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Children & Families

Marsh Mucking with the Nature Conservancy

Jun 25, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018 The Nature Conservancy, Andy’s Way Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Kids love splashing and squishing and mucking about at the Marsh Mucking walks, with the Nature Conservancy. A Nature Conservancy staffer meets the group on the beach and takes you on a scavenger hunt through the salt marsh. It’s all about the thrill of discovery. Monday mornings at 9 a.m.

“Sleeping Beauty”

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Family fun for all ages, this Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre production has it all, from a roaring dragon to a prince and princess destined (or are they?) for each other.

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Roald Dahl’s magical story of that enigmatic candyman, Willie Wonka, and those elusive golden tickets to his factory, features songs from the Gene Wilder movie and some brand new ones as well. This is perfect family fare, presented by Camp Theatre By The Sea students.

“Pinocchio”

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The wooden puppet Pinocchio just wants to be a real boy. What could possibly go wrong? This charming adventure story is brought to life by the Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre.

Comedy

Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show: Ray Harrington

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI

Comedian Ray Harrington Join Newport Vineyards for an evening of wine and laughs with headliner Ray Harrington! Harrington is an infectiously charming comedian who performs across the globe with irreverent material and marvelous improvisational riffing that embraces the uncomfortable and the absurd with a smile. His documentary “Be a Man” won the LA Comedy Festival and was featured as New and Noteworthy Internationally on iTunes. Wine, beer, sangria and light bites will be available for purchase. Email email@newportvineyards.com

Dan and Phil World Tour -- Interactive Introverts

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Two internet dwelling, character give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories ..and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe.

Films

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018

Aug 7, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Various locations Providence and Newport, RI

This popular film festival regularly showcases more than 250 films — many of which are world or North American premieres — at various venues around the state. Highlights in recent years have included a film scavenger hunt, dinner-and-a-movie screenings, outdoor screenings, the Rhode Island Film Forum, workshops, and a celebration of kids’ films. See website for specific events of the festival.

Gardens

Newport Flower Show 2018

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI

This year’s theme is "Cottages – Small and Smart.” The front lawn of Rosecliff will be transformed into a Tiny House Village, complete with four tiny homes and their adjacent sustainable gardens. A Tiny Traveling Theater on the front lawn will host rotating pop-up lectures and demos . Show highlights: opening night party with Martha Stewart, garden displays, shopping, afternoon tea, moonlight movie, Champagne and jazz brunch, lectures, children's activities.

Music

The Wailers Bob Marley's Legacy Lives On

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide. Since 1981, bassist Familyman Barrett and Wailer's guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey have carried on the mission to keep The Wailers together, just as Bob requested.

Eight to the Bar

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 The Towers, 35 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI

Join this beloved band for a night of swing. And get ready for an amazing boogie woogie that’s known to get everyone on their feet dancing.

Harry Connick Jr. with A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

The foundation of Harry Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. Over the past three decades, he has established himself as a musician, singer and compose.

Concerts Under the Elms 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 John Brown House Museum lawn, 52 Power Street Providence, RI

This outdoor music series happens under the lofting elms trees on the side yard of a historic house. A food truck is available at every concert, or you may bring your own picnic dinner. In case of inclement weather, check www.rihs.org or call 401-331-8575 exy. 133 after 1:30 p.m. the day of the concert.
June 21 -- The Cajun Hobos (food truck -- Baby’s Bonetown BBQ)
June 28 -- The American Band (Incred-A-Bowl)
July 5 -- The Duke Robillard Band (Bugg’d Out BBQ)*
July 12 -- Steve Smith & the Nakeds (Fugo)
July 19 -- The Becky Chace Band (Baby’s Bonetown BBQ)
July 26 -- The Nickel Jukebox Band (Fugo)
August 2 -- The Driftwoods (Incred-A-Bowl)*
August 9 -- Rain date
August 16 -- Rain date

Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble featuring Ryan Hartt

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

The band is a cool conglomeration of pros you know from the great bands : Tommy Ferraro, Steve Bigelow, Paul Bouley and Stan Kozlowski, performing traditional blues, old-school rhythm and blues, swing, soul, rockabilly, country blues, and early, roots rock’n’roll. Each guest puts a stamp on the evening’s repertoire and brings vocals with a passion.

The Weight Band with members of The Band and Levon Helm Band

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside Levon Helm's famed barn in Woodstock, NY, with musicians Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, and Byron Isaacs. Inspired to carry on the legacy of the group, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country

Summer Pops 2018 with the Chorus of Westerly

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 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. Participation by the Artillery Company of Newport, and the Bells of Christ Church. Rain dates June are June 24 and 25.

Max Weinberg's Jukebox

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Knickerbocker Cafe 35 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

Max Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Guests may choose from a video menu of over 200 songs the glory days of rock and roll -- everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits.

Tunes on the Dunes 2018

Jul 9, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI

These concerts on the beach are held rain or shine. Rain location is the nearby Windjammer Lounge. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. and is limited. Paid parking is available close by.
2018 Blues on the Beach lineup: July 11 -- Poppa Chubby; July 18 -- Professor Harp; July 25 -- Joe Louis Walker; August 1 -- Roomful of Blues; August 8 -- Johnny Press Mess; August 15 -- JP Soars
2018 Monday Night Jamz lineup: July 9 -- Steve Daggett with guest Wildee; July 16 - Masters of Cool; July 23 -- John Ford Coley and Terry Sylvester (The Hollies) with the Cryers; July 30 -- John Batdorf with guest Alyson Fowler; August 6 -- THE BAND band tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band; August 13 -- Gil Parris with guest Phil Adams

Busking at Bowen's Wharf

Jul 30, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Bowen's Wharf, off America’s Cup Avenue Newport, RI

Street festival? Kind of! Enjoy free music and entertainment on Bowen’s Wharf during Newport Bridgefest – a series of concerts that bridges the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Busking at Bowen’s presents established and emerging musicians. Lineup TBD.

Newport Jazz Festival 2018

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI

This ;legendary festival has been going strong for decades at Fort Adams on the Newport waterfront. 2018 Lineup

Yanni: 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis

Aug 4, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Performer and composer Yanni will celebrate “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour. Yanni's iconic performances at the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, the Royal Albert Hall, The Pyramids and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe.

The Bacon Brothers

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age, the two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in seven albums.

Block Island Reggae Fest 2018

Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 Ballard’s, 42 Water Street Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Block Island Reggae Fest lineup features Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation and Spiritual Rez Co-Headling! An After Party will present music by Mighty Mystic.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Indobox Weekend at Captain Nick’s

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Captain Nick’s Rock n Roll Bar. 34 Ocean Avenue Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Indobox brings DanceRock electronica to the stage on Friday and Saturday nights at Captain Nick’s Rock n Roll Bar. Every Indobox show turns into a wild dance party, so be prepared to move. Hangover Disco Brunch is Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Lots of music and drinks and no cover charge. No food is provided so bring your own. More Indobox weekend events.

Brew at the Zoo 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening party at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Sample more than 170 beers from 80 local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. For guests age 21 and older.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

WaterFire 2018

May 24, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Memorial Blvd and Exchange Street Providence, RI

WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances.
June 30 -- Full lighting starts at 8:45 p.m.
July 14 -- Full lighting starts at 8:20 p.m.
July 28 -- Full lighting starts at 8:08 p.m.
September 8 -- Full lighting starts at 7:27 p.m.
September 22 -- Full lighting starts at at 6:43 p.m.
September 29 -- Full lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
October 6 -- Basin lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
November 10 -- Full lighting starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wakefield River Fire 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 327 Main Street Wakefield, RI

Every Thursday evening in the summer, enjoy RiverFire on the Saugatucket River, beautiful views, live music, special themed nights, local vendors, family activities, and more. Restaurants and shops, all in close walking distance, will be open later.

Science & Nature

Twilight Walk & Night Sky Viewing at Hodge Preserve

Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

The Hodge Preserve is a 25-acre field that slopes to Middle Pond and West Beach. Naturalist Kim Gaffett will lead walks through the meadow and teach guests about Block Island’s environment and eco-systems, followed by a break for stargazing at the night sky. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and blanket or beach chair and meet in the Preserve’s small parking lot along Corn Neck Road. Night sky viewing dates: June 30, August 3, and August 24.

Sports

Block Island Race Week 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Harbor at Block Island Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

This event encompasses five days of racing on Block Island Sound, including one design racing for all classes that can participate; fleet racing; video debriefing and coaching each day; classics and multihull racing on Thursday and Friday; a cruising class (one race each day at 2 p.m.); traditional round the island race and great parties. To see boats and races, look over boats at the docks and bike to the end of Champlin Road to watch them leave the harbor on race-day mornings.

Theater

“Mamma Mia!”

Jun 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

After reading her mother’s diary, bride-to-be Sophie decides to invite all three father possibilities to her wedding, which stirs up the town, her mother, her mother’s friends – and a lot of great ABBA songs. Twenty-two of them are featured in this lively musical, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Super Trouper.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The biblical story of Joseph, Jacob’s youngest, favored son, his betrayal by his brothers and his ultimate survival as dream-interpreter to Egypt’s pharaoh is given the full Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice treatment in this 1973 musical. A great family show, it features colorful sets, costumes and a memorable score.

“Chicago”

Aug 15, 2018 - Sep 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

This sexy musical with all that jazz celebrates the wild time that was 1920s Chicago – and the women who went along for the ride, including not-so-innocent Roxie Hart and the woman she aspires to be, the very vampy Velma Kelly. Dance numbers in the style of Bob Fosse and a hot, hot score make this show one that will razzle-dazzle theater-goers.