Summer Beach Bucket List: Providence




June 1

Rosé in the Roses: This garden party, hosted in the Botanical Center and rose gardens, benefits the Roger Williams Park Conservancy. Mingle over drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and other festivities including award presentations.


June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Field of Artisans x PVD Innovation District Park: Thursdays evenings through June, cross the pedestrian bridge to find vendors selling wares at this series of outdoor markets.


Through June 25

Sweeney Todd: Don’t miss Trinity Repertory Company’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the Tony-Award winning musical from Stephen Sondheim.


June 2

Gala at The Graduate: This elegant affair of food stations, cocktails, and a live auction is one of three events in Adoption RI’s Gathering to Give series of celebrations and fundraisers taking place across the state.


June 3

Annual Dinghy Poker Run: Participants in boats up to 13 feet long are dealt sealed cards at river check-points to be presented upon their return to Providence Marina at this Providence Animal Rescue League fundraiser.


June 5

Pell Awards Gala: Held at WaterFire Arts Center, this celebration of national and local excellence in the arts returns. This year’s honorees include Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Suzanne Magaziner, Trudy Coxe, Barnaby Evans, and Marta Martínez.


June 10

Festival of Historic Houses: Embark on a self-guided tour of beautiful homes and gardens in the historic Elmwood neighborhood. Preview party June 7.

Daily Special Fundraising Show: Help the Daily Special Quartet live their dreams of heading to the International Barbershop Competition by attending a performance at Music Mansion on Meeting Street. EventBrite: Daily Special Fundraising Show - A Night of Fun, Cookies, and Music!

Porchfest: Local faves Allysen Callery, Mark Cutler, Jake Hunsinger, and Slainte are among the musicians slated to perform on porches and front lawns as this popular Warren event comes to the East Side.

NOIPA Fest: This mission-driven event held at WaterFire Arts Center encourages beer lovers to “explore and celebrate some of the ‘other’ 80+ delicious craft beer styles!” Purchase advance tickets via Eventbrite.


June 15

StyleWeek Northeast: Marvel as models walk the runway to pounding beats wearing local designs. Our own EIC Elyse Major will be a judge at this year’s SEED Student Design Challenge.


June 16-19

5th Annual Juneteenth RI Festival Weekend: Three days of activities commemorate the holiday including a Friday night comedy show by D’Lai, walking tours, a youth day, and more, culminating with a performance by gospel singer Kelly Price on Sunday.


June 17

Summer Color Party: This 18+ event fuses art, color, and live music, and it all happens at Revival Brewery in the Valley neighborhood. Eventbrite: Summer Color Party


June 18

Father’s Day Boat Tour: Celebrate dad with a 50-minute, narrated cruise along the Providence River and Waterplace Park. Space is limited so book early.

Juneteenth Block Party: Celebrate the observance of African American Emancipation Day with food, drinks, live music, games and more, held at Revival Brewery. Eventbrite: Juneteenth Block Party


June 21

Solstice: This 18+ event hosted by RAW Natural Born Artists at WaterFire Arts Center promises that patrons will “unlock a treasure trove of artistic talent,” with immersive experiences and vibrant displays featuring a roster of mediums.


June 23-25

Providence 48 Hour Film Project: Attention, aspiring Spielbergs –
this weekend-long contest lets you script, shoot, and edit a short film
after receiving directives.


June 24

Rhode Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival: WaterFire Arts Center transforms into a lively showcase of culture with food, live music, and more that supports programs for people with disabilities.

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts: Enjoy an enchanting evening at the zoo, sampling and sipping from local vendors at the return of this 21+ event. Live music and exclusive access to Dinosaurs Among Us are part of the fun.


June 25

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert: Get up and dance when The Garifuna Collective, a high-energy Afro-Indigenous group from coastal Belize and Honduras, takes over the Roger Williams Park Bandstand.


June 29

Trinity Beer Garden Paint Night: Embrace your inner artist at this fun collab with Muse Paintbar, held outdoors from 6-8pm in Kennedy Plaza. Tickets include one glass of beer or wine.


June 30

Spring Colors Fashion Show: The Botanical Center at RWP is the setting for a fashion show of international talent.


June 30-July 2

Culture Fest: The Southside Cultural Center hosts a full weekend of art, music, theater, and traditions. Merch available now so you can show up in style.



July 9-22

Providence Restaurant Weeks: This two-week program is the perfect way to try new-to-you places and dishes with participating venues in PVD, Cranston, and Warwick offering deals and specials.


July 13

Brew Cruise with Narragansett Brewery: All aboard (well, 21+ that is) for this one-hour floating beer tasting. Drink and enjoy the breeze as the brewery’s Jim Crooks regales guests with info about Quint’s favorite beer. Recurring August 3.

Forge Your Own Bottle Opener: Impress friends by opening a cold one with a tool you blacksmithed yourself at this three-hour workshop. “No need to be big and burly!” and no previous experience necessary; all tools and materials are provided.


July 15

Bastille Day Concert: Acclaimed restaurant Pot Au Feu has cooked up an agenda of activities to celebrate the national day of France. Music by Dahlia Dumont, foods, and witness a champagne cork unleashed by saber by owner Bob Burke.


July 16-29

FringePVD: This lively city experience presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group encourages attendees to “keep an open mind and have fun.” 300+ performing artists from across the US will share their work in uncensored performances of theater, dance, visual arts, and more.


July 23

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert: Red Baraat performs explosive, multicultural dance music – bhangra funk – for a high-octane live show at the Roger Williams Park Bandstand.


July 29-30

Rhode Island Anime Con: Hey, listeners! The gang from RI Comic Con has assembled voice actors, artists, vendors, and will set up a Maid Cafe for two days of excitement at the RI Convention Center.




August 7-13

Flickers International Film Festival: The smallest state punches above its weight when it comes to this week-long Academy Award-qualifying film festival which in 2022 presented 383 films representing works shot and produced in 106 countries.


August 17-20

Heathers the Musical: The Academy Players perform the stage version of the popular dark comedy at hidden gem James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center.

Necronomicon Providence: While details weren’t available at press time, we’re saving the date for this international Lovecraft-themed event that touts Providence as the “birthplace of weird.”


August 27

Flower Festival & Sunset Party:
Now in its third year, What Cheer Flower Farm’s fundraiser promises a full schedule of botanical activities culminating with dreamily mingling among hundreds of blooming dahlias.



Cool Summer Nights Concerts: Sprinkled throughout summer, Providence Performing Arts Center hosts a wide selection of tribute acts. Sing along to everything from Billy Joel to Elton John, ABBA, and Chicago (Leonid & Friends).

Dinosaurs Among Us: A prehistoric addition to the usual attractions at Roger Williams Park Zoo, this immersive experience includes over 50 animatronic and interactive dinosaurs, through August 13.

Fireside After Dark: Head up to Rooftop at the Providence G for lively programming described as Burning Man meets Vegas meets Miami supper club vibes! Begins 9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays.

Fitness in the Parks: Hula hoop, hip hop, yoga, and more all take place from morning to dusk on different days at outdoor locations throughout the city.

Pools and Waterparks: The City of Providence Recreation Department maintains 13 waterparks and five outdoor pools located at rec centers and neighborhood parks. Waterparks open for the season June 26 and pools follow suit July 3.

Providence Rink: This rink for all seasons hosts public roller skating and roller disco, movies at sunset, and stick and puck, weather permitting. Review the full schedule and get planning!

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 8-10. Stay tuned for more details at

WaterFire: Don’t miss the spectacle that draws visitors to the Creative Capital like moths to flames as braziers are set ablaze along downtown rivers. F = Full lighting of 80+ braziers, P = Partial lighting of typically one river. June 3 (F), June 18 (P), June 24 (F), July 14 (P), July 22 (F), August 19 (F).




Summer Flea: The Greenway along the river on South Water Street is the place to be for the SPF 50 edition of the beloved Providence Flea, an outdoor artisanal extravaganza of vendors. Save the date for the Midsummer’s Night Dream Flea August 18!



Architectural River Tour: Cruise the city’s waterways on a 75-minute boat tour led by the Providence Preservation Society. Learn the stories, sightlines, and details that define PVD. Boats are uncovered so dress appropriately.




Providence Drum Troupe: Enjoy the sounds of an assemblage of percussionists on the Michael S. Van Leesten pedestrian bridge most Tuesday evenings.



Music in the Garden: Providence Preservation Society and Mile of History Association host concerts on the lawn at Shakespeare’s Head, with Becky Bass on June 21, Greystone Rail July 19, and Soul Circle August 16.



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.

Gallery Night: Third Thursdays (June 15, July 20, August 17), enjoy a fun field trip of guided tours to art spaces, galleries, and museums in the city. Excursions are generally a mix of walking and traveling by mini coach or trolley.



Food Truck Fridays: Skip cooking and head to RWP Carousel Village for a variety of food trucks, beer and wine, live music, and train and carousel rides. Begins at 5pm.

Open Paint & Amateur Photography Day: Creatives are welcome to bring cameras, sketch pads, and washable non-toxic unscented paints to capture the beauty inside the Botanical Center. Facebook: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center



Providence Artisans Market: The city’s only weekly artist-run market features handmade fine arts and crafts each Saturday morning in Lippitt Park. Instagram: @PVDArtisansMarket


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