Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: February 22-27

Let winter festivals and fun put a spring in your step


Winter isn’t quite behind us yet, but why not embrace the chilly season with cozy fun? This weekend brings family-friendly festivals, classical music, screenings for film enthusiasts of all ages, enlightening maple syrup and honey experiences, hiking, crafting, and more, plus opportunities to celebrate Black History Month. Bundle up and savor the rest of February!

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


The Newport Winter Festival continues this weekend with anticipated events and programming including the Best Hot Drink Contest tonight, Mac & Cheese Smackdown Saturday, Ice Carving Demonstration Sunday, and much more. Through Sunday, Newport

From tapping trees to carving spiles and collecting sap, Maple Sugaring Days at Coggeshall Farm Museum showcases a time-honored tradition. Scavenger hunts and games will keep the kids entertained, too, all included with admission. February 24-25, March 2-3, Bristol

Round off the February school vacation week by catching the tail end of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, with family-friendly film screenings and interactive programming at libraries and venues across the city. Through Sunday, Providence

SATURDAY, February 24

Who says twinkling lights are just for the holidays? Keep the winter blues at bay with hot beverages and bites at West End Lights, illuminating Carpenter Street and warming hearts with an art market and lively music. 4-7pm, Providence

The Chorus of Westerly hosts An Evening With Alexey Shabalin, popular concertmaster and violinist, with pianist Gideon Rubin, for a fundraiser performance at the George Kent Performance Hall – drinks and appetizers included. Tickets online, Westerly

Craft your own Handmade Cards with What Cheer Flower Farm, a DIY class at Creative Reuse Center of RI demonstrating layering, punching, folding, stamping, and pressing techniques using dried flowers. Tickets online, East Providence

The beekeeper behind Bailey Beattie Apiaries shares his journey and lets guests sample spring and autumn honey at the Black Leaf Tea Tea & Culture Shop for a special Black History Month Bee Talk and Honey Tasting. 4-6pm, Providence

If it’s a clear night, the Snow Moon will cast a glow over Weeden Farm during SKLT’s guided Full Moon Hike, where guests will learn the history of the farm and listen for nocturnal life, followed by s’mores and cider around a bonfire. Register online, South Kingstown

SUNDAY, February 25

See Ocean State scenery and wildlife on the big screen at Rhode Island College for the RI Nature Video Festival, showcasing 60 minutes of footage by novice professional filmmakers, followed by a discussion and reception. Register online, Providence  

Treat yourself and support local businesses at The Providence Flea Winter Markets at Farm Fresh Market Hall. With over 80 local indie makers, artisans, vintage vendors, food trucks, and more, it's the perfect way to enjoy the season and help the community thrive. 11-3, Providence


Get your tickets early for Exultation: An Evening to Uplift the Spirit, presenting the award-winning Mixed Magic Exult Choir performing traditional gospel hymns, along with hip-hop, R&B, jazz, world music, and other stylings at PPAC. Tickets online, Providence


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