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

Veterans Day happenings and more ways to honor and celebrate around the state


It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit, and this weekend is filled with festivals, celebrations, and shopping events to do just that. Honor Veterans Day with local happenings, kick off Native American Heritage Month with dining and cultural events, pick out your Christmas tree early, browse unique gift markets, see fiery steel sculptures light up the night, and more, all unfolding this weekend! 

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


The most wonderful time of the year kicks off with Big John Leyden’s Season Open with Field of Artisans. Tag your favorite tree, enjoy live music, and browse a selection of local makers at this festive event. Friday-Monday, West Greenwich  

Head to Newport Playhouse for opening night of Miracle on South Division Street, a contemporary Christmas play where the Nowak family’s faith is shaken when a confession causes a holiday legend to be questioned. Throughout November, tickets online, Newport

THURSDAY, November 9

Ladies, it’s time to hit the town for the Stadium Theatre’s annual Wine, Women, and Jewelry gathering, a night out sipping vino, snacking on light bites, and perusing a vast selection of dazzling jewelry. Tickets online, Woonsocket

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, indulge in a locally foraged, multi-course Fall Harvest Dinner with Chef Sherry Pocknett – a Mashpee Wampanoag chef, owner of Sly Fox Den Too, and James Beard Award winner – at the Ocean House. Tickets online, Watch Hill

NewportFILM and the Tomaquag Museum screen the documentary Being Thunder, the story of Sherenté Mishitashin Harris’ journey as a two-spirit member of the Narragansett tribe breaking gender norms in traditional dance, at RISD Museum. 6-9pm, Providence

FRIDAY, November 10

Enjoy harvests of the sea with Mosaic Table’s Seafood Mezze Tasting, collaborating with Brightside Seafood Market for a six-course sampler of the freshest catches – an opportunity to broaden your culinary palate while meeting new people. Tickets online, Narragansett

SATURDAY, November 11

Veterans Day at the Museum of Work and Culture means free admission for vets, along with a screening previewing the newest episode of the documentary Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village at 1:30pm, by reservation. 10am-4pm, Woonsocket

Newport Craft Brewing is hosting Red, White, and Brews, a special Veterans Day event thanking those who have served with specialty beer, raffle prizes, music, and food trucks. Proceeds benefit Orion Military Scholarships. 2-5pm, Newport

The Steel Yard lights up the night creating larger-than-life sculptures with over 2,000 pounds of molten metal at the 18th Annual Iron Pour, coinciding with the inaugural Sims Avenue Festival with beer and cocktails, food, artist demos, and more! 1-7pm, Providence 

SUNDAY, November 12

Get your holly jolly on as you browse over 90 local artists and makers showing off their handmade fine arts and crafts at the opening day of the PVD Artisans Holiday Show at the WaterFire Arts Center. 10am-4pm, Providence


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