Six Picks: The best in local events this weekend (Nov. 16 – 18)

It’s begining to look alot like Christmas in Rhode Island. Here’s what’s happening across the state as we all begin to get in the holiday spirit leading up to Thanksgiving.

17th Annual Holiday Preview Weekend | Downtown Bristol

Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th

Shop, Stroll & Be Merry! The BMA (Bristol Merchants Association) invites you to follow the luminaries for refreshments, entertainment, and unique holiday gifts! The event will be held in Downtown Bristol (major intersection is Hope & State Streets). More Info

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A Christmas Carol | Trinity Rep, Providence

Friday, November 16th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th at 12 pm and 6 pm

Trinity Rep continues its four-decade-long tradition of producing Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” helmed by director Mark Valdez. As is the company’s custom, the entire production will be completely new from casting to design and theatrical magic. This past season’s production became the highest selling show in Trinity Rep history. More Info

Museum of Natural History Community Day | Providence

Saturday, November 17th from 10 am to 4 pm

The Museum of Natural History has been an engaging resource and learning experience for New England families since 1896. Celebrate 122 years of the Museum as The People’s University…and help to forge its future! Museum and planetarium admissions are free for Providence Residents and visitors bringing a canned good to donate to the RI Community Food Bank. From 1:00 – 1:45 pm, join us for a tour of the Museum’s collection storage vaults! If you are tantalized by what you have seen on exhibit, then come to visit the 99% you have not seen. Then enjoy the new Planetarium Show from 2:00 – 3:00 PM (children under age 4 are not permitted). More Info

Christmas At The Newport Mansions Opens | Newport

November 17th – January 1st


The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season. More Info

Annual Made On Honor Market | The Guild, Pawtucket

Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th from 12 pm to 6 pm

Narragansett Beer’s popular, “Made on Honor” market is returning on November 17th and 18th. Their favorite Rhode Island makers, artists, and small businesses will be showcased at The Guild in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, just in time to kick off your holiday shopping!

This year, Narragansett Beer has decided to make this event bigger than ever! With over 65 vendors, they are planning on taking over The Guild campus, including the Brew House, Packaging Hall, Event Hall, and their brand new Beer Hall. Join the Narragansett team for two days filled with holiday shopping, meet the people behind their favorite brands, and drink PLENTY of beer! This is a FREE event and is open to the public. More Info

Gear ‘n Beer Road Race | Mew’s Tavern, Wakefield

Sunday, November 18th from 12 pm to 5 pm

Lace up your running shoes for the Mews Tavern Gear ‘N’ Beer 6.9K benefitting Easterseals RI. Over 2,000 runners, family, and friends are expected on Sunday, November 18, and you won’t want to miss out on all of the fun! ALL registrations include race fees, a free pint of beer (if bib is picked-up on Saturday), wristband for beer on Sunday, food, and an event t-shirt (available to the first 1,500 registrants)! More Info

For those looking for some live music and entertainment this weekend, check out Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (Nov. 16 – Nov 22)