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.
Mar
2
Mon
Discovery Tykes: Digging for Dinosaurs @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am
Discovery Tykes: Digging for Dinosaurs @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Children, ages two through four with parent or caregiver, will investigate the world around them as they sing, dance and discover in this monthly series! Takes place the first Monday of each month, October through June, at 9:30 am. Each session will contain age-appropriate stories, songs, poems and a craft related to the topic. Expose your preschool child to science and culture in a unique and stimulating museum setting!
Pre-registration preferred but drop-ins are welcome.
Programs will be ongoing throughout the year.
Class sizes are small, and registration is first-come, first-served.

Mar
5
Thu
Anthony Rodia Live Presented by Paesano Entertainment Inc. @ Greenwich Odeum
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm
Anthony Rodia Live Presented by Paesano Entertainment Inc. @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Meet and Greet tickets available! Includes a photo op and a signed 8″x10″ photo.

Tickets to this event will 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.

Mar
14
Sat
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band @ Greenwich Odeum
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

An award-winning songwriter and recording artist with multi platinum albums, John Cafferty could simply be known as “The Man Who Made Eddie Cruise”. Indeed, after playing together for more than twenty-five years, from the beachside haunts of their native Rhode Island to concert venues nationwide, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band bring both passion and hard-won perspective to their musical careers. And those years have given Cafferty a story to tell which, like the best rock songwriting, is both personal and universal.

Cafferty and Beaver Brown saxophonist Michael Antunes (who actually appeared as the saxophonist in the Eddie and the Cruisers movie) know much about winning and losing. By 1982, despite their status as one of the strongest club bands in the Northeast, they still had not won a recording contract. So, they took the risk of writing and performing the music for a yet to be released movie. Of course, the film Eddie and the Cruisers became a blockbuster hit and Cafferty’s rendition of “Tender Years” (which had been a poignant gem in the band’s repertoire for years) and “On the Dark Side” flew to the top of the Billboard Charts.

As both of those tracks became hits, the soundtrack of Eddie and the Cruisers was released by Scotti Bros/CBS in May 1983 and, bolstered by cable play of the film, sold more than three million copies earning triple platinum status.

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

Mar
27
Fri
Louie Anderson @ Greenwich Odeum
Mar 27 @ 8:00 pm
Louie Anderson @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three¬-time Emmy Award winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand¬-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

In 2016 Anderson was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX comedy series Baskets. Anderson plays the extraordinary role of Christine, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. He based the character on his mother and his five sisters who were all a major presence in his life. Anderson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets in 2016.

Tickets to this event will 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.

Apr
10
Fri
The Verve Pipe @ Greenwich Odeum
Apr 10 all-day
The Verve Pipe @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits Photograph, Hero, Happiness Is, Never Let You Down and the number one smash single The Freshmen.

In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine and many more, and videos on MTV and VH1, the band has made numerous television appearances, including ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ and ‘Late Night With David Letterman.’

Between recording rock albums, including the most recent release Parachute, and their first-ever live album Villains – Live and Acoustic, featuring an acoustic reimagining of their platinum debut album Villains, The Verve Pipe expanded their repertoire to include writing and recording A Family Album, their critically acclaimed introduction to the world of children’s music, as well as their follow up family oriented release, Are We There Yet?.

With a new lineup and a renewed energy and focus, lead singer/principal songwriter and founder Brian Vander Ark and the band continue to deliver original music that is distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals.

The Verve Pipe perform both rock and kids shows throughout North America, including notable appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Lincoln Center, Hangout Music Festival, SummerStage in Central Park, and many more.

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.

Apr
18
Sat
Marshall Tucker Band @ Greenwich Odeum
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Marshall Tucker Band @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90’s, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard’s country chart and one on Billboard’s gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Blow, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don’t Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows.

“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock and roll” says Gray. “They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, Rock & Roll and all things in-between. As we’ve become older,” Gray grins, eyes twinkling, “our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off.” Gray also notes that people have gotten “married and buried” to classic MTB songs like “Desert Skies” and “Can’t You See”. After forty years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring.

Today the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label which is distributed by SONY by way of a joint venture with SHOUT! FACTORY and continues to record new material and continues to regularly tour the country to the delight of their fans, old and new.

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.

May
2
Sat
Third Annual Joseph P. McDonald, ESQ. Memorial 5-K @ Roger Williams Park - Temple of Music
May 2 all-day

Please join us for our third Annual Joseph P. McDonald, Esq. Memorial 5-K!
Registration: 9 am
Kids Dash: 9:30 am
Run: 10 am
Walk: 10:05 am
Awards: 11:05 am

Register, Donate, Create or Join a Team/Fundraiser here:
https://runsignup.com/Race/RI/Providence/JosephPMcDonald5K

There will be a kids dash, awards, food and fun for the whole Family!
Families, kids, dogs and strollers are welcome
Please contact the Race Manager, Rachel Manzo at rmanzo@tcnewengland.org with any questions or concerns.
All proceeds go to Teen Challenge Rhode Island which is a part of Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey which provides adults, teens and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution, clinical counseling, and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society.
This 5-k is in memory of Joseph P. McDonald, Esq. “JoJo” of Rocky Hill, CT, formerly of North Providence who passed away on September 14, 2016. He was thirty-six years old. Joe graduated from The University of Connecticut (2001). He received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law (2004) and founded McDonald Law Associates (2006). Joe built his law practice over the last ten years in New Britain Connecticut. He was highly successful, which he attributed in a recent interview (The New Britain Herald), to very hard work, preparation, personality and appreciating the people who worked for him. Work was not the only factor that made him the widely and deeply loved person he was. He enjoyed life to the fullest; he is described by family, friends and colleagues as being positive, charismatic, funny, energetic, extremely loyal and loving. Family meant everything to him and he never met a person he didn’t consider a friend. The extent of his kindness and generosity toward people was overwhelming. When Joe discovered, whether friend or family was in need; he would step up to the plate immediately even if they never asked. He received great joy in giving and helping people. Joe recognized that God had blessed him abundantly and wanted to share his prosperity with others who were not as fortunate. Joe’s passion was practicing law and he was outstanding in his career. The legal community has lost a great attorney and the rest of the world has lost a great man.
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Ann Hampton Callaway The Linda Ronstadt Songbook @ Greenwich Odeum
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Ann Hampton Callaway The Linda Ronstadt Songbook @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, has created an exciting night of songs and stories in celebration of one of America’s most beloved artists, Linda Ronstadt. On the heels on Ann’s symphonic/PAC triumph, The Streisand Songbook, this show celebrates the many faces of love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs from her Stone Poney Days like “Different Drum” and “Long Long Time” to pop/rock classics like “You’re No Good,” and “Desperado” to unforgettable classics from her three Nelson Riddle albums like “What’s New” and “Am I Blue,” to her iconic duets which Callaway will perform with her brilliant MD, Billy Stritch. Adding to the electrifying sound is Martin Wind on bass, Tim Horner on drums, and Linda’s long time guitarist and arranger, Bob Mann. Romantic, rousing, and joyous, The Linda Ronstadt Songbook promises to be the perfect night of music.

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.

May
21
Thu
Al Stewart Year of the Cat Show @ Greenwich Odeum
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
Al Stewart Year of the Cat Show @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Ask Al Stewart to sum up where he is now, musically speaking, and you’re likely to wind up two steps behind where you started; this is by no means an unusual circumstance in conversation with Al, keenly aware as he is that making a leap forward often entails taking a step backward. Sometimes it’s into the library stacks where the late historian Ms. Tuchman dug for material. Sometimes it’s into the record stacks where the late rocker Mr. Cochran made his mark as a teenager singing his “Summertime Blues” so many summertime’s ago.

Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies and developed the combination of folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. Stewart has 19 studio albums between “Bedsitter Images” in 1967 and “Sparks of Ancient Light” in 2008, plus the live album “Uncorked” with Dave Nachmanoff in 2009.

Al continues to tour extensively around the U.S. and Europe. He is perhaps best known for his hits ‘Year of the Cat” from the Platinum album of the same name and the Platinum follow up album “Time Passages.” But his career spans four decades as a key figure in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.

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.