Rhode Island Events Calendar

A land of festivities and events, Rhode Island, the Ocean State, is remarkably a place of numerous events and shows that cater to a wide range of audience. Tourists may need to extend their stay to grab a chance of experiencing Rhode Island’s various events for children and families, art shows, comedies, food festivities, garden extravaganza, film festivals, theater shows among others. With more than a possible hundred annual events awaiting State tourists, no enough reason Rhode Island can be exterminated in one’s list of interesting location to pay a visit.

Film buffs should not miss the Academy-Award qualifying film festival, the Rhode Island International Film Festival which takes place in Providence and Newport every August. A separate film festival in the Ocean State, the Newport International Film Festival also takes place annually in June. Music enthusiasts should not forget the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival (both happen every August) where musicians like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell’s first performances were hailed and catapulted them to stardom. There is also the Block Island Annual Music Festival, a battle of the bands that happens every June in Ocean Avenue.

Lovers of the performing arts can spice up their appetites by visiting the regular theater runs in the Trinity Repertory Company at Providence, Providence Performing Arts Center, The Granite Theatre at Westerly, Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre at Pawtucket, Theatre by the Sea at Matunuck, and Cirque Dreams Pandemonia at Ledyard.

Those who would like to take a glimpse and even experience selections of arts and crafts such as jewelry, wearable art, fine crafts like pottery, photography, baked goods, chocolate products, and others are advised to take part in Newport Artisans’ fair that’s being held every June. This event usually includes raffle show for the benefit of chosen charity or institution. Another event, the Cultural Survival Bazaar, is a July event that highlights products from Africa, Asia and the rest of the Americas. This event also showcases the ethnic food, world music, and live presentations. Don’t forget to include Providence Italian Festival, to experience Rhode Island’s celebration of their Italian ethnic heritage through a display of arts, food, and entertainment.

Food enthusiasts will surely satisfy their gastronomic needs (and wants) via Rhode Island’s countless food festivities. Seafood lovers will surely call the Annual Charlestown Chamber Seafood Festival in Charlestown as a heaven’s delight. August will be marked as a typhoon of lobster, steamers. Chowder, fish, clam cakes and delectable dishes mixed with the sight of amusement rides, entertaining shows and car shows on the side. Another time of enjoyment waits for every September in Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, a three-day celebration of good and wine, including free tasting, seminars, dancing activities, auctions, and cooking demonstration.