Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: May 2-5

No matter how you choose to celebrate, there’s flavorful and fanciful fun all weekend


From Cinco de Mayo to the Kentucky Derby, there’s plenty to celebrate this weekend. Lace up your shoes for walking tours, roll up your pants to stomp grapes, don a fancy hat for the big race, or wear whatever you please and hit the town for live music, shopping extravaganzas, foodie happenings, and more!

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


Explore Providence’s vibrant neighborhoods with Jane’s Walk PVD, a free series of strolls run by local residents and activists telling true stories that took place on city streets. While you have your walking shoes on, catch RI Latino Arts’ Museo Del Barrio Saturday. May 4-5, Providence


 Unleash your musical talents at the Songwriters Showcase: Open Mic hosted by Lainey Dionne at Pivotal Brewing Company for an intimate evening of creativity and live music performed by local creatives. Sign up at 6pm, show 6:30-8:30pm, Bristol

Known for their appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival, URI Big Band, the premier student jazz ensemble directed by Emmett Goods, comes to Pump House Music Works performing toe-tapping tunes. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm, Peace Dale


Celebrate All Seasons Cafe’s Ice Cream Launch and Grand Opening Night, putting on a family-friendly event choco-full of ice cream, food trucks, live music, and fun activities for the kids, with well-behaved pets on leashes welcome. 4-7pm, East Providence

Savor an evening of culinary delights at Taste of the Towers, presented by Friends of the Towers, featuring delectable hors d'oeuvres and desserts from top local caterers, accompanied by music, raffles, and a cash bar. Tickets online, Narragansett


The PVD Artisans Opening Day kicks off the season at Lippitt Park, with the finest local art and crafts alongside the Hope Street Farmers Market. Enjoy handmade goods, fresh produce, live music, and food trucks at this vibrant community event. 9am-2pm, Providence

Newport Vineyards' 21st Annual Spring Festival relishes the warm days ahead with wine and beer tastings, music by The Naticks, delicious bites, grape stomping, and pie-eating contests. Dress for Star Wars Day for a chance to win a prize! Tickets online, Middletown

Experience the thrill of the 150th Kentucky Derby at the Weekapaug Inn's Meeting House. Sip mint juleps, enjoy chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres and buffet, and watch the race with Quonnie Pond views. Don’t forget to don a fascinator or fancy suit. Tickets online, Westerly

Bring your furry friends along to the Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser for the Warren RI Dog Park, with activities for humans and four-legged friends alike, plus bites from food trucks like La Loncherita, cocktails, and a range of vendors. 12-4pm, Warren


Start shopping for the mom-figures in your life early at the Mother's Day Marketplace by the Sea at the North Beach Clubhouse, showcasing an array of handcrafted goods from local artisans, including jewelry, crafts, and more. Tickets online, Narragansett


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