City of Providence kicks off summer activities at ALEX AND ANI City Center

New attractions include salsa nights, roller derby and more on week night

Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza recently joined Department of Parks Director Wendy Nilsson, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism Director Stephanie Fortunato, ALEX AND ANI City Center Manager Brant Gawrys, and community partners to kick off the summer programming season at ALEX AND ANI City Center, announcing a series of new and returning activities coming to the downtown facility.

In addition to bumper cars and performances, the Providence Rink will host a new Summer Salsa Blast series and debut new recreational sports leagues, roller skating and lawn games throughout the summer.

The City Center is scheduled to host three free, family-friendly Latin music and dance events this summer as part of expanded programming. The Summer Salsa Blast events will take place on July 20, August 24 and September 14 (6PM-12PM) and will include group lessons, music and dancing with program partner Mambo Pa Ti Dance CompanyFood trucks and refreshments will also be available.

Also new to the neighborhood is Trinity Brewhouse’s seasonal, outdoor beer garden, located in Biltmore Park just steps away from the rink. The beer garden will serve a rotating selection of Trinity Brewhouse beers, offerings from Rhode Island and New England-based craft breweries, wine, cocktails and local food vendors. The beer garden will be operating Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4:30PM to 10:00PM for the duration of summer and early fall, weather permitting.

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Just next week, PVDFest will be returning to the ALEX AND ANI City Center for this year’s festival, hosting the Rhode Island Day of Portugal on Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9. Programming includes outdoor cultural displays, arts and crafts, traditional Portuguese music and entertainment, a “chama da portugalidade” torch procession, and Day of Portugal parade. This family-friendly event celebrates the vibrant history of the Portuguese community in Rhode Island and welcomes all to participate.

The Providence Rink offers availability for public and private events throughout the summer and fall. Other specialty events include Providence Roller Derby; Day Trill by Stay Silent; Fitness in the Parks; and much more.

Summer programming schedules will be held at ALEX AND ANI City Center Monday through Friday evenings, weather permitting, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Schedule is subject to change.

For most up to date scheduling, please visit

Super Fun Activities Club (SFAC) Adult Sports League

WHEN: Mondays 6:30PM-9:00PM, Tuesdays 6:30PM-9:00PM

WHAT: Dodgeball and volleyball leagues

PRICING: Prices and registration available through

Bumper Cars

WHEN: Wednesdays 5:00PM-10:00PM

WHAT: family-friendly bumper car races

PRICING: racing rental $7, racing package of 6 $35, online reservations are recommended

Roller Skating

WHEN: Thursdays 5:00PM-10:00PM

WHAT: family-friendly roller skating and roller blading

PRICING: adults $7, children (under 13) $4, seniors (64+) $4, military (with ID) $4

Summer Hangout Series
WHEN: Fridays 4:00PM-10:00PM

WHAT: featuring lawn games, volleyball, bumper cars, music, giveaways and more

PRICING: free admission except for bumper cars $6, walk ups only