Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: Sept. 15–21
Fall Fest, oyster fete, street painting and more.
If you like live music, food trucks, carnival rides and a place where the beach never has an off-season, the Misquamicut Fall Fest is for you. The Fall Fest is not holding back: It has fire jugglers, magic shows and two classic car shows. Don’t forget about the food! Food ties everything together, and the sixth annual Fall Fest is not shy about the selection. The event boasts a Food Truck Rodeo — that's 400 feet of food trucks, people — with seafood, gelato, tacos, Jamaican cuisine and, of course, chowder. Interested in arts and crafts? There is something for you, too. More than fifty craft vendors will be selling their wares, and other vendors will offer opportunities for henna, face painting or hair wraps. Gather your friends and family of all ages for this ultimate beach party.
The Details: Sept. 16–18. Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. General one-day admission $7, children younger than four are free. Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, misquamicutfestival.org.
Celebrate Rhode Island’s aquaculture by heading to the Ocean State Oyster Festival, where you can be one of the millions who consume Rhode Island oysters per year. This event aims to support local oyster farmers and partial ticket proceeds support Save the Bay’s after-school programming, which gives students the chance to see Narragansett Bay as an outdoor classroom. By purchasing tickets to the event, you can enjoy six oysters, a cold drink, local bands, activities for the kids and highlights from local food and drink purveyors. Don’t miss this Rhode Island seafood event, as it may be our last summer hurrah.
The Details: Sept. 17. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door and children younger than twelve are free. River Walk Park, South Water Street, Providence, oysterfestri.com.
Grab your chalk and get ready to make a masterpiece. The Rotary Club of Providence is hosting its annual Street Painting Festival for the public to view. This festival is a chance for artists of all age groups — younger than twelve, middle school, high school, college and adults — to show their talent. In the past, artists have created images such as: Superman bursting out of the pavement; a tree trunk growing from the ground up; and portraits from the hit series “Breaking Bad.” Visuals like those may be at the event this year along with new ones hitting the pavement. This event is also a chance for Rotarians to sponsor a square and donate between $250 and $500 to the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation. This event will be packed with creativity, good feelings and community involvement. Head over to the Alex and Ani skating rink to witness art like no other.
The Details: Sept. 17. Noon–6 p.m. Artist registration fee $25. Free for public viewing. Alex and Ani Skating Rink, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, providencerotary.org.
Travel back in time at Coggeshall Farm as it hosts the annual Harvest Fair in Bristol. Have some fun and learn what it was like to live in the eighteenth century while playing games, listening to music and visiting the cattle on a hayride through the pasture. Catch Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly as they mix together guitar, banjo and Appalachian mountain dulcimer — a blend of instruments that has an American and Celtic sound. Take a look at craft vendors and sit down at a table if you desire artistic fun. Food for the whole family will be provided at the event, so head down to eat, play and relax together.
The Details: Sept. 17–18. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $7, seniors and children $5, younger than three free. Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Dr., Bristol, coggeshallfarm.org.
Watch as the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the South turn from unlikely friends to rivals. The Providence Performing Arts Center hosts the Tony Award-winning musical, Wicked, featuring such hit songs: “Popular,” “Defying Gravity,” “For Good” and more. Find your spot in the 3,100-seat theater where you will soak up the magic, friendship, rivalry and talent the stars portray. Wicked is an adaptation of author Gregory Maguire's literary prequel to The Wizard of Oz and tells the story of two young witches and the events took place before the classic story. Take a seat at the show and see how it all plays out.
The Details: Sept. 21–Oct. 8. Call or visit the website for show times. Tickets $42–$92. Limited $25 lottery tickets are also available. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2787, ppacri.org.