Providence Unlocked

Imagine receiving a set of keys to historic homes, theaters, sacred spaces, secret vaults, studios and more, for free.  For one day, the Doors Open Rhode Island Festival will provide you with free, special access to over 20 one-of-a-kind places across Providence. Are you ready?

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Providence Unlocked 

Imagine receiving a set of keys to historic homes, theaters, sacred spaces, secret vaults, studios and more, for free.  For one day, the Doors Open Rhode Island Festival will provide you with free, special access to over 20 one-of-a-kind places across Providence. Are you ready?

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Countdown to the Festival!

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HOW IT WORKS:

When is the festival?

The Festival will be from 10am-6pm on Saturday, September 23. Open access times for individual sites vary.

Do I need tickets?

This is a FREE public event — no tickets or reservations needed.  Lines may be expected at certain locations. Volunteers and other supporters of the Festival are offered priority access.

Where can I get my Event Guide?

Find our event guide inside the September issue of Providence Monthly or at any participating site on the day of the Festival.

What are the participating locations?

You’ll find information about participating locations below as well as listed in our event guide (see above). Venues and details may change, however, so keep checking back here for the most up-to-date information on participating locations.

How can I keep up to date?

Follow Doors Open RI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live Festival updates: @doorsopenri and #DoorsOpenRI
You can also RSVP to our Facebook event

How do I get around the Festival?

Doors Open Rhode Island is committed to minimizing the impact of our Festival on the environment, and encourage you to travel green. There are many ways to explore festival sites: walk, ride your bike or take the RIPTA bus for free! RIPTA is providing complimentary transportation between participating venues. Show your Doors Open RI button, available for pickup at all festival sites, to any RIPTA driver to board the bus (and then take it home as your souvenir!)

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Parking may also be available at certain locations further away from the city center.  Free parking will be available in the lots surrounding the State House and other Capitol Hill buildings.

Can I take pictures?

You are welcome to take pictures inside of all participating locations. Don’t forget to share them with us! #doorsopenri

Is this the only Doors Open Festival?

Our Festival is part of a worldwide movement of citywide Doors Open and Open House events connecting the public to the great places and spaces of their communities.

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East Side

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West Side

EAST SIDE

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Annmary Brown Memorial

21 Brown St.
10am-4pm

Benefit St. Arsenal

176 Benefit St.
10am-6pm

Cathedral of Saint John

276 North Main St.
12pm – 6pm

John Brown House Museum

52 Power St.
10am-4pm

Ladd Observatory

Brown University, 210 Doyle Ave.
11am – 3pm

RISD Nature Lab

13 Waterman St.
10am-4pm

RISD Textiles

7 N. Main St. (Metcalf Building)
10am-2pm

Stephen Hopkins House

15 Hopkins St.
10am-9:30pm

DOWNTOWN

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Arcade Providence

130 Westminter St.
10am-3pm

Beneficent Congregational Church

300 Weybosset
10am-4pm

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

30 Fenner St.
10am-4pm

Nail Communications

63 Eddy St.
10am-6pm

Pavilion at Grace Church

300 Westminster St.
10am-5pm

Providence City Hall

25 Dorrance St.
10am-6pm

Providence Public Library

225 Washington St.
9:30am-2pm

Rhode Island Foundation

1 Union Station
12pm-6pm

Rhode Island Public Radio

1 Union Station
12pm-6pm

Rhode Island State House

82 Smith St.
10am-6pm

WEST SIDE

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Atlantic Mills

120 Manton Ave.
10am-4pm

Barnaby Castle

299 Broadway
10am-3pm

Box Office

460 Harris Ave.
10am-4pm

Columbus Theatre

270 Broadway
10am-4pm

Hudson Furs

101 Cranston St.
10am-4pm

Annmary Brown Memorial

21 Brown Street
10am-4pm

Arcade Providence

130 Westminster Street
10am-3pm

Atlantic Mills

120 Manton Avenue
10am-4pm

Barnaby Castle

299 Broadway
10am-3pm

Beneficent Congregational Church

300 Weybosset Street
10am-4pm

Benefit Street Arsenal

176 Benefit Street
10am-6pm

Box Office

460 Harris Ave.
10am-4pm

Cathedral of St. John

276 North Main St.
12pm-6pm

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

30 Fenner St.
10am-4pm

Columbus Theatre

270 Broadway
10am-4pm

Hudson Furs

101 Cranston St.
10am-4pm

John Brown House Museum

52 Power St.
10am-4pm

Ladd Observatory

210 Doyle Ave.
11am-3pm

Nail Communications

63 Eddy St.
10am-6pm

Pavilion at Grace Church

300 Westminster St.
10am – 5pm

Providence Public Library

225 Washington St.
9:30am – 2 pm

Providence City Hall

25 Dorrance St.
10am-6pm

Rhode Island Foundation

1 Union Station
12pm – 6 pm

Rhode Island Public Radio

1 Union Station
12pm – 6pm

Rhode Island State House

82 Smith St.
10am – 6pm

RISD Nature Lab

13 Waterman St.
10am – 4pm

RISD Textiles Jacquard Loom

7 North Main St.
10am – 2pm

Stephen Hopkins House

15 Hopkins St.
10am – 9:30pm

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Explore the Programs

19th-Century Providence in 3D

Aurora Providence: 276 Westminster Street
5:00-5:45, 6:15 to 7:00, 7:30 to 8:15

Come enjoy a beverage with historian Ned Connors at the Aurora for three extraordinary stereopticon shows. Travel back in time as we revisit late 19th-century Providence, when photographers plied the city to produce stereo images of its streets, squares, waterfront and scenic features. Strap on a pair of 3D glasses to witness life-sized scenes of a dynamic, prosperous Victorian Providence projected onto the silver screen. Learn More >

Partner Programs

Doors Open RI is thrilled to be a part of the 4th annual DESIGN WEEK RI featuring 12 days of highly curated events showcasing the innovation and economic impact of the design sector in Rhode Island. Join the conversation!
designweekri.com

Waterfire: September 23

What better way to end your day exploring the great treasures of Providence than to see the city sparkle in the moonlight? Experience a full WaterFire lighting of 80 sparkling bonfires along the Providence River. Begins at sunset.
WaterFire.org

Ocean State Oyster Festival: September 23

When you need a break from your Providence explorations and start to feel hungry, head over to the Ocean State Oyster Festival for some delicious food and relaxing atmosphere. In partnership with Save the Bay, the festival celebrates Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry and supports the environmental sustainability of Narragansett Bay.
OysterFestRI.org

Unless otherwise noted, all photography provided by Christian Scully / Design Imaging Studios

Project Supported By

With Additional Support From:

AAA NortheastBarbara Sokoloff Associates and DBVW Architects Inc.

The Doors Open Rhode Island Festival is made possible [in part] by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, culture heritage, civic education, and community engagement for all Rhode Islanders.