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Shake Those Pesky ‘Back to School Blues’ with These 10 Unique Labor Day Weekend Events

Lemonade and iced tea are swapped for pumpkin lattes. The sifting sand between your toes fades to a crunchy cacophony of leaves. All of a sudden, stores putHalloween sales up on display. No, it can’t be fall already – can it? The autumn has crept up to us once again, and,with it, our lackadaisical summer schedules are shiftinginto overdrive, but it doesn’t have to be a hardship! Lucky for you, we still have the “last hurrah” that is Labor Day weekend and Rhode Island is throwing a ton of exciting events to ensure your summer ends on a high note. While you can always enjoy our states’ incredible beaches, why not shake things up with a baby turtle hatching experience or by hitting the stands at an International Polo series – the options are endless.


So, before you dust off the backpacks and fill up the pencil case, keep the party going with one of these out-of-the-box Labor Day weekend events:




Citizens Bank Free Family Fun on Franklin’s HatchDay

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium Bristol, RI

FREE for all ages

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Kick off the month by making good old-fashioned memories with your loved ones! Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center is open for free to the public the first Saturday of each month. Offering crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more, this is sure to be an enjoyable time for all. Plus, September 1st is extra special as it marks “Franklin’s Hatch Day”: which means there will be baby turtles! Join in the celebration of Audubon’s eastern box turtle Franklin’s hatching.


Irish Folk Music Concert and Ceili Dance

King Park Beach – Newport, RI

FREE for all ages

2 – 6 p.m.


Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the Gazebo for this concert of Irish folk music featuring RI award-winning fiddler Sheila Falls, The Exiles with National Heritage Fellow dancer Kevin Doyle, and the Copley Street Quartet from Boston with dancer Jaclyn O’Riley (who will also lead a participatory dance from 56 p.m.). Make of a day of it and enjoy King Park beaches, harbor walk, playground, BBQ pavilion, and more.


Newport International Polo Series XXVII

International Polo Grounds at Glen Farm – Portsmouth

General admission for $15/ Kids under the age of 15 are FREE.

Match begins @ 4 p.m.


Welcome September like a member of the royal family! Newport Polo, host of the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club, which was established in 1876, and founding member of the U.S. Polo Association. Featuring teams from around the world, their coming season boats an exciting lineup of action-packed polo matches, international team debuts and delightful special events. The September 1st game is USA vs. England and will be followed by a Shellfish bonanza at 7:30 p.m.!


‘No Tell Motel’ at the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret

The Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant

$20 for just the show & $49.95 for dinner cabaret

6:00 to 9 p.m.


What’s more fun than dinner and a show? Providing entertainment for over 35 years, this cabaret experience is a great way to get out of the house and try something different. Play Synopsis: Brandon and Sarah plan a quick, sexy rendezvous at the Bird of Paradise Motel and discover getting what you want isn’t always what you want! A meddling motel manager with issues, a roll-away cot, guilt and an inconvenient husband somehow combine for a happy ending!


Providence Ghost Tour

Meets at Prospect Terrace Park in Providence

$36 per person

7 p.m.


Take a lantern-lit walk on the spooky side of history and learn about Providence’s resident ghosts. A special version of this hour-and-a-half walking tour kicks off on September 1 (and runs through December), allowing youto follow in the hallowed footsteps of literary giants and humble servants, all while on the lookout for unexpected guests. Book now if you dare!




Federal Hill Food and History Tours

Chef Walters Cooking School in Providence

$50 per person

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.


If you’re looking expand your mind (and taste buds) joinMaster Chef and Historian Walter Potenza in the discovery of great foods and history of Federal Hill in Providence on the last day of this tour. This Premiere Food Tour will take you to different locations to sample cheeses, charcuterie, olive oils, balsamic vinegar and more ingredients fromItalian Cookery repertoire. You will also learn food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store food and anything that may be of interest in expanding your culinary horizon. Throughout the walking event you will meet the people who make it possible for Federal Hill to be recognized as a food and historical destination in the USA. Your walking tour will end at Chef Walters Cooking School where you will taste the “Pasta or risotto of the day”, paired with the “Wine of the day”. Afterwards, you will visit the Federal Hill Heritage Center Photo Exhibit of early Italian Immigration in Rhode Island, the only collection of its kind.


PawSox vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders

1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860

General Admission tickets start at $9

6:15 p.m.


Take me out to a ballgame! Make your first September weekend a homerun by cheering on the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox right here in Rhode Island! This game is against the Scranton/WB RailRiders. Pro tip: Don’t miss the post-game fireworks!


The Providence Flea

345 South Water Street, Providence, RI 

Free Admission

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Browse vintage vendors, meet local artisans, grab grub from a food truck and more as you stroll through this awesome outdoor flea market. There is always live music for your listening pleasure as well!  


Redwood Library End of Summer Book Sale

50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. (also on September 1)


What better way to close out your summer than by expanding your imagination! Come and restock your bookshelves in anticipation of cooler weather at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum Bi-Annual Book Sale. Take advantage of Sunday’s “Fill a bag for $5” special and discover a new title or an old favorite from our tables of donated books. September 2 is the last day of the sale!




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