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
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 to the Jesse Liam Band or watch the kiddos play in an old fashioned baseball game on the front lawn.
The Details: Sept. 30. Noon–4 p.m. $25 per family. Smith’s Castle, 55 Richard Smith Dr., North Kingstown, smithscastle.org.
2. Bristol Burger Bash
Linden Place is bringing you the trifecta of “B”s for a perfect fall afternoon: Burgers, beer and bluegrass. Stop by the museum for the second annual Bristol Burger Bash, which brings together East Bay’s best burgers under one roof. Enjoy some local beers and wine and listen to live bluegrass music while sampling burger sliders and deciding which East Bay restaurants brought their burger A-game. The event is a fundraiser for the preservation and restoration of the Linden Place Museum.
The Details: Oct. 1. 1–4 p.m. $35. Linden Place Museum, 500 Hope St., Bristol, 401-253-0390, lindenplace.org.
3. Flames of Hope
The Gloria Gemma Foundation’s annual Flames of Hope: Celebration of Life weekend is one of the most anticipated annual events to take over downtown Providence. Support the foundation’s mission of hope as they bring together a community and light up the city in pink to honor those who are or have been affected by breast cancer. The weekend includes a Passport to Survivorship on Friday, a Celebration Village and a ceremony at the State House on Saturday, and a run or walk on Sunday.
The Details: Sept. 30–Oct. 1. See website for times. Various locations around Providence, 401-861-4376, gloriagemma.org/flames-of-hope.
Most people have seen a TEDTalk or two , whether it popped up while scrolling through social media or from actively seeking one out on YouTube. TEDtalks are when innovators present new and unusual ideas to spark deep discussion, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. But have you heard of TEDx before? The “x” equals an independently organized event inspired by TED. TEDxProvidence is returning this year with the theme of “Past, Present and Future.” The event will feature lectures and talks from some of the most creative and intelligent minds, all with ties to Rhode Island. Speakers include Javier Juarez, a DREAMer and research fellow at the Latino Policy Institute; poet Christopher Johnson; United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and more.
The Details: Sept. 30. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $28–$58. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, tedxprovidence.com.
5. Death of a Salesman and Skeleton Crew
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at Trinity Rep will force you to contemplate the perils of the quest for the American Dream in this thought-provoking, Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, directed by Brian McEleney. Death of a Salesman will be paired with Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene. The deliberate pairing of these two shows — playing on the same stage with the same actors — will spark a dialogue about race, class, work and achieving the elusive American Dream.
The Details: Sept. 28–Nov. 26. See website for times and ticket prices. Dowling Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence, 401-351-4242, trinityrep.com.
Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.