Five Can’t-Miss Events: August 9–15

Sip on brews at Foolproof's Augtoberfest, tie up your laces and run across the Mount Hope Bridge, listen to tunes from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and more fun things to do.

Art in Jamestown

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Clancy.

Head over to the Jamestown Arts Center on Saturday morning, pick up a map and begin your journey to meet with many local artists on an open studio tour. Hosted by the Jamestown Alliance for Artist Sustainability, there will be over twenty artists at fifteen different locations throughout the town. Whether you’re interested in sculpture, paintings, jewelry or even hand blown glass, all mediums are represented by local talent.

The Details: Aug. 11. 9 a.m–4 p.m. Free. Various locations in Jamestown, 401-560-0979,


Mt. Hope Bridge 5-K

Start the weekend off on the right foot with the second annual Mount Hope Bridge 5-K. Bright and early on Saturday morning, participants will have the unique opportunity to run, walk or jog over Narragansett Bay on the historic Mount Hope Bridge. All proceeds from the race will support the Bristol Rotary and their partner charities. Parking is available at Roger Williams University and participants will be taken by shuttle to the bridge.

The Details: Aug. 11. 7:30 a.m. $35-$40. Parking at Roger Williams University, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Bristol, 401-856-9197,


Augtoberfest at Foolproof Brewing Company

If Oktoberfest seems too far away, swing by Foolproof Brewery this weekend to take part in their annual Augtoberfest. Rain or shine, Foolproof’s entire current beer lineup will be pouring. Raise your glass and cheers to  a good time, listen to live music and munch on food truck fare from Citizen Wing and The Burgundian Coffee and Waffles. Plus, have fun on an inflatable slip and slide and take part in fun games and competitions. There’s no guarantee tickets will be available at the door, so get them now before they sell out! This event is for guests twenty-one and older.

The Details: Aug. 11. 3–7 p.m.. $15-$45. Foolproof Brewing Company, 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket, 401-721-5970,


Duffle Bag Bash

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Adoption Rhode Island will host their second annual Duffle Bag Bash this Sunday afternoon. Enjoy a lunch buffet from Adair Catering, bountiful raw bar selections from Matunuck Oyster Bar, a hamburger station and wine and beer from Mews Tavern. Listen to a DJ spin some tunes and children can play fun games too, all while supporting children of Rhode Island — no child should have to carry their belongings in a trash bag! Registration for the event is free, however admission to the causeworthy event has some requirements: adults must bring a brand new rolling duffle bag or suitcase, or a $25 gift card to Visa, Target or Kohls. Children must bring a brand new backpack.  

The Details: Aug. 12. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Matunuck Community Center, 619 Matunuck Beach Rd., Matunuck, 401-865-6000,


Free Rhode Island Philharmonic Concert

Photo courtesy of Chris Barnett, Rhode Island Foundation.

The Rhode Island Foundation invites the public to a free concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park. Guests can expect a sixty-set orchestra to play two forty-five-minute sets with a twenty-minute-intermission. The program features moving, inspiring and stimulating tunes, including the “Star Spangled Banner”, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and the “Harry’s Wondrous World” theme from the Harry Potter film series. Plus, bring money to snack on food truck fare from over twenty-five different food trucks at the park’s weekly Food Truck Friday night at Carousel Village. Sip on a glass or two of spirits and hops from the beer and wine garden, too.

The Details: Aug. 10. 7-9 p.m. Free. Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-274-4564,   


Reporting assistance by Samantha Labrecque.

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

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