“Open Air Saturdays” to Extend Through Christmas in Downtown Providence
Friday, November 06, 2020
The Providence Foundation, which was awarded a Take It Outside grant from RI Commerce, has partnered with InDowncity in efforts to bring more visitors downtown as winter approaches, to enjoy safe outdoor space all while supporting small businesses during a challenging holiday season.
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Open Air Saturdays will take place from 12 - 6 p.m. every Saturday in November and December, closing Westminster Street between Eddy and Mathewson streets and Union Street from Weybosset to Westminster streets.
The Open Air Saturdays program, which launched on August 1, will now extend through December 26, expanding to include additional craft vendors, holiday shopping, live performances in collaboration with Providence World Music, and a pop-up outdoor beer garden at Grant’s Block, located at 260 Westminster Street.
Holiday Shopping -- and Beer
The expanded program will kick off just as the holiday shopping season gets underway, making it easier to support local independent businesses while gift shopping.
Retail store participants include Queen of Hearts, Modern Love, Civil, The Vault Collective, Homestyle, Craftland, Symposium Books, and Eno Fine Wines & Spirits, who will each be offering in-store specials and rotating guest vendors outdoors. Open Air Saturdays will allow for safe holiday shopping both in-store and outside on the sidewalks, but for those who cannot attend, the majority of participating shops also offer online shopping and shipping.
The pop-up beer garden at Grant’s Block, located at 260 Westminster Street, and run by downtown brewpub Trinity Brewhouse, will be open 12 - 8 p.m. each Saturday. Customers can enjoy a locally brewed beer with socially distanced outdoor seating, while ordering food delivery from a large selection of downtown businesses such as Oberlin, Kleos, Bolt, Friskie Fries, Small Point Cafe, Yoleni’s and more. View the selection here.
Heat lamps and private tents will be available as well, with reservations highly recommended and can be made here.
Visitors to Open Air Saturdays are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing while shopping. No-touch hand sanitizing stations will be provided along Westminster Street.
For those in need of parking, the City of Providence is offering free two-hour parking at metered spaces downtown from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2021. This includes streets bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street). For those who prefer a parking lot, The Biltmore Garage offers contactless payment for parking at 51 Washington Street.
Stay tuned to @indowncitypvd on Instagram for the latest program updates. www.indowncity.com
"Open Air Saturdays" will continue in the City of Providence through the holiday.