Five Can’t Miss Events: August 30–Sept. 6

Funny shows, rhythm and roots to dance to, a moonlight paddle in Wakefield and more fun things to do.

1. Rhythm and Roots Festival

Enjoy a weekend of “r and r” and we’re not talking about rest and relaxation! Head to the Rhythm and Roots Festival for a hearty dose of soulful music and camping at Ninigret Park. Your time will be jam-packed with food, crafts, dancing and, of course, American roots music headlined by Grammy winners the Mavericks and Rosanne Cash.
The Details: Sept. 1–3. 1 p.m.–midnight. See website for ticket prices. Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 800-901-7173,

2. Moonlight Paddle

Join the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island for an evening of outdoor adventure magic. Watch the night sky come alive and see the reflection of the moon glisten off the water as you paddle around the Wickford waterfront. This guided tour winds through the harbor at dusk, allowing you can catch a glimpse of the stillness that the darkness brings.
The Details: Sept. 6. 7–9 p.m. $40. Wickford Waterfront, 70 Brown St., North Kingstown, 401-295-4400,

3. House of Z

Film still from House of Z.

Join newportFILM Outdoors for the annual picnic contest and showing of the film, House of Z, which explores the meteoric rise of fashion designer, Zac Posen. The key to this evening is not only to bring a gaggle of friends to watch a great documentary on the OceanCliff lawn, but to do it in style. Pack a picnic replete with tasty eats (may we suggest fried chicken to-go from Newport-based Winner Winner?) and make sure to style it in the theme of the night: A Posen and Plaid Picnic. According to newportFILM, “be inspired by all things tartan, tattersall, gingham, madras and Posen’s role as current creative director for Brooks Brothers’ women’s wear.” Following the film, stick around for a Q-and-A between Posen and film director, Sandy Chronopoulos.
The Details: Aug. 31. 7:30 p.m. Free. OceanCliff, 65 Ridge Rd., Newport,

4. Bell, Book and Candle

Enjoy one of the last performances of this quirky play from the folks at Second Story Theatre. Watch as modern-day witch Gillian casts a spell to prevent her rival witch from snapping up her beguiled neighbor. The catch is, her neighbor falls in love with Gillian, wreaking havoc with her magic. Will she give it all up for love?
The Details: Now through Sept. 3. Friday and Saturday show at 7:30 p.m., Sunday show at 2:30 p.m. $40 for adults, $25 for ages twenty-five and younger. Second Story Theatre, 28 Market St., Warren, 401-247-4200,

5. The Producers

“You could make more money with a flop than you could with a hit!” exclaims dweeby accountant Leopold Bloom, inspiring one of the most harebrained and hilarious shows to hit the stage. Watch Theatre by the Sea present the sidesplitting tale of scheming producer Max Bialystock and his unwitting sidekick Bloom as they bumble their way through writing, casting and producing the worst flop to ever grace Broadway.
The Details: Now through Sept. 10. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Rd., Wakefield, 401-782-8587,

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.

Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly.



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