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

Chow down on seafood at Bowen’s Wharf, witness an electropop opera with the Wilbury Theatre Group, and more fun things to do from May 19–25.
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Newport Oyster and Chowder Festival

Pair live music, cocktails and camaraderie with fresh seafood staples at the Newport Oyster and Chowder Festival. Held rain or shine, this seafood-honoring weekend invites you to dig into shucked oysters, creamy chowder and more from local vendors and growers along the waterfront destination. Food can be purchased directly from the vendors, and onsite cash bars will be offering libations as well.

The details: May 21-22. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Free admission. Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. 401-849-2243,


Wilbury Theatre Group

Based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, award-winning composer Dave Malloy presents Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera that amplifies the possibilities for the genre with its vivid storytelling and striking score.

The details: Thursday–Sunday from May 19-June 19. Visit the website for times. $15–$55 or make a pay-what-you-can donation. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, 401-400-7100,


Sprout Coworking’s Spring Open House

Check out the Sprout Coworking space in Providence, where company team members and remote workers are welcome to call the site their office for the day from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. On the Rising Sun Mills campus, the fun workday includes a company photo taken by Glenn Turner and a catered lunch.

The details: May 20. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Sprout CoWorking Providence

166 Valley St., Building 6M, Suite 103, Providence, 401-536-9336,


State Ballet of Rhode Island

The State Ballet of Rhode Island introduces this year’s Spring Expressions, presented by artistic director Herci Marsden. Bring your own picnic supplies and watch the eclectic presentation of poetry, music, classical and neo-classical dance, including Herci Marsden’s Tarantella, Dance of the Hours and Thais Meditation. The presentation also features two premieres – New Day’s Lyric and Western Hyperbole – with guest dancers and choreographers. Call to reserve your ticket in advance.

The details: May 20–21. Fri. 6:30 p.m., Sat. 5:30 p.m. $30 per seat. Brae Crest, 52 Sherman Ave., Lincoln, 401–334–2560, 


The Knickerbocker

Join New Orleans transplant Daphne Parker Powell at the Knickerbocker for her highly anticipated return to Rhode Island. Performing alongside her is local legend MorganEve Swain and up-and-coming talent Ben Shaw with his band.

The details: May 20. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. $15. The Knickerbocker Music Hall, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly, 401-315-5070, 



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