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

Celebrate Mother’s Day on the water, catch live music at Union Station Brewery and more fun things to do from May 6-12.
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Mother and daughter celebrating Mother’s Day on a boat. Photo by Getty Images.


Art Blooming at Linden Place Mansion 

Linden Place Mansion is kicking off its 2021 season with an exhibit of artworks and floral arrangements. Wander the rooms of this beautifully preserved mansion built in 1810, where you’ll find unique displays from local artists and floral designers who have been inspired by the house museum. There will be an opening night reception on May 7 in the garden with hors d’oeuvres, sangria and live music. 

The details: May 7-9. Opening reception, $35. Exhibit, $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Friday, 6-8 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 500 Hope St., Bristol, 401-253-0390, 

Crafting for Critters Craft Fair

Join Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter as they host more than fifty artisans for their seventh annual spring craft fair. Shop for jewelry, fine art, handmade accessories, home decor, and more while you munch on bites from local food trucks. Proceeds from the fair will benefit homeless animals awaiting adoption at the Warwick Animal Shelter. Your pets have to stay home for this event, but you can bring them back something special, like homemade all-natural dog treats. Donations of wet cat food and wet dog food are welcome. 

The details: May 8. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2348 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-480-9769, 

Ian O’Neil Live at Union Station Brewery

SOLD OUT: You won’t want to miss this performance from Ian O’Neil, best known as the lead guitarist for Providence’s own rock-folk band, Deer Tick. Soak up the Americana vibes with your favorite tracks from O’Neil’s acclaimed solo album, “Ten Years Of It.” Social distancing will be enforced and capacity is limited, so book your table early. 

The details: May 8. Free. 8-11 p.m. 36 Exchange Terrace, Providence, 401-274-2739,

Mother’s Day Mimosa Boat Tours 

Treat Mom to a special celebration on the water with a boat tour of Providence. Each fifty-minute tour will cruise the Providence River, through Riverwalk and Waterplace Park and into Providence Harbor. Reservations are available all day, so you can go for a laid-back afternoon romp or a peaceful evening sunset cruise. Get ready to make a few toastsall passengers twenty-one and older will get complimentary mimosas for their scenic river ride. 

The details: May 9. $5-$30. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 15 Bridge St., Providence, 401-580-2628,

Mother’s Day Paint and Sip

Paint and Vino is hosting three different wine and paint sessions for Mother’s Day. The morning session will paint a blooming sunflower, the afternoon session will paint a whimsical bouquet, and the evening session will paint a sunset landscape with a cosmic fuschia sky. No matter which session you choose, mom will appreciate spending time together, creating something beautiful and, of course, getting your wine time on! You can also choose to join the event virtually via Zoom, and Paint and Vino will provide you with supplies. 

The details: May 9. $35. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m., 6-8:30 p.m. 150 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-680-0856,




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