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Events Calendar - 2020

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

COVID-19 and social distancing have required the temporary shut-down of many of our favorite entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. We are watching all calendars closely, and as soon a live, public events return, we will post the information on this page.

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Food, Wine, Beer

Newport Restaurant Week 2020

Nov 6, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020 Participating restaurants Newport, RI

Newport Restaurant Week joins the forces of 50 participating restaurants that offer two-course prix fixe lunches for $20, three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 and a three-course premier prix fixe dinner for $50. See the Restaurant Week website for list of participating restaurants.


Swamp Scare Boat Ride on the Blackstone River -- RI

Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 Central Falls Landing, 1420 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI

The attraction is a family-friendly, Halloween-themed, 20-minute boat ride telling the story of the Blackstone River Swamp Monster. A series of scares and spooky moments will chill the boat visitors as they motor through the murky swamps of the Blackstone River. Costumes are highly encouraged. Nose and mouth face masks are required for entry. Strobe lights and fog machines will be used during this production. Buy tickets.

Drive-Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Zoo – Providence RI

Oct 1, 2020 - Nov 1, 2020 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

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From your car, enjoy the thousands of intricately carved pumpkins on a slow drive tour through the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Tickets are via online only for a specific timed entry. The Zoo strongly recommends arriving 15 minutes before your admission time slot.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. No refunds or rescheduling. Admission is per car, not per person. Buy tickets.

Halloween Spooktacular -- East Greenwich RI

Oct 31, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI

This celebration will be hosted by a spooky emcee, and will include a screening of "Toy Story of Terror," costumed characters, live-action performances, story telling, and a costume showcase. Covid safety protocols will include face masks and social distancing. Refunds for advance purchase tickets will not be available (unless show is canceled or rescheduled).

Halloween on the Green at Pump House Music -- Wakefield RI

Oct 31, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 Pump House Music Works, 1464 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, RI

Come Celebrate Halloween in a Covid-safe environment with the Pump House Music Works and its biggest bands of the year: Jabbawaukee, Slurp, The Cosmic Factory, Guess Method & Phil Adams Group! Also dress for a costume contest, with prizes.

Haunted Booozy Boat Ride -- Providence RI

Oct 31, 2020 - Nov 1, 2020 Depart from the Providence Marina, 15 Bridge Street, Providence, RI

Experts on the spirit world from Providence Ghost Tours will describe the lives (and deaths) of Providence’s ghostly residents as you cruise throughout the downtown rivers. The tour is 75 minutes long and unlimited complimentary wine and prosecco will be served. For guests age 21 and older. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Space is limited and reservations are required. Capacity will be limited to allow social distancing.


An Evening with Tom Rush -- East Greenwich RI

Nov 6, 2020 - Nov 6, 2020 Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI

Tom Rush helped shape the folk revival in the 1960s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90. Rush does what audiences love him for: writing and playing …passionately, tenderly Patrons are required to wear face masks at the Odeum.

Outdoor Activities

Illuminated Swan Boat Rides at Roger Williams Park -- Providence RI

Oct 1, 2020 - Nov 1, 2020 Polo Lake (next to the zoo) at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Take a magical nighttime paddle and navigate a series of illuminated tunnels throughout Roger Williams Park’s ponds. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate are available to enjoy on your ride.

Spooky Views Halloween Stargazing at Frosty Drew Observatory -- Charlestown RI

Oct 31, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 Frosty Drew Observatory , 62 Park Lane, Ninigret Park Charlestown, RI

spooky at frosty drew Frosty Drew astronomers will present views of the near full moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and more. The Sky Theatre will be hosting activities. The observatory and sky theatre will open at 6:30 p.m. The Observatory will be in full out Halloween mode with frightful sights, spooky sounds, and candy. Tickets can be acquired online only. A link to acquire tickets will be posted on Frosty Drew event page on the day before the event, if weather is acceptable for viewing.