Five Can’t-Miss Events this Week in Rhode Island

Snack at the Mac and Cheese Smackdown, see Macbeth at Trinity Rep, listen to the tunes of Mumford and Sons and more fun things to do from February 21 to 27.

Mac and Cheese Smackdown

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An afternoon filled with the tastiest mac and cheese you can imagine? Sounds like a win-win to us! The second annual Mac and Cheese Smackdown is happening this weekend, so whether you scoop it up with a spoon or stick it with a fork, you’ll be able to sample some outrageously cheesy goodness in the city by the sea.

The Details: Feb. 23. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Children under 3 free. Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina, 1 Goat Island, Newport, 401-849-2600,


Providence French Film Festival

Make sure to bring your glasses, you’re going to have to read a few subtitles if you’re not fluent in French for this night on the town. With dozens of films on the docket for the whole week, you’re sure to find one that will interest you. Bring a friend, significant other or maybe go on your own to ponder the depth of foreign cinema.

The Details: Feb. 27. 7:30 p.m. $9, $7 students. Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, 154 Angell St., Providence,


Macbeth at Trinity Rep

Have you ever thought about giving Shakespeare another try after those dreaded high school or college English courses? Or maybe you’ve loved the Bard right along. Either way, this performance is sure to be a hit. Make sure you arrive at the theatre early – there will be a thirty-minute pre-show prologue, free for the audience, in which the actors give insight into the process of reworking a classic, followed by a question and answer session for all of your burning questions.

The Details: Feb. 27. 7:30 p.m. $25-$64. Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence, 401-351-4242,


Mumford and Sons  

This British-based band is making their way across the pond to the Dunk in Providence. Known as a folk/rock band featuring Grammy Award-winning favorites, concert goers will be on their feet singing and dancing the night away to Mumford and Sons’ greatest hits and some new favorites.

The Details: Feb. 27. 7:30 p.m. $41.50-$101.50. Dunkin Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Sq., Providence, 401-331-6700,


Wild Night Gala

An elegant gala for a great cause, the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island is hosting its twenty-fifth annual Wild Night Gala. Party animals: Have a wild night and participate in the silent auction, dine on a delicious dinner, sip wine and dance the night away! Money raised will be used for medical resources and rehabilitative care to support over 5,000 animals that the organization helps every year.

The Details: Feb. 23. 5:30-9 p.m. $125. Roger Williams Park Casino, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-294-6363,


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


Reporting assistance by Samantha Labrecque and Alyssa Anderson. 

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