March 30, 2019
April is such a sweet month in Rhode Island. It is the true start of spring. Thousands of daffodils bloom in Newport, the food trucks come out of their winter hibernation, and festivals of all sorts start springing up. Another marker of spring is the return of our food tours. We can’t wait to start our new season in Providence and Newport on April 19!
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Barrio Tours – Upper Broad Street
Rhode Island Latino Arts
Wednesday, April 3 at 6 pm
Celebrate the people, places and community life that are significant to Rhode Island’s Latino community. Guides will lead you on a personal tour of their neighborhood, sharing memories and tidbits you won’t hear anywhere else. The tour is about an hour and a half and ends with a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Advance registration is strongly recommended. You can register for the tour here.
Rhode Island Latino Arts is located at 393 Broad Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
RI Flower & Garden Show
RI Convention Center
Thursday, April 4 – Sunday, April 7
We may not have a green thumb, but we sure do love the RI Flower & Garden Show. This year’s show is four days of gardens, gorgeous floral arrangements, seminars, and hands-on learning. There is so much to do and you don’t want to miss out, so be sure to check out the full schedule to plan ahead. Check out the full schedule here.
Admission to the RI Flower & Garden Show is free with admission to the Rhode Island Home Show. Tickets to the Rhode Island Home Show are $10 and can be purchased here.
The RI Convention Center is located at 1 Sabin Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mixology Classes with Christina Mercado
Saturday, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 2 pm
Become the queen of the cocktails! Mixology Classes with Christina Mercado will show you how to make the Vanderbilt’s signature cocktails. Whether it’s just for fun or in preparation for impressing your friends and family at this summer’s pool parties, this Mixology Class will teach you how to make a kick-ass cocktail.
Tickets are $55 per person and include two cocktails and canapes. Call (401) 846-6200 or email email@example.com to make your reservation.
Vanderbilt is located at 41 Mary Street in Newport, Rhode Island.
Hope Artiste Village
Sunday, April 7 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Local artwork will line the walls of Hope Artists Village during the first annual Art Walk. Artists will be showcasing their talents and selling their work. All types of art mediums will be represented. Snacks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Brick Oven on Main will be offering a special brunch menu, including $2 Mimosas and $3 Bloody Mary’s (such a great deal!)
Art Walk admission is free and there is plenty of free parking in the area. This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring the kiddos!
Hope Artiste Village is located at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Plan ahead – book your private group tour today! Private group tours can be arranged for Newport and Providence, giving you and your group a personalized foodie experience. Perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, anniversaries, alumni events, and more. Find more information and get planning – click here.
8th Annual Great CUPCAKE Championship
RI Food Fights
Sunday, April 7 from 1 pm – 3 pm
The sweeter, the better. The 8th Annual Great CUPCAKE Championship brings together some of the best bakers in the state to compete for the cupcake championship. Sample all of the cupcakes and help crown this year’s winner. The Championship has sold out every year, so get your tickets ASAP!
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Location is TBD.
Pop Up at Yoleni’s
Saturday, April 13 from 11 am – 5 pm
Taste & Art of Greece is popping up at one of our Providence favorites and food tour partner, Yoleni’s. Don’t miss the Pop Up at Yoleni’s! Shop and explore Yoleni’s marketplace and then head upstairs to shop the pop-up. Taste & Art of Greece will be selling unique gifts and products made by Greek artisans. While you’re there, be sure to try something from Yoleni’s yummy lunch menu.
Yoleni’s is located at 292 Westminster Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Fairy Garden Days 2019
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Saturday, April 13 from 10 am – 4 pm
Let your imagination run wild! Fairy Garden Days are a little taste of magic in Rhode Island. The whole family will love exploring the greenhouses and grounds, filled with fairy houses and villages. The park will be hosting a scavenger hunt and leading fairy crafts.
General admission is $12. Admission for children age 6-12, seniors and military members is $6.
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is located at 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island.
6th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 21
Daffodil Days is one of our absolute favorite times to be in Newport. Over one million daffodils bloom over the weekend, welcoming spring and hundreds of visitors. The Newport Daffodil Days Festival features dozens of fun, free and family-friendly events. You can find the full schedule of events here. Some of our favorites are the Daffy Doggie Paw-rade, Go Daffy at Green Animals Topiary Garden, and the Driving Miss Daffodil Classic Car Parade.
The Newport Daffodil Days Festival has events all around Newport. You can find more festival information here.
Egg Smash Paint Splatter
Friday, April 19 from 11 am – 4 pm
We’re a little sad that Egg Smash Paint Splatter is a kids-only event. Throwing an egg stuffed with paint, confetti, and glitter onto canvas sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon! Each painter receives three eggs to toss, throw, or smash. This is a messy event, so Artescape strongly recommends that kiddos wear their play clothes.
The price per painter is $7 and includes three paint-filled eggs, an 8×10 canvas, and an egg filled with Easter surprises.
Artescape is located at 580 Central Avenue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Food Truck Friday
Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village
Friday, April 19 and Friday, April 26
One of our favorite foodie traditions is back! Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village returns this month and we couldn’t be more excited. Pick and choose from 15 locally-owned food trucks, enjoy some live music, and grab a beer from Trinity Brewhouse. If you need to prepare for a foodie feast, you can check out the evening’s food truck lineup ahead of time here.
Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village is located at 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island.
WaterFire Art & Craft Festival
WaterFire Arts Center
Saturday, April 20 from 12 pm – 6 pm
Three of our favorite things combined, the WaterFire Art & Craft Festival features handmade works by local artists (all from the Arts Festival at WaterFire), live music, and local food. This festival is a fun way to get a little taste of WaterFire before the season officially begins in late May.
WaterFire Art & Craft Festival is a free and family-friendly event.
WaterFire Arts Center is located at 475 Valley Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
The 8th Annual Eat Drink RI Festival
Wednesday, April 24 – Saturday, April 27
Another week in April, another fantastic festival in Rhode Island! The 8th Annual Eat Drink RI Festival is stacked with fun foodie events. This year, they’re kicking off the weekend with the Rhody Women’s Feast, a dining experience prepared by some of Rhode Island’s most talented female chefs. A portion of the dinner’s proceeds will go to the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. On Friday evening, the very popular Truck Stop returns with 21 food trucks. The festival closes out with the Grand Tasting, their biggest event at the RI Convention Center.
Whether you attend all three events or just one, the Eat Drink RI Festival is a fun way to meet other foodies in Rhode Island and get a taste of what’s next in the culinary world. The full schedule and ticket options can be found here.
2019 Newport Craft Beer Festival
Great Friends Meeting House
Saturday, April 27
Calling all craft beer lovers – the Newport Craft Beer Festival is coming up and it will likely sell out, so get your tickets now! Choose from two sessions on Saturday (the VIB session on Friday is already sold out). Craft breweries from all over New England will be at the festival and their representatives will be on hand to pour you a beer. The full vendor lineup is available here.
Tickets to the festival are $50 and can be purchased here. Cash-only vendors will be on-site.
Great Friends Meeting House is located at 28 Farewell Street in Newport, Rhode Island.
Earth Day Birthday Party with Save the Bay
Exploration Center & Aquarium – Save the Bay
Saturday, April 27 from 10 am – 4 pm
Join Save the Bay for their Earth Day Birthday Party! The party is a free and family-friendly event in celebration of Mother Earth. The day begins with a beach cleanup (10 am-noon) and continues with games, activities, live music, performances, snacks and more. You can find the full line-up of entertainment and food here. Bring the whole family out to clean up the beach and stick around for some well-deserved fun!
The Exploration Center & Aquarium is located at 175 Memorial Boulevard in Newport, Rhode Island.
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