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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
Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival 2019

Bowen’s Wharf Newport, RI Phone:

May 18-19, 2019

Enjoy oyster tastings, six bands performing live music, a shucking contest on Sunday at 3 p.m.; Sweets tent in front of 22Bowen’s; aquaculture & reef restoration educators on site from The Nature Conservancy, RI Coastal Resources Mgmt and others in a family-friendly, historic waterfront shopping and dining district. Learn how you’re helping the ecosystem just by eating oysters! This event is held rain or shine, under tents. See fest website for musical lineup and more details.
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $27; free for kids under age 12
Spring Fair 2019 at Gilbert Stuart Birthplace

815 Gilbert Stuart Road Saunderstown, RI Phone:

April 28, 2019

Come see millstones turning, herring on the fish ladder, and a history presentation by David Ely as our own Gilbert Stuart. Enjoy demos by marine biologists, the RI Spinning Guild, Little Rhody Thrummers rug hooking group, and Narrow River Preservation Association. Taste jonnycakes and hear live music by Farm Dog.
Time: 1-4 p.m. Admission: Above age 13, $8; age 6-12, $5
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.