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 8-10, 2016

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.

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

September 22-25, 2016

For 11 years, the Preservation Society of Newport County has been staging one of the top wine and food events of its kind in the United States. Two grand tastings at the Marble House anchor the four-day event (starting at $160 per person), but you can also sign up for a Bordeaux dinner ($1,000 per person), a gala at Rosecliff, and a dinner with visiting winemakers ($300 per person).

Burnside Park, 2 Kennedy Place Providence, RI Phone:

September 24-25, 2016

Enjoy our little slice of Bavaria in Rhode Island. Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens. General admission event, no reserved seating, re-entry is allowed. For guests age 21 and older. Time: Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Saturday, $20 in advance and $25 day of the event; Sunday, $17 or $20; weekender pass $30 or $40.

German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, 78 Carter Avenue Pawtucket, RI Phone:

Eat, drink, dance, sing, yodel and cowbell with guest bands Schulplattlers and Chorus. Time: Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Admission: $8 in advance; $10 at the door