Weekend Best Bets

Weekend Best Bets

Dig for retro finds at the Providence Flea, party with the LGBT community for RI PrideFest and do something for all the Dads this weekend

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Friday 

● Join the Burbage Theatre Company in celebrating their new space and partnership with Aurora Providence at their Big-Time Celebration. Enjoy drinks, food, and music as well as a short performance. Get the inside scoop about their new endeavors in theatre while meeting and supporting the group of collaborating actors. $30. 8-11pm. 276 Westminster St, Providence. More info...

● Summer brings out the child in all of us, especially when food, parks, and carousels are involved. Grab a bite from some of Providence’s resident food trucks and settle into the evening at Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Carousel Village. Vietnamese food, crêpes, Chinese street food, dairy-free ice cream – there’s something for every taste bud. 4:30-8pm. 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence. More info...

● Ever wondered what would happen if some of Shakespeare’s most charismatic characters were transported to modern day Los Angeles? Catch the opening night of Shakespeare in Hollywood at Granite Theatre and you can see Oberon and Puck interact with some of Tinseltown’s best and worst stereotypes. The play runs through July 19. $12-20. 8pm. One Granite Street, Westerly. More info...

● Love live music and wine? Head to the opening night of Westport Rivers Winery’s Sunset Music Series to see Rebecca Correia perform. Cook up a summer picnic to bring along or buy food from local chefs at the event. Local wine and beer will be available for purchase, but don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs, bug spray, and your feel-good attitude. $15 per car. 6-8pm. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. More info...

Roz and the Rice Cakes are celebrating the release of their new single, Close Encounters, at the Providence Public Library. Join them for an interstellar show, featuring Providence Classical High's Jazz and Rock Band, Omnivore and Austin-based band Megafauna. $10. 6-11pm. 160 Empire Street, Providence. More info...

Saturday

● Celebrate love and have a fun day on the streets of Providence by taking part in RI PrideFest. The 2015 event is themed IndiVISIBLE and is in its fortieth year of celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community. Catch performances, vendors, Youth Center, and Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, all topped off with the Illuminated Night Parade at 8:45pm. Free. 12-8pm. South Water Street, Providence. More info...

● Have a dad who’s a history buff? Take him on the Newport History Tour of the Month: Newport and the Navy for a Father’s Day gift you can enjoy together. Learn about Newport’s naval history from Naval War College historian John Hattendorf as you enjoy the sights of this picturesque town. Reservations are required; discount available for active duty military personnel. $10-15. 11am. 127 Thames Street, Newport. More info...

● Hunt down paranormal activity at Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Led by the famed paranormal investigators Carl and Keith Johnson, who have appeared on various television shows and conducted extensive paranormal research, the event is sure to chill your bones despite the warm summer night. $20. 7:30-9:30pm. 67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket. More info...

● Start off your summer on the right foot with a beach party that also benefits a local organization. Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State by partying in the sun at the Welcome to Summer Celebration at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club. Enjoy music, food, a cash bar, and views of the Narragansett waterfront. $30. 7:30-11:30pm. 175 Bonnet Point Road, Narragansett. More info...

Sunday 

● Get out and enjoy the early sunshine in Newport by joining in on the Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Bike Ride. Whether you want a short pedal or a longer adventure, there are distance options of 6, 10, or 25 miles. Take in views of the scenic coastline and get in your workout for the day. There will be plenty of food and drink to refuel with after the ride. $10-35. 8am-12pm. 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. More info...

● Celebrate Father’s Day the Rhode Island way by taking Dad to the 2nd Annual Bristol Oyster Festival at DeWolf Tavern. Learn about the history of fishing in the Ocean State and get a demonstration in oyster shucking while supporting the March of Dimes. There will be activities for the whole family, and of course some tasty oysters. Free. 11am-4pm. 259 Thames Street, Bristol. More info...

● Haven’t been able to check out this season of Providence Flea? Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere. Rain or shine, juried market vendors, food trucks, and local musicians will be gathered on the Providence River Greenway for a day of shopping and eating. Free. 10am-4pm. 345 South Water Street, Providence. More info...

● Looking for a fun night out on a Sunday? Catch Logan & Lucille perform at AS220's Psychic Readings as part of their Summer Tour 2015. This acoustic duo with a fun and folky sound will help relax you for the week ahead. $6. 9pm. 95 Empire Street, Providence. More info...

● The Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus Society is holding theire 11th Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Equipment Show at Glen Park in Portsmouth. Check out the vintage fire trucks, listen to some vintage tunes from teh '50s and '60s and watch some live chainsaw art. Free. 10am-3pm, 250 Glen Road, Portsmouth.   

All Weekend 

● For flower enthusiasts and families alike, the Newport Flower Show is sure to be a stunner. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the event this year is inspired by the American Beauty Rose. Attendees can enjoy lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, shopping, and additional ticketed socials and events. $6-20. 10:30am-5pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. More info...

● Make a trip to the RISD Museum to check out a few of their exhibitions before they close mid-summer. Get a glimpse at early photography from the nineteenth Century Photography collection, be dazzled by garments in The Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry Collection, and take a trip back in American history with Landscape and Leisure: nineteenth Century American Drawings from the Collection. There is plenty more to see at the museum as well, so don’t be afraid to explore – just don’t get lost! $3-12. 10am-5pm Friday and Sunday, 10am-7pm Saturday. 20 North Main Street, Providence. More info...

● Enjoy a summer weekend in Providence from a new angle by getting out on the water. Take a River and Harbor Tour with the Providence River Boat Company and learn about the history of RI’s capital city. This small city might just surprise you. Reservations are required. $15-20. 11am-8pm. 575 South Water Street, Providence. More info...

● It’s the last weekend to see Smokey Joe’s Café at Bill Hanney’s Theatre by the Sea, and you don’t want to miss out on this musical revue of iconic ‘50s and ‘60s songs. Rock out to “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” as you enjoy this electric show. It’s a great chance to take your dad or granddad for a quick trip down memory lane. $45-65. 8pm Friday, 4pm & 8pm Saturday, 5pm Sunday. 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield. More info...