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An annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations

Locations across Providence
May 3rd – May 5th, 2019




On Saturday, September 23 Doors Open RI handed the keys of the city over to the people. We opened the doors to 24 unique locations across Providence, providing free, behind-the-scenes access without tickets or reservations. We welcomed more than 4,000 people who made a total of 20,000 visits inside some of our greatest treasures. It was magical.

Can’t wait for it to happen again? We’re looking forward to making this a biennial event, with our next Festival scheduled for the Fall of 2019. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list because we’re planning monthly programs from now until then!


About Us

Doors Open Rhode Island connects people to local places of cultural, historical and architectural significance in an effort to bridge communities and inspire new perspectives on our cities.  In partnership with a multitude of cultural and community organizations, Doors Open RI provides behind-the-scenes access to Rhode Island’s best-kept secrets through programs and tours planned throughout the year culminating in a biannual free citywide open house festival. Most of our programming currently takes place in our capital city of Providence, but we dream of someday growing into a statewide initiative.

Support Us

We believe that through welcoming the public inside the gems at the heart of our communities, we can strengthen the connections between people and the places around them. In this sense, we aim to transform our residents into advocates for our built environment and ambassadors for Rhode Island.

We can’t do this alone. While our biannual festival and many of our other programs are free for visitors, they aren’t free to organize. Your contributions will pay for programmatic and organizational necessities such as our program series and supplies, event guides, signage, marketing and staffing. Your support is the key to making Doors Open Rhode Island a reality.


Providence City Hall. Photo courtesy of Design Imaging Studios

Unless otherwise noted all photography provided by Design Imaging Studios.