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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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Little Compton Antiques Festival -- Little Compton RI
August 1, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, 162 West Main Road, Little Compton
Antiques show with fifty vendors. Proceeds to benefit Preserve Rhode Island.
Time : Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Saturday show, $8; Friday preview party with food, wine, music, early buying privileges and entry the next day, $40-$45
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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
American Girl Doll Garden Party -- Lincoln RI
August 3, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Hearthside House, 677 Great Road, Lincoln
Girls ages 5-10 are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for an afternoon in the garden. Enjoy lemonade and cookies, a presentation on the Language of Flowers, a craft with pressed flowers, Victorian lawn games, a house tour, and prizes. Reservations required.
Time : Two limited seatings, at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 401) 726-0597

Tidepool Trek with Audubon -- Bristol, RI
August 7, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
Take a trek down to the shore for a different kind of beach outing. Discover firsthand the life at the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay. Use nets and magnifying glasses to investigate the species that live in the tidal zone. Please dress appropriately and wear shoes that can get wet. Program is weather dependent. Adults must accompany children. Registration is required.
Time : 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Admission : $7 per child
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COMEDY top of events
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

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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Summer Jazz Clambake at Newport Vineyards -- Newport, RI
July 31, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Road (Route 138), Middletown
This traditional New England event features a delectable menu of fresh clams, chowder, lobster, barbecue chicken, mussels, watermelon, and more! Dig into dinner after a wine and chowder tasting, and enjoy the classic jazz music of the Lois Vaughan Trio. Reservations required.
Time : Wine tasting and chowder, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; dinner, 7:15 p.m.
Admission : $70; without lobster, $60
Event Website
Phone : 401-848-5161

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GARDENS top of events
Landscape History and Garden Tour at Rough Point -- Newport RI
August 5, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Learn about the design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour goes back 250 years to when this part of Newport was farmland and traces Newport's development as a premier vacation spot as reflected in this beautiful property. Space limited; reservation suggested.
Time : 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Admission : $10
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-4152 ext. 122

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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

Providence Location Walking Tour -- Providence RI
August 6, 2014 to August 6, 2014
The Dean, 122 Fountain Street, Providence
Discover why Providence is truly a Hollywood back lot, learn about its history, and find out about some of our state's most notable and colorful characters. The goal for the tour is to provide filmmakers with an "insider" view of the down city and river walk area with an eye toward what would be interesting/unanticipated places for filming.
Time : 11 a.m.
Admission : $10
Event Website
Phone : 401-861-4445

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Concerts Under the Elms 2014 -- Providence, RI
June 26, 2014 to August 7, 2014
All concerts take place on the lawn of the John Brown House Museum in Providence. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Food is sold.
July 3 – The American Band – Patriotic pops music
July 10 – The Carlos de Leon Latin Jazz Band –traditional and original Latin jazz
July 17 – The Duke Robillard Band – RI’s blues titan
July 24 – Swing n’ Strings with Al Basile – 1960s Memphis style jazz and blues
July 31 – The Becky Chace Band – Eclectic Americana, folk-rock and blues
August 7 – Pendragon – RI’s legendary Celtic band for 31 years
Time : 6:30 p.m.
Admission : $10
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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

BridgeFest -- Newport RI
July 28, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Queen Anne Square, Thames and Church streets, Newport
BridgeFest is a local, live music and music education festival that "bridges" the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for a continuous ten days of music in the community. LIve music performed at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Newport, See event website for schedule of music.
Time : 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 401-662-2174

Jazz After Dark at Rough Point -- Newport, RI
July 31, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Newport Restoration Foundation, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Philanthropist and music lover Doris Duke would likely have been proud to host this evening jazz event at her home, which is now a historical museum. This intimate concert and discussion event features George Wein and Moppa Elliot, a Newport Jazz Festival 2014 artist, and University of Rhode Island Music Department head Joe Parillo, with live music by URI students, too. Reservations highly recommended. Cash bar.
Time : 5-8 p.m.
Admission : $10; ages 5 and below, $5
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-4152

WindSync in Concert -- Tiverton, RI
August 3, 2014 to August 3, 2014
The Meeting House, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners
A young, fresh and energetic ensemble, WindSync, is thrilling audiences with its unique approach to classical music. Critics and audiences rave about performances that expand the woodwind quintet repertoire with several world premiere pieces that were written or arranged especially for WindSync.
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $20 in advance online and $25 at the door; children under age 18, $10
Phone : 401-624-2600

Boz Scaggs and The Memphis Tour -- Newport, RI
August 6, 2014 to August 6, 2014
Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport
Boz Scaggs’s career includes many hits of his unique mix of blues and R&B sounds. Scaggs returned and continues to make top-charting hits and actively touring around the world, showcasing American roots music.
Admission : $39.50, $49.50, $65.50
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-1600

Gregg Allman with Special Guest Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band -- Newport, RI
August 10, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport
Founding member of the rock band, Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman is loved for his distinctive fusion of blues and Southern rock.
Admission : $29.50, $49.50, $59.50
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-1600

The Beach Boys -- Newport, RI
August 16, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport
Formed in 1961, The Beach Boys brought the youth culture of California surfers to American pop music
Admission : $39.50, $49.50, $65.50
Event Website
Phone : 401-846-1600

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
Newport Storm Luau -- Newport RI
August 16, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Fort Adams State Park, Newport
Live music, Polynesian dancers, Hawaiian themed food (including a pig roast), and ice cold Newport Storm beer and Thomas Tew rum. Presented by Coastal Extreme Brewing Company, this annual event benefits the Fort Adams Trust. For guests age 21 and older.
Time : 4:30–10 p.m.
Admission : $10 in advance; $15 at the door
Event Website
Phone : 401-849-5232

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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

Children's Theatre Festival -- Matunuck, RI
July 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Road, Matunuck
This festival boasts a full month of theatrical fun for the kids. On July 11, "A Year With Frog and Toad" will show kids the magic power of friendship. On July 15, kids can delight in Steve Johnson's Magic Variety Show, with illusions, interactive comedy, and juggling. On August 1, fans of "High School Musical" will light up for a one-act version of the hit show, performed by young adults. On August 8, catch a funny interactive performance of "Little Red Riding Hood", and on August 15, people of all ages can marvel at Keith Michael Johnson's spectacular science and magic act, "Bubbleology".
Time : Curtains at 10 a.m. and noon
Admission : $12
Event Website
Phone : 401-782-8587

"Mary Poppins" -- Matunuck, RI
July 25, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Road, Matunuck
Mary Poppins is a globally beloved tale of magic and wonder -- watch the colorful characters come to life before your eyes, and hum along with classic hits like "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and "A Spoonful of Sugar". People of all ages will delight in this spectacle of song and dance.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $39-$62
Event Website
Phone : 401-782-8587

“Twelfth Night, or What You Will” in Wilcox Park -- Westerly, RI
July 30, 2014 to August 17, 2014
Shakespeare in Wilcox Park, downtown Westerly
The Colonial Theater will present Shakespeare’s rollicking and outrageously funny work, “Twelfth Night” this summer. Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets
Time : Tuesdays to Sundays at 8 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 401-596-7909

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival -- Providence, RI
August 5, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Various locations in Providence, as well as Woonsocket, Jamestown, Bristol, and Newport.
Special events, film screenings, VIP guest, industry seminars, and celebrations. See the festival website for a full schedule of events.
Time : Consult event website for details
Admission : Varies, see website for more information
Event Website
Phone : 401-861-4445

"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

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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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