Summer in Southern Rhode Island

From June through August, what to do all summer long

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June

June 15
Smith’s Castle Strawberry Festival: More than just strawberry picking, this centuries-old estate hosts pony rides, puppet shows, and costumed docents. North Kingstown 

June 22
Summer Pops: The Pops Festival Orchestra joins The Chorus of Westerly for an outdoor concert in Wilcox Park, followed by fireworks. Westerly

June 22-23
Narragansett Art Festival: Local artists display their works in oil and acrylic paint, along with photography, jewelry, and sculpture beneath the Narragansett Towers. Narragansett

June 23
Strawberry Thanksgiving: Celebrate Strawberry Thanksgiving with indigenous descendents at the Tomaquag Museum, including storytelling, games, tours, and arts market. Exeter

June 27-August 22
Summer Concert Series: Hear a range of different bands at The Village at South County Commons, a comfy mixed-use development. Thursday evenings. South Kingstown

 

July

July 4
Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch: Watch the iconic baby chickens burst from their shells at South County Museum, celebrating their own “independence day.” You may even get to hold one! Narragansett

Family Beach Day: Narragansett’s 4th of July party is a favorite tradition, starting with magician Scott Jameson performing at the North Beach Clubhouse, followed by evening music and fireworks. Narragansett

July 12
Summer Soiree: The Jamestown Arts Center hosts live music, food, drink, auction, exhibition, and themed attire. This year, wear pink and peruse the exhibit Pulparazzi: Painting with Paper. Jamestown

July 13-14
Wickford Arts Festival: Thanks to the Wickford Art Association, 200-plus artists and crafters from across New England gather in town to show their wares. Wickford Village

July 14
SummerFest: This massive music festival on North Kingstown beach showcases folk artists and tribute bands and benefits The Hunger Bus, a non-profit committed to ending hunger. North Kingstown Town Beach

July 24-August 4
Kingston Chamber Music Festival: Celebrating 31 years of established, international musicians playing alongside up-and-coming young talent, the Chamber Music Festival will feature the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and more. URI

July 25-27
Blessing of the Fleet Festival: This three-day event celebrates all things nautical. The first day showcases local seafood, the second day features a 10-mile road race, and blessings are officially bestowed on the third. Narragansett

August

August 2-4
Charlestown Seafood Festival: Eat lobster rolls to your stomach’s content in Ninigret Park. Stick around for rides, fireworks, and a car show. Charlestown

August 3
River Glow: Taking the torch from WaterFire and RiverFire, River Glow plants floating bonfires in the Pawcatuck River, while belly dancers, fire jugglers, a steel drum band, and other performers keep things lively on land. Westerly

August 10-11
Narragansett August Meeting Powwow: This is the oldest recorded powwow in North America, dating back 344 years. Find traditional cuisine and Native American jewelry, music, art, and books, plus dancing near the Narragansett Indian Church. Charlestown

August 14-18
The Washington County Fair: Produced by Rockwell Amusements, the fairground teems with livestock competitions, carnival rides, a pie eating contest, sunflower seed spitting competitions, and an epically muddy tug of war. Also, a ton of country music. Richmond

August 30-September 1
Rhythm & Roots Festival: Summer ends with a bang, thanks to this colossal folk and blues festival based in Ninigret Park, where multi-day camping (and glamping) is encouraged. Ninigret Park, Charlestown