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Children & Families

Easter Bunny Tea and Easter Egg Hunt - Bristol, RI

Apr 2, 2017 - Apr 2, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Bring the family to enjoy an Easter Bunny Tea and Easter Egg Hunt at Blithewold Mansion. Enjoy treats, finger sandwiches, tea, and hot cocoa. You must be registered for one of the tea seatings to participate in the egg hunt. The hunt begins at 1 pm on the Great Lawn. Advance registration is required.
Time: Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Seatings for teas at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Admission: Limited seating. $32 Adult, $25 Children.

Spring Festival 2017 at the Carousel Village - Providence, RI

Apr 8, 2017 - Apr 8, 2017 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy animal encounters with some of the Zoo's ambassador animals, take unlimited carousel rides and enjoy endless jumps in the bounce house. Don't miss a pop-up interactive art wall, exhibitors, coloring activities and more. Pony rides if weather allows.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Advance tickets online are $7. Tickets may be available at the door for $8. Pony rides, $5

Camouflaged Egg Hunts with Audubon - Bristol, Smithfield, Exeter, RI

Apr 8, 2017 - Apr 8, 2017 Three Locations Offered Bristol, Smithfield, Exeter, RI
Children ages 3 to 10 hunt for brown eggs in a natural setting, quickly learning how well eggs camouflage. Prizes are awarded to all children. Please bring a basket. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. It is held rain or shine. Advance registration is required.
Three locations: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol; Powder Mill Ledges, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield; Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter.
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Admission: $7 per child

Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch at Rosecliff - Newport, RI

Apr 15, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt on the oceanfront lawn of Rosecliff followed by brunch in the mansion.
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $70; child ren age 6-12, $40; children age 3-5, $35; children age 2 and younger, $15

April School Vacation Week with RI Audubon - Bristol, RI

Apr 17, 2017 - Apr 24, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Join Audubon in a week-long voyage to discover and test your nature skills. Take off on an expedition with an Audubon naturalist and explore our local habitats with nets, magnifying glasses, and more. Enjoy nature crafts, stories and animal interviews. Recommended for children age 6 and older. No registration required.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: free with admission of adults, $6; seniors, $5; child ages 4-12, $4

Sesame Street Live "Make A New Friend" - Providence, RI

Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India. They discover the fun of friendship in all places and celebrate by singing and dancing and sharing.
Time: Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $73- $21

Wild Kratts LIVE! - Providence, RI

Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $49-$29; $100 for VIP meet and greet
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Pawcatuck River Duck Race 2017 - Westerly, RI

Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017 Downtown Westerly Westerly, RI
Twenty thousand rubber ducks will be released from the Westerly-Pawcatuck Bridge for a race down the Pawcatuck River. Entertainment will include duck games, moonwalk, great food, and much more! The Grand Prize is a trip for a family of four to Walt Disney World in Florida.
Time: Festivities begin in Donahue Park at 11:30 a.m. The race is at 1:30 p.m.
Telephone: 401-596-7761

Comedy

April Fools Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show - Middletown, RI

Apr 1, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Join us for an April Fools evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Greg Stone. Make it dinner and a show with reservations at BRIX Restaurant or our Vineyard Cafe. Reservations required.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 401-848-5161

Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-In Tour - Providence, RI

Apr 9, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Ccomedian Kathy Griffin breaks through the entertainment clutter with her brand of pull-no-punches comedy.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $39-$59
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-In Tour - Providence, RI

Apr 9, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Kathy Griffin is a major figure in comedy today. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with uninhibited comedic truth.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $59-$39

Dance

Viktor Plotnikov's Carmen by Festival Ballet Providence - Providence, RI

Mar 24, 2017 - Apr 7, 2017 Festival Ballet Providence Black Box Theatre, 825 Hope Street Providence, RI
Viktor Plotnikov’s adaptation of the iconic Bizet opera is a bold retelling of the classic story of seduction and passion. Then an unknown choreographer, Plotnikov’s first full length work received resounding acclaim for his unique style and choreographic voice. Dates: March 24, 25, 26, 31, April 1, 7.
Time: Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 6 p.m.
Telephone: 401-353-1129

Festival Ballet Providence presents "Cinderella" - Providence, RI

May 12, 2017 - May 14, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
The ballet sweeps audiences away with the magical rags-to-riches story as Prokofiev’s soaring score provides a fitting backdrop.
Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
Admission: $85 - $23
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Fundraisers

Audubon Party for the Peregrines - East Providence, RI

Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 21, 2017 Squantum Club, 1 Squantum Road East Providence, RI
Party for the Peregrines will include live and silent auctions as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Audubon’s live owls, hawks and a kestrel will be presented and the Providence Peregrine Webcam will be featured. Dozens of interesting and desirable items will be on auction. Proceeds support the Audubon Society of Rhode Island raptor care. Auction items include antiques, museum and theater passes, and a weekend getaway at Norman Bird Sanctuary's Paradise Farmhouse.
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $80-$150

Music

The Renaissance V Brass Quintet - Bristol, RI

Mar 31, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Enjoy a variety of music ranging from the 15th century up to today. Everything from Renaissance, Baroque, classical, ragtime, marches, swing, jazz, and even some rock will make for a lively evening of brass music in Blithewold’s Living Room. Wine and refreshments will be served.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $30

Celtic Woman Voices Of Angels - Providence, RI

Apr 6, 2017 - Apr 6, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Voices of Angels showcases the voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and introduces the Celtic violinist Tara McNeill. This concert features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and Irish traditional and contemporary standards.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $103 - $43

Aurea Ensemble’s “Crossings” - Providence, RI

Apr 23, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017 St. Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Street Providence, RI
Aurea is a Rhode Island performance ensemble with a string quartet at its heart. “Crossings” celebrates the connections between Eastern and Western cultures, from ancient times through the present, through readings and music. Pipa player Yang Wei from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble joins Aurea.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Telephone: 401-421-4281

Chris Botti Live in Concert - Providence, RI

May 7, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Chris Botti is one of the important figures in contemporary music. Since the release of his CD "When I Fall In Love," Botti's success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $68-$38
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Bob Dylan and His Band - Providence, RI

Jun 21, 2017 - Jun 21, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
This legendary American fold singer and poet needs no further introduction.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $129.50 - $54.50

Elvis Costello and the Impostors - Providence, RI

Jul 25, 2017 - Jul 25, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
The show takes songs from the 1983 album, Imperial Bedroom as a starting point. Standout songs from Imperial Bedroom like “Beyond Belief,” “Almost Blue,” and “Man Out Of Time” have remained in Costello’s repertoire throughout the years.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $79.50 - $49.50

Science & Nature

Watching Woodcocks: Supper and Saunter - Smithfield, RI

Mar 2, 2017 - Apr 2, 2017 Powder Mill Ledges Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI
Join Audubon for an evening WITH the mysterious American Woodcock. Begin with a soup and salad supper and an introduction to this bird and its exuberant mating flights. Then venture outdoors WATCH and listen for the mating flights and songs. Wear sturdy shoes, dress warmly and bring a bright flashlight. . For age 9 and older.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $30

Birding for Beginners - Bristol, RI

Apr 15, 2017 - May 20, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Audubon offers a six-week class on bird biology and identification techniques. Time will be spent in both the classroom and the field to practice birding skills. Bring binoculars and a field guide and dress for the weather. Register early. Dates: April 15, 22, 29; May 6,13, 20, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Admission: $102

Shopping & Sales

Providence Flea - Providence, RI

Mar 26, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 Hope High School, 324 Hope Street Providence, RI
The Providence Flea returns to Hope High School for six winter and spring markets on alternate Sundays. Dozens of local vintage vendors, artisan/makers and food trucks! Free and free parking! Dates: March 26; April 9.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 401-484-7783

Shows & Exhibits

Rhode Island Home Show 2017 - Providence, RI

Mar 30, 2017 - Apr 2, 2017 RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street Providence, RI
Huge trade show attempts of answer all your questions about home and property improvements, from the front mailbox to new bricks for the chimney. Learn what's new and smart in creating a comfortable and classy house for generations to enjoy. Attend seminars, cooking demonstrations, and send your children to activities for kids.
Time: Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 pm.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; kids age 15 and younger, free. Thursday and Friday tickets are good all show days.

Theater

"Shirley Valentine" - Warren, RI

Mar 10, 2017 - Apr 2, 2017 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
In Willy Russel’s captivating one-woman tour de force, an unfulfilled housewife fixes dinner while ruminating on her husband, her children, her life and, her upcoming unannounced Greek holiday—a trip that leads to a life-changing romantic tryst and a mid-life fork in the road. Tickets.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $20-$35

"Rent" - Providence, RI

Apr 7, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
A re-creation of Puccini's "La Bohème," "Rent" is a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.
Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Admission: $93 - $36

"Chicago" - Providence, RI

May 2, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
This triumphant hit musical received six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. It’s a dazzling tale of sin, corruption and jazz in Chicago.
Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $88 - $56