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slides: 25 Must Do’s in RI this Summer

Saturday, June 28, 2014

 

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It's finally summer and GoLocalProv has put together 25 must do's to check off your list before the start of autumn.

Whether you're into theater, music festivals, art, film, or ghost tours there is an activity for the whole family to enjoy.

 

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WaterFire

WaterPlace Park in downtown Providence.

Wood-burning fires blaze in 80 braziers above the center of three rivers that intersect in the downtown as eerie instrumental music pervades the air. Also, fire dancers, Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street, The Phantom Boatman, and living gargoyles and the oracles at the World War I Monument in Memorial Park. Fires always are started exactly at sunset and burn until midnight.

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Providence Ghost Tours

Tours every night June through November.

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Providence River and Harbor Tours

Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Enjoy the Renaissance City from a whole new perspective! Climb aboard and enjoy a unique water tour of the Providence River, Waterplace Park, Riverwalk and the Providence Harbor. Relax while you admire the diverse architecture and rich history of our capital city as Captain Tom highlights historical landmarks and nautical points of interest.

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Free Live Music on Federal Hill

Every Wednesday night at DePasquelle Square in Providence’s Little Italy.

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Gallery Night Providence

On the third Thursday of the month, from March through November, twenty-seven of the city's hot "art spots" open their doors inviting you to a visual arts party.

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RISD Art Museum

Free admission every third Thursday between 5-9pm, and on Sundays from 10am-5pm

Over 91,000 objects ranging from ancient times to the present.

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Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

Family friendly environment and admission is only $2.

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Toe Jam at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00AM - 1:00PM

11:00 am - Noon: Concert

Picnics, crafts, and funAside from a day at the beach, Blithewold’s Family Fun Fridays are the ultimate family-friendly way to enjoy an early summer afternoon. Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy the show! Each week, dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances.

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Roger Williams Park, Botanical Center

Take a tour or guide yourself around the beautiful sites that Roger Williams Park has to offer with your family or friends!

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Colonial Newport Walking Tour

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Hear stories of remarkable entrepreneurship and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. Tours leave from the Brick Market Museum & Shop and are weather dependent. Space is limited. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Historical Society.

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Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is an independent, member-supported library that is open to the public year-round. The library was founded in 1836 and has served as a book lender and cultural center ever since. Rich in resources, the Athenaeum has welcomed many illustrious visitors over the years, including Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Helen Whitman (whose romance played out in the library itself), HP Lovecraft, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Athenaeum is open to the public and free to visit.

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Practice Basic Mindfulness Meditation

Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence

Recurring weekly on Sundays and Wednesdays

Practice basic Mindfulness Meditation (instruction available) with others who are learning to work with their minds to help create more space and less stress in their lives. All are welcome.

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Kid Think

"We rely on families in our community to participate in our research. All of our projects are designed like games and involve lots of one-on-one interaction with our staff, so children find them fun and enjoyable. For example, we might play pretending games or read silly stories. By seeing how children react to our games or by asking them what they think, we learn what the world looks like through a child's eyes."

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Painting Elements of the Landscape Class with Jerry Aissis

Slater Park

June 4, 2014 - July 9, 2014
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Admission: Members $95, Non-members $120

This class will emphasize painting rocks, trees, water and buildings that can be used to create a landscape. Emphasis will be in mixing colors directly on the paper, learning to use controlled washes and creating textures that simulate actual objects used to paint a landscape. This six week class will have students using photos of their own to learn the basics of watercolor and how to push it to more than just copying the photo

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Celebrate the 1904 St Louis World's Fair at Hearthside in Lincoln

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On July 13th Hearthside is proud to celebrate an important event in our nation's history-the 1904 World's Fair held in St. Louis. In a tribute to this grand Fair, Hearthside will sponsor a special exhibition and festival providing visitors with an understanding of the "Greatest World's Fair ever" and all that it entailed.

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Rustic Drive-In 

Open since 1951. Three screens playing two first run feature films each starting at dusk. We open for the summer months from late April through late September.

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Newport Summer Comedy Series

Highlights include Mike Birbiglia, Amy Schumer, and Billy Cosby

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Washington County Fair

August 13 - 17, 2014

A great New England tradition for the past 48 years! The Fair is Rhode Island's largest agricultural event.

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RI Film Festival

August 5-10

The largest public film festival in New England.

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Newport Jazz Festival

August 1, 2, and 3

60th Anniversary

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival® (August 1-3, 2014), clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, bassists Larry Grenadier and Ben Allison*, pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and drummer Clarence Penn embark on the 17-city "Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60" Tour, February 8 - March 30, 2014, with more dates during June, July and August in North America and Europe.

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Newport Folk Festival

July 25-27

Folk music has been a presence in Newport since 1959.

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Blessing of the Fleet

July 26 2014

The Blessing of the Fleet itself is a spectacularly colorful event that takes place in Galilee. On a good day, hundreds of vessels line up to parade past thousands of spectators.

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Pawsox Game

Catch a game with friends and family.

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South County Hot Air Balloon Festival

The place to enjoy glowing hot air balloons, crafts, music, food, fishing, carnival rides, fireworks, and more.

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Spring Lake Arcade

52 Old Hillside Drive, Glendale, Rhode Island

Oldest Penny Arcade in America. Patrons will rediscover games they played in their childhood. The arcade is a blend of old and new. Approximately half the floor space of the arcade is dedicated to games from every decade starting in 1920.  Most of these games are on their original coinage.

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