The Providence Honk Festival is one of the funner things to happen in town every year, and a welcome antidote to all the rude and unnecessary Columbus Day festivities happening in other parts of town. If you’ve never been, you should go! And if you’ve been before you basically know what you’re in for, because unless you’re REALLY into marching band music the bands from Providence don’t sound all that much different than the bands from Hartford or Vancouver or São Paulo (all of whom are represented this year). There are performances from 2-5pm along South Water Street and Point Street, then at 5:30 everyone will parade on over to the Hot Club. (Pro tip: the parade is the part you don’t want to miss.) After the parade, there are three separate performance areas along the river and under the 195/hurricane barrier, where the bands will play until about 10pm.