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Weekend Best Bets

Listen to hot jazz, stuff yourself with seafood, plus 18 more ways to have a wicked awesome weekend

Kristine Parker
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Crowd at the Newport Jazz Festival

ALL WEEKEND
Three days, three stages, and forty-five sets of incredible jazz. The 60th Annual Newport Jazz Festival is a spectacular outdoor event, featuring dynamic jazz legends and emerging artists. More info...

ALL WEEKEND
Don’t miss three days of Rhode Island’s best seafood, including lobsters, steamers, clam cakes, chowder and more at the 30th Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival! That’s not all; be sure to check out the arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock wall climbing and car show, happening all weekend long. More info...

ALL WEEKEND
The Colonial Theatre presents the Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (abridged) at the 23rd Anniversary season of the Shakespeare Festival. More info...

ALL WEEKEND
Select your favorite pearls to be made into a custom, one-of-a-kind item. Hear lecturesabout how pearls are made, how to care for them and advice on selecting or buying at the Pearl Show: Jewels of the Sea. More info...

FRIDAY
Hit band and former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon guests, Sleeper Agent, is starring on the WBRU Dunkin Donuts Summer Concert Series with The ‘Mericans! The event is free and open to the public at Waterplace Park. More info...

FRIDAY
If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the 70s, now is your chance to relive the glory days with ZoSo, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, at the Stadium Theatre. The show is much more than a tribute, capturing the aura and atmosphere craved by die-hard Zeppelin fans. More info...

FRIDAY
Head to Barnes & Noble Warwick for Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf and Elsa! Frozen fans can meet Elsa live in person, and have story-time, sing-alongs and crafts with the beloved Olaf! More info...

FRIDAY
Mississippi native rock band, 3 Doors Down, takes the stage of the Newport Yachting Center with an acoustic mix and “Songs From The Basement.” Catch the chart-topping band in an intimate, water-front setting. More info...

FRIDAY
Support the Harvest Community Church of Woonsocket’s Sanctuary Shelter, a shelter that provides emergency winter protection for homeless men in the community, at their 1st Annual Charity Event. More info...

FRIDAY/SATURDAY
Pete Costello, one of Boston’s classic comedic performers, takes the stage at the Comedy Connection! Associating humor with everyday occurences, Costello has a talent that appeals to both young and old. More info...

SATURDAY
Don’t miss your chance to see a free demo on Cape Verdean music and cultural traditions with Zerui Depina at The Rhody Center! This fun and informative workshop invites audience members to bring instruments and provides the opportunity for participation. More info...

SATURDAY
Raise your paws for a cause at Music for Paws, an all day event benefiting the Bristol Animal Shelter! Don’t miss the huge Outdoor Family and Dog Friendly Block Party, followed by the Indoor Benefit Concert. More info...

SATURDAY
Celebrate the arrival of Logan, a limited-release being introduced to the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway at Smart Toys of Providence Place Mall. Little engineers are invited to test out the new track sets and participate in other Thomas-themed activities! More info...

SATURDAY
Spend your Saturday exploring through the unique treasures of over 50 vendors at the Little Compton Antiques Festival, from 10am-5pm. More info...

SATURDAY
The Annual Block Island Triathlon kicks off at the Fred Benson Town Beach with a 1/4 mile swim, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and a 4 mile run. Don’t miss a second of the action, starting at 9am! More info...

SATURDAY
The Newport Summer Comedy Series features Artie Lange, best known for his work on MADtv and the Howard Stern Show. More info...

SATURDAY/SUNDAY
The first annual Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo), a free festival dedicated to small-press and self-published comics, books and zines, comes to the Providence Public Library for its debut event. The only event of its kind, RIPExpo celebrates the diverse community of underground artists and writers. More info...

SUNDAY
Check out the 4th Annual Wheels for Wishes Car Show at Mishnock Barn, featuring raffles, door prizes and unique vendors. The show is open to antiques, rods, classics and Corvettes, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Wishes. More info...

SUNDAY
Head to the Blithewold Gardens for the Summer Tree and Shrub Walk, focusing on tips for planting and watering in summer heat. Register now! More info...

SUNDAY
Focus on leisurely past times of the Victorian age at the Victorian Garden Party, for girls and their American Girl dolls! Enjoy an afternoon on the Hearthside grounds, and learn what life for your doll might have been like! More info...