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Summer Fun Calendar

Get out and enjoy the season with our calendar of events


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DAILY: Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruises and Newport Harbor Tours offers narrated sightseeing cruises viewing 10 lighthouses, 10 islands and Newport Harbor. 401-295-4040,

THURSDAYS: Every Thursday, feast on a family-style Clambake and delicious s’mores under the summer stars. Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock, Rd., Westerly. 888-813-7862,

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.

FRIDAYS: Explore the cosmos with the numerous telescopes and equipment available at Star Gazing at the Frosty Drew Observatory. Frosty Drew Observatory, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. 401-364-9508,


June 19-20: Learn about wines across Oregon with the expertise of the Ocean House’s Sommelier. This two-day event From Vine to Wine features a reception and wine tasting with accompanying cheese selection. Harbor Room at Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Westerly. 888-552-2588,

June 19-21: Celebrate the timeless style of flowers at the Preservation Society’s Annual Newport Flower show. Colorful floral designs, garden displays, horticulture exhibits and a champagne and jazz brunch are just a few of this weekend’s highlights! Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

June 19-26: On Fridays, enjoy live music and entertainment outdoors on Narragansett Beach. Slather on sunscreen and get ready to dance. 25 Ocean Rd., Narragansett.

June 20: Spend the day touring over 35 gardens at Prescott Farm. Tour alongside Master Gardeners who provide insight and knowledge, and sample authentic Rhode Island Johnnycakes. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7300,

June 20: Nothing says summer like fresh strawberries. Take part in the celebration of summer and strawberries at the Smith’s Castle strawberry Festival. 55 Richard Smith Dr., North Kingstown. 401-294-3521,

June 21-28: Bask in the beauty of sailboat racing at the 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week. Block Island Boat Basin. 401-466-2631,

June 23: Every well-rounded angler should know how to fly fish. Join the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association for an informative session at the Learn to Fly Fish class. 203 Arcadia Rd., Hopkinton. 401-539-9017,

June 23-July 5: Support local and international sailors in this one of kind sailing race that will take competitors from Newport to England at the 2015 Transatlantic Race. Harbour Court, 5 Halidon Ave., Newport. 401-846-1000,

June 27: Interested in kayaking? Before you pick up a paddle, learn key kayaking essentials during the Introduction to Kayaking course by the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association. 203 Arcadia Rd., Hope Valley. 401-539-9017,

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 Rd., Narragansett.


July 1-29: Two left feet? No partner? No problem! Waltz through the season with Ballroom Dance Lessons every Wednesday night at the Towers. Various skill levels welcome. Multiple classes starting at 6pm. 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett. 401-782-2597,

July 3: Fabulous food and the weekend’s best fireworks are just a ferry ride away at the 3rd Annual Fireworks Picnic. Support the Committee for the Great Salt Pond at the Sullivan House on Block Island from 6:30pm-9:30am. Corn Neck Rd., New Shoreham.

July 4: South County Museum’s Fourth of July Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch gives visitors of all ages an opportunity to see and hold day-old baby chicks while enjoying live acoustic music from the South County Strummers. This free once a year event takes place at the Metz Exhibit Hall from 10am to 2pm. 15 Strathmore St., Narragansett. 401-783-5400,

July 4: Gather the family together for the Annual Block Island 4th of July Parade. The parade starts at 11am at the Legion Hall and features Don Littlefield, owner of Belle Isle B&B, as Grand Marshall. The parade begins at Legion Hall at New Harbor and ends at Old Harbor.

July 6-August 17: Want to rock out, rain or shine? Check out this month’s Monday Night Jamz featuring free concerts at the Windjammer Lounge at Westerly Town Beach. Westerly Town Beach, 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly.

July 8-August 19: 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 Ave., Westerly. 401-322-0110,

July 10-12: Gaze at beautiful winged wonders at the Wings & Wishes Butterfly exhibit, an extravagant event where over 700 exotic butterflies will be on exhibit for the public. Pleasant Acres Nursery, 130 Franklin St., Westerly. 401-596-7761,

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 Ave., Newport. 401-846-1133,

July 11: Take the plunge with 500 swimmers and nearly 200 kayakers as they traverse 1.7 miles across Narragansett Bay. The 39th Annual Citizens Bank Save The Bay Swim will offer critical fundraising support to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Newport Naval Base, 690 Peary St., Newport.

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 St., North Kingstown.

July 11-17: Fresh out of Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour tennis pros head to Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Watch the only professional tennis tournament played on grass courts in America. International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport. 401-849-3990,

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 tunes. 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. 401-788-2573.

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

July 16-18: Don’t miss the excitement of New England’s largest offshore sport fishing event. Witness the 29th Annual Monster Shark Tournament in Newport where several state and IGFA All Tackle World Records have been set. 10 Spring Wharf, Newport. 518-643-2405,

July 16-19: Celebrating its 31st anniversary, the Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island brings Japanese arts and crafts including origami, martial arts and an authentic tea ceremony to the public. 28 Pelham St., Newport. 401-847-7666,

July 17-19: The annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival promises to 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 Rd., South Kingstown.

July 18: The 5th annual Waterman Eco Challenge is a family fun event filled with open paddle races, interactive lifesaving and sun awareness activities. Narragansett Town Beach, 39 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. 401-789-1044,

July 18: East Greenwich Free Library and the Main Street Association have combined forces to conduct a Historical Walking Tour of East Greenwich. Join town historian Bruce MacGunnigle at 10am for a scenic and informative event. 82 Peirce St., East Greenwich. 401-884-9511,

July 18-19: Embark on a tour of the historic Kenyon’s Grist Mill, sample free johnnycakes and local coffee, then kayak along the Queen’s River with equipment provided at the mill’s Summer Tour Weekend and Kayaking Event. Kenyon’s Grist Mill, 21 Glen Rock Rd., West Kingston. 401-783-4054,

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 Rd., Kingston, 401-874-2106.

July 24: Join over 3,900 runners, walkers and wheelchair entrants as they compete in the scenic and historic 10-mile Road Race through Narragansett, one of the top three races of distance in New England. Narragansett Pier School, 235 S Pier Rd., Narragansett.

July 24-26: What better way to enjoy some of Rhode Island’s best views than with accompanying live music? This year’s Newport Folk Festival, situated at the beautiful Fort Adams, will feature three stages of music, food, crafts and displays. Fort Adams State Park, Newport. 401-848-5055,

July 25: The Blessing of the Fleet is an extravagantly colorful event that features hundreds of decorated vessels. Bring the whole family for a one of kind parade that takes place on the waves. Port of Galilee, Narragansett.

July 25-26: The FIM Trial World Championship is a thrilling international motorcycle competition that is taking place in this great state for its 7th round. Stepping Stone Ranch, 201 Escoheag Rd., West Greenwich. 401-397-3725,

July 26: Are you the ultimate runner, swimmer and biker? If so, the Crabman Sprint Triathlon is for you. The course begins with a 1⁄4-mile swim, followed by an 11-mile bike race and ends with a 5K. South Kingstown Town Beach, 719 Matunuck Beach Rd., South Kingstown. 401-741-0831,

July 27-30: Attend the one of a kind Newport Bridgefest, a festival that combines local live music with music education by bridging the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival together to celebrate the city’s musical heritage. Various locations.

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 Dr., Newport. 401-848-5055,


August 1: If you’re an extreme athlete, or if you just enjoy a recreational challenge, the 32nd annual Block Island Triathlon is calling you. The race begins with a 1⁄4-mile swim, followed by a 12-mile bike, ending with a 4-mile race on Block Island’s East Beaches. Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Rd., Block Island. 401-466-3223,

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

August 7-9: Fish! Lobster! Shrimp! Indulge in the ocean’s tastiest foods at the 31st annual Charlestown Seafood Festival. Bring an empty stomach and prepare to stuff your face with various types of seafood dishes. Ninigret Park, Charlestown. 401-364-3878,

August 7 & 28: What’s a better way to enjoying a summer night than watching a movie on the beach? Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and head to Wickford Town Beach for a movie. Finding Nemo will screen on August 7 and Despicable Me on August 28. Beach St., North Kingstown. 401-294-3331,

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,

August 12-13: There is no better place than the Frosty Drew Observatory to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Join astronomers and star-gazers to watch as 60 meteors blaze across the sky per hour. Frosty Drew Observatory, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. 401-364-9508,

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 Rd., Richmond.

August 29-30: The Newport Art Festival features local works of art from over 100 artists, as well as food from local vendors and live music. Outside of The Landing Restaurant, 30 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. 401-207-9729.


September 4-6: The Rhythm and Roots Festival has 92 sets on 5 different stages. If you are a music fan, you won’t want to miss artists from all over the country as they bring a variety of genres to the stage. Attend for a day, or camp out all weekend. Ninigret Park, Charlestown.

September 5-6: The East Greenwich Art Festival is an extravaganza featuring over 150 American artisans. Gawk and gaze at jewelry, paintings, sculptures and much more. New England Tech, 1408 Division Rd., East Greenwich.401-207-9729,

Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruises and Newport Harbor Tours, Clambake, Field of Artisans, star Gazing at the Frosty Drew Observatory, From Vine to Wine, Preservation Society’s Annual Newport Flower show, Prescott Farm, Smith’s Castle strawberry Festival, Block Island Race Week, Transatlantic Race, Narragansett Art Festival, 3rd Annual Fireworks Picnic, Fourth of July Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch, Annual Block Island 4th of July Parade, Monday Night Jamz, Wings & Wishes Butterfly exhibit, Newport Music Festival, Save The Bay Swim, Wickford Art Festival, Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series, Monster Shark Tournament, Black Ships Festival, South County Hot Air Balloon Festival, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Blessing of the Fleet, Crabman Sprint Triathlon, Newport Bridgefest, Newport Jazz Festival, Block Island Triathlon, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Charlestown Seafood Festival, Perseid Meteor Shower, Washington County Fair, Newport Art Festival, Rhythm and Roots Festival, East Greenwich Art Festival, so summer, so rhode island magazine


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