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

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Ninigret Park, 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A) Charlestown, RI Phone: 401-364-4031

August 7-9, 2015

A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island's best seafood—lobster, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob, a raw bar, and more. Plus arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock climbing wall, children's shows, and classic car show. Time: Friday, noon - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8. Parking, $2.

India Point Park, India Street Providence, RI Phone:

August 8, 2015

Ten hours of live reggae, roots and ska with even more music by six bands. Lineup: The Copacetics at 12:30 p.m.; High Hopes Band at 2 p.m.; Mighty Mystic at 3:30 p.m.; Yellowman at 5 p.m.; Third World at 6:45 p.m.; Steel Pulse at 8:30 p.m. Time: noon-10 p.m. Admission: $40 in advance; $50 day of the show; kids under 12 admitted free with a paying adult.

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

September 4-6, 2015

In addition to multiple stages of music, dance, food, and fun, the festival lineup for 2015 includes: The Mavericks, Keb Mo, Los Lobos, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Lake Street Dive, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Sarah Potenza, Marcia Ball, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, The Cash Box Kings, Eilen Jewell, Matt Anderson, Ten Strings & A Goatskin, Roddy Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Della Mae featuring Jim Lauderdale, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dustbowl Revival, Del Barber, Ruben Moreno & the Zydeco Re-evolution, Howell Devine, The Strumbellas, Dog Hill Stompers, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Parsonfield, The Bombadils, Yvette Landry & Richard Comeaux, The Mike & Ruthy Band, Hello Strangers, David Greely, Ed Poullard & Preston Frank.
Admission: 3 days with camping: $210 per person (at the gate, $225); 3 days without camping: $150 per person (at the gate, $175); Friday, $40 (at the gate, $50); Saturday, $60 (at the gate, $70); Sunday, $60 (at the gate $70). Teens age 13-19, half price with purchase of adult ticket; children age 12 and younger, free with ticketed adult; seniors over age 61, $5 off day tickets at the gate.
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon ­- midnight.

Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:

August 12-16, 2015

Family fun and excitement for all ages with fireworks kicking off the event on Wednesday night. The fair is packed with competition and games, arts and crafts, great food, and the largest midway in Rhode Island (including NE's largest traveling roller coaster). Each night country music stars perform live in concert. The fair has rides for all ages. New this year on Thursday is country line dancing lessons. Daily competitions include Battle of the Fisherman, pie eating contests, various pulling events, racing, and much more. Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.

East Providence Art Festival 2015

Crescent Amusement Park, 700 Bullocks Point Avenue Riverside, RI Phone:

August 22, 2015

The art festival, affectionately known as “the looff, a whirlwind of art, music and life,” will over 61 artists and craftspeople from New England demonstrating and selling their work. Located right on the waterfront, Crescent Park offers a beautiful backdrop for this celebration of art. Entertainment will include live musicby Jimmy Jo Jo, The DBC, Robert Black as Elvis, The Oh No’s, and RI Philharmonic Strings. Children’s entertainer Keith Munslow will perform, along with Big Nazo puppets. Food trucks, including Haven Bros., Championship Melt and Pacos Tacos will be on hand, and the Blount Clam Shack will be operating. Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.