Things To Do in January

Discover the best things to do in Rhode Island this month, including family-friendly activities, festivals, performances, food events and shows. Here are our top picks:

  • Hit up Monster Jam, go skating by the sea and sip brews with your favorite falcons in your January Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Jan
19
Sun
Chemistry: It’s Elemental @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Jan 19 all-day
Chemistry: It’s Elemental @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Chemistry: It’s Elemental
Saturday, January 18, – Monday, January 20
Chemistry is all around us! Join the Museum of Natural History for hands-on activities and experiments to explore and learn about the fascinating world of chemistry!
Special Chemistry Weekend Happenings:
10 am-4 pm: Chemistry Family Fun – crafts, activities and special quest
Cost: Free with museum admission
noon-2 pm: Radical Reaction Activity Table
Cost: Free with museum admission
1 pm and 2 pm: Cosmic Origins Spectograph Fulldome Planetarium Show
Cost: $3 per person/includes museum admission. Children must be age four and older to enter the planetarium.
Discover spectroscopy, the science of light, and learn how scientists study the Universe by deciphering clues hidden in light arriving from distant objects. Please note: This fulldome planetarium show does not include a brief tour of the night sky using the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector.

Midnight at the Masquerade Murder Mysterdy Dinner @ Cowesett Inn
Jan 19 all-day
Midnight at the Masquerade Murder Mysterdy Dinner @ Cowesett Inn | West Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

Join us as we host the Midnight at the Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner happening on Sunday, January 19 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets includes the following:

– A live show from one of New England’s premier murder mystery dinner acting troupes
– A standard masquerade mask
– Delicious dinner including:
-Fresh rolls and butter
-Tossed garden salad
-Bourbon beef tenderloin
-Grilled salmon
-Chicken marsala
-Herb-Roasted potatoes
-Vegetable medley
-Dessert
-Coffee/tea/soda/juice
-Gratuity and Taxes

Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

A description of the event is as follows:

The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation was probably the last thing heard by the tragically and unexpectedly deceased at the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball. With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party!

Attend the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! Evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, suits, and tuxes are what to wear to this high class night of masks and murder. Get ready for a glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue, and murder.

Prime Rib Sundays at GPub @ Providence GPub
Jan 19 all-day
Prime Rib Sundays at GPub @ Providence GPub | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

On Sundays, get GPub’s popular 10oz. prime rib special with au jus and horseradish cream, served with mashed potato and vegetables, for only $22! Located close to the Dunkin Donuts Center on Orange Street, GPub is the perfect place for a meal before or after Providence Bruins home games.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story @ The VETS
Jan 19 all-day
The Simon and Garfunkel Story @ The VETS | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The internationally-acclaimed hit theater show The Simon and Garfunkel Story is coming to The VETS. The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom and Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the show also features a full live band performing all of their hits, including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.

Spin/Zumba Fundraiser for DSSRI @ Bristol Total Fitness
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Bristol Total Fitness Peggy & Carol Ann for this fun charity event on Sun. January 19 starting at 10:30 am to raise funds for the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island, A suggested donation of $10. 100 percent of donations go to DSSRI. All levels of fitness are welcome and this event is open to the public.

Space is limited for Spin call 401-254-3900 to reserve your bike.

 

Football Conference Championship at GPub @ Providence GPub
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm
Football Conference Championship at GPub @ Providence GPub | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The football Conference Championship is on Sunday, January 19, and we’ll have our seventeen LED TVs tuned to the action! Grab a table or a bar stool and order food and drink specials, then glue yourself to the screen! We’ve also got prizes, promos and giveaways, and group reservations are available! Visit providencegpub.com for more info. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Winter Music Series: Under the Tuscan Sun – Italian Arias @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm
Winter Music Series: Under the Tuscan Sun - Italian Arias @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Come feel the warmth of sunny Italy featuring Italian operas followed by optional dinner in Blithewold’s Dining Room. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions for this program.

Ice Skating at Gurney’s @ Gurney's Newport
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This year guests and locals are encouraged to “Donate to Skate” by bringing any item of clothing to receive complimentary skate rentals at Gurney’s ice rink in Newport. We are partnering with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rhode Island.

PHIL VASSAR Stripped Down Acoustic Tour @ Greenwich Odeum
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
PHIL VASSAR Stripped Down Acoustic Tour @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. Phil’s reign of signature songs include ten number one singles and twenty-sox top forty hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You; and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid- ’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk(Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999.

Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. On the “Stripped Down” tour Phil will be bringing new insight to the songs and stories that have become some of the biggest hits in music. He will be releasing a new acoustic EP titled “Stripped Down” on January 3rd, 2020.

Tickets to this event include an additional $5 Historic Restoration Fee which assists in restorations and repairs of the Greenwich Odeum. When purchasing tickets online, an additional $2 convenience fee per transaction will be applied. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Jan
20
Mon
Chemistry: It’s Elemental @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Jan 20 all-day
Chemistry: It’s Elemental @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Chemistry: It’s Elemental
Saturday, January 18, – Monday, January 20
Chemistry is all around us! Join the Museum of Natural History for hands-on activities and experiments to explore and learn about the fascinating world of chemistry!
Special Chemistry Weekend Happenings:
10 am-4 pm: Chemistry Family Fun – crafts, activities and special quest
Cost: Free with museum admission
noon-2 pm: Radical Reaction Activity Table
Cost: Free with museum admission
1 pm and 2 pm: Cosmic Origins Spectograph Fulldome Planetarium Show
Cost: $3 per person/includes museum admission. Children must be age four and older to enter the planetarium.
Discover spectroscopy, the science of light, and learn how scientists study the Universe by deciphering clues hidden in light arriving from distant objects. Please note: This fulldome planetarium show does not include a brief tour of the night sky using the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector.