The weekend: Spring fun abounds with 35 things to do in northern RI

Down to Earth will be at Hill's Tavern Saturday night

Northern RI – Welcome to The Weekend, our weekly round up of events, activities, live music and more, all right in our three-town region.

This weekend, Earth Day festivities and cleanups begin on Saturday, and the annual race to honor the late Burrillville resident Shannon Heil takes place on Sunday in Lincoln. Crafting and gardening workshops abound, and music fans have the chance to catch more than a dozen bands at our various venues.

So head out and enjoy your free time, and as always, we hope you consider a stop in with our great local businesses and organizations.

Friday, April 19 

Kids Night Out, The Creative Room, 6 Money Hill Road, Chepachet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Spring themed craft and a snack, for children ages 5+. Tickets $30 here.

Meat raffle, Pascoag Cafe, 150 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, 6 p.m.

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

Brandt Taylor & Friends, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m.

True North, Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Harrisville, 8 p.m.

Meat raffle, 8 p.m. Dance Party, 8:30 p.m. Dev’s Tavern, 341 Chapel St., Harrisville

Karaoke with DJ Serge, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8:30 p.m.

Catch Radio Badlands at Lindy’s Plastic Palace Friday night.

Saturday, April 20.

Burrillville Earth Day kickoff, Stillwater Mill Pavilion, 75 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 8 a.m. to noon. Day of sign-ups, refreshments and a raffle for a tree.

USCCA Concealed Carry & Home defense class, Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club, 200 Brook Road, Harrisville, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Course teaches handgun basics and shooting fundamentals and much more with live fire. Cost is $100 for members and $125 non-members. Register and pay to reserve a seat here.

Cemetery Tour, Hotchkiss Cemetery, Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, 9 a.m. to noon. North Smithfield Heritage Association will host a one hour guided walking tour. Free & open to the public. In case of rain, check the NSHA Facebook page for cancellations.

Glocester Earth Day cleanup, Kent Field Pavilion, 1111 Putnam Pike, Glocester, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rain or shine, volunteers will meet at the pavilion to be assigned an area to clean, and bags and gloves will be provided, with the first 50 people to receive Glocester Earth Day t-shirts.

Free yoga class, Good Working, 585 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, 9-10 a.m. Join Ashley Sarji for an all levels class.

Shiitake Log Workshop, The Farm, 463 Tourtellot Hill Road, Chepachet, 10 a.m. Learn to inoculate, care for, and harvest shiitake mushrooms from hardwood logs. Leave with your own mushroom log that can fruit for years. Learn more here.

Knitting Circle, The Hen House, 1189 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 10 a.m.-noon Every Saturday. Bring in any project – knit, crochet, or other needlework – you are working on. The group also enjoys doing yarn swaps, needle/hook swaps and book/pattern swaps.

Container gardening, North Smithfield Public Library, 20 Main St., North Smithfield, 10:30 a.m. URI Master Gardeners presentation. Register by visiting or calling 401-767-2780 

Nature Scavenger Hunt, Job Armstrong House, 1181 Putnam Pike, Glocester, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weather permitting, follow the sidewalk hopscotches from businesses including The Hen House, Trish Hampton and Whisky Pearl and collect an Earth Day themed treat.

Beaded Solar Lanterns, Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, noon-2 p.m. BYOB and snacks. Tickets $35 here.

Weekly authors’ visit, Job Armstrong House, 1181 Putnam Pike, Glocester, noon- 4 p.m. Book fair along with authors expected in attendance.

Opening Day for North Smithfield Little League & North Smithfield Girls Softball, Pacheco Park, Main Street, North Smithfield. A parade of players will start at Town Hall at 83 Green St. at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at the park at approximately 1 p.m. Concessions, music, merchandise for sale and a frozen lemonade truck on site, and the public is invited to show up to support for the local, youth recreational teams.

Spring crafts drop in workshop, The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, 1-2:30 p.m. $10 per child and $15 per adult.

Meat raffle, The Island, 1600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 3:30 p.m. Win some breakfast, dinner & dessert with munchie themed baskets. Tickets are 6 for $5. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Music Bingo, RE/MAX, 712 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the 21 plus event, which costs $5 per person. To sign up, call or text Daniele at (401) 749-1039.

Learn to make a beaded solar lantern at Art Box Studio Saturday

Chris Quiray and Rich Polseno, Elayna’s, 88 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, 8-11 p.m.

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

Karaoke Dance Party, Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St., Pascoag, 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Jesse & Company, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m.

Down to Earth, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m.

Little Miss, Dev’s Tavern, 341 Chapel St., Harrisville, 9 p.m

Sunday, April 21

Shannon Heil Memorial GR8T Race, Lincoln Woods State Park, 2 Manchester Print Woods Road, Lincoln, 8 a.m. To benefit the Fierce For Shannon Foundation. Sign up here.

Marble Yard Art, Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, noon-2 p.m. All supplies included. BYOB & snacks. Tickets $40 here.

Alice in Wonderland auditions, Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville , 1-4 p.m. Auditions for a summer youth production for cast aged 6-18. For information and forms visit

Free pool all day, Dev’s Tavern, 341 Chapel St., Harrisville

Dirty Old Men, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 2 p.m. Meat raffle, 7 p.m.

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

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