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Arts & Crafts Shows

East Greenwich Art Festival 2015 - East Greenwich, RI

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015 New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Blvd. East Greenwich, RI
The art festival will feature contemporary American art and crafts artists along with strolling entertainment including Rhode Island’s Big Nazo. The festival will feature items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thayer Street Art Festival 2015 - Providence, RI

Sep 20, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 Thayer Street between Angell and Cushing Providence, RI
Contemporary American craft artisans, local festive food, strolling entertainment, live music, free children's crafts, and a community art project.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Children & Families

“My Sky” Exhibit at Providence Children’s Museum - Providence, RI

Jun 8, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street Providence, RI
Providence Children’s Museum’s latest exhibit offers families a look at the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets through high-tech telescopes. Young star-gazers can see close-up satellite images of the sun, meet scientists, and invent new constellations.
Time: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and some Fridays until 8 p.m.
Admission: $9 per person, babies under 12 months admitted free.
Telephone: 401-273-5437

Family Friendly Funnies with the Bit Players - Newport, RI

Aug 17, 2015 - Sep 17, 2015 Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place Newport, RI
Come see RI's most award-winning comedy group, The Bit Players on Wednesday nights as they present a special one hour performance. If you are looking for a fun night out with the whole family these shows are for you: pure improvisation, inspired by audience suggestions. Kids will love it, parents will too! BYOB for the adults. Water, soft drinks, tea, cups, ice, and bottle openers are provided. Email: BitPlayersNPT@gmail.com. Dates: August 19 and 26.
Time: 7 p.m.
Telephone: 401-849-3473

Labor Day Nature Activities with Audubon - Bristol, RI

Sep 7, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
End the summer with Audubon! Come to the Environmental Education Center and enjoy crafts, a nature hike, games, and more. No registration is required. Nature Craft Table: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nature Story: 10 a.m. Nature Hike: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Animal Interview: 1 p.m. Habitats Bingo: 1:30 p.m.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Call for ticket information.
Telephone: 401-245-7500

Harry Potter Day at Escobar Farm Corn Maze - Portsmouth, RI

Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 19, 2015 Escobar's Highland Farm Corn Maze, 255 Middle Road Portsmouth, RI
Come to the corn maze dressed as a Harry Potter character and receive $1 off admission. While lost in the maze, stop at Hog's Head for a drink. Mad Science of Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be stepping in to run Professor Snape's Potions class in the field outside of the maze starting at 12:30 p.m. From 2:30-3:30 p.m. there will be a meet and greet with the Rhody Ridgeback Quidditch Team from URI- don't forget your broom. Exchange your muggles money at Gringotts so you can visit Ollivander's Wand Shop and make a wand suitable to you. Enter the Wizard Tournament at 3:45 p.m. It will be a grand day for all Harry Potter fans. Rain date is September 20. E-Mail: eskiemaze@escobarshighlandfarm.com
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Ages 12 and older, $8; children ages 5 to 11, $6
Telephone: 401-683-1444

Grace Thomas Train Ride Experience - Woonsocket, RI

Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 19, 2015 Depart from Blackstone Valley Train Depot, 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI
Grace Thomas, American Girl's 2015 Girl of the Year, has a three-book story based on her life growing up in the Blackstone River Valley. Celebrate the Grace character and explore the real setting of her stories on the Grace Thomas Train Ride Experience. These special train rides will begin at the Historic Blackstone Valley Depot and take girls and their families through the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park with a variety of Grace-themed activities, including crafts, treats, and photo opportunities.
Time: Trips depart at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.
Admission: $70-$76

The Gala of the Royal Horses - Providence, RI

Oct 4, 2015 - Oct 4, 2015 Dunkin' Donuts Center, 1 Lasalle Square Providence, RI
This spectacular event combines the most beautiful horses in the world with live performers. A great family entertainment.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $37, $57, $77
Telephone: 401-272-7337

Comedy

Dave Chappelle Live In Concert - Providence, RI

Sep 26, 2015 - Sep 26, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Live Nation welcomes Comedian Dave Chapelle for two shows.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $58

An Evening With David Sedaris - Providence, RI

Oct 12, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25-$70

Corn Mazes

Escobar’s Farm Corn Maze 2015 - Portsmouth, RI

Aug 28, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 Escobar's Highland Farm Corn Maze, 255 Middle Road Portsmouth, RI
This year the maze celebrates The Wizard of OZ on its 75th anniversary. The Maze covers eight acres. Enjoy the maze and stay at the farm for picnicking, hay rides, and a hay play area. Open daily through Labor Day, and thereafter, Fridays-Sundays. E-Mail: eskiemaze@escobarshighlandfarm.com
Time: Friday, 3:30 p.m.-dusk; Saturday, 10 a.m.-dusk; Sunday, 11 a.m.-dusk. Last admission 1 hour before dusk.
Admission: Ages 12 and older, $8; children ages 5 to 11, $6
Telephone: 401-683-1444

Corn Maze 2015 at Salisbury Farm - Johnston, RI

Sep 1, 2015 - Nov 2, 2015 Salisbury Farm, 11 Peck Hill Road Johnston, RI
With more than a mile of paths in about five acres of corn, this maze has challenged people’s memories, capacities for team work, and senses of direction for more than ten years. See farm website to lean about Moonlight Mazes.
Time: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Weekdays, adults over age 12, $7.50; children $6; weekends and holidays, adults, $9.50; children $7.50.
Telephone: 401-942-9741

Farms

Corn Maze 2015 at Escobar's Farm - Portsmouth, RI

Aug 28, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 Escobar Farm 255 Middle Road Portsmouth, RI
Come challenge your skills at the cornfield maze and discover why getting lost means finding fun. Last person enters the maze one hour before dusk. Email: eskiemaze@aol.com
Time: Hours vary before and after Labor Day; see farm website
Admission: Age 12 and older, $8; children age 5-11, $6
Telephone: 401-683-1444

Galleries

Newport Gallery Night September - Newport, RI

Sep 10, 2015 - Sep 10, 2015 parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include hand-blown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Email: info@newportgalleries.org
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Free admission to all galleries
Telephone: 401-848-0550

September Gallery Night Providence - Providence, RI

Sep 17, 2015 - Sep 17, 2015 Various galleries Providence, RI
Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Telephone: 401-751-2628

Gardens

Rough Point Landscape History and Garden Tour - Newport, RI

Aug 18, 2015 - Sep 29, 2015 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Experience the creation of Frederick Law Olmsted who initially designed the grounds. The tour covers 250 years of this beautiful property's history from farmland to premier vacation spot. Weather dependent, registration available online. Email: liz@newportrestoration.org Dates: August 18; September 15 and 29.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person.
Telephone: 401-846-4152

Newport Secret Garden Tours - Newport, RI

Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Newport Visitors Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue Newport, RI
This is a self-guided walking tour of private gardens in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets may be purchased at the Newport Visitors' Center at 23 America's Cup Avenue, or at Kingscote Mansion at 253 Bellevue Avenue. Check in at the ticket office desk at 32 Kingscote Mansion, 253 Bellevue Avenue, and you will be given a program with a map and directions to each of the gardens. Tour details will be posted on the tour website.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily T
Admission: Tickets may be purchased for $25 on the day of the tour or $20 in advance.
Telephone: 401-439-7253

Secret Garden Tours of Newport Fall 2015 - Newport, RI

Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Check in at Kingscote Mansion, 253 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
This is a self-guided walking tour of private gardens in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Tour details to be posted. Tickets may be purchased for $25 at the Newport Visitors' Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue (cash or credit card), or at Kingscote Mansion, 253 Bellevue Avenue (September Tour only) (cash and personal check accepted).Purchase tickets in advance by calling . FAQs.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $25 on the day of the tour or $20 in advance.
Telephone: 401-439-7253

Rough Point Landscape History and Garden Tour - Newport, RI

Sep 29, 2015 - Sep 29, 2015 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Learn about the history of this landscape while you stroll among beautiful gardens and breathtaking views. Frederick Law Olmsted initially designed the grounds. The tour covers 250 years of this property’s history from farmland to vacation spot. Weather dependent, registration available online.
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 401-846-4152

Historic

Rough Point Landscape History and Garden Tour - Newport, RI

Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 15, 2015 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Experience the creation of Frederick Law Olmsted who initially designed the grounds. The tour covers 250 years of this beautiful property’s history from farmland to premier vacation spot. Weather dependent, registration available online.
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Admission: $10
Telephone: 401-846-4152

Museums

Rhode Island Masters Exhibition at the Gilbert Stuart Museum - Saunderstown, RI

Jun 6, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015 Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gilbert Stuart Road Saunderstown, RI
Four original Gilbert Stuart portraits are coming to the museum on permanent loan. The artwork will be the anchor of the exhibition "Rhode Island Masters" beginning June 6. Included in the show are works by portraitist Gilbert Stuart and his daughter Jane Stuart. Also, Edmund Darch Lewis, Edward Mitchell Bannister, William Trost Richards, and others.
Time: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 15-August 31
Admission: Adults, $10; children age 6-12, $6
Telephone: 401-294-3001

Music

Summer Concert Series at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard - Little Compton, RI

Jun 4, 2015 - Sep 3, 2015 Sakonnet Vineyard, 162 West Main Road Little Compton, RI
This popular series returns June 4, 2015, and runs every Thursday through September 3. We invite you to bring lawn chairs and blankets and visit Carolyn’s Café for a bite to eat and the perfect glass of wine. Email: rachel@sakonnetwine.com
Time: 6- 9 p.m.
Admission: Parking is $10 per car and allows you to receive $10 off a bottle of estate wine.
Telephone: 401-378-5602

Jazz Jam Session at Aurora - Providence, RI

Jul 8, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015 Aurora Providence, 276 Westminster Street Providence, RI
For fans and musicians of all ages, Aurora Jazz Jam occurs on the second Wednesday of every month with a rotating house band and Ben Shaw as emcee.
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $5 donation for house band

Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden - Providence, RI

Jul 9, 2015 - Sep 10, 2015 Burnside Park. 2 Kennedy Plaza at Washington, Dorrance, and Exchange streets Providence, RI
Come to downtown Providence's Burnside Park every Thursday this summer for beverages by Trinity Brewhouse, food by Rhode Island's greatest food trucks, casual jams by celebrity DJs, and, of course, the finest tunes Rhode Island has to offer, courtesy of a kaleidoscopic array of astounding musicians.
Time: Thursdays 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Summer Live Music at Newport Vineyards - Middletown, RI

Jul 11, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Enjoy live music Saturday and most Sunday afternoons through the summer season. Schedule:
July 11 – Kane Brothers, 1-4 p.m.
July 12 – Kevin Greene, 2-5 p.m.
July 18 – Joanne Lurgio, 1-4 p.m.
July 25 – Ed Pepe Trio, 1-4 p.m.
July 26 – Joanne Lurgio, 2-5 p.m.
August 1 – CJ Martin, 1-4 p.m.
August 2 – Kevin Greene, 2-5 p.m.
August 8 – Ed Pepe Trio, 1-4 p.m.
August 9 – Tom Burgess, 2-5 p.m.
August 15 – Tom Burgess, 2-5 p.m.
August 16 – Kane Brothers, 2-5 p.m.
August 22 – CJ Martin, 1-4 p.m.
August 23 – Tom Burgess, 2-5 p.m.
August 29 – Pat Cottrell, 1-4 p.m.
August 30 – Joanne Lurgio, 2-5 p.m.
Time: See description above

St. Andrew’s Wednesday Summer Concert Series 2015 - Block Island / New Sshoreham, RI

Jul 22, 2015 - Sep 2, 2015 St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Chapel Street Block Island / New Sshoreham, RI
If you love music and could use a bit of culture during your summer getaway, join us at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church for its Wednesday Summer Concert Series.
July 22 – Classical pianist Martin Soderberg
August 5 -- Soprano Megan Bisceglia
August 19 -- Singer/songwriter Kevin Briody September 2 -- Violinist Ronée Boyce with cellist Jonathan Tortolano
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 401-865-2188

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - Providence, RI

Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
National tour opens at Providence Performing Arts Center! Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $98, $88, $83, $78, $73, $68, $58

Tommy Emmanuel - Providence, RI

Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Two-time Grammynominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.In all, Tommy’s catalogue includes over 20 musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, on electric and acoustic guitar. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion, and infectious joy.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $29.50-$49.50

Josh Groban - Providence, RI

Oct 2, 2015 - Oct 2, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban presents The Stages Tours, a uniquely intimate experience.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $49.50 - $150

Parties, Dances, Balls

Redwood Garden Party - Newport, RI

Aug 30, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Redwood Library & Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
This end of summer party takes place on the historic Redwood lawn and is one of our favorite events of the year. It features heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and wonderful summertime music by the Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio. Purchase tickets online or by phone.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: $75
Telephone: 401-847-0295

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale - Providence, RI

Oct 11, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
A Bronx Tale is a funny and touching memoir written by and starring Chazz Palminteri. In the celebrated play on which he based the legendary movie, directed by and co-starring Robert De Niro, Palminteri brings 18 characters to life while vividly depicting a young boy’s rough childhood in the 1960’s-era Bronx and the unforgettable people he encountered. A classic coming-of-age story about reaching your true potential and trusting your heart.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $35, $45, $55

Science & Nature

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom - Providence, RI

May 23, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive experience inside the Zoo’s beautifully landscaped greenhouse filled with hundreds of free-flying native North American butterflies. A delight for butterfly and gardening enthusiasts alike, this enchanting experience invites visitors to discover a deeper appreciation for some of our earth’s most imperiled species – butterflies. Email: info@rwpzoo.org
Time: Daily, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $3 per person

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom - Providence, RI

May 23, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Why: Have you ever felt real, live butterfly kisses? Now’s your last chance: The zoo’s exhibit, which features hundreds of free-flying monarchs and other butterfly species, will close for good at the end of the summer season.
Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with last tickets sold at 4:15 p.m.
Admission: $3 per person above age 2
Telephone: 401-941-4998

Audubon's Raptor Weekend 2015 - Bristol, RI

Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Join Audubon for a two-day festival celebrating the amazing raptors. Eagles, owls, falcons and hawks will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Adults, $15; children $10
Telephone: 401-949-5454

An Evening With Neil Degrasse Tyson - Providence, RI

Sep 24, 2015 - Sep 24, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Join Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning astrophysicist, author, and host of FOX's" Cosmos" for an evening of conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $55-$80

Celebrate National Estuaries Day! - Prudence Island, RI

Sep 26, 2015 - Sep 26, 2015 Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; depart by ferry from Bristol Prudence Island, RI
Learn why estuaries are such important habitats and meet some of the critters that call the Bay home. We'll try our hand at seine netting, search for invasive crabs, and look for migratory birds in the salt marsh. The day will also include a tour of Prudence with stops at some historical and natural features. This is a great program for both kids and adults! Registration is required. For guests age 8 and older.
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; children, $7

Shopping & Sales

Field of Artisans Summer Pop-Up Market - South Kingstown, RI

Jun 13, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 South Kingstown, RI
Every weekend, 20 carefully selected vendors, including emerging artists, photographers, designers, builders, yogis and musicians, will come together, offering unique, handmade pieces. In case of rain, markets will be at The Well, 365 Main Street, Wakefield.
AUGUST
August 1-2 - Matunuck Town Beach, Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown
August 8-9 at at Saugatucket Park, High Street, South Kingstown (next to Wakefield Elementary School)
August 15-16 at The Village Green, Kingstown Road, South Kingstown
August 22-23 at TBD
August 29-30 at TBD

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shows & Exhibits

Newport Boat Show 2015 - Newport, RI

Sep 17, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf; and Bowen's Wharf, Newport Yachting Center Newport, RI
See a wide selection of power boats and sailboats from U.S. and international manufacturers. Also: marine equipment, services, and accessories.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-846-1115

Sports

Woony River Ride Bike-A-Thon! - Providence, RI

Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 19, 2015 Waterplace Park, 1 Finance Way Providence, RI
Get on your bike and explore the Woonasquatucket River from Providence to the Scituate Reservoir and come full circle after you connect through our sister path, the Blackstone Valley Bike Path. T It’s a fully supported ride, and it ends with an after party at WaterPlace Park in Providence with live music, food, and prizes. Ride five to sixty-two miles.
Time: Staggered departure times start at 8 a.m.
Admission: Online, $60; walk-in, $80 Walk-up; youth age 15 and younger, free with adult
Telephone: 401-861-9046

Theater

“Young Frankenstein” - Wakefield, RI

Aug 19, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI
A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend, based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece film, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-782-8587

“Streetcar Named Desire” - Pawtucket, RI

Sep 17, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Sandra Feinstein - Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street Pawtucket, RI
Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize and a landmark of 20th-century theater, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire remains an undisputed masterpiece and one of the most remarkable plays of our time.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website. Daily except Mondays and Tuesdays
Admission: $49
Telephone: 401-723-4266

“The Rant” - Pawtucket, RI

Nov 12, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Sandra Feinstein - Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street Pawtucket, RI
One summer night in Brooklyn, an unarmed black teenage boy is gunned down by the police. Based on playwright Andrew Case's eight years' experience working on police misconduct issues for New York City, The Rant is a gripping, timely drama exploring racial bias and police ethics on the perilous path to justice.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 401-723-4266