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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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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
Scituate Art Festival -- Scitate, RI
October 11, 2014 to October 13, 2014
Village Green, Route 116, North Scituate
Guests of all ages can appreciate this gathering of fine artists and craftspeople on the town green. From original modern art to one-of-a-kind antique treasures, this outdoor celebration of fine art features hundreds of vendors and displays. Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of fall in New England. Artists from all over the country will be here in idyllic Scituate for a day of fun.
Time : Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Off the Beaten Path at Watson Farm -- Jamestown, RI
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown
Watson Farm Managers Don and Heather Minto lead a special tour of this extensive seaside working farm, a property of Historic New England. The tour focuses on the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett.
Time : 2-5 p.m.
Admission : $10
Event Website
Phone : 401-423-0005


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
New England Whiskey Festival at Twin River -- Lincoln, RI
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Twin River Casino, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln
This 21-plus event is the first of its kind. The Whiskey Festival will beckon to new brands, and visitors will get a chance to try them all! Pace yourself with food, samples, and live entertainment.
Time : 2 - 6 p.m.
Admission : $30
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-2787


Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting -- Middletown, RI
September 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown
Come tour the beehives at Prescott Farm with beekeeper Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey. Learn about the practice of beekeeping. Enjoy tasty samples of this local honey along with homemade johnnycakes. Reservations required. Contact Liz at 401-846-4152 ext. 122 or liz@newportrestoration.org.
Time : Tours offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Admission : $12 per person
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-4152 ext. 122


Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting -- Middletown, RI
September 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown
Come tour the beehives at Prescott Farm with beekeeper Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey. Learn about the practice of beekeeping. Enjoy tasty samples of this local honey along with homemade johnnycakes. Reservations are required. Book tickets online or contact Liz for reservations at 401-846-4152 ext. 122
Time : 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $12
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-4152 ext. 122


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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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The Legend of the Fairy Melusine -- Providence, RI
September 13, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Round Top Center (Beneficent Church), 300 Weybosset Street, Providence
FirstWorks brings audiences a new concert featuring the musical and artistic genius of local composers and musicians, which will weave a magical fairy tale carried by vibrant orchestra music and unique instruments, like chromatic glass bells and a hurdy gurdy. This performance promises romance, suspense, and fantasy fun.
Time : 9/13 & 9/20, 8 p.m.; 9/14 & 9/21, 8 p.m.
Admission : $15, $20
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-4281


Edwin McCain with Jeffrey Gaines -- Woonsocket, RI
September 17, 2014 to September 17, 2014
The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket
Edwin McCain's golden voice is an icon of American love songs. He is best known for his song "I'll Be", which is one of many romantic hits he will perform at the Stadium Theatre on this musical evening. Featuring special guest performer Jeffrey Gaines.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $26-$36
Event Website
Phone : 401-762-4545


Rhode Island Philharmonic: Violin Concerto -- Providence, RI
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Violinist Augustin Hadelich and conductor Larry Rachleef are all set to shine bright on the stage for the Philharmonic Orchestra's 70th season opener. Experience the sounds and emotions of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev as the violin fills the hall.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $15 and up
Event Website
Phone : 401-248-7000


RI Philharmonic Opening Weekend with Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto -- Providence RI
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Season 70 opens with a blockbuster concert starting with two fanfares to salute our anniversary, followed by the violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, with melodies we all know so well. The concert ends with Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony. An open rehearsal takes place September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : Starting at $15
Event Website
Phone : 401-248-7000


Bohemian Quartet -- Cumberland, RI
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland
Join the Bohemian Quartet for an evening of vibrant Roma folk music with some European spice. This group features violin, viola, cello and bass. Come ready to have fun!
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $15
Event Website
Phone : 401-725-9272


Bohemian Quartet Concert -- Cumberland, RI
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland
The Bohemian Quartet returns for a fun and fiery concert of Eastern European and Roma folk music. Bring your toe-tapping shoes!
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $15
Event Website
Phone : 401-725-9272


Tower of Power -- Cranston, RI
September 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Park Theatre, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston
Tower of Power is an American rhythm-and-blues group that began in 1968 and is still running strong. The band recently released a remastered single and a four-decade concert celebration movie.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : $35-$55
Event Website
Phone : 401-467-7275


Tower of Power in Concert -- Cranston, RI
September 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Park Theatre, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston
Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : $35-$55
Event Website
Phone : 401-467-7275


Bob Dylan and His Band -- Providence RI
November 15, 2014 to November 15, 2014
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence
Folk hero performs in Providence. Tickets on sale September 5.
Time : 8 p.m.
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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES top of events
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:
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:
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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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
"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​​


FirstWorks presents The Legend of the Fairy Melusine -- Providence RI
September 13, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Round Top Center (Beneficent Church), 300 Weybosset Street, Providence
A concert premiere from the workshop of Rhode Island composer Steven Jobe featuring a cast of outstanding local musicians. Based on a 14th-century French folktale, the story of Melusine is filled with romance, mystery and shape shifting. Jobe's score delights with a bold blend of orchestral septet with signature instruments including pitched, chromatic glass bells, and a hurdy gurdy.
Time : Saturday, September 13 & 20 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 14 & 21 ad 8 p.m.
Admission : $15 / $20
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-4281


"Beautiful," The Carole King Musical -- Providence, RI
September 15, 2014 to September 20, 2014
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence
“Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Time : September 15, 16 at 7 p.m.; September 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.; September 19 at 2 p.m.; September 20 at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website
Phone : 401- 421-2787


FirstWorks Urban Carnevale -- Providence, RI
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
This day-long festival praises music, food, and performing arts from all around the globe. Stroll the heart of this small city with a snack in hand and enjoy foot-tapping Moroccan pop hits, the incredible Australia's Strange Fruit, masters of song, and ripe local talent.
Schedule of Performances: Australia's Strange Fruit, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, 8 p.m.; Ribab Fusion, 5:30 p.m.; Oumou Sangar, 10 p.m.; RPM Voices, 7 p.m.
Time : 5-11 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-4281


FirstWorks Urban Carnevale -- Providence, RI
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
A celebration of music, spectacle, and food in the heart of Providence with FirstWorks artists from around the globe. From the dizzying spectacle of Australia's Strange Fruit, to the irresistible rhythms of Morocco's hottest band and local rising stars. Featuring Australia's Strange Fruit (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (8 p.m.), Morocco's Ribab Fusion (5:30 p.m.), Oumou Sangar (10 p.m.), RPM Voices (7 p.m).
Time : 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Admission : Free Admission
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-4281


"Cinderella" at PPAC -- Providence, RI
October 10, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence
Follow the magical tale of Cinderella, from fairies and pumpkin carriages to glass slippers and beyond, accompanied by a live orchestra performing the score to classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's songs. This is a modern, funny, and moving performance of a traditional tale.
Time : October 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.; October 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.; October 15 at 7 p.m.
Admission : $53-$80
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-2787


Flickers International Horror Film Festival -- Bristol, Providence, Jamestown, RI
October 20, 2014 to October 26, 2014
Various venues in Rhode Island
This week-long celebration of all things scary features local and international horror films, shown at five venues across Rhode Island. These movies are not for young children and may contain graphic content, but if you're a horror movie buff, you'll have a blast at this annual Halloween film festival. Stroll Providence and discover the eerie history of author H.P. Lovecraft on a guided walking tour.
Admission : Ticket prices vary; please see event website
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"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at PPAC -- Providence, RI
November 4, 2014 to November 9, 2014
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence
This highly successful musical features the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the acting talent of Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, who have both performed on Broadway. The family-friendly musical is a dramatic performance of the Biblical story of Joseph and his many brothers. Songs like "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door" will take you on a vibrant ride through this tale of a technicolor dreamcoat.
Time : 11/4, 7 p.m.; 11/5, 7 p.m.; 11/6, 7:30 p.m.; 11/7, 7:30 p.m.; 11/8, 2 & 8 p.m.; 11/9, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
Admission : $50-$77
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-2787


"Camelot" at PPAC -- Providence, RI
December 9, 2014 to December 14, 2014
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence
Highlights of this musical performance include the stunning vocal and dance talent of "Camelot"'s cast, as well as a sensational score with popular melodies like "If Ever I Would Leave You" and "Camelot". Discover the exciting swordplay and song of King Arthur's medieval Camelot and the distinguished Knights of the Round Table.
Time : December 9, 10 at 7 p.m.; December 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m.; December 13 at 2 and 8 p.m.; December 14 at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Admission : $50-$77
Event Website
Phone : 401-421-2787


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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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