Summer in Providence is one of the city’s busiest times of year, with visitors coming not only for regular nightly events like WaterFire and the Providence Roller Derby but also daytime exploration of Narragansett Bay by kayak or sailboat. Surfers and beachgoers can head south to Narragansett Town Beach, Newport, and Block Island—less than an hour away. From June through September, temperatures start in the mid-70s, with the warmest days reaching the mid-80s.
Autumn weekends bring leaf-peepers in droves, and with schools and universities back in full force, Providence’s social calendar is packed with athletic and cultural events. The average temperatures drop dramatically as the months fall to winter—70s in September, 60s in October, 50s in November, and 40s in December.
Late spring, late summer, and early fall are probably the best months for visiting Providence, with races like the Caremark CVS Downtown 5K in September, the Cox Providence Rhode Races in May, and the Providence Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in August—each with nearly 10,000 participants from around the country. Not a runner? Try the annual Spring Flower and Garden Show in February, the International Film Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in August, and the Seafood Festival in September.
Winter is probably the least favorable, though skating on Kennedy Plaza is twice as much fun as skating on Rockefeller’s Plaza—it’s twice the size.