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Events in Rhode Island in 2014 -- Live entertainment, comedy, tours and parties at the Newport mansions, fabulous beach beach festivals and beach music, wine and beer tastings, food tours, family fun, arts & crafts shows, culture in jazzy Providence, and other great things to do.

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East Greenwich Art Festival -- East Greenwich, RI
August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014
NE Tech Campus, 1408 Division Road, East Greenwich
Featuring over 140 contemporary American artisans, festive food, live music, strolling entertainment Big Nazo puppets, children's activities and a community art project. For more information please visit their website.
Time : 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 401-374-3899

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Summer Comedy Series with Mike Birbiglia Newport, RI
July 17, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport
This star-studded stand-up comedy performance series is a summer-long treat for fans of laughing. Some of America's best comedians will come to the Yachting Center's seaside stage. Schedule of performers:
Mike Birbiglia, July 17
Artie Lange, August 2
Nick Swardson, August 8
Bill Cosby, August 17 (4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows)
Jim Jefferies, August 22
Amy Schumer, August 30
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : $29-$39
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-1600

Comedy and Wine with Joe Devito -- Newport, RI
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Road (Route 138), Middletown
After the pre-show music of ZanRicky, Joe Devito's fresh comedy is paired expertly with sumptuous wine from Newport Vineyards. See why Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and others have rated Joe's performances so highly! Reservations required.
Time : 6:30 p.m.
Admission : $30; wine available by the glass
Event Website
Phone : 401-848-5161

Comedy and Wine at Newport Vineyards -- Middletown, RI
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Road (Route 138), Middletown
Come and see comedian Joe Devito at the winery. Devito was featured in 2006 on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and appeared at the montreal "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival. Wine is available for purchase by the glass. Pre-show musical entertainment by ZanRicky from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Time : Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show time is 7:15 p.m.
Admission : $30/person
Event Website
Phone : 401-848-5161

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HISTORIC top of events
Summer Ghost Hunts Newport, RI
June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport
Discover the haunted history of historic landmark Fort Adams. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the park's fortresses, telling you tales of the real people who lived and died here.
Time : 10 p.m. midnight
Admission : $15 per person
Event Website
Phone : 401-841-0707

Stamp Act Party -- Newport RI
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Colony House, Washington Square, Newport
The rabble rousers who initiated Newport's 1765 Stamp Act Protest recruited participants by promising them "strong drink and Cheshire cheese." Join the costumed interpreters for a Stamp Act Party in the spirit of the 18th century. Learn about the conclusion of the Stamp Act in Newport, including a historic twist causing extra ruckus to the party. Sample Newport Storm beer and cheese from Narragansett Creamery. Loyalists shouldn't shy away from this party as they can enjoy tea from Empire Tea + Coffee. Modern hors d'oeuvres will also be available, along with other refreshments.
Time : 5-7 p.m.
Admission : $25 per person
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MUSEUMS top of events
Circus Exhibition at RISD Museum -- Providence RI
August 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014
RISD Museum 224 Benefit Street, Providence
The spectacle of the American and European circus takes center stage in Circus, a glimpse into the visual world of this phenomenon during the height of its popularity, 1850 to 1960. Approximately 40 circus-themed paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and posters by artists such as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec delve into life under the big top. Exhibit closes February 22, 2015.
Time : Tueday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : 401-454-6500

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Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden -- Providence RI
June 26, 2014 to September 4, 2014
Burnside Park, Dorrance, Washington, and Exchange streets, Providence
June 26th - September 4 Every Thursday this summer, Burnside Park will be transformed into a restaurant, family outing, and your patio bar. Lounge on the grass, grab a bite from a food truck, or sidle up to the tables and chairs at Trinity Brewhouse's beer garden (open from 4:30-7:30 p.m.). Live music in the park from 5:30-7 p.m.
June 26 -- Supreme Satellite Band
July 3 -- The Mansfield Hornets
July 10 -- Sugar Honey Iced Tea
July 17 -- JPA Falzone and Diego Perez
July 24 -- An afternoon with Girls Rock Rhode Island
July 31 -- Debo Band
August 7 -- Death Vessel
August 14 -- What Cheer? Brigade
August 21 -- HomeBody
August 28 -- M.A.K.U. SouondSystem
September 4 -- WBRU Presents
Time : 4:30-7:30 p.m.
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Tunes on the Dunes -- Westerly, RI
July 7, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Westerly Town Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Westerly
Free outdoor concerts by top-notch performers on the beach in Westerly. Blues on the Beach series is Wednesday evenings. Monday Night Jams is on Monday evenings. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. Paid parking is nearby. Concerts are rain or shine. Information:

  • B. Willie Smith Band, July 9
  • Neil and the Vipers, July 16
  • NRBQ, July 23
  • Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetones with Professor Harp and Peter Moore, July 30
  • Al Copley, August 6
  • Jeff Pitchell with James Montgomery, August 13
  • Shiny Lapel Trio, August 29

    Beatles For Sale, July 7
  • Vinyl Revolution, July 14
  • The Driftwoods (Beach Boys Tribute) , July 21
  • John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, July 28
  • The Barley Hoppers, August 4
  • John Ford Coley (of England Dan and John Ford Coley) , August 11
  • Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, August 18

Creedence Clearwater Revisited in Concert -- Lincoln, RI
August 22, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits touchstones of a generation. All ages welcome
Time : Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission : $30 and up
Event Website
Phone : 877-82-RIVER

Newport Celtic Rock Festival -- Newport, RI
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport
People who love traditional Irish music love this day-long toast to Celtic culture and 10-hour marathon of Celtic celebration. General admission; no reserved seating; re-entry is allowed. Seating areas will be available throughout the venue. Held rain or shine.
Time : 12:30 p.m.
Admission : $25 spring discount; $30 through August 22; $40 day of the concert; SNUG package, $75; kids under age 12 are admitted free with an adult
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-1600

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WaterFire -- Providence, RI
May 24, 2014 to November 29, 2014
This stunning and totally unique multi-sensory event returns to WaterPlace Park in downtown Providence. Wood-burning fires blaze in 80 braziers above the center of three rivers that intersect in the downtown as eerie instrumental music pervades the air. Also, fire dancers, Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street, The Phantom Boatman, and living gargoyles and the oracles at the World War I Monument in Memorial Park. Fires always are started exactly at sunset and burn until midnight.

Full WaterFire Lightings from WaterPlace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on:
May 24 at 8:07 p.m.
June 14 at 8:22 p.m.
June 28 at 8:25 p.m.
July 12 at 8:21 p.m.
July 26 at 8:11 p.m.
August 9 at 7:55 p.m.
August 23 at 7:35 p.m.
September 27 at 6:36 p.m.
October 11 at 6:12 p.m.
October 25 at 5:51 p.m.
November 8 at 4:33 p.m.

Partial WaterFire Lightings in the Basin on:
May 30 at 8:13 p.m.
September 4 at 7:14 p.m.
September 19 at 6:48 p.m.
November 29 at 4:17 p.m.
Time : sunset
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 401-272-3111

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PARTIES, DANCES, BALLS top of events
Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley -- Pawtucket, RI
September 5, 2014 to September 5, 2014
Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket
Food and dessert samplings from community restaurants at the historic Salter Park, with music by Fat City Band from 6 to p.m. Ruben Moreno and the Zydeco Re-evolution performs fro 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Event is held rain or shine. Tickets will be sold at the Pawtucket Visitor Center, 175 Main Street. Admission is $10. Children under 12 admitted for free.
Time : 6-11 p.m.
Admission : $10
Phone : 401-724-5200

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"And Then There Were None"by 2nd Story Theatre -- Warren, RI
July 11, 2014 to August 31, 2014
28 Market Street, Warren
In this classic mystery ten strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "soldiers" met their deaths until there were none. Previews: July 11-13; Performances: July 11, 12, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.; August 2, 7, 8, 16, 17, 21, 22, 30 and 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Time : Thursday-Sunday at 7:30pm, July 13 & August 3 at 2:30pm
Admission : $30; age 21 and younger, $21; preview ticket, $10
Event Website
Phone : 401-247-4200

"Spamalot" -- Matunuck, RI
August 22, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Road, Matunuck
Showtunes with titles like "I'm Not Dead Yet" and "You Won't Succeed On Broadway" are just a taste of the delightfully wacky musical comedy that audiences experience at a performance of "Spamalot". This expertly crafted theatrical farce features the story of Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- a tale that never gets old when told through song and dance!
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $39-$62
Event Website
Phone : 401-782-8587

"Grounded" at the Gamm -- Pawtucket, RI
September 4, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket
George Brant's "Grounded" is a one-woman act with a sharp tongue and intense emotion. The protagonist, an ace fighter pilot, must face the dangers of war along with the turbulence of unexpected pregnancy.
Admission : $41-$49
Event Website
Phone : 401-723-4266​​

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SCIENCE & NATURE top of events
Raptor Weekend at Audubon -- Bristol, RI
September 6, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Audubon Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
Meet the eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons of the American Northeast in a scenic New England setting. Guests of any age can watch wildlife rehab experts and animal scientists handle and discuss birds of prey in the raptor family. This event features flying raptor birds, educational programs, and fun bird-themed activities.
Time : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : General admission, $12; kids, $6
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Brew at the Zoo -- Providence, RI
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
This popular beer tasting event features stations hosted by top regional breweries and restaurants -- as well as an opportunity to stroll among the animal exhibits at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Sip some brews and visit with a vast array of species to live music; take home a commemorative glass, too. For guests age 21 and older.
Time : 5-9 p.m.
Admission : $25-$50
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SHOWS & EXHIBITS top of events
Canine Couture Show -- Newport, RI
September 11, 2014 to September 11, 2014
Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
The Canine Couture fashion show at Rough Point, sponsored by Wag Nation, is a Newport boutique for pets. This year's show features dogs and their human companions wearing glamorous fall fashions. Learn about different dog breeds, see a dog training demo, and participate in a raffle for a Bellevue Avenue shopping spree. On-site parking is limited; carpooling and biking encouraged. All canine guests must be on a leash. Dog waste bags will be provided. Rain date is September 12. Information: Email or call
Time : Doors open at 5 p.m.; show begins at 6 p.m.
Admission : $10 per person, $5 children age 12 and younger
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-4152 ext. 122

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VISUAL ARTS top of events
Newport Gallery Night -- Newport, RI
July 10, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Various locations, downtown Newport
On the second Thursday of each month, free guided walking tours around the fine art galleries of Newport offer a fun way to learn more about what you see during your seaside art adventure. Visit artists' studio-gallery combinations and chat with them for a close up look at fine arts and crafts.
Time : 5-8 p.m.
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