The Weekly Round-up: May 31–June 6


Five can’t-miss events of the week.


Fifth Annual Taste of Block Island

Need to get away from it all? Why not head to Block Island for the weekend? Go on a kayak tour, make your own sundae at Aldo’s Bakery, take a paddleboard lesson at Ocean Adventures, sip mudslide samples at Ballard’s and more. This is the time to score some island swag, with discounts offered at participating stores such as Beachcomber, Star Department Store and the Glass Onion. Remember to keep an eye out for orbs from the Glass Float Project, hidden on greenway trails and beaches throughout the island. And with great deals at restaurants and hotels, you’ll never miss home.

The Details: May 31–June 2. Taste of Block Island button is $5. See website for specific times, prices and locations. Block Island, 383-2474,


After the Beanstalk

Everyone knows the story of Jack: He traded his family’s last cow for magic beans and landed in a heap of trouble with a big, mean giant. Eventually, Jack defeats the giant and lives happily ever after — or so we thought. This family-friendly, interactive performance expands on the classic tale. Now Jack and his sister, Jill, need your help to solve challenging spatial problems set up by the crafty giant.

The Details: May 31. 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Free with $9 museum admission. 100 South St., Providence, 273-5437,


Great Chowder Cook-Off

Sip, slurp or spoon it up. Whatever your technique, you’re the expert at the thirty-second annual Chowder Cook-Off. Taste endless samples of traditional and exotic concoctions from nearly twenty restaurants, including next-door neighbor, the Mooring, and the West Bar, an eatery in western Ireland. Then vote for the best in three categories: clam, seafood and creative. It’s the embodiment of win-win; top chowder masters get bragging rights for the year, and you get to spend the day chowing on your favorite summer treat by the Newport Harbor. Stick around after the Cook-Off for free entry into the brand-new Newport Oyster Festival, shucking the best of local shellfish and seafood paired with beer, spirits and live music.

The Details: June 1. Noon–6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day-of. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 846-1600,


Providence Flea

Inspired by the popular Brooklyn Flea in New York, this open air market celebrates the old and the new right here in Rhode Island. Each week, tons of vendors will assemble to peddle their unique wares, including antiques, jewelry, fashion and art. This is a great place to get a cool vintage lamp for your new apartment, or to find that one-of-a-kind statement necklace that fits your style perfectly. Come to shop or simply bask in our state’s creative side.

The Details: June 2–Aug. 25, Sundays. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. The Providence River Greenway, South Water Street, Providence, 484-7783,


War Horse

Albert and his horse, Joey, are inseparable until Joey is sold to aid the war effort. Too young to enlist in the military, Albert sets off on a quest to bring his friend home, while Joey is thrown into a different adventure. Michael Morpurgo’s heartwarming novel about endurance and friendship comes to life on the stage with help from the impressive craftsmanship of Handspring Puppet Company. Experience the incredibly creative and moving show that’s been taking worldwide audiences by storm.

The Details: June 5–9. Wed. 7 p.m., Thurs. 1 and 7:30 p.m., Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 1 and 6:30 p.m. $51–$78. Ages five and older. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 421-2787,

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