Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: May 9-12

Treat mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day with springtime festivities for every taste


Celebrate the moms and motherly figures in your life this weekend with a diverse lineup of events. Whether last-minute searching for the perfect gift or treating her to fun and outrageous outings, there’s family-friendly festivals, artisan shopping experiences, live music and dancing, foodie soirees, and even brunch on the water. 

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


Bring the whole family to the Misquamicut SpringFest, which is sure to delight all ages with thrilling rides and games from Rockwell Amusements, a Classic Car Show, craft vendors, and food trucks. This festival is held rain or shine! Tickets online, May 10-12, Westerly


Gin lovers – don’t miss ISCO’s Salty Soiree, a spring bash celebrating the release of Seaflow Ocean Gin, with a raffle benefiting Eating with the Ecosystem, delicious bites, and the chance to prove yourself on the mechanical shark! RSVP for free online, Providence

FRIDAY, May 10

Blackstone River Valley's First Strike Festival at Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark offers tours, talks, live music, dance performances, demonstrations, and more, honoring the 200-year commemoration of the first U.S. industrial worker's strike. 12-4pm, Pawtucket


Local treasures of honey, crafts, jewelry, and more will be on display at the free-admission Seven Cedars Farm Spring Festival. Shop for mom while enjoying live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. 10am-4pm, Smithfield

The 10th annual Crafting for Critters Spring Bazaar invites patrons to shop from 70+ artisans offering fine art, jewelry, crafts, treats, and more – plus food trucks – all in support of Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter. 10am-3pm, Warwick

Groove like it's the '70s at Ogie's Trailer Park for the Mrs. Roper Romp! Dress as the beloved Three’s Company character, test your retro knowledge with trivia, and support a cause, with proceeds benefiting VICTA – everyone's company for this occasion! 1pm, Providence

While Sunday’s narrated Mother’s Day cruise is sold out, book a Providence River Boat Mimosa Cruise Saturday to enjoy with the mother-figures in your life, and enhance the experience by preordering charcuterie and sweets. Tickets online, Providence 

SUNDAY, May 12

Anyone is welcome to dance along at the Guerrilla Tango on the Bridge, an outdoor gathering of groove-able tunes, where spectators are welcome but participating is encouraged! Show appreciation to the DJ at the tip jar! 4-7pm, Providence

Arc{hive} Book + Snackery hosts Mother's Day with Paper Moon Jazz Band, performing standards from the swing era over delicious victuals. The event is free, but don’t forget to top the band! 2-4pm, Warren

Head to Hometown Tavern for a side-splitting Mother’s Day Comedy Brunch, a morning filled with laughter delivered by stand-up acts, delicious food, and drink specials to keep the good times rolling. Tickets online, Warren


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