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Events in Rhode Island in 2013 -- 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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Pawcatuck River Duck Race -- Westerly, RI and Pawcatuck, CT
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Donahue Park, Westerly-Paawtucket
Twenty thousand rubber ducks will be released off the Westerly-Pawcatuck Bridge for a race down the Pawcatuck River. The festivities will begin in Donahue Park at 11:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment will include duck games, moonwalk, rock wall, great food, and much more. The Grand Prize is a trip for a family of four to Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, including airfare, hotel, and park passes. Information: www.westerlychamber.org.
Time : Festivities at 11:30 a.m.; duck race at 1:30 p.m.
Phone : 401-596-7761.


Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival 2014 -- Woonsocket, Pawtucket & Central Falls, RI
May 3, 2014 to May 4, 2014
Various locations in Pawtucket, Woonsocket and Central Falls; see event website
This annual festival celebrates the ongoing revitalization of the Roosevelt Avenue mill district in Pawtucket & Central Falls. The focal points of the festival are the more than 120 cherry trees planted through this historic district. Information: www.richerryblossomfestival.com
Cherry Blossom Celebration at River Island Park, off Market Square, Woonsocket, from 3 to 6 p.m. The celebration includes: vendors and information booths; live entertainment; Japanese drummers and dancers; costumed geishas; Akita dog event; and more!
Rhode Island Independence Day celebration featuring Captain Tew's militia group at Slater Mill Historic Site, Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket. Information: 401-725-8638 or go to www.slatermill.org
Time : Consult event website for details
Phone : 401-724-2200


Misquamicut Springfest Weekend 2013 -- Westerly, RI
May 9, 2014 to May 11, 2014
Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue near Winnepaug Road, Westerly
World class carnival and amusements, international food court, petting zoo, games and more. Live music. On Friday evening, see stunt riding by the BMX Stunt Bike Guys at 7 and 9 p.m. Free parking. Information: www.misquamicutfestival.org
Time : Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : $7 per day; children under age 4 admitted for free.
Phone : 401-322-1026


A Taste of Block Island -- Block Island, RI
May 30, 2014 to June 1, 2014
Locations all over Block Island; see event website
This event is not only about food. Block Island invites visitors to sample and enjoy all the pleasures of this beautiful retreat. The weekend includes gallery openings, nature walks, hotel packages, cooking classes, shopping discounts, restaurant specials and wine tastings. For information on ferries to Block Island, see www.visitri.com/ferries#block-island. For more information on the event, visit www.tasteofbi.com


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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
Craftopia -- Pawtucket, RI
April 27, 2014 to April 27, 2014
Hope Artiste Village 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket
A full day of unusual hand-made crafts and dining from food trucks at this historic mill, now refurbished as an arts and entertainment hub. Information: www.rhodycraft.com/Craftopia.html
Time : 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission : $1


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Fairy Garden Days at Roger Williams Park -- Providence, RI
April 18, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Leave the door open to your imagination and come be a part of this whimsical experience. View fairy homes and gardens to learn how you can create your own using found natural materials The Fairy Garden Days Festival is April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Make a fairy house, scavenger hunt & story time. Dress in fairy costumes. Information: http://bit.ly/1k5iTMe
Time : 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $3; children 6-12, $1
Phone : 401-785-9450 ext. 250


Party for the Planet at the Zoo -- Providence RI
April 21, 2014 to April 25, 2014
Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Have fun and learn how to live 'green'! This year's theme is 'Sustainability.' Each day will include environmental education. Information: www.rwpzoo.org.
Time : 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Admission : Free with regular zoo admission.
Phone : 401-785-3510


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Eat Drink RI Festival Chef’s Feast -- Providence RI
April 24, 2014 to April 24, 2014
Gracie's, 194 Washington Street, Providence.
Eight of the finest Rhode Island chefs and eight of the best culinary faculty at Johnson & Wales University star at this dinner. Guests will be treated to a reception with passed canapés, breads baked in a mobile wood-fired oven, a six-course dinner with dessert, and treats. Event is a benefit for AIDS Project Rhode Island. Information: eatdrinkri.com/festival/tickets/
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : $250 per person


Newport Craft Beer Festival 2014 - Newport, RI
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell Street, Newport
Two sessions; 30 breweries, 900 guests. The event will feature Rhode Island craft brewers but also will offer beers from across the US. Sample many styles from 30 breweries and chat with the people who make them. Taste the difference between a stout and a porter, learn about yeasts and aroma, and more. Neighborhood restaurants from the Broadway section of Newport, will serve tasting portions. Tickets include admission, unlimited beer samples, live music and a souvenir glass. For guests age 21 and older. Tickets: www.NewportStorm.com/GearStore Information: www.NewportCraftBeer.com.
Time : Noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Admission : $45


Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting -- Providence, RI
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence
The Grand Tasting, presented by Rhody Bites, is a showcase of 41 local food, wine, beer and spirit exhibitors, all gathered in the Biltmore Grand Ballroom overlooking the city of Providence. During the Tasting there will be three expanded Local Food & Drink Seminars, all included with admission to the Grand Tasting. Information: eatdrinkri.com/festival/tickets/
Time : 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food & Drink Seminars at noon, 1:30, and 3 p.m.
Admission : $75 per person includes all food and beverage samplings


Taste of The Towers -- Narragansett RI
May 2, 2014 to May 2, 2014
The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett
The annual Taste of The Towers gathers the best chefs, pastry artists, cake makers and more. Sample hors d'oeuvres and desserts from the finest caterers paired with drinks from the cash bar. Information: www.thetowersri.com
Time : 7-9 p.m.
Admission : $30 in advance; $35 at the door
Phone : 401-782-2597


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Daffodil Days at Blithewold --- Bristol RI
April 5, 2014 to April 27, 2014
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol
A spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils adds to the views at this garden estate. View floral displays and exhibits in the mansion. Afternoon tea is served in the dining room Tuesday through Friday. Tours available. Information: www.blithewold.org.
Time : 10 a.m.–4 pm.
Phone : 401-253-2707


Newport Flower Show 2014 -- Newport, RI
June 27, 2014 to June 29, 2014
Rosecliff, Bellevue Avenue, Newport
This major annual flower show takes place in the magnificent Rosecliff mansion and its lawns and gardens. View gardens, and hear free lectures and demonstrations. Great shopping for home and garden at the Oceanside Boutiques and the Gardeners Marketplace. Tickets are also available for special luncheons, lectures and workshops. The theme for 2014 is a Journey to Grand Vistas. Openilng night cocktail party is June 27, 6-9 p.m. at Rossecliff. Information: www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show
Admission : Day of show, adults, $23-$25; youth ages 6-17, $6.
Phone : 401-847-1000


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HISTORIC top of events
Southern New England Discovery Tours -- Northern RI and Southern MA
May 3, 2014 to May 3, 2014
Departing from Warwick Mall and at the I-295 Visitor Center (mile marker 19.5)
Travel by bus for a day-long discovery tour of fascinating places in Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley region of Massachusetts. Professional guide and lunch included. See website for specific content of tours and departure location. Fees: Half-day tours (bike and kayaking tours and Independence Trail) start at $25; all-day tours by bus, $52. Information: www.toursne.com/
Blackstone Valley Select -- This tour as it takes you through Colonial and High Victorian times and to venues where the legacy of the Old World is revealed in vibrant artwork and magnificent architecture.
Icons of the Blackstone Valley -- A day of delightful discoveryfrom a wilderness riverboat cruise to a Revolutionary War encampment to an insider view of McCoy Stadium. Ride a fabulous Looff Carousel and learn about Colonial days through the Industrial Revolution.
Kayaks on the Blackstone -- This casual, half-day kayaking excursion is ideal for beginners and recreational enthusiasts, yet features enough challenge and points of interest to satisfy the most experienced of paddlers.
Providence's Independence Trail -- You’ll get a new perspective on American History and Rhode Island’s part in it during this State House Tour and stroll along the Providence Independence Trail.
Leisurely Bike Tour -- This bicycle tour showcases 10 to 12 miles of Rhode Island’s verdant Blackstone River Valley: quaint villages, looming brick factories, and natural wonders.
The Providence Experience -- Come experience the highlights of this eclectic capital city, from the great domed State House to historic Benefit Street and the restaurants and markets of Little Italy on Federal Hill.
MetroWest of Boston -- This expedition into New England's past explores the historic sites and legendary figures of Old South Middlesex County. Here Native Americans befriended, and fought, European settlers, and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin spent summers.
Tasteful Treasures -- Situated in Southern New England’s nooks and crannies are villages and towns with the most tasteful of hidden treasures, edible and otherwise! You’re in for a treat as we watch heirloom chalkware being made, and visit a classic Gothic Revival Victorian summer ‘cottage’ and formal gardens.
Legendary Ghosts and Graves -- This terrifying tri-state tour takes you to graveyard and historic sites and among graves and haunted sites few people would visit in the dark of night.
Admission : $25-$52


The Way We Worked Exhibit -- Woonsocket, RI
May 3, 2014 to June 16, 2014
Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
This traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian Museum features photographs, audio, and video and tells the compelling story of work in American culture. It spans the last 150 years and touches on immigration, ethnicity, slavery, segregation, wage labor, technology, gender roles and class. Information: Information: www.rihs.org/events/event/the-way-we-worked-exhibit/
Time : Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission : $8; senior and child is $6
Phone : 401-769-9675


Festival of Historic Houses 2014 -- Providence, RI
June 13, 2014 to June 15, 2014
see event website for tour locations, Providence
The Festival opens to visitors Providence’s most interesting homes, gardens, and converted industrial mill spaces. The festival starts on Saturday at houses in the College Hill neighborhood, between Brown University and Fox Point. Ten houses will be open for touring in this area (Cooke, Manning and Hope Streets). The tour continues on Sunday across town on the edge of Providence’s south side at Pearl Street Lofts. The location is an old industrial mill complex converted into living and working spaces.
The weekend will include a cocktail party Friday evening at the Joseph Cooke House on Hope Street with cocktails, food, and celebration. On Sunday, KITE Architects will host an open house and reception from 3 to 6 p.m.
Time : Saturday, at College Hill, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday at the Pearl Street Lofts, noon – 4 p.m.
Admission : Advance: one day, $40; two days $75. Day-of tickets are $45. The Friday evening cocktail party, $125
Event Website
Phone : 401-831-7440


Curator Gallery Talk at the Whitehorne House Museum -- Newport, RI
June 26, 2014 to June 26, 2014
Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street, Newport
Come to this magnificent Federal-period mansion to see some of the best pieces of mahogany Colonial furniture in any American museum. Learn about discoveries uncovered during conservation. Get a connoisseur's view of these priceless products of renowned Newport furniture makers, led by Bruce MacLeish, Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) director of collections. Refreshments in the garden and conversations with NRF gardeners will follow the tour. Space is limited; registration required. Book online or contact Liz at 401 846-4152 ext. 122 or liz@newportrestoration.org.
Time : 5-7 p.m.
Admission : $20
Event Website
Phone : 401 846-4152 ext. 122


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Tom Rush in Concert -- Newport, RI
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Common Fence Music at Salve Regina University, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O'Hare Academic Center, 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport
Acoustic guitarist and songwriter performs country and blues.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $40
Phone : 401-683-5085


Max Creek in concert -- Pawtucket, RI
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
The Met, at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street, Pawtucket
Max Creek is an American rock band that was formed by Dave Reed, John Rider and Bob Gosselin in 1971. Max Creek has a loyal following, and put on an annual music festival in upstate New York, dubbed Camp Creek, and was one of the longest running festivals on the East Coast when it took a hiatus in 2008. Max Creek recently celebrating its 40th anniversary in Costa Rica with Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead in a series of shows dubbed Jungle Jam. Information: http://themetri.com
Time : 9 p.m.
Phone : 401-331-1005


International String Trio in Concert -- Cumberland, RI
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland
The International String Trio is a group of Berklee College of Music alumni performing a mixture of Gypsy jazz, Appalachian folk, acoustic world music (Irish, Klezmer, Russian, Italian, French, Bluegrass, and more), classical arrangements and popular songs from movie sound tracks. Trio hail from Russia, Japan and England. Information: www.riverfolk.org
Time : 8 pm.
Admission : Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of concert
Phone : 401-725-9272


Providence Singers Presents All American Composers -- Westerly, RI
April 27, 2014 to April 27, 2014
George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly
With string quartet and piano, the Providence Singers will present a concert celebrating American composers. From the colonial era composer William Billings to 20th-century masters Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, this program is full of favorites.
Time : 3 p.m.
Admission : General admission, $28; students, $5
Event Website
Phone : 850-319-4827


Blues on the Beach and Monday Night Jams -- 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 in Monday evenings. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. Paid parking is nearby. Concerts are rain or shine. Information: www.bluesonthebeachri.com
Blues on the Beach
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

Monday Night Jams
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


Gospel Brunch and Concert: Wade in the Water -- Newport, RI
July 20, 2014 to July 20, 2014
Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
Savor a Southern-style brunch followed by a performance overlooking the ocean of a 65-member gospel choir. The community chorus RPM Voices will shed light on the history of this musical form. Part of Rough Point, including this year's exhibit, "No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke," will be open for viewing.
Seats provided for brunch ticket holders only. Concert goers should bring chairs or blankets. Concert happens rain or shine, outdoors on a lawn without shade. Please plan for the weather. Information: Liz Spoden at liz@newportrestoration.org or call 401-846-4152 ext. 122. Website: www.newportrestoration.org/
Time : 1-5 p.m. Brunch is 1-2:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 3 p.m.
Admission : Brunch and concert, $55; children age 12 and younger, $20; concert only, $25; children 12 and younger, $10; VIP reception, $125
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-4152 ext. 122


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES top of events
Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival -- Central Falls, RI
May 3, 2014 to May 4, 2014
River Island Park, Central Falls
Enjoy a beer tent on Sunday, meet this year's Cherry Blossom Princess, stroll by food trucks and stop for a treat, and enjoy live music at this community-oriented annual event. Information: www.richerryblossomfestival.com
Time : 3 - 6 p.m.
Phone : 401-724-2200


Electric Eve Neon Glow 5K Run -- Westerly, RI
June 27, 2014 to June 27, 2014
Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Westerly
This is a 5K race for everyone, enhanced by a pulsating kaleidoscope light show. Wild music and colorful light effects will fill the course for this evening race, open to everyone from babies in strollers to real runners. Themed areas of the course will include a sea-life section with giant starfish, sea horses and jellyfish. Atlantic Avenue in Westerly will be transformed into "Electric Avenue." Wear neon costumes and don’t spare the blinking and glowing novelties. The event is followed by a high voltage after-party with techno tunes and lasers. Information: electric-eve.com/index.php
Time : Registration is at 7 p.m. and the race is a 9 p.m.


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Parting for the Peregrines with RI Audubon -- East Providence RI
May 10, 2014 to May 10, 2014
Squantum Club, East Providence, RI
Party for the Peregrines will include live and silent auctions as well as creative cocktails and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres. Live raptors will be presented during the evening. Dozens of interesting and desirable items will be on display for auction bidding. Dress is casual.
Time : 6:30- 9 p.m.
Admission : $50 per ticket
Phone : 401-949-5454 ext. 3022.


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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
Murder at the Museum: "Something Wicked This Way Comes" -- Newport, RI
February 20, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Take part in "Something Wicked This Way Comes," an entertaining and interactive murder mystery set in circa 1893 Newport. Staged by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company. Reservations recommended. Information: http://bit.ly/1c11LAL
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $25; young 17 and younger, $15
Phone : 401-324-9436


"Chicago" -- Kingston, RI
April 17, 2014 to April 27, 2014
Robert E. Will Theatre, University of Rhode Island, 45 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI
"Chicago" is an indisputable Broadway landmark that delivers one big musical showstopper after another. John Kander and Fred Ebb's now classic score keeps the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart moving at a gunshot pace. Heated by Choreographer Bob Fosse's steamy and sexy moves. Dates: April 17-19 and 24-27. Information: http://bit.ly/1p4Mmp5
Time : 7:30 p.m.; except April 27 at 3 p.m.
Admission : $20; seniors and students, $15


An Evening at the Casinos: Double Down on Dance -- Newport RI
May 17, 2014 to May 17, 2014
Casino Theatre, Freebody Street, Newport
Island Moving Company's annual spring show at the Casino Theatre will include new choreography from Associate Artistic Director Spencer Gavin Hering as well as Andrew Dawn Shelley’s Unbeknownst and Dante’s Beatrice. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen’s Continua Metamorfosi, and a reprise of works by IMC Dancers will be presented. Pre-show cocktails and post-show dinner with the dancers.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : $25, $55, $110
Event Website
Phone : 401-847-4470


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SHOWS & EXHIBITS top of events
Touching Stars Quilt Show -- North Kingstown RI
April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014
North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown
See 300 quilts, demonstrations, lectures, quilt raffle, special exhibit, children's activities, small quilt auction, vendors, food service, and more. Information: www.nbquilts.org.
Time : Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone : $8 860-455-0794


Virtu Art Festival 2014 -- Westerly RI
May 24, 2014 to May 25, 2014
Wilcox Park, Downtown Westerly
More than 150 artists from New England and beyond gather present their works of visual and performing arts. There is great food, live entertainment, and a free creation station with children's activities. Visual arts and performing arts are on display. New this year, state sales taxes will not be charged for purchase of original art. Information: http://bit.ly/1gM4mzF
Time : 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


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 Liz@NewportRestoration.org 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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