Five Can’t-Miss Events: July 13–19

Celebrate Japanese culture, hang with topiary animals and more fun things to do.

1. Black Ships Festival

Delve into Japanese culture as worlds collide at the annual Black Ships Festival. Discover Japanese art and culture through a variety of events, including a formal gala, Japanese arts and crafts such as origami and ikebana, martial arts, playing of taiko drums, a Japanese tea ceremony and more. The event commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854. The treaty was the first between the United States and Japan, linking the two nations as trading partners.
The Details:  July 13–16. Admission prices vary. Various locations in Newport, 401-847-7666,

2. Movies in the Park: Zootopia

From Movies in the Park website.

Round up the family and break out the lawn chairs; it’s time for a trip to see Zootopia. The family-friendly movie will be playing at Rocky Point as part of the Movies in the Park series. With food trucks, a great film and a picturesque view of Narragansett Bay, the evening sure beats watching movies from the couch.
The Details:  July 13. Gates open 5:30 p.m., movie at dusk. Free. Rocky Point Park, 1 Rocky Point Ave., Warwick, 401-732-1100,

3. Green Animals Children’s Party

Hang with  animals you just won’t see at the zoo. The party is set in the Green Animals Topiary Garden, a beautiful area inhabited by animal-shaped shrubs. Entertain the kids with games, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, magic, clowns, crafts, balloons, refreshments, music, and of course, topiary animals. Tickets are only sold at the door.
The Details: July 14. 4–8 p.m. $20 member adult, member youth (younger than eighteen) free, $25 non-member adult, $10 non-member youth (younger than seventeen), children five and younger free. Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Ln., Portsmouth, 401-847-1000,

4. Adopt ‘Til You Drop

From Camp Bow Wow West Warwick Facebook.

Mom, can we keep him? Camp Bow Wow is hosting an adoption event with pooches from Southpaws Express, Little Rhody Rescue, Warwick Animal Shelter, East Greenwich Animal Protection League and more. Pick out a recued pup to add to the family while enjoying a dunk tank, bounce house, food, raffles and music. It’ll be im-paw-ssible not to have a good time.
The Details: July 15. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Camp Bow Wow, 3 Keyes Way, West Warwick, 401-250-3595,

5. Be a Kid Again!

From Roger William’s Park Zoo Facebook.

Why should kids get to have all the fun? Channel your childhood self in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard by building forts and castles with colorful fabric, running through sprinklers, exploring a treehouse, crawling through tunnels, playing in the mud, and dancing to music from local classic rock band Farm Dog. Tickets include one beer or wine, cheese and crackers, live music, animal ambassador encounters and unlimited free nature play. Being an adult can get overwhelming, so here’s your chance to be a really big kid instead. Event is for people ages twenty-one and older.
The Details:  July 15, 6–8 p.m. Members $25, non-members $30. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-3510,

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