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Antiques

Newport Antiques Show 2015 - Middletown, RI

Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015 St. George’s School, 372 Purgatory Road Middletown, RI
Established in 2007, The Newport Antiques Show is one of the nation’s premier antiques venues presenting a wide selection of important Americana antiques. Major dealers present paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and fine and decorative arts. The show’s preview party will take place July 23. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door. Visit
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person for one day admission; $20 for three day admission

Arts & Crafts Shows

Tiverton Four Corners Arts & Artisan Festival - Tiverton, RI

Jul 18, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015 The Mill Pond, 3848 Main Road Tiverton, RI
Seventy-one artists & artisans present home goods, watercolors, dog accessories and snacks, bird houses, jewelry, pottery, handbags, assemblage and many specialty foods. A local brewery beer garden will be set up near the music tent for refreshing beer samplings throughout the day. Rain date is July 20.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

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 and cultures from around the world. Shop for unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs and much more. Enjoy music performances by a variety of world artists, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, Wampanoag cuisine. Free admission. Email: dave@culturalsurvival.org
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 617-441-5400

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

Green Animals Children's Party - Portsmouth, RI

Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 14, 2015 Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory's Lane Portsmouth, RI
Enjoy games, pony rides, magic, clowns, crafts, balloons, refreshments, and music on this whimsical Victorian estate populated with dozens of topiary animals.Tickets will be sold onsite.
Time: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; youth age 6 to 17, $10; children age 5 and younger, free.

Windmill Wednesday - Middletown, RI

Jul 29, 2015 - Jul 29, 2015 Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road Middletown, RI
Enjoy a family-friendly evening with johnnycake tasting, hands-on activities for kids and the opportunity to see inside the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill. Guests can learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island and explore how the windmill works. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy while listening to live music from Rory and Ric.
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, donations welcome.
Telephone: 401-846-4152

Film

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival - Providence, RI

Aug 4, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Providence Performing Arts Center; The Vets; Paff Theatre at URI;The Jane Pickens Theatre in Newport; The Bell Street Chapel Theatre; Metcalf Auditorium at RISD Museum; Feinstein Campus Providence Providence, RI
The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is held in Providence, Bristol. Newport, Jamestown, Woonsocket, Westerly and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, music, style, architecture, history, walking tours, filmmaker Q&A’s and award ceremonies into a week-long extravaganza. RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards. RIIFF is New England’s largest film festival, screening a record 260 films.
Time: Varies
Admission: $10 general admission for most events
Telephone: 401-861-4445

Providence Location Walking Tour - Providence, RI

Aug 5, 2015 - Aug 5, 2015 The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street Providence, RI
Discover why Providence is truly a Hollywood back lot, learn about its history, and find out about some of our state's most notable and colorful characters. The goal for the tour is to provide filmmakers with an insider’s view of the downtown and river walk area with an eye toward what would be unanticipated places for film making. This event is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 401-861-4445

Historic

Gallery Night at Whitehorne House - Newport, RI

Jul 9, 2015 - Jul 9, 2015 Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street Newport, RI
Enjoy Newport’s only Federal period mansion open to the public. Whitehorne House displays the most significant collection of Newport furniture in Rhode Island. Explore the design and craftsmanship of the colonial era inside the house before visiting the garden for refreshments.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
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

Concerts Under the Elms 2015 - Providence, RI

Jul 2, 2015 - Aug 13, 2015 John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street Providence, RI
All concerts take place on the lawn of the John Brown House. Bring law chairs, blankets, picnic dinners to this historic property in a beautiful neighborhood overlooking Providence.
July 2 – The American Band –Patriotic pops music
July 9 – The Becky Chace Band –Eclectic Americana, folk-rock and blues
July 16 – The Duke Robillard Band –RI’s blues titan
July 23 – The Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble featuring Dave Howard
July 30 – The Driftwoods – Beach Boys Tribute band
August 6 – Magnolia - Cajun dance music
August 13 – Rain Date
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person

Tunes on the Dunes 2015 - Westerly, RI

Jul 6, 2015 - Aug 19, 2015 Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI
Tunes on the Dunes at Westerly Town Beach consists of two weekly music series: Monday Night Jamz and Blues on the Beach. Concerts are rain or shine. Rain location is the adjacent Windjammer Lounge. Seating capacity is limited so first come, first served on rain nights.

2015 Monday Night Jamz
July 6 -- John Ford Coley
July 13 -- Atlantic Avenue Band
July 20th -- John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band
July 27 -- McDonald's Farm aka the Scottish Beatles
August 3 -- Weekend Willburys
August 10 -- Hope Road
August 17 -- Steve Daggett and Katie Perkins

2015 Blues on the Beach
July 8 -- Johnny & the EC Rockers
July 15 -- Duke Robillard
July 22 -- Commander Cody
July 29 -- Al Copley
August 5 -- The Sidewinders
August 12 -- Greg Piccolo
August 19 -- Bobby Christina and the Soupy Boys
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: Free. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. and is limited. Paid parking is available close by.

Blues on the Block - Block Island, RI

Jul 8, 2015 - Jul 29, 2015 Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Road Block Island, RI
Wednesdays on Block Island mean winding down your day with live blues along the beach. Bring a beach chair or blanket and listen or dance to Block Island and New England musicians. In case of rain, music moves indoors to Captain Nick’s at 34 Ocean Avenue.
July 8 -- Otis and the Hurricanes play a blend of New Orleans R&B and Delta-style blues.
July 15 -- New York Minute play covers
July 29 -- Four Barrel Billy play American roots rock ‘n’ roll
Time: 6 p.m.

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

Newport BridgeFest 2015 - Newport, Jamestown, Tiverton, RI

Jul 27, 2015 - Jul 30, 2015 Various venues; see Music Lineup link for details Newport, Jamestown, Tiverton, RI
This is a local, live music and music education festival that bridges the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music in our community. Music lineup.
Time: See event website for details

Swamp Stomp 8 - West Kingston, RI

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 The Great Swamp, 3399 Kingstown Road West Kingston, RI
Featured performers this year are: The Sadies of Toronto, Onatrio; Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three of New York, NY; Caroline Rose of Burlington, VT; and The Silks of Providence, RI.
The event is BYO everything from beverages to food to whatever turns you on and enjoy what promises to be a hot day of live tunes in the swampy, backwoods of West Kingston. Email: rootshoot@cox.net.
Time: Grounds open at 1:30 p.m.; music, 3- 9 p.m.
Admission: $40
Telephone: 401-965-0833

American Idol Live! - Providence, RI

Aug 3, 2015 - Aug 3, 2015 The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
American Idol Live! will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Top Five Idols from Season 14. Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips and many more. A digital download of the album American Idol Season XIV (Best Moments) is included with every ticket ordered for this show.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $63-$43; VIP, Meet & Greet, Gold Hot Seat Packages Available!

Outdoor Activities

Newport Kite Festival - Newport, RI

Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015 Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive Newport, RI
The spray of colors across the sky along Ocean Drive in July at the annual kite festival is a sight to behold. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free. Email: info@newportkitefestival.com
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-244-5264

Parties, Dances, Balls

Oliver Hazard Perry RI Summer Gala - Newport, RI

Jul 3, 2015 - Jul 3, 2015 1 Washington Street Newport, RI
Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island fundraising gala event. Throughout the evening, guests can participate in a live and silent auction all while enjoying cocktails, dinner, dancing and dessert. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for visits. Proceeds from the night will go toward the organization’s educational programs.
Time: 6-11 p.m.
Admission: $200/person

Rhode Island Internation Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Block Party - Providence, RI

Aug 8, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015 The Dark Lady, 16 Snow Street Providence, RI
The 19th Annual Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival closes with a bang at the Block Party Bash sponsored by the Dark Lady. With over a thousand attendees last year, this closing party acts as the climactic conclusion to the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and is one of the coolest events of the summer. The event is open to the public, and provides a rare opportunity to mingle with attending filmmakers from across the globe.
Time: 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Admission: TBA
Telephone: 401-861-4445

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

NewportFILM Outdoors - Newport and Middletown, RI

Jul 2, 2015 - Aug 20, 2015 Newport and Middletown, RI
Most Thursdays in summer, films are shown in outdoors locations, including several of the Newport mansions. Visitors are welcome to pack a dinner picnic and come enjoy excellent documentaries.
“Sunshine Superman” on July 0 at 8:45 p.m. in Queen Anne Square on Thames Street between Church & Mill Streets, Newport
“Meru” on July 9 at 8:45 p.m. at St. George's School Lawn, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown
“Iris” on July 16 at 8:30 p.m. at Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
“The Diplomat” on July 23 at 8:30 p.m. at Redwood Library and Athenæum, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” on July 30 at 8:30 p.m. at Doris Duke's Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” on August 6 at 8:15 p.m. at Newport Art Museum Lawn, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
“Best of Enemies” on August 13 at 8:15 p.m. at The Elms Gardens, 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
“Racing Extinction” on August 20 at 8 p.m. at Belle Mer, 2 Goat Island, Newport
Time: Films roll at sunset.

Science & Nature

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

Bird Banding - Bristol, RI

Jul 26, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Join Audubon and witness bird banding, where experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds in order to record their movements. Birds will be gently removed from tall “mist nets” set in the shrubby habitats on the grounds of the Environmental Education Center. The techniques of identifying, measuring, weighing, and banding the birds will be demonstrated before they are released. The migratory habits and life history of each captured species will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and binoculars. Programs are limited to 15 participants, so please register early. For people age 6 and older.
Time: Adults, $12; children, $6
Admission: 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

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.
JUNE
June 13- 14 at Marina Park, Salt Pond Road, South Kingstown
June 20 -21 at Saugatucket Park, High Street, South Kingstown (next to Wakefield Elementary School)
June 27-28 at Matunuck Town Beach, Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown
JULY
July 4-5- Old Mountain Field (TBD, hours may vary)
July 11-12 at The Village Green, Kingstown Road, South Kingstown
July 18-19 at Old Mountain Field, Kingstown Road, South Kingstown
July 25-26 at Marina Park, Salt Pond Road, South Kingstown
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.

Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair - Block Island, RI

Jul 5, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015 Block Island Historical Society Lawn, Dodge and Old Town Road Block Island, RI
There’s something about an island that attracts artists and craftspeople. To take home an artistic reminder of Block Island, come browse and buy at the guild fair, held four times this summer. Choose among paintings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, fabric arts, candles, and more. Dates: July 5 and 26; August 9 and 23.
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Telephone: 401-466-2982

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.

Shows & Exhibits

Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch - Newport, RI

Jul 9, 2015 - Jul 9, 2015 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave Newport, RI
The theme of the show will be Fashion through the Decades, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Preservation Society. The show will include fashions from the Preservation Society’s collection, dating from 1945 to the present, and current resort fashions. The show will be emceed by Angela Moore, and models will include familiar TV and fashion personalities and Newport celebrities. The show will also feature other designers, including Manuel Canovas, Just Madras and Jack Rogers. ,
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $100, includes the fashion show, Champagne brunch, a $25 Angela Moore Gift Certificate and a tour of The Elms

A Slice of History Car Show - Warwick, RI

Jul 25, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015 Goddard State Park, 345 Ives Road Warwick, RI
One thousand historical vehicles show up, include Craft, Old Car & 1950s Memorabilia. Visitors can shoot the breeze with the owners of some of the rarest cars and trucks in New England. Stroll Goddard Park and eat lunch with food and dessert vendors. 
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $5; children under age 12, free
Telephone: 401-647-2731

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

"Venus in Fur" by David Ives - Warren, RI

Jun 5, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 2nd Story Theahre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
A beleaguered director, desperate to cast his stage adaptation of a classic sadomasochistic tale,”Venus in Fur”, reluctantly auditions an equally desperate actress. As the casting session simmers, lines blur between play and reality when the two enter a dangerous game of submission and domination that only one can win. 
Time: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 or 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25
Telephone: 401-247-4200