When you live in the Ocean State, you tend to spend most of your summer seaside. But what do you do when your sunburn itches, the sand is in places it should never be, and you can’t possibly stomach one more clamcake? Head to Providence to enjoy these five summer events.
PVDFest – Art, music, food and fun collide for one spectacular weekend at PVDFest. The brainchild of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the three-day event, to be held June 2-5, is back for its second year. Highlights include the 17-piece Afro Cuban All Stars, Lazou Mizik from Haiti, and Rocky Dawuni, whom CNN called one of “Africa’s Top Ten Global Stars.” Plus, you can channel you inner Khaleesi with Close Act Theatre’s “Saurus.” The performance features giant dinosaurs, winged phantoms, and other “Game of Thrones” –type creatures. For more information, visit PVDFest.com.
All of Everything–Todd Oldham- Linda, Naomi and Cindy might have been the stars when Todd Oldham ruled the runway but this exhibit, running through Sept. 11, focuses on the wildly creative fashion designer and his team of craftspeople. Approximately, 65 looks capture the whimsy, intelligence and talent of Oldham and his team. Luxe beading, vibrant color and whole lot of glamor make this exhibit a visual feast. Visit RISDMuseum.org for more details.
Providence Restaurant Weeks – The national media salivates over Providence’s red-hot restaurant scene. Find out what all the fuss is about during Providence Restaurants Weeks, July 10-23. Nearly 100 restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe lunches for $14.95 and three-course, prix fixe dinners for $29.95 and $34.95. Some restaurants also offer wine pairings and two-for-one specials. Visit ProvidenceRestaurantWeeks.com for all the details, including menus.
AS220 Foo Fest – One of Providence’s coolest organizations, AS220 takes to the streets on Saturday, August 13 with FooFest which transform downtown Providence’s Empire Street into an all-day, all-night block party. A genre-spanning bill of nearly two-dozen musical acts takes over the indoor and outdoor stages of Foo Fest. The festival also features more than a dozen artist installations and participatory creative activities, including family-friendly offerings. Check out AS220.org for more information.
Flickers – The RI International Film Festival – An Oscar qualifier in two categories, Flickers brings Hollywood’s next big things to the smallest state. From August 9-14, provides a showcase for the best and brightest emerging filmmakers from all over the world. Panel discussions, workshops and receptions allow patrons to meet these talented artists. For more details, go to film-festival.org.
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