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Weekend Best Bets

WBRU's Summer Concert Series returns, South County Hot Air Balloon Fest takes flight and Hope and Main sets up shop.

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Friday

It’s summer in Providence, so you know that means free rock and roll at Waterplace Park thanks to WBRU. Head over to catch national touring act Joywave and local openers Jetty as they serenade the city with the sweet, sweet power of rock. Free. 7pm.  Waterplace Park, Providence. More info...

Spend your Friday evening stargazing under the vast night sky at Frosty Drew’s Observation Night.  Explore our mesmerizing galaxy from sunset to dawn as you observe bright planets, star clusters, nebulae and more.  This is sure to be an unforgettable night.  $1 suggested donation per person.  6pm.  61 Park Lane, Charlestown. More info...

Kick off the weekend with some good tunes, food, beer and wine at Westport Rivers’ Sunset Music Series.  Ken ‘n Donna: Living the Dream will be providing a lively set list of songs featuring originals and everyone’s favorite classics.  This is bound to be a night full of fun.  $10-$15.  6-8pm.  417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. More info...

Close out the work week on a high note with a sampling of spirits at Sons of Liberty’s Friday Night Flights.  Create your own spirits sample flight, sip on some seasonal whiskeys, and taste some Loyal 9 Vodka.  $10 includes tasting glass.  4:30-7:30pm. 1425 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown. More info...

Saturday

Let your little ones discover their creative side as they make Fairy Beach Houses.  With sand, shells, sea glass, seaweed and other natural materials for tools, their houses will be worthy of the prettiest of fairies.  After the day is up, take home the houses for display or play!  $10-$14.  10:30am-12pm.  1401 Hope Street, Bristol. More info...

Get your Zen on Saturday morning at Blue Sky Kripalu Yoga.  Participate in the Kripalu tradition of compassion and non-judgement as you meditate in the relaxing space outside of Partners Village Store.  All levels are welcome, and all who carpool, walk, run, or ride their bike will receive a free small coffee.  $12 donation recommended.  8:30-9:30am. 865 Main Road, Westport. More info...

Celebrate the Rhode Island staple event of the summer at a WaterFire Full Lighting.  Watch as 80 braziers lined up from Waterplace Park to Memorial Park illuminate the Providence River.  Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a night full of fun.  Free.  Lighting begins at sunset.  Waterplace Park. More info...

Dance the night away at the Twisted Dance Party at The Twisted Vine restaurant.  Let the DJ keep your feet moving all night with your favorite songs an up-beat atmosphere.  Sip on some cocktails as you spend a fun-filled night with friends or that special someone.  9:30pm. 3 Canal Street, Westerly. More info...

Sunday

Transport yourself to tropical Hawaii with the music of The Green as they play at The Fête.  The Hawaiian-bred band sticks to their island’s culture with smooth reggae music.  Dreamed of going to the beautiful islands but don’t want to spend 11 hours on a plane?  No problem.  The Green will bring Hawaii to you.  $16-30.  Doors open at 7pm. 103 Dike Street, Providence. More info...

Say goodbye to the weekend with a glass of wine at ShelaLara Vineyards & Winery’s Wine Tours and Tastings.  Sip on some home-grown Rhode Island wine as you stroll through the vineyards and learn about the process of winemaking.  After the tour, sample some of the 20 varieties of wine made right at the winery.  1, 3, or 5pm.  21B Reservoir Road, Coventry. More info...

Explore your wild side with Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Wild Impressions Art Exhibit.  This exhibition of unique, hand-made works of art supports education, conservation, and welfare programs at the zoo.  Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!  Free with admission.  9am-5pm.  1401 Hope Street, Bristol. More info...

Hope & Main looks to put a twist on the farmer’s market by teaching people how to use all those fresh fruits and veggies. Learn how to compost or make homemade ice cream with local berries. Food vendors and live music will also be on hand, because what farmer’s market would be complete without either. 11am-3pm. 691 Main Street, Warren. More info...

All Weekend

Explore the galleries and studios of over 40 local artists by taking a free, self-guided tour through the Bay area at the 12th Annual South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour.  Delve into the trade by watching live demonstrations of how the artists create their works.  Download the tour map online.  Free. More info...

Watch the sky fill with color at the South County Hot Air Balloon Fest.  Ride high in the sky in a balloon, watch (or participate in) the RI State BBQ Championship, ride on carnival rides, play games and listen to music.  There will also be a Corvette show for all car enthusiasts.  $5-$10.  4-9pm Friday, 6am-9pm Saturday, 6am-6pm Sunday.  500 Plains Road, Kingston. More info...

Get ready for a night of laughs as you watch Black Comedy, a play that follows the hilarity that ensues after a power outage.  As the members of the Brindsley family scramble to cover the secrets, the audience is treated to a comical show.  $15.  7pm.  327 Main Street, South Kingstown. More info...

Enjoy a night at the theater as you watch We Might Be Heroes, presented by EPIC Theatre Company.  As aliens are coming to destroy Earth, humankind has only one option to save the planet- to find the heroes among us.  The play explores our potential for greatness in over 500 acts.  $15.  Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm.  50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. More info...