The Weekend Rundown: August 25-27

Clear your schedule for kickball in Providence, blues and barbecue in East Providence and a ton of oysters on Block Island

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August 25 & 26: This weekend the Columbus Theatre in Providence is hosting two can’t-miss film screenings. First, on Friday, is the premiere of the RI Hip Hop documentary Almost Dope, which looks at the state’s homegrown hip hop scene. On Saturday, they’ll be screening the 1927 silent film classic Metropolis accompanied by a live performance of an original metal score.

August 26: If you haven't made it out to one of Providence Kickball League's games yet this year, you're missing out. The "Greatest Show on Dirt" continues on Saturday at Dexter Park, with all the wild costumes and school yard antics that make this one of our favorite summer traditions. 

August 26: See feats of raw courage at the second annual Oysta’ Festival at the Block Island Maritime Institute. The celebration of all things oyster brings together farms around the state. Last year, attendees ate over 4,000 freshly shucked oysters – good thing there’s a speediest shucker competition.

August 26: The summer concert series at Bold Point Park continues with the Blues & BBQ Festival. Featuring The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Silks and The Cannibal Ramblers – not to mention some tasty barbecue – you’re going to want to get yourself to East Providence this Saturday. 

August 26: The Newport Historical Society is staging its largest reenactment to date: the 1777 British Occupation. Over 75 costumed interpreters will be recreating what it was like to live in Newport’s Old Quarter during the Revolutionary War. Spoiler alert: there was a lot of wool, and no AC.

August 27
: The Providence Folk Festival returns to Roger Williams National Memorial in downtown Providence for its fourth year. The free fest happens on two stages and will feature more than a dozen of the state’s folksiest singer-songwriters.