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Events Calendar - 2021

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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Adults

Sip and Stroll Adult Evening at Roger Williams Park Zoo -- Providence RI

Aug 12, 2021 - Aug 12, 2021 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Sip and stroll through the Zoo during this adults-only event! Enjoy live musical entertainment by Farm Dog Band, animal encounters, and photo-ops with RI Comic Con. Guests will be able to purchase beer, wine, and specialty Zoo-themed cocktails at bars throughout the Zoo. Food will also be available for purchase. Experience the Zoo after hours… all without the kids! Guests must be 21 or older and will be required to show ID for alcoholic drink purchases. Soaring Eagle zip ride will be open – standard pricing applies. Guests can purchase event tickets online or at the door. Event is open rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets.
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Art Shows

“Big Bugs” Exhibit by David Rogers – Portsmouth RI

Jun 25, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021 Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI

Showcasing bugs on a massive scale, the Big Bugs exhibition by David Rogers includes a 10-foot-tall daddy long legs, an 18-foot-long praying mantis, a 10-foot-long damselfly and six other massive creatures in various locations around Green Animals. These sculptures are created with various combinations of found or fallen trees, green saplings, dry branches, and other sustainable forest materials.

Wet Paint With Newport Art Museum - Newport, RI

Aug 14, 2021 - Aug 14, 2021 Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI

Hundreds of artworks, many still wet, created by artists of all ages and media will be sold in a silent auction. The Wet Paint Auction day is free for all to attend. Festivities begin with the opening of the silent auction and “Buy-it-Now” option at noon. A live auction of the museum’s “Treasures from the Attic” will commence at 4 p.m.. All are welcome to enjoy food, drink and the art galleries until the closing of the suction at 5:30 p.m. Auction winners will be determined soon after 6 p.m., followed by a streamlined check out process.

Food trucks

Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park 2021 -- Providence RI

Apr 16, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 Roger Williams Park Zooand Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Enjoy over 15 locally owned food trucks and beer from Trinity Brewhouse, while listening to live music. Take a carousel ride, hop aboard the train, or explore Hasbro’s Boundless Playgrounds. Attractions are separate pricing. Bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food trucks accept cash, credit, and debit. Live music each week by Bob Tomassone aka Fatfreebob, SidyMaigaMusic, Grow Your Own Band, The Beardogz, Third Wheel, Rob Davis, Charlie Marie and more. See the full list of food trucks.

Music

Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes

Aug 20, 2021 - Aug 20, 2021 Providence Performing Arts Center Providence, RI

John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band open the show.

Block Island Jam Fest 2021 -- Block Island RI

Aug 22, 2021 - Aug 22, 2021 Ballard's, 42 Water Street, Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Music by Greg Mattson, Bad Fish, Dub Apocalypse, Mystic Dead, and Terrapin.

Ben Folds in Concert -- Providence RI

Sep 24, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He's created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 421-278), or at the Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street in Providence.

Music Outdoors

Concerts Under the Elms 2021

Jul 15, 2021 - Aug 12, 2021 John Brown House, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI

Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and coolers, or to order picnic boxes from Pranzi or beverages from Bottles Fine Wine. Picnic boxes serve two. Register in advance to attend the concert.
  • July 29 -- Latin Essence Jazz Group. Latin rhythms and an eclectic repertoire of jazz standards and pop classics.
  • August 5 – New Providence Big Band. A 17 piece band playing everything from Benny Goodman and Harry James to Bette Midler.
  • August 12 -- Elise Testone. Elise Testone and Michael Sullivan will be covering a variety of music from originals to soul/r&b/classic rock covers.

First Works Music Series 2021 at Roger Williams Park – Providence RI

Jul 18, 2021 - Sep 19, 2021 Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

  • August 1 -- Voces De Los Andes at Dalrymple Boathouse. Let your spirit fly high with the evocative sounds of pan flute, charango, Spanish guitar, and los bombos. 5 p.m.
  • August 29 -- Hip-Hop Dance Party Featuring Chachi Carvalho and the International Players at Roger Williams Park Bandstand. Rooted in classic hip-hop, Chachi’s sound is constantly evolving. 5 p.m.
  • September 19 -- Thea Hopkins | Red Roots Americana at Dalrymple Boathouse. Hopkins creates a new kind of Americana, with influences ranging from classic country to contemporary folk. 5 p.m.

Summer Pops 2021 with The Chorus of Westerly - Westerly, RI

Sep 11, 2021 - Sep 11, 2021 Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI

This popular event brings people with blankets and picnic dinners to the beautiful Victorian-era Wilcox Park in the heart of Westerly. Rain date is September 12.

Outdoor Music

Music at Sunset Concert Series 2021 -- Bristol RI

May 19, 2021 - Sep 29, 2021 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Spread out the picnic, soak up the warmth of the summer sun over Narragansett Bay, and enjoy performances by local musicians. Bring picnics, blankets, chairs. See website for performers.
Preregistration is required. Tickets will be sold by carload only. Carload pricing includes up to 4 passengers, additional tickets need to be purchased for additional passengers arriving in the same car.
  • July 28 -- October Road – James Taylor tribute band
  • August 4 -- The DMB Project
  • August 11 -- Riki Rocksteady and the Void Union
  • August 18 -- Colby James & The Ramblers
  • August 25 -- Panoramic View
  • September 1 -- Jimmy Ryan & the Haymakers Bluegrass
  • September 8 -- Honky Tonk Knights
  • September 15 -- Comanchero
  • September 22 -- C Note Missionaries – New Orleans blues
  • September 29 -- The TeleDynes – rockabilly

Shopping & Sales

Providence Flea -- Providence RI

Jun 6, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021 The Greenway, 275 South Water Street Providence, RI

Based on the pattern of a famous flea market in Booklyn NY, the Providence Flea hosts vendors of all kinds of vintage goods, creative artists, artisans and makers, food trucks and carts, and live musicians. Held on Sundays.