Five Can’t Miss Events: Feb. 1–7

Check out some boats, party at a Woonsocket Mardi Gras celebration, see an ABBA cover band and more fun things to do.

1. Providence Boat Show

From Providence Boat Show Facebook.

It may be a little too early and too cold to start thinking about the beach and the ocean, but if you miss getting out on the water then the Providence Boat Show might be the perfect fix for you this winter. Whether you’re a big game fisherman, a foodie or just a casual boater, there will be something for you to get excited about at this weekend’s show. Sink your teeth into professionally prepared fillets, catch an informative boating or fishing seminar, peruse the Ocean State’s best ocean art or just meander through the Convention Center at your own pace.
The Details: Feb. 2–4. See website for times. One day tickets are $15, two day tickets are $25, and a one-day family pass (two adults and four children) is $30. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence,

 2. Woonsocket Mardi Gras

Join the Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts this Saturday night for their twenty-fourth annual Mardi Gras Celebration, popularly dubbed “The Mardi Gras of the North” by patrons and organizers alike. This year’s celebration features hilarious costumes (and prizes for the best ones!), Cajun cuisine catered by Morin’s Fine Catering, live music headlined by Squeezebox Stompers (Cajun style blues and soul) and of course lots of dancing. So head out to the dance floor this weekend decked out in shiny beads and get lost in the Louisiana spirit.
The Details: Feb 3. 5:30–11:30 p.m. Dinner is served from 6–8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets and bar are cash only. St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., Woonsocket,

3. ABBA: Arrival from Sweden

Relive your ’70s glory days by rocking out to your favorite hits by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Does Your Mother Know” and many more performed by an authentic ABBA cover band, ARRIVAL from Sweden. Founded in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden, ARRIVAL has toured in fifty-five countries around the world, and offers the ultimate ABBA experience today, complete with exact copies of their original stage clothes, as well as the only unreleased song by ABBA, “Just a Notion.”
The Details: Feb.1. 7:30 p.m. $35–$45. The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-2787,

 4. Misquamicut Aloha Luau

Take a tropical vacation without ever leaving the wintry Ocean State by checking in at the thirteenth annual Aloha Luau. Let loose and enjoy some great food (including an authentic pig roast) and live music. The Hawaiian party will also feature Asian and American food from twelve different local restaurants, as well as a silent auction where attendees can win amazing prizes ranging from dinners to day trips and vacations to concert tickets and even artwork.
The Details: Feb 2. 6:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $250 for a reserved table of ten. Venice Ballroom, 165 Shore Rd., Westerly,

5. globalFest: The New Golden Age of Latin Music

From Orkesta Mendoza Facebook.

Celebrate the new golden age of Latin music at Rhode Island College with two infectious Mexican-American bands: Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras. The indie band, Orkesta Mendoza, blends traditional Latin styles with modern electronic, hip-hop and ’60s rock to produce a sound that’s unique, but spiritually familiar. The alternative Chicano band, Las Cafeteras, mixes its East Los Angeles sound with social commentary and entertains audiences with such instruments as a donkey jawbone and a tarima.
The Details: Feb. 7. 7:30 p.m. $35. Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence, 401-456-8000,


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


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