Spring has officially sprung and with graduations, festivals and WaterFire, you have every reason (not that you need one) to get out and enjoy this beautiful season in Rhode Island. No matter where you go or what you do, the views alone are Instagram-worthy. Here's what's happening at the PWCVB and with you, our partners.

Neighborhood Launch

The PWCVB, joined by Mayor Jorge Elorza, recently unveiled 15 electronic guides to neighborhoods, aimed at encouraging visitors to explore more of Providence. The release of the new guides was part of National Tourism Week, which celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of the travel industry. Click here for a list of all 15 of the neighborhood guides.

It's time to gear up for graduations. With eight college and university campuses located in Providence, the city is bustling during graduation season. Check out the list of commencement dates from across all of Rhode Island. 

Our next Partner Meeting is on Tuesday, May 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Knead Doughnuts at 135 Elmgrove Ave., Providence. RSVP to CRM Database and Research Coordinator Beth-Anne Tremaine. 

As always, be sure to add your events to our online calendar. If you have any questions or difficulties please reach out to PWCVB Digital Media Manager Nick Millard.  

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The highly anticipated 2018 WaterFire schedule has been released. Check out our blog post for dates and start your summer planning. 

PVDFest is returning to Providence June 7–10 and there will be volunteer opportunities throughout the weekend. Be part of this exciting multicultural arts festival. Visit pvdfest.com/volunteerpvdfest for more info and to sign up as a volunteer, or contact Hernán Jourdan at hjourdan@providenceri.gov or (401) 680-5336.

Twin River has a new addition to its great restaurant lineup. Jacky's Galaxie Sushi Bar is now open and ready for business. 

Nominate your favorite small business today for the Golden Chicken Award. Small local businesses are Rhode Island’s largest employer and the greatest source of job creation. In honor of National Small Business Month, Buy Local RI is accepting nominations for its inaugural Golden Chicken Award honoring local Rhode Island small businesses. Submit your entry via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email by May 25.

Visitor season is in full swing, so that means all of our local tour attractions are running full speed. Don’t miss Providence Kayak, La Gondola, Experience Rhode Island and RI Red Food Tours — all excellent ways to experience the state. Also, our friends at Providence River Boat have a new home. But don’t worry, they’re still really close to The Hot Club. Its new departure point is: The Fox Point Marina at 525 South Water Street.

Speaking of, La Gondola, they won the Editor's Choice award for 2018 Best River Cruise in Yankee Magazine! They’ve got a few new boats in their future too.

Join the first Best Bloody Mary competition in Providence presented by the New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA) and RI FOOD FIGHTS, on Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the oldest shopping mall in America, The Arcade. All proceeds will benefit the important work NEHA does for those living with a bleeding disorder. 

Partner News Spring 2017

There's a lot of great news in the press about Providence and our destination in general. Check out some recent headlines below:  

“Providence Ranks in the Top 100 World’s Best Cities” — Best Cities (Resonance)

“50 States of Waffles” — Food Network

“The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries” — Condé Nast Traveler

“20 Ridiculously Romantic Getaways in New England”  — TripAdvisor 

“Rhode Island, Big on Culinary Traditions” — Tasting Table

“The 7 Best Cities for College Graduates Who Love Food” — Teen Vogue


May 20–23    
International Association of Chiefs of Police 
2018 LEIM (Law Enforcement Information Management Conference)

500 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @TheIACP
Facebook: TheIACP    

May 21–24 
National Association of State EMS Officials 
2018 Spring Meeting

200 Attendees                 
Omni Providence
Twitter: @NASEMSO 
Facebook:​ NASEMSO1

May 25–27
National Collegiate Athletic Association 
2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Finals

120 Attendees
Holiday Inn Foxboro/Mansfield
Twitter: @NCAALax
Facebook: NCAALax 

May 25–26
JMT Sports Travel 
2018 Commotion by the Ocean
2,000 Attendees 
Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick & Holiday Inn Express Wawick 

June 3–5
National Association of Extradition Officials
NAEO 2018 Annual Conference
125 Attendees
Providence Biltmore

June 6–8
Bose Corporation 2018 Senior Summit Leader
250 Attendees
Providence Biltmore
Facebook: Bose

June 12–14
COCC Conference 2018
400 Attendees
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @COCCInsight
Facebook: COCCInsight

June 16–17
Global Premier Soccer
2018 Fathers Day Soccer Tournament
1,530 Attendees
Bryant University
Twitter: @GlobalPremSocc
Facebook: GlobalPremierSoccer

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