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Greater Kennedy Plaza Summer Kick-Off!

On Saturday, June 23rd, get ready for the 1st annual Summer Solstice Celebration on the Plaza! Greater Kennedy Plaza and the City Department of Art, Culture + Tourism invite you to Burnside Park for this FREE all-day celebration including live art-making, family activities, performances and food trucks. 

Visit Kennedy Plaza’s Facebook page for weather updates! The celebration now begins at 5 PM with RISD alum Yarrow Thorne’s interactive art display, Providence Under Pressure: Urban Street Art Exposed, on East Approach between the skating rink and Burnside Park. 

Enjoy live music starting with kid-friendly Keith Munslow at 5 PM followed by local celebrity DJs at 6:30, the Extraordinary Rendition Band at 7, Brooklyn band Bird Dog at 7:30, and Boo City at 9. Throughout the night, you’ll see Big Nazo Puppets, amazing exhibits from the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, skateboarding demonstrations in the rink, and a large-scale interacting mapping project by local artist Andrew Oesch. Show up thirsty and hungry, and grab drinks at the beer garden along with dinner from our fantastic local food trucks.

The event is sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, RISCA, Providence Tourism Council, RIPTA, Providence Monthly, WBRU, and Providence Phoenix. To learn more about Kennedy Plaza’s transformation, visit kennedyplaza.org.