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Newport Antiques Show 2017 - Middletown, RI

Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 St. George’s School, 372 Purgatory Road Middletown, RI
The Newport Antiques Show is one of the nation’s premier antiques venues presenting a wide selection of important Americana antiques. Major dealers present paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and fine and decorative arts. The show’s preview party will take place July 27. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person for one day admission; $20 for three day admission

Arts & Crafts Shows

Field of Artisans - Wakefield or Matunuck, RI

Jun 10, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Rotating Locations; consult website Wakefield or Matunuck, RI
Field of Artisans is a pop-up art market in southern RI. Every Saturday in the summer, shoppers will find a new mix of creatives. locations are Marina Park at 210 Salt Pond Road in Wakefield; South Kingstown Town Beach at 706 Matunuck Beach Road in Matunuck; and The Village Green, 1057 Kingstown Road in Wakefield. Check event website for the location for specific dates.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission


Storm Trysail Race Week - Block Island / New Shoreham, RI

Jun 18, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017 Best views from elevated points in Mohegan Bluffs Block Island / New Shoreham, RI
You don’t need to be an expert on sailing to enjoy the magnificent views and action of racing sailboats circling Block Island during Storm Trysail Race Week. The regatta was modeled on the British Cowes Week, and designed to emphasize both sailboat racing and shore side fun – “a fun family event with great racing.” Races are held daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and views are glorious from Mohegan Bluffs during the Around the Island Race.
Time: Races held daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Telephone: 800-383-2474

Children & Families

Ice Cream and Lightning Bugs - Exeter, RI

Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017 Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road Exeter, RI
Join Audubon at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge and learn all about lightning bugs. Start the evening by making ice cream sundaes and learning about what makes these insects so special. Then head out for a guided hike. We may also spot a resident beaver along the way. This program is fun for the whole family. Please bring a flashlight. For ages 6 and older.
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; children $7

Ice Cream and Lightning Bugs - Exeter, RI

Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017 Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road Exeter, RI
Just as it starts to get dark, the lightning bugs appear. Join Audubon at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge and learn all about these amazing insects. Start the evening by making ice cream sundaes and learning about lightning bugs. Then head out for a guided hike and look for their flickering lights. Bring a flashlight. Ages: 6 and older.
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; children, $7

Southern Rhode Island 4-H Fair - Richmond, RI

Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Road Richmond, RI
4-H youth exhibit their projects from arts and crafts, sewing, robotics, animals, food, and many other project areas. The Pinewood Derby that kicks the fair off at 5 p.m. June 23, followed by an animal talent show, grilled cheese making contest and more. See event website for a schedule of events.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Audubon Insect Investigation for Families - Bristol, RI

Jun 25, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Join an Audubon naturalist to look for bugs. Try using a net to comb a meadow, catching grasshoppers, milkweed bugs, butterflies and more. Observe insects in bug boxes, use magnifying glasses and field guides to identify them. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, hats, and wear sunscreen. Adults must accompany children. Ages: 4 and older.
Time: 11 a.m.-noon
Admission: $7 child

Jack and the Beanstalk presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre - Cranston, RI

Jul 11, 2017 - Jul 11, 2017 Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2115 Broad Street Cranston, RI
When Jack sells Matilda the Cow for invisible magic beans, his mother is upset. But Jack climbs the Beanstalk to seek his fortune. He'll need your help to defeat the Giant, and to help his mother believe in dreams again....
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: $12 in advance (plus service fee), $15 at the door
Telephone: 401-942-3637

The Olate Dogs - Providence, RI

Jul 15, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
The Olate Dogs and Olate family were winners in Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, headlining The Palazzo in Vegas that year. The Olate Dogs create a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act filled with amazing “doggie-friendly” pet tricks. The stunts, furiously wagging tales and joyful leaps into their owners’ arms will delight young and old. VIP Tickets are available and include the best seats in the house and a meet and greet.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $49.50 - $39.50; VIP $79.50


Tommy Tewsday 2017 - Newport, RI

Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017 Goat Island Newport, RI
White Bay Events presentsTommy Tewsday by Thomas Tew Rum. Come a booze cruise aboard the Schooner Aurora and Rum Runner II around Newport Harbor with free rum and Allie's Donuts, followed by a scavenger hunt, competitions with prizes, drinks and food deals, and general shenanigans around town. For guests age 21 and older.
Time: 10 a.m. to sunset
Admission: $45
Telephone: 401 855 8695


Celebrate the Fourth 2017 - Newport, RI

Jul 4, 2017 - Jul 4, 2017 Washington Square Newport, RI
Visit the Colony House and Washington Square for a morning of patriotic activities, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the day celebrate religious freedom and the First Amendment when more than a dozen houses of worship will be open to the public for tours.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Telephone: 401-846-0813

Home & Studio Tours

Wednesday Nights at Rough Point - Newport, RI

May 17, 2017 - Aug 30, 2017 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Drop in for special garden tours, sketching activities, floral fashions, art making, gallery talks, and much more. This year's exhibition, "Nature Tamed in the Landscape, Gardens and Collections of Rough Point," will be open during the program. No reservation required; tickets available at the door
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children age 12 and younger, free


Beavertail Lighthouse Tower Climb - Jamestown, RI

Jun 17, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 Beavertail Lighthouse, Beavertail Road Jamestown, RI
Bring your family to wander the grounds, climb the lighthouse tower, and visit the museum. Climbers to the tower must be at least four feet tall. In addition to the 49 steps of the spiral staircase, a 7-foot ladder requiring both hands must be scaled to reach the observation catwalk. Neither small children nor pets may be carried. Openings are weather dependent; if uncertain, call 401-423-3270.
Lighthouse Tower opening dates are June 17; July 2, 15 and 29; August 12 and 26; September 9 and 23.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $4; children, free
Telephone: 401-423-3270


The Towers Summer Music Series 2017 - Narragansett, RI

Jun 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017 The Towers, 35 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI
Come to the Towers in Narragansett for music and dance on Thursdays.
Eight to the Bar. June 22. Join this beloved band for a night of swing and boogie woogie that’s known to get everyone dancing.
Orquesta Sin Trabajo. June 29. Boston’s Orquesta Sin Trabajo plays tango music for dancing.
Reminisce. July 6. This talented group of musicians specializes in songs from the ’50s and early ’60s.
Coastline Swing Band. July 13. Eighteen-piece Big Band, ballroom, swing, Latin
Johnny Nicholas. July 20. Presenting Tex-Mex blues, Johnny Nicholas is the best bluesmen ever.
The Revelers. July 27. This the band returns with authentic Southern music straight from Louisiana.
Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats. August 3. This is a Providence Swings Night. Dance Lesson followed by swing dance.
Roosevelt Dime. August 10. Foot-stomping, high-octane Americana, honky tonk, rock-and-rollin’
Roger Ceresi’s All Starz. August 17. R&B, classic rock, oldies but goodies
Shiny Lapel Trio. August 24. Swing, lindy, jitterbug.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. August 31. Steve Riley plays a Cajan sound rivaled to none.
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $15

Fourth of July Concert Series 2017 - Bristol, RI

Jun 20, 2017 - Jul 3, 2017 Independence Park Bristol, RI
June 20. 88th Army Band. Patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and top 40. 7 p.m.
June 21. Rendition. Acoustic/electric trio. Band of Brothers. Multi-part vocal harmonies.
June 22. East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble. Contemporary favorites Michael DiMucci. Classic songs and standards, movie themes, Broadway show tunes.
June 23. Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble. Music from the 1930s to ’90s: jazz, standards, oldies. Detroit Breakdown. Music to bring the audience to their feet
June 24. Patterson Smith Rashid Quartet. Classic tunes and jazz standards. Reminisce. Songs from the 50’s and early 60’s.
June 25. Bobby Carlson & The Stones River Band. Country music with a little bit of yesterday, Buddy Jewell. The first winner of the USA Network’s show Nashville Star.
June 26. Blue Light Bandits. Four-piece groove band. Northeast Traffic. A staple in the rock/jam scene in Rhode Island.
June 27. Becky Chace Band. Vast catalog of original music and covers. Neal and the Vipers. Bues guitar.
June 28. The World Premier Band. Musicians of multiple backgrounds. 7 p.m.
June 29. SIRSY. Rock and soul duo with pop sensibility. Songs in the Attic. Tribute for Billy Joel.
June 30. The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards.
July 1. “The Frog Prince” – a children’s play produced by the Kaleidoscope Theatre of Rhode Island. At 7 p.m.: Steve Smith and the Nakeds. Rhythm & blues.
July 2. Changes in Latitudes. Changes In Latitudes. Tribute show to Jimmy Buffett.
July 3. Trinity. Three vocalists with decades of experience. Sixwire. Neo-country/rock performance.
Time: First band at 6:30 p.m.; second band at 7:45 p.m. unless noted otherwise

Summer Pops with The Chorus of Westerly - Westerly, RI

Jun 21, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017 Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street Westerly, RI
The Chorus of Westerly and Grucci Fireworks present an annual show of patriotic favorite and classic pops followed by fireworks above Wilcox Park. Featuring music from the new musical "The Count of Monte Cristo" with singer Andrew Drost and a grand finale with fireworks, the Artillery Company of Newport, and the Bells of Christ Church. Pre-show is singer Laura Dowding of the Pleasant Street Baptist Choir and the Westerly Morris Men and the Narragansett High School Jazz Band. Rain dates June are June 25 and 26.
Time: Pre-show at 6 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Concerts Under the Elms 2017 - Providence, RI

Jun 29, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017 John Brown House Museum,52 Power Street Providence, RI
Lineup for Concerts Under the Elms 2017 and food trucks:
June 29. The American Band + FUGO
July 6. Steve Smith & the Nakeds + Friskie Fries
July 13. The Nickel Jukebox Band + Bit’Chin BBQ
July 20. The Becky Chace Band + FUGO
July 27. The Cajun Hobos + Baby’s Bonetown BBQ
August 3. Greg Abate + Bit’Chin BBQ
In case of inclement weather, check http://www.RIHS.org or call 401 331-8575 after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Rain date is August 10.
Time: 6:3-8 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 401 331-8575

Blues on the Block 2017 - Block Island, RI

Jul 5, 2017 - Aug 9, 2017 Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Road Block Island, RI
More music to make mid-week special! Mid-summer Wednesdays mean Blues on the Block, when all you have to do is bring a beach chair or blanket and listen to free Blues at the beach. The series opens July 5 with Otis and the Hurricanes, playing a blend of New Orleans R&B and Delta-style blues. In case of rain, the location changes from beachside to Captain Nick’s at 34 Ocean Avenue. Dates: July 5, 19, 26, and August 9.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Free

Reminisce - Narragansett, RI

Jul 6, 2017 - Jul 6, 2017 The Towers, 35 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI
Belting doo-wop tunes for audiences across the region and at Radio City Music Hall, this talented group of musicians specializes in songs from the 50s and early 60s. Learn more at the band’s website.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15

Rhode Island Philharmonic on Narragansetts Beach - Narragansett, RI

Jul 7, 2017 - Jul 7, 2017 Nort Beach Club House, 79 Boston Neck Road Narragansett, RI
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on the deck of The North Beach Club House from 8-10 p.m. A ticketed cocktail and dinner reception will precede the concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Cash bar. To purchase contact Parks & Recreation at 401-782-0658. Rain date is July 8.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $5- per person
Telephone: 401-782-0658

Coastline Swing Band - Narragansett, RI

Jul 13, 2017 - Jul 13, 2017 The Towers, 35 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI
Enjoy 18-piece big band play ballroom, swing, Latin at this historic landmark left from a gilded Age casino
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15

Elvis Costello and the Impostors - Providence, RI

Jul 25, 2017 - Jul 25, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
The show takes songs from the 1983 album, Imperial Bedroom as a starting point. Standout songs from Imperial Bedroom like “Beyond Belief,” “Almost Blue,” and “Man Out Of Time” have remained in Costello’s repertoire throughout the years.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $79.50 - $49.50

Bridgefest 2017 – A Bridge Together - Newport, RI

Aug 3, 2017 - Aug 3, 2017 Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI
This international music and dance event connects American jazz, African beats and Indian Carnatic music. The two-part concert features dance segments by Riya and Sara Kapoor accompanied by a Carnatic music orchestra featuring musicians from India Guru Swati Bhise will conduct this section of the program. The Jazz Quartet will be led by guitarist Rez Abbasi and the West African compositions, led by the noted West African choreographer, Maguette Camara, will round out the evening.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Parties, Dances, Balls

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts - Providence, RI

Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Zoobilee! features fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants, caterers and bars, as well as fabulous entertainment including live music and dancing, and other fun surprises! This is an adults-only evening event.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Admission: $125

Harlem Rent Party - Providence, RI

Jun 25, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Bishop Mansion, 72 Waterman Street Providence, RI
Enjoy soul food dishes in one of Providence East Side's swankiest mansions and its gardens. Enjoy fine wines and beers; listen to live music, get your palm read, hear Langston Hughes read his poetry, and much more! Wear a 1920s outfit and be entered to win as best dressed. All proceeds benefit Stages of Greedom’s Swim Empowerment Program to pay for swimming lessons for 400 children. Space is limited.
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Admission: $55

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

WaterFire 2017 - Providence, RI

May 19, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017 Waterplace Park, Memorial Blvd. and Exchange Street Providence, RI
The 2017 WaterFire season includes ten full lightings and three partial lightings. Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, June 24. 8:25 p.m.
Saturday, July 8. 8:22 p.m.
Thursday, July 20. 8:15 p.m. (Basin lighting)
Saturday, July 22. 8:14 p.m.
Saturday, August 5. 7:59 p.m.
Saturday, September 23. 6:41 p.m.
Saturday, September 30. 6:29 p.m.
Saturday, November 4. 5:36 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: Free

Science & Nature

Twilight Walk & Night Sky Viewing at Hodge Preserve - Block Island, RI

Jun 19, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017 Hodge Preserve. Corn Neck Road Block Island, RI
The Hodge Preserve is a 25-acre field that slopes to Middle Pond and West Beach. Naturalist Kim Gaffett from the Oceanview Foundation will be leading the walk through the meadow sharing her knowledge of Block Island’s environment and eco-systems, followed by a break for stargazing at the night sky.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-466-2129

Bird Banding with the Aquidneck Land Trust - Middletown, RI

Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 123 Valley Road Middletown, RI
Join the Aquidneck Land Trust for a bird banding demonstration at the Sweet Flag Preserve at Bailey Brook with ecology professor Jim Chace and students of Salve Regina University. Chace will be catching and banding migrant and resident songbird species as part of their research on the property. Please park at the Middletown Police Station, 123 Valley Road, Middletown (a 2-minute walk at the end of Haymaker Road). Reserve your spot
Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-849-2799

Shows & Exhibits

Newport Flower Show 2017: Fête des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres - Newport, RI

Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Rosecliff is modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles for this year’s show. Show highlights includes a festive opening night party; picnic supper and movie; afternoon tea with Iris Apfel; Champagne and jazz brunch; garden displays; lectures and demonstrations; children's activities.
Time: Friday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Advance purchase, $20; at the door, $25; youth ages 6-17, $6; children age 5 and younger, free


Newport International Polo Series 2017 - Portsmouth, RI

Jun 21, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017 Glen Farm, Glen Farm Road Portsmouth, RI
Newport Polo marks its 26th anniversary with the home team (USA/ Newport) playing teams from around the world and from major U.S. cities. The public is welcome to attend and watch games from the sidelines along the field or from a pavilion. Tailgating is encouraged. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for Lawn area. Lawn and Grandstand are available on a first-come-first-serve basis on game day.
Time: Gates open 1 p.m.; polo starts at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. in September)
Admission: Pavilion, $20; polo lounge, $50/person; general admission, adults, $12; youth under 16, free. Parking, free
Telephone: 401-846-0200