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

For more fun activities, see Rhode Island Events page

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!

various locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-845-9110

April 15 - 23, 2017

This nine-day affair includes a daffy dog parade, dabbling and doodling the daffys art kiosks, a private garden tour, wine tastings, a bike ride, bouquet bar, sidewalk parade, car rally and classic car display, a garden party with live music and ballet and more. See event website for detailed schedule.

Bowen's Wharf, Off America’s Cup Avenue Newport, RI Phone:

May 19-21, 2017

Rhode Island has 45 oyster farms! Each farm cultivates its own flavors, so this festival is your chance to savor 13 kinds of oysters. Growers will be shucking and local restaurants will be serving food under festival tents. Shuckig contest is held Sunday at 3 p.m. Enjoy live music Saturday and Sunday.
Time: May 19 (opening night benefit party, 6-8:30 p.m.; May 20 and 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Opening night, $150; Saturday and Sunday, $25

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

May 20, 2017

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;