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Newport Winter Festival Events in 2017 - Newport and Portsmouth, RI

Feb 17, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017 Various locations Newport and Portsmouth, RI
The two-week Newport Winter Festival offers many events for all ages:
February 18
Chili Cook-Off at Hyatt Regency Newport, 1 Goat Island. Admission charged. 11 a.m. -3:30 pm
Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes at Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island. Fee charged. 401-847-7666. 8:30 pm
February 19
Children’s Fair at Hyatt Ballroom. Activities, music and continuous live entertainment including reptile shows. Repeats February 20. 11:30 a.m.-4 pm:
Tropical Drink Contest, The Gas Lamp Grille. 9 pm
February 21
Teddy Bear Tea at Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America's Cup Avenue. Bring your favorite teddy bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher Carbone. 11 a.m.
Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring. Reservations required. 401-846-2260. 6 pm
February 22
Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle, 65 Ridge Road. Join the “Frozen” sisters at royal location. Fee charged. 401-847-7666. 1-3 pm
February 23
Live Jazz for Kids at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Musicians will entertain kids in a jazz setting. Free. 401-847-3777. 1-4 pm
Illuminated Garden, Ballard Park, Hazard Road. Free. 6-9 pm
Comedy Show with Nick Griffin and Christine Hurley at Hyatt Regency, Goat Island. Fee charged. 8:30 pm
February 25
Beach Polo at Easton’s Beach. Enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship. Repeats February 26. 1 pm
Country Band: Walkin' the Line at Hyatt Regency, 1 Goat Island. Walkin' The Line is a high energy, top 40 country band. Fee charged. 8 pm
February 26
Festival Day at Easton’s Beach, Easton’s Beach. Children’s Block Hunt, Polar Bear Plunge, Beach polo and more. Noon-2 pm
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website

Children & Families

February School Vacation Week at the Audubon Environmental Education Center - Bristol, RI

Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
During February school vacation week, head to Audubon and learn about animal's habits and habitats, make a meal for the birds, and meet resident animals. February 20: Shark Science; February 21: Squid Dissection for kids ages 7 and older; February 22: Owl Power; February 23: Nature Games; February 24: Nightlife.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children age 4-12, $4

The Hoopoe Show at Providence Children's Museum - Providence, RI

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017 Providence Children's Museum, 100 South Street Providence, RI
Hoopoe the hilarious mime (Chris Yerlig) gets the audience into the act and dazzles them with silent comedy, eye-popping magic tricks and balloon wizardry in a funny, imaginative show. Recommended for ages 4 and older, 
Time: 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.
Admission: Free with Museum admission of $9 per person.
Telephone: 401-273-5437

February School Vacation Week at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge - Smithfield, RI

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road Smithfield, RI
February 21: Amazing Amphibians, 2-3:30 p.m.; February 22: Just a Dream (and Plant a Seed), 11 a.m.-noon; and Big Hawk, Little Hawk, 2-3:30 p.m.; February 23: Owls of New England, 2-3:30 p.m.; February 24: Colonial Candlemaking, 2-3:30 p.m.
Time: Times vary; consult event website
Admission: Consult event website


Barrel Of Laughs Comedy Series - Middletown, RI

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Join us for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Anthony DeVito.  Make it dinner and a show with reservations at BRIX Restaurant or our Vineyard Cafe. Reservations required.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25 in advance; $28 at the door
Telephone: 401-848-5161


Rennie Harris Puremovement - Providence, RI

Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
 The sensational, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris—believed by many to be the best living hip-hop dancer/artist on earth—takes the FirstWorks stage with his namesake company in a program featuring the most exciting, compelling and acclaimed pieces from their repertoire. 
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $18-$58
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Island Moving Co Opening Weekend at Rosecliff - Newport, RI

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
The Island Moving Co will perform works by Rodney Rivera of Ballet Brio in Puerto Rico and Miki Ohlsen's delightful "There's a Party in My Mind," and two duets choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering. Miki Ohlsen will also restage a work from the company's early days Psalms, set to Leonard Bernstein's score.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $30-$45
Telephone: 401-847-4470


Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga - Middletown, RI

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Un-wine-d with a yoga event unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards and presented by Thames Street Yoga and Shunya Studio, embark on an hour and 15 minutes yoga class followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting.  
Time: 5:45-8 p.m.
Admission: $26 per person
Telephone: 401-848-5161


Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park - Newport, RI

Feb 23, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Hazard Road, (use 1 Ocean Heights Road for GPS) Newport, RI
 The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three acre quarry meadow. I
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401 619 3377


Tour of Irish Newport - Newport, RI

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Leaves from Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue Newport, RI
Sites of Irish interest include: Forty Steps, Ochre Court, Barney Street Cemetery Includes introductory visit to Museum of Newport Irish History's Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street. Space is limited; reservations required.
Time: Coffee and Danish served at 9:30 a.m.; tour departs 10 a.m. and returns noon
Admission: Admission free, but donations accepted.
Telephone: 401-841-5493

Guided Tours of Fort Adams - Newport, RI

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI
Historic fort constructed with Irish labor between 1824-1857. Tours are one hour. This is an event of Irish Heritage Month. Dates: March 4, 5, 11, 12, then every day March 18-31.
Time: Tour times: noon and 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
Admission: Adults, $12; children, $6 (mention Irish Heritage Month for $2 discounts).
Telephone: 401-841-0707


Sea Glass Jewelry Making Workshop - Bristol, RI

Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Come design and create a beautiful pendant with sea glass found on local beaches. Learn how to choose the right piece of glass and transform it into fun, creative jewelry using quick and easy wire wrapping techniques. Program includes all materials. Find something special on the beach? Bring that too! Advance registration is required.
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Admission: $35


History of Jazz with the Lois Vaughan Jazz Quartet - Bristol, RI

Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Linden Place, 500 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Jazz pianist Lois Vaughan and her quartet will perform an eclectic medley of jazz standards at historic Linden Place Mansion. Playing a range of classic jazz and Latin tunes with a mix of swing, ragtime and more on the mansion's Steinway grand piano, Lois Vaughan is accompanied by Genevieve Rose, a string bassist, Mark Teixeira on drums and Art Manchester playing the sax, flute & clarinet. In between songs, a dialogue about jazz and its history will be held.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 401-253-0390

Traditional Irish Music at Fastnet Pub - Newport, RI

Mar 5, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 Fastnet Pub, One Broadway Newport, RI
A live traditional Irish session is hosted on Sunday afternoons by A. O. Gutierrez, Tim May, and Jack Wright. No cover. Family-friendly. Arrive early to secure a table if you plan to eat. Dates: March 5, 12. 19, 26.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: no cover
Telephone: 401-845-9311

Celtic Music in the Mansion with Robbie O’Connell - Bristol, RI

Mar 10, 2017 - Mar 10, 2017 Linden Place Museum, 500 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Robbie O’Connell is an Irish folk singer who began his career by performing with his uncles, the Clancy Brothers Advance reservations recommended.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 401-253-0390

Liz Longley - Chepachet, RI

Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017 Purple Cat Vineyard and Winery, 11 Money Hill Road Chepachet, RI
The Pennsylvania native attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and gained her first national traction in television, which recognized her ability to frame a scene early. Longley’s “This is Not the End” was featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime’s Army Wives, while “Rescue My Heart”made its way onto ABC’s Switched at Birth.
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20
Telephone: 401-566-9463


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Pawtucket, RI

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 downtown Pawtucket, RI
The start location is behind McCoy Stadium, at the corner of Division and South Bend. The parade can be viewed from South Bend, Walcott, across the highway down past APEX, and ending at City Hall. After the parade a party is held at the Armory on Exchange Street. Food, drinks, vendors, and live Irish music from 1 to 6 p.m.
Time: Parade steps off at noon; party after the parade until 6 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Parties 2017 - Newport, RI

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 See description below Newport, RI
The parade steps off from City Hall on Broadway promptly at 11 a.m. It continues via Washington Square, Thames Street, and Carroll Avenue to St. Augustine's Church.
A party following the parade will be held at Hibernian Hall, Wellington Avenue, starting at noon. Come enjoy corned beef sandwiches and plenty of Irish music Advance tickets are $20. For information and tickets call 401-847-8671.
An alcohol-free family party will be held at the Hut, behind the Newport Public Library, from 1 to 4 p.m. Entertainment includes bag pipers, Irish step dancers, Tony the dancing cop, pirates and more.
The Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center, 648 Thames Street, will be open noon to 5 p.m. Learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present.
Time: See description above
Telephone: 401-846-5081

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Providence, RI

Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 Parade starts near Providence College Providence, RI
The annual parade starts near Providence College,travels down Smith Street and ends at the State House.
Time: noon

Parties, Dances, Balls

Mardi Gras Ball - Cranston, RI

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place Cranston, Cranston, RI
The best spot to hear and dance to the rollicking great sound of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music in New England! The Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball is a well-known, fun and big easy-style night of dancing, costumes, prizes and Cajun inspired food by Chili Brothers Food Company.
Time: 6:30 p.m.-midnight
Admission: $30 in advance/ 40 at the door
Telephone: 401-783-3926

Woonsocket Mardi Gras Celebrations 2017 - Woonsocket, RI

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street Woonsocket, RI
The evening features full Cajun buffet from Russell Morin Catering, costume contest, the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, and music from Slippery Sneakers and host Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train. St. Ann’s Arts & Cultural Center is a unique venue for Mardi Gras. This century old former Roman Catholic church is renowned for its fresco paintings, and is commonly referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of the Northeast.”
Time: 5-11 p.m.
Admission: $30-$35 per person via website, and at the door if tickets are left.

Providence Preservation Society 2017 Winter Bash - Providence, RI

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 The International Importing Co. Building, 47 Rathbone Street Providence, RI
The Providence Preservation Society will hold its popular annual Winter Bash fundraiser, themed “Kings and Queens.” PPS’s Winter Bash is an elaborate celebration held in a historic city space each year to showcase the potential in old buildings. This year’s bash is at . Come dressed as royalty if you wish and prepare to flaunt it! Creative interpretations are encouraged. Proceeds benefit PPS’s mission to improve Providence through historic preservation.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30-$100

Museum of Work & Culture Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day - Woonsocket, RI

Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 16, 2017 Ciro’s Tavern on Cherry, 42 Cherry Street Woonsocket, RI
Enjoy an evening of Irish music, dance, history, and a traditional feast. Music will feature sing-alongs and ballads with performances from Irish native Kieran Keating, Fr. Michael Woolley, Stephanie Mahon and friends, along with dancers from the award-winning Tir na Nog school of Irish dance. The menu will include soda bread, potato soup, shepherd's pie, corned beef, a festive green cocktail, and dessert in Ciro's Hampton Court.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $45
Telephone: 401-769-9675

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Dancing at the Forty Steps - Newport, RI

Feb 26, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017 Forty Steps,on the Cliff Walk, east end of Narragansett Avenue Newport, RI
This dance commemorates the informal dances held here by the Irish who made Newport their home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Live traditional music, demonstration of traditional Irish set dancing. Music by AOH men's singers. This is the opening event of the 40th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month. Held is weather allows.
Time: 3 p.m.

Kevin Doyle’s Roscommon Soles - East Greenwich, RI

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI
Kevin Doyle’s Roscommon Soles takes the Greenwich Odeum stage with its latest show, Step into the Irish Parlor-St. Patrick’s Day. The dance, music, and storytelling performance recreates an intimate family parlor of the 1960s on St. Patrick’s Day, when memories travel back and forth in time to the tunes and the steps for an audience of all ages.
Time: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 401-885-4000

Science & Nature

Winter Wonder Days and Half-Price Admission to Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI

Jan 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
A winter visit to the Zoo offers a unique experience and a great way to beat cabin fever. Cold-hardy animals like snow leopards, red pandas, bison and others may be more active. Visitors can enjoy food and beverages at the Wilderness. Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $7.50; seniors age 62 and older, $6.50; children ages 2-12, $4.95
Telephone: 401-785-3510