The weekend: The Violin Kat, an Elvis Tribute and tons of pre-Easter fun

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Northern, RI – Ahh spring…. that time of year when birds return, flowers bloom and the northern Rhode Islanders who’ve been hiding out from the cold indoors on weekends finally emerge ready for some fun.

Things are heating up – quite literally – in northern Rhode Island this week, and while some rain showers are expected over the next few days, it’s not expected to be a washout, and the current forecast shows there should plenty of time to take part in local happenings.

Welcome to The Weekend, northern Rhode Island, where we list all of the entertainment and special events taking place right here in your community. Our roundup covers activities geared toward families and those that aim to attract a more adult crowd.

This week, pre-Easter activities abound, from egg hunts, to services and crafting events. Businesses with outdoor services are starting to change to spring and summer hours including Crystal Lake Tavern in Burrillville, which is now open and seven days a week. Just a week after opening a new arcade, Chapman’s Food & Drink on Victory Highway in Harrisville has announced that batting cages and the ice cream window will be fully open starting this Friday.

If you’re looking for a little extra relation on Sunday, check out Johnny Victory Diner’s “boozy brunch,” with breakfast and cocktails served until 1 p.m.

Our hope, as always, is to support local businesses while providing you all information you need to enjoy a fabulous weekend, right here in northern Rhode Island.

Don’t forget to spread the word: you saw it on NRI NOW.

Thursday, April 7

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Brews for Boston fundraiser for the Heather Abbott Foundation, 6-8 p.m.

Pinewood Pub, 16 Terry Lane, Chepachet, Quarter Auction and Bingo featuring local crafters and vendors, 6 p.m.

Gator’s Pub, 1402 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, Karaoke, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m.,

Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Live music, 7-10 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Open Mic, 7-10 p.m.

Friday, April 8

Jesse Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Mini Golf with The Carnival Party, 6-8 p.m.

Art Box Studio, 190 Tinkham Lanne, Harrisville, Sip & Sea Glass class jewelry-making class, 6-7:30 p.m. Register online at artboxstudiori.com

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Walason & Cairo, 7:30 p.m.

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Nanu the Burmese Fusion truck, 4-8 p.m. 

Power’s Pub, 83 Main St., Pascoag, Lily & the Evans, 8-11 p.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Paul Juneau, 8:30 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Karaoke with DJ Serge, 8 p.m.

Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, Karaoke with DJ Richard Brisette, 8 p.m.

Dev’s Cafe, 341 Chapel St. Harrisville, Friday Meat Raffle, 8 p.m. 

Saturday, April 9

Riverside Cemetery, Callahan School Street, Cemetery cleanup & gravestone restoration display with the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society, 8 a.m.-noon, volunteers welcome

Glad Tidings Community Church, 11 Victory Highway, Glocester, Eggapalooza includes an Easter Egg hunt, games and activities for children in grades pre-K through 5 plus touch-a-truck and the Dinolicious food truck 10 a.m. to noon

A.T. Levy Elementary School, 135 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville Community food drive for the Burrillville Weekend Snack Pack program, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Billy Pilgrim Band will play at Cady’s Tavern on Saturday.

Pacheco Park, 11 Main St., North Smithfield, Easter Egg Hunt, Noon, Open to kids age 2-8 years old

North Smithfield Middle School, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, 9:30 a.m., History Walk covering the Nipsachuck legacy with the North Smithfield Heritage Association

The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, Art class making Easter eggs and chicks, 1 – 2:30 p.m., $10 per child

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Box 444 release party with Pascoag Hose Company to include raffles, music by Paul Juneau, and Ocean Grove Burrito food truck, 3-9 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Billy Pilgrim Band, 8 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Blues Jam, 2-6 p.m.; Car Tune Heroes, 8 p.m.-midnight

Power’s Pub, 83 Main St., Pascoag, Blues night with Evan Wood, 8-11 p.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Music Bingo, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 10

Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Greene St., North Smithfield, Palm Sunday events include a breakfast and service followed by an egg hunt on the Common. Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Egg hunt, 11 a.m.

Grace Note Farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Pascoag, Music at the Farm with cellist Yunwen Chen and pianist Xiyu Deng, 2 p.m. Tickets $20 by calling (401) 567-0354

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, The Violin Kat, 3-5 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Robert Black Elvis tribute, 3:30-5 p.m. Tickets $10, reservations recommended by calling (401) 349-5512; Meat raffle, 6:30 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Roadhouse Blues Jam, 3 p.m.

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