The weekend: Fiestas, BBQ & brunches – Oh my!

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Northern, RI – The weekend is approaching, and between a parade that only happens once every 150 years, to Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, there’s enough happening in northern Rhode Island to keep you busy right through Sunday night.

Add all that to the warming weather that’s allowing venues with outdoor seating to pick up speed, and you can jam-pack your free time with food and fun, without having to spend your last dime just to fill up your gas tank.

This week, Wright’s Dairy Farm’s ice cream venue, The Wright Scoop, opens for the season on Thursday, with hours every week going forward on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-9 p.m. Also reopening is the patio at Johnny’s Victory Diner in Mapleville, with barbecue back every Friday night, along with live music all summer long.

Today – Thursday – is Cinco de Mayo, and many local restaurants have specials on tacos, margaritas and more.

And on Saturday, rise and shine northern Rhode Island because no amount of rain will stop the town of North Smithfield from hosting it’s 150th anniversary parade, set to step off from Slatersville Plaza at 10 a.m.

Whatever you do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it – and find time to support these great local businesses and organizations.

Thursday, May 5

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Margarita Goss beer release, food by Sunnyside on the Street

The Creative Room, 6 Money Hill Road, Glocester, Mother’s Day Craft workshop for kids, 5:30-7:30 p.m. he drop off event for kids ages five and up costs $30 and includes a snack and water. Reserve spot at thecreativeroomri.com/special-events

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Exit 18, 7 p.m., Cinco de Mayo specials

Big Bear Fishing & Hunting, 401 Putnam Pike, Glocester, Free situational awareness workshop, 6-9 p.m.

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, SOS Big Band presents Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts to benefit Help the Homeless RI, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 here.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Music Bingo, 7:30 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Open mic with Gene Harrison, 7:30 p.m., Cinco de Mayo specials

Chapman’s Food & Drink, 1950 Broncos Highway, Harrisville, Cinco de Mayo specials

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

Gator’s Pub, 1402 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, Cinco de Mayo specials

SOS Big Band will be at The Assembly Theatre Thursday & Friday

Friday, May 6 

Johnny’s Victory Diner, 2731 Victory Highway, Nasonville, BBQ returns at 2 p.m., Live music on the deck, weather permitting

Chapman’s Food & Drink, 1950 Broncos Highway, Harrisville, Cornhole tournament, 5:30 p.m., $10 buy- in

The Creative Room, 6 Money Hill Road, Glocester, Mother’s Day Craft workshop for kids, 5:30-7:30 p.m. he drop off event for kids ages five and up costs $30 and includes a snack and water. Reserve spot at thecreativeroomri.com/special-events

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, SOS Big Band presents Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts to benefit Help the Homeless RI, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 here.

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

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Don Colt & Friends, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7

Victory Highway, Greene Street & North Main Street, North Smithfield, 150th anniversary parade steps off from Slatersville Plaza at 10 a.m. Watch for NRI NOW’s float in Division 4

Ponaganset High School, 137 Aran Wade Road, North Scituate, Ponaganset Future Farmers of America Chapter 2022 plant sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, Mother’s Day Craft, 1-2:30 p.m., $10 per child

Dev’s Cafe, 341 Chapel St. Harrisville, Customer appreciation day, Guitar Dave, 2-6 p.m., North East Traffic, 8-11 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Cool Beans, 8 p.m.

Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Mother’s Day Paint & Plant, 1-2:30 p.m. p.m. $25, register at https://www.artboxstudiori.com/

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

Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, DJ Wisevlad, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Beach Stock, two stages of bands all day and into the night starting at 1 p.m. with metal and rock including Trendkill and Frantic Endeavor. Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door.

Sunday, May 8

Johnny’s Victory Diner, 2731 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Lori Silvia for Mother’s Day live on the deck, 9 a.m.-noon

Crystal Lake Tavern, 100 Broncos Highway, Mapleville, Mother’s Day brunch, $28.95 for adults. Call for reservations at (401) 567-4500

Grace Note Farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Pascoag, Mother’s Day concert with David Rivera Bozon and Leona Cheung, 2 p.m., Tickets by calling (401) 567-0354

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, 3 Can Jam, 2-5 p.m.; Meat raffle, 6:30 p.m.

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

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