The weekend: 29 things to do in northern Rhode Island


Northern, RI – If you find yourself asking, “What can I do this weekend without having to fill my gas tank?” then you’ve come to the right place.

Welcome to The Weekend, northern Rhode Island, where we round up the events happening right here in our communities of Burrillville, North Smithfield and Glocester, from live entertainment and fundraisers, to vendor fairs and art classes.

This week, The Island in North Smithfield kicks off its summer Friday night music series with Amber Rose and the Renegades. Have breakfast for a good cause Saturday and Sunday mornings, when Boy Scout Troops in Glocester and North Smithfield hold their respective annual breakfast fundraisers. Get outside with local heritage associations for tours and demonstrations on Saturday, or check out live music at a local venue every night for the next four days.

However you spend your free time, we hope you enjoy it, and consider checking out some of these great local businesses, events and organizations.

Thursday, May 19

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Sunnyside on the Street food truck, 5-9 p.m.

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

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 Lori Silvia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20 

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

The Island, 1600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, Amber Rose & the Renegades, 6-10 p.m.

The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, Pysanky for Ukraine with artist Christine Charest, 6-9 p.m., Learn the art of pysanky while raising funds for humanitarian aid. Pre-decorated eggs also for sale. $30 with registration required by calling (401) 642-8725

Johnny’s Victory Diner, 2731 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Live music on the deck, weather permitting, 6-9 p.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, The Strumdawgs, 8-11:30 p.m.

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, MJK The Excite Dance Company fundraiser performance 7-10 p.m. Tickets $20 here.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Live practice with Stale Harvest, 8 p.m.

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

Catch The Live Music Band at Cady’s Tavern Saturday night.

Saturday, May 21

Chepachet Union Church, 1138 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Boy Scout Troop 44 Glocester May Breakfast, 7-10 a.m. Tickets cost $8 each at the door, with children ages five and under to eat free.

Burrillville Public Works, 200 Clear River Drive, Burrillville, Eco-Depot Hazardous Waste collection, 8 a.m. – noon. Items accepted include household hazardous waste such as chemicals and paints. Appointments are required by calling Rhode Island Resource Recovery at (401) 942-1430 ext. 3241

First Universalist Church, 134 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, Spring Vendor Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine

North Smithfield Heritage Association, 108 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, Historic Cemetery Tour & Demonstration, 9-11 a.m.

Evans Schoolhouse, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Glocester Heritage Society Elephant Day Tours, 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Free with donations welcomed.

Pascoag Community Baptist Church, 11 Church St., Pascoag, Armed Forces Day Celebration and free community cookout, 11 a.m. Reserve a spot at the cookout by calling (401) 568-4963.

Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Kids Craft & Vendor Fair, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. with wishkers workshop from 11 a.m.- noon. Registration required for workshop by calling (401) 568-5000 or visiting

Harmony Fire Department, 194 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Pasta dinner, 5-9 p.m., Tickets $10, children under 10 free

Crystal Lake Golf Club, 100 Broncos Highway, Mapleville, Comedy fundraiser to benefit the Ponaganset High School Class of 2024, doors 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Ron Jones, 2 p.m., The Live Music Band, 8 p.m.

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, Blues Jam, 2-6 p.m. Smokin Toads, 8 p.m.- midnight

Sunday, May 22

St. John’s Church hall, 63 Church St., North Smithfield, Boy Scout Troop 1139 Slatersville Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 or $5 for kids age 5-12 and fund raised will help to provide supplies and camping equipment for the troop.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, White Shadows, 2-6 p.m.

Spritzer’s Bar, 63 Grove St., Pascoag, Paint Night, 3 p.m. Ticket $30 by scanning code found here.

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

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