Open Air Saturdays Create a Safe Shopping and Dining Experience in Downtown Providence

Saturdays in August, a popular section of downtown Providence will close to traffic and transform into a socially-distanced shopping and dining scene.
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A section of Westminster Street in Providence will be closed to traffic Saturday afternoons from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in August. Photo from Indowncitypvd’s Facebook page.

Open Air Saturdays in downtown Providence are the cure for your summer blues.

Beginning in August, a popular section of downtown Providence will transform into a socially-distanced shopping and dining scene every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open Air Saturdays, which will continue into the fall, will take place along Westminster Street between Eddy and Union streets, and will include a number of Providence restaurants, businesses and vendors spilling out into the streets. Shop small while enjoying the nice summer weather.

The street will close to traffic, creating a large and lively walking space for locals to shop, eat and interact all while keeping a safe distance from each other. Some businesses that will be participating in Open Air Saturdays include Craftland, Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, Small Point Cafe, Sura, Symposium Books, Kleos, the Vault, Civil, Homestyle, Eno Fine Wines, Oberlin, the Salon and the Eddy. In the surrounding area, other restaurants will also offer takeout and some have outdoor seating, including Birch, the Malted Barley, Serendipity Gourmet, Gracie’s (starting August 6), Tori Tomo, Figidini, Bolt Cafe and North, and coming soon in the early fall, is the new location of Durk’s BBQ on Aborn Street.

Open Air Saturdays are a great opportunity to get out of the house, breathe some fresh air, support small businesses and browse through vintage items from the Vault, “artful objects” from Homestyle and cute clothing and accessories from Queen of Hearts.

For people who cannot attend, most of the participating shops are also offering an online shopping option. The Dean Hotel is also hosting a space in their parking lot for vendors to sell locally-farmed and hand-made goods on Saturdays from 4-8 p.m.

The open air experience continues during the week, too. Union Street will be closed Thursday through Monday from 5-10 p.m. for outdoor dining at Oberlin and Kleos. Many restaurants will also be expanding their outdoor seating spaces. For a full list, click here.

All customers are asked to wear face masks and social distance during their shopping experience. The city of Providence is extending free, two-hour parking at metered spaces until September 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street. For more information click here or follow @indowncitypvd on Instagram!

 

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