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Architecture

Doors Open = Pawtucket and Central Falls RI

Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 Many locations Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI

Doors Open Pawtucket + Central Falls hosts behind-the-scenes access to one-of-a-kind places and spaces across Paawtucket and Central Falls. During these self-guided tours, guests may behold the unexpected grandeur of the hidden dome at The Old Industrial Trust Company building; peek behind the clock faces of Jenks Park Cogswell Tower and explore the grotto where it stands; step into the dugout of McCoy Stadium and visit the PawSox players lounge, tour The Guild brewery. See the website for participating venues.

Children & Families

Peppa Pig Live: Peppa's Pig's Adventure!

Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

Peppa Pig Live! brings a live show of favorite characters as life-size puppets and costumed characters. Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends.

Comedy

Kevin James

Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

Kevin James began his career as a stand-up on Long Island. The TV show, "The King of Queens,"garnered James an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Dance

Ballroom Dance Lessons

May 8, 2019 - Sep 4, 2019 Towers of Narragansett, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI

Take social dance lessons every Wednesday evening all year long! Ballroom, Salsa, Tango and Latin. No experience or partner necessary and lessons change regularly so there’s always something fresh. Email: info@TwirlTheGirl.com

Festivals

RiverFire Summer Series 2019 -- Wakefield RI

Aug 5, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019 327 Main Street, South Kingstown, RI

Stroll historic downtown Wakefield, listen to the sensational vibes of featured musicians, visit shops, restaurants and local artisans while sparkling bonfires are lit along the Saugatucket River. RiverFire will run every Thursday through August 22, with volunteers lighting braziers along the river and a new band performing each week.
August 8: Where's Lewis & By George
August 15: Those Guys
August 22: TBA

Salute to Summer Free Concert & Fireworks Show

Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019 Dewey Field at Naval Station Newport, 1260 Peary Street, Newport, RI

The day's events are as follows: Dewey Field gates, kid’s area & concessions open to authorized ID holders at 2 p.m.; The Naticks play rock 'n' roll at 3 p.m.; Gate 1 opens for general public, pedestrian traffic only at 4 p.m.; Changes in Latitude, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, plays at 5 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast play at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:156 p.m. Concessions and food trucks will be serving. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Coolers, outside food or drink, pets, glass bottles, banners or signs are not permitted. Strollers and small bags such as diaper bags, small backpacks or handbags are permitted; however, they will be subject to search. Guests should be prepared to present a picture ID upon entry to the base.

Olde Tyme Fair -- Westerly RI

Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019 Wilcox Park Westerly, RI

In recognition of the town’s 350th year, this community party will offer train and swan paddleboat rides; music by Britishmania and Roomful of Blues; local treats like Del’s Lemonade, lobster rolls from Ocean House' magic shows, a jester, storytelling, carnival games; and a giant birthday cake.

Film

Washington Square Nights with Jane Pickens Theater and Stoneacre Brasserie --Newport RI

Aug 6, 2019 - Oct 8, 2019 Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street Newport, RI

The Jane Pickens Theater picks a one-night-only film and Stoneacre Brasserie adds something special to its menu that ties to that theme for the evening. Buy a ticket for the film only at www.janepickens.com and then visit Stoneacre before or after the film making your own food and drink choices. This is chance to discuss the film with other movie-goers. Make reservations at Stoneacre at 401-619-7810.
"The Farewell” -- In this funny, uplifting tale, a young Chinese-American woman reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. Showtimes: 4:45 p.m. on August 6-15. Tickets.
“Mostly Martha” – Coming September 3. Tickets.
“Big Night” coming October 8. Tickets.

Fireworks

Summer Fireworks 2019 in Rhode Island - Newport, Pawtucket, Charlestown, RI

Jun 28, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019 various locations Newport, Pawtucket, Charlestown, RI

Public fireworks don’t end after the Fourth of July. Below are fireworks happening in the state all summer. Check back as we add more listings.

August 17, 24, 31 – Pawtucket. McCoy Stadium, After the PawSox game

Guided Tours

Harbor Tours -- Block Island RI

Jul 2, 2019 - Aug 29, 2019 Block Island Maritime Institute, 216 Ocean Avenue, Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

The Block Island Maritime Institute hosts harbor tours of the Great Salt Pond on its 30-foot Oldport Launch. Feel the sun on your face and the sea breezes in your hair as you learn about the local history, folklore and ecology of Block Island as well as the importance of the Pond to the Island's economy and environment.

Newport History Tours -- Newport RI

Aug 5, 2019 - Dec 30, 2019 Tours depart from 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI

Learn about Newport’s fascinating Colonial history by walking the streets with an expert with Newport History Tours, which conducts several walking tours from spring through fall. The flagship tour, Discover Colonial Newport, tells stories of revolution and ruin and struggles for liberty among Newport’s people. Rogues and Scoundrels explores where scoundrels lived and where pirates profited. Golden to Gilded describes the city’s transformation from the Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony. Tour schedules.

Federal Hill Food & History Walking Tour – Providence RI

Aug 11, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 meet at Garibaldi Park located at the entrance of Federal Hill under the Arch Providence, RI

The Federal Hill Premiere Food & History Walking Tour is led by chef and historian Walter Potenza. This two and a half hour tour includes visits to food shops, bakeries, wine stores. Along the way, Potenz describes the historic of Federal Hill, Providence’s Little Italy, dates to the arrival of the first Italy immigrants in 1886. This is a deep immersion in Italian food culture, history and lifestyle in this old and still very dynamic Little Italy neighborhood. Reserve by e-mail at info@federalhilltours.com or by calling 401-273-2652. Dates in 2019: August 11 and 25; September 7, 8, 14, 22, 28 and 29.

Discover Providence Tour -- Providence RI

Aug 12, 2019 - Sep 12, 2019 Departing from Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI

An air-conditioned tour bus carries you through divine Providence, one of America’s favorite cities. See fantastic architecture and the most beautiful settings in the city. There will be opportunities along the way to take pictures and explore up close, including a stop for something tasty in our famous Little Italy. Tours are one and a half hours long.

Historic

Victorian Game Night - Providence, RI

Sep 19, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019 Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence, RI

Providence Gaming Guild will guide novices and challenge experienced players with a new round of historical games. Snacks provided, drinks by donation sponsored by Campus Fine Wines.

Music

Thursday Night Live Music at the Towers

Jun 6, 2019 - Aug 29, 2019 The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI

August 1 – Magnolia. New England’s Cajun band. High-energy two steps and sultry waltzes.
August 8 -- Roger Ceresi’s All Starz. Aight of R&B, classic rock and oldies.
August 15 -- Eight to the Bar. Boogie woogie and swing music that gets everyone on their feet.
August 22 -- Dynamite Rhythm. Powerful vocals and smooth harmonies.
August 29 -- Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. Right from Louisiana with an authentic Cajun sound.

Music at the Fort

Jun 17, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019 Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI

Join us all summer long on the third Thursday of every month for live music. Food and refreshments are available from Newport Craft Brewing and Distillery Company and many food trucks. The concerts are for all ages and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on the lawn while they enjoy the live music and views of Newport Harbor.
August 15 -- The Ravers
August 29 --
September 19 -- TBD.

Watch Hill Sunset Concerts 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 Watch Hill Village Green Bay Street and Plympton Hill Road, Westerly, RI

Free outdoor concert every other Tuesday on the Watch Hill Village Green. Plenty of free parking is provided in a lot adjacent to the venue also in the lot by the carousel. Come to relax and listen to this eclectic mix of musical talents. Lineup:
August 6 -- The Bagboys (Bluegrass)
August 20 -- Atwater-Donnelly Trio

Music at Sunset Concert Series 2019 at Blithewold -- Bristol RI

Jul 10, 2019 - Aug 28, 2019 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI

Brings, blankets, chairs and picnics to enjoy the the sunset over Narragansett Bay as you soak up a variety of musical performances. You may pre-order a picnic box prepared by The Kitchen at Blithewold for $15. Pre-register for the show at website. Please leave your pets at home. In case of rain, the concert will be held under the tent. If there is a threat of lightning, however, the program will be canceled and an e-mail will be sent to everyone who pre-registered.
August 7 -- The Little Compton Band (More about the band)
August 14 -- The Oh No’s – Beatles Tribute Band (More about the band)
August 21 -- The Colby James Band (More about the band)
August 28 -- The DMB Project – Dave Matthews Band Tribute Band (More about the band)

Turnip the Beet: A Kids Concert Series – Bristol RI

Jul 19, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI

Lettuce turnip the beet at this six-week concert series under Blithewold’s tent. After the show, stay for garden crafts and picnicking. Pre-register at the event website.
Aug 1 – Fairy Celebration with Celebrating Ireland
Aug 8 – Keith Munslow
Aug 15 – Elijah T. Grasshopper and Friends
Aug 22 – Toe Jam Puppet Band

Woonsocket Music Series 2019 – Woonsocket RI

Aug 2, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019 River Island Art Park, 95 Bernon Street, Woonsocket, RI

Concerts are free and accompanied by local food trucks, an on-site bar, and more. Bring a friend and a chair.
August 2 -- Kwame Binea Shakedown. This rocker is influenced by blues and folk with a blend of instruments and styles.
August 9 -- Sarah Borges. A mix of gritty punk rock and traditional American music. With opening act Sidy Maiga.
August 16 -- Flor De Toloache. All-female mariachi group brings mariachi, jazz, salsa, pop and more! With opening act Julie Rhodes.
August 23 -- Terrance Simien. Terrance Simien brings a vibrant splash of New Orleans.

Mary Wilson of the Supremes -- Cranston RI

Aug 12, 2019 - Sep 12, 2019 Park Theatre, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI

Mary Wilson performs with the same passion she did singing with the original Supremes. While she is best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio here career did not stop there.

The Silks at the Knickerbocker -- Westerly RI

Aug 23, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019 Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

The Silks are a rock and roll band out of Providence, Rhode Island, performing blues-based rock 'n' roll.

Old Time Music Picnic at South County Museum

Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019 South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street Narragansett, RI

The South County Jammers will host the Old Time Music Picnic. The Jammers have been playing old-time fiddle tunes in and around South County for more than 15 years.Visitors are encouraged to bring their own acoustic instruments and join the festivities.

Trinity Plays Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- Newport RI

Aug 28, 2019 - Aug 28, 2019 Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport, RI

Trinity consists of five singers, here performing a tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This tribute to CSNY includes songs from their beginnings with selections from The Byrds, The Hollies and Buffalo Springfield as well as songs from their various solo albums and of course all their many hits.

Cabaret on the Ocean House Lawn with Steve Palumbo -- Watch Hill RI

Aug 30, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019 South Lawn of Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI

Summer isn’t over yet – not until Steve Palumbo sings the music of Frank Sinatra! Celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer with a lively performance and an elegant dinner buffet under the stars. This send-off to summer is one of the best of the year's events. Seating for this event is assigned; all tables will be set for 10 guests. Tickets are non-refundable.

RI Philharmonic Summer Pops in Bristol, Sept. 1

Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 1, 2019 Independence Park, Thames Street, Bristol, RI

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Francisco Noya. Rain date is September 2 at 6 p.m. Free

Johnny & the East Coast Rockers - Westerly, RI

Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019 Knickerbocker Music Center, Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

A premiere rhythm and blues dance band in the Northeast for over 28 years, Johnny & the East Coast Rockers perform original tunes and favorite covers from the 40's, 50's, and 60's in an eclectic mix, that combines elements of traditional blues, swing, jazz, R&B, and roots rock.

Alan Parsons Live Project

Sep 19, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

Alan Parsons is best known for his time with The Alan Parson's Project and its string of hit albums like I Robot, Pyramid, The Turn of a Friendly Card, and Eye in the Sky. Parsons also was involved in the production of other significant albums like The Beatle's "Abbey Road" and "Let it Be," and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."

Parties, Dances, Balls

Sips and Wickets Highclere Castle Gin Launch Party

Aug 20, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 South Lawn of Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI

Spend the afternoon with Lady Carnarvon from Highclere Castle, the historic estate and face of iconic award-winning television drama, Downton Abbey. Sport your most elegant whites while playing a game of English croquet and sipping on a classic gin cocktail. Also attending will be Avril Graham, executive & beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and host of Platinum Eye, a new A&E series, and Adam von Gootkin, the CEO of Highclere Castle Gin.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

WaterFire 2019

Jun 22, 2019 - Nov 2, 2019 WaterPlace Park, between Memorial Blvd. and Finance Way Providence, RI

A series of nearly 100 bonfires are poised in the center on the three rivers of downtown Providence. The scent of burning wood and the sound of instrumental music amplifies the experience. Street performers, musicians, and street food add to the enchantment. Fires begin at dusk.
August 17. Sunset: 7:43 p.m.
September 14. Sunset 6:57 p.m.
September 28. Sunset: 6:33 p.m.
October 5. Sunset: 6:21 p.m.
November 2. WaterFire Salute to Veterans. Sunset: 5:39 p.m.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

Elizabethan fool and bon vivant, Taylor Mac chronicles an unseen history of America through a selection of his 24-Decade music odyssey, ranging from murder ballads to disco and everything in between. Dressed in irreverent regalia designed by Machine Dazzle, Mac is joined on stage by Matt Ray and an incomparable band.

The Bourbon Street Jubilee -- East Greenwich RI

Oct 31, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019 Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

The Bourbon Street Jubilee is a traveling road show where New Orleans jazz meets Vaudeville Email: info@greenwichodeum.com

Shopping & Sales

General Stanton Inn Weekend Flea Market 2019

Apr 28, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019 General Stanton Inn, 4115 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI

The historic General Stanton Inn's Flea Market happens at a tree-lined, breezy, outdoor gathering place for vendors. In addition to antiques, vintage, and renewable collectors’ items, the market offers a fun environment and small-batch foods, new merchandise, and homemade crafts and art.

Shows & Exhibits

Folk Art Quilt Show 2019

Sep 13, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019 South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett, RI

South County Museum will display more than 75 quilts made by local quilters and present programs on quilts in the museum’s collections.

Summer theater

“Saturday Night Fever”

Aug 14, 2019 - Sep 8, 2019 Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI

Brooklynite Tony Manero he lives for the weekends at the local disco, where he is the king of the dance floor.

Theater

"The Prince of Providence"

Sep 12, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI

This is the story Buddy Cianci., Providence mayor, reformer, felon. A visionary who was also a corrupt philanderer, The mayor was surrounded by a colorful cast who helped his achieve great things for the capital city and also helped with his downfall.