January 19, 2020
Love is the air… the love of food, that is. February is a great month to be a foodie in Rhode Island. Between Valentine’s Day dinners, the Inaugural RI VegFest, and another Sucrée event hosted by Gracie’s, we’ve already got our foodie fill. Read on for more fun this February!
As a Valentine’s Day gift from us to all our readers, we are offering 15% off gift certificates for a Rhode Island Red Food Tour with gift code “V-Day”. Gift certificates can be used for either a Newport or Providence food tour and on any date. Perfect for gifting or planning a springtime foodie adventure. Purchase yours here.
Weekends in February
Take a hike, goat yoga! Simmons Farm is hosting hikes with their tribe of goats. Embrace the winter weather with a guided goat hike. Each hiker will be partnered up with a goat to walk on a leash. There will be several stops along the way to let the goats nibble and to just enjoy the time outside. Farmer Karla will host each hike and loves chatting about all things farming. The afternoon will be wrapped up with a warm cup of hot chocolate made with milk from Simmons Farm.
Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase here.
Simmons Farm is located at 1942 West Main Road in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Providence Flea Indoor Market
Sunday, February 9 at 11 am
The Providence Flea is back in February! We love browsing the different weekly vendors and getting a coffee or lunch at the food trucks. The flea is popping up in the cafeteria at the WaterFire Arts Center until its triumphant return in the summer. February’s market is themed, “The Love You Give Market” and arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day.
WaterFire Arts Center is located at 475 Valley Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Little City Love Scene: Valentine’s Week Funny Business
Monday, February 10 at 7 pm
Do you have a funny story about dating in Rhode Island? Little City Love Scene wants to hear them! Send them your awkward, unusual, or funny stories about dating in Rhode Island. They will select their favorites and assign them to be read aloud. You can submit your stories here or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a story to share or would rather keep it close to your heart, you can still attend the event for lots of laughs about love in Lil Rhody.
Little City Love Scene is popping up at The Dorrance, which is located at 60 Dorrance Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Stories in Stone: America’s African Burying Ground
Tuesday, February 11 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and Providence Community Library are partnering up for a free lecture series in honor of Black History Month. This particular lecture is about “God’s Little Acre”, a historically significant burying ground in Newport. Dating back to as early as 1705, the burial ground has been recognized as possibly having the oldest and largest surviving collection of markers of enslaved and free Africans. Some of the markers indicate that the oldest were born in the late 1600s. The presentation will share how African heritage people lived, worked, worshipped and eventually died in Colonial Newport.
The lecture will take place at Mount Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island.
Faded Lovers Tour
Friday, February 14 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm
What’s more Rhode Island than a Valentine’s Day-themed tour of a cemetery? The North Burial Ground staff are leading a special tour detailing the stories of the cemetery’s ill-fated lovers. Learn about the unfortunate tales of lost love, murder, and memorial of notable couples interred at the North Burial Ground.
Spots on the tour are very limited, so reserve your spots now if you’re interested.
North Burial Ground is located at 5 Branch Avenue in Providence, 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.
Valentine’s Day at Sarto
Friday, February 14 from 5 pm – 11 pm
Our Providence food tour partner, Sarto, is hosting a very special four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day. The menu includes our favorite cacio e pepe, pan-seared scallops, braised short rib, and more. Our mouths are already watering! The four-course experience is $120 per person and reservations are required. You can check out the full Valentine’s Day menu and make your reservations here.
Sarto is located at 86 Dorrance Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Galentine’s Day Brunch
Saturday, February 15 from 9 am – 2 pm
Grab your girl gang and head to Milk Money for their Galentine’s Day Brunch! There will be bottomless mimosas and sangria, a flower wall, a special brunch menu and a surprise chef gift for every girl in attendance. New England’s mobile flower truck, Wildflower Truck will be in attendance to build your own bouquet. Reservations are available by calling (401) 649-4667.
Milk Money is located at 566 S. Water Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
24th Annual WINEterfest
Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16
Head to Newport Vineyards for two days of grape stomping, wine tasting, beer pouring, and winter fun! There will be live music, a grape stomping competition, an Ice Wine Bar, and great food from their onsite restaurant, Brix. General admission is $27 and includes seven tastes from their wine and beer bars. Purchase your tickets and check out the full lineup of events here.
Newport Vineyards is located at 909 East Main Road in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Meet Your Maker Market – In Love with Local
Sunday, February 16 from 10 am – 2 pm
Hope & Main’s February market is all about falling in love with local vendors. Tour and taste your way through the makers marketplace. There will be freshly roasted coffee, prepared foods, specialty products, sweet treats, and plenty of items for a late Valentine’s Day gift.
Hope & Main is located at 691 Main Street in Warren, Rhode Island.
Sucreé: Red Hot Valentine’s Day
Sunday, February 16 from 6 pm – 9 pm
We love anything sweet, but especially Gracie’s seasonal Sucrée events. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sucrée: Red Hot Valentine’s Day is a four-course celebration of all things “red hot.” The evening begins with savory hors d’œuvres and a cocktail hour, followed by four courses of seated dessert tastings accompanied by signature cocktails from Gracie’s beverage team. Tickets are $80 per person and all-inclusive. The event is sure to sell out, so reserve your seats now.
Gracie’s is located at 194 Washington Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Newport’s British Occupation Walking Tour
Monday, February 17 from 11 am – 12 pm
Did you know that Newport was once occupied by Britain? When the Revolutionary War officially began, 7,000 British and Hessian soldiers invaded Newport. Their occupation lasted for nearly 3 years. Join an expert tour guide wearing an authentic 18th century British military uniform and explore the sites and stories of the soldiers and citizens affected during this time.
Tours are led by the Newport Historical Society. Tickets cost $15 per person and are available here.
All tours leave from the Museum of Newport History and Shop at 127 Thames Street in Newport, Rhode Island.
Winter Skate Break
Monday, February 17 from 1 pm – 3 pm
Grab the kids and get out of the house during school vacation week. The Winter Skate Break comes just in time for February vacation week. You can even skate for free if you bring a non-perishable food item for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Winter Skate Break is located at BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Inaugural RI VegFest
Sunday, February 23 from 12 pm – 4 pm
Calling all Rhode Island vegans, vegetarians or plant-based curious! The Inaugural RI VegFest has a little something for everyone interested in a plant-based lifestyle. VegFest will have dozens of vendors, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, bars, cookbook authors, and more at their first exhibition.
General admission tickets are $5 and include a $10 voucher to be used at a participating retail or restaurant partner. Purchase yours here.
RI VegFest will be hosted at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
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