If you’re looking for great Valentine’s Day plans, you don’t have to look very far. Travel + Leisure magazine recently released a list of the 20 most romantic cities in the country with our Creative Capital landing at number 12. With a capital city rich with history, culture, entertainment, fine dining, and the arts – there is plenty to do in Providence and throughout the state to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There are also a few family-friendly activities as well for those of you with kids to entertain.
Free Family Fun Day – Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol – Saturday, February 4 @ 9am-5pm
Learn more about our feathered friends and do some fun crafts too! Families can make a bird-seed valentine, create an eco-friendly bird feeder, and get up-close and personal with an owl. No registration required – just show up! More info here.
Dinner for Two (or more!) – Simone’s Restaurant, Warren – Monday, February 6 @ 6:30pm
Spend an evening with celebrated New England chef Joe Simone where he’ll teach you to cook for your Valentine. Participants will learn to make crackers with grated beets and goat cheese, crabmeat and avocado salad with horseradish and crème fraîche, sustainably raised veal stew with hot buttered spaetzle, and baked-to-order chocolate pudding. The event is $60 and includes demonstration, recipes, tastes, and wine.
The Caribbean Soul Duo in concert – Weaver Library, East Providence – Monday, February 6 @ 7-8pm
We all could use a little escape from the winter weather. This free event is perfect for your Valentine – even if it’s a few days early! The Caribbean Soul Duo will play R&B, jazz, soul, reggae, pop, and soca.
Heart Smart – Providence Children’s Museum, Providence – Saturday, February 11 & Sunday, February 12 @ 11am-2pm
The Providence Children’s Museum wants you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some heart healthy fun. Kids test their heart rates, learn all about the heart, and more! This event is recommended for kids ages five and up. Admission is $9 and free for babies under 12 months and Museum Members.
5th Annual Frostbite Bash – Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol – Saturday, February 11 @ 6:30-11pm
Dance the night away to live music in the historic Hall of Boats at the Frostbite Bash! The party includes full open bars, food tastings, a silent auction, and photo booth. Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased on the event website.
Aurea Presents: Liebeslied/Love Song – St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Providence, Saturday, February 11 @ 7-9:30pm
Spend a romantic, intimate evening at this “rare gem” from Aurea, only once performed in 2011. This performance draws from songs, chamber music, and letters from Clara & Robert Schumann. General admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Dinner with the Queen of Hearts – REVEL factory, Pawtucket – Saturday, February 11 @ 8-10:30pm
Want to do something different to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Treat your Valentine like royalty! This seated immersive theater experience by TEN31 Productions is an elegant three course dinner with delicious food and wine pairings by Russell Morin Catering & Events. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased on the event website.
Valentine’s Day 7-Course Dinner – The Duck and Bunny, Providence – Tuesday, February 14 @ 6/6:30 & 8/8:30 & 10pm
Enjoy seven delicious courses including appetizers, artisanal cheese plates, and desserts. Reservations are required for dinner and are $125 per couple. Dessert starts at 10:30pm and does not require a reservation. For more information, including the sample menu, visit the Duck and Bunny website.
Virginia is for Lovers Wine Dinner – The Coast Guard House Restaurant, Narragansett – Friday, February 17
Enjoy a five course menu paired with wine from Barboursville Winery in Virginia. The dinner is $59 per person and reservations are required.
21st Annual Wineter Fest – Newport Vineyards, Middletown – Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19 @ 12-5pm
Spend your weekend grape stomping, wine tasting, and enjoying live music at Newport Vineyards. Participants will experience live ice sculpting and Grape Stomp Competitions! For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
Rhode Island’s Creative Capital made it to Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for New Year’s Eve” list, making it one of the hottest spots in New England to welcome 2017. Whether it’s dancing the night away, enjoying awesome food, or going for a swim, Rhode Island has several ways to say farewell to 2016 and hello to 2017 – even if you’ve procrastinated on making plans.
ONE Providence New Year’s Eve Ball – Rhode Island Convention Center – Saturday, Dec 31 @ 9pm
Celebrate New Year’s Eve like royalty in the Creative Capital at the 2nd Annual ONE Providence New Year’s Eve Ball. Between 9PM-2AM guests will enjoy live music, dancing, food, beverages, and surprise performances throughout the night. More information and tickets can be found here.
NEW YEAR’S EVE – Julie Rhodes, Arc Iris, She Keeps Bees, Last Good Tooth – Columbus Theatre – Saturday, Dec 31 @ 9pm
Not too into the party scene? Check out some great live music at the Columbus Theater featuring Julie Rhodes, Arc Iris, She Keeps Bees, and Last Good Tooth. For more information on the bands and to purchase tickets, click here.
Hangover Classic 5 Mile Road Race – Bristol – Sunday, Jan 1 @ 10:30am
Run off your hangover at this Rhode Island New Year’s Day tradition! The Hangover Classic is a classic style road race that goes through Colt State Park and Poppasquash Road. The race course is open for 1 hour and 15 minutes and ends at Agave restaurant with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Find more information including registration here.
Polar Plunge – Several Locations in RI – Sunday, Jan 1
What better way to ring in the New Year than to take a frigid dip in the ocean? The Polar Plunge is actually a very popular event in RI, attracting thousands of spectators and participants! One of the more popular plunges is at Easton’s Beach in Newport that begins at noon. The Newport Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraiser for the Rhode Island-based organization A Wish Come True which grants wishes to children in RI and nearby MA with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert – The Vets – Sunday, Jan 1 @ 2pm
For the second year in a row, The Vets is hosting a Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert featuring performances by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. For more information click here.
‘Tis the season to do everything wintery! Rhode Island is full of holiday and winter activities for all ages, no matter what part of the state you live in. Here are a few of our favorite holiday activities we’d like to share.
See a Christmas Carol
Seeing Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas play, A Christmas Carol, has been a tradition for many Rhode Islanders for nearly four decades. This Trinity Rep show is great for all ages, but the ghosts may be a little scary for some children. You can see the show until December 31 at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.
The Granite Theatre & The Renaissance City Theatre Company in Westerly also has their own interpretation of the play, as well as Stadium Theater in Woonsocket. Check out their websites for more information.
Spend an Evening with Donner and Blitzen
Donner and Blitzen are together again for their annual variety act! Head over to the The Contemporary Theater Company for a hilarious, jolly good time. Shows run until December 23, check the website for performance dates and to buy tickets.
Go Ice Skating
There are now two Alex and Ani Skating rinks in Rhode Island — one in Providence, the other in a waterfront location in Downtown Newport. Both the Providence and Newport rinks are open seven days a week, just check out the websites before heading over to see the hours.
Hop on the Polar Express and head on over to the North Pole! The Blackstone Valley Polar Express is a three-hour event that includes a 90-minute train ride with storytelling, sing-a-longs, games, and yummy goodies. Santa even delivers gifts to every child! The train is located at 1 Depot Square in Woonsocket. Make sure to get tickets ahead of time!
Go Out For a Date Night
On December 18, head over to Blithewold Mansion for a Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride & Holiday Photo Shoot. Enjoy some old-fashioned holiday fun on a horse-drawn carriage ride down their wooded Lover’s Lane, then across the Great Lawn. Register early, it’s first come first serve!
At the Towers in Narragansett on December 22, spend a night enjoying festive music, caroling, and cocktails. Buy your tickets for the Christmas Cocktail Cabaret here.