Summer Preview – Cooler Because It's Warmer

20 Reasons To Love Summer in PVD

In Providence, life is cooler when it's warmer


In Providence, summer doesn’t start when the calendar says so; it starts after that first drink out on the Hot Club deck. From there the sky’s the limit, with festivals, outdoor concerts and a general sense of solstice celebration making summer in the city worth the months of torture endured at the hands of winter and an even crueler spring (snow in April? WTF!). Presented here in no particular order are our 20 favorite things about summer in PVD. We’ve all earned every single one of them. 

The Hot Club Deck

Summer starts here

Movies on the Block

The city's favorite outdoor movie theater

Providence Kickball League

The greatest show on dirt

Shelter Arcade Bar

Classic arcade games and craft beer. 'Nuff said

Burnside Music Series and Beer Garden

Free live music in Kennedy Plaza


Move over SXSW, here comes the PVDFest

The Tiki Bar at Ogie's Trailer Park

Get your drink on with an extra splash of kitsch

All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion

See the work of a legendary designer at the RISD Museum

Del's Shandy

Two RI icons join forces to redefine the taste of summer

WBRU Summer Concert Series

See your new favorite band at Waterplace Park

Rooftop at the Providence G

Party from the top of the city this summer

DePasquale Square

Go old world and old school on Federal Hill

The Providence Flea

Your craft and vintage HQ

Day-cation at Aqua

Lounge poolside like a boss


A PVD tradition that gets better every year

Escape Rhode Island

Make like Sherlock Holmes and get a clue

Wurst Window at Chez Pascal

Hot dogs redefined on Hope Street

Farmer's Markets

Know your farmers, know your food

RI PrideFest

Celebrate 40 years of RI Pride

Food Trucks

Track down your favorite four-wheeled restaurants

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