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!

Colt State Park, Route 114 Bristol, RI Phone: 508-395-6663

June 8-11, 2017

Presented by British Invasion of Stowe, VT, this weekend of British cars and fancies includes a car show, scenic back roads rally, street party on Friday evening with live music. Also, come to enjoy British food and regalia, a car corral, a scavenger hunt, a Concours d’Elegance, a British attire and ladies hat competition, a tailgate competition and more. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult two-day, $15; adult one day, $10; children, free; parking, $5 per car

Washington and other streets in downtown Providence, RI Phone:

June 1-4, 2017

This event is four days of live music, dance, food, and visual art installations at public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in Providence. Some highlights:
Public tour of the Woonasquatucket River and Moon Market collaborative retail party.
Friday and Saturday evenings. Bandaloop, vertical dance pioneers, will use the side of a downtown building to fly, float, and turn dreamy cartwheels and back flips in midair.
Saturday. Global Food Village and Ocean State Oyster Festival
Public parade along Washington Street through downtown. 4:30 p.m.
PVDFest finale of art installations and music on the Dexter Street Training Grounds and Cranston Street Armory. “En Masse” will use hundreds of local musicians in a hybrid between a pop-up performance and a parade; Community MusicWorks concert will feature salsa artist Gonzalo Grau; and mobile art installations curated by the RISD Museum Artist Circle.

Wilcox Park, Grove Avenue Westerly, RI Phone:

May 27-28, 2017

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.