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

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Rhode Island has a unique blend of year-round fairs and festivals. Stay local and savor the best of Rhode Island. At food events, seafood gets top billing with lobster, oysters, steamers, chowder, and clam cakes on the menu. Local art and artisans are aplenty from the RI School of Design to sellers in galleries and shops. You’ll find classic cars shows, farm shows, music from Zydeco to rhythm and blues, and the world-famous Newport jazz and folk festivals. There are parades, fireworks and hot air balloons; Waterfire lights up Providence all summer and fall. Find places to stay for all budgets and tastes!

Village Green, Route 116 North Scituate, RI Phone:

October 7-9, 2017

Guests of all ages can appreciate this 48-year-old gathering of fine artists and craftspeople on the town green. From original modern art to one-of-a-kind antique treasures, this outdoor celebration of fine art features hundreds of vendors and displays. Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of fall in New England. Artists from all over the country will be here in idyllic Scituate for a day of fun. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road Middletown, RI Phone: 401-846-2577

September 30-October 1, 2017

This old-time fair have plenty of fun: the “Mabel Express” barrel train, monkey bridge, mud pit, midway games and children’s crafts tent are the start. Crafters and artisans sell their work, giving fairgoers a chance for holiday shopping. Food and beer vendors offer appetizing selections, and live music rounds out the festive atmosphere. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; children age 3 to 12, $3.

Bold Point Park East Providence, RI Phone:

October 7, 2017

The Biergartens feature dozens of seasonal, craft, domestic and imported brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sounds of live entertainment. For guests age 21 and older. Time: noon-8 p.m. Admission: $15 in advance; $20 day of the event.

The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff, Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

September 21-24, 2017

Festival highlights include a two-day Grand Tasting with on the lawn of Marble House; celebrity chef appearances and cooking demos; seminars led by experts; Wine & Rosecliff Gala; the Vintner Dinner; the Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner at The Elms; Sunday Jazz Brunch at Marble House; Newport After Dark party. Event details.

21 Glen Rock Road West Kingston, RI Phone: 401-783-4054

October 21-22, 2017

Enjoy tours of Kenyon's Grist Mill and Johnny Cake demonstrations. Sample Johnny Cakes and coffee, clam cakes and chowder. Kayak along the Queen's River for $15 per hour per person. All equipment is provided. Kayak rentals are first come; first serve. We will not be taking reservations. here. Free admission and parking. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road Middletown, RI Phone:

October 29, 2017

This is a day of grape stomping, wine tasting, and pie eating. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping on our local wines, and sampling food by Vineyard chefs. Compete in Grape Stomping Competition or Pie Eating Contest. Or simply relax and capture the memories with a photo of you and one of TEN31's live wine statues. Time: Noon-5 p.m. Admission: $25 per person, includes wine tasting

13 Bowen's Wharf Newport, RI Phone: 401-849-2120

October 14-15, 2017

Honoring the harvest of the sea, the festival offers fresh, local seafood like fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, signature cocktails and cold beer, all under tents. There is cafe seating throughout the Wharf. Live music by The New 40, Cee Cee & the Riders, Chelley, Bill & Dyl, The TeleDynes, Panoramic View, and The Copacetics. Free admission; fees for food and beverages. Held rain or shine.

Smith Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

September 30, 2017

Experience the days of the 18th-century corn husking festivals when the Updike family of Smith's Castle presided over one of the largest of the Narragansett Plantations. Savor homemade seasonal treats and enjoy live entertainment. Rain date October 1.