Five Can’t-Miss Events: May 31–June 6

Watch festival fireworks, stomp the divots at Newport Polo, cheer on Special Olympics athletes and more fun things to do.

AIDS Orphan Care Walkathon

Lace up your sneakers and get your walkathon on! Head to Lincoln Woods State Park for the eighth annual AIDS Orphan Care Walkathon. AIDS Orphan Care raises money to help orphans and HIV-positive children in Lesotho, Southern Africa where they have the world’s third highest HIV rate. The group has participated in projects like providing kindergarten through seventh grade education to over 200 orphans and HIV-positive children. This walk will help to support many of their projects. Register or donate today.

The Details: June 3. 10 a.m. $20 adults, $7.50 children. Lincoln Woods state Park, 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Lincoln,


Gaspee Days Fireworks

Since 1965, the village of Pawtuxet has been celebrating the burning of the HMS Gaspee, a British ship, which has been coined as America’s First Blow for Freedom.  The almost month-long celebration includes parties, festivals and ceremonies including a “Burning of the Gaspee.” On Saturday, festival-goers can watch an extravagant fireworks show over Narragansett Bay. Plus, nibble on snacks and visit the many vendor booths.

The Details: June 2. 9–10 p.m. Free. Salter’s Grove, Warwick, 401-781-1772,


Newport Polo Series

Put on your best dress (or tie!), sip on cocktails and stomp the divots at the Newport International Polo series. The games start on June 2 with a match between the USA and Poland. There will be a ceremonious champagne toast and trophy presentation following the match. Don’t forget to pack a picnic dinner and a hat to shade the sun away from your eyes.  

The Details: June 2. 5 p.m. See website for ticket and parking prices. Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Ln., Portsmouth,  401-846-0200,

Special Olympics Summer Games 

Put on your athletic garb and gear up for the Special Olympics Rhode Island annual Summer Games. Cheer on the thousands of athletes from local communities to race to the finish line. In addition to the games, there will be an opening ceremony with a one-hour concert performance by Billy Gilman. This year’s games will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary milestone for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

The Details: June 1-3. See website for event times. The Ryan  Center, 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston, 401-349-4900,

Dancing in the Park

Bring your rhythm and your dancing shoes to Roger Williams Park Conservancy for their inaugural fundraiser, Dancing in the Park. Celebrate the history and restoration of Roger Williams Park at this festive and fun evening, while dancing the night away to music performed by Superchief Trio. Plus, delicious food and drinks will be provided by Russell Morin Catering and Events. The event supports the Park’s preservation and programs.

Details: June 1. 7-10 p.m. Tickets begin at $50. Bandstand, Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-680-7219,


Reporting assistance from April Federico. 

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.

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