A crack rings out from the jousting arena as armored knights clash in the pursuit of honor, while sword-swallowers thrill crowds with their death-defying art, jesters spin windy jokes, and townspeople in 15th-century garb roam the grounds tearing into turkey legs with their teeth. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire hosts these medieval-theme blowouts every year, including the Robin Hood Spring Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. Under the themed umbrella of each gathering, actors caper about a constructed medieval village, engaging in Old English–flavored conversation and clapping games with fair-goers. In a tented marketplace, vendors sell beaded crafts, art, and tyrannical-king repellent alongside stands serving mead, beer, and other satisfying sundries. Although the shows and events vary at each fair, past spectacles have included archery displays, pub sing-alongs, and costume parades.
It started in 1981 as "The Newport Film Society," and by 1983, it had become the area's very first international film festival. Today, the tradition continues under the moniker of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Despite the change in name and audiences' evolving tastes in popcorn, the event's mission remains constant: to showcase features, documentaries, and shorts by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Ranked as one of the top 10 short film festivals and top 10 international film festivals in Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, RIIFF is also among the few such events recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to qualify short films for Oscar gold.
Since 1992, the Providence Latin American Film Festival has been lauded for showcasing Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish feature films, shorts, documentaries, and animations. This year's lineup of 10 moving pictures explores film as a vehicle for expressing and understanding the Latin American experience, from the documentary No Woman, No Cry on the struggles of pregnant women to Hora Cero, an action-packed heist film set in Venezuela. VIPs have access to every film in the lineup, as well as to art exhibits, panel discussions, filmmaker-led workshops, and popcorn-nibbling lessons. With passes to the opening or closing night's soirees, attendees may carouse with the festival's board of directors, corporate sponsors, and party-hat-wearing projectors while munching on appetizers and celebratory cuisine. The opening-night after-party kicks cinematic things off at Roots Café, where invite holders will receive a drink ticket, and Temple Restaurant hosts the closing-night party.
The pitter-patter of paws rushes over the grounds at Boston’s Dog Show Summer Classic, a BYO dog event where more than 1,500 exhibitors set up shop to showcase their canine attractions. Sponsored by two American Kennel Club Member Clubs, this year’s show couples purebred judging and performance events such as obedience and etiquette training with interactive pup activities inside the doggie fun zone. At noon, canines and overly involved owners soar into the air to catch disks in their jaws during a daily disk demonstration while spectators munch on snacks, put their cheeks in the hands of face painters, or pose with pets for caricaturists.
• For $104, you get two tickets for seating in the back half of section 4, 5, 7, or 8 (a $158 value before fees, or up to a $206.10 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $114, you get two tickets for seating in the front half of section 4, 5, 7, or 8 (a $178 value before fees, or up to a $226.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Known to fans as Girl Talk, Gregg Gillis collages pop and rap samples into new songs that have engendered countless epic dance parties and praise from Rolling Stone. Gillis lures listeners into his web of laptop-fueled revelry with juicy pop hooks, stemming from selections which will likely include tracks from 2010's All Day, an album built from snippets of tunes by Jay-Z, U2, Daft Punk, and hundreds of other artists. Swathed in party paraphernalia such as confetti and toilet-paper streamers, each live show is wilder than a trip to a petting zoo stocked entirely with grizzly bears.