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

Nerdy fun for all ages, from educational fairs to bookish entertainment


Who says brainiacs can’t have fun, too? This weekend has happenings for the lifelong learners – whether science or reading is your jam – along with a fishing convention, Women’s History Month programming, cooking demo, and gardening get-together. Stay young by attending a grown-up book fair, cookie-themed fundraiser, drag brunch, vintage shopping spree, and more, all on the itinerary!

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


If you’re itching to cast a line on the water this season, the New England Saltwater Show is an essential event for anglers of all ages, with seminars led by local captains and sharpies, over 300 exhibitor booths, and more. Friday-Sunday, Providence


Support your local scouts by attending the 21+ Cookies & Cocktails benefiting Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. Local restaurants and bars incorporate the beloved cookies in sweet new culinary creations. Tickets online, Providence

Nostalgic for Scholastic taking over the school library in your youth? Whalers gets it – that’s why they’re hosting a Grown Up Book Fair in the taproom, with lots of titles to browse while sipping crushable ales. 5pm, Peace Dale


Providence can’t get enough when it comes to secondhand styles – shop the Vintage Pop-Up at Public Shop & Gallery, where several New England-based sellers will be showcasing timeless styles, along with vinyl records, VHS tapes, and more. 5-8pm, Providence

Get up close and personal with the human brain through all-ages educational games and activities at the Pawtucket Brain Fair at Hope Artiste Village, with scientists and clinicians on hand, community resources, Brain Power Hour talks, and more. 10am-2pm, Pawtucket

No need to leave your home to join the Tomaquag Museum for Maple Thanksgiving, featuring a cooking demo with catering chef Charles Hankinson (Narragansett/Micmac), a maple tapping film and discussion, and children’s story hour. 10am-2pm 

SUNDAY, March 10

Spotlighting women composers across 12 centuries, Women Trailblazers in Music by Judith Lynn Stillman is a multimedia journey blending songs and stories by and about pioneers who were almost erased from history. Tickets online, East Providence

Gardeners gather at the Community Seed Exchange, hosted by Revive the Roots and Young Farmer Network, for an all-ages event to engage with other vegetable and native plant growers about favorite varietals, the importance of seed saving, and more. Register online, Smithfield 

Brunch and drag is a match made in heaven, and 345 by Plant City welcomes Brunch of Kings, the only drag king event in town, with performances by Darren Tashine, Bender Gender, and more, over vegan bites and craft cocktails. Tickets online, Providence 

Gearing up for Bristol BookFest in April, AUREA: The Alchemy of Music & Words performs Melville and the Great White Whale, a concert exploring the life and times of Herman Melville and Moby-Dick, from Beethoven to sea shanties. Tickets online, Bristol

Round out your weekend by  showing some love for your community and the local economy at the Providence Flea. Enjoy delectable offerings from nearby food trucks, bakers, crafters, vendors, and suppliers, all proudly using locally sourced ingredients and whipping up homemade treasures. Providence


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