Weekend Best Bets

Weekend Best Bets

This weekend is all about fashion, live music, summer festivals and charity events and food trucks. Plenty of food trucks.

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Friday 

The ¡CityArts! Mod Party has something for every art enthusiast. The New Providence Big Band will perform and Easy Entertaining will cater, as attendees can dance under the stars, check out the various interactive art installations or watch the many performances. All proceeds raised will help support ¡CityArts!, which was recently awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award by Michelle Obama. $65 for adults, $30 for students. 7-10pm. 62 Prospect Street, Providence. More Info…

● After this dreary week, we all will need some relaxing, Caribbean vibes. If you cannot travel to paradise on short notice, check out Reggae band Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption at Lupo’s. Originally from Jamaica, Chronixx has just the sound needed to erase any memories of 50 degrees and rain. $25. 9pm. 79 Washington Street, Providence. More Info… 

Aurora will host Carissa Lynne, as she releases her new fashion line Friday night. The fashion show will eventually turn into a party, with several musical acts set to perform with Viennagram, a funky, psychedelic punk band, headlining. $5. 9pm. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. More Info… 

Saturday

Food truck lovers rejoice! The Providence/Boston Food Truck Showdown will take over India Point Park Saturday, as the two cities will compete for supremacy. We already know who the real winners are: the attendees who help judge, of course. In addition to the wide variety of food trucks, there will be live music, face painting for children and beer for adults. $5, children under 12 are free. 12-5pm. India Point Park. More Info…

● While the food trucks battle in Providence, chowder enthusiasts will square off in the nationally acclaimed Great Chowder Cook-Off. Featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel, the cook-off draws people from across the country to the state that does chowder best. Eat chowder until you can’t eat any more – then recover, and eat some more. $25, children under 12 are free. 12-6pm. Fort Adams State Park, Newport. More Info…

● The Hope Street Block Party returns and it promises to be bigger than ever, which seems like a promise it will live up to. With 13 bands, 16 food trucks and dozens of other activities, the dilemma is not what to do at the block party, but which events you won’t be able to get to. Hope Street, Providence. 12-6pm. More Info…

Some of Boston’s best comics will travel south this weekend to show off their comedic geniuses to Rhode Islanders during Legends of Boston Comedy. Lenny Clarke, "The Godfather of Boston Comedy," Don Gavin, and Boston’s sweetheart, Tony V will have the audience hollering as they deliver punch lines with their notorious Bahston ahkcents. $22-39. 8pm. One Avenue of the Arts, Providence. More Info…

Sunday 

StyleWeek Swim brings chic swim fashion to The Hotel Providence. Things kick off at noon with cocktails and shopping, before the main event, the Resort 2015 Fashion Show, at 3pm. Be sure to stick around for the glamorous after party at 4. $35. 12-6pm. 139 Mathewson Street, Providence. More Info…   

The Providence Flea returns for its third summer this Sunday, and its return can’t come soon enough. In addition to the many vendors, the market regularly has live music, food trucks and other attractions to make it more than a standard flea market. And what’s wrong with a standard flea market? Free. 10am-4pm. 345 South Water Street, Providence. More Info…

To all the deadheads out there, unfortunately Jerry Garcia will not be performing in Providence this weekend. Instead, Violin River, Rhode Island’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band, will rock the Met with all the Dead’s classics. There may be trouble ahead and trouble behind, but there won’t be any trouble Sunday evening. Free. 4pm. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. More Info…

In hopes of raising both funds and awareness for migraine research, the Association of Migraine Disorders will host their first Mad Hatter Party. The event, hosted by the beautiful Aldrich Mansion, includes an Alice In Wonderland-themed croquet tournament, a “best original hat” contest and much more. $100 to participate in the tournament. 3-7pm. 836 Warwick Neck Avenue, Warwick. More Info… 

All Weekend

Imago Foundation for the Arts’ newest gallery, featuring work by Carl Keitner and four other artists that focuses on figure, opens this weekend, and will remain on display until July 5. In honor of its opening, a reception for the artists will be held from 6 – 8pm Friday, and Keitner will give a presentation at 1 pm Saturday, both of which are free to the public. Free. 36 Market Street Warren. More Info…

This weekend marks the opening of Venus in Fur, one of 2nd Story Theatre’s premier summer shows that will run through August. The show, which is, in a way, a play within a play, is described as “an erotic, darkly comic pas de deux,” which could be an understatement. $15 for adults, $12 for students. Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:30. 28 Market Street, Warren. More Info…

The only chance to see the Providence Gay Men's Chorus this month comes this weekend when they premier their Spring Concert, “Get Happy!” Luckily, they will perform one show a night Thursday-Sunday, all of which will be at the Providence Public Library. Come out, be ready to sing along and do as you’re told: Get Happy! $25. 7-9pm. 150 Empire Street, Providence. More Info…

The Alex and Ani City Center will host the Day of Portugal Heritage Festival, an event featuring all the Portuguese food and music you need. A highpoint of the celebration will come around sunset Saturday when WaterFire will help lead a torch and flag procession to mark the beginning of the celebration. Sunday, too, will be filled celebrations, highlighted by the Day of Portugal Parade. Saturday - 5:30-11pm, Sunday - 3-9pm. 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence. More info…