34 Things to Do, Hear and Watch in May

View a majestic full-moon ritual, take a hike with friendly goats, create a fairy garden and more fun happenings this month. (And no, they're not all on Zoom — huzzah!)
Courtesy of Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.

Kentucky Derby Party
May 1: Dig out your derby hat and seersucker jacket for Linden Place’s annual bash. Enjoy mint juleps, live music, auctions, prizes, bourbon tasting and a live stream of the 147th Kentucky Derby. Proceeds benefit Linden Place. 4–7 p.m. $100. Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol, 253-0390, lindenplace.org

Rare and Unusual Plant Sale
May 10, 15–18: Virtual again this year, Southside Community Land Trust’s annual plant sale offers online ordering of about 150 veggie, herb and fruit starts beginning on May 10. Curbside pickup is scheduled for May 15 to 18. Proceeds from the plant sale — as well as donations made during the plant sale — help defray the costs of providing 3,000 plant starts to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Visit the website for pickup time and plant prices. Southside Community Land Trust, 109 Somerset St., Providence, 273-9419, southsideclt.org


Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm
Ongoing: Lace up your sneaks and head over to Middletown’s historic Simmons Farm to walk with the goats. Enjoy expansive vistas of Narragansett Bay and bucolic pastureland during the hour-and-a-half nature walks. Farmer Karla Simmons leads the walk, which features conversations about local history and farming in New England. Post-walk, sip a mug of hot cocoa and purchase some goat cheese made fresh at the farm. See website for walk times. $10–$40. Simmons Farm, 1942 West Main Rd., Middletown, 848-9910, simmonsorganicfarmri.com

Providence Flea
Through May 23: Located in Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s new market hall, Providence Flea’s Sunday market showcases locally produced artisan goods, carefully curated vintage clothing collections, antique artwork and so much more. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free admission. 10 Sims Ave., Providence, providenceflea.com

Fairy Gardens at the Audubon
May 2: Create a miniature garden for magical guests. Landscape a planter with fairy-friendly plants and natural materials, build a tiny house and create some whimsical furniture to make your backyard fairies and gnomes feel right at home. Face masks, social distancing and advance registration are required. This event is for visitors ages sixteen and older. 2–3:30 p.m. $25–$30. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol, 949-5454, asri.org

Ex Libris at the Athenaeum
May 7, 14: Join the Athenaeum online for Ex Libris, a virtual series featuring an array of humanities scholars, authors, historians and thought leaders. The short conversations illuminate fascinating topics and inspire the intellectually curious. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker after the presentation. You must have a Zoom account to participate in the online programs. 421-6970, providenceathenaeum.org

Art Blooming at Linden Place
May 7–9: The first ever event of its kind features dozens of original artwork and floral arrangements by local artists and designers — all inspired by the Linden Place gardens or mansion. The event will be “COVID-safe,” according to a release, and tickets will be timed; call for more information. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Members $10, non-members $15. Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol, 253-0390, lindenplace.org

Mother’s Day Tea at the Ocean House
May 8: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a whimsical tea party. The young and the young at heart can enjoy teatime, complete with tea cakes, snacks and assorted desserts. The interactive affair, complete with a performance, is a special way to celebrate mom. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $35–$55. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 888-853-2919, oceanhouseri.com

Audubon’s Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop
May 8: Design a beautiful pendant with sea glass found on local beaches. Learn how to choose the right piece of glass and transform it using quick and easy wire wrapping techniques. The program includes all materials. Face masks, social distancing and advance registration are required. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20–$25. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, 949-5454, asri.org

Bites and Bubbles at Weekapaug
May 20: Enjoy the early summer sun and take a motorboat shuttle to a beautiful remote beach on Quonochontaug Pond. Then, enjoy a beach bar and hors d’oeuvres in all of the glory the Ocean State has to offer. This event is for guests twenty-one and older only. 5-6:30 p.m. $40. Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Rd., 888-565-5023, oceanhouseri.com

Food Truck Night at the Newport Car Museum
May 22: Enjoy fare from more than a dozen food trucks, live music and a beer and wine garden from Trinity Brewhouse. Social distancing and face masks are required while waiting to order and pick up food. Trucks will be spread out so that all lines can accommodate six feet between customers. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. Noon–3 p.m. Free to attend; $5 for parking. 1947 West Main Rd., Portsmouth, foodtrucksin.com

Audubon’s Flower and Plant Press
May 22: Whether you’d like to preserve a special rose, the wildflowers in your yard or create your own herbarium specimens, having a flower press can be a great way to dry and flatten flowers and leaves. All materials will be provided and each participant will assemble their own adjustable plant press to take home. Face masks, social distancing and advance registration are required. 2-4 p.m. $40–$50. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, 949-5454, asri.org

Boots on the Ground for Heroes at Fort Adams
May 28–31: Honor veterans this Memorial Day at Operation Stand Down RI’s installation of more than 7,000 military boots representing each American service member killed in the Global War on Terror. This year, a separate display recognizes service members who died by suicide due to PTSD and related mental health conditions. Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Mon. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Free admission. Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, osdri.org