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No matter when you plan your visit, you will find something fun to do. From historic tours to WaterFire, performing arts to food festivals, and everything in between, there are events for every season.


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Friday May 22, 2015

Brown University Commencement

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Brown University
  • Address: Box 1920, Providence, RI 02912
  • Venue: Brown University

Industry & Sentiment: The Gifts of Abraham Megerdichian

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Museum of Work & Culture
  • Address: 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
  • Venue: Museum of Work & Culture

The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to present "Industry & Sentiment: The Gifts of Abraham Megerdichian." This family collection of intricate metal miniatures, quietly handcrafted over 30 years by machinist Abraham Megerdichian, will be on display in the Museum of Work & Culture Gallery beginning Saturday, May 9. The son of Armenian immigrants, Megerdichian worked most of his life as a machinist, using his lunch breaks to craft household items out of copper, aluminum... read more

Bring Your Own Improv - Family Friendly Comedy Show

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Warwick Museum of Art
  • Address: 3259 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

Bring Your Own Improv (BYOI) is now in its eighth season! This interactive improv show welcomes voluntary audience participation! You can participate in one of three ways: Applaud at a scene you like, yell out fantastic suggestions, or if you feel you're ready, jump up and get involved with us on stage!

Micetro Improv at The Contemporary Theater Company

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Contemporary Theater Company
  • Address: 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02880

Crowds are flocking to the Contemporary Theater Company to attend Friday night Micetro Improv! Each week their troupe of improvisors come to compete against one another in a battle of wits, humor, and unbridled joy! Performers are randomly chosen to improvise scenes, songs, and monologues that are then awarded points by the audience. After each round the lower scoring players are eliminated, until only one remains. She is then declared the "Micetro" and crowned with the coveted Bucci H... read more

4000 Miles

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

After suffering a tragic loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace and shelter in the West Village apartment of his fiercely independent 91 year-old grandmother. Over the course of a one month cohabitation, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately comfort each other with curiosity and compassion.

Dick Lupino Trio

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: The Chanler
  • Address: 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

Dick Lupino & different musicians perform Jazz & American Songbook on Fridays.

Friday Night Jazz

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Aspire Restaurant
  • Address: 311 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Aspire Restaurant
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

 Come celebrate your passion for Jazz! Every Friday night A-Bar transforms into the hottest Jazz venue around! Join Joe, the boys and their ever-changing roster of special guests (Greg Abate, Duke Robillard, Dan Moretti, Tish Adams, to name a few...) Excellent food and perfect cocktails in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. Complimentary valet parking. Jazz moves to the courtyard on warmer evenings; under the stars...

Yoga at Hamilton House

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Hamilton House Adult Learning Exchange
  • Address: 276 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

Kripalu Yoga at the Hamilton House. Please pre-register at the number above, spots fill up quickly! Open to the public.

Dinner in Tuscany - COOKING CLASS

  • May 22, 2015
  • Address: 41 Lookout Ave, North Providence, RI 02911
  • Venue: Professor Chef

Even if you've never visited Tuscany's sun-soaked hilltowns, silvery olive groves, or grain-filled plains, your palate shouldn't be deprived of the sensuous delights of its famous flavors! Explore the rustic, traditional, simply fabulous food of Italy's Tuscan region. Imagine you're in the hills of Tuscany as you learn to make these amazing authentic dishes. On the menu: Sauteed Escarole and Pine Nuts, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce, Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Pancetta, an... read more

Ed Tomassi Master Class + Performance

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: RI Shriners Center
  • Address: 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905

Berklee professor Ed Tomassi is a renowned saxophonist with a well-earned reputation as an educator in improvisational technique. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from him and to hear his exciting group play in the Providence area. The master class will be 7-8p, open to high school students and up. The performance will be 8:30-11p, a tribute to John Coltrane that will educate the audience on how jazz improvisation happens. Featuring Ed Tomassi (sax), Francisco Pais (guitar), Sam Kurzon... read more

Mike McCarthy from Showtime & more!

Mike McCarthy has been seen on The Showtime network and Comedy Central. Mike is known throughout the industry as the Comedy Barbarian, his high-energy style of humor will leave the audience bouncing off the walls and gasping for breath. He hits the stage like a titan and does not relent until the entire audience is under his spell laughing at things they never thought they would. Some comics make you laugh; Mike McCarthy will make you laugh till you cry. Don’t miss this high energy, balls ... read more

The Big Shindig

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Doherty's Ale House
  • Address: 30 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI 02888

The Big Shindig is a Belgian Beer Festival featuring over 80 beers from around the world, great food and live music. Rain or shine inside the restaurant or under the tent at Doherty's Ale House in Warwick

The Dancing Feeling Ballroom Dance

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: The Dancing Feeling
  • Address: 2429 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

8:00pm - 11:00pm Ballroom Dancing. Couples and singles welcome! All levels! Refreshments served. Studio members $10.00 General Admission $12.00 Full-time college students 23 years & under with an ID $7.00

Bill Burr’s “All In Comedy Tour” Rolls Into Comix at Foxwoods

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Comix at Foxwoods, Ledyard CT
  • Address: 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Ledyard, CT, CT 06338
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Comix at Foxwoods will play host to the hilarious Joe Bartnick and Paul Virzi of “Bill Burr’s: All In Comedy Tour” for a three-night four-performance stand-up event beginning on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. and ending with their “Nasty Show” on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. Since its inception, Burr’s “All In Comedy Tour” has been a fan favorite amongst the masses. In 2014 alone, the tour performed 50 plus shows in over 15 cities. Thi... read more

Johnson & Wales Commencement Boat Rides

Surprise your graduate with a gift that they'll always remember! Climb aboard for a fun 45-minute "Farewell to Providence" boat ride along the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor, as Captain Tom highlights architectural, historical & nautical points of interest. A unique, family-friendly way to celebrate with your friends and family! (Excludes WaterFire evenings)

Magnet Play at Providence Children's Museum

Experiment and sculpt with magnets to explore the playful power of magnetism. Artfully arrange magnetic stones, test objects to see what's magnetic, and steer objects through mazes with a magnet wand.

URI Feinstein Providence Campus & RI Alliance for Art Education present...

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: URI Feinstein Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Lobby Gallery
  • Address: 80 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The 9th Annual Richard W. and Ronald S. Buteau Memorial PS2015 and the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island Exhibit May 4-29 Gallery Night Reception & Presentation and student performances May 21st at 5-9pm The mixed media exhibit features more than 300 artworks by K-12 students from public and charter schools throughout the state, and the honored selection of Narragansett Public Schools for the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island - 9 works added to the permanent collection of more ... read more


  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: URI Providence Campus Library Window Gallery on Washington Street
  • Address: 80 Washington street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

URI Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program & Providence Art Windows presents ILLUMINATING STEAMPUNK by Glenn S. Webber in the URI Library Window Gallery May 2-30 Gallery Night Reception May 21st from 5-9pm. An exhibit of delightful and edgy Lighting created from found objects. Glenn S. Webber is a delightful and engaging artist and human being with a huge range of talents and interest. He is a gift artist, teacher and humanitarian. Of his work Webber says, “The reason behind crea... read more

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A blowsy landlady and her sexually repressed brother rent Mr. Sloane a room and proceed to "entertain" him by seducing the seemingly hapless young man. But when their old Pa recognizes Sloane for what he is, a spineless murderer, Joe Orton’s black comedy ratchets up into a territorial battle reminiscent of the works of Harold Pinter.

Raqs Media Collective A Myriad Marginalia

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

New Delhi–based Raqs Media Collective takes up residence at the RISD Museum March 17-April 19 as the Rhode Island School of Design’s Kirloskar Visiting Scholars in Painting. As part of an experimental painting course, the group explores manuscript marginalia and develops a body of artistic, literary, philosophical, and narrative resources with RISD students—culminating in an experimental manuscript. See the source material, work in progress, and final manuscript, along with sel... read more

“May Flowers” Exhibition at the Gilbert Stuart Museum

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Museum Gallery
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Gilbert Stuart Museum Gallery presents “May Flowers,” a juried exhibition of art that features works from local artists interpreting the theme of springtime growth. This show was juried by Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, founder and President emerita of the Art League of Rhode Island. The gallery, located at 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, is open Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, May 2 through June 1. Entrance to the gallery requires museum admission. For further informatio... read more

The Life and Death of King John

  • May 22, 2015
  • Address: 282 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Roger Williams National Memorial
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater will present The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare in a series of free performances outdoors at Roger Williams National Memorial, located at 282 North Main St. in downtown Providence, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015. This play dramatizes the reign of John, King of England (1199-1216). It’s the story of a weak King, a domineering mother, a young nephew and his mother, and the struggle for power. It’s about unresolved conflicts a... read more

The American Watercolor Society's 148th Annual Traveling Show at Rhode Island Watercolor Society

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: J C Potter Casino Building (in Slater Memorial Park)
  • Address: Armistice Boulevard, Providence, RI 02861
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Join us at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society as we host the American Watercolor Society's 148th Annual Traveling Show. Which will begin on May 9th and run through the 14th of June. On May 9th there will be a catered reception and gala starting at 4:00pm along with a Demo by Carole Berren a member or AWS and RIWS. Tickets for this event will cost $25 per person. After the reception, the gallery will be open and free to the public to view on: Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday... read more

Visit Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Discover art, history, and nature at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum! The Museum, set in the woods on a beautiful millpond and stream, has the working Stuart snuff mill, an operating gristmill, fish ladder, and colonial herb garden. Visitors enjoy our nature trails with scenic overlooks of the pristine Carr Pond and stunning flora and fauna. Artists find inspiration on our beautiful grounds. Art exhibits and period works are on display in our Welcome Center and Gallery. Guided tours of ... read more

From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Providence Public Library
  • Address: 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Public Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

To celebrate the musical legacy of 20th Century popular music in Providence, we are exhibiting items from the Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Collection along with items on loan from various organizations and personal collections. Items on display will include photographs, scrapbooks, concert programs and posters, stage costumes, instruments, albums and more. Part of the Library's DON'T STOP THE MUSIC exhibition & program series this spring, this exhibit is made possible through... read more

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