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Fairs and Festivals -- Music, food, dance, art, ethnic, children's celebrations

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!

To find more events, visit the RI Events Calendar or check out the New England Boating news page.

Concert Under the Elms in Providence
Sam’s Mill Fest 2019

Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI Phone:

August 25, 2019

Live music under a tent, artisan vendors, free mill tours all day, fiber art demonstrations, food trucks, festive libations, and more. All ages, dogs welcome on a leash or in a carrier. Music lineup:
Noon -- Guitarist Bruce Bartlett, B-3 organist Marty Rowan, and drummer Marty Richards - Blues and Jazz Fusion
1:30 p.m. -- Fiddler Kat Parks and guitarist Brad Bensko, perform folk/bluegrass/indie music
3 p.m. -- Keyboard/vocalist Mitch Chakour, with rock veteran guitarist Cliff Goodwin, Marty Richards on drums, Wolf Ginandes on bass, and featuring Derek Dyer on saxophone. Playing rhythm & blues
4:30 p.m. -- Detroit blues harmonicist James Montgomery brings his rockin' band to headline the event.
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Pawtucket Arts Festival 2019

Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, and Slater Memorial Park, RR 1A, and other locations Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-5200

September 6-15, 2019

September 6
Dragon Boat Celebration at Festival Pier in Pawtucket. A dragon boat parade, music, and the awakening of the dragon ceremony. 6 p.m.
Elemental Spirit - In Motion Dance at 249 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket. Experience the elements through movement, dance and interactive art installations. 7:30 p.m.
September 7
Dragon Boat Race and Taiwan Day Festival at festival Pier. The Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival is free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
River Bend East Songwriters Festival at Slater Mill, Pawtucket. Songwriters gather on the grounds of historic Slater Mill for a day-long celebration of music. 2-7 p.m.
September 12
Papermaking Using Locally Foraged Plant Fiber at 2 Bayley Street Pawtucket. Interactive papermaking demonstration, a seasonally themed meal , and a conversation on sustainability. 6 p.m.
September 13
Romantic Comedy at 350 Division Street Pawtucket. The trials of love, friendship, and collaboration! 7:30 p.m.
September 14 and 15
Slater Park Fall Festival. Two days of open air market of 100 local artisans and crafters selling original, handmade items, food trucks, crafts, family-fun activities, music and dance performances, and the Pawtucket Teachers' Alliance presentation of the RI Philharmonic 'Pops in the Park' followed by fireworks on Saturday evening. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
September 14
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at Slater Memorial Park. Pops in the Park followed by fireworks on Saturday evening. 5:30 p.m.
Rhythm & Roots Festival 2019

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

August 30-September 1, 2019

This seaside festival features 30 bands on four stages. 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.
In 2019, several collaborations will add new zest to the line up. Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown will perform music of The Band. Peter Rowan and Free Mexican Airforce join up with Los Texmaniacs to add their authentic Tex-Mex flair. Joe Craven & the Sometimers and Railroad Earth will apply a original slant to the music of Jerry Garcia and John Denver. Headliners are the folk, blues and political protest musicians Son Volt on August 30, the danceable sound from The Mavericks the next night, and acoustic rockers Railroad Earth on September 1. See event website for full lineup.
Time: Noon to midnight every day.
Admission: Daily rate is $60-$75 and half-price for teens; three-day ticket is $175-$210. Cheaper if bought in advance.
Slater Park Fall Fest 2019

Slater Park, 451 Newport Avenue Pawtucket, RI Phone:

September 14-15, 2019

Enjoy two days of open air market of 100 artisans and crafters selling original items, food trucks, crafts, family-fun activities, music and dance performances, and a performances Saturday evening by the RI Philharmonic Pops in the Park, followed by fireworks.
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Grecian Festival 2019 in Pawtucket

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-725-3127

August 16-18, 2019

Greek food, pastry, music, dance, marketplace.
Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Washington County Fair 2019

Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:

August 14-18, 2019

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 Hardy, Jimmie Allen, Danielle Bradbery, Lonestar.
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<b>Admission:</b> Adults, $11; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.