Five Can’t-Miss Events: June 1–7

Art takes to the streets in Providence, historic houses open their doors and other fun things to do.

1. PVDFest

PVDFest takes art, in all its guts and glory, and spills it throughout the streets of Providence for all to see, hear and partake. Last year’s event blew minds and this year promises to be no different. PVDFest takes innovative artists and musicians out of the gallery or music hall and into the city. There will be music and dance performances that will light up the FirstWorks Plaza stage, displaying global culture for all to see. There will also be the vertical building dancers group, BANDALOOP, who will use the façade of a downtown building to perform their gravity-defying feats. Besides these and other in-your-face artistic events, there will be a Quarter Moon Market featuring local vendors.
The Details: June 1–4. Daylong. Free. Kennedy Plaza, Providence,

2. Festival of Historic Houses

Photo credit: Warren Jagger

Have you ever dreamed of getting a peek into the curated houses (and lifestyles) of the Upper Elmwood Historic district? Well, it’s your lucky day because the annual Festival of Historic Houses allows you to do just that. Spend the afternoon taking a self-guided tour of an array of stately homes, including the home built by Fruit of the Loom founder Robert Knight. To kickoff the festival, PPS hosts a preview cocktail party at the Webster Knight House, with live music, luxury raffles, a full bar, oysters and more. The funds raised from the Preview Party benefit PPS’s preservation advocacy work as well as the planned restoration of the Knight Memorial Library.
The Details: June 2–3. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $35–$125. Various private homes in Providence, 831-7440,

 3. Music on the Hill

Seven concerts in seven scenic locations are the perfect way to spend a summer evening. With a variety of musical pieces, from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to a full brass quintet, there is something for everyone to sit back, relax and listen to. Concerts take place on the lawn, in schools and places of worship.
The Details: June 1–14. 7 p.m. and Sun. at 4 p.m. In advance $21.50, at the door $25, students with ID free. Various locations,

 4. Foster the People

Photo from Jason Persse via Flickr

This is big news, music lovers: Foster the People, the breakout band of 2011, comes to Providence as part of its Summer Tour. Foster the People formed in 2009 in Los Angeles and are known for catchy lyrics and synth meshes. With hit songs like “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Houdini” and “Helena Beat,” this is a concert you won’t want to miss. Wear your own pumped up kicks and be prepared to get into the groove.
The Details: June 7. 8 p.m. $39.50 reserved, $35 general admission. 79 Washington St., Providence, 331-5876,


 5. Metcalf Institute Public Lecture Series

Photo credit Gretchen Ertl

The Metcalf Institute hosts annual free, public lectures on science and the media. In an eye-opening series of talks, journalists, scientists and policy experts come to the University of Rhode Island to discuss current issues in environmental research, media coverage and how science affects public policy. This year’s topics include the health of our oceans, science communication in the era of fake news and more.
The Details: June 5–9. Mon.–Thurs. at 3:30 p.m. and Fri. at 11 a.m. Free. University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s Corless Auditorium, Narragansett,


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