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?

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RI Pride

June

"Once" (now through June 16) – Wilbury Theatre Group presents Tony Award-winning "Once," which features folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays their own instruments.

"La Cage Aux Folles" (now through June 30) – Trinity Rep's spring musical is funny, genuine and full of show-stopping numbers!

Dragons & Mythical Creatures (now through Aug. 11) – Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village for a mythical journey featuring life-sized animatronic dragons, unicorns, mermaids and more. Bring your imagination and watch these fantastic creatures move, roar and even breathe smoke!

Food Truck Fridays (now through Sept. 27) – Celebrate 10 years of Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village! End your week with an ever-changing lineup of the best local food trucks, beer and wine from Trinity Brewhouse, and live music from a variety of local musicians and bands. 

WaterFire (June 1) – Head to Waterplace Park at sunset to experience the series of bonfires installed on the rivers of Downtown Providence, along with live performers and vendors.

Festival of Historic Houses (June 8) – The Providence Preservation Society hosts this annual self-guided tour of private homes and gardens in the Elmwood Neighborhood.

Gospel Festival Allstar (June 8) – Award-winning gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar and Hezekiah Walker perform for the first time in Rhode Island at the Amica Mutual Pavilion (AMP).

Jay Wheeler: The Trappii Tour (June 14) – Puerto Rican urban artist Jay Wheeler brings his highly anticipated Trappii Tour to the AMP.

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.

RI Anime Con (June 15–​16) – Visit the biggest Anime Con in the smallest state at the RI Convention Center.

From Free to Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration (June 19) – As part of PPAC's Wonders of 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.

Ben Platt (June 20) – See Ben Platt's Honeymind Tour at PPAC along with Brandy Clark, songwriter for Broadway musical "Shucked."

Gregory Alan Isakov (June 21) – Indie-rock and folk musician Gregory Alan Isakov brings his Appaloosa Bones tour to PPAC.

Ladies ❤️ R&B Volume 2: MONICA (June 21) – Five of R&B's most iconic voices, including Monica, Joe and Dru Hill, come to the AMP for an evening of electrifying performances.

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.

Jason Mraz (June 30) – See two time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz at PPAC for his Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride tour.

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July 4th Fireworks at Night in Providence, RI

July

Providence Independence Day Celebration (July 2) – Providence has always had an independent spirit, and the Fourth of July is the perfect time to showcase that! Head to India Point Park for the city celebration featuring headliner Big Lux, beverages from Narragansett Brewing Company, food trucks and more. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

WaterFire Providence (July 4) – WaterFire's aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight and enchanting music provides a multi-sensory experience along the three rivers of Downtown Providence.

Providence Restaurant Weeks (July 7–20) – Take advantage of two weeks of dining specials including lunch, dinner and prix fixe menus.

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (July 13) – Hometown rockers John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band return to the Providence Performing Arts Center with special guests Steve Smith and the Nakeds.

Patton Oswalt: Effervescent (July 20) – Award-winning comedian Patton Oswalt comes to The VETS with his Effervescent tour.

Nas with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (July 20) – See Grammy Award-winning rap musician Nas perform at PPAC with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

WaterFire Providence – Partial Lighting (July 30) – Head to Waterplace Park for a partial lighting, supported by the American Association for State Compensation Insurance Fund (AASCIF) Annual Conference.

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RI International Film Festival

August

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.

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (Aug. 6–11) – RIIFF features screenings, filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet events and even world premieres of independent films from around the world.

Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life (Aug. 10 & 11) – 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.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party (Aug. 10 & 11) – Fan favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks come to life at the AMP with a laser light show, dance parties and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Special kids pricing is available for all shows!

NecronomiCon Providence (Aug. 15–​18) – Celebrate the weird in fiction, art and academia with four days of festivities in Providence, the birthplace of weird.

WWE Raw (Aug. 26) – See your favorite WWE superstars live at the AMP for a televised edition of Monday Night Raw!

WaterFire Providence (Aug. 31) – Head to Waterplace Park at sunset for this award-winning fire sculpture installation along the rivers of Downtown Providence. Live performers and local vendors enhance the experience.

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Seafood Festival

September

"POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive" (Sept. 5–22)   Trinity Rep's 2024/25 season kicks off with this political farce involving seven women in the president's inner circle as a PR nightmare becomes a global catastrophe.

PVDFest (Sept. 6–​7) – Providence's signature outdoor arts festival, featuring world-class performances, cutting-edge art, savory food options and more.

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.

"One Providence Place: A Mall Musical" (Sept. 19–22) – Loosely inspired by a true story about a group of friends creating a secret home inside the mall, "One Providence Place" is an original 90-minute musical about art, grief, family, and the most carpeted mall in America.

WaterFire Providence (Sept. 21) – WaterFire's combination of aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight and enchanting music draws visitors to Providence every year.

"A Beautiful Noise – The Neil Diamond Musical" (Sept. 21–28) – See the National Tour Launch of this Broadway production featuring the story of Neil Diamond's life and career at Providence Performing Arts Center.

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JOLS 2022

October

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!

Paula Poundstone (Oct. 5) – Iconic comedian Paula Poundstone brings her sharp comedic wit to The VETS.

"Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B" (Oct. 10–27) Trinity Rep presents a modern day retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novels.

WaterFire Providence (Oct. 5) – Head to Waterplace Park at sunset for a lighting of this series of bonfires along the three rivers of Downtown Providence.

"POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive" (Oct. 10–27)   "POTUS" returns to Trinity Rep for a second run in repertory with "Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B.

Beervana Festival (Oct. 19) – 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.

"Shucked" (Oct. 20–27) – See the National Launch of this hilarious new musical about corn at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

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RI Comic Con Costumes

November

RI Comic Con (Nov. 1–3) – Rhode Island's premier pop culture event brings the biggest guests from Marvel, Star Wars and more to the RI Convention Center and the AMP!

WaterFire Salute to Veterans (Nov. 2) – A community-wide event to honor all U.S. veterans, active and reserve military personnel and their families for their service. 

"Mamma Mia!" (Nov. 12–17) – Providence Performing Arts Center's Encore Series kicks off with the return of "Mamma Mia," the timeless musical told through the hits of ABBA.

Mercy Me & Toby Mac (Nov. 14) – Toby Mac and Mercy Me, two of the biggest names in Christian music, bring their chart-topping hits to the AMP.

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Holiday Lights at the RWP Zoo

December

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! 

A Christmas Carol (TBD) - Trinity Rep's beloved holiday tradition returns for another season.

"Hamilton" (Dec. 11–22) – Fan favorite "Hamilton" returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center to tell the epic saga of Alexander Hamilton's life as he helps shape the course of a nation.

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2025 Dates

Stay tuned for next year's events, too. We'll be adding 2025 event dates as they become available.

January

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.

"MJ the Musical" (Jan. 21–25)Providence Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series presents the new musical centered around Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous World Tour.

"Someone Will Remember Us" (Jan. 23–Feb. 23) – Twenty years after Trinity Rep's "Boots on the Ground," this new production continues the legacy of Rhode Island military veterans, Gold Star families, refugees and more.

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February

RI VegFest (TBD) – 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.

"The Cher Show" (Feb. 5–6) – "The Cher Show" at the Providence Performing Arts Center is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

"Life of Pi" (Feb. 11–16) – Told with jaw-dropping visuals, world-class puppetry and exquisite stagecraft, "Life of Pi" brings a breathtaking journey to PPAC that will leave you filled with awe and joy.

Providence Children's Film Festival (Feb. 14–23) – 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.

"& Juliet" (Feb. 25–28) – This hilarious new musical coming to PPAC flips the script on the greatest love story ever told. "& Juliet" asks: what would happen next if Juliet didn’t end it all over Romeo?

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March

RI Craft Beer Week (March 7–16) – Celebrate Rhode Island's beer manufacturers with events at your favorite bars, restaurants, package stores and RI's 35+ breweries.

Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade (TBD) – Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Providence with Grand Marshal Dan McGowan and Deputy Grand Marshal James Riley.

NCAA March Madness (March 20–22) – March Madness comes to Providence in 2025! Providence College hosts the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Amica Mutual Pavilion.

"La Tempestad – The Tempest" (March 27–April 27) – Shakespeare’s familiar story of magic, betrayal, comedy, and love is told at Trinity Rep through a compelling mix of The Bard’s original English, translated Spanish dialogue, and projected subtitles so you can understand it all.

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April

WaterFire – Stay tuned for the 2025 WaterFire Season Schedule announcement in April.

Riverdance (April 4–6) – Celebrate 30 years of Riverdance at the Providence Performing Arts Center with this spectacular production, featuring a "new generation" of performers.

75th Annual RI Home Show (April 10–13) – Save the date for the 75th anniversary of largest home improvement show in Southern New England. 

"Some Like it Hot" (April 22–27) – This story of two musicians fleeing Prohibition-era Chicago comes to PPAC with an irresistible combination of laughter, song and dance.

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May

"Chicago" (May 2–4) – Broadway’s longest-running musical has been razzle dazzling audiences for 27 years, and returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center as part of the Encore Series.

"Blues for an Alabama Sky" (May 29–June 29)Trinity Rep closes out the 2024/25 season with this play focusing on four friends in New York City as the creative revolution of the Harlem Renaissance bleeds into the hardships of the Great Depression.

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