Fairs and Festivals -- Music, food, dance, art, ethnic, children's celebrations

For more fun activities, see Rhode Island Events page

Wickford Village, Route 1A Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-6840

July 11-12, 2015

Join the country's oldest open-air art fair featuring more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Artists exhibit on Main Street, Brown Street, West Main Street and several side roads in Wickford Village. Parking for the festival is free on certain streets and at Wilson Park and Wickford Elementary School. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI Phone: 401-781-1772

May 23-25, 2015

The annual festival hosts 150-200 craft exhibitors, and attracts 50,000 guests! It also features a professional food court, free family music and entertainment! Free admission. All proceeds benefit the Gaspee Days Parade. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday, 4:30 p.m.) 

Various locations around Block Island Block Island, RI Phone: 800-383-2474

May 29-31, 2015

This three-day event showcases the many different events and activities of Block Island. Family-friendly fun includes a sand castle building contest on the Town Beach; an arts festival at the ferry landing; a Baggo Tournament, tours of the Historical Society, animal farms and fiber mill tours, and so much more. There's an outdoor and indoor activity here for everybody, from paddle-boarding to shopping for special Block Island bargains. Cost: Taste of Block Island Buttons, $5 per button.

Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive North Kingstown, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

June 20, 2015

Strawberry shortcake, pony rides, garden, home and craft vendors, free tours of historic house museum along Narragansett Bay. Time: Noon-4 p.m. (rain date is June 21.)

Roosevelt Avenue Central Falls, RI Phone: 401-724-2200

May 25, 2015

This annual event celebrates Rhode Island's Asian culture and heritage and the ongoing revitalization of Roosevelt Avenue mill district in cities of Central Falls & Pawtucket. Highlights of the festival include family carnival, tree plantings, special events and more. 

Fort Adams State Park, North Lawn 90 Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI Phone: 888-900-8640

June 6, 2015

The Great Chowder Cook-Off opens the summer season in Newport. Guests may taste endless samples of traditional and custom creations from dozens of restaurants. Live entertainment, food and bar options, and kids’ activities are all part of the day. Email: info@newportwaterfrontevents.com newportwaterfrontevents.com 

Wilcox Park, Grove Avenue Westerly, RI Phone:

May 23-24, 2015

The festival will present the selected works of professional artists and crafts persons. Virtu will be a showcase for both the visual arts and performing arts. Held rain or shine. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

see events description and website Providence, RI Phone: 401-831-7440

June 13, 2015

The Festival showcases life today living in historic homes. The featured neighborhood this year is Fox Point, home to many of the oldest houses in the city. Step inside properties in Fox Point and Benefit Street and learn about their origins as you see how they have been adapted to modern living. The Festival will feature over a dozen homes and gardens as well as guided tours of the neighborhood. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $25-$45.

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Thames and Brewer Streets Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0555

July 31-August 2, 2015

Come enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace! Free admission. Time: Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-1 a.m.; Sunday, noon- 6 p.m.