34 Fun Things to Do in Rhode Island this November

From Comic Con to Newport Restaurant Week, we've compiled all the activities to add to your to-do list this month.

FEATURED EVENTS

 

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11/4–6

Rhode Island Comic Con

WHAT: Show off your clever cosplay and get starstruck at Rhode Island Comic Con. Bump into celebrities like John Cleese, Ralph Macchio and Alicia Silverstone, stars from “The Book of Boba Fett,” “The Walking Dead” and “Supernatural,” and artists such as Rick Leonardi and Joe St. Pierre. Win prizes with your kids by signing up for the cosplay contest on Saturday morning; divisions include novice, intermediate, master and best in show. Contest is held Sunday afternoon. Visit the website for ticket prices. Fri. 3–9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: Amica Mutual Pavilion, 1 La Salle Sq., and the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. More info: ricomiccon.com.

 

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11/4–13

Newport Restaurant Week 

WHAT: Enjoy ultimate meals and deals in the City by the Sea and neighboring areas during Newport Restaurant Week. Take part in BOGO deals, prix fixe offerings and more for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert; need we say more? Use the hashtag #newportrestaurantweek on social media to show off your delicious dishes. Where: Various locations in Newport and Bristol. More info: discovernewport.org/newport-restaurant-week.

 

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11/25–12/18

The Hard-Pressed Cider Company

WHAT: Sip on hot mulled cider or hot chocolate while munching on delicious cider doughnuts from the Hard-Pressed Cider Company as you select a Christmas tree with the family at the Farmer’s Daughter Christmas tree farm. Visit the website for times. Where: The Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center, 716 Mooresfield Rd., South Kingstown. More info: hardpressedcidercompany.com.

THEATER

Trinity Rep

nov. 3—JAN. 1: The annual showing of  A Christmas Carol, reimagined anew every year, shares the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformative journey with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Directed by Aileen Wen McGroddy, the show runs for ninety minutes with no intermission. Visit the website for show times. $25–$87. Chase Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence, 351-4242, trinityrep.com

The Gamm Theatre

NOV. 3—27: For tight-knit friends in blue-collar Reading, Pennsylvania, life is hard but reassuringly predictable, until layoffs and picket lines pit friends against one another in a fight for survival. Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat discusses race, deindustrialization and the decreasing middle class with humor and heart. Visit the website for dates, times and ticket prices. 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, 723-4266, gammtheatre.org 

Providence Performing Arts Center

NOV. 12—13: Two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, writer and actor John Mulaney returns to PPAC for “John Mulaney: From Scratch.” 7 p.m. $58–$98; VIP tickets including tour poster, crew neck sweatshirt and more, $269. 

NOV. 15—20: Seen by more than 130 million people in several different countries and languages, Cameron Mackintosh presents the Tony Award-winning Les Misérables. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth century France, Les Misérables tells the story of broken dreams and unrequited love, redemption and sacrifice — an ageless tribute to the survival of the human spirit. The play’s score includes songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home” and others. Visit the website for dates and times. $64–$124. 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 421-2787, ppacri.org

Wilbury Theatre Group

NOV. 17—DEC. 18: Erik Blake has brought his wife and mother for Thanksgiving at his daughter and her boyfriend’s new home. His mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, and his other daughter Aimee recently went through a nasty breakup. The parents aren’t happy to hear that their daughters are struggling in NYC and are worried that they’re abandoning their values. The Humans by Stephen Karam tells the story of the standard family reunion: a group of people who love each other but wrestle with the basic human fears of abandonment, old age, poverty and death. Visit the website for dates, times and tickets. 475 Valley St., Providence, 400-7100, thewilburygroup.org

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

The Good Trade Makers Market

NOV. 19—20: Intermingle with a variety of tradespeople at the Good Trade Makers Market and support small businesses from fifteen different states while also getting ahead on your holiday shopping. Tickets include a complimentary small beer, coffee, cocktail or iced tea from one of the beverage sponsors such as Trinity Brewhouse, ISCO, Proclamation Ale, New Harvest Coffee Roasters and Granny Squibb’s Iced Tea. Noon–6 p.m. $7 online; $10 at the door. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, 273-1155, goodtrademakersmarket.com

Providence Flea

THROUGH NOV. 20: Bring home rare and intriguing finds from local vintage vendors, makers, bakers, farmers and more. Indulge in food truck cuisine, ice cream, coffee and cocktails, enjoy live music and play corn hole. Also visit the Black Friday Flea on NOV. 25 from 5–9 p.m. as a part of the Friday Night Markets. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free admission. Farm Fresh RI Market Hall, 10 Sims Ave., Providence, providenceflea.com 

 

TRIPS AND TOURS

Providence River Boat Company

THROUGH NOV. 1: Brave the dark waters of the Providence Marina during the Haunted Boat Tour, where passengers can learn more about the city’s deceased and restless souls while getting a view of historic architecture, moonlit bridges and cobblestone walkways. Reserve your spot online and dress according to the weather. Visit the website for dates and times. $27–$30. 101 Dyer St., Providence, 580-2628, providenceriverboat.com

Coastal Queen Cruise

NOV. 5–27: Take in panoramic views of Castle Hill Light, Rose Island Lighthouse, Goat Island Lighthouse and other destinations in Newport throughout the scenic seventy-five-minute Fall Lighthouse Cruise ride. Learn about Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay during this narrated tour, and chill out in the Coastal Queen’s warm and cozy lower deck, or the covered upper deck with dropdown curtains for a different view of the lighthouses. Visit the website for dates and times. Starting at $32. 5 Bowen’s Landing, Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 423-9900, coastalqueencruises.com  

 

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On your Rail Explorers journey, admire views of Jamestown, coastal woodlands, the Mount Hope Bridge and more, accompanied by snacks from home. photograpH courtesy of Rail Explorers.

Rail Explorers Tours

THROUGH NOV. 6: Take a bite out of Sunday brunch or check out the night sky with Rail Explorers in themed, pedal-powered tours — with snacks — from the Southern Circuit to Bayside Station. Thurs.–Mon.; see website for tour times and ticket prices. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net

Rhode Island Red Food Tours

ONGOING: Explore your favorite Rhody neighborhoods in the capital city and the City by the Sea with a food tour. Walking tours include delicious food samplings plus alcohol pairings at six local restaurants. Reservations are required. Thurs.–Sun. at noon. $74–$89. Various locations in Providence and Newport, rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

 

KIDS’ STUFF

Studio Playground 

THROUGH NOV. 12: Feel empowered during an eight-week acting class with Studio Playground. Children ages eight to ten can explore the art of improvisation, participate in acting games and expand their storytelling skills while building confidence and bonding with their other theater mates. Sat. 11 a.m.–noon. $350. Visit website for reservations. Rhode Island School for the Deaf, 1 Corliss Park, Providence, studioplayground.org

Holiday Lights Spectacular 

NOV. 25—JAN. 1: Let your holiday spirit roam  free at the Holiday Lights Spectacular while taking in more than two million illuminated lights all around you. Escape reality for a bit while admiring the dazzling lights and listening to classic holiday jingles alongside family and friends. 5–9:30 p.m. $12; $10 ages two–twelve; children one and younger free. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 785-3510, rwpzoo.org

 

MUSIC

Newport Classical

NOV. 4: The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet delves into Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 5 and Bartók’s fifth quartet, a work whose visceral drive and beauty continue to astound to this day. Through her piece “Valencia,” Caroline Shaw showcases the well-crafted construction of the ordinary orange — something simple in nature yet extraordinary and complex. 7:30 p.m. $45–$58. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, 846-1133, newportclassical.org 

Blackstone River Theatre

NOV. 4: Le Vent du Nord, 8 p.m. $32; $36 at the door. NOV. 6: Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton, 7 p.m. $15; $18 at the door. NOV. 12: Mile Twelve, 8 p.m. $20; $24 at the door. NOV. 13: Patrick Ball, “The Fine Beauty of the Island,” 3 p.m. $18; $20 at the door. NOV. 20: Atwater-Donnelly Band with Cathy Clasper-Torch and Erin Lobb Mason, 3 p.m. $18; $20 at the door. NOV. 26: Kevin Doyle’s Roscommon Soles Thanksgiving Holiday Concert, “Health to the Ladies,” 7 p.m. $20; $24 at the door. 549 Broad St., Cumberland, 725-9272, riverfolk.org 

RI Philharmonic

NOV. 11—12: Enjoy a Rhode Island Philhar-monic Orchestra Amica Rush Hour Series concert, featuring performances from the Taco Classical Series with conductor Kensho Watanabe and pianist Olga Kern, executing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 7. Fri. 6:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 p.m. $15-$77. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 248-7000, tickets.riphil.org

 

DANCE

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s “What Problem?”

NOV. 4: Witness the revolutionaries of modern dance as they explore issues of identity. Co-presented by FirstWorks and the Brown Arts Institute at Brown University, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s What Problem? captures the tension between belonging to a community and feelings of isolation that many may experience in these divisive political times. 7:30 p.m. $24–$79. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 421-4278, firstworks.org

Island Moving Company

NOV. 23, 25—27, 29—DEC. 2: Follow Clara on her adventures during A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Enter several detailed rooms in the mansion, then take a seat in the ballroom as she dances with the Snow Queen and battles the Mouse King with the Nutcracker by her side on the way to the Land of Sweets. Visit the website for dates and times. $135–$225. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-4470, islandmovingco.org

State Ballet of Rhode Island

NOV. 25­—26: In the historic romantic comedy ballet Coppélia, the adventures of Swanhilda, Frantz and friends will have the audience in fits of laughter as they try to find out who the girl on the balcony really is. 2 p.m. Visit the website for ticket prices. The Historic Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave., Cranston, stateballet.com, theparkri.com

 

BENEFITS

Second Annual Veterans’ Masquerade Ball

NOV. 5: Join RISE Real Estate Consultants for their second annual Veterans’ Masquerade Ball benefiting at-risk veterans, taking place on the same night of the WaterFire Salute to Veterans. Start the evening off with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down dinner, dessert and coffee. 5 p.m. $125–$1,100. Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way, Providence, 308-3279, veteransmasqueradeball.com

MUSEUMS

Audrain Automobile Museum

THROUGH DEC. 4: Audrain’s twenty-sixth exhibition, “Collecting Moving Forward —Youngtimer Landmarks,” celebrates iconic vintage vehicles and the music and fashion that binds it all together. Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults $18; seniors, military and students with ID $10; ages six through seventeen $8; members free. 222 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 856-4420, audrainautomuseum.org 

RISD Museum

ONGOING: Plan your in-person visit in advance online and check out exhibitions on view including “Past Made Present,” “Take Care” and “Helina Metaferia.” Tues., Wed., Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.­–5 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri. noon–7 p.m. Adults $17; seniors $12; ages 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

 

GALLERY

The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler

THROUGH NOV. 9: Susan Matthews, Magaly Ponce and Anna Shapiro. NOV. 17—DEC. 9: Jason Travers; reception is Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at the nonprofit artists’ space. Mon.–Fri. 3–6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun. noon–4 p.m. 228 Angell St., Providence, 528-2227, chazangallery.org

Artist Open Studios

NOV. 5: Examine artists’ studios in northwestern Rhode Island and listen as they share their art, processes and inspiration. Studios range from new rustic barns
to restored farmhouses and custom-designed spaces attached to homes. Visit the website to download a map of participating studios. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Various locations in Foster, Glocester and Scituate, artistopenstudios.org

 

ETCETERA

PVD Vegan Restaurant Week

THROUGH NOV. 6: More than twenty Rhode Island restaurants will showcase their unique plant-based fare during Vegan Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants and vendors, including PiANTA, Basil and Bunny, Casa Azul Taqueria and Wara Wara, will offer a three-course prix fixe dining experience or two to three plant-based specials. Visit the website for the full list of participating restaurants. Various restaurants throughout the state, vegrestaurantweek.com

Lord of the Pies

NOV. 1—30: The way you eat pizza — whether you fold it up like a taco, cut it with a fork and knife or stack slices on top of each other­ — says a lot about you. During R.I. Food Fights’ Lord of the Pies competition, try out all of these pizza-eating methods at about twenty participating pizza shops, each offering either one free pizza slice or an entire pie to individuals with coupons. Every passport purchase comes with a free four-pack of Yacht Club soda. $30. Various locations in Rhode Island, rifoodfights.com

Comedy Connection

NOV. 4—5: Dan Mintz, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $25. NOV. 11—12: JR De Guzman, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $30. NOV. 13: Special Olympics fundraiser, 7 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. $25. NOV. 17—19: Robert Kelly, Thurs 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Sat. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $25. NOV. 25—26: Doug Key, Fri. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Sat. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20. 39 Warren Ave., East Providence, 438-8383, ricomedyconnection.com

The Illusionists

NOV. 16: The Illusionists —Magic of the Holidays is a mind-blowing showcase for the entire family featuring jaw-dropping talent, outrageous acts and thrilling
magic. 7:30 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. $35–$75. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, thevetsri.com 

Colt State Park Half Marathon

NOV. 6: This running tradition offers gorgeous seaside views of Bristol’s Colt State Park. Presented by Performance Physical Therapy, the 13.1 miles of New England coastline is sure to keep runners motivated as they head through the fast, flat course on the road race displaying the shores of Narragansett Bay. Registration includes race, light  refreshments after the race and an official race shirt, available on a first come first served basis. 8:30 a.m.; packet pickup begins at 6:45 a.m. $80. Colt State Park, Bristol, coltstateparkhalf.com

Tom Segura at the Vets

NOV. 17: Laugh it up with actor, comedian and writer Tom Segura, one of the biggest names in the comedy business. He’s best known for his Netflix specials, “Ball Hog,” “Disgraceful,” “Mostly Stories” and “Completely Normal.” 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. $48–$103. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, thevetsri.com

Annual Holiday Fair

NOV. 19: Join St. Andrew Lutheran Church at its annual Holiday Fair, featuring crafts, books, jewelry, baked goods, quilts and more. Warm up with coffee, doughnuts and homemade soups to go. Masks are required. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted. Call for more information. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 15 East Beach Rd., Charlestown, 364-8683, standrewri.org

 

LOOKING AHEAD

December

STARTING DEC. 16: Japan Makes Its Marque(s), Newport, audrainautomuseum.org

DEC. 2, 9 AND 16: Pasta Night, Richmond, preserveaspot.com

DEC. 9—10: Holiday Arts Market, Jamestown, jamestownartcenter.org

DEC. 16—24: The Nutcracker, Providence, festivalballetprovidence.org

DEC. 17: Mount Hope Holiday Market, Bristol, mounthopefarm.org