Things To Do

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…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Sept. 28–Oct. 4

Eat the fruits of the harvest at Smith's Castle, chow down on burgers in East Bay and more fun things to do.

1. Harvest Fest From Smith’s Castle Facebook. Enjoy the bounty of the autumn harvest with Smith’s Castle — and don’t forget to take a bite (or two) of some delicious homemade apple crisp! There will be watermelon rolling, apple eating, games, activities and a mobile food truck from Haven Brothers. When you are stuffed to the brim, kick back and listen…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Sept. 21–27

Hear the stunning songs of Les Miserables, open doors in Providence, slurp oysters and more fun things to do.

1. Les Miserables “Look down, look down!” But we advise that you don’t take Jean Valjean’s advice when Les Miserables comes to town. The Tony Award-winning musical brings a tale of love, passion, sacrifice and redemption, narrated by unforgettable songs. We dare you not to cry when you hear Fantine sing “I dreamed a dream” and feel your blood boil with…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Sept. 14–20

StyleWeek Northeast returns, autumn is in the air at two fall festivals and more fun things to do.

1. Apple Festival It’s the right way to kick off fall. Join more than 5,000 people for a weekend of fun, great food and apple pie that beats Mom’s — but we won’t tell her that. Indulge in all that is apple, while enjoying live entertainment, an apple pie baking contest, carnival rides, pony rides and a free kids zone. Free…

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…

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 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…