Events Calendar - 2023

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.

Please remember to check about health & safety guidelines with each venue before purchasing tickets or attending an event.

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Waterfire 2023 – Providence RI

Apr 1, 2023 - Nov 4, 2023 Downtown - Waterplace Park & Along the Riverfront Providence, RI 02903

Waterfire Providence 2023

  • September 2: Partial lighting 7:17 p.m.
  • September 9: Full lighting (PVD Fest) 7:05 p.m.
  • September 30: Full lighting, 6:29 p.m.
  • October 14: Full lighting, 6:06 p.m.
  • November 4: Full lighting, 5:36 p.m.

Art Show

Atlantis Rising: International Sand Sculpture Competition – Westerly RI

Oct 6, 2023 - Oct 9, 2023 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.


Coastal Queen's Evening Cocktail Cruises -- Newport RI

Jul 31, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023 5 Bowen's Landing, Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI

On this evening cocktail cruise aboard the Coastal Queen, enjoy views of magnificent Newport Harbor and the Bay, forts, lighthouses, harbor mansions, Clingstone and the Jamestown shoreline. Coastal Queen's grand teak-wood bar is centrally located and fully stocked with your favorite cocktails.

Food, Wine, Beer

"Cocktail Club" Mixology Classes - One Bellevue Restaurant

Aug 24, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023 Hotel Viking - One Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840

Craft the perfect cocktail with expert mixology guidance from our bartenders. Special themed cocktails each week – different drinks and themes vary by season. Thursdays at 6pm - please check our event calendar at the link above to reserve your attendance in advance.


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

Sep 28, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Explore the Roger Williams Park Zoo as it is illuminated by thousands of illuminated pumpkins. Each year has its own theme - check back later for additional details.


Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night – Westerly RI

Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023 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.


The Mausoleum Hill Sessions 2023 – Providence RI

Sep 20, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 Providence North Burial Ground, 700 N. Main Street Providence, RI

Enjoy live music, an autumn market, food trucks and drinks from Long Live Beerworks in a unique ambiance during the two-day Mausoleum Hill Sessions at the historic North Burial Ground in Providence, RI. Event takes place Sunday, September 24, and Sunday, October 22. September 24 will feature music by Stev Delmonico, Molly O'Leary, Beth Barron, and Dave Alves. October 22 will feature music by Vudu Sister, Doctor Gasp, Allysen Callery, and Cassie lee. Market opens at 2 p.m., and music starts at 5 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Outdoor Activities

Bike Newport Full Moon Ride -- Newport RI

Aug 1, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023 Equality Park West Newport, RI

The group will ride 15 miles on Newport’s scenic roads and coastline, from downtown Newport to Fort Adams, around Ocean Loop, and along the mansions of Bellevue Avenue. Come to the start of the route, Equality Park, 30 minutes before the ride begins. These rides have limited capacity; pre-register on Eventbrite. Riders must be at least 18 years of age and have a helmet, front headlight, and rear red blinking light to participate. This is a NIGHT ride, and we will be riding on dark roads. Bring a water bottle, snack, and bicycle lock.
Full moon rides also held August 20, September 29, October 28. Check ride website to register in advance.

Beavertail Full Moon Sound Bath -- Jamestown RI

Aug 1, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023 Beavertail Lighthouse, Beavertail Road Jamestown, RI

Don’t miss out on the strawberry full moon sound bath guided by Petra Napolitano and Allison Schumann. All ages welcome. Stretch, breathe, relax, open yourself to the sounds of the bowls and other sound bath instruments. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket for your comfort. Dates: August 1 and September 29.

Science & Nature

Bumble Bees and Pollinators – Bristol RI

Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Dr. Katie Burns will teach guests about the importance of native species of bees, butterflies, and hoverflies. Katie developed the Rhode Island Bumble Bee Survey, which inventories these crucial insects to provide baseline data for entomologists to assess their needs and habitats. Learn about identifying, protecting, and counting our native pollinators, and maybe join the survey.


Taste of Rhode Island Tour -- Providence RI

Jul 31, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023 Visitor Information Center at Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. Providence, RI

This is likely to be one of the most fun lunch experiences you’ve ever had in one of America’s great food-loving cities. The tour will take you all over Providence and introduce you to Rhode Island’s iconic foods. Recurring weekly on Tuesday