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Taste of Block Island 2017 - Block Island, RI

Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 Many locations Block Island, RI
Come sample Block Island's delicious food, charming lodgings, pristine beaches, fun-filled activities, unique shopping. Take advantage of the many discounts offered this weekend. Enjoy from kayak, taxi and farm tours to wine and beer tastings. Taste of Block Island Buttons will be available for purchase at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce for $5 per button.
Time: All day


Doors Open RI Festival 2017 - Providence, RI

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 Many historic buildings Providence, RI
The inaugural Doors Open Rhode Island Festival will provide free access on self-guided tours to more than 20 interesting places in Providence. Among the places open to visitors are Barnaby's Castle; Box Office, one of the largest shipping container buildings in the country; upper floors of the Providence Arcade, the oldest indoor shopping mall in the country ; the vault of Hudson Furs; the recording studio of Rhode Island Public Radio; the giant green dome above Beneficent Congregational Church.
Find a festival guide at any participating site on the day of the festival. Participating sites.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: free; no tickets needed

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. Schedule.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

Boat Shows

Newport International Boat Show 2017 - Newport, RI

Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport, RI
The Newport International Boat Show spans 13 acres of Newport, Rhode Island’s famed downtown waterfront. Hundreds of domestic and international companies participate and offer a full range of powerboats and sailboats, plus an extensive array of marine products and services to enhance the nautical lifestyle.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $15-$42; parking, $20

Children & Families

Build-It Table at RI Audubon - Bristol, RI

Jul 15, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114) Bristol, RI
Stop in to the Audubon Environmental Education Center on weekends this summer for our Build-it Table! Various recycled materials will be available to build with—design a cardboard race car, create a water bottle castle, construct a bubble wrap jet pack. No registration needed. Free with admission. Email: @asri.org
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children age 4-12, $4

Family Fun Fridays at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Jul 21, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Bring a picnic, a blanket, and enjoy the show! Each week, dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances. After the performance, enjoy a nature-inspired craft activity, face painting, and pizza. Register.
August 25 - Kaleidoscope Theater
Time: Concert, 11 a.m.-noon; picnic and crafts, noon-1 p.m.
Admission: Adults,$15; seniors, $14; youth age 6-17, $6; military and full-time students


Open for Dancing 2017 with Island Moving Co. - Newport and Portsmouth, RI

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017 Ballard Park, Fort Adams, Greenvale Vineyards, Newport and Portsmouth, RI
Dance performances created during a week of intensive master classes and designed specifically for several sites in Newport and Jamestown. Performance schedule is :
September 23
2 p.m. at Ballard Park, 21 Hazard Road, Newport; and Fort Adams, near Eisenhower House, 1 Lincoln Drive, Newport
3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Ballard Park; Fort Adams; and Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth
5 p.m. at Greenvale Vineyards
September 24
2 p.m. at Fort Adams, Greenvale Vineyards
3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Fort Adams, Greenvale Vineyards, Ballard Park
5 p.m. at Ballard Park
Time: See description above
Admission: Consult event website


Drop-In Weaving - Pawtucket, RI

Aug 5, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI
Slater Mill invites you to drop in any Saturday in August and learn to weave. later Mill provides the loom, yarn, and needles for the activity. Participants may take their completed weaving projects home. For families; children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: Saturdays in August, 10 a.m.-noon
Telephone: 401-725-8638

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

Wednesday Walk-arounds and Saturday Strolls at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Jul 12, 2017 - Oct 18, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, who built this seaside garden estate. See breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and the mansion’s original furnishings. The guided tour includes the grounds’ magnificent trees and gardens. This tour end with a Q & A and iced tea on the North West Porch. Tours every Wednesday and Saturday through mid-October. Register for Wednesday. Register for Saturday
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: Adults,$15; seniors, $14; youth age 6-17, $6; military and full-time students, $11 PLUS $6 for tour


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.
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

Music at Sunset: Summer Concert Series - Bristol, RI

Jul 12, 2017 - Aug 23, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family! Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets. Register. Wednesday evenings.
August 9 - Atwater Donnelly
August 16 - October Road, A James Taylor Tribute Band
August 23 - Superchief Trio
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $10

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo - East Providence, RI

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 Bold Point park, Waterfront Drive East Providence, RI
Pat Benatar is a bold and distinctive artist and a true legend. Giraldo began his career in 1978, as a key member of the Rick Derringer band, after beating out 200 other guitarists for the position
Time: Gates open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m.
Admission: $19-$286

Dueling Pianos - Chepachet, RI

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 The Purple Cat Winery & Brewery, 11 Money Hill Road Chepachet, RI
Northern Rhode Island's hottest sing-a-long show. Don't miss out on the great evening of fun! Perfect for couples, ladies night out or groups looking to make an occasion special. Limited seating, HURRY and get your seats now before this event sells out.
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $12

Outdoor Activities

Summer Walk in the Woods - Providence, RI

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, 120 Killingly Street Providence, RI
Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy invites you to a self-guided walk through the only wild forest in Providence. Use the sloping path to access a loop route along the orange and blue trails across the ridge through shaded woods and over cooling streams. Plan to linger at the views from the Pocasset overlook and summit meadow - always a treat. Trail map.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Admission: Free Admission

Walk and Paddle and Barbecue at Blackstone Park - Providence, RI

Sep 4, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017 See description below Providence, RI
Walkers: The walk starts at 3 p.m. at India Point Park Parking Lot, 201 India Street, Providence, and ends at 5 p.m. in Blackstone Park, 2 River Road, Providence, across from the Narragansett Boat Club. Kayakers should meet at the Gano Street boat launch, 81-99 East Transit Street, Providence. You must bring your own boat. Walkers and paddlers will finish by 5 p.m. so they can attend a barbeque at Blackstone Park, 2 River Road across the street from the Narragansett Boat Club Barbecue information..
Time: 3-5 p.m.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Summer Live Music Series at Newport Vineyards - Middletown, RI

Aug 26, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Wine, vineyard views, live music. Come and raise a glass to the season.
August 26 – Briana White
August 27 – Brian Scott
September 2 – Yacht Club Rejects
September 3 – John & Joanne Monllos
September 9 – Leslie Grimes & Matt Bruneau
September 10 – Mike Baez
September 16 – Silverteeth
September 17 – Tom Burgess
September 23 – Kevin Greene
September 24 – Brian Scott
Time: 1-4 p.m.

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, 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

Tropical Fish at Exploration Center and Aquarium - Newport, RI

Aug 24, 2017 - Aug 24, 2017 Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium,Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Blvd. Newport, RI
August is Tropical Travelers month at Exploration Center and Aquarium. Enjoy a story hour featuring “Look! Fish” by Stephanie Calmenson, a tropical fish-themed scavenger hunt with surprise prizes, arts and crafts. Feeding Frenzy is on August 24, from 5-6 p.m. -- visitors can help aquarium staff feed the fish, turtles, sharks and more.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $8

Raptor Weekend 2017 with RI Audubon - Bristol, RI

Sep 9, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114) Bristol, RI
Owls, hawks and falcons are descending on RI Audubon for Raptor Weekend. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds. Enjoy live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Museum Day Live! - Bristol, RI

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114) Bristol, RI
The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at Smithsonian Museum Day Live. One ticket is permitted for two people per household. Special programs offered on this day are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Table. Biofacts Table, Nature Story, Animal Interview, Guided Nature Walk, Poetry Reading.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: free with ticket from Smithsonian website; see above


“The Producers” - Wakefield, RI

Aug 16, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI
Based on the hit 1968 film, this Mel Brooks masterpiece is the story of a washed-up Broadway producer and his timid accountant who hatch a scheme to get rich quick by producing a failed show. It’s a comic tour de force that spoofs the big, old-fashioned Broadway musical.
Time: Daily except Mondays; curtain times vary; see website for curtain times
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-782-8587