Things To Do

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec. 14–20

Take a ride on the Polar Express, watch sugar plums dance in the Nutcracker, hear Celtic Christmas music and more fun things to do.

Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.1. Blackstone Valley Polar Express From Blackstone Valley Polar Express Facebook. Make-believe comes to life during this ninety-minute holiday train trip and reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s modern classic: The Polar Express. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, get your ticket punched by the conductor, hear the engineer call “all aboard!” and chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec.7–13

Drink beer and look at art, get friendly with the ghosts of Christmas "passed," enjoy the streets of Newport by candlelight and more fun things to do.

1. Field of Artisans Pop Up at Whalers Brewing Co. From Whaler’s Facebook. This holiday season, art and beer mix in the best possible way: Field of Artisans, a community for Rhode Island artists, is popping up at Whalers Brewing Company for a series of holiday markets with all types of art. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov. 30–Dec. 6

Deck gingerbread halls, put some jingle in your jog, attend Bristol's grand illumination and more fun things to do.

1. Gingerbread House Contest If you want to build a prize-winning gingerbread house, you’ll have your chance to think outside the graham cracker box at the Artists’ Exchange thirteenth annual gingerbread house decorating contest. Create an edible masterpiece using graham crackers, frosting and candy for a chance to win a prize. Artisan’s goods, raffles and holiday grab bags will also…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov. 23–29

A FEZ-tival of trees, shopping strolls on Block Island, the Nutcracker at Rosecliff and more fun things to do.

1. Island Moving Company’s The Nutcracker  Be a part of the classic holiday story, The Nutcracker, as you follow performers through Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion. Set within the salons and ballroom of the grandiose “house,” Rosecliff serves as the stunning backdrop throughout the recital. The one-of-a-kind ballet lets you go from room to room trailing the action, creating an interactive and engrossing…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov. 16–22

Get in a holidaze (in a good way), shop 'til you drop at Blithewold, don a mask for a good cause and more things to do.

1. Holiday Shopping at Blithewold From Blithewold Facebook. Getting a head start on your holiday shopping? Shop ’til you drop in the holiday decorated splendor at Blithewold Mansion. Take a stroll through the first floor of Blithewold at the winter marketplace, where guests will find goods from local traders and purveyors  artisans and artists. If you are looking for a…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov. 9–15

Watch Scrooge have a change of heart, don your best cosplay, jam to psychedelic rock and more fun things to do.

1. A Christmas Carol Providence’s favorite family holiday tradition is back to delight audiences of all ages. Celebrating forty years at Trinity Rep, A Christmas Carol brings the story of Ebenezer Scrooge to life to tell Charles Dickens’ classic tale of an old grouch who learns a lesson when he’s whisked through time and space by three spirits. This year’s…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov.2–Nov. 8

See carved wooden wonders, find the best pizza pie in the state, eat your way through Newport and more fun things to do.

1. Newport Restaurant Week From White Horse Tavern Facebook. Experience the vast culinary talent of more than fifty restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties every meal of the day for an entire week. Fill your belly with Brick Ally Pub’s famous nacho platter or slurp back oysters at Bristol Oyster Bar. Whether you are looking for easy elegance and upscale…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Oct. 26–Nov. 1

See the last few days of the Jack-o-Lantern spectacular, hit up food trucks in downtown, get spooked in Pawtuxet and more things to do.

1. Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular From Roger Williams Park Zoo Facebook. Imagine the history of humanity intricately displayed on more than 5,000 pumpkins. Now, imagine art and music associated with each era infused throughout your evening. At Roger Williams Park’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, your imaginings are brought to life. This year, guests will be delighted as they travel through time and visit with dinosaurs,…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Oct. 19–25

Get spooked at the fortress of nightmares, have a fireball at the WaterFire Arts Center, fuel the flames at the Steelyard and more fun things to do.

1. Fireball If you’re looking for a reason to have some fun about town, look no further than a stellar evening with FireBall. And no, we’re not talking about the drink; we mean the celebration of the newly completed WaterFire Arts Center. Enjoy a cocktail hour with hors’ d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner and dancing to live music performance all night long….

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Oct. 12–18

Experience Bonfire Night stateside, get your nose in a book, taste the last briny bits of summer and more fun things to do.

1. Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night “Remember, remember the fifth of November.” The famous rhyme points to the day in 1605 when Brit Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament. While bonfires are a common sight in London on Bonfire Night, it’s not a common sight here in the good ‘ol US of A. But if you want a taste of the…