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The Washington County Fair, South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour and Girls Rock! Rhode Island make this a weekend you won't want to waste doing yard work.

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Friday

-This week Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and local openers Forest Fires headline the WBRU Summer Concert Series. Get there early to claim a good spot and marvel at how good we’ve got it to have these awesome free concerts every week in the summer. Free. 7pm, Waterplace Park, Providence. More info…

-Newport Comedy brings the late night stylings of Bob Marley to the Hyatt. Fans may recognize Bob from his stand up appearances on Letterman and Conan, as well as his role in Boondock Saints. $25. 8pm. 1 Goat Island, Newport. More info… 

-Girls Rock! Rhode Island has a musical mission: to empower the young women of RI with the power of rock. This week, catch their latest summer camp rockers in a showcase performance at The Columbus Theatre. $5-20. 6pm. 270 Broadway, Providence. More info…

-Theatre by the Sea goes under the sea with its production of The Little Mermaid, now in its final weekend. Take the little ones out for this stage adaptation of the classic Disney film. $33-65. 8pm. 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield. More info… 

Saturday

-The 17th Annual Newport Storm Luau is happening this weekend. The event benefits the Fort Adams Trust and will have all of the local brew and grass skirts that you could ever want. $20. 3:30-9pm. Fort Adams State Park, Newport. More info... 

-Craft vendors take center stage for the Annual Conimicut Craft Fair. With DJs will be providing the tunes, great local food on site and easy access to the beach this has “all-in-one day out with the fam” written all over it. Free. 11-am-5pm. 1 Point Avenue, Warwick. More info…  

-Take a stroll through downtown Providence and post up along the river for this week’s full lighting of WaterFire. Great food, performances and a spectacle that’s as quintessentially Rhode Island as coffee milk. More info... 

Sunday

-Sunday Jazz at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, presented by Alex and Ani, brings Dan Moretti & Brazilia to the vineyards this weekend. Pop a cork and lose yourself in the music. $10. 162 W Main Road, Little Compton. More info…

-Bring a lawn chair and kick back for some cool tunes on a hot summer night as Big Cat Blues performs at South Kingstown’s Outdoor Concerts on the Village Green. Free. 325 Columbia Street and Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, South Kingstown. More info...

All Weekend

-After last summer’s excitement over having Woody Allen in RI we finally get to see the results. Catch Irrational Man and other great films this weekend at your local single screen theaters. More info...

-What’s not to love about a good old county fair? Nothing, that’s what. Rides, live music and food, oh man the food! It kicked off on Wednesday but the Washington County Fair will be going strong all through the weekend. $10. 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond. More info... 

-Southern New England is full of talented artists, and this weekend they’re letting you take a peek behind normally closed doors. Get a glimpse of the creative process at the South Coast Artists Open Studios Tour. More info...