Weekend Best Bets in RI

Have fun for all with these top picks


Now-September 22: Dress to the nines for New England’s premier fashion event, STYLEWEEK Northeast, bringing fashion industry professionals to Providence for a weekend of exciting new fall looks. This season's designers include Carissa Frazier, Candice Wu, Arianna Nicola Designs, and Franklin Rogers.

Now-September 22: Actress and comedian Nicole Byer takes the spotlight at Comedy Connection. The Upright Citizens Brigade alum and host of Netflix’s Nailed It will keep the laughs coming all night long. 

Now-September 23: Enjoy one of the most elegant events of the year at the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, where celebrity sommeliers host tastings in palatial seaside homes, thanks largely to the Newport Preservation Society. 

Now-September 30: Check out the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s September exhibit entitled “Chaos and Calm.” This art show focuses on the theme of balance, and features work from artists Nancy Nielson and Lois Lawrence.

September 21-23: Taste of Block Island, the ultimate tour of New Shoreham food, lodging, and culture returns for its 16th year. Like an island-wide open house, this event helps mainlanders get oriented – and well fed. 

September 21-30: The national tour of the musical Miss Saigon starts at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Young Vietnamese woman, Kim, meets an American G.I., and what follows is an epic love story.

September 22: The Ocean State Oyster Festival is back and brinier than ever at Riverwalk Park! Sample the state’s tastiest oysters, celebrate the state’s aquaculture industry, and give it your all in the shucking contest.

September 22: Have fun for the whole family at the Fall Festival at Seven Cedars Farm, including face painting, henna, sand art, a variety of crafters and vendors, refreshments and more.

September 22: Join The Providence Animal Rescue League for their 29th annual fundraiser “Pet Walk” at Roger Williams Park, featuring a "hipster themed" pet costume contest, and help support the care and rehoming of thousands of pets in the coming year.

September 23: Get a creative start to the season with the Fall out of Summer Arts Festival at the Artists' Exchange - a fun and family-friendly event featuring live music, theater, artisans, art activities, contests and more.