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!

Bowen’s Wharf Newport, RI Phone:

August 27-28

Festival Fete creates a one-of-a-kind community art festival featuring 100 contemporary American craft artisans, local festive food, strolling entertainment, live music, free children's crafts, and a community art project.

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).

South Water Street Ocean State Oyster Festival 2016 South Water Street Providence, RI Phone:

September 17, 2016

A ticket to the Ocean State Oyster Festival gets you a half-dozen oysters, raw or restaurant prepared; a beer or glass of wine; live music & DJ; food trucks; shucking contest. All of this is in a a family-friendly environment along the river . This is a rain or shine event.

Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 888-855-6940

September 2-4, 2016

In addition to multiple stages of music, dance, food, and fun, the festival lineup for 2016 includes several newcomers. The theme for this year’s Fest will be new, newer and newest as two-thirds of the acts will be appearing at R&R for the first time. Debuting at R&R will be Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, hot on the heels of their new release, “Rehab Reunion.” Lucinda Williams, nominated for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association, will be showcasing her songwriting talents. Another newcomer is The David Grisman Sextet, with their unique blend of acoustic jazz and bluegrass dubbed “Dawg Music.” Taj Mahal will be returning with his trio. Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon ­- midnight.

Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, and Slater Memorial Park, RR 1A, and other locations Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-5200

August 26-September 11, 2016

August 26 -- Blackstone River Party /Taste of The Valley. Food samplings from regional restaurants are the appetizer to an evening of brilliant Zydeco tunes from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-chas under the dance tent and on the Slater Mill grounds by the Blackstone River.
August 27-28 -- SAMFest (Slater Art & Manufacture Festival). This two-day music festival at Slater Mill features a stellar lineup, including Jon Butcher Axis and The Young Adults.
September 3 -- Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival on the Festival Pier is an iconic display of boats and traditional performance.
September 10-11 -- Slater Park Fall Festival brings a performance of Pops in the Park with Roomful of Blues opening for the RI Philharmonic and a fireworks display. More than 100 artists, performers, artisan vendors, and food trucks complement the natural beauty and recreational features of Slater Memorial Park, including the historic Looff Carousel, 17th century Daggett Farm, and the Watercolor Society of Rhode Island. The Providence Grays will recreate baseball as it was played in the 19th century.