The weekend: Celebrate summer with free concerts & more – 37 things to do in northern RI

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All About Amy kicks off the North Smithfield Summer Concert series Thursday night.

Northern RI – Welcome to The Weekend northern Rhode Island – your guide to the best local events and fun taking place right in the small towns in our corner of the state.

This week, we get things started early with plenty to do on Thursday evening. Summer is short, after all.

The North Smithfield summer concert series kicks off Thursday, July 20 with All About Amy at the grounds surrounding Town Hall. Both Burrillville and Glocester also have plenty of free, outdoor music this week at events including the Riverwalk Times Concerts and Sundays in the Village, and businesses with outdoor venues, including The Island, Hill’s Tavern and Lindy’s Plastic Palace have a full lineup of bands.

For those who prefer to stay cool indoors, we list crafting workshops, music bingo, meat raffles, theater and more.

Did we miss anything? Send your news, special events, fundraisers and more to sandy@nrinow.news.

Thursday, July 20

Blood drive, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Glocester, 3-7 p.m. Donations can be made by appointment by visiting ribc.org/drives using sponsor code 3990. Walk-in donations will be accepted if space permits at the time of arrival.

Chowder and Clam Cake Fundraiser, Pacheco Park, 11 Main St., North Smithfield, 5-7 p.m. Troop 438 fundraiser with Mickey G’s Clam Shack. Chowder and cakes, or chicken fingers and French fries for $15 each, with proceeds to support the troop’s ongoing activities.

All About Amy, North Smithfield Town Hall gazebo, 83 Green St. 6-8 p.m. Enjoy a free concert with yacht rock and food trucks at the kickoff to the town’s summer concert series.

Trivia night, Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Burrillville, 6:30-8:30 p.m. with One2taco food truck on site

Meat raffle, Toti’s Tavern, 8 Callahan School St., Burrillville, 6:30 p.m.

Jungle Book:The Wrath of (Shere) Khan with Swamp Meadow Community Children’s Theatre, The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, 7 p.m. Admission is $15 or $10 for seniors and students

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

Karaoke, Pascoag Cafe, 150 Pascoag Main St., Burrillville 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

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

Friday, July 21

Family Fun Friday, Spring Lake Beach, 50 Old Hillside Drive, Glendale, Event free with beach admission featuring arts & crafts, games, snacks and entertainment with the water open late

Beginner Skeet, Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club, 200 Brook Road, Harrisville, 6-9 p.m. The cost is $4 per round for members or $6 per round for non-members

Stefan Couture, Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Burrillville, 5-9 p.m. with Farm to Sandwich food truck on site

Fit to be Red, Johnny’s Victory Diner, 2731 Victory Highway, Burrillville, 6-9 p.m. on the deck, weather permitting

Flip Flop Painting, The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, 6:30-8:30 p.m. All skill levels welcomed

The Live Music Band, The Island, 1600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 7-10 p.m. Open to the public, cash bar

Jungle Book with Swamp Meadow Community Children’s Theatre, The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, 7 p.m. Admission is $15 or $10 for seniors and students

Steve Malec & The Electric Flood, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m., $15

Live music, tba, Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Harrisville, 8 p.m.

Rebel Rebel, Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, 8 p.m.

Friday night karaoke with DJ Serge, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m.-close. Drink specials, pool table, cornhole, volleyball and a fire pit.

Jesse Liam will play a free concert in Harrisville Saturday night.

Saturday, July 22

Burrillville Farmer’s Market, Stillwater Mill pavilion, 75 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shop with local food vendors and artisans, enjoy live entertainment and more at the weekly markets, set to take place rain or shine every Saturday through September 30.

STEM Saturday, Jesse Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Drop in program to explore, create & play. Best for kids 10 and under with an adult caregiver.

Burrillville Democrat Town Committee meeting, Dunkin Donuts, 1452 Broncos Highway, Burrillville, 9:30 a.m. Public invited to learn more about the committee and visit with Michael Garman from Rhode Island for Ranked-Choice Voting. For more information email BurrillvilleTownDC@gmail.com.

Load, The Island, 600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 1 p.m. Open to the public, cash bar

Robert Black, Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 2:30 pm. Outdoor concert featuring tributes to Johnny Cash & Creedance Clearwater Revival, $15

Riverwalk Times Concert – Jesse Liam Band, Jesse Smith Memorial Library, 6-8 p.m. La Carreta Authentic Mexican food truck on site

Tim Reid, The Island, 600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 6 p.m. Open to the public, cash bar

Jungle Book with Swamp Meadow Community Children’s Theatre, The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, 7 p.m. Admission is $15 or $10 for seniors and students

Steve Malec & The Electric Flood, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m., $15

Fixed Income, Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, 8 p.m.

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

Karaoke, Pascoag Cafe, 150 Pascoag Main St., Burrillville 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 23

Yoga, Beef Barn Restaurant, 200 Industrial Drive, North Smithfield (back fields), 9 a.m.

Show Off Your Ride! Car Show, North Smithfield Middle School, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, Frehill Council #5702 Knights of Columbus with registration from 8 to 10 a.m., and $10 per vehicle admission. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome with trophies and dash plaques to be awarded.

Mass and reception with visiting Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, N.Y., St. Theresa Shrine, 35 Dion Drive, Burrillville, noon

Sundays in the Village – Beth Baron, Kent Field Pavilion, 1111 Putnam Pike, Glocester, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with music at noon. Live music, vendors and food trucks

Heirloom Silverware Jewelry, The Hen House, 1189 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, noon- 3 p.m. Bring your flatware or just show up to learn more about flatware patterns, dates they were made, and more.

Jungle Book with Swamp Meadow Community Children’s Theatre, The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, 2 p.m. Admission is $15 or $10 for seniors and students

Don Colt’s open mic, Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, 1 p.m.

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

Workshop crafting ‘hey Summer’ Lemonade Jar Door Hangers, Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 3-5 p.m. $35

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