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Oktoberfest at Patriot Place on Saturday

Patriot Place in Foxboro will host its first Oktoberfest celebration from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. There will be traditional German yard games including mug holding competition, keg rolling, mug racing, moving ax throwing demonstrations. There will also be a costume contest, photo ops and live music from the Mad Bavarians German Band. There will be arts and crafts for the whole family, DIY pretzel necklaces and more. The festivities will take place in the North Market Square outside the Wormtown Brewery. Full details: patriot-place.com/Oktoberfest-celebration.

Michael Jackson show at the Rodman Center

The Rodman Performing Arts Center at Foxboro Common will present The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. The show features Joby Rogers and his “amazing resemblance to Jackson combined with the intricate ‘step-by-step’ choreography” performed by backup dancers. Tickets: www.orpheum.org.

Trick-or-treat on October 27 at Patriot Place

Patriot Place in Foxboro will host its annual SPOOKtacular Trick-Or-Treating on Thursday, October 27. There will be two sessions, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the North Marketplace. The event is free but you must pre-register through The Advantage app. There will be Snickers-brand candies, candies with nut-free and gluten-free options, and other spooky items. Patriot Place also supports the Teal Pumpkin Project and will provide unsweetened treats for children with food allergies. Local band CarTune Heroes will perform on stage at Dean College from 5-8 p.m. More info: patriot-place.com/events/trick-or-treating-spooktacular-at-patriot-place.

Sheeran announces second Gillette fashion show

Ed Sheeran has announced a second show at Gillette Stadium for his “+—=÷ x Tour” (aka “The Mathematics Tour”) and will now perform June 30 and July 1 at the Kraft-built house. These will be the musical star’s first shows since 2018 at Gillette, the first NFL stadium he’s ever headlined, and his sixth and seventh performances overall. He will be joined in Foxboro by multi-platinum recording artist Khalid and Rosa Linn. Sheeran recently completed the UK/Europe leg of the “+ — = ÷ x Tour”, performing to over 3 million people in six months, including a five-night adventure at Wembley Stadium in London. For more information on tickets, go to www.gillettestadium.com.

Plainville Lions Spooktacular scheduled for Saturday

The Plainville Lions will be holding their Halloween Spooktacular from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at Telford Park, 142 South St., Plainville. The event will include games, a children’s story hour, a haunted gazebo, a food truck and bags to decorate and collect candy. There will also be music from The Improbable Strummers, a haunted visit to The Humphrey House and a Bark in the Park dog parade. The first 25 registered dogs will be judged for their costumes. Dogs should be leashed, well socialized and up to date with their vaccinations. Admission is free, but donations to the North Attleboro Animal Shelter would be appreciated. To pre-register or for more information on the rain or shine event, call Stacey at 508-735-5414.

Norton VFW is haunted this weekend

The Norton VFW, 38 Summer St., is hosting a Haunted Wagon Ride and Haunted House on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. The haunted house is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. both nights, while the wagon rides will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be raffles, food and drinks. Tickets are $10 for the hayride (under 5s free) and $5 for the haunted house, with proceeds going to the VFW. Park at Yelle School near the secondary school on Route 123. Shuttles will be available. More info: www.nortonma.org.

Sunday Chaminade Music Club Concert

The Chaminade Music Club will perform a concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 North Main St., Attleboro. There will be vocal and instrumental music by Clementi, Mozart, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives and others, as well as duets with organ and piano. The club was established in Attleboro in 1912. Admission is free, donations are appreciated, and non-members are welcome. More info: www.chaminademusicclub.org, 508-286-3592, 508-222-5762.

Wine and walk in Caratunk

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk is offering a walk in the woods topped off with a glass of wine this Sunday, October 23, from 6-8 p.m. The walk will be led by an Audubon guide and will feature the sights and sounds of early fall. on the shelter. The event is for ages 21 and up only. Register at www.asri.org/calendar.

Dean College Goes Wilde

Franklin’s Dean College School of the Arts kicks off its 2022-23 season this weekend with Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Shows run Thursday through Sunday, October 20-23, on the main stage at the Rooney Student Center, 109 West Central St., Franklin. More info, tickets: www.dean.edu/boxoffice.

WaterFire scheduled for Saturday night in Providence

WaterFire Providence will be holding a full lighting on Saturday, October 22. Lighting will begin after sunset (5:54 p.m.) and the braziers will remain lit until 11 p.m. Food fairs, Artists’ Market vendors and other shore-based activations open at 5 a.m. pm Brown University will kick off the Steeple Street Music Stage beginning at 5 p.m. The lineup will include a cappella and other performances. Also look for origami master Andrew Anselmo, living statues, an immersive sculpture installation, food fairs, a beer garden and more. Full details: waterfire.org.

Dropkicks goes offline at The Vets

The Dropkick Murphys perform their “This Machine…Theater Tour” to vets in Providence on Friday night, October 21. The tour supports the band’s latest album, ‘This Machine Still Kills Fascists’, which promises to bring Woody Guthrie’s ‘Original Punk’ words to life. The Dropkicks say the tour marks their first “intimate seated performances”. The album’s 10 songs have none of the band’s rock electric guitar sounds, and they boast “not a single amplifier was used”. Tickets: TheVetsRI.com.

Vampire Circus rushes Rhody

The Vampire Circus returns to the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket on Friday evening October 21, with a fusion of circus, theatre, comedy and cabaret. The family show features quirky characters and acrobats from around the world. It takes place in a 19th century cemetery, with corpses, ghosts and vampires waiting to be resurrected for one night. Tickets: 401-762-4545, www.stadiumtheatre.com.

Reverie Road comes to Cumberland

Reverie Road, starring Winifred Horan and John Williams, will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland. Horan and Williams are former members of Irish supergroup Solas and have formed a new quartet with Katie Grennan and Utsav Lal. They combine tunes, reels, jigs and humor, with an eye towards the traditional as well as their own musical takes. For reservations or information, call 401-725-9272.

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