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5 Weekend Musts: The Circus Comes To Providence + More

Thursday, May 02, 2013


The Greatest Show on Earth brings some high-flying fun to Providence this weekend.

It’s the first weekend in May, and we have another five fun events to help you get out and enjoy the Spring season. From the circus to boating to books, there is sure to be something that everyone will enjoy!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Built To Amaze, Providence

Friday-Sunday  The circus has come to town! This weekend, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be performing “Built to Amaze,” the 143rd edition of the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Circus performers, acrobats, and aerialists, in combination with animals including majestic elephants and ferocious tigers, present a dazzling show of athletic and courageous feats that will amaze and excite the whole family! Attending the circus is a tradition every family should experience, so don’t miss this spectacular event that is sure to entertain both parents and children alike! For tickets and show times, click here. Dunkin Donuts Center, One LaSalle Sq.

Taste of The Towers, Narragansett

Friday  Located by the seaside in southern Rhode Island and over a century old, The Towers is a beautiful location to host weddings, birthdays, and other special occasion parties. At Taste of The Towers, you will have the opportunity to sample hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by expert caterers, pastry chefs, and bakers. Whether looking to plan your next event or just indulge in some delicious treats, this savory event will not disappoint. Caterers include West Bay Gourmet, Coastal Gourmet, Glorious Affairs, Simply Devine, and many more! 7pm. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Cash Bar. 35 Ocean Road. 401-782-2597. For more information, click here.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Central Falls & Pawtucket

Treat yourself to the beautiful scenery of cherry trees and a fantastic festival for the whole family.

Saturday-Sunday  Celebrate the beautiful spring weather at Rhode Island’s Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Organized in partnership by The Pawtucket Foundation and Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, this year’s festival commemorates the 101st anniversary of Japan’s first gift of cherry trees to the United States. On Saturday, there will be a multitude of fun events that include the Cherry Blossom Bike Tour Ride, kayaking, and the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy a fun atmosphere of food vendors, music, and live entertainment, as well as an opportunity to meet the Cherry Blossom Festival Princess! Sunday will feature a half marathon, Youth 1K race, and a 5K race. For a full list of events, click here. Roosevelt Ave.

3rd Annual Rhode Island Boat Show, Statewide

Saturday-Sunday  The Boat Show is a great opportunity for boating enthusiasts to spend their weekend perusing the various events at this annual, statewide show. This year’s list of events includes sales of a variety of boats, hands-on training in sailing and rigging, and even a fashion show of the latest boating apparel! The Boat Show is a fun and relaxing way for both beginners and seasoned boating veterans to enjoy the outdoors while preparing for a summer spent on the water. Participating towns include Jamestown, Bristol, Warwick, Middletown, and Wakefield. For more information, click here.

Meet the Author: Lee Woodruff, Providence

Sunday  Book lovers will be inspired by this opportunity to meet Lee Woodruff, an author and CBS Morning news contributor. Woodruff is already the author of two nonfictions works and will be giving a talk and reading a portion of her first fiction novel, Those We Love Most. In this novel, Woodruff draws on personal experience to create an emotional story that explores the relationships of family members in midst of tragedy. A question and answer segment and book signing will follow the reading. Tickets are $10 and a portion of the funds will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports injured service members, veterans, and their families. Click here or call 401-331-6070 to register. Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave.


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