When spring comes around, the urge to get outside and enjoy your surroundings is contagious. You might want to go for a stroll around the neighborhood, play with your pet in a nearby park, get a pickup game of basketball going or just sit on the porch with a cold beverage and relax. On Hope Street in Providence’s East Side there’s a big bash that takes place in May right in the heart of the season. Food trucks, activities and live music are abundant and the vibe is perfect to mosey around and partake in the festivities. It’s the Hope Street Annual Spring Block Party and it’s happening on Saturday, May 21, from Noon – 6pm.
When you’re looking to get your grub on, there will be no shortage of places where you can grab a bite. Poco Loco will be present and putting their own unique spin on Mexican cuisine, Like No Udder will be serving dairy free treats that are absolutely scrumptious and Noble Knots is where you can score your pretzel bun fix. Acacia Café has yummy, wholesome fare that’ll stick to your ribs, O’Crepe has those delicious French pancakes with a variety of toppings and the Asian fusion cuisine from Fugo is out of this world. Local favorite Del’s will be serving up their trademark frozen lemonade and the fried food from Citizen Wing and Friskie Fries will be available as well. These are only a few of the food trucks that’ll be present at the block party, so chances are you won’t be leaving hungry.
There will be live music going on all afternoon with the reggae rocksteady funk masters Boo City and local supergroup Happiness consisting of Ravi Shavi’s Rafay Rashid, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil and Dennis & Christopher Ryan. Indie roots act Last Good Tooth, hip-hop up and comer Medusah Black, singer-songwriter John Faraone and the spectacular brass act Extraordinary Rendition Band will also be performing. A bunch of other acts that will be rounding out the bill are The Adjuncts, Tiny Diamond, Joe’s Backyard Band, The Classical High School Jazz Band and Nickel Jukebox. It’s a stacked lineup that aims to please so come early and don’t miss out.
Along with the food and music, Project 401 Dance Squad and Chinese Lion Dance Club will be getting their groove on. There will also be a drum circle, a fashion show, a rock climbing wall, face painting and a pop-up playground courtesy of the YMCA. With all of this going on, how can it not be fun? Free up your afternoon on May 21 and come down to Hope Street for what should be an absolute blast.
Event page for the Hope Street Annual Spring Block Party: facebook.com/events/557085854468980