Your Weekend Must-Dos in RI

Have fun all weekend long with these top picks


Through April 27: ​The Contemporary Theater Company presents ​Gypsy​, a musical featuring unforgettable song and story chronicling the end of vaudeville for one troubled family. Wakefield

April 24-27: Indulge in some of the tastiest treats our state has to offer at the Eat Drink RI Festival. Sample beers, wines, liquor and foods from dozens of local vendors all weekend long. We may be the smallest state, but we sure know how to pack a flavorful punch. ​

April 26-May 11:The Granite Theatre presents ​The Last Night of Ballyhoo​, a part comedy, part romance taking place in 1939 as a young woman seeks a future husband during the social event of the season. Westerly

April 26-27: ​It’s the first-ever ​Providence Book Festival,​ featuring author readings, book signings, workshops, panel discussions, and so much more, with statewide talent like Richard Russo, Ann Hood, and Tom Cobb. Providence

April 27: ​Providence native and comedian ​Nika Lomazzo ​brings her one-woman show to AS220, navigating the world of politics and mental illness as a young trans woman.  Providence

April 27​: ​“Rhode Island Roots: An Evening of Jazz” ​is the last installment in The Community Concert Series at St. Michael’s Church, featuring Carol Sloane, Harry Allen, and friends. A rare performance combining “beautiful ballads and swinging tunes.” Bristol

April 27: ​Rubber duckies aren’t just for baths. ​The Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race ​is a novel spectacle of 20,000 rubber ducks released down the Pawcatuck River. Featuring duck games, face painting, and food, all benefiting local schools and nonprofits. Westerly

April 27: ​With the Society of Architectural Historians in Providence, the excitement comes to the East Bay with ​Tour: Bristol’s Architectural Legacy​. Learn about the notable DeWolf and Herreshoff families and the structures they left behind. Bristol

April 27​: Pair your Saturday morning coffee with a rewarding project to help improve Providence parks. The Downtown Neighborhood Association, or DNA, will be hosting their Earth Day Clean-up Project from 9AM-1PM. You can choose to remove stickers, touch up paint on lamp posts, railings and benches, and pick-up trash along the waterways. Providence

April 28: Get Gored For Good ​is a twist on Spain’s “Running of the Bulls” tradition – in this case, with the women of Providence Roller Derby, sporting horns and red paint as an additional obstacle during the fun run or 5K benefiting Amos House. Providence