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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.
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Arts & Crafts Shows

Daffodil Days Arts & Artisan Fair -- Tiverton RI

Apr 25, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 Meeting House, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton, RI

This will be a unique, boutique artist showcase set in the beautiful and historic Tiverton Four Corners Village. Browse and buy creations from local and regional artisans presenting wood, pottery, fiber, leather, soap, fine art, photography &and jewelry.

Comedy

Comedy with Rodney Laney and Dan Crohn -- Newport RI

Feb 21, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020 Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI

Rodney Laney has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and MTV. Dan Crohn has been performing comedy around Boston for years. His jokes can be heard on XM Radio and he has been a guest on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. This is an event of the Newport Winter Festival 2020.

Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show With Joe Larson -- Middletown RI

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI

Join an evening of wine, beer and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region including headliner Joe Larson. Larson has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live, America’s Got Talent and The Tonight Show’s “Laugh Squad."

Comedian Greg Proops – East Greenwich RI

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 20, 2020 Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI

Greg Proops is a standup comic from San Francisco. He is best-known for appearing on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and on “Have I Got News For You,” “QI,” “The Graham Norton Show,: and others. Proops’s book, “The Smartest Book in the World,” is based on his podcast.

February School Vacation

Exploration Center and Aquarium Opens for February Vacation -- Newport RI

Feb 14, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020 Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI

Save The Bay's Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport will open for February vacation. Stop by to explore pop-up exploration activities and science stations. In the aquarium you will find 40 species from Narragansett Bay, three touch tanks, and dozens of exhibits of skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, crabs and lobsters, seahorses, turtles,

Adventures in STEM during February School Vacation -- Providence RI

Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Activities include physics experiments, concepts of flight, a building challenge, and STEM museum quest.
Feb. 15-21 -- Flight Adventures Planetarium Show. Discover the science of flight with lessons from birds, kites, planes and models. Learn about the history and what NASA is working on now. A brief tour of the night sky with the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector comes after the program. For age 4 and older. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Feb. 17 -- Discover Density. What’s difference between weight and density? Why do some things sink and some things float? Come for a hands-on exploration of these concepts. 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 18 -- Archaeology 101. Explore the science of archaeology through hands-on experience identifying and recording artifacts, try puzzling together broken pieces of pottery, and meet an archaeologist to learn what studying the past is all about. 1-3 p.m.

Film

AnneFrank Parallel Lives with Helen Mirren --

Mar 3, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020 Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport, RI

#AnneFrank Parallel Stories is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank's life through the pages of her extraordinary diary guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who survived the Holocaust in concentration camps.

Food, Wine, Beer

Après Beach Polo Gathering

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Terrace of the Chanler at Cliff Walk, 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI

Toast with the teams after the annual Winter Festival beach polo ends. Expect to find heaters, lounge seating, and fire pit with spectacular ocean views at this convivial gathering with the players. Cash bar will be serving up hot chocolate and warm adult drinks, s’mores and cookies. For beach polo weather updates, call 401-846-0200.

Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo- Providence RI

Apr 17, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020 Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Dine from 15 food trucks and taste beer from Trinity Brewhouse, while listening to live music. Activities for the kids include carousel rides for $2, pony rides on some nights, and playground. Attractions are separate pricing. Some tables available; bring a chair or blanket to sit on the lawn. Food trucks accept cash, credit, and debit cards. Food truck participation schedule.

Mardi Gras

Woonsocket Mardi Gras Celebrations 2020

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI

The evening features full Cajun buffet from Russell Morin Catering, costume contest, the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, and music from the Squeezbox Stompers. St. Ann’s Arts & Cultural Center is a unique venue for Mardi Gras. This century-old former Roman Catholic church is renowned for its fresco paintings.

Museums

Exhibit: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light -- Newport RI

Feb 20, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light includes five windows, 19 lamps, and more than 100 pieces of opalescent flat glass and glass “jewels” that illustrate the rich expanse of color and light used as forms of media by Louis C. Tiffany and his studio. The objects on display are some of the most iconic and celebrated of Tiffany’s works. This exhibition is included in admissions to Rosecliff, any admission on a multi-house ticket, or membership.

Music

Angélique Kidjo -- Providence RI

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Global pop star Angélique Kidjo performs her reimagining of the Talking Heads’ landmark album, “Remain in Light.” Kidjo creates music connections between Africa and its identity in Western popular consciousness.

Shall We Shanty? A Night of Revelry and Song -- Cranston RI

Feb 27, 2020 - Feb 27, 2020 Revival Brewing Company, 505 Atwood Avenue, Cranston, RI

Rhode Island's shores have heard the songs of sailors for decades. Evening of Revelry and Song at Revival Brewing Company celebrates this tradition. Guitarist John Birt will perform traditional shanties. Birt has studied and performed Celtic music for over a decade, performing on guitar, voice, mandolin, and banjo. Part of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Historical Society. Advanced registration is suggested.

The Silks – Westerly RI

Feb 28, 2020 - Feb 28, 2020 Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, RI

The Silks is classic power trio of the blues-based variety. Expect guitar pyrotechnics, bluesy vocals, and plenty of people on the dance floor

Classical Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto -- Tiverton RI

Mar 1, 2020 - Mar 1, 2020 Meeting House, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton, RI

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer whose performances are a mixture of world music, jazz and folk, Tsukamoto has been described as eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; his music will take the audience on a journey filled with earthy soundscapes. In addition to a concert, Mr. Tsukamoto will be offering a pre-concert workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m.

American Voices Concert by the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra -- Providence RI

Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020 McVinney Auditorium, Dave Gavitt Way Providence, RI

This program of American composers features Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring," Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings / Agnus Dei," Martin Sedek's "Nature Has A Thousand Choirs," Jocelyn Hagen's "Soft Blink of Amber Light."

Swing into Spring at the Knickerbocker – Westerly RI

Mar 28, 2020 - Mar 28, 2020 Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891

Swing into Spring features Roomful of Blues. The group’s new album, titled "In a Roomful of Blues" is dropping March 13, 2020 -- they will be playing new music at the event. This will be a can't-miss event. There will be passed hors d'oeuvres, awesome music and lots of fun.

Melissa Etheridge-The Medicine Show at Twin River -- Lincoln RI

Apr 10, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020 Twin River Casino Hotel, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI

This is a collection of songs about renewal, reconciliation, most profoundly healing. These, of course, are themes that have run through Etheridge’s career, core to the vision and drive that has brought her fifteen Grammy Awards nominations and two wins.

The Lords of 52nd Street Billy Joel Tribute Band -- East Greenwich RI

Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 20, 2020 Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI

The Lords of 52nd Street is Billy Joel's original band, recording such classic albums as Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, The Nylon Curtain, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man, and The Bridge.

Paranormal

Paranormal Investigation at Slater Mill – Pawtucket RI

Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 13, 2020 Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860

New England Carl L. Johnson leads a guided nighttime investigation of the historic 1793 Old Slater Mill factory. As birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, 1793 Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket was the site of early experimentation in textile production. The site is reputed to be dense with ghost presences. For guests age 16 and older.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Providence Preservation Society 2020 Winter Bash – Providence RI

Feb 29, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020 Bucklin Plaza, 69 Bucklin Street, Providence, RI

The 2020 Winter Bash theme is Studio 54. Come on Leap Day and enjoy Rhode Island’s party of the year, featuring music, live entertainment and food. VIP ticket-holders gain access to an exclusive lounge with seating, bottomless bubbles, and gourmet treats. Tickets.

Science & Nature

Owls & Ales - Bristol, RI

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI

Visit the Audubon Nature Center for a presentation on these fascinating birds and taste local beers. Then take a guided walk through the refuge at night to look and listen for owls. This program is for adults only! Come prepared to walk on a chilly evening. For guests age 21 and older.

Shows & Exhibits

RI VegFest -- Providence RI

Feb 23, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

RI VegFest promotes a plant-based lifestyle. This is the first exhibition of vendors, non-profit organizations, restaurants, bars, cookbook authors, local vegetarian celebs and more.

Tastings

Treat Yo' Self -- Pawtucket RI

Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020 Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI

Treat Yo-Self tasting celebrates sweets: Toffee, truffles, chews, pops, nougat, ice cream. Your $10 passport gives you access to Sweet Treats offered by 15 participating local makers. When you arrive at the farmers market on March 21 you’ll check in at the front desk to receive your passport. Participating taste makers: Anchor Toffee, Aura’s Chocolates, Bellichi's Best Biscotti, Harvest Kitchen, Ja Patty, Just Like Nana’s, Wright’s Dairy Farm.

Great Cupcake Championship -- Providence RI

Jun 14, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

Who has the #BestCupcakesRI? Sample all the awesome cupcakes from the state's best bakers and wash them down with the state's best coffee and soda. This party has sold out eight years in a row!

Theater

August Wilson's "Radio Golf" -- Providence RI

Jan 30, 2020 - Mar 1, 2020 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903

Real estate developer and entrepreneur Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh and is on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. . Both moving and funny, Radio Golf is the culmination of August Wilson’s ten-play "American Century Cycle," describing African-American life in the 20th century. Dates: January 30-31; February 1-3, 5-9, 12-16, 18-23, 25-29; March 1.

“A Tale of Two Cities" -- Providence RI

Feb 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI

This fresh new adaptation of the Charles Dickens story makes the 18th-century very personal as it fuses themes of those times with the present. The best of times and the worst of times come to life on stage in this unusual approach to the time-honored classic.

"Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- Providence RI

Apr 23, 2020 - May 24, 2020 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

This diabolical crime thriller happens in 19th-century London. An exiled barber’s is on a revenge mission . Sweeney Todd is a beautiful, soaring dark comedy filled with stunning terror that will leave you gasping!