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!
Ninigret Park - 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A) Charlestown, RI Phone: 401-364-4031
August 4-6, 2017
Hours: Fridays from Noon-11pm; Saturday, 11 am.-11 p.m.; Sunday,11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Admission: $9 for Adults, FREE for children 10 & under. Parking, $2.
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Thames and Brewer Streets Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0555
July 28-30, 2017
Bold Point Park, Waterfront Drive East Providence, RI Phone:
August 12, 2017
Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, and Slater Memorial Park, RR 1A, and other locations Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-5200
August 27-September 30, 2017
The Pawtucket Arts Festival will also feature long-time favorites, such as the Taiwan Day Festival, the RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races (September 9), Slater Park Fall Festival (September 9-10), Pops in the Park, S.A.M. Fest, and Mixed Magic Theatre Greatness of Gospel Concert. New additions include the PawSox Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival.
The Slater Park Fall Festival – the centerpiece event of the Pawtucket Arts Festival -- is September 9 and 10. The days includes music and dance performances, the RI Philharmonic Pops in the Park performance followed by fireworks, an open air arts market of artisans and crafters, food trucks, storytelling and spoken word performances by Rhode Island Black Story Tellers, and family activities in Slater Park.
Live performers include: Johnny Watson Jr Blues Band, Greg Abate Jazz Quartet, Arc Iris, Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding, Chachi Carvalho, Cowboy and Lady, Ian Fitzgerald, Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Magnolia, Czesare Santana, The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, Kim Trusty, and Becky Bass.
FringePVD Festival 2017 with the Wilbury Theatre Group
WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street Providence, RI Phone:
July 25-29, 2017
Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI Phone:
August 4-6, 2017
Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 888-855-6940
September 1-3, 2017
Memorial Park, Ocean and Kingstown roads (next to the Narragansett Towers) Narragansett, RI Phone:
July 27-29, 2017
Veterans Memorial Theatre, 1 Avenue of the Arts, and other locations Providence, RI Phone:
August 8-13, 2017
Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:
August 16-20, 2017
Crescent Amusement Park, 700 Bullocks Point Avenue Riverside, RI Phone: