Events Calendar 2016

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Little Compton Antiques Festival - Little Compton, RI

Aug 5, 2016 - Aug 6, 2016 Little Compton Historical Society, 548 W Main Road Little Compton, RI
The annual Little Compton Antiques Festival kicks off with a Preview Party on Friday evening featuring a sunset supper, complimentary beverage, jazz combo and early buying privileges. Saturday features a full-day festival with music, food, and time to peruse antiques from dealers from around New England (Saturday admission included with Preview Party ticket).
Time: Preview party on Friday is 6-8 p.m; festival is Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Party, $50; festival, $10

Art Events

WaterFire 2016 - Providence, RI

Jul 9, 2016 - Nov 5, 2016 Waterplace Park Providence, RI
All full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight. Food vendors will be located on Washington, College and Steeple Streets.

July 9 -- Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:22 p.m.
July 23 -- Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:12 p.m.
August 6 -- Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
August 20 -- Full Lighting – Sunset 7:37 p.m.
September 24 -- Full Lighting – Sunset 6:38 p.m. Chinese Culture Night with interactive displays on Steeple Street all evening
October 1 – Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:26 p.m.
November 5 – Full Lighting – Sunset: 5:34 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: Free

Children & Families

“The Wizard of Oz” - Wakefield, RI

Jul 20, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time lands on the stage Theatre By The Sea. You will be swept away by this celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film. Performance times. Daily except Mondays.
Time: See description above
Admission: $47, $57, $67

Come out and Play! Rock-A-Baby Concert and Cookout - Providence, RI

Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 29, 2016 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Celebrate summer with Rock-A-Baby and dance and play the early evening away in the zoo’s outdoor play space. Our Backyard zones, Beyond the Fence, and the tree house will be open for play while you sing and dance to the popular tunes of Rock-A-Baby. This event is specifically geared towards young children guests. Add a catered cookout to your registration for $20 for adults and $10 for children. Enjoy hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, potato salad, watermelon, soft drinks and water.
Time: Doors at 5:30 p.m.; concert starts at 6 p.m.
Admission: Age 2-12, $10; age 13 and older, $15


David Sedaris At The Jane Pickins Theater - Newport, RI

Aug 1, 2016 - Aug 1, 2016 Jane Pickins Theater, Touro Street Newport, RI
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Wielding sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have been included in “The Best American Essays.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $65-$75
Telephone: 401-846-5474


The Nature Conservancy 25th Anniversary Cruise - Block Island, RI

Jul 19, 2016 - Sep 5, 2016 Old Harbor ferry dock Block Island, RI
Cruise around Block Island on one of its most exciting trips yet. This year will be a sunset cruise followed by a full moon rising, Mother Nature permitting. Space is limited so reserve your spots now!
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; 12 and under, free
Telephone: 401-466-2129

Dinner Theater

“Play It Again Sam” - Newport, RI

Jun 14, 2016 - Jul 29, 2016 Newport Playhouse, 102 Connell Highway Newport, RI
Allan Felix has this thing about Humphrey Bogart. If only he had some of Bogart's technique... Bookish and insecure with women, Allan's hero, Bogey comes to the rescue, with a fantastic bevy of beauties played out in hilarious fantasy sequences.
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: buffet at 11:30 a.m. and show at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: dinner at 6 p.m. and show at 8 p.m.
Admission: Dinner, theater, cabaret, $49.95 per person; theater only, $20; cabaret only, $15; play and cabaret only, $30
Telephone: 401-848-7529

"A Whole Lot of Cheatin' Goin On" - Newport, RI

Jul 6, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, 102 JT Connell Hwy. Newport, RI
Before Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will? there was this award winning comedy set in the west Texas watering hole of Lowake. Gossip, the town's major pastime, ignites a blaze of infidelity that engulfs three couples with the zany precision of a Feydeau farce. The clan includes Bo Bob, the dimwitted mailman, and Clarence, local stud and mechanic who's been messin' with Ovella since high school. His faithful girl is Sara Lee Turnover, the beautician. Teddy Joe, Ovella's wronged husband who is more brawn than brain, Maybelline, the overweight waitress who wants to be in love, and a narrator/story teller/singer who doubles as a psychic and believes in happy endings complete the cast. The comedy is fast paced and touching with a sense of authentic Texas humor.
Time: Lunchtime and dinner theater options; see website for details
Admission: See website for details


Cultural Survival Bazaar - Tiverton, RI

Jul 30, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016 Tiverton Four Corners Art Center, 3852 Main Road Tiverton, RI
This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by native artists from around the world. Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days)
Admission: FREE


Sanctuaries and Destinations: Clay Vessels in the Garden - Bristol, RI

May 4, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Sculptor Stephen Procter of Brattleboro Vermont showcases his unique pottery this summer as he and Blithewold team up for "Sanctuaries and Destinations: Clay Vessels in the Garden." The outdoor show will run through October 10.
Time: Open daily; see website for hours
Admission: Adults, $14; seniors, $13; students , $10; youth at 6 to 17, $5; families of two adults and two children, $28
Telephone: 401-253-2707


Concerts Under the Elms 2016 - Providence, RI

Jun 30, 2016 - Aug 4, 2016 John Brown House Museum,52 Power Street Providence, RI 02886
The 20th season of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s beloved Concerts Under the Elms brings back plenty of favorites, and adds two new local bands. Bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and dinner picnics. Food trukcs will be on site. In case of inclement weather, concertgoers should check RIHS.org or call 401-331-8575 exy. 133 after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Rain date is August 11.
July 21 -- Neal & the Vipers
July 28 -- Pendragon
August 4 -- The Reggie Centracchio
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Block Island's Blues On The Block 2016 - Block Island, RI

Jul 6, 2016 - Aug 3, 2016 Fred Benson Town Beach, Corn Neck Road Block Island, RI
Bring a beach chair or blanket and dance the sand off to music by Block Island and New England musicians. Otis and the Hurricanes will open the concert series on July 6. They perform a down-home blend of New Orleans R&B and Delta-style blues. In case of rain, the location changes to Captain Nick’s at 34 Ocean Avenue. Dates: July 6, July 20, July 27 and August 3.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Free

Tunes on the Dunes 2016: Blues on the Beach and Monday Night Jamz - Westerly, RI

Jul 6, 2016 - Aug 22, 2016 Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI
Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. -Free parking is available after 5pm and is limited. Paid parking is available close by. Concerts are held rain or shine. Rain location is the nearby Windjammer Lounge.

2016 Blues on the Beach
July 20 -- The Knickerbocker Collective presents a Tribute to Amy Winehouse
July 27 -- Commander Cody
August 3 -- Sugar Ray Norcia
August 10 -- Jeff Pitchell w/James Montgomery
August 17 -- Shiny Lapel Trio

2016 Monday Night Jamz
July 18 -- Studio 2 Beatles Tribute
July 25 -- Nathan Ward Band
August 1 -- Atlantic Ave. Band
August 8 -- Hope Road
August 15 -- CTA Chicago Tribute
August 22 -- Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Concert Series at Waterplace Park - Providence, RI

Jul 15, 2016 - Aug 12, 2016 Waterplace Park, 1 Financial Way Providence, RI
Head to downtown Providence to sit on the lawn and enjoy local bands perform in this free weekly concert series.
July 15 -- Eric & The Nothing, Mainland
July 22 -- Math the Band, Lucius
July 29 -- Young Lincoln, Aurora
August 5 -- Tall Teenagers, Nothing But Thieves
August 12 -- Wild Sun, The Wombats

Time: Fridays in July & August, 7 p.m.

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival - Kingston, RI

Jul 20, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016 URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road Kingston, RI
Twenty-two musicians appear in seven concerts during this 12-day series. Cellist Yumi Kendall of the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform July 20, 22 and 24. Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joins other string players for a Paganini trio and a set of Spanish songs on July 22. Pianist Stewart Goodyear, performs music of Bartok on July 31. Project Fusion, an award-winning saxophone quartet, brings a fresh take to Bach’s popular “Italian Concerto” on Sunday, July 24. On July 23, the festival moves to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for a recital by Bulgarian-born pianist Viktor Valkov.
Time: Wednesday and Friday concerts, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday concerts, 4 p.m.
Admission: Single Tickets$25
Telephone: 401-874-2106

Outdoor Activities

Greystone Mill Pond Paddle - Johnston, RI

Aug 4, 2016 - Aug 4, 2016 Cricket Field, 4 Riverside Avenue Johnston, RI
Greystone Mill Pond is on the border of Johnston, North Providence and Smithfield. This section of the Woonasquatucket River is smooth and quiet, which makes for easy paddling. The pond is narrow and winding with many wetlands. We begin at Cricket Field in Johnston and paddle up the pond for about 5/8 mile and return. We often see ducks, herons and other birds on this paddle! You may rent a canoe or kayak or bring your own boat. For all trips, life jackets are required for all paddlers. 
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Admission: $35 per boat rental; $15 per person for own boat
Telephone: 401-861-9046

Parties, Dances, Balls

Rough Point After Hours: Islamic Art, Hawaiian Culture; Motifs of Paradise - Newport, RI

Jun 22, 2016 - Aug 24, 2016 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Bring a picnic or buy food from our participating food vendor. Rough Point will be open for viewing the exhibition, “Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture and Art” from Doris Duke's home, Shangri La. Food will be available for purchase; bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the views!
July 27 -- Hawai'ian culture. Food from Flat Waves and Hawaiian Jim's Shave Ice; music by Narragansett Ukulele Strummers ; dancing demonstrations and lessons by Tropical Island Dancers August 24 -- Motif of Paradise. Tibetan Singing Bowls with Lynda Loranger of The Renaissance Barn and guided meditation by Barbara Schlubach0 of Island Heron Yoga Studio
Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10; youth age 18 and younger, free

Science & Nature

Raptor Weekend 2016 - Bristol, RI

Sep 10, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016 Audubon Environmental Education Center. 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
On this September weekend, eagles, owls, hawks and falcons will descend onto Bristol, Rhode Island. They have razor-sharp gallons, highly developed eyesight and hooked beaks- but never fear, wildlife rehabilitators and experts are here! These birds will be featured in flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; Children 4-12, $10


Alice in Wonderland presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre - Cranston, RI

Jul 26, 2016 - Jul 26, 2016 Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2115 Broad Street Cranston, RI
When Alice leaves behind Dinah, her kitten, and follows that strange White Rabbit, she gets more adventure than she could ever have dreamed! There's the Duchess and her pepper soup, a baby that turns into a pig, the Queen of Hearts (who's rather cross!) and a Cheshire Cat who keeps leaving his smile behind! Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre's musical adaptation of this Lewis Carroll classic is a great favorite with something for everyone! Join Alice in the wild and wacky world of Wonderland - you'll find a smile that will follow you home!
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Telephone: 401-942-3637

“Avenue Q” - Warwick, RI

Aug 3, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016 Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, RI
The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q addresses humorous adult issues. Not a children’s show. Various dates and times. Performance times.
Time: See event website for details
Admission: See event website for details

“The Sunshine Boys” - Warren, RI

Aug 5, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
by Neil Simon. Al and Willie, once a top-billed vaudevillian team, are no longer speaking. But when CBS asks them to star in a comedy retrospective, their resentful, rollicking reunion offers the estranged duo the possibility of forgiveness. Performance schedule.
Time: See description above
Admission: Regular, $30; preview, $15; under 21, $20