Your Weekend Best Bets in RI

The top picks you don't want to miss


May 17: Gallery Night is a fun (and free) way to explore Providence’s creative scene. Jump on an art bus in Downtown Providence to be taken on a tour of galleries showcasing unique art from local and international artists alike. 

May 17: Join a savory celebration with Global Eats, and enjoy Rhode Island’s international foods as local chefs prepare recipes from the Dorcas Institute, which works to place immigrants in steady jobs in the restaurant industry.

May 18: Jam out to the sounds of "Start Making Sense," a Talking Heads tribute band, as they drop by The MET for a night of rockin' new-wave punk from the 80s. You don’t want to miss this “once in a lifetime” show. 

May 18-19: Join RIPR’s 20th anniversary celebration with “Sound & Vision,” featuring some of the city’s most exciting artists, live music, glass-blowing, dancing, and more. Taking place at ThSteelyard on May 18 & WaterFire Arts Center on May 19

May 18-20: Taste your way around the Ocean State during the Newport Oyster Festival at Bowen's Wharf. Enjoy beverages, live music, and oysters from 12 different local growers. 

May 20: The New England Hemophilia Association and RI Food Fights are teaming up for a good cause as they host the first ever Best Bloody Mary Competition at the Providence Arcade.

Now-May 20: Enjoy the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stop-over as Fort Adams hosts a race village where visitors can explore the race boats, get insights into how they’re made, compete in sail-raising grinding competitions, and check out The Globe, a sustainability exhibition about plastic in the seas.

Now-May 27: Watch new parents go on an unconventional parenting journey in Baby With the Bathwater, a “razor-sharp satire” at 2nd Story Theatre.