Five Can’t-Miss Events: May 17–23

Slurp on briny bivalves by the water, see a historic Providence gem come to life, taste your way around the world at Global Eats and more fun things to do.

Global Eats

Taste your way around the world with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island culinary event, Global Eats. Watch renowned local chefs in action at personal cooking stations and try several different dish interpretations that are prepared from the institutes Global Cookbook. Chef Billy Manzo from Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza, Chef Maria Meza from El Rancho Grande, Chef Jennifer Behm-Lazzarni from Red Fin and many more will prepare delicious dishes for festival foodies. All fundraising proceeds will support the programs vital programs and services.

The Details: May 17. 5:30-9 p.m. $35. Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike St., Providence, 401-784-8600,


Rare and Unusual Plant Sale

Get your garden growing at this twenty-sixth annual plant sale. Choose from hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals, perennials and fruits and vegetable plant starts, totaling for about 20,000 offerings in all. Meander among the knotty fruit trees and the vegetables beds on the working farm, listen to live music and consult an experienced gardener for all of your gardening needs. The organic seeds are sown inside the green house over several weeks in the spring and are as locally grown as you can get!

The Details: May 19–20. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Free. City Farm, 168 West Clifford St., Providence, 401-273-9419,  


Providence Athenaeum Fountain Opening

The Providence Athenaeum has restored the legendary Richard Fountain to its original glory and is now operating after being dormant for at least a decade. The fountain, which was donated in 1873, was likely the first public drinking fountain in Providence and the country – the local legend says a sip from the fountain leads you back to Providence no matter how far you may roam! Pop the Prosecco and toast to this gem, take a tour of the library and snack on light refreshments. Live jazz music will be playing and children’s art activities will be offered.

The Details: May 20. 2-4 p.m. Free. Register online. 251 Benefit St., Providence, 401-421-6970,


Night at the Opera

Listen to the beautiful tunes of the Providence Singers while they take you on a glorious journey through the world of opera. Giuseppe Verdi’s creations will be performed, with contributions from Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, Gaetano Donizetti and many more talented favorites. Slip on your best dress or find your favorite bow tie for this classy choral celebration. The gala concert will benefit choral education and performance.

The Details: May 19. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Grand Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-751-5700,    


Newport Oyster Festival

Photo by Trixie B. Wadson/Bowen’s Wharf.

Oyster lovers, prep your palate for a weekend’s worth of briny bivalves on the waterfront. On Friday night, slurp as many oysters as your heart (and stomach) desires at the all-you-can-eat oyster tasting which is paired with Champagne and dinner stations on Bowen’s Wharf. That Saturday and Sunday, guests can return to Bowen’s Wharf for a second round of oysters from thirteen growers, plus food from other restaurants and live music. Try your hand at the shucking contest too!

The Details: May 18–20. See website for event times and ticket prices. Bowen’s Wharf, 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 401-849-2243,


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

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