Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: April 25-28

Ducks on the Pawcatuck, fun for a cause, and much more on the agenda


Welcome the arrival of longer, warmer days and memorable nights by trying something new this weekend – whether it’s brushing up on your wine knowledge or attending a poetry slam! Foodie and art-forward fundraiser nights let you live it up for a cause, markets and fairs showcase local vendors, a tradition lives on with an epic rubber duck race, and more.

In case of weather delays or last-minute cancellations, always call the venue or check online for updates before you go.

THURSDAY, April 25 

Indulge in the art of aperitivo with Apericina! A Night in Italy at Greenvale Vineyards. Learn the cultural significance of Italian pre-dinner rituals while savoring sparkling wine with bruschetta and more, guided by Jonathon Alsop of Boston Wine School. Tickets online, Portsmouth

Join Newport Plog & Chug for a planet-loving 5K “plogging” event. Jog and clean up trash with provided gloves and grabbers, and then toast to Mother Earth at Fastnet Pub. Find more Aquidneck Island Earth Week events online. Tickets online, Newport

The Vineyard Soirée at Newport Vineyards serves up farm-to-table offerings paired with estate-grown wine, all to benefit the Women's Resource Center. Mingle, bid on exciting auction experiences, and support survivors of domestic violence. Tickets online, Middletown

FRIDAY, April 26

Enjoy fantastic food, live music, and a raffle at Art Connection RI's 13th Anniversary Event at SHRI Yoga Studio, all in support of their mission to bring art to under-resourced communities through outreach programs. Tickets online, Pawtucket

Immerse yourself in the art of spoken word as Imago Gallery welcomes ProvSlam, Rhode Island's longest-running poetry slam. A free workshop for East Bay youths is followed by a community open mic and performance. Tickets online, Warren

Don't miss After School Special's debut at FreePlay Bar & Arcade’s Retro Dance. Take a walk down memory lane with nostalgic classic arcade games, vintage pinball, and live ‘90s and early-aughts rock tunes. 8-11pm, Providence

SATURDAY, April 27

Get ready for the thrilling 24th Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race! Bring the whole family for children's games, rides, food booths, and, of course, to see 20,000 rubber ducks race down the Pawcatuck River, benefiting over 40 local charities. 11:30am-2:30pm, Westerly

Stop by the Wickenden St. Makers Market to shop specialty goods from 50+ talented artists and makers showcasing their work on the closed street. Cocktails, beer, food trucks, and live music make for a vibrant day of shopping and leisure. 11am-6pm, Providence

SUNDAY, April 28

Celebrate the 2024 season kick off at the annual Gilbert Stuart Spring Fair, with opportunities to explore nature trails, experience colonial history and music, and enjoy displays by Narrow River Preservation Association, URI's Master Gardeners, and more. 12-4pm, Saunderstown

Curated by Judith Lynn Stillman, Remembrance, Resilience, and Renewal: Genocide Awareness through the Arts is a multidisciplinary program portraying resilient cultures that have faced the scourge of genocide. Tickets online, Providence


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