Five Can’t-Miss Events this Week in Rhode Island

Rock out to summer concerts at Garden City Center, order lunch and dinner during Providence Restaurant Weeks, and more fun things to do from July 22-28.
Female Friends Ordering Food In The Restaurant

Friends ordering food and drinks at a restaurant. Photo by Getty Images.


RiverFire – Gary Hopp and Friends

Head over to downtown Wakefield for an interactive performance by Gary Hopp and Friends, who play a variety of music like feel-good rock and roll, oldies, country, originals and blues. They like to get the audience involved by handing out percussion and hats, so everyone feels like part of the show. Maybe you’ll be one of the guests they invite to perform with them! Feel free to bring some non-perishable food items for the food drive to support the Jonnycake Center for Hope.

The details: July 22. 6–8 p.m. Free. 327 Main St., South Kingstown, 401-474-4700,   



Providence Restaurant Weeks

For two weeks, support and dine with a myriad of restaurants in downtown Providence and neighboring areas for the ultimate meals and deals. Participating restaurants and diners have you covered for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks and dessert. Either visit your usual Saturday night spot, or take your taste buds for a ride at a new location. Use the hashtag #prw and #pvdeats on social media to show off your delicious dishes.

The details: Through July 24. Various locations in Providence, 



Bats and Beer During the Full Moon 

Learn about the world of bats while enjoying some local brew with Audubon during their “Bats and Beer During the Full Moon” event. The brief presentation will talk about the bats that live in the area, then guests can go out into the trails and look for the bats. It’s advised to bring your own flashlight, and advanced registration is required. Guests must be at least twenty-one years old to participate.

The details: July 23. 7:30–9 p.m. Members $20, non-members $25. 99 Pardon Joslin Rd., Exeter. 401-949-5454. 


Garden City Center Summer Concerts

Head over to Garden City Center for four nights of free entertainment and live music for all ages. General admission seating is located south of the gazebo; purchase a VIP ticket and you will receive select seating, complimentary appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, a special gift from Garden City Center and benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Dance to performances like the XS Band featuring funk, soul and disco; the Copacetics with their reggae, ska and jazz; tributes to Elton John and Billy Joel; and Fast Times playing classics from the ‘80s.

The details: July 21-August 11. Pre-show starts 5 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. General admission free, VIP $15, Garden City Center, Cranston, 401-942-2800,    



Blessing of the Fleet Weekend 

The three day Blessing of the Fleet Celebration includes three main events, including a festival which will take place all three days at Memorial Square. There will be bands performing each night, plenty of food and the festival’s famous beer tent. The ten-mile road race will take place on July 23; the walkers will begin at 5 p.m. and the runners will begin at 6 p.m. Register online in advance for the race. The Blessing of the Fleet will take place on July 24 at 10 a.m., featuring a parade of decorated commercial and recreational watercrafts.

The details: July 22-24, various times, Narragansett, 401-783-7121,



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