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Events Calendar - 2022

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 mask and social distancing requirements are still in place at some entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. Please check with each venue before purchasing tickets or attending an event.

Find the dates you plan to travel or simply search the full events list below.

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Festival of Illumination 2022: Once Upon at Time - September 1 to December 31 at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA
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All Ages

WaterFire 2022 – Providence RI

Apr 9, 2022 - Dec 3, 2022 Various locations, Providence, RI

Waterfire

Waterfire is a festive urban celebration of light and music. Explore on foot as warm bonfires dot the rivers of downtown Providence, set to atmospheric song.
  • April 9: Basin lighting, 7:20 p.m.
  • April 27: Basin lighting, 6 p.m.
  • May 13: Partial lighting (Memorial Park), 7:26 p.m.
  • June 4: Full lighting, 8:16 p.m.
  • June 10: Partial lighting (Waterplace Park), 8:20 p.m.
  • June 25: Full lighting, 8:25 p.m.
  • June 30: Full lighting, 8:06 p.m.
  • August 13: Full lighting, 7:38 p.m.
  • August 27: Full lighting, 7:27 p.m.
  • September 3: Partial lighting (Waterplace Park), 7:16 p.m.
  • September 24: Full lighting, 6:39 p.m.
  • November 5: Full lighting, 5:35 p.m.
  • December 3: Partial lighting (Waterplace Park), 4:15 p.m.
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Children & Families

Blithewold Homeschool Days – Bristol RI

Sep 27, 2022 - May 30, 2023 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum hosts a fun and educational Homeschool Day on the last Tuesday of each month from September through May. The themes for each month are as follows: September 27, games; October 25, trees; November 29, nature; December 27, A Life in Service; January 31, the Arts & Crafts Movement; February 28, art; March 28, wildlife and ecosystems; April 25, flowers; May 30, pollinators. Guided tours of the Mansion and Grounds will be available at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  and are limited to 20 people including children.

Skulls from Near and Far – Providence RI

Oct 16, 2022 - Oct 17, 2022 Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

No better month than October to come learn about the spookiest of bones…skulls! Cover some of the easily observed differences in skull morphology which separate different groups, and learn identification tips for the mammals most commonly found in Rhode Island. Then you will have a chance to explore a curated collection of animal skulls from around the world. If you have a specimen you’d like some help identifying, feel free to bring it in.

Dance

Festival Ballet Providence's "The Nutcracker" – Providence RI

Dec 16, 2022 - Dec 24, 2022 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

The magic of the holidays comes to life as the fresh new production of The Nutcracker by Yury Yanowsky returns to the stage. The crown jewel of the holiday season, this family-friendly production features a spectacular tree that grows 38 feet, a charming Nutcracker character designed by Big Nazo Lab, clever magic tricks, vibrant and shimmering costumes, and dozens of delightful young dancers performing alongside the FBP Company of world-class resident artists.

Festivals

Harvest Fair – Middletown RI

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI

For over 45 years, the Norman Bird Sanctuary has brought visitors from far and wide together for a celebration of the harvest season through its annual Harvest Fair. This award-winning event is a fall favorite on Aquidneck Island. Challenge friends to a sack race, compete in the Home & Garden Competition, peruse the Crafter's Tent, enjoy live music, and so much more during this weekend of festivities for the whole family.

Halloween

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence RI

Sep 29, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Explore the Roger Williams Park Zoo as it is illuminated by 5,000 carved pumpkins, all themed after a beloved television program. From “I Love Lucy” to “The Walking Dead” and more, TV lovers of all tastes and ages are bound to spot one of their favorites.

Outdoor Activities

Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night – Westerly RI

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 1, 2022 Windjammer Surf Bar, 321 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Head down to the Windjammer Surf Bar for a night of fire and fun. Their 24th Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night celebrates an early Guy Fawkes Day with a comedic re-enactment of Fawkes’ 1605 trial and, of course, a huge bonfire. Featuring a Monty-Python-esque performance by the Misquamicut Players and music by King Crimson’s Jesters, this is sure to be an entertaining evening.

Atlantis Rising: International Sand Sculpture Competition – Westerly RI

Oct 7, 2022 - Oct 10, 2022 Misquamicut State Beach, 247 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Spend Columbus Day weekend witnessing the work of some of the most skilled sand sculptors in the world. Vote for your favorite Atlantis-themed sculpture and enjoy food trucks, live music, photo ops and children’s activities.

Parties & Dances

Harvest Gala – Bristol RI

Nov 18, 2022 - Nov 18, 2022 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI, RI

Enjoy an elegant evening in the Ballroom at Linden Place, complete with an open bar, hors d’eouvres, catered dinner, live and silent auctions, and music by Lois Vaughan Jazz. 

Shopping & Sales

Little City Thrifty – Providence RI

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

Little City Thrifty Vintage Market brings together over 80 vintage sellers for a curated indoor shopping experience featuring vintage and pre-loved clothing, books, records, art, furniture, home decor, and more. This ridiculous rally of rummaged regalia will be held over two days at Providence, Rhode Island’s most revered venue, The WaterFire Arts Center. With entry, attendees will receive a complimentary drink ticket that can be redeemed for a small beer from Proclamation Ale or Trinity Brewhouse, a small cocktail, a small coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters, or Coca-Cola. 

Providence Flea Fall Markets – Providence RI

Oct 2, 2022 - Nov 20, 2022 Farm Fresh RI Market Hall, 10 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI

Shop among local vintage vendors, food trucks, farmers, makers, bakers, craft beer garden, ice cream, hot coffee, craft cocktails, tacos, flowers, pumpkins, live music, corn hole and more. Beginning October 2, the Flea moves from its outdoor summer home on South Water Street to its indoor winter home in Farm Fresh RI Market. See the website for details about other events including themed Friday night markets. 

Workshops & Classes

Paint Your Pet – Newport RI

Oct 20, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022 Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company, 293 JT Connell Highway, Newport, RI

EmBARK on a painting journey at Newport Craft. Even if your painting skills are RUFF, FETCH a friend for a few brews and paint your FURever friend with step by step instructions. It’ll turn out PURRRRfect.

Lavender and Dried Flower Wreath Workshop – Bristol RI

Nov 9, 2022 - Nov 9, 2022 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Learn the secrets to creating a festive dried lavender and flower wreath for indoor décor that will retain its fragrance and beauty for many years. Join Candace Clavin from Water Way Lavender Farm and Blithewold horticulturist Gail Read for a workshop on creating a unique custom wreath. Participants will handcraft their own wreath to welcome the holidays, perfect for a special gift.