. The RI Philharmonic Summer Pops is on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m., and we have partnered with FirstWorks for the Summer Beats Series, with an upcoming performance on Aug. 14 by William Cepeda for some Afro-Rican Jazz and an all-ages workshop. PVD World Music is bringing a series of concerts by artists from around the world, providing a chance to experience and interact with diverse Afrocentric musical traditions.
Health and fitness are popular in Roger Williams Park, so this year you can find yoga, meditation, tai chi, Zumba and xtreme hip-hop classes as part of the Parks Department’s Fitness in the Park. Providence Tennis Center has classes and camps for everyone and now offers pickleball programming, too. Lifespan Community Health Institute is hosting a free skin cancer screening on Aug. 26. You can get the health of your garden soil checked at the RWP Botanical Center and you can enjoy a plant or bird walk by the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.
Fridays are festive as we host First Friday Films each month on the Boathouse lawn at sunset. Take a swan boat ride, grab dinner with your favorite food truck at Food Truck Friday every week at the Carousel Village, then enjoy the movie!
And, of course, this year the park will be home to the Dominican Festival, an AARI Farmers Market, a Roger Williams Park 150th Birthday Party and so much more. The park has never looked better, so come by soon and help us celebrate Roger Williams Park’s birthday!
Top Photo: Jose Ramirez