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Arts & Crafts Shows

Spring Craft Fair - Portsmouth, RI

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Green Valley Country Club, 371 Union Street Portsmouth, RI
With crafters & vendors display their unique creations & products. Food, baked goods, music.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free Admission and Free Parking

Spring Craft Fair - Portsmouth, RI

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Green Valley Country Club, 371 Union Street Portsmouth, RI
Come to see and shop for unique creations and products.
Great shopping for Mother’s Day or any special occasion. Also: baked goods, music. 
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-396-9921

Virtu Art Festival 2015 - Westerly, RI

May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015 Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street Westerly, RI
The festival will present the selected works of professional artists and crafts persons. Virtu will be a showcase for both the visual arts and performing arts. Held rain or shine.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-596-7761

Children & Families

Casey Farm Easter Egg Hunt - Saunderstown, North Kingstown, RI

Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015 Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road Saunderstown, North Kingstown, RI
Hunt begins at 11 a.m. Explore the farm, visit the chickens and chicks, and get half a dozen fresh Casey Farm eggs to take home. Enjoy farm games and make an Easter craft. Refreshments available. Rain or shine.
Time: 11 a.m.-noon
Admission: $5; registration required.
Telephone: 401-295-1030

Fairy Garden Days - Providence, RI

Apr 18, 2015 - Apr 27, 2015 Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Come and find the hidden fairy gardens at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. Make a fairy house; join a scavenger hunt; and relax during story time. Come dressed as fairy folk. The week closes with the Fairy Garden Days Festival, Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Time: Daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $3; children age 6-12, $1
Telephone: 401-785-9450

Party for the Planet at Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI

Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
This week-long extravaganza will celebrate the different regions featured in the Zoo, like Africa, Tropical America, Australasia, and North America. Learn about the animals at the Zoo from those regions and their cultures.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14.95; children ages 3-12), $9.95; seniors ages 62 and older, 12.95; children 2 and under, free.
Telephone: 401-785-3510


Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope - Providence, RI

Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 825 Hope Street Providence, RI
The content of Up Close on Hope ranges from classical masterpieces to contemporary works. Each performance features an intermission reception with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants.
Time: Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $50
Telephone: 401-353-1129

Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope - Providence, RI

Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 825 Hope Street Providence, RI
Festival Ballet Providence's acclaimed Up Close on Hope series presents a wide variety of works in the intimacy of its 85-seat Black Box Theater on the vibrant East Side of Providence. The content ranges from classical masterpieces to exciting new contemporary works.
Time: Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $50
Telephone: 401-353-1129

Dinner Theater

“When the Cat’s Away” - Newport, RI

Mar 19, 2015 - May 3, 2015 Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, 102 JT Connell Hwy. Newport, RI
When Mildred and Ethel go off on a trip to Paris, philandering husbands invite two charming little sex kittens over. Well, you already know what happens, don't you?
Time: Matinees, Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, buffet at 11:30 a.m. and curtain at 1 p.m. Evenings, Friday-Sunday: buffet at 6:15 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m.
Admission: Dinner, theater and cabaret- $49.95; theater only, $20; cabaret only, $15
Telephone: 401-848-7529


Daffodil Days at Blithewold 2015 - Barrington, RI

Mar 31, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Lane Barrington, RI
Blithewold's gardens come to life as 50,000 daffodils, early blooming bulbs, trees and shrubs enchant guests with their quiet beauty and subtle scents during the annual Daffodil Days. Afternoon tea will be served in the Dining Room of the Mansion, featuring scones, savories, and sweets. Teas and other special events are held at the mansion.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-253-2707

Garden & Herb Festival - Tiverton, RI

May 23, 2015 - May 23, 2015 On the Lawn of the Soule-Seabury House, 3852 Main Road, Tiverton, RI
Local vendors sell herbs, annuals, perennials, hand crafted garden furniture, lavender products, jams & jellies, raised beds, body care products, art for the garden and much more! Rain date is May 24.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Sip & Sculpt: Liz Holstein - Newport, RI

May 12, 2015 - May 12, 2015 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
In partnership with the Newport Art Museum, participate in this small-group ceramics class and create a finished piece to take home. Each class features a different instructor and project, and includes two drink tickets. In this session, join Liz Holstein to create luminaries inspired by Rough Point’s Ming Dynasty wine jar. Space is limited, reserve online.
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $50
Telephone: 401-847-8344


Fired & Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point Exhibit - Newport, RI

Mar 26, 2015 - May 26, 2015 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
This exhibit examines the diverse ceramic collection Doris Duke amassed. In addition, Rough Point has commissioned new works by six artists inspired by the estate's collections, history and spaces, providing a fresh new context for experiencing the museum and the existing ceeramics collection. Participating artists include Warren Mather (Weston, MA), Kathy King (Boston, MA), Marc Cooper (Boston, MA), Marco Vargas (Mexico), Judit Kollo (London, England) and Zhu Yang (Jingdezhen, China). The exhibit is open through the mansion’s 2015 season, ending fall 2015.
Time: See event website for details
Admission: Adults, $25
Telephone: 401-847-8344


The Swing'n Big Band Show - Woonsocket, RI

Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center, 28 Monument Square Woonsocket, RI
The Swing'n Big Band Show! Featuring the hoppin' Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and vocalist Kelley Lennon, performing the greatest swing hits by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey & more! Go back in time to the 1940's for one amazing show!
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $21-$31
Telephone: 401-762-4545

Brit Floyd: Space & Time — World Tour 2015 - Providence, RI

Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue Of The Arts Providence, RI
Brit Floyd is the world's greatest Pink Floyd show, bringing a new tour to the United States and Canada between March and August 2015.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra Perform Soli Deo Gloria - Providence, RI

May 16, 2015 - May 16, 2015 Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street Providence, RI
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, featuring sopranos Diana McVey and Dana Varga, mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips, tenor Richard Kennedy and baritone Aaron Engebreth.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; students, $10. Free parking
Telephone: 401-521-5670

Outdoor Activities

Bike Blues and the Blackstone - Woonsocket, RI

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Woonsocket Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI
Join the the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for a festive bike ride through scenic Blackstone River Valley. Finish your afternoon at a live blues concert by Pendragon while you taste regional beers at the Blackstone River Theatre. This year cyclists may ride the entire 30-mile course as part of the Craft Brewery Tour and visit Bucket Brewery, Foolproof Brewing Company, and Ravenous Brewing Company. Or you may choose a leisurely ride along the historic Blackstone Canal on the 11-mile Blackstone River Bikeway. At the end of your ride, enjoy refreshments, beer, and live blues by Pendragon and Ken Lyon and Bertrand Laurence.
Rides depart at 2:30 p.m. from the Woonsocket, and end at a Taste of Regional Breweries at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Time: Bike ride departs 2:30 p.m.; tastings and music, 4-8 p.m.
Telephone: 401-762-0250

Parties, Dances, Balls

Daffodils at Dusk at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Apr 3, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road (Route 114) Bristol, RI
Sip a cocktail or lemonade as you stroll through Blithewold’s spring garden at dusk. Watch as the daffodils, fiddlehead ferns, and leaf buds awaken and as the sun slips below the horizon. Each week will feature music and lighting to highlight a playful evening among the daffodils. A spring outdoor scavenger hunt will be available for children. Acacia Café will be available to purchase food. Dates: Fridays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Family, $24; adult, $11; seniors and AAA members, $10; students and military, $9; youths age 6-17, $3
Telephone: 401-253-2707

Fiestaval - Festival Ballet Providence End of Season Bash - Providence, RI

Apr 26, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 825 Hope Street Providence, RI
Celebrate the conclusion of Festival Ballet Providence;s 37th season with a festive evening of food, drinks, and lively music and dancing under the Fiestaval tent! The evening will feature performances by the ballet company. Admission includes open margarita & beer bar wine sampling, food by B. Pinelli's, dessert by Daria and Seven Stars Bakery, DJ and dancing performances by Festival Ballet Providence and a grand raffle drawing.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $75
Telephone: 401-353-1129

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival - Providence and Warwick, RI

Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 Various locations Providence and Warwick, RI
Six days of independent films, live music, art exhibits and parties. Meet filmmakers from all over the world, local artists and musicians all in one dynamic festival. Events take place at venues in Providence and Warwick, RI, including the historic Columbus Theatre, Warwick Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House. Schedule of Events
Time: Consult event website

Science & Nature

Seal Watch and Nature Cruises - Newport, RI

Apr 13, 2015 - May 26, 2015 Departs 142 Long Wharf Dock, at Long Wharf and Washington streets. Newport, RI
Join Save the Bay to motor through Newport Harbor and view seals on the rocks off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Choose from a one-hour seal watch or a two-hour seal watch and tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Tours run daily through April 26, 2015, when the season ends. Parking available.
Time: See pdf on website for hours of tours
Admission: One-hour tour $17 per person; two-hour tour with lighthouses tour, $32 per person
Telephone: 401-203-7325

Explore the Estuary! - Bristol, RI

Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 20, 2015 Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street Bristol, RI
Bring the kids and explore the diversity of the estuary on Prudence Island, from tidal creeks and salt marshes to the rocky shoreline as we gear up to celebrate Earth Day. Try your hand at catching shrimp, fish, and crabs with nets and get a closer look at the plants and animals that call the Bay home. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. Email:;
Time: 9:45 a.m.–3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; children, $6; ferry ticket not included
Telephone: 401-949-5454

Great Swamp Walk - South Kingstown, RI

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 Great Swamp Management Area, 295 Great Neck Road South Kingstown, RI
Because of the very high diversity of habitats, Great Swamp supports of large variety of both resident and migrant birds. It has been an excellent site for finding several rarities over the years. Amphibians and reptiles are also waking up after their long winter naps. Walk is led by a naturalist. Bad weather substitute date is April 26. For all ages. Register online at
Time: 2:30 – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; children, $7.

Shopping & Sales

Cultural Survival Bazaar - Tiverton, RI

Jul 25, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015 Tiverton Four Corners Art Center, 3852 Main Road Tiverton, RI
A festival of indigenous art, music, & cultures from around the world that features guest artists, handmade products, unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy music performances, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, and ethnic cuisine.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Volvo Ocean Race - Newport, RI

May 5, 2015 - May 17, 2015 Newport, RI
Newport will play host to the legendary Volvo Ocean Race, a nearly 40,000-nautical mile ocean race with stopovers around the world, this May 5-17. Newport, the only North American stop for the race which includes seven teams competing aboard 65-foot racing yachts, will celebrate the stopover at Fort Adams and feature up-close racing, an international food court, live music and performances, marine exhibits, a kids zone, and free sailing tours. See event website for details
Time: Consult event website


“A Flea in Her Ear” - Providence, RI

Mar 26, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI
“A Flea in Her Ear” is an uproarious tale of a disintegrating marriage. Raymonde is determined to catch her cheating husband Victor, in the act. But her plan quickly derails, resulting in a whirlwind of communication breakdowns, jealousy, mistaken identities and slamming doors.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $26
Telephone: 401-521-1100

“Dirty Dancing” - Providence, RI

Apr 21, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. The musical features the hit songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Children under 6 years of age not permitted.
Time: April 21, 8 p.m.; April 22, 7 p.m.; April 23-24, 7:30 p.m.; April 25, 2 and 8 p.m.; April 26, 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-421-2787