Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: September 7-10

10 ways to beat the heat and get pumped for fall with festivals, strolls, concerts, and more!


A balmy start to September calls for the extension of summer fun this weekend. Along with the return of PVDFest and fun for theater-goers in the city, there’s also opportunities to stretch your wings with programming for bird lovers, cycle and stroll with the whole family, enjoy early-fall harvests and art at festivals, sing with a choir, and be immersed in the sounds of unique music acts. It’s all on the itinerary for this weekend!

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


Owls, hawks, and falcons, oh my! It’s Raptor Weekend at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, with these hunters of the avian world flying into the hearts of bird enthusiasts through a range of programs and events for all. Tickets online, Saturday-Sunday, Bristol

The new and improved PVDFest takes over 195 District Park for the ultimate summer send-off with a lineup of live performances, spectacles, and food, plus the Afrika Nyaga Drum & Dance Festival and other special programming. Friday-Sunday, Providence

Spectrum Theatre Ensemble and Die-Cast Collective present the fourth annual Neurodiversity New Play Festival, with plays performed at venues all over the Jewelry District, including Askew, Alchemy, and other hotspots. Tickets online, Thursday-Saturday, Providence

It’s never too early to get ready for spooky season! A night at the theater to see The Good John Proctor, opening at Trinity Rep, offers a new take on the Salem Witch Trials through the perspectives of four girls at the center of it. Select dates beginning Friday, Providence

FRIDAY, September 8

A one-off singing ensemble, the Speakeasy Choir invites anyone to stretch their vocal chords with the Chorus of Westerly by learning a song with harmonies and performing at the end of the night with the United Theatre house band – cocktails included! Tickets online, Westerly

SATURDAY, September 9

Families and folks of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate public spaces with the two-mile Sakonnet Coastal Bike & Stroll along the coastal, car-less stretch of Island Park and The Hummocks, hosted by Bike Newport. Register for free online, Portsmouth

Skip the orchard and go straight to the Warwick Fall Apple Festival, presented by the local police department and partners at the scenic Rocky Point Park. Bring the whole family to shop vendors, eat food truck fare, and enjoy a range of entertainment. 10am-3:30pm, Warwick 

An extension of SK’s 300-year anniversary celebrations, Trifecta Festival Open Studios is a can’t-miss arts extravaganza of South County galleries displaying wares, plus demonstrations, performances, breweries, and concerts. Schedule online, South Kingstown

SUNDAY, September 10

The BankNewport Community Concerts Series and Newport Classical bring the dynamic, post-genre sounds of five-person string quintet Sybarite5 to the Great Friends Meeting House for a concert sure to keep listeners on their toes. 2:30pm, Newport 

Unwind at Imago Gallery with the soothing sounds of singer and harpist Áine Minogue, whose original compositions pull from the traditional Irish music of her youth, blended with lyricism that reflects rich mythology and poetry. Tickets online, Warren


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