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While there are many events happening in Friartown during Homecoming, Oct. 4-6, your family is invited to explore the city and spend a beautiful fall weekend in Providence. Whether you decide to soak in the sights at Waterfire, experience an unforgettable meal on Federal Hill, or delight in an architectural tour of the East Side, there’s something for you to enjoy.

Weekend Highlights

Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

6 – 10 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 5
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tickets: rwpzoo.org/jols

Celebrate Halloween at this must-see Rhode Island attraction. This year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved, illuminated pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairytales, and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes, and historical figures who changed our world.
Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. There will be no refunds or rescheduling, please take note of the Zoo’s pricing policies.

WaterFire Providence – 14th Annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life

Sponsored in part by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Sunset (6:21 p.m.) | Saturday, Oct. 5
Learn more: waterfire.org

A full WaterFire is a multisensory experience that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. This series of bonfires, installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, entices with aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight and enchanting music. This special lighting, in honor of Gloria Gemma’s Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life, honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning the city of Providence pink and embraces everyone who has been impacted by cancer.

Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville

8 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 5
Providence Performing Arts Center
Tickets: www.ppacri.org 
*Limited tickets available through the venue

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers.

More Things to Do in Providence

  • Check out the eclectic collection of stores and restaurants as well as the city’s thriving music scene on Thayer Street.
  • Explore the Tropical Rainforest Building at the famous Roger Williams Park Zoo.
  • Interested in art? Check out a Monet or Picasso at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
  • Stroll down scenic cobble-stoned streets as you explore the historic East Side.
  • Experience the living history of the Providence Athenaeum – the nation’s fourth-oldest library.
  • Enjoy world-class shopping at the ultra-modern Providence Place Mall.
  • Take in stunning views of the downtown area at Prospect Terrace Park or visit some of the other beautiful parks that make up our 1,200-acre park system.
  • Head to the award-winning restaurants and cafes that thrive in the Old Neighborhood on Federal Hill for a delicious Italian, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexican, or Chinese meal.
  • Experience the living history of the Providence Athenaeum – the nation’s fourth-oldest library.
  • Enjoy world-class shopping at the ultra-modern Providence Place Mall.
    Take in stunning views of the downtown area at Prospect Terrace Park or visit some of the other beautiful parks that make up our 1,200-acre park system.
  • Head to the award-winning restaurants and cafes that thrive in the Old Neighborhood on Federal Hill for a delicious Italian, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexican, or Chinese meal.

For more information, visit goprovidence.org.