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!
Bowen’s Wharf Newport, RI Phone:
The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff, Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000
September 22-25, 2016
South Water Street Ocean State Oyster Festival 2016 South Water Street Providence, RI Phone:
September 17, 2016
Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 888-855-6940
September 2-4, 2016
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 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.