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
20
Thu
APRI Red Ribbon Cocktail Gala @ Ballroom at the ProvidenceG
Feb 20 @ 5:30 pm
APRI Red Ribbon Cocktail Gala @ Ballroom at the ProvidenceG | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Throughout 2020, AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI) is commemorating thirty-five years of transforming the lives of people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV. As the first HIV/AIDS service organization in the state during the early days of the epidemic, APRI provided critically needed services and care, and today remains a leader in the fight against HIV—especially for those who lack access to resources and treatment and who face pervasive stigma and discrimination.

To honor this history, APRI is launching an exciting, year-long event series that celebrates the gains we have made, remembers those we’ve lost, and moves us forward toward an AIDS-free future. We reach out now to ask you to join us, particularly as we kick off the series on Thursday, February 20, with a 35th Anniversary Red Ribbon Cocktail at the Ballroom at the Providence G, featuring speaker Bruce Richman, founding executive director of the Prevention Access Campaign and the pivotal “Undetectable = Untransmittable” (U=U) campaign. You may have seen the extensive media coverage Richman and the U=U campaign have received in The Washington Post, CBS Evening News, China Global Television, CBC Canada National News, and The Lancet. Bruce was named Plus magazine’s “number one Most Amazing HIV positive People of 2018,” and he was instrumental in getting prominent public health bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to sign on to the U=U campaign. We are honored to have this internationally recognized leader in the fight against HIV join us. This cocktail reception, and other events APRI will host throughout 2020, is expected to gather hundreds across the state and offer exceptional sponsorship opportunities.

More information and tickets are available at aidsprojectri.org/celebrate.

Mar
27
Fri
2020 GOAL Cup Cocktail and Silent Auction Fundraiser @ Wannamoisett Country Club
Mar 27 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2020 GOAL Cup Cocktail and Silent Auction Fundraiser @ Wannamoisett Country Club | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Come join us on our Anniversary to celebrate sixteen years of free educational and soccer programming for our inner city youth. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale NOW! This year’s MC’s are again The Cooligans of fubotv and NYC! General Admission Tickets are $70 (5:30-9 p.m.), VIP tickets are $125 and include special event with Soccer Cooligans and special guests starting at 4:30 p.m. All tickets include appetizers, pasta stations, dessert, and free wine, beer, and soda for first two hours (5:30-7:30 p.m.).

Mar
28
Sat
Art and Chi: A Pop-Up Dinner @ Lorraine Mills- Propeller Gallery
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm

For the very first time ever, Chef Minnie Luong, founder and CHI-EO of Chi Kitchen Foods is hosting a Pop-Up Dinner at the Propeller Gallery, owned by Donald Gerola and Claire Lacoste Kapstein. The night will be filled with delicious food and drink, and phenomenal art.
Minnie and Donald and Claire are neighbors, and friends, at the Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket. They have decided it was time for them to collaborate. They have created an event that features both Donald and Claire’s steel and multi-media art, and Minnie’s cooking skills.
This event will be held on March 28 and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is the perfect event for any foodie or art lover!

Mar
30
Mon
Gamm Gala 35 @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gamm Gala 35 @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet | Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

The Gamm Gala is a celebration of theater and community. All event proceeds benefit The Gamm’s artistic, education, and community engagement programs.

This year we honor Peter J. Troy with The David Wax Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Arts. Throughout his career Peter has provided leadership and support to nonprofit organizations that benefit artists, children and communities. His quiet dedication has enriched the lives of people across of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Please join us as we recognize Peter’s remarkable contributions to the arts.

Russell Morin caters the cocktail reception and three-course dinner. There’s a raffle, live auction, and a Gamm-style performance directed by Gamm Artistic Director, Tony Estrella. Music is provided by the Tom Chace Trio.

Please join us on Monday March 30, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet as we honor Peter J. Troy and celebrate The Gamm’s thirty-fifth Season.

Apr
4
Sat
Amenity Aid’s Sixth Annual Benefit and Auction Spectacular! @ Arcade Providence
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Amenity Aid’s Sixth Annual Benefit and Auction Spectacular! @ Arcade Providence | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join us at the historic Arcade Providence in the heart of downtown for an evening of charitable giving to benefit Amenity Aid.

Funds raised through this event directly support our mission to provide essential hygiene products to those in need throughout Rhode Island. This benefit will feature special guest emcee, Meaghan Mooney from WJAR NBC 10 News, remarks from Liz Duggan, founder and executive director of Amenity Aid, a cash bar, unlimited desserts and of course a spectacular selection of silent auction items!

In addition, attendees can browse our Stock The Shelves program and select toiletries to purchase such as soap for veterans, feminine care products for homeless women, deodorant for teens in need, and so much more. As an added bonus, We Share Hope will match every product purchased during the event!

Your participation and support of this event helps thousands of struggling individuals and families in our state gain access to the most basic hygiene products necessary for good health and wellness. Thanks to this annual event that serves as our main source of funding, our neighbors will not have to choose between purchasing food or essential toiletries, utilize harmful coping strategies like washing without soap or experience emotional distress that occurs when their basic hygiene needs cannot be met.

Apr
23
Thu
Global Eats: An International Culinary Celebration @ The Strand Ballroom
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Global Eats: An International Culinary Celebration @ The Strand Ballroom | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Global Eats is back! Join us on April 23, at The Strand Ballroom to celebrate RI’s favorite annual international culinary fundraiser!

This year’s fundraiser features popular local restaurants and chefs, bringing together a variety of flavors, styles, and recipes that reflect so many of the beautiful cultures represented here in the Ocean State.

For an exclusive experience, purchase a VIP ticket to enjoy early access to a select spread of unique hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Free parking is included.

General Admission Tickets: $50
VIP Tickets: $125 (open bar & free parking included)

Our April 2020 Restaurant List:
Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti — Baker Kathleen Bellicchi
Glorious West African Restaurant — Chef Augusta Marsh-Socree
Leon’s Cafe and Catering — Chef Bill Andrews
North
O Dinis
Tallulah’s Taqueria — Jake Rojas
Waterman Grille — Chef Noah Metnick

For updates on restaurants and chefs, check the website at globaleats.org!

Apr
24
Fri
PPL 2020 Savor the Story Wine Gala – Grand Reopening Edition @ Providence Public Library
Apr 24 all-day
PPL 2020 Savor the Story Wine Gala - Grand Reopening Edition @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Don’t miss out on PPL’s 2020 Savor the Story Wine Gala — Grand Reopening Edition — in celebration of a new era for the Library following its completed think again renovation.
To reserve your table early, visit: prov.pub/sts2020
Red carpet best attire.

May
2
Sat
Racing for the Roses Soirée @ The Pavilion at Grace
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Racing for the Roses Soirée @ The Pavilion at Grace | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Boys Town New England’s Inaugural ‘Racing for the Roses’ Charity Soiree will feature a Mint Julep and Cocktail Bar, Kentucky Derby-themed Menu by Blackstone Caterers, His & Her Hat Contests, a Whiskey & Wine Grab and a Silent Auction. The night will conclude with a Live-Stream Telecast of the Derby.

Net proceeds from this event will benefit ‘Lft Together with Boys Town,’ a preventative Community Support initiative serving the most vulnerable children of Pawtucket and Central Falls.

For ticket, sponsorship or gift-in-kind donation inquiries please contact our Development Office at 401-608-9581.

May
9
Sat
The Miriam Hospital Gala and Auction – Roaring into the 20’s @ WaterFire Arts Center
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Miriam Hospital Gala and Auction - Roaring into the 20's @ WaterFire Arts Center | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join gala chairs Nancy and Howard Safran, MD and The Miriam Hospital for a roaring good time as you are transported back to the fabulous 1920’s! Enjoy a super swell spread by Russell Morin Catering and Events, bid on a nifty selection of auction items presented by professional auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla, enjoy fabulous décor by Future Affairs Productions, and dance the night away to the sounds of The SweetBeats Band.

Sponsorship and ticket sale proceeds from this year’s gala will support The Miriam Fund for a New Generation, which provides funding for programs and improvements at The Miriam that have the most crucial and pressing funding needs. Dollars raised at this year’s auctions and fund-a-need will help grow and enhance our participation in metastatic cancer clinical research trials. Being able to offer patients the latest innovations in cancer care right at The Miriam – under one roof – will help us do what we do best: bring hope.

For more information, please contact Kim Borek at 401-793-2062 or kborek@lifespan.org.

May
14
Thu
Sail into Summer Cocktail Party and Auction – Clagett Regatta Fundraiser @ Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom
May 14 all-day
Sail into Summer Cocktail Party and Auction - Clagett Regatta Fundraiser @ Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The annual Sail into Summer Cocktail Party and Auction is the Clagett Regatta’s annual fundraiser which supports sailors with disabilities. There will be a silent auction, raffle, bottle grab and cause auction for guests to enjoy while raising money to support sailors with disabilities as they “Reach for Success”.