Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: Aug. 18–24

Pops in the park, Lovecraft b-day, a night market and more.
Roger Williams Park Pops

This Thursday, get the orchestra experience without having to dress up when you go to the Roger Williams Park Pops event with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy a free concert by this group of esteemed musicians while munching on grub from your favorite food trucks, like comfort food from the all-American Friskie Fries or sweet, rich ice cream from Like No Udder. And it wouldn’t be a summer event without the famous Del’s lemonade. So sip on your Del’s, spread your blanket and listen to some tunes like the "1812 Overture" or the Star Wars soundtrack on this warm summer evening. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the charitable organization, the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Details: Aug. 18. 7–9 p.m. Free. The Temple to Music, Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence,


H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Birthday Bash

If you’re a fan of the late, great Howard Phillips Lovecraft, be sure to celebrate his 126th birthday this weekend in his hometown of Providence. Each day, head to a different Providence location like the public library or the Arcade and watch a variety of Lovecraftian films unfold. You can see Black Mountain Side, which follows a group of archeologists in northern Canada who uncover something strange, or you can witness the world premiere of Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, an animated feature that follows a young Lovecraft and his adventures with horrifying creatures. If the film festival alone doesn’t quell your curiosity about this horror fiction author, stop by the official festival after-party and birthday bash at the Dorrance on Saturday, hosted by Narragansett Brewing Company and featuring a Lovecraftian cocktail menu — think: the Corpse Reviver, the Horror that Came from R’Lyeh and the Terrible Old Man. The festival closes with author readings at the Arcade and the Athenaeum on Sunday.

The Details: Film festival Aug. 19–21. Birthday bash Aug. 20. 9 p.m.–midnight. Visit the website for show times and ticket prices. Various venues in Providence,



Field of Artisans at Providence Share Space

Beat the heat and head outside at night for the last installment of the Field of Artisans at Providence Share Space night market. Stroll around and explore various vendors and artists under the twinkle lights, including Eastern Medicine Singers, who will perform and display jewelry and drums, and MAGSARTS, with artwork by Margaret Worthen and Nancy Smith Worthen. Then head inside and gaze at the exhibits and displays and do some shopping at Share Space.

The Details: Aug. 18. 5–9 p.m. Free. Providence Share Space, 140 Broadway, Providence,


Downtown Sundown Series

Are you in the mood for the coffeehouse atmosphere — minus the coffee? This weekend, get your fill of coffeehouse tunes in an outdoor festival setting during the Downtown Sundown Series at Roger Williams National Memorial. Make it a picnic and bring your favorite al fresco snacks as you sway along to local songwriters including Cowboy and Lady, the 'Mericans, Sara Azriel and Liv Baxter. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Visitor Center.

The Details: Aug. 20. 7–9:30 p.m. Free. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main St., Providence,


The Looff: East Providence Arts Festival

From gazing at breathtaking paintings to jamming out to bands like Rendition or the Oh No’s, celebrate all kinds of art this weekend at the Looff: East Providence Arts Festival. You can also get a taste of different cultural cuisines when you visit the food trucks at the festival, like the Portuguese favorite Portu-Galo or the Italian Gourmet food truck. Snack on these foods while you’re strolling through the festival, which boasts more than sixty artisan booths, including Rhode Island Rustic, which designs fun Shabori ties (pictured) as well as handmade furniture, apparel, home decor and artwork.

The Details: Aug. 20. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. 700 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside,