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

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R.I. Convention Center and Alex and Ani Center in Kennedy Plaza Providence, RI Phone:

April 28-May 1, 2016

The 2016 Eat Drink RI Festival opens Thursday, April 28 with Dinner by Dames, a multi-course meal presents by some of Rhode Island’s most talented female chefs & bartenders. 6-10 p.m. $140.
or On Friday, April 29, the Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank showcases the excellence and variety of Rhode Island’s mobile restaurants. The Truck Stop features local musicians, and also benefits an organization dedicated to ending hunger. At the Alex and Ani City Center in Kennedy Plaza, downtown Providence. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $75, which includes food from all the trucks and one beverage of your choosing.
The Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 30, features samplings of locally produced beer, wine & spirits, as well as an abundance of local food artisans. During the tasting there will be three culinary demonstrations featuring Rhode Island’s top chefs paired with a local producer. At the Rhode Island Convention Center. Noon-4 p.m. $75
On Sunday, May 1, the festival closes with the Grand Brunch prepared by some of the state’s best chefs and pastry chefs. The brunch features entertainment by jazz student musicians, performances by The Chifferobe TropiGals, New England’s premiere vintage dance company, a coffee bar by New Harvest Coffee Roasters, and a cocktail bar by Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. At the Rhode Island Convention Center. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $75

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

May 28-30, 2016

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.) 

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

June 18, 2016

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.)

Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive Bristol, RI Phone: 401-253-9062

May 21, 2016

Join fiber and textile enthusiasts from across the Northeast at Rhode Island's only Wool and Fiber Festival. See crafts people demonstrate traditional and contemporary fiber arts; purchase your own textile supplies, equipment, and gifts to take home; watch the hand shearing of sheep, learn a new (old) skill in one of our workshops, and help with 18th century textile and farm work. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; seniors and children age 3-12, $5;

Washington County Fairgrounds, Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone: 401-596-5849

June 11, 2016

Authentic Scottish Fair with competitions for solo piping, bands, solo drummers, highland dance and heavy athletics; clan village, Scottish entertainers, food, animals and merchandise. No dogs allowed on fairgrounds. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., rain or shine. Adults, $18; children ages 6-12, $5.

Misquamicut Beach, Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI Phone:

May 13-15, 2016

Pure Prairie League perform May 14 at 8 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are on sale. Pure Prairie League best known for their hits "Amie" and "Let Me Love You Tonight" are playing Misquamicut Springfest. Also at the fair: Rockwell Amusements carnival rides, a petting zoo, classic car shows, food and vendors.