July 10 at the Burnside Music Series: The Sugar Honey Iced Tea!


Sugar Honey Iced Tea

Well, lovers of Downcity, after a stormy 4th of July week, the Burnside Music Series is ready to reclaim our rightful place in the sun, and just in time! Up this week are very special guests (and inimitably wonderful persons) The Sugar Honey Iced Tea. Known about town for their wildly positive vibes, unparalleled musicianship, timeless songwriting, and all around classy attitude,  The Sugar Honey Iced Tea’s most transfixing characteristic lies in their pristine, earthy vocal harmonies. Think The Andrews Sisters meets Eartha Kitt meets Tom Waits… but more approachable. Cozy up to their mellifluous tunes this Thursday, July 10 at the Trinity Beer Garden in Burnside Park! Food truck snacks and play space for the whole family abound. (Insider tip: keep an eye out for updates about The Sugar Honey Iced Tea’s new record, coming out this August, here!)

Burnside Music Series: The Mansfield Hornets (RESCHEDULED due to severe weather)

The Mansfield Hornets


Miracle of miracles! This Thursday, July 3, the Burnside Music Series is being graced with Rhode Island (via Mansfield) royalty. The Mansfield Hornets (née The Hornets) count among their other projects The Eyesores, Throttles, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Double Decker Dance Band, and too many more to name. These esteemed gentlemen have been bestowing their varied musical virtuosity on Rhode Islands for a matter of decades, and have now joined forces to filter your favorite Balkan, Irish, Cajun, Turkish, country, and jazz through the psychedelic web that is their interpretation. The Mansfield Hornets decidedly touch upon the rare combination of confounding the most avid musicians while delighting the most casual listener as well. A rare jewel indeed!

2014′s Burnside Music Series and Beer Garden Commences This Thursday!


2014 Burnside Music Series


It’s go time, Rhode Island. Your much awaited summer is officially here, ceremoniously signified by the 2014 Burnside Music Series and Beer Garden kicking off in full effect! Every Thursday starting now,  Burnside Park will be transformed into your favorite restaurant, your family outing, your afternoon date, and your patio bar. Lounge on the grass, grab a bite from your favorite food truck, or sidle up to the tables and chairs at Trinity Brewhouse’s beer garden (open from 4:30-7:30 every Thursday!). Live music from 5:30-7 ensures that your personal dance hall, show-space, and musician’s salon is but a stroll downtown away. Whether you’re wrapping up your work day or just heading in for a shift, you deserve a break! Treat yourself to Burnside Thursdays in the park. You’ve earned it!

Stay up to date and find out more about series performers at the Burnside Music Series Facebook event!



Join the Team! Apply to be a Healthy Families on the Plaza Intern!

At the center of downtown Providence and visited by 55 thousand individuals each day, Kennedy Plaza is the intersection of the city’s surrounding neighborhoods and serves a diverse cross-section of Rhode Island’s communities.  Greater Kennedy Plaza and the City of Providence Healthy Communities Office have teamed up to create Healthy Families on the Plaza– a summer internship program in support of healthy outcomes for local families and youth in our city center.

There are a variety of opportunities such as Communications Intern, Family Programs Intern, Health Programs Intern, and Art Programs Intern. Gain valuable skills and experience while making your city a greater place!

For more information and to apply click the link below, or download the internship description here: Internship Application 2014


The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center

The Rink is open every day for ice skating until March 16th (weather permitting!).

Monday – Friday 10am-10pm

Saturday & Sunday 11am-10pm

We have so much information available that we invite you to visit our website for details on rates, specials, reservations, and special events!  You can also check us out on Facebook at either The Providence Rink or Greater Kennedy Plaza.

Upcoming Events at The Providence Rink!

The 14th Annual Rotary Club Street Painting Festival 


Saturday, September 28, 2013
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center
2 Kennedy Plaza
Providence, RI

For more information about this fun-filled event, visit the website for the Rotary Club of Providence.

The Food Truck Bash is coming to Providence on Sunday October 27th!!

Food Truck Bash-logoGet ready for this tri-state Food Truck extravaganza!!!

Sunday, October 27th
 from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
 at The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center
 located at 2 Kennedy Plaza
 in Providence, RI.

This event will feature a food truck competition, costume contest, beer garden, and on-site entertainment. LEARN MORE, MEET THE TRUCKS, and GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT! FIND IT ON Facebook TOO!

Food Truck Brunch this Sunday, 9/22 in Biltmore Park!


Sunday, September 22nd at 11:00 am
 in Biltmore Park, downtown Kennedy Plaza on Dorrance Street across from the Providence Biltmore Hotel

Enjoy the fresh air as you sample food from ten of Rhode Island’s finest food trucks. Your Taste Trekkers ticket gives you access to exclusive off-the-menu items prepared especially for this event. It’s the perfect way to end a great culinary weekend. Brought to you by Food Trucks In.

You can buy tickets to the brunch separately from the rest of the conference.  Find out more about the entire conference at the Taste Trekker’s website!

This Week at the Imagination Center: Bookmobile + Playful Providence

Kidoinfo Play in the Park: Library Bookmobile!
Tuesday, September 17th, 3-6PM

This week Kidoinfo Play in the Park gets a special visit from the Providence Community Library Bookmobile – bringing the wonderful world of the library to the great outdoors! From 3-5PM check out this brand new little library on wheels where you can: pick up your omobile_bus_old_2wn library card, learn things you never knew about the libraries selection, check out new books and test fun new reading programs on the library’s ipads. All on Washington Street alongside Burnside Park!

And have fun in the sun at the Mobile Playground – every Tuesday during the Market, 3-6pm!

Hungry? The Downtown Farmer’s Market (3-6pm) has delicious dinner from Rocket Fine Street Food, Mijos + Joedega as well as fresh, healthful foods for the whole week.



Playful Providence at the Imagination Center
Saturday, September 21st, 12-2 pm

Join us for the second annual Playful Providence celebration at Burnside Park!  Get down with  special Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 4.14.07 PMperformances by the Extraordinary Rendition Band,  explore with our Imagination Playground, and sample food truck delights, make music with the Downcity Design Sound Sculpture and hop aboard Burnside Park’s own sunken ship, The Hannah!  Enjoy board and lawn games, and more!


PLUS! Take part in special art project – Co-Mingle: A Community Collage – with RI teaching artist Scott Lapham. Children and families can make murals of community life with photographic images taken from our vibrant Providence communities.

Put on by Greaterec_10 Kennedy Plaza, a project of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy with the Partnership for Providence Parks!

Thank you to our sponsors: RISCA, Southwest Airlines, Kidoinfo, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Art, Culture + Tourism, The Providence Foundation, Downtown Improvement District, Kaboom!