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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 2019

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

August 2-4, 2019

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. 2-4. 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.
Block Island Music Festival 2019

Captain Nick’s Rock n’ Roll Bar, 34 Ocean Avenue Block Island (town of New Shoreham), RI Phone: 401-466-5670

June 11-16, 2019

This grassroots festival is a six-day musical experience where festival-goers sample music performed by the most talented, undiscovered artists of the New England region. By week’s end, the Block Island Music Festival has played host to 48 musical acts. The barbecue pit will provide free food to all from 5 p.m. until supplies run out for the day. For guests age 21 and older. Children will be admitted from 5 to 9 p.m. only with parents.
Time: Music begins at 5 p.m. every day.
Admission: Free.
Wickford Art Festival 2019

Wickford Village, Route 1A Wickford, RI Phone:

July 13-14, 2019

Join the country's oldest open-air art fair featuring more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Artists exhibit on Main Street, Brown Street, West Main Street and several side roads in Wickford Village. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reggae Fest 2019 at Ballards

Ballard’s, 42 Water Street Block Island (New Shoreham), RI Phone: 844-405-3275

August 12, 2019

The stage will be set for an unforgettable day of music featuring Mighty Mystic, Anthem, Hope Road, Soul Shot, and Root Steady.Also enjoy fine food, drinks, and VIP cabanas.
Time:> 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Block Island Country Fest 2019 at Ballards

Ballard’s, 42 Water Street Block Island (New Shoreham), RI Phone: 844-405-3275

July 7, 2019

This festival’s headliner will be Big & Rich, along with opening act Cousin Bobby Bluegrass. It’s a day of music, dancing, food, fun, and cocktails Ballard’s private beach. Email: info@ballardsbi.com
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $65-$80
Black Ships Festival 2019

Various venues citywide Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666

August 9-11, 2019

This festival celebrates the relationship between Newport and its Japanese sister city of Shimoda, and the historic movement that allowed all foreign “Black Ships” to end their ban after 200 years. For full calendar, see event website.
Hellenic Fest of Newport 2019

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Thames and Brewer Streets Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0555

July 26-28, 2019

Come enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace! Throughout the weekend, enjoy live music by the Athenian Entertainment Greek Orchestra, featuring modern and traditional music, The Newport Hellenic Dancers' lively and skilled program embodies the joyful nature of the Greek culture. Jump in line with us and dance the night away as the Greeks love to do. Time: Friday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday, noon-2 a.m.; Sunday, noon- 6 p.m.
Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival 2019

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

July 25-27, 2019

The Seafood Festival – July 25 to 27 -- 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.
Blues & BBQ Festival 2019

Bold Point Park, Waterfront Drive East Providence, RI Phone:

June 22-23, 2019

A down and dirty celebration of blues, beer, and BBQ, this one-day festival promises hot blues and a barbecue alley serving up smoky. Prepare for eight hours of live jams from six bands: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Silks, Barrett Anderson Band, Cannibal Ramblers, and Cee Cee & The Riders. Time: 11 a.m-5 p.m. Admission: $18-$69. Tickets