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!

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street Woonsocket, RI Phone:

February 25, 2017

The evening features full Cajun buffet from Russell Morin Catering, costume contest, the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, and music from Slippery Sneakers and host Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train. St. Ann’s Arts & Cultural Center is a unique venue for Mardi Gras. This century old former Roman Catholic church is renowned for its fresco paintings, and is commonly referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of the Northeast.”
Time: 5-11 p.m.
Admission: $30-$35 per person via website or at the door if tickets are left.

Various locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666

February 17-26, 2017

Highlighted events include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, Princess Party and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitude and more! See the festival website for detailed event information. Winterfest bracelets are $10.