Busy weekend ahead for Providence

Abundance of Activity in Providence This Weekend May Require a Little Patience But Well Worth the Wait

Providence, RI - November 5, 2015 – As one of the largest events of its kind in the Northeast, Rhode Island Comic Con will draw tens of thousands of fans from around the region Nov. 6-8. Those visitors will have even more out-of-this-world entertainment to experience, as several other big events taking place in the city this weekend offer plenty of options.

Comic Con has expanded into the both the RI Convention Center (RICC) and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Dunk), allowing for more attendees and celebrity guests. Visitors to the city will also be able to enjoy the 3rd Annual WaterFire Salute to Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 7.  The two events, coupled with the opening of “A Christmas Carol” at Trinity Repertory Theater and two performances of “Motown the Musical” at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) will make for a busy day in the city but community leaders and event organizers are collaborating to ensure that visitors enjoy all that Providence has to offer.

Comic Con organizers have been meeting weekly for the past couple of months with the staffs of the Dunk, RICC and Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB)  to run through a comprehensive logistics and communications plan.  Additionally, up-to-the-minute Comic Con information will be featured on the ComicCon website, RIComicCon.com, and its social media channels, as well as the social media channels of the PWCVB and the two buildings. Comic Con has also produced an app that is available for download in both Apple and Droid versions.

“The expansion of the event into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, coupled with our detailed guest services and security plan, should make this year’s event even bigger and better than it was before,” said Larry Lepore, general manager of the RICC and the Dunk.  “We look forward to providing all ComicCon attendees with an enjoyable and memorable experience.”

The PWCVB has spoken with WaterFire organizers, as well as the staff of both PPAC and Trinity Rep, all of whom have been alerting event attendees of the large amount of activity that will be taking place in the city.

“We certainly don’t want anyone to change their plans to come into the city.  It’s going to be a great night to be in Providence,” said PWCVB President and CEO Martha Sheridan.  “We just want visitors to be aware that it may take a little extra time to get to where they want to go.  They may also want to look at public transportation options, taxis and Uber.”

Comic Con organizers are also looking forward to the vibrancy of the city this weekend.

"We are excited for the show this weekend and we are honored to bring another amazing show to the fans and to the city of Providence,” said RI Comic Con Founder Steve Perry. “Get ready, Rhode Island. Here we come... bigger and better than ever before.  We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend and have fun!"

Social media handles to check for RI Comic Con information include:

Facebook  RhodeIsland.ComicCon; 
Twitter @RIComicCon

Dunkin Donuts Center: 
Facebook DunkinDonutsCenter
Twitter: @DunkinDonutsCtr

RI Convention Center
Facebook: RhodeIslandConventionCenter
Twitter: @RIConvention

Providence Warwick CVB:
Facebook: GoProvidenceRI
Twitter: @ProvidenceRI

(release from PWCVB)