Samantha Labrecque

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Sept. 7–13

See toys come alive at HASCON, celebrate calamari, watch dragon boats duke it out and more fun things to do.

1. Rhode Island Calamari Festival Our state appetizer is calamari, so it’s basically a requirement of every Rhode Islander to hit up this festival. Listen to live music, wander the vendor marketplace, grab a drink to quench your thirst and eat copious amounts of calamari (duh) made by local restaurants. After you’ve licked the grease from your lips, make sure to…

Olivia Culpo’s Back 40 Opens in North Kingstown

The former Miss USA and Miss Universe's hotly anticipated restaurant features American comfort food and a sprawling outdoor patio.

North Kingstown’s newest restaurant opening involves Rhode Island’s very own former Miss USA and Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo. The hotly anticipated Back 40 features American comfort food, an extensive dining room and lounge area and forty seats at an outdoor patio.

Hascon is Coming to Providence Next Week

The three-day, family-friendly event will give fans a chance to see Hasbro characters and brands come to life.

The three-day convention will feature Hasbro’s top commodities including Transformers, My Little Pony, Nerf, Magic the Gathering, Play-doh, Monopoly, G.I. Joe and many more, which will be reimagined through stage performances, costumed characters and interactive games and activities.

Five Can’t Miss Events: August 30–Sept. 6

Funny shows, rhythm and roots to dance to, a moonlight paddle in Wakefield and more fun things to do.

1. Rhythm and Roots Festival Enjoy a weekend of “r and r” — and we’re not talking about rest and relaxation! Head to the Rhythm and Roots Festival for a hearty dose of soulful music and camping at Ninigret Park. Your time will be jam-packed with food, crafts, dancing and, of course, American roots music headlined by Grammy winners the Mavericks…

Five Juice Spots to Get Your Health Drink Fix

When in doubt, drink juice.

Five Juice Spots to Get Your Health Drink Fix By Samantha Labrecque When you have a good blender and quality ingredients, you can easily make a healthy and delicious smoothie. But what about the times when you’re on the run and these items are not accessible to you? We rounded up several local juice bars where you can get one…

Five Can’t Miss Events: Aug. 24–30

Party Riverside style, attend Sam's Fest at Slater Mill, run a wine-soaked race and more fun things to do.

1. Olson and Son Hopyard Field Day Olson and Son Hopyard has a heartwarming story to tell (you can read more about it here) and owner Eric Olson is celebrating his hopyard’s growth with a field day, Riverside style. Local businesses will provide goodies: there will be nitro cold brew from Borealis Coffee, brews from Narragansett Beer, Buttonwoods Craft Brewing and some…

Five Can’t Miss Events: Aug. 17–23

Gorge on Jamaican jerk and Greek food, watch Rogue One in a quarry, learn about sinister apothecaries and more fun things to do.

1. Jamaican Jerk Grille at Newport Polo Do slow grilled, spice rubbed pork chops make your mouth water? What about the decadence of rum and pineapple bread pudding topped with whipped cream? If those tasty dishes sound appealing to you and if you are interested in partaking in a cultural dining experience, then join the USA and Jamaican polo teams immediately…