Summer in Providence

From June through August, what to do all summer long

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June

June 15
RI PrideFest: Providence is loud, proud – and true. This all-day bash celebrates LGBTQ communities with the theme “Live Your Truth.” Enjoy live music, food, vendors, and the spectacular Illuminated Night Parade.

June 15-16
Festival of Historic Houses: Tour the splendid vintage homes of the Paterson Park neighborhood with the Providence Preservation Society. 

June 20-21
Crave RI: Swap golf balls for meatballs during the tastier side of the CVS Health Charity Classic golf tournament, which kicks off with the two-day Crave RI food festival at the Dunk. Food and drink are teed up by more than 100 restaurants plus more than 150 beer, wine, and liquor producers.

June 22-23
India Point BBQ & Blues Festival: Two days of smoked, meaty goodness combined with a killer lineup of musicians sounds like summer to us.

June 29
Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts: “Paws” for a good cause at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual fundraising bash. The adults-only Feast with the Beasts includes food tastings, wine and beer bottle bazaar, music and dancing, and socializing with some of the zoo’s animal inhabitants.

 

July

July 4
Fourth of July Riverboat Tour: If you want the best seat for the fireworks show over India Point Park, you’ll definitely want to reserve a spot on the Providence River Boat Company’s Fourth of July Tour. 

July 7
Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival: This annual festival commemorates the island’s independence from Portugal and also showcases traditional food, art, and music from noon until sundown India Point Park.

July 20
AS220 Estival Festival: AS220 is taking a break from staging its annual, Foo Fest and instead will bring 20 of its best Foo Fest bands to its Main Stage and Black Box Theater for a sonic fundraiser. 

July 21-28
FringePVD: Appropriately the 2019 FringePVD festival – a celebration of edgy performance art and local culture – will be held on the fringes of downtown Providence. Most performances are to be held in Olneyville. 

 

August

August 6-11
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 7
Summer Pops: There is no holier ground than the Temple of Music at the Roger Williams Park, as this is where the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert. 

August 22-25
NecronomiCon: Providence, aka “the birthplace of weird” and also of macabre author H.P. Lovecraft, will host a conference devoted to Lovecraftian fiction. 

August 24
Brew at the Zoo: The state’s largest outdoor beer festival takes place the Roger Williams Park Zoo, sort of like a sudsy safari. Sample 170 beers from 80-plus local and national brewers.