Fairs and Festivals -- Music, food, dance, art, ethnic, children's celebrationsFor 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!
Colt State Park, Route 114 Bristol, RI Phone: 508-395-6663
June 8-11, 2017
Washington and other streets in downtown Providence, RI Phone:
June 1-4, 2017
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: