Providence Festivals & Shows

Providence Festivals & ShowsWhen the seasons change in Providence, there is always cause for celebration. The year's progression brings with it many traditions and events that make up the city's busy calendar of notable happenings. Rhode Island's capital city has much to get excited about as the months roll by. Events not to be missed include historic tours, seeing Waterfire, taking in various performing arts and visiting culinary showcases, just to name a few. So make sure that these festivals and annual shows are highlighted on your calendar for the coming year and beyond!

Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage
Every June, Providence hosts a cultural celebration that is truly vibrant. The Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage promotes the various contributions of the Portuguese people to the culture and fabric of life in Rhode Island. The festival is held on June 10th which is historically significant because that is the day that famous Portuguese poet Luis Vaz de Camoes died in 1580. Various aspects of the culture are celebrated, but most significantly, the event is designed to educate future generations about the importance of passing on their traditions.

Address: 24 Corliss St Box 9464, Providence, RI 02904- MAP
Phone: (401) 347-4539
Web: www.dayofportugal.org

Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts
Every summer, one of Providence's favorite attractions, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, throws a party that is not to be missed. The Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts is held every June to raise funds for the continued operation of the zoo. There's plenty of music, dancing, and an opportunity to tour the zoo. There are also several tastes to experience at this festival, as dozens of the area's best restaurants, caterers and bars offer samples for you to enjoy. Plus, a silent auction and a "wildly" unique raffle add to the fun.

Address: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907 - MAP
Phone: (401) 785-3510
Web: www.rwpzoo.org

Central American Festival
Providence embraces the sights, sounds and tastes of Central America with the Central American Festival that takes place every fall. The event is coordinated by the Guatemalan American Association of Rhode Island. Enjoy delicious food, hear amazing music and browse an impressive collection of arts and crafts as you explore this highly vibrant culture that doesn't hold back when it comes to the art of celebration!

Address: Roger Williams Park Temple of Music, Providence, RI 02907- MAP
Phone: (401) 862-7417
Web: Website

West Broadway Neighborhood's Annual Block Party
The arrival of the warmer weather in Providence signals the end of winter and the fast-approaching summer. It also means that West Broadway Neighborhood's Annual Block Party will be happening soon! Held every June, this festival takes place on Hudson Street. Enjoy lots of local music, roving entertainment from Chifferobe, a dunk tank, a bouncy house, a photo booth and lots of excellent food. The proceeds from this event go to benefit the Neighborhood Association and its programs.

Address: 1560 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909 - MAP
Phone: (401) 831-9344
Web: www.wbna.org