Summer events

In addition to RISD's orientation programs, there are plenty of great events taking place in and around Providence during the summer. Check back over the coming weeks for an updated list of Rhode Island's many happenings.

Bristol's Fourth of July celebration

America's oldest fourth of July celebration in Bristol, RI is replete with floats and marching bands—a must-see event if you're in the area for the holiday weekend.

Farm Fresh RI

The state's growing local food system operates programs at 9 summer farmer's markets in Rhode Island. Among them is the popular Hope Street Market which takes place every Saturday morning at Lippitt Park on Providence's East Side.

Food Truck Fridays

Every Friday evening from May through September, the Carousel Village at the Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts local food trucks and entertainment.

Movies on the Block

Movies are shown outdoors every Thursday evening, June to August, at sundown at Grant's Block (260 Westminster Street). Schedule updates can be found on the Movies on the Block's Facebook page.


NecronomiCon Providence is an exploration and celebration of all the greats of weird fiction, including predecessors and contemporaries of Providence's H.P. Lovecraft.

Providence Flea

Held on Sundays between June and September, the juried Flea is a great place to discover art, vintage fashion and accessories, local crafts, antique and refinished furniture, food trucks, live music and more.


Providence's signature art festival is a showcase for the city's world-renowned art, culture and culinary communities. Live music, dance, food and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks and outdoor stages.

Rhode Island PrideFest

The upcoming 42nd annual PrideFest will take place in the heart of downtown Providence along South Water Street. Rhode Island Pride's mission is to create opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the LGBTQQ community.


Held on weekends between May and November, WaterFire celebrates the city with music, concessions and the lighting of eighty bonfires on Providence's three rivers.