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January 1-December 31, 2016

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

Quahog.org Calendar Submission Guidelines, Statewide

We mainly list events that have to do with Rhode Island history or Rhode Island cultural quirks. For more detail on our guidelines and how to submit an event, please see Quahog Calendar Submission Guidelines.

May 4, 2016

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon, Saylesville, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:00pm. Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road. Join author Paul F. Caranci for an illustrated lecture on his recent, subtitled 'The True Story of Rhode Island's Last Execution.' book Historic New England members, free; non-members, $5; registration recommended. (401) 728-9696; programinfo@historicnewengland.org; www.historicnewengland.org; Tickets.

May 7, 2016

Derby Day, Westerly

Begins at 4:00pm. Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Avenue. Come celebrate the Kentucky Derby and delight in multiple entertainments including a hat contest (most glamorous, most outrageous, best racing theme), raffles and amusing games, the Derby shown on large screen, and special refreshments served all afternoon. Cash bar for wine and beer. General admission, $15; Armory members, $13; proceeds benefit the historic Westerly Armory. (401) 374-7040; www.ninigretquiltersguild.org.

May 7-8, 2016

Smith's Castle Heritage Days and Opening Weekend, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. This year's theme will be 'From Colony to Statehood,' and will feature Revolutionary War re-enactors, entertainment by the Rhode Island Pirate Players, music by the Old Time Fiddlers, Casey Farm Petting Zoo, colonial games, pony rides, photo booth, and over a dozen local vendors. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

May 8, 2016

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

1:00pm–3:30pm. John Hunt House, Hunts Mills Road. Learn about the history of East Providence and this historic home. View special exhibits on East Providence Amusement Parks and more. Admission, $3; city residents, $1. (401) 438-1750; www.ephist.org.

May 12, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

May 14, 2016

15th Annual East Farm Spring Festival, Kingston, South Kingstown

9:00am–1:00pm. URI East Farm, Route 108. A day where visitors can find answers to anything from gardening to energy problems. 'Green' exhibitors, workshops, entertainment, food, low cost compost bins, rain barrels, and plants grown by URI's master gardeners. Children's activities are a major attraction. Free. (401) 874-2900; outreach@uri.edu; www.uri.edu.

May 14-15, 2016

2nd Annual Woonsocket Rotary Days: Touch-A-Truck, North Smithfield

10:00am–4:00pm. Homestead Gardens, 200 Industrial Drive. Touch and climb on more than thirty unique and interesting vehicles, including the Mutt Cutts van from the movie Dumb and Dumber and a Back to the Future tribute Delorean, as well as interactive displays. Saturday night at 8pm there will be a special outdoor showing of Back to the Future. www.woonsocketrotary.com.

Raid on Spell Hall, Battle for the Greene Homestead, Coventry

10:00am–4:00pm. Nathaneal Greene Homestead, 50 Taft Street. In commemoration of the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Museum, come see authentic Continental and British Revolutionary War-era military encampments. See musket and cannon demonstrations and recreated battle scenarios. Tour the 1770 home of George Washington's second in command and most trusted general. Adults, $6; children/seniors/students/military with ID, $4. (401) 821-8630; nathanaelgreenehmst@gmail.com; www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org.

May 15, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Pioneering Families of the Blackstone Valley, Lincoln

2:00pm–4:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Christine Nowak will discuss the pioneering families from the Blackstone Valley following the King Phillips War. (401) 862-4202; bvhsri@gmail.com; www.bvhsri.org.

May 18, 2016

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Each week visit a different local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

May 19, 2016

Massasoit's Town: Sowams in Pokanoket, Its History, Legends, and Traditions, Bristol

Begins at 7:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Local author Edward Lodi has reprinted a well-researched 1904 booklet by Virginia Baker, and added material of his own. The new book focuses on the dangers that Massasoit and the Pilgrims faced and their fight for survival in early New England territory. Lodi will talk about the book, followed by a signing. Free; reservations requested. (401) 253-0390; rtremblay@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

May 21, 2016

Rhode Island Scallop Fishing Documentary Screening, Peace Dale, South Kingstown

Begins at 2:00pm. Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Road. Join photographer/filmmaker Markham Starr for the first public showing of his new documentary, which takes viewers on a day trip out of Point Judith with Captain Mike Marchetti and crew Greg Verdon and Frank Nelson, showing how the scallop harvest is gathered and processed. (401) 789-1555 x110; jwilson@skpl.org; www.skpl.org.

16th Annual Walk Through Historic Pawtuxet Village , Pawtuxet, Warwick

12:30pm–3:30pm. The Gazebo, Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Our local schoolchildren dress up in Colonial style to give tours of the historic homes and sites within Pawtuxet Village. Tours every ten minutes. Adults, $5; children, 5-12 years, $3. Rain date: May 22. (401) 781-1772; historicwalkingtour@verizon.net; Facebook.

May 22, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

May 25, 2016

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Our speaker will be CCRI English Professor Roberta Mudge Humble, who will give a presentation on RhodeIslandese. Laugh at some of our words and pronunciations. Enjoy learning what is more tolerated and that which is less well endured. This presentation is made to entertain and inform, and you will learn how to speak, in perfect dialect, the language of Rhode Island. (401) 231-3380; history@jhs.necoxmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

May 28-29, 2016

20th Annual Virtu Art Festival, Westerly

10:00am–5:00pm. Wilcox Park, Broad Street. Fine arts and crafts festival featuring the works of 185 selected artisans from around the country. Live entertainment in three areas and free Creation Station area for children with free make-it and take-it activities. Downtown sidewalk sales. Free Admission. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

May 29, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

May 30, 2016

Miantonomi Tower open access date, Newport

12:30pm–2:30pm. Miantonomi Memorial Park, Hillside Avenue. Miantonomi Tower, built in 1929, is open only two days a year, for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, and offers a rare view of Newport and Narragansett Bay. (401) 845-5300.

Memorial Day Parade, Lincoln

Begins at 10:00am. Smithfield Avenue (Route 126). Annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies honoring local and national military heroes. (401) 333-1100; www.lincolnri.org

June 3-5, 2016

2nd Annual Woonsocket Rotary Days: Blackstone Valley Music and Arts Festival, North Smithfield

Homestead Gardens, 200 Industrial Drive. Midway rides, a Bar-B-Q competition, artist village, 'Buy Local' vendors, and non stop entertainment in the 'Field of Music.' Tickets, $20 for one night; $30 for two nights. www.woonsocketrotary.com; ticketleap.com.

June 5, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

June 6, 2016

Massasoit Historical Association Potluck Dinner and Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

June 7, 2016

Federal Hill Stroll, Providence

4:30pm–7:30pm. Atwells Avenue. Stroll through one of Providence's most culturally appealing and historically inviting neighborhoods, while sampling signature cuisine and enjoying exclusive discounts at fabulous eateries and specialty boutiques. Tickets are limited and cannot be purchased the day of the Stroll. www.federalhillstroll.com.

June 9, 2016

Taste of the Bay, Providence

7:00pm–9:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Fields Point, off Allens Avenue. A celebration of the flavors, sights, and sounds of Narragansett Bay. Enjoy delicious food and drink from local restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and wineries while taking in beautiful scenery and live music! $30. (401) 272-3540; mbrown@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

June 11, 2016

51st Annual Gaspee Days Parade, Pawtuxet, Warwick

10:00am–1:00pm. Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, to Broad Street in Cranston through Pawtuxet Village. The annual parade commemorates the Rhode Island colonists who burned the British schooner HMS Gaspee, in the first overt act leading to the American Revolutionary War! The parade features colonial fife and drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum and bugle corps, and much more! Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

The Life and Legacy of Roger Williams, North Scituate, Scituate

2:00pm–3:45pm. North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road. Join Dr. Karen Petit for a presentation on the Life and Legacy of Roger Williams, and a book-signing of her novel Roger Williams in an Elevator. Free Roger Williams coloring pages will be available for children. Admission is free. www.drkarenpetit.com.

37th Annual Festival of Historic Houses, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Various locations. Experience modern day living spaces in Providence's prized historic homes and gardens and learn about the properties' origins and inhabitants. The 2016 Festival takes place on the north end of Benefit Street, known as Providence's "Mile of History," where PPS was formed sixty years ago to save the architecturally significant neighborhood from demolition—a feat now recognized as a major milestone in our nation's preservation history. (401) 831-7440; www.ppsri.org.

June 11-12, 2016

Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment, Kenyon, Richmond

11am Saturday to 11am Sunday. Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Our encampment gives visitors a feel for colonial military life as dozens of militia camp out for the weekend in authentic Revolutionary style. Hosted by the Pawtuxet Rangers, RIM. Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 12, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

June 12-17, 2016

Block Island Restaurant Week, Block Island

Various venues. Sample the menus at island restaurants, take advantage of special pricing, menus, and events. (800) 383-2474; www.blockislandchamber.com.

June 15, 2016

State-Wide Hi Neighbor! Block Party, Providence

5:00pm–8:00pm. The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue. After a long, cold winter... Rhode Island celebrates Summer! Invite friends and neighbors! Event is FREE! Reggae Performances by Natural Element, three kitchens and sangria by Julians, Yacht Club Soda, frothy adult beverages by Narragansett Beer, Gearing Up Leadership by The Steel Yard, big iced coffee bar by Bolt Coffee Company. Enjoy food on site or bring your own picnic basket, lawn chairs, or blankets to enjoy the warm weather (finally!) on the green, green grassy lawn. (401) 273-7101; www.thesteelyard.org.

June 16, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

June 18, 2016

35th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, Newport

11:00am–6:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, off Harrison Avenue. The world's original and longest running chowder competition determines bragging rights to the world's "chowda" champion title among dozens of restaurants, divided into Clam, Seafood, and Creative chowder categories. www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

June 19, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

June 25, 2016

Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, Providence

7:00pm–11:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Enjoy a wild adults-only evening at the Zoo featuring mouth-watering specialties from dozens of the area's best restaurants, caterers, and bars! Plus, enjoy live music by Redline, dancing and more! All proceeds help support the Zoo's education and wildlife conservation programs. Zoo members, $100; non-members $125. (401)941-3910; www.rwpzoo.org

June 26, 2016

Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. 45 Madeira Avenue. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the marsh and river habitat. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

New England Quahog Festival, North Kingstown

Town Beach, Beach Street. Stuffies competition, summer drink competition, sandcastle competition, Little Miss Quahog pagent, sea creature parade, live music and entertainment. Facebook; www.newenglandquahogfestival.com

July 4, 2016

Fourth of July Parade Picnic, Bristol

7:30am–2:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Located on the parade route, Linden Place offers bleacher-style seating, tables and chairs under linden trees, a continental breakfast and picnic lunch, restroom facilities, and elbow room! Adults, $80; children, $55; $10 discount for members. (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Arnold Mills July 4th Parade, Cumberland

Begins at 11:00am. Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) from state line to Arnold Mills Village Common. Local village celebration of America's Independence Day, with road race (9am), parade with Shriner's marchers (11am), and band concert on the green (1pm). (401) 333-1381; www.arnoldmillsparade.com.

Ancients and Horribles Parade, Chepachet, Glocester

Begins at 4:00pm. Main Street and Putnam Pike (Route 44). Nothing is sacred as Glocester locals spoof local and national politics. The parade first wound its way down Main Street in Chepachet in 1926 and, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, has continued to delight Glocester residents (and many others) each and every year since. (401) 568-6206; www.glocesterri.org.

July 9-10, 2016

54th Annual Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 10:00am. Main and Brown Streets. The country's oldest open-air art fair features more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Free admission. (401) 294-2860; festivaldirector@wickfordart.org; www.wickfordart.org.

July 10-23, 2016

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price: $14.95 for a three-course lunch or $29.95/$34.95 for a three-course dinner. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com/RW/.

July 14, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

July 17, 2016

2016 Colombian Independence Festival and Parade, Central Falls

10:00am–7:00pm. Higginson Park, Higginson Avenue. Parade steps off at 10am from 286 Main Street in Pawtucket, and travels along Dexter Street to Crossman Street to Lonsdale Avenue. Festival with Colombia food and drink, music and dancing, at Higginson Park from noon to 7pm. (401) 256-7925; www.colcultura.com.

July 21, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

July 22-24, 2016

38th Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival, Kingston, South Kingstown

Friday, 4-10pm; Saturday, 6am-10pm; Sunday, 6am-6pm. Athletic fields, University of Rhode Island, Route 138. Balloon Glow and concert Friday night; hot air balloon rides, fireworks, crafts, food, artists, entertainment, car shows, catch and release fishing, carnival. (401) 783-1770; www.southcountyballoonfest.com.

July 30-31, 2016

16th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton

10:00am–5:00pm. Four Corners Arts Center, 3852 Main Road. A sensory celebration of the music, food, art, and crafts of indigenous groups from around the world. Free admission. Held rain or shine! (617) 441-5400; culturalsurvival@culturalsurvival.org; bazaar.culturalsurvival.org/tiverton.

August 5-7, 2016

Cumberlandfest, Cumberland

Diamond Hill Park, Diamond Hill Road (Route 114). Celebrate the town's heritage and culture with live music, amusement rides, family events, and more! (401) 334-9996; info@cumberlandfest.org; www.cumberlandfest.org.

August 8, 2016

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

August 11, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

August 13, 2016

7th Annual Waterfront Reggae Festival , Providence

12:00pm–10:00pm. India Point Park. A full day of positive vibes and easy skankin', washed in the cool breeze off the Providence River. Bask in a swirling soundscape of reggae, roots, rocksteady, dub, ska, dancehall, and everything in between. (401) 846-1600; www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

August 18, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

August 19-21, 2016

89th Annual Greek Festival, Pawtucket

Friday 5-10pm; Saturday 12-10pm; Sunday 12-9pm. Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street. Come enjoy the best of Greece right here in Rhode Island! Traditional Greek foods and pastries. Shop for Greek imports in our indoor Agora. Dance to music of our live Greek band and enjoy the performances of our traditional Greek dance troupe wearing authentic ethnic costumes from Greece. (401) 725-3127; www.greekfestivalri.com.

August 25-September 26, 2016

18th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, Pawtucket

Citywide. Enjoy one of Southern New England's premiere arts and entertainment extravaganzas! Features Chinese Dragon Boat Races, music concerts, art gallery shows, creative community happenings, and more. (401) 724-5200; www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.

September 8, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

September 15, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

September 17, 2016

10th Annual North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival, North Smithfield

11:00am–4:00pm. North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road. Experience the start of the crisp autumn season with an always exciting family fun event! Celebrate everything pumpkin with contests, food vendors, live entertainment, and community organizations. Call Town Hall for information and tickets. (401) 767-2200; www.greatpumpkinfestival.org.

September 30-October 1, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

October 7-8, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

October 8-10, 2016

38th Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest, Woonsocket

World War II Memorial State Park, Social Street. One of the largest annual fall festivals in the Blackstone River Valley. Celebrate city and regional heritage and culture with non-stop live entertainment, amusements, food court, family fun events, gigantic fireworks, and huge Columbus Day parade with special guests, marchers, and floats. Free admission. (401) 762-6400; www.autumnfest.org.

October 13, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

October 14-15, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

October 16, 2016

Grampa John Remembers, Lincoln

2:00pm–4:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Ray Wolf will discuss his latest book, written from the personal log of John E. O'Hara during his service to the Navy in World War II (1942-'45). (401) 862-4202; bvhsri@gmail.com; www.bvhsri.org.

October 20, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

October 21-22, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

October 28-29, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

November 10, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

November 11, 2016

Miantonomi Tower open access date, Newport

12:30pm–2:30pm. Miantonomi Memorial Park, Hillside Avenue. Miantonomi Tower, built in 1929, is open only two days a year, for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, and offers a rare view of Newport and Narragansett Bay. (401) 845-5300.

November 17, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

November 20, 2016

Triple Deckers, Lincoln

2:00pm–4:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). C. Morgan Grefe, Directr of the Rhode Island Historical Society will give a lecture concerning the history of the triple decker building. (401) 862-4202; bvhsri@gmail.com; www.bvhsri.org.

December 3-4, 2016

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

4:00pm–8:00pm. Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue and Armistice Boulevard. See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. (401) 728-0500; www.winterwonderlandpawtucket.com.

December 8, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 10-11, 2016

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

4:00pm–8:00pm. Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue and Armistice Boulevard. See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. (401) 728-0500; www.winterwonderlandpawtucket.com.

December 24, 2016

Annual Christmas Eve Luminaria, Slatersville, North Smithfield

Slatersville Village Green. Each Christmas Eve the walkways of the Village Green are illuminated in real candlelight, adding a traditonal nineteenth century ambiance, surronded by historic homes and sites. Presented by Slatersville Congregational Church. (401) 769-2773.

March 19, 2017

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2017

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

August 14, 2017

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2018

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2018

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

May 8-20, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Newport

Fort Adams, Fort Adams Drive. This is the only North American stopover of the world's toughest sailing event! Sailing village: up-close, dockage and racing, marine education exhibits, food, entertainment, and family activities. (401) 846-1983; www.volvooceanracenewport.com.

August 13, 2018

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2019

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

August 12, 2019

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2020

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

August 10, 2020

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

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