The Weekend Rundown: June 2-4

Art takes over the Ocean State this weekend with the return of PVDFest, Shady Lea Mill's open studios and more


June 2-3: The Providence Preservation Society is taking guests through the historic homes of Providence’s Upper Elmwood neighborhood for its annual Festival of Historic Houses. Scope out the gorgeous 19th century homes, including the former home of the founders of Fruit of the Loom.

June 3: Explore the creative community at Shady Lea Mill’s Summer Open Studios. The historic North Kingstown mill is now a thriving artist colony, where more than 40 makers, painters, sculptors, instrument-makers and more practice their crafts. During the open studios, it’s a chance for people to explore art in a totally different way.

June 3: Now that chokers and Doc Martens are back in a big way, it was only a matter of time before a ‘90s Bar Crawl became a thing. Dig out the grunge clothes you left in your parents’ basement and tipple your way through Providence’s finest watering holes, which will be offering drink specials and all the Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails you can handle.

June 3: Bob Dylan fans, mark your calendars. The Sandywoods Center for the Arts will be hosting a Bob Dylan Tribute, featuring the talents of Art Tebbetts and Matt Borello. This will be their third year performing, and they will be bringing all five decades of Bob Dylan’s biggest hits to the stage. 

June 2-4: See Big Apple-style theatre in Little Rhody at Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck. The historic barn hosts Broadway musicals all season long. Kicking off this season is Beehive: The ‘60s Musical, about women who musically defined that decade. Dancing in the aisles isn’t required to attend a performance, but you probably aren’t going to be able to stop yourself.

June 2-4:
Riverdance, the global Irish dancing sensation, comes to PPAC for its 20th Anniversary Tour. Admit it, you’ve always wondered: Does Irish dancing require perfectly still hands so the dancers don’t spill their Guinness? Just don’t try to recreate the incredible feats of Celtic footwork at home – at least, not after a few pints.

June 3-4: PVDFest is coming back for a third year, and this time it’s taking over the whole city. In addition to the massive arts-infused block party downtown on Saturday, where people will literally be dancing on the sides of our tallest buildings, there are city tours on Friday and a street fair with food and live music at the Cranston Street Armory on Sunday.

June 4:
The Providence Flea is back for it’s fifth season of vintage and hand-made finds by the water. Head South Water Street to explore browse more than 70 vendors and catch some live music. Food and enlightenment will also be on hand – and on four wheels – thanks to a fleet of food trucks and the Providence Community Library’s bookmobile.