Here are a few things to do in and around East Providence this long Labor Day weekend, Friday evening, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2.
Another Labor Day parade marches through East Providence starting at 10 am at the high school. The parade will feature bands, floats, police and fire vehicles, balloons, candy and a variety of organizations and businesses marching through the city. A highlight will be the Pink Heels fire truck, which you will be able to sign at City Hall where the parade ends, said City Councilor Thomas Rose, the parade organizer. It will move east on Waterman Avenue, through Six Corners to Taunton Avenue and end at the City Hall -- rain or shine.
You can spend Saturday morning shopping at the nearby farmers market at the Barrington Congregational Church on County Road; it runs from 9 am to noon. Vendors offer seasonal produce, breads, pastries and other home-grown goods. Among the usual vendors: New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket, Aquidneck Honey in Middletown, Providence Coffee Roasters in Providence, Nettie's Kettle Corn in North Providence, and Seven Stars Bakery in Providence and East Providence.
The Rhode Island Inferno ASA fast-pitch girls softball league is holding tryouts for four teams on Saturday starting at noon at Pierce Field on Mercer Street in East Providence. The 10U and 12U teams will try out from 12 to 1:30 pm; the 14U and 16U teams will try out from 1:30 to 3 pm. For more information, contact Steve Babcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paddle with a naturalist across the third largest salt marsh estuary in Rhode Island – Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington -- on Labor Day morning starting at 9 am. The guided kayak and canoe paddle is part of the RI Land Trust Days – a series of 60 guided walks and events through the green spaces, waters and working farms that are Rhode Island’s 47 land trusts. The paddle in the cove is sponsored by East Bay Rowing and the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. It leaves from the dock at the Walker Farm conservation area in Barrington off of County Road near the merge with Wampanoag Trail.
The 16th annual Rhythm & Roots music festival runs from Friday through Sunday – 4 to 12 pm each day -- at Ninigret Park in Charlestown. The lineup of acts on multiple stages includes RI blues legend Paul Geremia. Click here for the complete schedule of acts.