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Providence 375 Birthday Party, November 22

Providence 375Join Mayor Angel Taveras at the 375 Birthday Party • November 22, 2011 • Providence Performing Arts Center

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$3.75 • $13.75 • VIP: $37.50


Over the past 6 months, Providence has celebrated 375 years of a rich, quirky history with story, song, dance and just about everything in between. We’re coming together for one last hurrah on November 22nd to wish Providence a Happy Birthday in a truly unique way. Join Mayor Angel Taveras at the Providence Performing Arts Center for this Birthday Party, featuring performances by Deer Tick, Area 401, the ‘Mericans and the Barr Brothers, a birthday cake competition, a food truck face-off, multi-cultural performances and a fantastic photo booth where you and your friends can create your own memories of this once-in-a lifetime experience!

50% Off Top Tier Tickets for Historic Event on Wednesday and Thursday Only

On Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 tickets for Hey Providence, It’s Your Birthday will be available for $3.75, $6.75, and $18.75 with the coupon code “BIRTHDAY”.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Providence Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 401-421-ARTS, or online at Tickets are also on sale in the First Floor Lobby of City Hall Monday through Friday from 9AM to 3PM. Take advantage of extended hours at City Hall on Wed. Nov. 16 to purchase your tickets to Hey Providence, It’s Your Birthday!


Inspired Providence Lecture Series

Inspired Providence

Inspired Providence
A Fall Lecture Series Celebrating 375 Years of Providence History
Thursdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 10
6pm • Free
See below for locations

PROVIDENCE, RI – Roger Williams National Memorial is pleased to present Inspired Providence|a fall lecture series celebrating Providence’s rich cultural heritage from Roger Williams’ “lively experiment” in 1636 to the rise of a “Creative Capital.” Seven evenings of civic discourse and lively debate will take place between September 29th and November 10th at cultural institutions across the city. Each free lecture will begin at 6 pm and is open to the public.

The series, part of the larger Celebrate Providence 375 Years commemoration, kicks off Thursday, September 29th at 6pm at Roger Williams National Memorial. On this opening night, park ranger and local historian John McNiff will examine and discuss the beliefs of Roger Williams and how they were echoed in a truly revolutionary document, the United States Constitution, more than 100 years after Williams’ death.

Each subsequent talk will take on a distinct moment in Rhode Island history from the emergence of Rhode Island’s first portable restaurants in the 19th century, to the Hardscrabble race riot of 1824, to an architectural competition that forever changed the face of the East Side. The series also includes a special family program at the Providence Children’s Museum with storyteller Len Cabral, a public discussion moderated by “Action Speaks” host Marc Levitt, and a presentation of the Latino Oral History Project led by Marta Martinez.

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Historical Essays Marking Providence\’s 375th Anniversary

Celebrate Providence 375 YearsThe City of Providence is truly honored to have secured the contributions of nearly two dozen area historians who have written topical essays covering the entire spectrum of the city’s 375-year history.

The essays cover topics such as Indian-White relations, the remarkable contribution of Roger Williams, the sometimes painful transformation from town to city, Providence as an industrial titan, the city’s significant architectural heritage, and its response to the Great Depression — among others. The series ends with an essay by Mayor Angel Taveras on his vision for the future of the city.

The essays will appear on this site periodically over the next several months. You can find links to the essays on this page. Enjoy reading about Providence’s amazing history through the lens of our local historians!

Read the three essays collected so far.


Providence 375: Downcity Alive! Free Walking Tours

Celebrate Providence 375 Years

  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month through September 2011, noon-1PM
  • Where: Westminster Street steps of the Arcade, 130 Westminster Street

Discover how Roger Williams’ legacy is still visible in downtown Providence today! To celebrate Providence’s 375th birthday, join The Providence Foundation and The Rhode Island Historical Society for FREE downtown lunchtime walking tours on the second Thursday of each month through September 8th. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready to learn! Topics relate to the official Providence 375 themes:

  • July 14: FREEDOM Roger Williams’ search for freedom, including visits to war memorials and the First Baptist Church.
  • August 11: ROOTS Providence’s industrial and ethnic roots, ranging from the Irish Famine Memorial to the Roots Cafe.
  • September 8: INGENUITY Creative Providence, from AS220’s properties to the RISD Library and the adaptive re-use of downtown department stores.

Reservations are not required, and tours will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit: or For a calendar of other Providence 375 events, visit


Beer Garden Music Series returns to Burnside Park, June 30

Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series 2011

The Beer Garden kicks off with a special performance by Extraordinary Rendition Band on June 30th at the Bank of America Skating Center. This will celebrate the closing of the Providence 375 Tape Art installation and will also feature a performance by As220’s ZuKrewe, food by Julian’s Omnibus, and drinks from Trinity Beer! Join in the action of helping to take apart the giant drawing at this fun party!

The traditional Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series will be by the fountain in the park and will run every Thursday from July to August. Beer garden is open from 4:30 – 7pm with music from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Enjoy lawn games, Trinity Beer, and Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ!

  • June 30th – Extraordinary Rendition Band, raucous musical joy in brilliant marching band form.
  • July 7 – Tig & Bean, dirty pretty interpretation of folk and blues; Sponsored by Citizens Bank.
  • July 14 – Javelin, scrappy dance electro hip hop; Brooklyn via Providence (Luaka Bop, Thrill Jockey)
  • July 21 – The Jes Powers Project Presents: Chanteuse, amazing female vocalists.
  • July 28 – Nomo (members His Name Is Alive), post-afrobeat dance explosion; Ann Arbor, MI
  • August 4 – Delicate Steve, frantic electronics give way to easygoing riffs; NJ (Luaka Bop)
  • August 18 – Boo City, R&B Americana soul; Providence
  • August 25 – AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra, polyrhythmic world music beats directed by Obuamah Laud Addy.

Greater Kennedy Plaza


Providence 4th of July 2011 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

Providence 4th of July Fireworks at India Point Park

Find details about 4th of July 2017 events here.

Providence is gearing up for another 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at India Point Park.

First, on July 1st see the The United States Airforce Band at the Skating Center in Kennedy Plaza:

July 1, 7pm – Skating Center – Free
The United States Airforce Band of Liberty brings its musical message of pride, patriotism and professionalism to kick off the City’s Independence Weekend Celebration.

Then Monday, its time for fireworks!

July 4, 7:30pm – India Point Park – Free
The RI Philharmonic Pops take the stage to perform patriotic standards followed by the state’s most spectacular fireworks display (9pm) to close out the BankRI Independence Day Celebration

The BankRI Independence Day Celebration is presented by the City of Providence and sponsored by Bank RI, Department of Art Culture + Tourism, Department of Parks & Recreation, Lite Rock 105, RI Monthly and Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Providence 375: Downcity Alive! Free Walking Tours

Providence 375 Logo

  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month, June through September 2011, 12noon – 1pm
  • Where: Westminster Street steps of the Arcade, 130 Westminster Street

Discover how Roger Williams’ legacy is still visible in downtown Providence today! To celebrate Providence’s 375th birthday, join The Providence Foundation and The Rhode Island Historical Society for FREE downtown lunchtime walking tours on the second Thursday of each month from June 9th through September 8th. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready to learn! Topics relate to the 4 official Providence 375 themes:

June 9: HOPE

An introduction and overview about the preservation and reinvention of the downtown historic district.

July 14: FREEDOM

Roger Williams’ search for freedom, including visits to war memorials and the First Baptist Church.

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Official kick-off of five-month Providence 375 birthday celebrations this morning

Mayor Angel Taveras speaking at the Providence 375 kick-off event at Roger Williams National Memorial Park
Photo from the City of Providence

City of Providence Press Release:

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joined together with organizations from across the city today to kick off Providence’s 375th anniversary celebration, a five-month long series of events and activities marking Roger Williams founding of the city.

The celebration includes the participation of over 40 arts and tourism organizations and consists of over 200 individual events. The celebration is a partnership between the City Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Roger Williams National Park Services. The events take place now through October and culminate in a gala celebration in the fall.

Following the speaking program, the Official Guide to Providence 375 was unveiled. The guide includes a full schedule of events, fun facts and stories written by local experts. The guide will be inserted into June’s Providence Monthly and can be picked up at the PWCVB Visitor’s Center in the Rhode Island Convention Center Rotunda. Additional copies will be distributed at events during the summer months.

Visit our Providence 375 page for news and information about events happening throughout the summer.


Tape Art, Panel Discussion, and Public Tea, June 9 June 23

Update: Due to the predicted extreme heat on the 9th, this event has been postponed until the 23rd.

From Greater Kennedy Plaza:

During the month of June, a major TAPE ART INSTALLATION will transform the Bank of America Skating Center with a 14,000 square foot mural celebrating Providence’s 375th Anniversary Founding by Roger Williams, interpreting the themes of “Roots, Hope, Ingenuity, and Freedom.” Michael Townsend and fellow artists will create the large-scale drawing using only colored painter’s tape over the course of three weeks.

Join us for related fun events throughout the month – and especially Thursday, June 9th when we will host both a Public Tea and entertaining Panel Discussion!

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My Providence Video Contest submission deadline June 1

Think you know Providence? Then put your movie where your mouth is.

Make a short film that tells a visitor or someone new to Providence all about what there is to see, do, eat, drink, buy and experience. Videographers of all ages are invited to submit entries. There are two categories: children 17 and under; and adults 18 and over. Films will be judged on creativity, technical excellence and artistic merit.

Submit your video by June 1 and be eligible to win prizes like lunch with Mayor Angel Taveras, a “Dine Out for a Year” prize pack worth $1200, a $1000 shopping spree package, a VIP party for 10 at McFadden’s, or a VIP tour and animal encounter at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

For examples, check out:

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Providence 375 May Events

May Events

Live Bait: True Stories By Real People
May 6, 10pm
Perishable Theatre • 95 Empire Street • $5

Senator Pell Lecture on Arts & Humanities
May 9, 6pm
Trinity Repertory Company • 201 Washington Street • Free – RSVP Required
Providence Art Culture + Tourism

FirstWorks Presents: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
May 10, 7:30pm
Providence Performing Arts Center • 282 Weybosset Street • $30 – $68

Rhythm & Rebellion: A Meet & Greet
May 12, 6pm – 8pm
Roots Café • 275 Westminster Street • Free

3rd Annual St. Antonio Parade
May 15, 1pm
Line-up At The Vartan Gregorian School • East Street • Free

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Alissa Graham: Providence Independence Trail

Prospect Park

This post was originally posted on Alissa Graham’s blog, Alissa: Adventurer and is reproduced here with permission.

Yesterday, May 4th 2011, Rhode Island’s Govenor Chaffee and Providence Mayor Tavares unveiled the “Independence Trail.” This three mile, downtown Providence trail will “feature 75 sites ranging from a place where George Washington slept to a statue of Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, whose distinctive facial hair coined the word ‘sideburns.'” (

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Capital Ideas: Planning Providence 1636-2020, May 4

Capital Ideas: Planning Providence
May 04, 2011 – June 22, 2011
Providence City Hall Gallery, 2nd Floor
25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903
Opening Reception and program: May 4 • 5-7pm
Exhibit Times: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Can you imagine zipping around downtown on a monorail train? Rowing a boat in front of the State House? Driving on a freeway soaring above the canal? At one time, these incredible ideas were proposed for our city.

Capital Ideas: Planning Providence” commemorates the history of Providence by presenting design plans drawn from the City Archives. View proposals for never-built projects and imagine the places in Providence that might have been.

What kind of Providence would you design?

Exhibition Opening Event Details
The opening event in City Hall is an all-ages exhibition opening with programming that includes a talk from the City Hall archivist, Paul Campbell, as well as poster-making; visitors will create the imaginary Providence that they would like to see realized. These posters will be laminated and displayed at the Roger Williams National Memorial to serve as a monument to the 375th.