Five Can’t-Miss Events: Jan. 10–16

Stuff yourself with sweet treats at the Spectacular Cookie Smackdown, find something for your home within the PVD Flea's treasure troves and more fun things to do.

RI Food Fights Cookie Smackdown

The finest bakers in the ocean state are competing for the title of ‘Very Best Cookie’ in the seventh annual Spectacular Cookie Smackdown! For just $20 you can stuff your face with the tastiest cookies in Rhode Island and wash it all down with as much Yacht Club Soda, New Harvest Coffee and ice cold milk your tummy can handle. Are you more of a chocolate chip cookie or oatmeal raisin kinda guy?  

The Details: Jan. 13. 1-4 p.m. $20, children ages four and under free. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence,


Providence Children’s Film Festival

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The Gordon School will host its fourth annual Providence Children’s Film Festival preview. Adults and kiddos alike are welcome to enjoy the seventy-five-minute presentation of international award-winning short films from the 2018 festival, as well as some sneak peeks into films just invited to the 2019 festival in February.

The Details: Jan. 11. 4:30 p.m. Free. The Gordon School, 45 Maxfield Ave., East Providence, 401-434-3833,   


First Lego League Championship

The future is here! Over forty teams comprised of local elementary and middle school students will compete with their robot creations in the Lego robotics state championship. Robots will exemplify outer space, living in space and are autonomous — students will have already pre-coded and pre-programmed the robots to complete tasks in order to score points on a gamefield.   

The Details: Jan. 12 . 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Roger Williams University, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Bristol,    


PVD Flea Winter Pop-up

The Providence Flea is your place to find eccentric one-of-a-kind pieces not only during the summer months, but during the cold winter season, too. If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone or a cute little succulent to bring the outdoors in, meander through the vendor’s treasure troves to find just what you are looking for. Plus, listen to live music, sip hot cocoa and fill your belly with delicious food truck fare to fuel your day of shopping ’til you drop!

The Details: Jan. 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hope High School, 324 Hope St., Providence, 401-484-7783,   


Inauguration Celebration

Join Providence Mayor, Jorge Elorza, and his family and friends for an inaugural celebration. Watch performances from local artists and see live art in action. Plus, enjoy delicious bites from several local spots including PVDonuts, Yoleni’s, El Rancho Grande, Troop and more. Guests can reserve up to four tickets online.

The Details: Jan. 12. 7 p.m. Free. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence,  


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

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