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.

Concert Under the Elms in Providence
rhythm and roots fest
Rhythm & Roots Festival 2022

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

September 2-4, 2022

Many stages of music, dance, food, and workshops. Camping available. The festival lineup for 2021 includes Cajun, Zydeco, blues, country, folk and many other forms of roots music.
Hours:: Friday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon - 11 p.m.
Admission: Daily pass is $49 to $79; daily parking is $15. Fees differ for 2- and 3-day passes and camping option.
Newport Folk Festival 2022

Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI Phone: 401-848-5055

July 22-24, 2022

Celebrate more than five decades of folk music in Newport with the best and brightest of the folk pantheon. See event website for full schedule. 
Newport Jazz Festival 2022

Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI Phone:

July 29-31, 2022

This three-day festival features four unique stages set up at Fort Adams State Park overlooking the Newport. Enjoy world class musicians, food, crafts and a number of exhibits. Lineup. Ticket information.
Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival 2021

Bowen’s Wharf Newport, RI Phone:

October 15-16, 2022

The festival serves offers fresh, local seafood of every possible description, along with smoothies, donuts and kettle corn.  Also: live music, cooking demonstrations, sampling and more. Held rain or shine under tents.
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open until 6 p.m. on Saturday
Admission: Free
Kid Fun, Unique Cuisine, Ocean View - Stay in Warwick, See Rhode Island!
Ballard's Country Fest - Block Island, RI
Block Island Country Fest 2019 at Ballards

Ballard’s, 42 Water Street Block Island (New Shoreham), RI, 02807 Phone:

July 7, 2022

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.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $65-$80