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VNE Events Calendar - 2019

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Children & Families

Family Picnic Day 2019 at South County Museum

Jun 8, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019 South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett, RI

Family activities include storytelling, old fashioned fashions, meeting with the animals and the Rhode Island Red chickens, kids games from the 19th century, blacksmithing and letterpress demos, tours, flower garden, and a chnce to see antique wagons and automobiles. Families are welcome to picnic on the grounds.


The Italian Chicks

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

The Italian Chicks is a two-hour comedy revue About family, traditions, and culture in the world of Italian-Americans. The Italian Chicks bring their audience along to the place in their hearts that they love to revisit.


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


4th of July Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch at South County Museum

Jul 4, 2019 - Jul 4, 2019 South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street Narragansett, RI

Water 200 chicks hatch; hold them; and learn about raising your own. The living history farm’s two Rhode Island Red heritage flocks are replenished each year through the chick hatch. Explore the museum, farm, and flower garden.


Newport Flower Show 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI

The theme of the flower show this year is Audubon Artistic Adventures, honoring American ornithologist and painter John James Audubon. Show highlights include a festive opening night party, colorful floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays, unique shopping, afternoon tea, moonlight movie, Champagne and jazz brunch, lectures and demonstrations, children's activities. Tickets.


Exhibit: Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance

May 3, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

"Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970: describes this distinctive company, established in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island. Home to the largest collection of Gorham, the RISD Museum presents exceptional silver and mixed-metal wares, reflecting the industry, artistry, innovation, and technology of the manufactory for 120 years. Exhibit on display through December 1, 2019.


The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel

May 31, 2019 - May 31, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

Marc Martel performs Queen, from the grandiose “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the soulful “Somebody To Love.”

Thursday Night Live Music at the Towers

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

June 6 -- Dan Lord and the Big Shots. A blend of early rock ‘n’ roll and blues, along with swing blues, jump blues, and Tex-Mex.
June 13 -- James Montgomery Blues Band. Blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica with zest -- like the old jazzman that he is.
June 20 -- Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats. Start the evening with swing dance lessons by Providence Swings.
June 27 -- Neal and the Vipers. A mix of blues, rock and roll and funk
July 4 -- Superchief Trio. Hard-driving piano, hot trombone, blazing guitar.
July 11 – Reminisce. Doo-wop from 50s and early 60s.
July 18 -- Johnny Nicholas. Performing Tex-Mex blues, Nicholas is one of the best bluesmen ever.
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.

Summer Pops with The Chorus of Westerly

Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI

The Chorus of Westerly and Grucci Fireworks present an annual show of patriotic favorite and classic pops followed by fireworks above Wilcox Park. Featuring The American Band and a grand finale with fireworks, the Artillery Company of Newport, and the Bells of Christ Church. Rain dates June are June 24 and 25.

Jimmie Vaughn

Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019 Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

Jimmie Vaughan dedicates his career to keep the blues alive and in touch with music fans everywhere. His new album, "Baby, Please Come Home," is a celebration of everything the blues can be.

Tribute Fest: Voyage & Dark Desert Eagles

Aug 3, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019 Bold Point Park, 1 Pier Road, East Providence, RI

Tribute Fest 2019 features Voyage, the Journey Tribute Band and Dark Desert Eagles with special guests Fleetwood Macked:The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute and Whole Lotta Heart at Bold Point Park. Reserved seating and general admission tickets available. Tickets.

Jim Messina

Aug 4, 2019 - Aug 4, 2019 Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

While acting as producer and engineer for Buffalo Springfield, JIm Messina ultimately joined the band as its bass player. When “the Springfield” disbanded in 1968, Messina and fellow band mate Richie Furay formed Poco. With Jim on lead guitar, Poco defined a new musical genre, Country Rock.

2019 RI Blues Fest

Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019 Events Center at Mulligan's Island 1000 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI

This year's Blues Fest will feature up and coming and established blues musicians from across New England. From traditional sounds to more modern blues rock sounds,
Saturday, August 10
Crossrhode Blues Band at 1 p.m.; Heidi Nirk Band at 3 p.m.; Ed Peabody & the Big Blue Thang at 5 p.m.; Lois Greco Band at 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 11
Chris Stovall Brown at 1 p.m.; Travis Colby Band at 3 p.m.; The Silks at 5 p.m. The festival opens each day at 12noon for attendees to find the best seat and get some hot food and cold drinks before the musical line up kicks off. Special guests will be making appearances each day and activities and fun will abound. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and your own toys to enjoy an entire afternoon at the Events Center. But please do not bring your own food, drink, coolers, pets (only service animals allowed), tents or canopies. For more information go to: www.RIBluesFest.com

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.


Gaspee Days Parade 2019

Jun 8, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019 Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, RI 02886

Colonial and fife & drum groups from all over New England and as far as Pennsylvania march along a two-mile stretch to commemorate a Colonial victory over the British.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Nitro Circus

May 25, 2019 - May 25, 2019 McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

The best athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, scooter, and more attempt record-breaking feats and spectacular stunts. The huge setup features the Giganta ramp – now with its biggest takeoff ever – launching riders five stories into the air.

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.

Summer theater

“Love and Other Fables”

May 29, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI

in 600 B. C., the not-yet-famous wordsmith, Aesop, develops the new literary form, the “fable,” pursues the girl of his dreams, and begins to change history.

“Singin’ in the Rain”

Jun 19, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI

This presentation of the greatest movie musical of all time, faithfully adapted from the movie, includes the title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm.


Jul 17, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI

When oligarchs of the New York newspaper raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, plucky newsboy Jack rallies paper delivery boys from across the city to fight for what's right!

“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.



May 16, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI

Marisol goes to bed in her New York City apartment but awakens after a visit from her guardian angel to a surreal and crumbling new reality. The Bronx has become a battlefield as leather-clad angels take up arms against an old and dying God in this primal, poetic, fantastical, and often humorous contemporary classic.

"Fun Home"

May 23, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence, RI

"Fun Home" is based on Alison Bechdel’s memoir that depicts Alison at three ages, unfolding images of her oddly broken family. It is a fully original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.