“DOORS OPEN RI”

Citywide Open House Gives the Public Free Behind-the-Scenes Access to Providence’s Greatest Treasures on Sept. 23rd.

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The inaugural Doors Open RI Festival expects to welcome thousands of people inside Providence’s great places and spaces on Saturday, September 23rd. The Festival will provide the public with free behind-the-scenes access to more than 20 unique places across the city without tickets or reservations. Visitors will build their own explorations of participating venues, each activated with programming and interpretation.  Members of the public will have the opportunity to peek inside the attic of City Hall, explore the luxurious interiors of Barnaby Castle, climb into the giant copper dome above Beneficent Congregational Church, see RISD’s industrial Jacquard Loom in action, and much more.

“Providence is full of architectural treasures, many of them hidden in the most unexpected places. Doors Open RI will connect you to these unique spaces and show you what makes our city the Creative Capital.” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

The Mayor is pleased to open the doors of City Hall all day on the 23rd, and even his own office to visitors for a few hours.   Festival sites are spread out across the city spanning from the Ladd Observatory on the East Side to Atlantic Mills on the West Side. RIPTA is providing complimentary transportation between participating venues. Using the festival guide distributed inside the September issue of Providence Monthly, and the program’s mobile enabled website, visitors will pick and choose where they want to explore.   The Doors Open RI Festival is part of a movement of free, citywide “Doors Open” and “Open House” events that take place annually in over 50 cities around the world. The festival is the first of its kind in Rhode Island.  

For a complete list and full details of participating venues in Providence, visit doorsopenri.org/festival

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