Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors on Hope Street, Broad Street, and at Sims Market (Saturdays), Neutaconkanut Park (Mondays), and Armory Park (Thursdays).

Sweet Little Variety Show: Supporting local musicians, poets, magicians, comedians, and other Providence artists, Askew’s monthly cabaret promotes feminist, anti-racist, and LGBTQ+ acts. September 9 and October 14.

Brown University Football: Watch the Brown Bears throw around the pigskin at their games all fall long on home turf in their return to play after a long COVID hiatus. Varying dates

Bold Point Park Concerts: From reggae night to nationally touring bands like 3 Doors Down, Bold Point Park hosts music in the park throughout the season. September 4, October 1 & 9, East Providence

Food Truck Fridays: Craving that street taco and an evening outdoors? Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts local food trucks doling out street fare at Carousel Village. Every Friday through September 24, Roger Williams Park Zoo

Haunted Boat Tours: Take a spooky boat tour and learn about the many restless souls that haunt the streets and rivers of Providence. Tours run all season, with special Haunted Booo-zy Boat Rides October 31 and November 1. 

Heritage Month: Happening virtually every Saturday in September, this series hosted by the Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission will feature programming ranging from cultural performance groups and hands-on activities like crafts, cooking, and more.

Providence Artisans Market: Artists from all over Southern New England
convene at Lippitt Park to display their fine crafts, jewelry, paintings, and more. Saturdays through October

Providence Flea: Take a leisurely Sunday stroll down South Water Street through tents of vintage clothing and decor, live music, food trucks, and local nonprofits. Sundays through September 26

Providence Performing Arts Center: National music and theater tours make appearances at this world-class venue throughout the season. Find their full schedule online. 

Unseen Stories: The RI Historical Society hosts walking tours that examine the lesser-known stories of Providence’s involvement in the American Revolution, from enslaved men and women pursuing freedom to refugees’ stories. September 10 and 25, October 2 and 15, The John Brown House Museum

WaterFire: This iconic Providence tradition is back! Take a date, family, or out-of-towners to see the river set ablaze and meander through the artisanal market while you’re there. September 4, 9, 18 & 24; October 2, 16 & 27, Waterplace Park


September 1, 14 & 15

PVDFest in the Park: Outdoor concerts featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Jake Hunsinger & The Rock Bottom Band, and Radio Honey, respectively, pop up at Prospect Park and the Providence Innovation District Park.

September 2

Downtown Paddle: Join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for a relaxing paddle on the river through Downtown Providence, launching on South Water Street, to observe the city’s diverse wildlife and historic sights. 

September 5

Afrika Nyaga Drum & Dance Festival: In its ninth year, this festival showcases the music and dance of Africa and the diaspora at Burnside Park with award-winning musicians, drum circles, and activities for kids. 

September 9-17

The Historical Fantasy of Esek Hopkins: The Haus of Glitter Performance Lab, in collaboration with the Wilbury Theatre Group, presents an activist dance opera reimagining the narrative of Esek Hopkins at the historic homestead.

September 11-12

Rhode Island Seafood Festival: Seafood lovers flock to India Point Park annually to indulge in cuisine from a variety of local vendors, paired with music from a lineup of live music performers. India Point Park

September 11 & 19

Providence Rock Day: Fete Music Hall hosts this two-part concert series featuring an extensive lineup of rock bands from all over New England and beyond, on the Ballroom Stage and Lounge. 

September 12 & 19

FirstWorks Live - Music at Roger Williams Park: Grab a lawn chair and take a journey from jazz to Americana with the global sounds of artists filling the park. Free performances take place at the Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn and Bandstand. 

September 18

Weybosset Crossing: The RI Historical Society and Deborah Spears Moorehead lead a walking tour along the Providence River highlighting its significance to native Indigenous communities through spoken word and song. 

Paws In The Park Dog Walk: A fundraiser for the RI SPCA, this fun-filled day of pet games activities at Rose Larisa Park features local vendors, treats, and a canine costume contest. Riverside

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: You read that right! Since it couldn’t happen in March, the festive green parade will take to the streets of Providence a few months late with all the revelry intact and a 5K race happening in the morning. 

September 19

RI Vegtober Fest: Plant-eating foodies will rejoice at this vegetarian and vegan-friendly food fest, boasting 15 vendors and three breweries, as well as local artists and vendors. Trinity Beer Garden

September 24

Ben Folds: Versatile music performer Ben Folds will grace the stage of The Vets for a stop on his coast-to-coast tour. The Vets

September 24 - October 1

Design Week RI: Ten days. Multiple events. One mission. Showcasing the innovation and economic impact of the design sector in the state through a series of curated events in person and online featuring RI talent. Various locations in Providence

September 25-26

Rejoice With Providence: A culmination of summer-long PVDFest programming, headliner performances by Music From the Sole, D.R.E.A.M. Ring, and Requiem For the Living, Alive will bring together local and global talent. Downtown

September 30 - October 3

Narragansett Beer Oktoberfest: Visit the Fox Point brewery to celebrate the world-famous beer festival with their very own Festbier and lots of fun in store.


September 30-October 31

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular: Take a stroll through Rhody’s favorite pumpkin patch as it’s lined with thousands of masterfully carved, candlelit gourds. Sign up for a masterclass in jack-o-lantern carving on October 24. Roger Williams Park Zoo

October 9

Makers & Merchants Street Fair: Stroll Wickenden Street for this family- and pet-friendly event closing the street to traffic to showcase local food and drink vendors, artists, and makers selling their wares. 

October 9-16

Pretty Woman: The Musical: The critically acclaimed stage adaptation of ‘90s classic, Pretty Woman, makes its way to Providence after a successful Broadway run. Providence Performing Arts Center

October 14

Catalyst Quartet: This string quartet has performed in the world’s leading concert halls, and makes a stop at McVinney Auditorium. 

October 23 & 24

Spooky Zoo: Daytime outdoor autumn fun for the whole family comes with zoo admission and trick-or-treating while supplies last, beginning at 10am. Roger Williams Park Zoo

October 26

Alton Brown Live: Culinary TV personality Alton Brown is sure to dazzle audiences with cooking demonstrations, music, comedy, and more. Providence Performing Arts Center

October 31

Halloween Monster Dash 5K: Dash through the RIPTA bus tunnels in your costume of choice – and bring the little ones along for a fun dash of their own. 250 South Water Street


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