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Spend Time in Kennedy Plaza Every Day!

Since Burnside Park’s reopening in late June, Greater Kennedy Plaza has been bustling with activity. Come see what’s happening, and help us spread the word!
Through August 28th, 11 am to 2 pm
Bring your children for the FREE Kidoinfo Play in the Park Series! It’s a free-play playground with lawn games, hula hoops, bubbles and more. Visit for the full schedule of activities including open dance classes with Festival Ballet, hands-on activities with Providence Children’s Museum, Brown Bag lunch talks, and historic walking tours. (Photo: Michael Christofaro).
Through August 23rd, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Greater Kennedy Plaza is partnering with Kidoinfo on Storytime in Burnside Park from 10:30 to 11:30 am! Bring a blanket and enjoy performances by storytellers, performers, authors and illustrators, featuring several locals like Len Cabral, Keith Munslow, BIG NAZO and Anika Denise. After storytime, experience fun interactive activities at Art in the Park: Providence and the Purple Crayon from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. And don’t forget about the Weekly Book Swap. Donate a gently used book, and take home a new one!


Thursday evenings
Through August 30th, 4:30 to 7 pm
Join us for the 2012 Burnside Park Music Series and Beer Garden! Grab a refreshing drink from Trinity Brewhouse and Revival Brewing Company, and listen to an eclectic group of musicians perform for FREE from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Visit for more details about each show:


Through October 26th, 11 am to 2 pm
Check out the Downtown Farmers Market on the Washington Street sidewalk next to Burnside Park! Managed by Farm Fresh Rhode Island, the market features local vendors like Schartner Farms, Barden Family Orchard, Skinny Dip Farm, and Hill Orchard. You can stock up on baked goods and prepared foods from Palmieri’s Bakery, Tina’s Jamaican, Amos House Works and the Cupcakerie, or grab lunch from food trucks like Mijo’s Tacos, Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ, and Rocket Fine Street Foods.

Visit throughout the summer for more info about the FirstWorks Fall Festival on the Plaza and other special events! Also, check out photos here.