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!

 Concert Under the Elms in Providence
Lobster Bake - Charlestown Seafood Festival - Charlestown, RI
Charlestown Seafood Festival 2018

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

August 3-5, 2018

Luscious lobster rolls, midway rides, car shows and tribute bands. The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival has all that and more, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5. Taste the steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes or raw bar. Check out the bungee jumping, wall climbing and karaoke. Tribute bands include Welcome To The Jungle (Guns and Roses), Dirty Deeds (AC/DC) and Southern Sky. Raffle prizes include lobsters, TVs and getaways. Fireworks at 9 pm on Saturday.
Hours: Friday: Noon-11pm; Saturday 11 am-11pm; Sunday: 11am-10pm. Admission: $9 for adults; free for children 10 & under. Parking: $2. Senior & Military Discounts available.
South County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018 RI
South County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, 3 Keaney Road Kingston, RI Phone:

July 20-22, 2018

High-altitude trapeze stunts, fireworks, hot air balloons and live music will all be part of the South County Balloon Festival in 2018. Roomful of Blues will play its blend of blues, swing and early rock ’n roll to open the festival jumping on July 20, 6:30 p.m. Billy Gilman, the Hope Valley country music star, will perform July 21, 7 p.m. The Flying Cortes family will perform high-wire, trapeze stunts several times a day. Also performing several times a day is festival favorite Bwana Jim, whose wildlife show features huge snakes, lizards and raptors. Tethered rides are offered at dawn and dusk, for $20. Fireworks are planned for Saturday night.
Time: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Above age 10, $10; kids under age 10, free. Parking is free. RV camping is available on site.
Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival 2018

Seafood Festival: Memorial Park, Ocean and Kingstown roads (next to the Narragansett Towers) Narragansett, RI Phone:

July 26-28, 2018

The Seafood Festival – July 26 to 28 -- is a major part of the Blessing of the Fleet Festival. Held Next to the Towers in Narragansett, Come dine on seafood prepared in the New England tradition, as well as other food vendors, a carnival, a beer and wine tent, and live music. Seafood Festival hours are Thursday and Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 2-11 p.m.
The Blessing of the Fleet is Saturday, July 28, at noon at the Port of Galilee. Decorated commercial and recreational watercraft parade past local clergymen for a blessing and judges rate the decorations in a variety of categories.
Rhythm & Roots Festival 2018

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

August 31-September 2, 2018

The Rhythm and Roots Festival has become a staple in New England festival culture. It is a weekend filled with wonderful Cajun and Zydeco music and dance, delicious New Orleans-style food and good times. The festival is for all ages and has events and activities for children.
Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 2018

The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff, Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

September 20-23, 2018

The Marble House lawn will be the spectacular setting for the two-day Grand Tasting on September 22 and 23. This event offers guests the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen regional restaurants and caterers.
Fashion designer and cookbook author Zac Posen will headline the Grand Tasting, cooking on September 22 and signing copies of his cookbook, "Cooking with Zac."
Hundreds of wines from around the world will be featured throughout the many weekend events. Additional highlights include the Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala and the Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff on Saturday. Newport After Dark will be on Saturday night at Forty 1˚ North. The Sunday Jazz Brunch happens on the Marble House Terrace.
Seminars will take place on Friday and Saturday at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House. They are led by vintners and industry experts.
Washington County Fair 2018

Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:

August 15-19, 2018

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). Battle of the Fisherman, pie eating contests, rooster crowing contest, swine obstacle course. Music by Mickey Lamontia, Stephanie Quail, Morgan Wallen, Sawyer Brown Band, Morgan Evans.
Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.
Grecian Festival 2018 in Pawtucket

Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street Pawtucket, RI Phone:

August 17-19, 2018

Greek food, pastry, music, dance, marketplace. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.