Summer Bucket List: Providence

June 2022



June 1 

Cupcake Championship: Local chefs duke it out in a confectionary culinary battle, but it’s all in good fun. Various locations,

June 10

Rebecca L. Spencer Lecture Series: This month, Central Congregational Church presents Dr. Ted Widmer, historian, White House advisor, acclaimed author, and Rhode Islander to speak about his recent book, Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington.

June 12

Rain Harvest Arts Festival: This unique event at Roger Williams Park combines water, science, and art, including chalk drawings, scavenger hunts, water testing demonstrations, and more hosted by the Stormwater Innovation Center.

June 12-13

Festival of Gardens: In partnership with The Garden Conservancy, the Providence Preservation Society offers tours of private gardens throughout the city, plus community gardens and one stewarded by PPS itself.

June 13

Pride Service: Beneficent Congregational Church hosts a special service featuring speaker Rachel Maddox, a notable Black, non-binary playwright, teaching artist, and critical educator. 

June 17-July 27

Summer Series 2021: Festival Ballet returns to in-person performance this season on their new outdoor stage, showcasing a mixed rep program and rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

June 20

Father’s Day Boat Tour: Celebrate Dad with a 50-minute, narrated family cruise along the Providence River and Waterplace Park.

June 21-July 2

Camp Sparkle: The Steel Yard hosts this two-week LGBTQIA+ youth day camp that provides hands-on training in the industrial arts.

June TBD: The Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus plans to present a Pride Virtual Video Celebration, so stay tuned on Facebook for details. Facebook: RIGMC


July 1

Iced Coffee Celebration: RI Food Fights is looking to find the best iced coffee in the state, and over 20 coffee shops in Rhode Island are competing for the crown. Various locations,

July 11-24

Providence Restaurant Weeks: Fourteen days of dining specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner available for indoor and outdoor eating as well as takeout to celebrate our foodie claim to fame.

July 18-31

FringePVD: The signature summer festival is coming back – with a mixture of “online and outside” events to celebrate and promote Providence-based performing artists.


August 1

Search for the #BestScoopShopRI: In the summer heat, RI Food Fights asks for your help to find which Rhody creamery has the tastiest frozen treats. Various locations,

August 9-15

Flickers International Film Festival: This week-long festival draws film submissions from around the world, any of which could qualify for an Academy Award.

August 28

Brew at the Zoo: The state’s largest outdoor beer festival – described as a sudsy safari – takes place at Roger Williams Park Zoo, where you can sample 170 beers from 80-plus local and national brewers.


Asian Lantern Spectacular: Every Wednesday through Sunday until July 4, walk through the Zoo as it’s transformed with countless lit lanterns, inspired cuisine, and an interactive kids area all in celebration of Asian culture. All proceeds will go to animal care and conservation initiatives.

Bloom Collective: A six-month-long pop-up on Westminster, this West End haven for local creatives also hosts the Armory Artisan & Vintage Market every Saturday and Sunday. 

Public Roller Skating: The Providence Rink is open every Thursday and Friday this summer, online reservations encouraged. No skates? No problem – they have you covered! Bonus: At 5pm, the rink transforms into an outdoor Roller Disco with live acts, DJs, and Trinity Beer Garden.

PVDFest: Your favorite summer festival is back for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that consists of citywide creative events from June through August, and culminates in a downtown celebration September 25-26. Stay tuned for more details at


Providence Flea: Browse some of the best-selected vintage finds and locally made art at this upscale flea market on the Providence River Greenway.

Virtual Drag Brunch LIVE: While at press time the weekly tradition had yet to return in-person at Massimo, find your favorite drag queens live online as they discuss hot topics “The View” style – only with cocktails in hand! YouTube: Haley Star Show


“Go Figure” Art Classes: Sprout CoWorking brings guest art instructor and award-winning visual artist Mi Ok to the space each week for clothed figure drawing classes.


Trivia Tuesdays at GPub: In collaboration with Two Roads Brewing, enjoy two beers and an app for just $22 while you test your trivia talents for a chance to win prizes and gift cards every week. 


Art on Tap: Through August 26, experience the WaterFire Arts Center in a new way as you tour the current exhibits before catching the sunset on the rooftop deck, where Troop PVD keeps the beer and wine flowing. Facebook: WaterFire Providence

Thursday Night Trivia: Grab your go-to team and test your collective knowledge at Trinity Brewhouse’s weekly trivia tournament at the beer garden, hosted by Stump! Trivia.


Food Truck Fridays: Music, food trucks, and an air-conditioned merry-go-round. Eat anything you want and enjoy some late-afternoon sun at the Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Carousel Village through September 24.

Trinity Beer Garden Comedy: Every week, Glue Factory Comedy brings the best regional comedians to Biltmore Park for a socially distanced live show you can enjoy over a pint.


Open Air Saturdays: The pandemic-born tradition continues through warm weather days, transforming Downcity into a pedestrian hub for shopping, strolling, and sampling all Westminster and the surrounding streets have to offer. Facebook: InDowncity PVD

Providence Artisans Market: Alongside the Hope Street Farmers Market, discover makers and artists of all mediums showcasing their work for sale in Lippitt Park. Facebook: PVD Artisans Market


WaterFire: While exact dates have yet to be released, the sacred Providence tradition returns this summer to gather friends far and wide around the river to watch the soul-warming glow of 100 braziers. The food vendors, buskers, and people-watching are worth a full evening.


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