Enjoy Wine in the Sunshine at Garden City Sips this June

Garden City Center and Avvio Restaurant invite Rhode Islanders to join them for delicious wine tastings, fun yard games, Instagram-worthy photo ops and more.
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There’s a lot of conversation surrounding wine and its perfect pairing: Is it chardonnay and salmon? Cabernet and filet mignon? Rosé and feta? We, however, are of the opinion that there’s really no better match than wine and sunshine. Lucky for us, we can get it this coming month in the form of another wonderful union: grand garden parties at Garden City Center in Cranston.


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Starting Friday, June 3, and extending over three weekends throughout the month, Rhode Islanders are cordially invited to join the Center and Avvio Restaurant for Garden City Sips. Located in and around the outdoor shopping destination’s charming gazebo, the free event will feature for-purchase varietals from a rotating selection of vineyards, live string music performances, yard games like croquet and outdoor shuffleboard and a classy setting that could rival that of a glamorous picnic in Newport. Picture sipping on a delicious white while lounging in a stylish rattan chair or sprawling out on a cozy-yet-chic picnic blanket with an accompanying umbrella for just the right amount of shade. The gazebo will also be adorned with an array of colorful draped florals prime to satisfy all your Instagram feed needs. And as an added bonus, Garden City Center will donate a dollar (up to $1,000) for every tagged (@gardencitycenter) photo with the floral-filled backdrop to the Haus of Codec, a safe shelter space and non-profit organization for LGBTQ+ youth in Providence, in honor of Pride Month.



Friday, June 3–Sunday, June 5

Friday, June 10–Sunday, June 12

Friday, June 17–Sunday, June 19



Fridays: 4–8 p.m.

Saturdays: 1–7 p.m.

Sundays: 1–7 p.m.


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And if you are still curious about actual wine pairings, Garden City Sips has you covered there, too. On June 10, Crystal Papino of the Perfect Parcel will be on-site and ready to teach you all about how to build your own beautiful charcuterie board. The workshop will take place from 6–7 p.m. and require those interested to register and purchase tickets in advance as spots are limited. Tickets are $50 a piece and can be purchased here. The price of admission includes all the delicacies you need to make the perfect charcuterie picnic box, plus special gifts. The kiddos will also have a chance to partake in a special kid-cuterie picnic box workshop on Saturday, June 18, where they’ll actually be encouraged to play with their food. Tickets are $25 for a single child (recommended for ages seven through twelve) or $45 for a child and parent combo and can be purchased here.

For even more information on what else Garden City Center has in store for its Garden City Sips weekends, visit gardencitycenter.com/events.