5 Weekend Musts: Providence Children’s Film Festival + More

Thursday, February 14, 2013


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Six days of high-quality films for young viewers in a variety of locations distinguish the Providence Children's Film Festival, running throughout vacation week.

Shake off some snow and cabin fever with our 7 great events (we added two because it's a long weekend) guaranteed to get you out and about for the long weekend. President-approved!

Providence Children's Film Festival, Providence

Thursday-Monday No matter what your age, the Fourth Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF), the only international film festival in New England dedicated to showing films for children, teens and families, has something for you. The festival presents 6-days of high-quality non-commercial films geared to children and youth ages 3-18 and it also includes Q&A and filmmaker discussions as well as filmmaking workshops. The festival showcases an exciting array of international independent features, live-action, animation and documentaries. Screenings are $5 for children and $7.50 for adults, with family discount passes available. For tickets, schedules and more, go to www.pcffri.org. On Saturday and Sunday, admission to all films at RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium is free.

Newport Winter Festival--Newport

Friday-Monday The Newport Winter Festival kicks off this weekend with a firework display to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Friday night. Stick around for a magician show and ventriloquist act from the award-winning Steve Zany. Saturday check out ice sculpting, chilli cookoff during the day and an Aerosmith cover band show in the evening. Sunday and Monday check out on the Children’s Fair with Radio Disney featuring face painting, balloon art, crafts, and live entertainment. On Monday don’t miss a little grown up fun at the first Annual Absolut Bloody Mary Competition, and give blood at the American Red Cross blood drive at the same time. Get a Winter button for discounts from admission throughout the entire event. Click here for details and more information.

Jeff Mangum Live--Providence

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Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, takes over the microphone at Lupo's for one night only on Presidents' Day. Photo: Hugh Twynam/Wiki

Monday Get out for the holiday with a concert at Lupo’s. Jeff Mangum, of Neutral Milk Hotel, is coming to town for a one-night-only show; don’t miss his talented, down-to-earth acoustic vibes and intricate lyrics. Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street Providence. Doors @ 6 pm, Show @ 7. Tickets $29.50. Get tickets here and more information here.

Children’s Valentine Tea--Providence

Saturday  Share the love with the kids Valentine weekend at a special children’s Valentine tea at john Brown House. Kids will be taken on a tour of the historical mansion, learn about the importance of tea in early American everyday life, make Victorian-style Valentines, and, of course, make tea! 2pm-3:30pm. John Brown House, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence. Reservations required. $15 per child and adult pair. RSVP via email or call 401-273-7507. Click here for more information.

100 Years of Romance--Warwick

Sunday  Embrace a little romance this weekend in a Valentine theme with the 5th Annual 100 Years of Romance. Explore a limited time display of vintage wedding dresses from the 1870s to 1980s in the elegant and historical setting of Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. 1:00pm–4:00pm. Admission $12 individual/$20 per couple. Call 401-884-9490, or click here for more information.

From Vine to Wine--Westerly

Friday-Saturday Explore the fruit of France’s Rhone Valley with Ocean House’s special wine tasting reception and seminar. Learn how to compare and contrast wines, how they're made, and how the geography and climate of the region affect the type of wine. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, Westerly. Friday 6-7pm, Saturday 11am-1pm. $40 per person. Call 401-584-7000 or click here for more information.

Scooby Doo Musical Mysteries

Sunday Catch your favorite cartoon character live this weekend at PPAC for his, and the gang’s musical mystery solving live. The Mystery Machine heads out with Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma to solve the mystery of a local ghost through song, dance, and humor. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 1pm and 4pm. Tickets $17-63. Click here for more information and tickets.


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