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
26
Sun
Opening Receptions @ Providence Art Club
Jan 26 all-day
Opening Receptions @ Providence Art Club | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join the Providence Art Club on Sunday, January 26 from 2-4 pm for the opening receptions of three exciting new exhibitions.

On view in Maxwell Mays Gallery:
Susan Heuck Allen, Sally Barker, and Kelly McCullough

On view in the Mary Castelnovo Gallery:
All Weems: Off The Wall

On view in the Dodge House Gallery:
Patricia Allen and Nancy Godfray

These exhibitions will continue through Friday, February 14. The galleries of the Providence Art Club are always free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Regular gallery hours are weekdays 12-4 pm, weekends 2-4 pm, and by appointment. For more information about any of these shows please contact gallery manager Michael Rose at 401-331-1114 ext. 5.

Screening and Discussion of the film “The Public” with URI’s Media Education Lab @ East Providence Public Library
Jan 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Just what does the “public” in public library mean? And what do libraries have to do with social issues like homelessness, mental illness, and the opioid crisis? Come for an afternoon screening of Emilio Estevez’s new film The Public and stay for a discussion about the issues it raises and how well the film, or any film, can address them. Estevez stars, along with Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Michael Kenneth Williams, Taylor Schilling, and Christian Slater. Co-sponsored by the Media Education Lab at URI and the East Providence Public Library.

Valley Talks: Mischief Managed: A Cinematic Journey @ Museum of Work & Culture
Jan 26 @ 1:30 pm
Valley Talks: Mischief Managed: A Cinematic Journey @ Museum of Work & Culture | Woonsocket | Rhode Island | United States

Valley Talks, a series of free historical lectures, continues on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:30pm, at the Museum of Work and Culture.

Rhode Island International Film Festival Executive Director George Marshall will present Mischief Managed: A Cinematic Journey. The talk will focus on how a small idea to bring foreign films to a Rhode Island audience transformed over a thirty-eight year journey, resulting in a non-profit arts organization with an international reputation. Since its inception, RIIFF has screened nearly 5,500 independent films for more than 450,000 film lovers and has received more than 68,000 entries from around the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to view one such film, “A Sister,” the 2019 festival winner for best live action short.

Marshall is the founder and producing director of Flickers, the Newport Film Society and Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization which produces the acclaimed Rhode Island International Film Festival, a BAFTA and Canadian Screen Awards qualifier, as well as a qualifier for the Academy Awards short films categories. Marshall teaches mass media communications, film studies, television, field production, digital newsgathering, public speaking, and acting for camera courses at various colleges and universities throughout the area.

Seating is limited to seventy-five and is first-come, first-served.

Jan
27
Mon
RI Remote Workers MeetUp @ Sprout CoWorking
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
RI Remote Workers MeetUp @ Sprout CoWorking | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

It’s our first meetup! Jeff Robbins will lead a discussion and talk about the trends and tipping points that he has observed in the remote work world over the past fifteen years. Free and casual. Whether you’re running a company and thinking about going remote or just a remote worker looking to pick up some tips, please stop by! We’d love to meet you. Open to the public: https://www.meetup.com/Rhode-Island-Remote/events/267584724

Jan
28
Tue
New England Team Trivia at GPub @ Providence GPub
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New England Team Trivia at GPub @ Providence GPub | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Come down to GPub for Trivia Tuesday to show off your knowledge of anything (and everything) – be the smartest, and you may even take home a gift card! The fun begins at 7 p.m.

Trivia Tuesday: Disney Edition @ Providence GPub
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Trivia Tuesday: Disney Edition @ Providence GPub | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

On Tuesday, January 28, partake in a special edition of Trivia Tuesday at Providence GPub! This month’s theme is “Disney”. The fun starts at 7 p.m., and gift cards are up for grabs! Complimentary valet parking is available.

Jan
29
Wed
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee’s @ Nick-A-Nees
Jan 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee's @ Nick-A-Nees | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Bluegrass Throedown features a different local or touring bluegrass band every Wednesday night at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence. There’s never a cover, but there’s always a good time.

bluegrassthroedown.com

Free

Feb
5
Wed
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee’s @ Nick-A-Nees
Feb 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee's @ Nick-A-Nees | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Bluegrass Throedown features a different local or touring bluegrass band every Wednesday night at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence. There’s never a cover, but there’s always a good time.

bluegrassthroedown.com

Free

Feb
8
Sat
Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2020 Insight from The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show @ Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath
Feb 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2020 Insight from The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show @ Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath | Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

Our designers are back from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and are ready to share the knowledge! With over 600 leading brands at the show, including over 100 new companies, they’ll share new products, upcoming trends, and the latest insights direct from the manufacturers themselves! If you are planning an upcoming remodel, bring your questions and be prepared to be inspired! While you’re in our showroom, enjoy the kitchen and bathroom displays surrounding the event space. A light brunch will be served immediately following the event. This event is complimentary; however, we will be accepting food donations for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Feb
9
Sun
Valley Talks: Sixty Years of the Newport Folk Festival @ Museum of Work & Culture
Feb 9 @ 1:30 pm

Valley Talks, a series of free historical lectures, continues on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30 pm, at the Museum of Work and Culture.

Former Providence Journal music critic Rick Massimo will present sixty Years of the Newport Folk Festival. The talk will illuminate how this iconic Rhode Island event, the musical world around it and the city of Newport have transformed since the festival’s founding in 1959. Massimo will explore these evolutions through music, photographs, and stories, most of which are encapsulated in his new book: I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival.

Massimo grew up in Providence. He covered pop music for The Providence Journal for nine years and now works as a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. He has authored two books: I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival (Wesleyan University Press 2017) and A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set (Lyons Press 2016).

Seating is limited to seventy-five and is first-come, first-served.