Things To Do in February

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:

  • Taste your way around the Ocean State with the Best Doughnuts passport, roar to the Dunk for Monster Jam and make pretty nature-inspired valentines with the kiddos in your February Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Feb
16
Sun
IMC’s Junior Company presents Carnival of the Animals @ Island Moving Company Studios
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm
IMC's Junior Company presents Carnival of the Animals @ Island Moving Company Studios | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Junior Company of Newport’s Island Moving Company will present the charming work, Carnival of the Animals at Island Moving Company’s studio on Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 and 3:30 pm.

The Island Moving Company studios are on the second floor at 3 Charles Street, off Washington Square, in Newport. The performances are part of Newport’s Winter Festival celebration.

The Carnival of the Animals is directed by Brooke DiFrancesco and choreographed by Christine Sandorfi. A Lion, two Hens, a Donkey, a Tortoise and other assorted creatures dance to music by Camille Saint-Saens in a production that lasts roughly one half hour. Newport’s Winter Festival presentation will be suitable for children of all ages and will include an opportunity to join the dancers in some dancing after the performance.

Tickets are:
$6 for one adult plus one child
$4 for additional adult
$3 for each additional child
$1 off for each bracelet presented

Feb
22
Sat
Mardi Gras Ball @ St Ann Arts and Cultural Center
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm
Mardi Gras Ball @ St Ann Arts and Cultural Center | Woonsocket | Rhode Island | United States

The Norther Rhode Island Council of the Arts is presenting its twenty-sixth annual Mardi Gras!
The event will take place February 22 at 5:30 pm (Doors open 5 pm)
This fun evening includes Live bands, full buffet, and an entire evening of dancing.

Live Band: The Squeezebox Stompers. (Zydeco, Blues and Soul, Cajun Waltzes)

Dinner included.
Menu:
– Mixed Greens w/ Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Olives, Shaved Parmesan Cheese
– French Meat Pie
– New Orleans Creole Chicken and Sausage over Pasta
– Cajun Shrimp and Rice
– Maple and Bacon Green Beans
– Garlic Roasted Potatoes
– Artesian Bread with Whipped Butter
– Mardi Gras Cake
– Coffee Station
St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street Woonsocket

Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door if available).
Email: lcloutier1@cox.net
Phone: (401) 762-9072

Feb
28
Fri
Open Rehearsal at IMC Studio @ Island Moving Company Studios
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us on Friday, February 28
For an Open Rehearsal in preparation for our
Opening Weekend performances at Rosecliff,
March 5 – 8
Meet the choreographers:
Shane Farrell, Danielle Genest and Miki Ohlsen
7-9 p.m.
Enjoy an informal evening of dance at our studio.
Donations at the door would be gratefully accepted
Please bring your favorite beverage to share!

This event is free but due to overwhelming turnout at previous open rehearsals, we ask you to reserve your space in advance.

reserve your space at: https://islandmovingco.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0F1H00000GZZPSUA5

IMC Studios
3 Charles St.
Newport

History of Irish Dance Past to Present @ Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm
History of Irish Dance Past to Present @ Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island | Cranston | Rhode Island | United States

The role of Irish dance throughout the generations! Presenters are National Heritage Fellow in Irish Dance Kevin Doyle, widely recognized as performer, teacher, choreographer and producer; Mary Lee Partington known as Pendragon Celtic ensemble’s vocalist and songwriter and a founder of the Blackstone River Theatre; and set (social) dance teacher Barry Callahan who currently hold classes with his wife Pat at the Ceilidhe Club Monday evenings.
Join us for an exciting evening celebrating Irish dance and a chance to learn a few steps. Event sponsored by the 1916 Committee in the hall. Guitarist and balladeer Tim Keohane on tap in the pub afterward.
Free admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Mar
5
Thu
Motion State Dance Festival @ WaterFire Arts Center
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm
Motion State Dance Festival @ WaterFire Arts Center | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The new Motion State Dance Festival is designed to introduce audiences to the latest in contemporary dance. Local and national artists converge to share their boundary-pushing creative explorations with the growing dance-loving community in Rhode Island.

The inaugural festival will focus on solo performances that showcase the diversity of who makes dance and the types of dance being made today. Each night includes work by artists from Rhode Island, New York City, New England and beyond, including solos choreographed by the late Merce Cunningham, recently performed as part of “Night of 100 Solos” in celebration of the choreographer’s 100th birthday.

Interspersed between the performances will be short films of dances made specifically for film. Each evening features a unique program of four different choreographers and two films, for a total of eighteen singular pieces.

In addition to the performances and films, master classes at local colleges and community talks with the artists will expand audiences understanding of contemporary movement-based performance. Visit http://www.motionstatearts.org for more info.

Motion State Arts is thrilled to be partnering with WaterFire Arts Center on this new venture. WaterFire’s cathedral-like 37,000-square-foot Main Hall, built in 1929 for the US Rubber Company as a manufacturing facility, is spectacularly inspiring–a truly unique space for these unique artists.

Programs (Read more about the artists at http://www.motionstatearts.org/2020-festival-artists):

March 5:
Beth Gill (NYC)
Vanessa Knouse (NYC)
McKersin Previlus (Boston)
Sokeo Ros (Providence, RI)

March 6:
Eleanor Hullihan (NYC)
Miguel Gutierrez (NYC)
Heidi Henderson (Wakefield, RI)
Mar Parrilla (Boston)

March 7:
Erin Dowd (NJ)
Orlando Hernández (Providence, RI)
Bebe Miller (Columbus, OH)
Jenna Pollack (Boston)

Mar
14
Sat
Bustin’ Out Cool Old School Dance Party @ Providence Marriott
Mar 14 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm

There will be music provided by DJ Boom, a cash bar, dancing to jazz and dance music, a chance to win some raffle prizes and help people in need.

A portion of the proceeds will go to diverse students attending Roger Williams University School of Law.

Mar
22
Sun
Rustic Wedding Expo 2020 @ The Mishnock Barn
Mar 22 all-day
Rustic Wedding Expo 2020 @ The Mishnock Barn | West Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Engaged? Save the Date! It’s the fifth annual Rustic Wedding Expo at the Mishnock Barn, 200 Mishnock Rd., West Greenwich on Sunday, March 22 from noon-3 p.m. Connect with the area’s top wedding professionals and plan your wedding.

Free admission for engaged couples! Guest tickets only $5 when you pre-register. Please click here to register for your free tickets or guest tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rustic-wedding-expo-tickets-86581580839

Guest tickets will be $10 at the door. Engaged Couples free admission.

For information and to showcase your business please email Kelly@BridalShowsbyKelly.com

Free swag bag to the first 100 attendees.

Mar
27
Fri
Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope @ FBP Black Box Theatre
Mar 27 @ 8:00 pm
Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope @ FBP Black Box Theatre | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Witness world class ballet in the intimacy of the Black Box Theatre. FBP’s Up Close series returns with beloved masterworks and new creations, a mixed program that has something for everyone! From George Balanchine’s explosive Tarantella to the sultry and jazzy, concert adaptation of Who Cares? set to the music of Gershwin, plus new works by both renowned and emerging choreographers, this is one program you won’t want to miss.

Mar
29
Sun
Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope @ FBP Black Box Theatre
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm
Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope @ FBP Black Box Theatre | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Witness world class ballet in the intimacy of the Black Box Theatre. FBP’s Up Close series returns with beloved masterworks and new creations, a mixed program that has something for everyone! From George Balanchine’s explosive Tarantella to the sultry and jazzy, concert adaptation of Who Cares? set to the music of Gershwin, plus new works by both renowned and emerging choreographers, this is one program you won’t want to miss.

Apr
3
Fri
Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope @ FBP Black Box Theatre
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Festival Ballet Providence presents Up Close on Hope @ FBP Black Box Theatre | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Witness world class ballet in the intimacy of the Black Box Theatre. FBP’s Up Close series returns with beloved masterworks and new creations, a mixed program that has something for everyone! From George Balanchine’s explosive Tarantella to the sultry and jazzy, concert adaptation of Who Cares? set to the music of Gershwin, plus new works by both renowned and emerging choreographers, this is one program you won’t want to miss.