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Sundays: Calling all vintage shoppers and retro lovers! Every Sunday, you can dig for your very own treasure at the Providence Flea! Visit this fun, funky and urban flea market and bask in all the reusable, recycled, and re-purposed items. Complete with local musicians and food trucks, this is the summer market you want to be at! Providence River Greenway, across from 345 South Water Street, Providence. 401-484-7783, providenceflea.com

Weekends: Outdoor markets are cool, but pop-up markets are cooler. Head over to the Field of Artisans market that will be popping up all over South Kingstown’s beaches and parks. Scope out unique, handmade pieces from emerging artists, photographers, designers, musicians and more. Various locations, South Kingstown. fieldofartisans.com


MAY 30-31: Spend a day watching aircraft perform the finest aerial displays at the Annual Rhode Island Air Show. Enjoy a fun-filled event complete with activities for the whole family. 210 Airport Street, North Kingstown. riairshow.org


June 6: The Hope Street Block Party is back and better than ever. Let portable climbing walls, live children’s music and pie eating contests occupy your little ones as you enjoy tunes from five native headliners and brews from six local breweries in the beer garden. 12-6pm. Hope Street, Providence. 401-432-7995, hopestreetprov.com

June 9-14: Head over to Block Island to enjoy five days of the Block Island Music Festival, which features music by some of the best musicians in the northeast. Captain Nick’s Rock n’ Roll Bar, 34 Ocean Avenue, Block Island. blockislandmusic.com

June 11-14: FirstWorks presents the Providence International Arts Festival, a celebration of world-class performing arts, sculpture, music, food and spectacle to connect the city’s talent with artists and performers from around the world. A complete takeover of Kennedy Plaza, this celebration of civic dialogue, educational workshops and community play will transform Providence. 270 Westminster Street, Providence. 401-421-4278, first-works.org

June 13: Experience Rhode Island’s free, not-for-profit outdoor improv runway show that welcomes the styles of developing designers, photographers, makeup artists and beyond at Crosswalk Catwalk 2015. Fashion shows begin promptly at 2pm on Thayer Street. Providence. crosswalkcatwalk.com

June 13: Celebrate Scottish heritage at the Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival. The festival is filled with food, music, games of strength and skill (like the caber toss, where people throw entire tree trunks) and entertainment under the warm sun. 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond. facebook.com/riscot

June 14: Revel in world-class fine art by artists in the East Bay area who demonstrate innovation and originality at Barrington’s first ever Art Festival. The event will take place from 10am to 5pm at the historic Town Hall. 283 County Road, Barrington. 401-247-1900, barrington.ri.gov

June 27-28: The 33rd annual Narragansett Art Festival features over 100 artists exhibiting paintings, drawings, photography and plenty more forms of fine art. 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. wakefieldrotary.com


July 3: Join the Jamestown Arts Center for its 5th Annual Summer Soiree + exhibit Preview of Burning Down the House, curated by Yellow Peril Gallery in conjunction with the Providence Biennial from 6-9pm. Tickets available online. 18 Valley Street, Jamestown. 401-560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org

July 8-August 9: Every Wednesday you can revel in the warm weather while listening to the finest tunes on the beach. Get your groove on at Tunes on the Dunes’ Blues on the Beach summer concert series. Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 401-322-0110, tunesonthedunesri.com

July 7-August 11: Enjoy a range of live concerts while shopping at The Crossing at Smithfield every Tuesday from 6-8pm including The Marshall’s, Nancy Carr Jazz Trio, One Foot In, Jesse Liam and the Northeast Groove. 371 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. 617-232-8900, crossingsatsmithfield.com

July 10-26: The Newport Music Festival kicks off its 47th season with unique chamber music programs featuring world-class artists and special events in the summer cottages of Newport. 850 Aquidneck Avenue, Newport. 401-846-1133, newportmusic.org

July 11-12: Peruse the works of local artisans and vendors at the 53rd Annual Wickford Art Festival. Eclectic shops and a range of art mediums are to be expected at one of New England’s longest running outdoor festivals. Wickford Village, Brown Street, North Kingstown. northkingstown.com

July 13-27: Soak in the sun and enjoy live music at the 2nd Annual Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series. Celebrate the summer with food, drinks and great music. 79 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 401-788-2573. northbeachclubhouse.com

July 16: Guitarist, author and two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley brings a night of songs, stories and laughs to the South County Museum. Picnics welcome before the free show at 6:30, donations greatly appreciated. 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett. 401-783-5400, southcountymuseum.org

July 16-19: Experience Japanese art and culture at Newport’s Black Ships Festival. Celebrating its 31st Anniversary, the Japan-America Society and Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island bring Japanese arts and crafts including origami, martial arts and an authentic tea ceremony to the public. 28 Pelham Street, Newport. 401-847-7666, blackshipsfestival.com

July 17-19: The South County Hot Air Balloon Festival will be better than ever this year. The three-day event will include live music, the RI State BBQ Championships, a Corvette show and fireworks. Oh, and a ton of balloons! 500 Plains Road, Kingstown. southcountyballoonfest.com

July 22-August 2: Entertain yourself by watching and listening to up and coming artists play alongside established classical musicians during the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. 401-874-2106, kingstonchambermusic.org

July 25: The Blessing of the Fleet is an extravagantly colorful event that features hundreds of decorated vessels that line up to parade for hundreds of spectators. Bring the whole family for a unique parade that takes place on the water. Port of Galilee, Narragansett. narragansettlionsclub.com

July 31-August 2: The Newport Jazz Festival will feature an extraordinary plethora of jazz artists such as Chris Botti, Cécile McLorin Salvant and a special tribute to Billie Holiday by Cassandra Wilson. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. 401-848-5055, newportjazzfest.org


August 4-9: Help discover and empower filmmakers at the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. This six-day-long event reveals new cinematic talent and even serves as a qualifying event for the Academy Awards. Various locations dependent on day. film-festival.org

August 7 & 28: What’s a better way to enjoy a summer night than watching a movie on the beach? Grab a blanket and a picnic basket full of popcorn and head to Wickford Town Beach for a movie. Finding Nemo will screen on August 7 and Despicable Me on August 28. facebook.com/pages/North-Kingstown-Town-Beach

August 8: Watch the Pawcatuck River light up as 37 floating bonfires set sail at River Glow. Enjoy live music, food booths, children’s activities, shopping specials and much more. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck. 401-596-7761, westerlychamber.org

August 12-16: One of Rhode Island’s largest agricultural events returns with the 49th Annual Washington County Fair. This five-day long event includes daily concerts, special acts and events, tractor and horse pulls and much more. Keep your eyes peeled for new traditions, including New England’s largest traveling roller coaster! 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond. washingtoncountyfair-ri.com

August 29-30: The Newport Art Festival celebrates art on Newport’s scenic history waterfront. Gaze at locally crafted works of art from over 100 artists while enjoying food from local vendors and listening to live music. Outside of The Landing Restaurant, 30 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. 401-207-9729, festivalfete.com


September 4-6: The Rhythm and Roots Festival will have 92 sets on 5 different stages. If you are a mu-sic fan, you’ll want to be here as artists from all over the country bring a variety of genres to the stage. Attend for a day or camp out all weekend! Ninigret Park, Charlestown. rhythmandroots.com

September 5-6: The East Greenwich Art Festival will feature an extravaganza of incredible art featuring over 150 American art and craft artists. Gawk and gaze at jewelry, paintings, sculptures and much more! New England Tech, 1408 Division Road, East Greenwich. 401-207-9729, festivalfete.com

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