Events Calendar 2018

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Children & Families

Marsh Mucking with the Nature Conservancy

Jun 25, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018 The Nature Conservancy, Andy’s Way Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Kids love splashing and squishing and mucking about at the Marsh Mucking walks, with the Nature Conservancy. A Nature Conservancy staffer meets the group on the beach and takes you on a scavenger hunt through the salt marsh. It’s all about the thrill of discovery. Monday mornings at 9 a.m.

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Roald Dahl’s magical story of that enigmatic candyman, Willie Wonka, and those elusive golden tickets to his factory, features songs from the Gene Wilder movie and some brand new ones as well. This is perfect family fare, presented by Camp Theatre By The Sea students.


Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The wooden puppet Pinocchio just wants to be a real boy. What could possibly go wrong? This charming adventure story is brought to life by the Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre.


Dan and Phil World Tour -- Interactive Introverts

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Two internet dwelling, character give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories ..and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe.


Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Tours 2018

Jul 12, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018 See description Providence, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, RI

Take a relaxing and informative riverboat tour on The Explorer and discover Providence Harbor, and the Seekonk and Pawtucket rivers. Pass through the Fox Point hurricane barrier and catch great views of the Providence skyline. The tours travel further upriver toward Pawtucket, with views of a changing landscape and eastern shore birds.
Dock locations are Al’s Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street, East Providence, from July 1 to August 5;
Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way, Pawtucket, from August 12 to September 9;
Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket, from September 16 to October 21.
Online tickets sales are available until the evening before each trip. Day-of ticket sales are available at the dock.


Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018

Aug 7, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Various locations Providence and Newport, RI

This popular film festival regularly showcases more than 250 films — many of which are world or North American premieres — at various venues around the state. Highlights in recent years have included a film scavenger hunt, dinner-and-a-movie screenings, outdoor screenings, the Rhode Island Film Forum, workshops, and a celebration of kids’ films. See website for specific events of the festival.


Concerts Under the Elms 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 John Brown House Museum lawn, 52 Power Street Providence, RI

This outdoor music series happens under the lofting elms trees on the side yard of a historic house. A food truck is available at every concert, or you may bring your own picnic dinner. In case of inclement weather, check www.rihs.org or call 401-331-8575 ext. 133 after 1:30 p.m. the day of the concert.
July 19 -- The Becky Chace Band (Baby’s Bonetown BBQ)
July 26 -- The Nickel Jukebox Band (Fugo)
August 2 -- The Driftwoods (Incred-A-Bowl)*
August 9 -- Rain date
August 16 -- Rain date

Tunes on the Dunes 2018

Jul 9, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI

These concerts on the beach are held rain or shine. Rain location is the nearby Windjammer Lounge. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. and is limited. Paid parking is available close by.
2018 Blues on the Beach lineup: July 11 -- Poppa Chubby; July 18 -- Professor Harp; July 25 -- Joe Louis Walker; August 1 -- Roomful of Blues; August 8 -- Johnny Press Mess; August 15 -- JP Soars
2018 Monday Night Jamz lineup: July 9 -- Steve Daggett with guest Wildee; July 16 - Masters of Cool; July 23 -- John Ford Coley and Terry Sylvester (The Hollies) with the Cryers; July 30 -- John Batdorf with guest Alyson Fowler; August 6 -- THE BAND band tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band; August 13 -- Gil Parris with guest Phil Adams

Busking at Bowen's Wharf

Jul 30, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Bowen's Wharf, off America’s Cup Avenue Newport, RI

Street festival? Kind of! Enjoy free music and entertainment on Bowen’s Wharf during Newport Bridgefest – a series of concerts that bridges the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Busking at Bowen’s presents established and emerging musicians. Lineup TBD.

An Evening with Jon Batiste

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018 Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

Jon Batiste is a celebrated musician, band leader and television personality whose musical skill and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Batiste transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard”

Newport Jazz Festival 2018

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI

This ;legendary festival has been going strong for decades at Fort Adams on the Newport waterfront. 2018 Lineup

Yanni: 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis

Aug 4, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Performer and composer Yanni will celebrate “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour. Yanni's iconic performances at the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, the Royal Albert Hall, The Pyramids and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe.

The Bacon Brothers

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age, the two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in seven albums.

Roger Williams Park Pops 2018

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy rousing favorites by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, including the Star Spangled Banner, the 1812 Overture and “Harry’s Wondrous World” from the Harry Potter film series. Food trucks will be serving everything from gourmet burgers to vegan ice cream and cannoli. Zoo hours will be extended.

Block Island Reggae Fest 2018

Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 Ballard’s, 42 Water Street Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Block Island Reggae Fest lineup features Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation and Spiritual Rez Co-Headling! An After Party will present music by Mighty Mystic.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Feast for the Farms

Jul 27, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018 Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road Saunderstown, RI

Join a festive evening of farm-to-table dining, live music, and dancing. Enjoy Rhode Island oysters, delicious cocktails, locally crafted wine and beer, and delectable dishes using ingredients from the farm, which has a view of Narragansett Bay. Proceeds support the preservation of Casey Farm and nearby Watson Farm. Advance tickets required.

Brew at the Zoo 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening event. Sample more than 170 beers from 80+ local, regional and national brewers, enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island’s largest outdoor beer festival. For guests age 21 and older. Held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

Brew at the Zoo 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening party at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Sample more than 170 beers from 80 local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. For guests age 21 and older.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

WaterFire 2018

May 24, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Memorial Blvd and Exchange Street Providence, RI

WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances.
July 14 -- Full lighting starts at 8:20 p.m.
July 28 -- Full lighting starts at 8:08 p.m.
September 8 -- Full lighting starts at 7:27 p.m.
September 22 -- Full lighting starts at at 6:43 p.m.
September 29 -- Full lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
October 6 -- Basin lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
November 10 -- Full lighting starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wakefield River Fire 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 327 Main Street Wakefield, RI

Every Thursday evening in the summer, enjoy RiverFire on the Saugatucket River, beautiful views, live music, special themed nights, local vendors, family activities, and more. Restaurants and shops, all in close walking distance, will be open later.

Science & Nature

Twilight Walk & Night Sky Viewing at Hodge Preserve

Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

The Hodge Preserve is a 25-acre field that slopes to Middle Pond and West Beach. Naturalist Kim Gaffett will lead walks through the meadow and teach guests about Block Island’s environment and eco-systems, followed by a break for stargazing at the night sky. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and blanket or beach chair and meet in the Preserve’s small parking lot along Corn Neck Road. Night sky viewing dates: June 30, August 3, and August 24.


“Mamma Mia!”

Jun 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

After reading her mother’s diary, bride-to-be Sophie decides to invite all three father possibilities to her wedding, which stirs up the town, her mother, her mother’s friends – and a lot of great ABBA songs. Twenty-two of them are featured in this lively musical, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Super Trouper.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The biblical story of Joseph, Jacob’s youngest, favored son, his betrayal by his brothers and his ultimate survival as dream-interpreter to Egypt’s pharaoh is given the full Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice treatment in this 1973 musical. A great family show, it features colorful sets, costumes and a memorable score.


Aug 15, 2018 - Sep 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

This sexy musical with all that jazz celebrates the wild time that was 1920s Chicago – and the women who went along for the ride, including not-so-innocent Roxie Hart and the woman she aspires to be, the very vampy Velma Kelly. Dance numbers in the style of Bob Fosse and a hot, hot score make this show one that will razzle-dazzle theater-goers.