Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: June 18–24
PrideFest, a Father's Day ride, plays in the park and more.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote, “Just living is not enough…One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” Get your dose of botanical bliss at this year’s Newport Flower Show, a garden of rosy delights featuring special guest the American Beauty Rose. Besides admiring the beauty of the flowers, attend lectures and demonstrations, peruse the goods at the Gardener’s Marketplace and Oceanside Boutiques, and let your children participate in one of the many kid-friendly activities. In addition to these free flower-themed events, there are also tickets available for luncheons, parties, workshops and more. Free parking and shuttle service from Newport Grand Parking Lot.
The Details: June 19–21. Fri. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri. $25, Sat. or Sun. $23, youth six to seventeen $6, children five and younger free. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, newportmansions.org.
Get your rainbow on at PrideFest, a celebration of Rhode Island’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community. There will be a dazzling array of colorful activities, including a performance by “American Idol” contestant Crystal Bowersox, a pumping Kids’ Zone and Youth Center, and more than 100 vendors. Also, make sure to attend the Illuminated Night Parade, a proud kaleidoscopic traipse through the capital city, complete with a rainbow-lit State House.
You don’t need to be Shakespeare to write a fantastic play. Over the course of the year, the Manton Avenue Project gives third graders from Olneyville the tools to pen their own productions. See their plays — theme: This Land is Our Land — come to life this summer at Roger Williams Park, where they will be performed by actors from Rhode Island’s best theater groups. The Summer Series will be a magical display of imagination, creativity and community.
The Details: June 20, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22. 6:30 p.m. Free. 248 North Main St., Providence, mantonavenueproject.org.
A day at the Strawberry Festival is like a day with Strawberry Shortcake in the magical world of Strawberryland. But really. After you stuff your face with strawberry shortcake (with real whipped cream!) watch Dan Butterworth’s marionettes dance, hop on a pony or listen to local singers Jesse Liam and Buddy Cavalieri croon. What’s not to like about this alternate strawberry-filled reality, located conveniently in North Kingstown instead of another dimension?
The Details: June 20. Noon–4 p.m. Members free, non-members $7, children $3, five and younger free. Smith’s Castle, 55 Richard Smith Dr., North Kingstown, smithscastle.org.
Join other spoke-and-handlebar aficionados at the Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride. Bring your bicycles, tricycles and unicycles to a day of cycling fun all while raising bike-safety awareness. There are lengths for everyone, ranging from a kids Tour de Fort and six-, ten- and twenty-five-mile rides. The fun continues even after your trek is over, with food and entertainment on the Fort Adams grounds. Proceeds benefit Bike Newport’s bike safety programs.
The Details: June 21. Registration opens at 7:15 a.m., activities begin at 7:45 a.m. Children $10, students $20, adults $35, family $75. Fee waivers are available. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, fathersdayride.org.