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5 Weekend Musts: Newport Food Truck Festival + More

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Food truck enthusiasts, rejoice! The Newport Food Truck Festival is an all-you-can-eat paradise.

It's the weekend before Halloween, Rhode Island, so the fun is getting a bit spookier out there. Enjoy these five handpicked events for your weekend, and check below for GoLocal's guide to all the best Halloween events in Rhode Island. Boo!

Newport Food Truck Festival, Newport

Saturday  Twenty gourmet food trucks will gather at the Newport Yachting Center to serve an endless menu of everything from grilled cheese to cupcakes. Trucks will serve sample-size portions and full meals. Kid’s activities, plenty of samplings, and live entertainment. 11am-5pm, Admission wristbands: in advance online, $7/day of festival, $10. Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI. www.foodtruckfestivalsofne.com

First Baptist Church 375th Anniversary Celebration + Concert, Providence

Sunday  It does not get more historic, nor more purely Rhode Island, than this. The First Baptist Church in America celebrates the 375th anniversary of its founding by Roger Williams, who in 1638 founded this congregation along with Providence and Providence Plantations. The concert will feature the Greg Abate Jazz Quartet along with the choir and string orchestra of The First Baptist Church in America, and will feature the premiere of "Festive Hymn" written for this event by British composer Nigel Williams. 3pm in the historic Meetinghouse, 75 North Main Street, Providence, RI. Free admission, donations accepted. 401-454-3418. http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/?page_id=152

Ghost: The Musical, Providence

Ghost: The Musical hits PPAC today and runs through Sunday.

Thursday-Sunday  You loved it on the screen, and now you can love it on the big stage at Providence Performing Arts Center. Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her. Plus, songs! For showtimes, ticket prices, and reservations, go here.

51st Annual Post Card Show, Warwick

Sunday  Talk about collectors' heaven. Hosted by the Rhode Island Post Card Club, this show features more than 40 vendors. Wish you were there? 9am-4pm. Admission $3. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick. 401-886-7811. http://www.seocom.com/postcard/myshowsked.html

42nd Annual Rock + Mineral Show, Warwick

Saturday-Sunday  It's a weekend for collectors in Rhode Island, and this bonanza of treasures is a great outing for families looking for a fun way to get the kids interested in geology and all things that sparkle in the earth. The show features more than 27 vendors selling everything from minerals and fossils, beautiful crystals, gem and precious metal jewelry, and other rock and mineral merchandise. Hourly mineral drawings, big fluorescent rock exhibit, gold panning and geode breaking for kids, silent auction, talks and much more. Free parking. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. $6 donation, $5 with discount. Kids under 12 free, and boy and girl scouts also free with wearing official uniform or t-shirt. Community College of RI, Knight Campus, Rte 113, 400 East Ave, Warwick, RI. Visit www.rimh.us for more.


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Halloween Costume Party

Olive’s Bar on North Main Street in Providence is hosting a Halloween costume party “For the Grown and Sexy!” The party will be presented by the “Sophisticated Divas” with music by DJ J Scratch! Grab your tickets early and save $5.00. There will be prizes for the best costumes, and drink specials all night long! This is a 21+ event. October 25, 9pm-2am. 108 North Main Street, Providence. (401) 751-1200.

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Nightmare on Lambda St.

On October 25, Lambda Upsilon Lambda will be hosting its very own Halloween party at Ultra the Nightclub on Pine Street! College students from over 5 states are expected to attend this bash! Costumed girls that arrive before 11pm will receive free admission, and if you say “LUL” at the door you will receive discounted admission! This is a 21+ event. October 25, 10pm-3am. 172 Pine Street, Providence. (401) 454-5483.

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Kreepfest 2013

Come to the 1st Annual Kreepfest presented by Rambudikon this month to become part of a brand new Providence tradition! There will be over 20 bands performing, and featured guests include Our Last Night, The Venetia Fair & Trophy Wives! All bands are going to play at least one Halloween themed song. Come costumed (There are prizes!) and prepared for a long day of fun—this event begins at 1pm! This is an all ages event. October 26, doors open at 12:30pm. Last show ends at 11:20. Simon 677, 677 Valley Street, Providence.

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Nightmare on Richmond St.

Think you’ve got what it takes to come up with the best Halloween costume? If you do—you will have the opportunity to win $1,000 cash! This party, held at TWO clubs, will be among the best in the college scene this October, so pick up your tickets soon! Entertainment will be provided by Sharon Needles, called “fabulous” by Lady Gaga. Click here to buy your tickets now! This is an 18+ event. October 26, 10pm-2am. Ego, Loft 71 & the courtyard, 73 Richmond Street, Providence.

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Head over to Dive Bar on October 30 for a Nightmare Before Halloween party! There will be plenty of music and drinks to keep you going all night. The lineup features RKO Army, who will be performing a special Michael Jackson Thriller tribute! This is a 21+ event. October 30, 9pm-2am. 201 Westminster Street, Providence, (401) 441-3039.

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Nightmare on Broad Street

Luna Nightclub, one of Providence’s newest and hottest places for college entertainment, will be hosting a costume party on Halloween night! Make sure you get creative with your costume—there is a $250 cash prize for the best costume. Music will be by DJ CoroKing & DJ Rukiz. 18+ for the ladies, 21+ for guys. October 31, 10pm-2am. Luna Nightclub, 1206 Broad Street, Providence. (401) 339-8908.

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Creatures of the Night

This one is probably the most unique Halloween event of all! The 5th Annual Creatures of the Night event is an experience not to be missed. Come out on Friday, November 1, to join the fun with some post-Halloween madness. Big Nazo, an international group of visual performance artists will be on scene to intensify the night! Also, expect over 20 DJs, live music, multiple bars, confetti cannons, larger than life Halloween decorations and more! This is a 21+ event. November 1, 2013, 8pm-2am. Lupos Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street, Providence. (401) 272-5876.

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Fete Frights

Spice up your Halloween night this year with Church of Providence at Fete! Prepare for the Church’s biggest lineup to date.  Featuring B. Dolan and his band, Circle Takes the Square and Apathy!  There will be a rap battle featuring a cash prize with Sage Francis!  Providence’s favorite characters; Big Nazo will be on scene as well.  Tickets are only $10 with free parking. Fete Ballroom, 103 Dike Street, Providence. (401)383-1112  www.fetemusic.com

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New England’s own original jam band, born and bred at the University of Vermont in Burlington, is coming to nearby Worcester & Hartford CT for Halloween shows! On October 25 and 26, Phish will be performing at the DCU Center in Worcester; October 27 they will be at the XL Center in Hartford! Phish is classic New England college music—coeds know Phish for “Farmhouse,” “You Enjoy Myself,” “Down with Disease,” and more. Get you tickets and plan your pre-party now; this one is guaranteed to be an experience! All ages permitted.
October 25 & 26 @ DCU, October 27 @ XL Center. Doors open at 6:30pm in Worcester, open at 6 in Hartford. Show is 7:30pm. DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester. (508) 755-6800. XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford. (860) 249-6333.

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Rí Rá Pub Costume Party

Rí Rá Pub, Providence’s favorite local Irish watering hole on Exchange Terrace has something special planned this October! Head down on October 25 for a Halloween Costume Party, with a prize package going to the best get up! There will be Halloween themed drinks and specials all night long. Fighting Friday and DJ Judah will perform! This is a 21+ event. October 25, 8pm-close. 50 Exchange Terrace, Providence. (401) 272-1953. 

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Halloween Music Festival

Finnegan’s Annual Music Block Party is in its second year this October! There will be 100,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space to party in! Featuring the best DJs in RI, including DJ Ayo and DJ Joint, this party heats up Halloween night! Drink specials and giveaways will be going on throughout the evening. Grab your tickets today and save $10! This is a 21+ event. October 31, 7pm-1am. 397 Westminster Street, Providence. (401) 751-0290.


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