Best Bets

Weekend Best Bets

June 24-26

East Side Monthly Magazine ·

Ocean State BBQ Festival
Think you’re the best barbecuer in Rhode Island? Test your skills this weekend at the Steel Yard, where you can enter in four different categories in their Smoke Off competition. Even if you’re not much of a cook, there’s plenty of food, plenty of drink (like a complimentary beer with every ticket) and plenty of live music. Friday and Saturday. $15-30, children under 12 get in free. 27 Sims Avenue, Providence. More info...

Newport Flower Show
Summer’s officially here, and what better way to celebrate its arrival than with beautiful flowers? Drive on over to Rosecliff this weekend for a celebration of the gardens of the Gilded Age. The event is jam-packed with exciting events, from buffets and cocktail parties to lectures (featuring special guests) and activities for the kids. Of course, there’ll be tons of floral exhibitions on display as well. All weekend. $15-25, children $6. 538 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. More info...

Spa Mosaic Fundraiser at Mews Tavern

When a fire burned down the Spa Mosaic in North Kingston last March, the community came together to help them get back on their feet. This Sunday, Mews Tavern is hosting a fun fundraiser event to help out both the displaced staff and the local volunteer fire department. Great food, drinks, live music and a raffle contest will make this a charity to remember. Sunday. $25. 456 Main Street, Wakefield. More info...

Food Truck Fridays/Movie in the Park at Roger Williams Park
The food trucks are back at the Carousel Village, but besides the food, you can enjoy a beer garden and tons of activities for the kids. Once you’ve satisfied your stomach and tired yourself out, settle down on the Boathouse Lawn by 8pm for a screening of Moonrise Kingdom, shot on location right here in RI. Friday. Free. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. More info...

Kids Concert at Lippitt Museum

If your kids are getting restless now that school’s out, an afternoon picnic with music designed just for them will be sure to lift their spirits. Meredith LeVande, of PBS fame, is beloved by kids for her Monkey Monkey Music videos, and now she’s coming to perform at the Lippitt Museum. Bring a blanket and spread out on the lawn. Sunday. Free. 199 Hope Street, Providence. More info...

Womanimation 2016
Have a thing for animated films? Check out Womanimation this weekend, featuring 11 acclaimed short films from all over the world. Genres from drama to satire have been chosen, and they will showcase everything from everyday happenings to surreal experiences. The one thing these films have in common? They were all made by women. Saturday. $8-10. 115 Empire Street, Providence. More info...

Peace Dale Block Party
Last year’s Block Party was such a hit, Peace Dale Village had to have another one. Come out once again for the local bands, dancing, delicious food and more. Bring some friends or your whole family for a day of fun. Saturday. Free. Peace Dale. More info... 

The Whale Guitar in Warren
Environmentalism and the arts come together this evening for a performance featuring the famous Whale Guitar, an electric guitar crafted to raise awareness for the importance of ocean conservation. Performers will include Sharks Come Cruisin’, Allysen Callery and Cowboy and Lady, as well as galleries featuring the photography of Michael Cevoli and artwork by Rachel Blumberg. Friday. Free. 147 Water Street, Warren. More info... 

RI Food Fights Ice Cream Throwdown
Ice cream connoisseurs wanted: the best ice cream vendors around Rhode Island are congregating this weekend and they need some taste-testers. One ticket gets you all the ice cream you can fit in your stomach – just don’t wait too long, because they sell out fast! Sunday. $20. 160 East Manning Street, Providence. More info... 

Ocean State BBQ Festival, Newport Flower Show, Spa Mosaic Fundraiser at Mews Tavern, Food Truck Fridays/Movie in the Park at Roger Williams Park, Kids Concert at Lippitt Museum, Womanimation 2016, Peace Dale Block Party, The Whale Guitar in Warren, RI Food Fights Ice Cream Throwdown

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