35 Fun Things to Do in Rhode Island This April

From flower fests and waterfront candlelit nights to family-friendly Easter festivities, we've compiled all the activities to add to your to-do list this month.
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4/1–30:  Newport Daffodil Days

What: Behold the breathtaking sight of more than 1.2 million yellow daffodils blooming within the City by the Sea. Visit spaces like Ballard Park and near Easton’s Beach, and participate guessing the exact number of daffodils for a chance to win a prize. The event supports nonprofit ​​Newport in Bloom, an organization dedicated to filling the city’s public spaces and gardens with flowers. Where: Various locations throughout Newport. More info: newportdaffydays.com.

4/12: Candlelight Nights at the Coast Guard House 

What: Alongside endless views of the vast Narragansett Bay, join the Coast Guard House for some fine dining in an illuminated dining space. The seasonally themed candle display offers comforting mood lighting for a serene night with friends or a significant other. Call or visit the website to reserve your table. Where: Coast Guard House, 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett. More info: 789-0700, thecoastguardhouse.com.

4/17: Easter Egg Roll and Hunt

What: Kiddos — do you have what it takes to push an egg down the Ocean House lawn with a long-handled spoon to the finish line? At the eleventh annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt, every participant is a winner as the event ends with an Easter treat. Other holiday festivities include meeting the Easter Bunny and searching for hidden treats at the egg hunt. Proceeds from this Easter celebration are donated to charity. 10 a.m. Free for hotel guests, $15 per child for day guests. Where: Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill. More info: 888-853-2919, oceanhouseri.com.

Egg Hunt

Courtesy of the Ocean House.

Courtesy of the Ocean House

Theater

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre

THROUGH APR. 10: The play Ironbound by Martyna Majok and directed by Rachel Walshe combines humor and non-sugarcoated themes of love and life. Set in a New Jersey town, the story follows Darja, a Polish immigrant, who believes survival is the only measure of success while love is both a luxury and a liability. Tues.–Sun. Visit the Gamm’s website for times. $36–$70. 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, 723-4266, gammtheatre.org

Contemporary Theater

APR. 2, 8 AND 9: Whodunit? An Improvised Murder Mystery isn’t your regular story; it’s an improvised tale full of deception and secrets. Find out who survives the snowy night and who doesn’t as a group of six quickly realize they’re victims for a potential murder in a secluded location. 7 p.m. $10–$40. 327 Main St., Wakefield, 218-0282,
contemporarytheatercompany.com

Providence Performing Arts Center

APR. 5–10: Step into the life of an isolated student in the contemporary musical Dear Evan Hansen, where a letter that was never meant to be seen turns into a lie that was never meant to be told and completely changes his status in school. The deeply personal and profound play discusses topics of life and the way we live it. $65–$168. APR. 12–17: The electrifying musical Ain’t Too Proud gives you a glimpse into the lives of the Temptations from the streets of Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With themes such as loyalty, betrayal, brotherhood and family, the musical features the quintet’s iconic hits like “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination.” $20–$94. Visit the website for times. 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 421-2787, ppacri.org

Trinity Rep

APR. 7–MAY 8: Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo, themes of love, dreams, revenge and forgiveness are found in Sueño, a metaphysical story about an imprisoned Spanish prince later released to either live life on the throne or back in isolation. Run time is two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. Dowling Theater, Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence, 351-4242, trinityrep.com

 

Fairs and Festivals

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, Delicious Deli, Buns Bakery and Two Gals Cocktails. Inside the barn, browse through unique gifts, enjoy live entertainment and more. Sat. 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free admission. Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, 254-1745, mounthopefarm.org

Providence Flea

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

Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo

ONGOING: Choose menu items from more than fifteen local food trucks as well as beer from Trinity Brewhouse during the eighth annual Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Enjoy live music from Sidy Maiga Music, Catnip Junkies, Pat Lowell Acoustic and more while picnicking on the lawn. Play on Hasbro’s Boundless Playground for free or hop on the carousel or train ride for additional pricing. Fri. 5–8:30 p.m. starting April 15. Free admission. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, foodtrucksin.com/food-truck-events

Aquidneck Growers Market

THROUGH APR. 30: With vendors like Sprout and Lentil, Shewatuck Farm and Fully Rooted, access to organic and conventionally grown produce and products comes easy at the Aquidneck Growers Market. Get your fill of breads, cut flowers, prepared foods and more. Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. Free admission. Stoneacre Garden, 151 Swinburne Row, Newport, 256-7077, stoneacregarden.com

Bloom Flower and Home Market

APR. 2–3: Want to add another plant baby to your collection? Pick out your favorite spring apparel in preparation of the Bloom Flower and Home Market. Filled with more than eighty-five vendors, check out indoor and outdoor plants, art, home decor and more, cocktail in hand. Noon–6 p.m. $5. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, bloomflowerandhome.com

Newport Beer Festival

APR. 30: Celebrate hand-crafted beers at the tenth annual Newport Beer Festival. Rain or shine, connect with forty craft brewers and beer buffs alike. Tickets include samples and a souvenir tasting glass. Proceeds help benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild. 2–5:30 p.m. $60. Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, ribrewersguild.org  

 

Trips and Tours

Clouds Hill Museum

ONGOING: Visit the Victorian private home-turned-museum and inspect the house’s interior, the Center for the Outdoors, the Arboretum Trail and other parts of the historic site. Call to schedule a tour. Adults $12, seniors $10, military and students with ID $8, children six through twelve $5. 4157 Post Rd., Warwick, 884-9490, cloudshill.org

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 starting April 23. $74–$89. Various locations in Providence and Newport, rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Seal Watch Tours

THROUGH APR. 24: New Englanders have no shame in enjoying an iced coffee during the winter months, and migratory harbor seals are no different. The “dogs of the sea” love the Narragansett Bay’s chilly waters, so it’s the perfect time to go on a seal watch tour and nature cruise to observe the local wildlife. Visit the website for dates and times. Adults $22; seniors, military, Save the Bay members and children three through twelve $17. 30 Market Sq., Newport, 203-7325, savebay.org 

Newport Foodies Stroll

APR. 30–OCT. 29: Throughout the 1.75-mile walking food tour, rediscover Thames Street with the help of great meals. Wander the historic streets of the City by the Sea with tour guides Thomas and Susan Maxwell in between three-course meals and wine pairings at notable restaurants and pubs — taste the delicious cuisine from places like the Reef and Cold Fusion Gelato. Reserve your spot online. Wed., Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. and noon. Adults $88, children twelve and younger $37. Meeting location in front of wave statue, 337 Thames St., Newport, 619-3019, newportfoodiesstroll.com

 

Kids’ Stuff

United Theatre

ONGOING: The Story to Screen event, presented by the United Education Department, invites young book lovers to a storytime session followed by a cinema screening of a movie based on the book. The ticket comes with a small popcorn, a granola bar and water. Although this is a youth program, the event is open to all ages. The Savoy Book Store will also have a table onsite selling children’s books. Every third Sunday. 10 a.m. $8. 5 Canal St., Westerly, 388-8208, unitedtheatre.org

 

Music

Providence Singers

APR. 3: Joined by dancers from the State Ballet of Rhode Island, the Providence Singers present Broadway favorites full of solos and choruses from plays like Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Listen to soloists including bass-baritone Kevin Deas and Providence-based tenor and multi-instrumentalist Brad Kleyla, conducted by Christine Noel. 3–5 p.m. $20–$30. McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, 751-5700, providencesingers.org

Newport Classical

APR. 22: Witness Italian-born pianist and first-prize winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna
Rodolfo Leone, making his Newport debut for the Newport Classical Chamber Series. Program includes Brahms Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 and Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13. 7:30 p.m. $45–$58. Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, 846-1133, newportclassical.org

Blackstone River Theatre

APR. 23: Fellswater, the dynamic eight-piece Celtic music ensemble is in town from Boston, performing a wide range of music from modern to traditional compositions, inspired by the music of Scotland, Canada, Ireland and beyond. 8 p.m. $18. 549 Broad St., Cumberland, 725–9272, riverfolk.org 

 

Dance

Stadium Theatre

APR. 3: Hear the historic tale of the Princess Aurora, who’s been awakened after a century of sleep by the kiss of a prince. This classical Sleeping Beauty presented by Heritage Ballet  is set to Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score to pair with the dazzling dancing. 2 p.m. $20–$40. 28 Monument Sq., Woonsocket, 762-4545, stadiumtheatre.com

 

Sports

Dunkin’ Donuts Center

APR. 1 AND 29: Providence Bruins vs. Springfield Thunderbirds, 7:05 p.m. $20–$46. APR. 3: Providence Bruins vs. Syracuse Crunch, 4:05 p.m. $20–$46. APR. 4: Providence Bruins vs. Hartford Wolf Pack, 7:05 p.m. $20–$46. APR. 9: Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Islanders, 7:05 p.m. $20–$46. APR. 11 AND 19: Providence Bruins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. $10–$46. APR 22: Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 7:05 p.m. $20–$46. APR. 23: Providence Bruins vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:05 p.m. $20–$46. APR. 24: Stars on Ice, 4 p.m. $30–$145. APR. 30: Providence Bruins vs. Utica Comets, 7:05 p.m. $20–$46. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Sq., Providence, 331-0700, dunkindonutscenter.com

 

Benefits

Newport Night Run

APR. 9: Hit the ground running on the Newport Night Run’s decorative course, set in some of Newport’s rural roads including parts of Hazard Road and Ocean Avenue. The annual after-hours 5K begins and finishes at Rogers High School and supports the Newport Public Education Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Adults $35, students $31 through April 7; adults $40, students $35 day of the race. Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Rd., Newport, newportnightrun.com

 

Museums

RISD Museum

ONGOING: Plan your in-person visit in advance online and check out exhibitions on view including “Striking Chords,” “Trading Earth” and “Variance.” Tues., Wed., Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.­–5 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri. noon–7 p.m. Adults $17, seniors $12, students $8, youth 18 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

Audrain Auto Museum

THROUGH MAY 8: Compare the iconic motors of the 1980s and ’90s to today’s hybrid super cars during the New Age of Supercars exhibit. See how our everyday technology has advanced while also cherishing the cars of yesterday. 222 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 856-4420, audrainautomuseum.org

Newport Art Museum

THROUGH MAY 8: Explore one of the Newport Art Museum’s most popular exhibitions, “Call and Response,” featuring three contemporary regional artists including Emily Belz, Diane Barcelo and On-Kyeong Seong. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Ilgenfritz Gallery, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 848-8200, newportartmuseum.org  

 

Galleries

Imago Gallery

THROUGH APR. 17: ​​Appreciate the works within the exhibit called “Cast Shadows,” featuring IFA Artist Yolanda Mazzoni and guest artist Madolin Maxey. Gallery hours are Thurs. 3–6 p.m., Fri. and Sat. noon–6 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m. Imago Gallery, 36 Market St., Warren, 245-3348, imagofoundation4art.org

Jamestown Art Center

THROUGH MAY 7: The exhibition named “Reassessment and Wonder,” or “RAW,” encourages a reflection of the past, as well as a new perspective on today and the wish to shift forward. The installment, curated by Danielle Ogden, implores visitors to search within themselves and explore their environmental, physical and psychological state. Wed., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. or by appointment. 18 Valley St., Jamestown, 560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org

 

Etcetera

The Bit Players

ONGOING: Witness improvisation at its best from this group of energetic and fun-loving souls. Inspired by the hit show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, the award-winning comedy troupe presents side-splitting musical numbers, quick witty responses, games and amazing characters made up on the spot from the audience’s suggestions, so every show is unique in this BYOB facility. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $18. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Pl., Newport, 849-3473, bitplayers.net

Rhode Island Home Show

APR. 7–10: After a three-year hiatus, check out the seventy-second annual Rhode Island Home Show, featuring a specialty flower show, a garden experience and energy expo. Thurs. and Fri. noon–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9

Blithewold Mansion

APR. 16–MAY 24: The thirty-three-acre estate welcomes guests to experience Daffodil Days once again, with its gardens filled with more than 50,000 daffodils, not to mention some fun-for-the-family programming. Come and stroll the grounds at your leisure. Daily. 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol, 253-2707, blithewold.org

Asian Lantern Spectacular

APR. 13–JULY 4: Head to Roger Williams Park Zoo after dark to witness a wonderland of illuminated, larger-than-life lanterns inspired by the wild. Stroll through the interactive displays while indulging in Asian-inspired cuisine and drinks. Tickets sold online only. Wed.–Sun. 6–10:30 p.m. Adults $25, children $23, babies one and younger free. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 785-3510, rwpzoo.org

The Providence Athenæum

APR. 22: Celebrate the incredible voices of the Poetry Out Loud 2022 finalists, reciting classic poems dedicated to Charles and Deborah Philbrick and the art of poetry. Recent speakers have included bestselling authors Ann Patchett and Pulitzer-winning historian David Blight. 5:30 p.m. Members free; non-members can make a pay-what-you-can
donation. Virtual. providenceathenaeum.org

Black Voices Film Series

APR. 26: Directed by Regina King, catch One Night in Miami at the United Theatre, a fictional account of an incredible night when icons Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown discuss their roles in the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s. 7 p.m. United Theatre, 5 Canal St., Westerly, 388-8208, unitedtheatre.org

 

Looking Ahead to May

MAY 7: Kentucky Derby Party, Weekapaug Inn, Westerly, weekapauginn.com

MAY 7: Yoga with Elephants, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, rwpzoo.org

MAY 11–15: My Fair Lady, PPAC, Providence, ppacri.org

MAY 17–JULY 8: Beyond Van Gogh, Providence, vangoghprovidence.com 

MAY 21–22: Newport Oyster and Chowder Festival, Newport, bowenswharf.com