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Events Calendar - 2020

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
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All Ages

Party for the Planet at Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence RI

Apr 15, 2020 - Apr 22, 2020 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

The Zoo celebrates Earth Day during Party for the Planet on two dates, April 15 and April 22. All special events are included in zoo admission fees. Party for the Planet rain dates are April 16 and April 23.
April 15:
Toe Jam Puppet Band, Mary King Music, Lisa Tobin Crafts, steel drums, Foster Parrots, Seekonk Speedway, and REI. Organizations attending the party include Biomes Center aquarium, Save The Bay, Groundworks Providence, RI Beekeepers, state Department of Environmental Management, and the parks department.
April 22 New Inca Son Band, drumming circle, Lisa Tobin Crafts and Mary King’s music , Seekonk Speedway. Also joining the fun are Biomes, Save the Bay, RI Resource Recovery, Groundworks Providence, REI, and URI Master Gardeners.

Mayflower Sails 2020 -- Charlestown MA -- Postponed. New dates TBA

May 14, 2020 - May 19, 2020 Charlestown Navy Yard, 114 16th Street, Charlestown, MA

After a three-year restoration at Mystic Seaport, Mayflower II will enter Boston Harbor on May 14, escorted by the USS Constitution. Mayflower Sails 2020 festival will allow the public to board and tour Mayflower II. There is no fee to board, but everyone over age 3 must have a ticket.
The festival will include educational experiences about 17th-century life aboard the ship, Native American and Colonial life. A Passport Through Time program will connect the stories of all of the ships in the Navy Yard. The festival also offers food and drink from vendors, entertainment and music. Visit Old Ironsides and the USS Cassin Young for a living maritime history lesson.
Please note that the Mayflower is not fully accessible. Ramps can be steep. Strollers and wheelchairs are not permitted on board. Tickets

Mayflower Homecoming Weekend 2020 – Plymouth MA

May 23, 2020 - May 25, 2020 State Pier Plymouth, MA

After a 3-year restoration, Mayflower returns to her berth at State Pier in Plymouth on May 21, as part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the 1620 landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. Mayflower opens to the public on May 23, for a homecoming weekend celebration through May 25.
The Mayflower will be open to visitors starting May 23. Tickets are $25, and guests chose a time slot to visit. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visits take place rain or shine. In addition to tours of Mayflower, there will be free daily educational programming for all. https://www.seeplymouth.com/events/mayflower-homecoming-weekend-2020-may-232425 Tickets.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Daffodil Days Arts & Artisan Fair -- Tiverton RI

Apr 25, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 Meeting House, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton, RI

This will be a unique, boutique artist showcase set in the beautiful and historic Tiverton Four Corners Village. Browse and buy creations from local and regional artisans presenting wood, pottery, fiber, leather, soap, fine art, photography &and jewelry.

Children & Families

Audubon Camouflaged Egg Hunt -- Bristol, Smithfield, Exeter, and Seekonk RI

Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 11, 2020 See description below Bristol, Smithfield, Exeter, and Seekonk (MA), RI

Audubon offers a special way to enjoy the Easter egg hunt. Children ages 3 to 10 will hunt for brown eggs in a natural setting and quickly learn how well the eggs camouflage themselves. Prizes are awarded to all children. Please bring a basket. Ages: 3-10. Held rain or shine. Advance registration is required. Register online through the events calendar at asri.org.
April 4 at Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol; Powder Mill Ledges, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield; and Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter
April 11 at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk

Bunny Breakfast & Train Ride with Essex team Train -- essex CT

Apr 10, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020 Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT

Enjoy family time with a hot breakfast featuring the Easter Bunny himself. After the meal, kids may hop to the train for a half-hour ride with The Easter B.

Comedy

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End -- Lowell MA

Jun 17, 2020 - Jul 12, 2020 Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

A celebration of humorist Erma Bombeck, "At Wit’s End" shares the wisdom of a woman and wtier who championed the everyday lives of housewives with a daring truth. Dates: June 17-28 and July 7-12.

Brian Regan -- Providence RI

Jun 27, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Brian Regan prestented the Netflix special, "Brian Regan: Nunchucks And Flamethrowers," in 2017 and he has continued to build a reputation as “The funniest stand-up alive,” according to Entertainment Weekly. This event was moved from its original date in April. Your current ticket is valid for the new date.

Cruises

Cruise and Royal Tea -- Middletown CT

Apr 19, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020 Lady Katharine Cruises, 96 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT

Dress in your best High Tea attire for a cruise on the Mystique, accompanied by summery scenery, teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and a classical string quartet. Finish this unforgettable afternoon experience with a toast of Champagne. Live music by Golden Scroll Soloists

Dance

Worcester County Dance Festival -- Worcester MA

Apr 18, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020 Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

Recent festivals have hosted more than a dozen groups performing more than 30 different pieces with a wide range of dance that included Bharatanatyam, Latin, jazz, flamenco, Greek, contemporary and ballet.

Earth Day

Earth Float, Parade Making, and Puppet Refurbishing Workshops at The Umbrella (All Ages!)

Apr 5, 2020 - Apr 23, 2020 The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA

In preparation for Earth Day festivities, people of all ages are welcome to come in and create costumes, headdresses, banners, puppets and Earth floats to carry in the Earth Day Parade. Dates: Sundays, April 5, 12, and 19, 2-5 p.m.; Thursday, April 23, 5-8 p.m.

Earth Day 2020 New Bedford -- Cancelled in 2020

Apr 22, 2020 - Apr 22, 2020 Pier 3 on the New Bedford Harbor New Bedford, MA

Join more than 30 organizations from the South Coast and the city of New Bedford to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. You will find musical performances, climate action speakers, interactive art installations, climate science and energy displays, food vendors, and earth-friendly shopping. At 5:30 p.m., everyone will assemble on the pier for a symbolic march of unity and take 2020 steps through the streets of the city demanding climate action now. Sign up for free tickets at the Earth Day 2020 New Bedford website. Tickets are not essential to enter; registration for tickets help planners distribute information.

Earth Day Celebration 2020 at Mystic Aquarium -- Mystic CT

Apr 22, 2020 - Apr 22, 2020 Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT

Come to Mystic Aquarium’s annual Party for the Planet to visit with environmentally-minded people, and to do scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and games throughout the day and learn how to reduce your personal impact on the planet. Registration is not required.

Musketaquid Earth Day 2020 -- Concord

Apr 25, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 The Old North Bridge of Minute Man National Historic Park to Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA

A River Ceremony with a vocalist and a percussionist will be followed by the launch of Earth Floats at the water’s edge. The Earth Day Parade will move from The Old Manse to Umbrella Arts Center on Stow Street, starting at 11 a.m. The parade will travel down Monument and Main streets with giant puppets, costumes, banners, community groups, and performing artists including aNova Brazil, Dirty Water Brass Band, and bagpipers. From noon to 2 p.m. the arts center will host exhibitors and arts activities, entertainment, music, and performances from: Drumlin Farm's Birds of Prey, Diabolis in Musica, Vera Meyer's Glass Harmonica,Mary Puppets: Tubs, Tubes, and Toilets, and Rosalita's Puppets

Easter

Rocky Woods Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch -- Medfield MA

Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 11, 2020 Rocky Woods, Hartford Street, Medfield, MA

Children will participate in an Easter egg hHunt while parents enjoy Bloody Marys and mimosas. Children should bring a small basket for collecting eggs. Easter Egg Hunt will take place before brunch; please arrive at start time to participate in the egg hunt. Brunch will be served at 11 a.m. Seating is community style. Reservations are accepted for parties of eight or more. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins not accepted.

Farms

Visitors Day 2020 by SVF Foundation – Newport RI

Jun 6, 2020 - Jun 6, 2020 SVF Foundationm 152 Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI

SVF Foundation is a historic farm dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered livestock. During visiting day, the public is welcome to tour the labs and meet laboratory, veterinary and animal husbandry staff. Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations. Enjoy Julian’s Omnibus food truck serving burgers and munchies. Parking will be available at Fort Adams State Park and trolley transportation will be provided. No parking available at SVF.

Food trucks

Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park -- Providence, RI

Apr 17, 2020 - Sep 25, 2020 Carousel at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

This family-friendly food truck evening, takes places near the Carousel. In addition to many food trucks, there will be live music by Fat Free Bob Edward, AnamCara, Charlie Marie, Pat Lowell Acoustic, You and Everything Mike Simone Maven, and Grow Your Own Band. Ride the Carousel for $2; play at Hasbro’s Boundless Playground. (Attractions are separate pricing.) Food Trucks accept cash, credit, and debit.

Food, Wine, Beer

Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo- Providence RI

Apr 17, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020 Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Dine from 15 food trucks and taste beer from Trinity Brewhouse, while listening to live music. Activities for the kids include carousel rides for $2, pony rides on some nights, and playground. Attractions are separate pricing. Some tables available; bring a chair or blanket to sit on the lawn. Food trucks accept cash, credit, and debit cards. Food truck participation schedule.

Historic

Soup, Bread and Lectures on Lighthouses, Fashion – York ME -- Cancelled

Jan 15, 2020 - Apr 15, 2020 Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME

The 2020 Soup Series opens on January 15 with Adele Ierubino Barnett, historian and collector of Wedgwood pottery. She speaks about Josiah Wedgwood, and his place in history, along with his political and personal sympathies during the period of America's revolution. 6 p.m. Admission is $22. Ticket price includes the lecture and dinner. BYOB or wine. Tickets.
March 25 -- Lighthouses of New Hampshire and Southern Maine with Jeremy D'Entremont
April 15 -- From Petticoats to Pockets: Getting Dressed in the 18th Century with Kristel Henry and Hannah Peterson

Exhibit: “Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere” – Worcester and Concord MA - Concord and Worcester, MA

Feb 15, 2020 - Jun 7, 2020 Concord Museum and Worcester Art Museum Concord and Worcester, MA

The Concord Museum and the Worcester Art Museum present "Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere." Paul Revere artworks and collectors’ objects will show the entrepreneurial spirit of Paul Revere and his impact on the political life of the United States. Revolutionary Revere at Concord Museum examines Paul Revere’s work during the Revolutionary War. Revere the Maker at Worcester Art Museum presents objects that show Revere’s skill as an artisan. On view through June 7, 2020.
Concord Museum , 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four Exhibits Commemorating Mayflower and Wampanoag History – Boston MA

Feb 26, 2020 - May 31, 2020 New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street Boston, MA

The four unique displays speak to the origins of and continued impact of the Mayflower story, with special emphasis on Wampanoag traditions and culture. Exhibits on display through December 2020.
The Origins and Legacy of the Mayflower: Who were the Pilgrims, what motivated their departure from England, and why has their story been so ensconced in our nation’s history?
History of Wampum Belts: about the meaning behind wampum belts and their place in Wampanoag culture.
The Mayflower Scene: An intricately crafted, scaled model of the Mayflower created by artisan Terry Geaghan. Outdoor exhibit.
The Wampanoag Scene: A sculpture of a Wampanoag mother and child recording their family history. Outdoor exhibit.

The Art of Wooden Boatbuilding – Salem MA

Feb 29, 2020 - May 23, 2020 Essex National Heritage Area, 10 Federal Street, Suite 12, Salem, MA

The Art of Wooden Boatbuilding Series is a five-part series explores the principles behind the design and construction of traditional wooden boats. Participants will work at several traditional boatyards within the Essex National Heritage Area. Workshops are limited to 30 participants. Call Ryan Conary at 978-740-0444.
March 28 -- Building the Schooner at Essex Shipbuilding Museum. 9 a.m.
April 25 -- The Fit-Out at Maritime Gloucester. 9 a.m.
May 9 -- Rigging a Tall Ship at Salem Maritime Historic Site. 9 a.m.
May 23 -- Building the Dory at Lowell's Boat Shop. 9 a.m.

Exhibit: “Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre – Boston MA

Mar 5, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

To recognize the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770, the Massachusetts Historical Society presents this exhibition of “voices” – including handwritten and published sources – that describe the event, which happened in the dark in a city bristling with militant tension. Many contradictions have muddied the story over the centuries. This exhibit is being described as surprising and enlightening, presented in the historical society’s handsome property. Exhibit open through June 30, 2020.

Tank Demo Days at American Heritage Museum – Hudson MA

May 9, 2020 - May 10, 2020 American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street, Hudson, MA

The American Heritage Museum will showcase several tanks and armored vehicles through unique demonstrations on the museum grounds. Tanks such as the M24 Chaffee, M4A3 Sherman and M10 Tank Destroyer will operate through a course of obstacles and challenges. Veterans and armor experts will describe the history of each tank. Rides will be available in the M5 high speed tractor and M10 Wolverine tank. This event repeats on July 18- 19 and August 15-16.

Opening of Plymouth 400 Commemoration of 400th Anniversary Year -- Plymouth MA

Jun 26, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020 Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, and Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, MA

The day will begin with a procession at 10:30 a.m. from the Lincoln and Sandwich streets through downtown Plymouth to Memorial Hall. The procession will be led by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and will include military drum corps and reenactment groups.
The indoor Memorial Hall program will feature stories of the Pilgrims, music by the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra , visual narratives, stories from Wampanoag leaders. The Plymouth 400 Legacy Time Capsule will be introduced and filled. This is a ticketed event and seats will be available for advanced purchase. Consult Plymouth400inc.org for tickets.
A lunch and watch party will be hosted by Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor. At the Plymouth Waterfront, guests can enjoy re-enactors, live music, the Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the UMASS Minutemen Marching Band, the Colum Cille Pipe Band, and more. Performances will take place at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Home & Studio Tours

Moonlight Tours of Gore Place -- Waltham MA

Apr 3, 2020 - Apr 17, 2020 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

Explore the 1793 Carriage House and the 1806 mansion, one of the few early homes designed by a woman. Tours start in the 1793 Carriage House with its restored carriages and then move to the mansion. See the graceful curve of the great stairs, the lovely oval withdrawing room, Gore’s office and library, the peacock parlor and the great hall. Dates: April 3 and April 17.

Literary

Nantucket Book Festival 2020 -- Nantucket MA

Jun 18, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020 Many locations Nantucket, MA

nantucket book festival Book lovers can enjoy author presentations Thursday through Sunday, including a Celebration of Writers at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. Most events are free and open to the public. Ticketed events include breakfasts and lunches with select authors, Friday dinner at the White Elephant, and a gathering at Cisco Brewers for authors and fans. The Festival spotlights local authors in the Atheneum Garden Tent, along with story times for children.

Music

Melissa Etheridge-The Medicine Show at Twin River -- Lincoln RI

Apr 10, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020 Twin River Casino Hotel, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI

This is a collection of songs about renewal, reconciliation, most profoundly healing. These, of course, are themes that have run through Etheridge’s career, core to the vision and drive that has brought her fifteen Grammy Awards nominations and two wins.

Straight No Chaser: The Open Bar Tour -- Worcester MA

Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 11, 2020 Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs ... think again. Straight No Chaser is neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, and it has amassed a fan based from many national TV appearances and CD releases.

Big Lux & Friends at the Knickerbocker -- Westerly RI

Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 11, 2020 Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891

Big Lux, Sarah Luann Thompson, and The Get Down will bring soul, pop, rock, and hip hop to the Knick. Expect Big Lux merch, ticket giveaways, and a lot of surprises for the crowd.

Sweet Honey in the Rock -- Provincetown MA

Apr 18, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020 Provincetown Town Hall, Provincetown, MA

Female a cappella vocal quartet. "Sweet Honey in the Rock delivers messages with luminous, virtuosic singing..." – The New York Times.

Wu-Tang Clan at Mohegan Sun -- Uncasville CT

May 7, 2020 - May 7, 2020 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT 06382

Wu-Tang Clan arrived on the hip-hop music scene 25 years ago with the release of "Enter the Wu-Tang." The group is known for innovative beats and clever lyrics.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall - Old Saybrook CT

May 20, 2020 - May 21, 2020 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT

Legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert's extraordinary musicianship has earned him many awards and sold 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight. Lani Hall started her singing career as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes's break through group, Brasil '66.

The Lords of 52nd Street Billy Joel Tribute Band -- East Greenwich RI

Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 20, 2020 Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI

The Lords of 52nd Street is Billy Joel's original band, recording such classic albums as Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, The Nylon Curtain, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man, and The Bridge.

Symphony on Tap 2020 -- New Bedford MA

Aug 28, 2020 - Aug 28, 2020 Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove, 127 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra hosts is annual Symphony on Tap concert. This is a different way to experience live music by a full orchestra. Enjoy favorite classical music and fun interactions with our charismatic conductor. This is 60 minutes of music by 61 professional musicians.No stage, no seats, no rules - just fun! Cash bar open all night with craft beer, signature cocktails and wine. Desserts also available for purchase.
If you have already purchased tickets for the original date of April 4, we advise you to hold on to your confirmation for admittance on August 28. If you are unable to attend on August 28, you may call the NBSO office at 508-999-6276 for a refund.

Science & Nature

Return of the Butterflies Exhibit -- Burlington VT -- Museum closed until April 15

Feb 8, 2020 - Apr 11, 2020 ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington, VT

Enjoy tropical butterflies in this immersive exhibit in ECHO’s Butterfly Pavilion. The exhibit offers great things to do, hands-on activities and interactive fun. Exhibit will be on display through September 7, 2020.

Watching Woodcocks: Supper and Saunter with RI Audubon – Smithfield RI

Apr 10, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020 Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI

Join Audubon for an evening dedicated about the American Woodcock. Begin at Powder Mill Ledges for a soup and salad supper and an introduction to this bird . Then venture outdoors to watch and listen for the mating flights and songs. Wear sturdy shoes, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Advance registration required. For ages 10 and older. Register online through the events calendar at asri.org.

Audubon Birding for Beginners -- Bristol RI

Apr 18, 2020 - May 16, 2020 Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Audubon offers a five-week class providing a basic understanding of bird biology as well as visual and by-ear identification techniques. Time will be spent in both the classroom and the field to practice birding skills. Please bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Register online through the events calendar. Dates: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16,

Sports

Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament -- Stamford CT

Jun 27, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020 Halloween Yacht Club, 10 Seaview Avenue Stamford, CT

Over 200 fishermen, disabled active military members, and veterans will participate in the annual Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament. Hooks for Heroes has raised over $100,000, for the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 13, Operation Gift Card Program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital. To register or donate send email to pbuzzeo48@aol.com, .

Tastings

Great Cupcake Championship -- Providence RI

Jun 14, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

Who has the #BestCupcakesRI? Sample all the awesome cupcakes from the state's best bakers and wash them down with the state's best coffee and soda. This party has sold out eight years in a row!

Theater

Million Dollar Quartet" -- White River Junction VT -- Suspended

Apr 15, 2020 - May 24, 2020 Northern Stage at Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT

On December 4, 1956, rock-and-roll stars Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life. Tickets.

"Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- Providence RI -- Cancelled

Apr 23, 2020 - May 24, 2020 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

This diabolical crime thriller happens in 19th-century London. An exiled barber’s is on a revenge mission . Sweeney Todd is a beautiful, soaring dark comedy filled with stunning terror that will leave you gasping!

"Chicago" -- New London CT

May 16, 2020 - May 17, 2020 Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT

Set amidst the decadence of the 1920s, "Chicago" is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover and turns herself into a darling of the headlines. With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, "Chicago"is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.