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Events Calendar 2018

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Children & Families

“Sleeping Beauty”

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Family fun for all ages, this Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre production has it all, from a roaring dragon to a prince and princess destined (or are they?) for each other.

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Roald Dahl’s magical story of that enigmatic candyman, Willie Wonka, and those elusive golden tickets to his factory, features songs from the Gene Wilder movie and some brand new ones as well. This is perfect family fare, presented by Camp Theatre By The Sea students.

“Pinocchio”

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The wooden puppet Pinocchio just wants to be a real boy. What could possibly go wrong? This charming adventure story is brought to life by the Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre.

Classes

Drawing Wild Classes

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park and Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI

Drawing Wild classes allow you to study and draw details of feathers, beaks and claws from a collection of taxidermied specimens. Instructor Kathy Hodge will explain anatomy and offer demonstrations and help. Each class will break for a bring-your-own lunch and critique at noon. Bring supplies of your choice. All skill levels are welcome, high school age and up.

Comedy

Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour

Jun 20, 2018 - Jun 20, 2018 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

The fiery redheaded, award-winning, American comedian is bringing the story of the photo heard ‘round the world and the fallout that followed, along with breaking down everything in the pop-culture landscape from Trump to the Kardashians.

Dan and Phil World Tour -- Interactive Introverts

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Two internet dwelling, character give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories ..and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe.

Festivals

Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival 2018

May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018 Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI

This is part of annual Gaspee Days, remembering Rhode IUsland Colonists who torched the British tax vessel Gaspee (boo-o-o-) in 1772. But this fest is a day of shopping, eating, music, and friends in a historic old neighborhood on a pretty bay. Pawtuxet Park is filled with live music and children’s amusements and games available in the park as well. Live music: Saturday, Rob Davis Band; Sunday, Zink Alloy & Mother Bogart, Monday, TBD. All at 1-4 p.m. 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018 Diamond Hill Park, on Route 114 Cumberland, RI

Enjoy four stages of Celtic and world music plus Irish step dance, face painting and 45 craft amd food vendors. Performances by Atwater~Donnelly Trio, Mari Black Celtic Band, Daymark, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, The Gothard Sisters, La Croisée D’Antan, Owen Marshall & Jenna Moynihan, Emerald Rae, Torrin Ryan, Sheila Falls & Kyle Forsthoff, Kevin Doyle Dance Showcase: From trad to tap, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Irish session led by Bob Drouin

Historic

What Cheer Day: Life After the Gaspee Affair

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 John Brown House Museum Lawn, 52 Power Street Providence, RI

The British customs schooner Gaspee was burned by Colonists in Narragansett Bay in 1772. Then what happened? At What Cheer Day Rhode Island, costumed historical interpreters discuss the events that led to the HMS Gaspee’s grounding and destruction, and what came afterward. Reenactors portray John Brown, James Sabin, Gov. Joseph Wanton, and Gaspee commander William Dudingston. Visitors can learn about daily life in 1772 through a market scenario.

Home & Studio Tours

Historic & Farms Open House Day 2018

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 See description below Lincoln, Saunderstown, Johnston, Jamestown, RI

From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums. Visit: Arnold House, Lincoln; Casey Farm, Saunderstown; Clemence-Irons House, Johnston; Watson Farm, Jamestown

Music

Alejandro Escovedo

May 1, 2018 - Jun 1, 2018 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

From his days fronting punk bands Rank & File and the True Believers to his solo performances, Alejandro Escovedo's songwriting has always been the common thread. His songs have been covered by artists like Willie Nelson, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, John Cale and Bobby Bare.

Symphony in the Park

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI

Philharmonic in the Park showcases The Warwick Symphony Orchestra performing works by American composers Copland, Del Borgo, Rodgers, Gould, Ellington and Sousa. The night ends with fireworks in Salter's Grove. Bring a chair and a picnic. (No food will be sold at this event. ) Rain date is June 9. Music schedule: Junkfood Buffet at 5 p.m.; Pawtuxet Rangers at 6:30 p.m.; Warwick Symphony at 7 p.m.

Harry Connick Jr. with A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

The foundation of Harry Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. Over the past three decades, he has established himself as a musician, singer and compose.

Eight to the Bar

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 The Towers, 35 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI

Join this beloved band for a night of swing. And get ready for an amazing boogie woogie that’s known to get everyone on their feet dancing.

Max Weinberg's Jukebox

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Knickerbocker Cafe 35 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

Max Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Guests may choose from a video menu of over 200 songs the glory days of rock and roll -- everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits.

Yanni: 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis

Aug 4, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Performer and composer Yanni will celebrate “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour. Yanni's iconic performances at the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, the Royal Albert Hall, The Pyramids and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe.

Parades

Gaspee Days Parade 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Jun 9, 2018 Narragansett Parkway WarwickRI, RI

Each year, folks crowd along a two-mile stretch of Narragansett Parkway to enjoy fife and drums corps, the fire trucks, or the Shriners in their miniature cars. Celebrating the torching of the HMS Gaspee in 1772.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Gaspee Days Block Party

May 26, 2018 - May 26, 2018 Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI

Come join us for a night of drinks, music ,and neighborhood fun! Coolers, pets, and children are prohibited at this event. Music Schedule: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Salter's Groove, 6-7:30 p.m.; Neal and the Vipers, 8 to 11 p.m. if it rains, the party will be held on Sunday, May 27 at the same time.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

WaterFire 2018

May 24, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Memorial Blvd and Exchange Street Providence, RI

WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances.
May 26 -- Full lighting starts at 8:09 p.m.
June 10 -- Basin lighting starts at 8:20 p.m.
June 30 -- Full lighting starts at 8:45 p.m.
July 14 -- Full lighting starts at 8:20 p.m.
July 28 -- Full lighting starts at 8:08 p.m.
September 8 -- Full lighting starts at 7:27 p.m.
September 22 -- Full lighting starts at at 6:43 p.m.
September 29 -- Full lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
October 6 -- Basin lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
November 10 -- Full lighting starts at 4:30 p.m.

Shopping & Sales

Hope Street Spring Block Party

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 Hope Street Providence, RI

Live music, food trucks, art, games, & much more!

Opening Day of Providence Flea

Jun 3, 2018 - Jun 3, 2018 across from 345 South Water Street Providence, RI

First Flea will have full market of new and returning vendors, food trucks, fresh flowers, free yoga, community nonprofits and live music!

Theater

"Ragtime"

Apr 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI

In the early 1900s, optimism and possibility are as prevalent as burgeoning racial and social volatility. The lives of an upper-class white mother, a Jewish immigrant, and a bold African American musician from Harlem intersect in ways that profoundly affect their families’ fates. A passionate, vibrant, Tony Award-winning score heightens the tenderness and tension that will rouse and inspire audiences.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”

May 30, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

This Tony Award-winning musical revue brings to life the captivating music of the Harlem Renaissance and the brilliant Fats Waller. Five performers give their all to songs including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “This Joint is Jumpin’.” It will be all you can do to refrain from jumping out of your seats to join in the fun.

“Mamma Mia!”

Jun 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

After reading her mother’s diary, bride-to-be Sophie decides to invite all three father possibilities to her wedding, which stirs up the town, her mother, her mother’s friends – and a lot of great ABBA songs. Twenty-two of them are featured in this lively musical, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Super Trouper.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The biblical story of Joseph, Jacob’s youngest, favored son, his betrayal by his brothers and his ultimate survival as dream-interpreter to Egypt’s pharaoh is given the full Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice treatment in this 1973 musical. A great family show, it features colorful sets, costumes and a memorable score.

“Chicago”

Aug 15, 2018 - Sep 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

This sexy musical with all that jazz celebrates the wild time that was 1920s Chicago – and the women who went along for the ride, including not-so-innocent Roxie Hart and the woman she aspires to be, the very vampy Velma Kelly. Dance numbers in the style of Bob Fosse and a hot, hot score make this show one that will razzle-dazzle theater-goers.