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Join the Summer Solstice Celebration on Greater Kennedy Plaza, June 23rd from Noon – 10pm!

We’re looking forward to attending the “1st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Greater Kennedy Plaza” on June 23rd from 12pm – 10pm. The event is free and open to the public. Whether you spend an hour or the whole day, there will be plenty happening for the whole family!

The event begins at 12pm with RISD alum Yarrow Thorne’s Providence Under Pressure: Urban Street Art Exposed Presented by the Avenue Concept. Urban street artists will create live, bold paintings on wood panels throughout the day on East Approach between the skating rink and Burnside Park. At 5pm, the event jumps into high gear with skateboarding demonstrations at the Bank of America City Center…But wait! There’s more!

We’re looking forward to attending and supporting the “1st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Greater Kennedy Plaza” on June 23rd from 12pm — 10pm. The event is free and open to the public. Whether you spend an hour or the whole day, there will be plenty happening for the whole family!

12 noon: Celebration kicks-off with RISD alum Yarrow Thorne’s Providence Under Pressure: Urban Street Art Exposed an interactive art display with urban street artists creating live paintings on East Approach between the skating rink and Burnside Park.

5pm: Family fun in Burnside Park begins with musical performance by Keith Munslow! Join Providence Children’s Museum to explore Imagination Playground.  Using huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools and tubes, families construct castles, forts, vehicles and other imaginative structures.  Come discover the amazing exhibits by the The RI Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), join in a large-scale interactive mapping project by Providence artist Andrew Oesch and catch special appearances by Big Nazo LAB throughout the evening!

Skateboarding demonstrations in the rink! Teens and tweens can show off their ollies and kickflips while the beats pump by local spirited DJ’s.

6:30pm: Local celebrity DJ’s keep the mood lively while adults can sip refreshing craft brews in the first BEER GARDEN of the summer season and enjoy dinner from one of GKP’s fantastic food trucks.

7pm: The EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION BAND herald in a new season in Burnside Park and help welcome Mayor Angel Taveras.

7:30pm: Evening concert in Burnside Park by Bird Dog, a Brooklyn based outfit with a sound that draws on a wide set of roots influences.

9:00pm: Providence’s Boo City caps off the evening with their dynamic meld of black country, soul and rock steady music!

Sponsors: Kidoinfo, Citizens Bank, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, RISCA, Providence Tourism Council, RIPTA, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence Monthly, WBRU, and Providence Phoenix!

This celebration launches a season of fun on Greater Kennedy Plaza. Residents and visitors alike are invited to participate in weekly programming this summer including Kidoinfo Providence Storytime, Art in The Park, Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series, and Farm Fresh RI’s Downtown Farmers Market. Look for other special events including the FirstWorks Fall Festival: On The Plaza, and appearances by Festival Ballet. Public art installations by a RISD Design Studio, AS220 Youth, The Steel Yard, and City Arts!, will make you see Greater Kennedy Plaza in a fresh perspective.

 

 

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Written by Anisa Raoof