2017 is coming to a close and many of us want to get rid of it in style. Cheer into the New Year surrounded by live music, food, and laughs by attending one of these fabulous events around Rhode Island.
This is the first ever Outdoor Ball Drop in Providence. The festivities include food and activities as well as a Fireworks Finale. The outdoor events, including the laser-light show, are all free while the indoor services require ticket purchases. Everything goes down at 1 Finance Way at Waterplace Park beginning at 7pm. The outdoor events are free, but VIP and indoor tickets are available for $75 and $150.
Dave and Buster’s has two separate events going on at the same location. A Family New Year’s goes from 5-8pm and includes a video ball drop while featuring multiple packages ranging from $30-$45. The Adult New Year’s event runs from 9pm-12:30am with packages ranging from $50-$75.
ProvG Midnight Masquerade
Food, cocktails, and even a red carpet create a stunning atmosphere at ProvG. So put on your best mask and enjoy this New Year’s party starting at 8pm. Tickets are $85-$100. 21+
NYE Southern Style Dinner & Game Night in GPub
Partake in a BBQ buffet at GPub with a pig roast, chicken and waffles, and plenty more. Finish the night by enjoying yourself at a DJ after party. Tickets and group packages range from $30-$520. 21+
Star Light, Star Bright NYE Celebration
This party under the stars will be held at The Rooftop. DJ, food, and champagne are provided. The party starts at 8pm and goes until 2am. $75 per person. 21+
Experience R&B star Tank along with an All-Star DJ lineup. Doors open at 8pm, while the ball drop and after party start at Midnight. Tickets go from $45-$105.
Enjoy Reggaeton sound with Dominican singer Don Miguelo at The Strand in Providence. Tickets are $40 and the show starts at 10 pm.
Enjoy bowling, live music, and a dinner buffet at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston. Family packages and Lane Rentals are available with amenities included.
The Crowne Plaza in Warwick will be holding a New Year’s Event with packages at $150 and $290. A cash bar will be present and packages can include overnight stays for two at the hotel.
Ninigret Park in Charlestown is holding a bonfire from 4:30-7pm near the Criterion Bike Track. Free Admission for all.
Enjoy Brick Alley Pub’s Annual Wine Dinner with appetizers and multiple courses. Located right on Thames Street in Newport, the event will be held from 7pm-1am and is $89 per person.
This is the only night Eli’s in Warren takes reservations and it’s well worth it, with the restaurant offering a four course menu that includes gluten-free and vegan options. The meal is $60 per person and several time slots are available for reservations.
The Skiff Bar is holding a New Year’s Masquerade at the Newport Marriott with a Cajun inspired menu. Tickets are $20 a person or $30 for couples, and that price includes a raffle ticket to win one of their great prizes. 21+
Enjoy award-winning improv in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Three hour-long shows begin at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm. Each show is BYOB and will be performed at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. $20 per person per show.
New Year’s Day. The run for the water will be at Noon, but festivities start at 9am on Easton Beach. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Of course, there is always relaxing at your home and watching TV with family and friends. Either way we hope you have a happy and safe New Year. Please comment and let us know if there are any events we missed or if you simply want to wish a Happy New Year. Thank you.
Living in the smallest state at times has its perks. Rhode Island has such a strong sense of community statewide, especially during the summer months when the weather’s nice. For example, local farmers and artisans get together weekly–and sometimes twice a week–to share their produce and talents with the communities of the Ocean State. I put together a few great farmers markets around the state, and be sure to check out the ones in your area and beyond!
Providence & The East Side
Cranston – The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market runs from May 9th to October 31st on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The market in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot is currently in its 13th season! The market has an array of vendors as well as spaces for community groups and events. An event calendar and list of vendors can be found on their website.
The East Side – The Hope Street Farmers Market is a farmer run co-op that sells home grown or made produce, baked goods, meats, seafoods, and much more. The farmers market runs twice a week on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm and Saturday mornings 9am-1pm. Head down to Lippitt Park for some great local goods, and check online to see who will be there!
Bristol – Right off of Metacom Ave in the South Pasture of Mount Hope Farm is a year round Farmers Market held every Saturday–rain or shine–from 9am-1pm. The market is fun for the whole family and you can walk the beautiful grounds and say “hello” to the animals after shopping! For more information, check out the Mount Hope Farmers Market website.
Barrington – Every Wednesday from May to the end of October from 2-6pm, Haines State Park holds a market with venders from all over the state. Every week is different, so check the schedule before visiting to see what’s going to be there.
Coventry – If you’re looking for organic produce, look no further than the Ezekiel Potter Homestead. The market is open four days a week with great selections of local produce. Hours can be found on their website.
Warwick – From the beginning of May to the end of October, Goddard State Park hosts a farmers market every Friday from 9am-1pm. Venders from all over the state take part in the market, and are listed on the market’s website.
Jamestown – At the Fort Getty Pavillion from the end of June to the end of August, a farmers market is held rain or shine every Monday from 4-7pm. The market has local produce, meats, crafts, and artwork from a variety of vendors.
Aquidneck Island – The Aquidneck Growers’ Market runs three farmers markets on the Island during both the summer and winter seasons. The summer markets are located at the Newport Vineyard & Winery in Middletown on Saturdays 9am-1pm and on Memorial Boulevard in Newport on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. More information on vendors and locations, visit the Acquidneck Growers’ Market website.
Harrisville – Since 2007, the Burrillville Farmers Market Association has been promoting local farm and garden products to support the rural Burrillville life. The market is every Saturday from June through September from 9:30AM-12:30PM at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion.
Scituate – Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the Scituate Farmers Market is held rain or shine at the North Scituate Public Library. From May 9th through October 3rd, the market offers locally grown seasonable produce and local meats. Enjoy live music while shopping around hand crafted goods from local artists and grab some lunch at one of the many food trucks. A calendar of events can be found on their website.
Block Island – Block Island has two farmers markets a week–one in the Manisses Parking Lot on Wednesdays 9-11:30am from June 11th-September 7th and in Negus Park every Saturday 9-11:30am from June 11th-October 12th. Both markets are held rain or shine! Markets offer locally produced items like honey, jelly, pasta, sauces as well as baked goods, arts and crafts.
Charlestown – The Charlestown Land Trust hosts a Farmers Market at the Church of the Holy Spirit from 9:30am to 1pm every Friday morning from June 26th-August 28th. Stay up to date with the market by following them on Facebook.
Attleboro – On O’Connell Field in Capron Park, the Attleboro Farmers Market runs from 9am-1pm on Saturdays from June 20th-October 24th. The market not only features food, but it also hosts events and showcases local artists and musicians. Keep up with them on their Facebook page.
Although Rhode Island is the smallest state, it has some of the most beautiful scenery in New England year-round, so we found it appropriate to help you “Discover Beautiful Rhode Island” with a list of our favorite walking trails throughout the state, as well as in nearby Southeastern Massachusetts.
East Side of Providence
The Blackstone Boulevard Walking Path on the East Side of Providence is a 1.6 mile long, 100 foot wide median between two roads that contain both car and bicycle lanes.
The Boulevard is a popular destination for walkers and runners alike who enjoy the gorgeous scenery. The beautiful park is full of foliage due to a partnership with the Parks Department, allowing over 300 trees and shrubs to be planted and for the gardens to be maintained.
The Roger Williams Park in Providence contains 435 acres of land with over 100 acres of ponds. The park, which is adjacent to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, includes lush foliage and the famous Rose Garden. The site attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year and is a popular location for walk-a-thons and music festivals.
Colt State Park on Hope Street in Bristol offers 464 acres of land with breathtaking shoreline views and four miles of walking and biking paths. The park contains beautifully manicured lawns with flowering bushes and lush trees. Park goers can enjoy the land year round in America’s most patriotic town.
Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick is Rhode Island’s most popular metropolitan park. There are miles of trails throughout the grounds–some which go alongside the water. The park also has trails used for biking and horseback riding.
The 10 square miles of Block Island is home to the Greenway Trails–a 28 mile trail system constructed and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. The trails go through diverse areas of the island and include a variety of wildlife and plants. 43% of the Island is protected and has some breathtaking scenery.
The Beaver River Preserve features a one-mile loop leading through the preserve’s scenic grounds and along the pristine Beaver River. A second path off the loop will take you to another section of the river where you will pass a Colonial-era grist mill. This area is a breeding ground for the Ringed Boghaunter dragonfly, while an array of birds and wildlife, including beavers, are always present.
The North-South Trail is a 77-mile trail that begins in Charlestown and ends at the Massachusetts border in Burrillville. The trail runs through beautiful scenery from lakes to beaches and farmland to woods.
Newport’s Cliff Walk is one of Rhode Island’s most famous attractions, offering 3.5 miles of gorgeous shoreline and views of the historic Newport mansions. What makes this trail so unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. Enjoy the flowers, the fresh air, and the beaches while strolling through a piece of history.
The Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts offers three miles of trails over 117 acres of land. The scenery is beautiful and provides a peaceful place for mindful meditation. Half a mile of trail is a fully rope-guided universally accessible Reflection Trail, which features interpretation options such as audio tours, large print, and Braille.