Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: March 16–22

Learn all about your brain (meta), see some stars with guitars, take the plunge for preemies and more.
Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade
Fáilte! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year by attending the Providence parade. Enjoy traditional Irish music, Irish step dancing and more. The annual parade highlights the rich Irish heritage that Providence has to offer. For those of age, stop in and grab a beer at one of the city’s many classic Irish pubs. If you’re feeling especially active, try your hand at the Tour De Patrick — a five-K race beginning at the Rhode Island State House in celebration of Irish American heritage. Whatever you decide, the city of Providence will be decked out in green, white and orange and it is guaranteed to be a good time. Erin go bragh!
The Details: March 18. Noon. Downtown Providence, providencestpatricksday.org.

 

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Brain Week Rhode Island

It’s time to put on your thinking cap. Organized by Cure Alliance for Mental Illness and supported by the Brown Institute for Brain Science, Brain Week RI is a week of family-friendly events aimed at creating awareness of and celebrating the brain. On March 16, Brain Week will host two separate panels in Providence on PTSD treatment and strokes. The night will end with a showing of The Skeleton Twins, followed by a discussion of the film. On March 18, the University of Rhode Island hosts a Brain Fair. The Brown Brain Fair will take place the following day, March 19, with activities that include using your brain waves to make digital art. The fairs are free and great for kids; puzzles, hands-on activities and presentations are both child-friendly and informative. 

The Details: March 11–19. Most events free. Various locations, brainweekri.org.

 

Save the Bay FlickrStars with Guitars

Cat Country 98.1 (WCTK-FM) presents Stars with Guitars, an intimate country music concert featuring LoCash, Jon Pardi, Love and Theft, Runaway June, Josh Turner and Ryan Follese. What makes this performance special is that all of the stars will be on the stage concurrently, taking turns sharing stories and performing acoustic renditions of their songs — no highfalutin flare, just pure country music. Stars with Guitars is also a benefit concert, with a portion of the proceeds going to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. With each strum of the guitar, you'll be whisking yourself away to summer days while supporting a good cause. 

The Details: March 16. 7 p.m. Tickets $29–$59. The Dunkin' Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Sq., Providence, 401-331-7600, dunnkindonutscenter.com.

 

Project Sweet Pea's Plunge for Preemies

Project Sweet Pea hosts a polar plunge for a good cause. Grab your swim trunks and head to the Warwick Country Club, where participants will raise money and brave the cold ocean water to provide care packages for families with children in the Intensive Care Unit, or those who recently experienced pregnancy or infant loss. After the plunge, head over to the Post Plunge Party for food, music, raffles, a silent auction, children’s activities and more. This event is open to all ages. Anyone younger than thirteen must be accompanied by a guardian. 

The Details: March 18. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Minimum $50 fundraising requirement or personal donation. 394 Narragansett Bay Ave., Warwick, 401-739-0550, pspplunge.com.

 

East Bay Restaurant Week 

While many people think of Providence when they think of the latest and greatest eateries in the state, it's also worth turning your attention eastward. East Bay Restaurant Week celebrates the scenic views, fresh seafood and culinary traditions of Bristol, Warren, Middletown and more of the quaint towns that dot the area. Try sophisticated, Italian comfort food at Simone's, fresh seafood from Quito's, briny oysters at East Bay Oyster Bar and more. Specials include a three-course, prix-fixe lunch for $15, dinner for $25, $30 or two-for-one specials. 

The Details: March 14–23. $15 lunch and $25–$30 dinner. Various restaurants in East Bay, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, ebdining.com

     

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