Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: June 6-9

Dazzling fun in the Ocean State includes mermaids, Pride, parades, and more!


From the classic charm of a vintage car show to the magical experience of a mermaid parade, this weekend’s roundup delights in myriad ways. Get ready to add improv comedy, Pride festivities, live music concerts, a farm-to-table tour, cultural celebrations, markets, parades, and more to your lineup of Ocean State fun.

In case of weather delays or last-minute cancellations, always call the venue or check online for updates before you go.


Experience the charm of British auto craftsmanship at BMCNE’s annual British Motorcars show, which includes a scenic Southern New England tour, lively downtown block party, and dazzling car show, all in support of local charities. Register online, Friday-Saturday, Bristol

The Ocean State Improv Festival brings together artists and troupes for five days of performances, workshops, and mixers. Experience 11 dynamic shows and connect with the global improv community! Tickets online, Through Sunday, Wakefield


Music on the Hill: String Quartets invites guests to an evening of classical masterpieces, featuring the exquisite works of Haydn and Ravel performed by talented chamber musicians at First Baptist Church. Tickets online, East Greenwich

FRIDAY, June 7

Sign up for a rain-or-shine, hour-long Matunuck Oyster Farm Tour, beginning at the restaurant and exploring Potter Pond’s shellfish farm, for a unique glimpse into local aquaculture and the fascinating stages of shellfish growth. Tickets online, South Kingstown


Celebrate the 50th Gaspee Days Parade, a vibrant mix of colonial heritage and community spirit. Join friends and neighbors along Narragansett Parkway to enjoy fife and drum corps, fire trucks, the Shriners, and more. 10am-1pm, Warwick 

Join the Tomaquag Museum for Strawberry Thanksgiving at Ninigret Park, a day filled with dancing, music, local vendors, and delicious food. Meet new friends, shop goods by Indigenous makers, and see demonstrations at this cultural event. 12-4pm, Charlestown

Discover local virtuosos during the Providence PorchFest, a free family-friendly event with live music on neighborhood porches. Stroll from Lippitt Park to Wayland Square to hear a variety of musical acts. 12-6pm, Providence

Check out the 2nd Annual Farm Coast Art & Garden Ramble, sponsored by our own magazine, The Bay, and featuring pottery, paintings, textiles, and more. Enjoy art workshops, live music by The Virginia James Band, and more. 10am-3pm, Tiverton

SUNDAY, June 9

Woonsocket Pride Festival is a vibrant celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, with drag performances, local art, and speeches from community leaders, plus food trucks, vendors, and fun activities. 12-6pm, Woonsocket

Don your sparkliest costume for the Mermaid Parade, as part of Westerly's Sunday Funday. This fin-tastic procession is followed by a splash of fun with mermaid meet-and-greets and face painting. Prizes are awarded for the most enchanting mermaids. 1:45pm, Westerly


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