10 Fun Things Happening in Southern New England This Weekend

Here are our picks for ten great things to do in Southern New England this weekend.

Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Carousel

Friday, September 29, 5pm-8pm


Start your weekend off with the best place to visit Food Trucks in Rhode Island! Head to the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. Brought to you by Roger Williams Park Zoo, Roger Williams Carousel Village, and Food Trucks In PVD. Presented by A.B. Munroe Dairy, New York Life Rhode Island Office, and Solar City Rhode Island

Enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from some of the area’s best food trucks, ride the carousel and explore Hasbro Boundless Playground.  Enjoy local beer from Trinity Brewhouse. Ride the carousel, and enjoy all that Carousel Village has to offer! Something for everyone!   Admission to the event is free!

There are over 20 picnic tables throughout the Carousel Village, but hey fill up quickly. Bring blankets and chairs. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy all that this event and Carousel Village has to offer.

Bring Your Own Improv’s Family Friendly Show

FRI, SEP 30, 2016 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Bring Your Own Improv (BYOI) is now in its ninth season! This interactive improv show welcomes voluntary audience participation! You can participate in one of three ways: Applaud at a scene you like, yell out fantastic suggestions, or if you feel you’re ready, jump up and get involved with us on stage!!!

Wicked at PPAC

Various performances through October 8th – see PPAC.org for more info.


The super popular Broadway production Wicked is back at PPAC for a string of shows through October 8th. Check out our review of the show HERE.

Afrika Nyaga Drum & Dance Festival

SAT, OCT 1, 2016 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Kennedy Plaza, Downcity Providence


Co-produced by Sidy Maiga and the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, this event showcases the music and dance of Africa and the diaspora.

Performances include a drum circle by PVD Fest headliner Sidy Maiga, music by Afrimanding and the Reggae group Natural Element, a Sabar drum group with Babacar Diery from Senegal, the local break dance crew RawKin’ RhythMix, and more!

Burnside Park will be activated with music, dance, food and activities for all ages. The Imagination Center will be set up with shelves of children’s books, arts and crafts materials, and our prop kit full of fun costumes!

This is a FREE, family friendly event. Come on down and bring the whole family.

3rd Annual New England Whiskey Festival


SAT, OCT 1, 2016 2:00 PM Price: $40.00

The finest companies in the hospitality industry will gather at Rhode Island’s premiere entertainment facility to show off the latest whiskey products, trends and innovations.  Discover new brands, the hottest beverage trends, along with great food, samplings and entertainment.


Full Lighting WaterFire Sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and Lifetime Medical

SAT, OCT 1, 2016 6:25 PM – 11:55 PM


The Illuminations of Life Torch Ceremony will begin on the Statehouse steps at sunset and the torches will arrive in Waterplace Basin approximately 45 minutes later. Follow @waterfireprov on Twitter for breaking updates during the event. All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting begins shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09

SUN, OCT 2, 2016 1:00 PM

The Patriots take on the Bills Sunday afternoon at Gillette.

Providence Children’s Museum – Engineer It! Materials Challenge

Saturday, October 1 – Tuesday, October 4 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Kids complete different engineering challenges using simple household items. Build amazing structures using only cardboard squares, construct towers with popsicle sticks and clothespins, and create contraptions from paper tubes and straws.
Underwritten by Amgen Foundation.

Pups on the Patio!

photo by Jill Chen/ via Flickr
photo by Jill Chen/ via Flickr

SUN, OCT 2, 2016 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Union Station Brewery Pups on the Patio!
Join us at the Union Station Brewery on Sunday, October 2nd from 2pm to 4pm for Pups on the Patio! Outdoor Beer tent – $5 beers – 100% goes to PARL! Raffles, Give Aways! #PupsonthePatio

Ian Hunter at the Narrows, Fall River

SUN, OCT 2, 2016 8:00 PM


Whilst his achievements with Mott the Hoople during his first decade as a recording artist would have been more than enough to ensure his iconic status, Hunter has never been one to coast on past glories. Indeed, in the past dozen years, he’s made a series of riveting albums that stand with his best and most resonant work, while making a decisive return to touring, delivering incendiary live performances that show his fire to be burning as brightly as ever.

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