31 Fun Things to Do in Rhode Island this March

From the Feast of St. Joseph to the Newport Foodies Stroll, we've compiled all the activities to add to your March to-do list.

Photo courtesy of Little City Thrifty.

3/4-5: Little City Thrifty 

WHAT: Browse through books, art, home decor and furniture, clothing and records — shall we go on? — during this two-day shopping experience. Bring home nostalgic, pre-loved and rare items from Little City Thrifty, featuring more than eighty vendors throughout the 15,000-square-foot space. General admission begins at noon. $8–$15. WHERE: WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence. MORE INFO: 273-1155, littlecitythrifty.com.


"zeppole" Di San.giuseppe

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3/19: The Feast of St. Joseph

WHAT: Join the big Italian feast on Federal Hill in celebration of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily who saved residents from a devastating drought. Sport all the red apparel you have and stop by one of the neighborhood’s bakeries to stock up on the famous Italian delicacy, zeppole: a cream puff shell stuffed with pastry cream (some even come in different flavors, like Irish cream and chocolate) and topped with powdered sugar and a cherry. Delizioso! WHERE: Federal Hill, Providence. MORE INFO: federalhillprov.com.



Photo courtesy of Newport Foodies Stroll.

Ongoing: Newport Foodies Stroll

WHAT: Rediscover Thames Street through delicious meals on this one-mile food tour. Savor offerings plus wine pairings from places like Bar and Board Bistro and Midtown Oyster Bar with tour guides Thomas and Susan Maxwell. Fri. and Sat. 6–8:30 p.m. $117. WHERE: Meet in front of O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport. MORE INFO: 508-505-5299, newportfoodiesstroll.com.



Providence Performing Arts Center

MAR. 11: The Simon and Garfunkel Story tells the story of the folk-rock duo, one of the best-selling groups in the ’60s. Take in the sounds of a live band performing hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Homeward Bound” and more. 8 p.m. $25–$59.

MAR. 21–26: Take a hell-raising adventure to the underworld with Hadestown, which tells the mythical tales of Orpheus and Eurydice, and of King Hades and his wife Persephone, as their stories intertwine. Visit the website for times. $57–$94. 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 421-2787, ppacri.org 

Gamm Theatre

MAR. 14: Enjoy a free screening of Everything Everywhere All at Once on the Gamm Theatre’s 4K-resolution screen. Don’t forget snacks and drinks from the concession stand! No tickets necessary. 7 p.m. 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, 723-4266, gammtheatre.org

Trinity Rep

MAR. 16–APR. 16: It’s the summer of 1972. The fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment is ramping up across the country and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm is campaigning for president. Meanwhile, a group of women in Manhattan collaborate to produce a magazine “for feminists who love fashion.” As the Vietnam War intensifies and the Watergate scandal comes to light, the political and social climate tests the strengths of friendships and the magazine. The Inferior Sex looks at finding your community and voice in an evolving world. Visit the website for times. $25–$56. Dowling Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence, 351-4242, trinityrep.com



PVD Flea Winter-Spring Markets

ONGOING: Obsess over vintage finds and locally sourced products while shopping at the Providence Flea, inside the Farm Fresh RI market hall. Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. 10 Sims Ave., Providence, 484-7783, providenceflea.com

Aquidneck Growers Market

ONGOING: Support agricultural life and the local economy at the Aquidneck Growers Market, where attendees can find an assortment of both organic and conventionally grown produce, ripe and ready for any recipe. Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. Free admission. Stoneacre Garden, 151 Swinburne Row, Newport, 256-6627, aquidneckcommunitytable.org

Mount Hope Farmers Market

ONGOING: Head over to Mount Hope Farm for your weekly groceries, courtesy of local farmers and artisans like Edible Homescapes, Roots Farm, Pet Wants Newport, Buns Bakery and Two Gals Cocktails. Sat. 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free admission. Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, 254-1745, mounthopefarm.org

Pawtucket Indoors Farmers Market

ONGOING: Join the farmers, bakers, candlestick-makers and plenty of other talented vendors at the Hope Artiste Village’s Pawtucket Indoor Farmers Market. Peruse the selections and bring home unique decor and necessities. Wed. 4 p.m. Free admission. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, 814-574-3571, pawtucketfarmersmarket.com

Tour De Patrick

MAR. 4, 18 AND 26: Get moving and get excited for one (or all, if you’re willing to complete the Tour De Patrick) of the Guinness 5K race series in three Rhody locations. Participants twenty-one-and-older receive a free and well-deserved pint of Guinness during the post-race party. Visit the website for details and registration information. All races start at 11 a.m. $32–$96. Pawtucket City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave.; Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith St., Providence; North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Dr., 952-6333, tourdepatrick.com

Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

MAR. 11: Feeling green? It’s your lucky day! Put on your luckiest costume and celebrate the sixty-seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Bring a friend and catch the festive marching bands, pipe bands, fife and drum corps and more. Held rain or shine. Visit the website for more parade details and other activities. 11 a.m. Parade begins at Newport City Hall, 413-9601, newportirish.com


PVD Valley Neighborhood Victuals Tour

ONGOING: Explore Providence’s Valley neighborhood with food samples and alcohol (or nonalcoholic) pairings at local eateries like Buns Bakery, Tallulah’s Taqueria and Providence Brewing Co. Reservations required. Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $79. Ages thirteen and older. Meet in front of delivery entrance of 498 Kinsley Ave., rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Winter Sleigh Rides

ONGOING: Take an old-fashioned carriage ride on the serene backroads of northwestern Burrillville or through quiet farm trails covered in freshly fallen snow. Led by the Liberty Farm and Carriage Company’s majestic draft horses, the private carriages can accommodate two, four or six riders. Carriage or sleigh rides are approximately twenty-five to thirty minutes long. Visit the website for times. $95–$135. Liberty Farm, 60 Ironmine Rd., Burrillville, 651-6004, libertyfarm.net



Studio Playground

MAR. 4–APR. 8: Find your voice and grow your theatrical skills with Studio Playground. The six-week-long sessions offer theater games, performance projects and more to learn storytelling techniques and how to engage an audience. Visit the website for session times. Sat. Grades K–9. $225–$300. Rhode Island School for the Deaf, 1 Corliss Park, Providence, studioplayground.org

Jurassic World Tour Live

MAR. 23–26: Audience members take a trip to Isla Nublar where Jurassic World is brought to life in this action-packed show. Join the team of scientists on their adventure and experience some of Jurassic World’s famed dinosaurs along the way, including the stegosaurus, triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. Visit the website for times and prices. Amica Mutual Pavilion, 1 LaSalle Sq., Providence, 331-0700, amicamutualpavilion.com



Contemporary Theater

MAR. 9, 16, 23 AND 30: See who’s worthy of winning this year’s Wakefield Idol — taking home a $1,500 grand prize — at the singing contest’s quarterfinals, surprise night, semifinals and of course, the finals. 7 p.m. $30. 327 Main St., Wakefield, 218-0282, contemporarytheatercompany.com

Newport Classical

MAR. 10: Celebrate classical music in this intimate setting with violinist Randall Goosby, as he displays his talent in developing tone, intensity and power through Beethoven’s ninth violin sonata and other works. Pianist Ann Han accompanies. 7:30–9:15 p.m. $45–$85. Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, 846-1133, newportclassical.org 

Music at the Farm

MAR. 12: Marvel in performances by the talented brother and sister, David and Nina Bernat, accompanied by pianist Jiarong Li. Pieces will include Telemann’s “Methodical Sonata,” Bach’s “C Major Sonata” and Penderecki’s “Duo Concertante.” Visit the website for details. Adults $30, children $15. Noon. Grace Note Farm Inn, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Rd., Pascoag, 567-0354, gracenotefarmweb.com

Rhode Island Philharmonic

MAR. 17–18: Tito Muñoz conducts with Alexander Gavrylyuk on piano for the West Side Story orchestra. Open rehearsal Fri. 6:30 p.m., TACO Classical Concert Sat. 8 p.m. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 248-7000,



Newport Contemporary Ballet

MAR. 16–18, 24 AND 25: Newport Contemporary Ballet presents “Elements,” a performance with ballet companies from around the country collaborating to produce cultivating pieces about choreographer Gerald Arpino’s life and works. 7:30 p.m. $38–$58. The Keats Theatre at St. Andrew’s School, 63 Federal Rd., Barrington, 847-4470, newportcontemporaryballet.org



RISD Museum

ONGOING: Check out exhibitions on view including “Past Made Present,” “Art and Design from 1900 to Now” and “Being and Believing in the Natural World.” Tues., Wed., Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.­–5 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri. noon–7 p.m. Adults $17; seniors $12; youth eighteen and younger free. Free admission Thurs. and Fri. after 5 p.m. and all-day Sun. 20 North Main St., Providence, 454-6500, risdmuseum.org

Newport Art Museum

ONGOING: View thought-provoking exhibits such as “Joseph Norman: Works from the Permanent Collection,” “Conflict and Remembrance” and “Social Fabric: Textiles and Contemporary Issues.” Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. Adults $15; seniors $10; college students and military $8; museum members and children seventeen and younger free. 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 848-8200, newportartmuseum.org 

Audrain Automobile Museum

through mar. 12:  Travel through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to admire the various developments and automotive engineering throughout the years. From the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen to the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Coupe, picture yourself driving some (or all) of these unique automobiles of the past. Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Members free; adults $18; seniors, military and students with ID $10; children six through seventeen $8. 222 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 856-4420, audrainautomuseum.org



Providence Walks: Early Black History Tour

ONGOING: Learn about the historic sites in the capital city like the Joseph Brown House, the Providence Gazette and the Dr. Jabez Bowen House during an Early Black History walking tour. Follow the map to stop by marked points throughout the self-guided tour, which gives walkers insight into early Black history, the legacy of slavery and its aftermath through 1636-1865. Visit the website to print the map or for the virtual version. Various locations throughout Providence, goprovidence.com

Gondola Village

ONGOING: Live out the ultimate dining dream in a luxuriously decorated gondola at Ocean House. Step inside a cozy private dining venue outfitted with warm woods, sophisticated Le Creuset tableware, fine textiles and chandeliers. Indulge in some breakfast, lunch, afternoon apero or dinner selections. A portion of proceeds benefits the Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving. Reservations required. Breakfast 8 and 10 a.m.; lunch noon and 2:30 p.m.; afternoon apero 5 p.m. and dinner 6:30 p.m. $180–$600. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, Westerly, oceanhouseri.com

Artists’ Exchange Art Classes

THROUGH APR. 8: Take part in spring classes in sewing, jewelry making, storytelling theater and more. Available for all ages and abilities. Visit the website for times, prices and class registration. Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Sq., Cranston, 490-9475, artists-exchange.org

Wine Wednesdays

THROUGH MAR. 22: Join the Chair 5 Restaurant at the Break Hotel on Wednesdays to sample three different styles of fine wine. Savory chef-inspired appetizers will be served as guests take in the sounds and sights of the Narragansett shore. Wed. 6 p.m. $30. Chair 5 Restaurant at the Break Hotel, 1208 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 363-9820, southcountyri.com

The Big LeBREWski

MAR. 1–31: For the second year in a row, local craft breweries are competing to see who’s the best. Each participating brewery is offering a complimentary pour for ticket holders to vote upon. Visit the website to secure tickets. $40. Various locations throughout Rhode Island, rifoodfights.com

Harnessing Color Weaving and Printmaking Day

MAR. 4: Learn a new skill during this free drop-in printmaking and weaving workshop hosted by Casey Weibust and Melissa Seitz. Create your own monochromatic designs using stamps, stencils and much more, or explore different looms to try weaving — the choice is yours. Noon–3 p.m.; gallery hours are Wed.–Sat. from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and by appointment. Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown, 560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org

Southcoast Health Aquidneck 10K Run/Walk

MAR. 26: A portion of proceeds from this event will support the Norman Bird Sanctuary, where participants get to enjoy Aquidneck Island’s gorgeous scenery and wildlife refuge. All entrants receive a race shirt, race bib, timing chip and finisher’s medal. Visit the website to register. Sun. 9 a.m. $44–$60. Second Beach, 315 Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, aquidneck10k.com


THROUGH APR. 2: Seventy-third annual Home Show, Providence, ribahomeshow.com

APR. 1–30: Newport Daffodil Days, Newport, newportinbloom.org

APR. 9: Easter Brunch in the Ballroom, Ocean House, Westerly, oceanhouseri.com

APR. 11–23: Six – The Musical, Providence, ppacri.org 

APR. 16–22: Providence Pizza Week, Providence, goprovidence.com