1. Rent a lake house/beach house
It sounds like more work than it actually is. Round up a group of friends and have yourselves a little weekend getaway. The east coast is full of beautiful lakes and beaches waiting for you to explore them in states like Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire that have some dope natural scenery. Book a place that is a short drive to town but far enough for you to have some privacy and no cell phone connection. I know for some that sounds a bit crazy, but a relaxing vacation is that much better when everyone is not focused on refreshing their timelines or updating their snap chat stories. Using a site like airbnb.com makes finding the perfect place to stay in easier without the hotel/resort prices. Pack a grill for some BBQ-ing, an air mattress or two, some lawn chairs and make sure to hit the liquor for enough brews to last you for your stay. Oh! build a camp fire & make s’mores because it would be wrong if you didn’t.
2. Food & Drink
If you did not already know, Rhode Island is a playground for foodies. Providence is considered one of the top food cities in the United States. Walking through down city PVD you can easily grab one of the best deli sandwiches at Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches like the “Buddy’s Return” or the “Jorge Elorza”, delicious French macaroons at Ellie’s Bakery and locally crafted beer at Trinity Brew house. More specifically, Rhode Island loves to treat us to especially great food during the summer.
Where the Wild Things Are: Julians & Allagash Beer Dinner 8/1/15
Six course meal, wild ales and beer pairings!
the Steel Yard–27 Sims Avenue–Providence, RI.
6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Jack Fire Backyard BBQ Presented by Whiskey Republic 8/6/15
Tickets include a full Southern BBQ meal, signature Jack Daniels cocktail, live entertainment and more !
Whiskey Republic–15 Bridge Street—Providence, RI.
Starting at 6:00 pm
Rhode Island Restaurant Week 7/12/15-7/25/15
If you have not taken advantage of these deals I suggest you do so ASAP!
For participating restaurants and menu info: http://www.goprovidence.com/rw/
Kennedy Plaza Food Trucks: All day, All day.
When I thought about getting some good grub for lunch, Kennedy Plaza was the last place that came to mind until now. Catch professionals working in the downtown area ditching their brown paper bad lunches for some Korean BBQ, savory tacos, New York Deli style sandwiches, and of course a refreshing cup of Del’s lemonade and more.
Check out site for more details: http://www.kennedyplaza.org/food-trucks/
Out-of-state but close enough:
NYC Restaurant Week 7/20/15-8/14/15
Missed RI’s Restaurant week? Take a short drive to NYC and spend a weekend dining at some of NYC’s best restaurants with over 346 participating eateries .
Boston Seafood Festival 8/2/15
Enjoy freshly caught seafood, local vendors, and live entertainment at the Boston Fish Pier. You know us true Rhode Islanders love our seafood.
212 Northern Avenue—Boston, MA.
11:00 am-6:00 pm
Check out their site for more info! http://bostonseafoodfestival.org
3. Movies on the block: Every Thursday//June-September
This has been my favorite thing to do in Providence for two summers now. Every Thursday locals gather in Downtown to watch a selected movie projected outside. The selection so far has varied from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure to Jaws. Bring a blanket, snacks and enjoy some laughs with other locals. This is a great space to bring kids as well. Also, the main attraction is Miss Millie, a cart quenching all of our macaroon ice cream sandwich cravings brought to us by Ellie’s Bakery.
For movie schedule and location: http://www.moviesontheblock.com/
The best part of summer is being able to do fun and creative things outside after a winter of being cooped up inside. Below are details to a few festivals worth attending:
Water Front Reggae festival 8/8/15
For all the Rasta’s, reggae music lovers, and people just looking to having a relaxed time surrounded by positive vibes, this is the place for you.
India Point Park–Gates open at 12:00 pm//live music starts at 12:30 pm
For live music line up and ticket information visit: http://www.newportwaterfrontevents.com/reggae-festival/
Foo fest Presented by AS220 8/8/15
It’s back and I am sure it will be just as big and successful as it always is. If you enjoy live music, dope all ages activities, live poetry and good food (DUH) you might want to stop by here. It is also the same day as the Waterfront Reggae Festival but no worries; the best part about our little state is that everything is so close to each other!
For musical lineup and ticket information visit: http://foofest.as220.org/
Rhode Island Film Festival 8/4/15-8/9/15
After taking a film course (I still do not know how to fully work a digital camera) I have come to appreciate film as an art form. Although I do not know much about film or how I passed my film course for that matter, you will definitely catch me at one the many RIFF events.
For event and ticket info visit: http://www.film-festival.org/
Afro Punk Fest NYC 8/21/15-8/23/15
Grace Jones, Ms. Lauryn Hill, SZA, Everyday People, Kellis, Raury, Danny Brown + much, much more. I feel like that should be enough to convince anyone to attend this 3 day festival in Brooklyn, NY. Unfortunately, this year they are charging for tickets, but it’s literally the dopest way to end the summer. The first time I attended I saw Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Janelle Monae for free! The line-up this year is pretty sick, ranging from all different music genres and music brought to you by the livest DJs. Art work, delicious food, and cold drinks are sold. This is a great opportunity to meet people and pick up on some dope street fashion trends. People really show out in the most creative looks from hair styles to apparel.
Check out the site for more info: http://afropunkfest.com/line-up/
5. Themed nights
The Parlour—1119 North Main St—Providence, RI.
Every Monday: Reggae night with Upsetta Int’l and the Natural Element Band
Every Tuesday: Open Mic Night
Every Wednesday: Funk Night with the Funky Autocrats (GREAT MUSIC !)
Every Friday: Karaoke Night
For other events: http://theparlourri.com/
Down City Dog Days
Every Tuesday night starting at 5:00 pm
Grab a drink after work with a few friends and wait, free hot dogs? Why the hell not.
Aurora Providence—276 West Minister St—Providence, RI.
For other events: http://www.auroraprovidence.com/
Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden
Every Thursday as of 7/9/15-9/10/15 from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm enjoy casual tunes at Burnside Park, locally crafted beer, sangria and free iced coffee over a game of connect four or chess! It is definitely kid friendly with plenty of outdoor toys/games for children to play with !
For live music guests and other info visit: http://www.kennedyplaza.org/music-series/
6. Learn Something New
I am all about taking the time to learn a new skill. The summer time is perfect to wake the creativity inside of you. It is so easy to find inspiration from the festivals, fully bloomed flowers and to eating in season fruit. Have some extra time on your hands? Why not learn how to sew at JoAnn’s Fabric & Craft Store? Finding affordable and quality clothes is becoming harder when h&m is so cheap and easy to get to. No shade, I shop at h&m but the clothes are terribly made and can barely survive more than a few washes. So, make yourself a cute little summer dress or the perfect slouchy t-shirt or a pair of shorts that fit you so well that people will want to know where you bought them. Are you a writer? Take a creative writing course at AS220 and start that book of short stories that you have down on your bucket list. Love music? Take a DJing class at Avenue Concept and perfect your transitioning skills. Do you love food? Take a cooking class at JWU’s Chef’s Choice Cooking Class and learn how to make your favorite dish you always get when you go out to eat. Bring your partner along and make it a date. Love taking pictures? Well, there are classes for that at AS220, too. Are you into the ocean? Take a sailing class at the Edgewood Sailing School and while you are on that boat, play big pimpin’ for me. There is something out there for all of us. Just dive right into it.
7. Get Active
Color Me Rad 5k 8/29/15
Location to be determined
9:00 am-10:00 am
How do I sign up? https://colormerad.com/
Dirty Girl Mud Race 8/8/15
An obstacle course for all women of all ages in NYC supporting breast cancer survivors.
For location and registration details visit: http://godirtygirl.com/new-york/?gclid=CLn-mdPG68YCFYORHwodyboAQQ
Boston Challenge 2015: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Hunt 7/25/15
Teams of two or more will embark on a city wide scavenger hunt in boston solving tricky clues and riddles racing towards cash prizes
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
For more info: http://www.challengenation.com/
8. Network !
Summer In The City Series 7/28/15
Meet like minded professionals from a variety of industries.
Caffe Dolce Vita–59 DePasquale Sqaure–Providence, RI.
5:30 pm-8:00 pm
PVD Lady Project
7/22/15 PVD LP x Millennial Professional Group of RI: #ChooseRI
The Hot Club–575 South Water Street–Providence, RI.
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
7/30/15 Avoiding Burnouts with Kate Hanley
PVD LP Headquarters BatchHaus–171 Chesnut Street–Providence, RI.
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
8/23/15 Bike Ride & Swim
Washington Secondary–Cranston-Coventry Trail
For PVD LP mission and event details: http://www.pvdladyproject.com/
For MPGRI mission and event details: http://www.millennialri.com/
#InstagramPartyPVD Presented by Sorry For The Blog 7/26/15
Social media has changed the game for the best and the worst. It has changed how we interact with people, how we meet people and it has allowed us to portray ourselves the way we want people to see us. We would like to create a space where you can interact with all your social media friends in real life, no filters.
Machine & Magnets–400 Main Street–Pawtucket, RI.
3:00 pm-9:00 pm