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January 1-December 31, 2020

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.

July 1-31, 2020

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

July 2-31, 2020

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

July 4-25, 2020

Newport Music Festival, Newport

Various venues. The Newport Music Festival celebrates its fifty-second season, continuing the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists, and gala special events in the Gilded Age summer cottages of Newport. (401) 846-1133; staff@newportmusic.org; www.newportmusic.org.

July 9-13, 2020

Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration, Newport

Various venues. Marking the 62nd anniversary of the twinning of Newport and Shimoda, Japan, and the 36th celebration of the black ships in Newport, this annual event provides a fully immersive cultural experience that features the best both cities have to offer through with food, music, dance, and historical customs. newportshimodasistercity.org.

July 11-12, 2020

Newport Kite Festival, Newport

10:00am–5:00pm. Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze washes your face. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free. (401) 244-5264; info@newportkitefestival.com;www.newportkitefestival.com.

58th 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; wickfordartfestival@gmail.com; www.wickfordart.org.

July 12, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Tea and Local History, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 4:30pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Authors of "The Women of Cocumscussoc" discuss the research and lives they uncovered of the matriarchal history of Smith's Castle, including Esther Smith, Abigail Updike, and Sarah Goddard Updike. Tea sandwiches, pastries, and tea will be served. $10 suggested donation; registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. Practice distancing and wear masks please. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

1:00pm–3:30pm. John Hunt House, 65 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.

July 14, 2020

CANCELLED—Green Animals Children's Party, Portsmouth

4:00pm–8:00pm. Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory's Lane. Enjoy games, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, magic, clowns, crafts, balloons, refreshments, and music on this whimsical Victorian estate populated with dozens of topiary animals. Tickets sold at the door only, $10-$25. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

July 15, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 16, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.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.org.

An Evening with Ray Wolf, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 6:00pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Rhode Island historian Ray Wolf brings a presentation on his latest project—chronicling the many and varied outhouses that were built in the ocean state. He brings a fascinating look at the varied styles, sizes, and recycled uses of the many that are still in existence and repurposed on Rhode Island properties today. $5 suggested donation; registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Down by the Riverside, Westerly

Begins at 6:00pm. River Bend Cemetery, 117 Beach Street. Babcock-Smith House Museum volunteers will share insights into the monuments in the old section of River Bend Cemetery along the river. Parking is most available near the office. For who wish to be closer, drive past the office toward the river. We will all meet at the Middleton Mausoleum on the North side of the cemetery. Members, free; not-yet members, $5. Rain date, July 23. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

July 18, 2020

Fairlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–12:00pm. Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Museum Director Historical artifact series, Coventry

Begins at 1:30pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Our Museum Director will host a lively discussion about our Edison. The Edison is an early type of phonograph that plays cylinders instead of records. The museum has many cylinders in its collection. Stop by to take a house tour, and enjoy this presentation by Ed. (401) 623-0862; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

July 19, 2020

Toys from the Attic, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. An exhibit about the revolutions of popular children's toys and games through the years. Each room of the 1810 home will feature antique toys and games from the Victorian era through the twentieth century, highlighting the items that the children of Hearthside would have played with throughout its history. Admission charged. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

July 22, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 23, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

July 25-26, 2020

20th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton

10:00am–6:00pm. Four Corners Arts Center, 3852 Main Road. A sensory celebration of the live music, food, art, and crafts of Indigenous groups from around the world. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip to foreign lands. Free admission. Held rain or shine! (617) 441-5400; culturalsurvival@culturalsurvival.org; bazaar.culturalsurvival.org.

The Newport Show, Middletown

Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. St. George's School Ice Rink, 375 Purgatory Road. A benefit for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, featuring over forty of the finest dealers from across the United States, the glamorous annual Newport Antiques Show has something for everyone. Admission charged. (401) 846-2669; www.thenewportshow.com.

July 28, 2020

An Evening with Robert Grandchamp, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 6:00pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Civil War historian Robert Grandchamp returns for a talk about Rhode Island's famous General Ambrose Burnside, the nation's first volunteer whose heroic deeds are sadly far less known these days than his sideburns. $5 suggested donation; registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

July 29, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 30, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 31-August 2, 2020

61st Annual Newport Folk Festival, Newport

10:00am–7:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, Ocean Drive. Celebrate six decades of folk music in Newport with the best and brightest of the folk pantheon. newportfolkfest@gmail.com; www.newportfolk.org.

August 1, 2020

CANCELLED—Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

VIRTUAL: An American Girl Doll Garden Party, Lincoln

Begins at 12:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5-10 are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for an afternoon in the garden. Enjoy lemonade and cookies, a presentation on turn-of-the-century leisure time, a craft activity, Victorian lawn games, a house tour, and prizes! Reservations required. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

River Glow, Westerly

7:00pm–10:00pm. 37 Main Street. Floating bonfires illuminate the Pawcatuck River and create a beautiful setting for this community event. Live music, steel drum band, fire juggler, belly dancing, hay rides through town, henna and hair braiding, air brush tattoos, face painting, shopping specials, food, and much more make this a fabulous night. Free Admission. Rain date, August 2. (401) 596-7761; events@oceanchamber.org; www.oceanchamber.org.

August 1-30, 2020

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

August 1-31, 2020

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

August 5, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 7, 2020

Keep the Wheels Turning Fundraiser, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

5:30pm–7:30pm. Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Glibert Stuart Road. Spend an enjoyable evening along the banks of the scenic mill pond at the museum. Gala to benefit art and education programs and on-going preservation projects at the museum. This year's gala will be a very special party to honor the retirement of Peggy O'Connor, the museum's Executive Director from 2005 to 2020. Rain or shine under tents. (401) 294-3001; info@gilbertstuartmuseum.org; www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com.

August 8, 2020

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

August 8-9, 2020

345th Annual August Meeting/Green Corn Thanksgiving, Charlestown

12:00pm–7:00pm. Narragansett Church, Old Mill Road, (off Route 2). The Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island welcomes the public to the oldest recorded powwow in North America. Come and enjoy traditional Narragansett cuisine, as well as modern American food, various Native jewelry, music, artwork and books and traditional Native American dancing. (401) 364-1100; adstanton@nitribe.org; narragansettindiannation.org.

August 9, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Tea and History, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 4:30pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Researcher and author Marilyn Harris joins us to present a history of the Women's Suffrage Movement in the Ocean State, including an unsung heroine that barely makes the history books, but had much to do with the ultimate success in obtaining a woman's the right to vote in the United States. Registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. Practice distancing and wear masks please. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

1:00pm–3:30pm. John Hunt House, 65 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.

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.

August 12, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 13, 2020

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

An Evening with Brian Wallin, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 6:00pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Historian and author Brian Wallin joins us again for a presentation entitled "By Rail to the Sea: The Hazards and their Narragansett Pier Railroad." A fascinating look at the industrious Rhode Island family of South County in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. $5 suggested donation; registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

August 15, 2020

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Linden Place members, $10; non-members $15; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

August 16, 2020

Toys from the Attic, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. An exhibit about the revolutions of popular children's toys and games through the years. Each room of the 1810 home will feature antique toys and games from the Victorian era through the twentieth century, highlighting the items that the children of Hearthside would have played with throughout its history. Admission charged. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

August 19, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 20, 2020

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.org.

August 22, 2020

Oak Grove Cemetery Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–12:00pm. Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

August 26, 2020

Starry, Starry Night: An Evening of Stargazing, Lincoln

8:00pm–10:00pm. Chase Farm Park, Great Road. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 28-30, 2020

Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta, Bristol

Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Part of the CYOA Classic Yachts Challenge, presented by Bristol Marine. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

August 29, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

August 30, 2020

G.S. Greene: Gettysburg Granite, Westerly

2:00pm–4:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. Another in a series of discoveries of the connections between Westerly granite and the Gettysburg monuments, presented by Tom Foley. Members, free; not-yet members, $5. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

September 1-30, 2020

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

September 3-27, 2020

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

September 5, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

Derby Day Party, Bristol

4:00pm–8:00pm. (Rescheduled from May). Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Can't make it to Churchill Downs this September 5th? You can still get in on the Derby action because Linden Place Mansion is off to the races! Dig out your derby hat and bring out the seersucker jackets as we bring the spirit of the Kentucky Derby to Bristol, Rhode Island! The ultimate derby watching experience, Linden Place celebrates Kentucky Derby Day in true Colt family fashion with mint juleps, live music, great food, live streaming of the 145th annual Kentucky Derby, live and silent auction, and more. With prizes for best dressed, biggest hat, best dressed couple, and more, this fundraiser for Linden Place Mansion is not to be missed! Tickets, $75-$85; reservations required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

September 10, 2020

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

An Evening with Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 6:00pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Associate professor of History Charlotte Carrington-Farmer presents an evening on Roger Williams and an overview of his religious development, and his entanglements with others of differing theological thought that spurred his writings while here at Cocumscussoc, and elsewhere in his founded colony of Rhode Island. $5 suggested donation; registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

September 12, 2020

Darlington Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–12:00pm. Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Harvest Festival: Dairy Days!, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Come learn how colonists celebrated a bountiful harvest; live entertainment, children's games, vendors, costumed docents, along with a few surprises and homemade apple crisp! Relax and enjoy a fine autumn day! Admission charged. Rain date: September 13. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Boat Tour of Green Jacket Shoal, Providence

9:00am–10:00am. Providence River Boat Company, 525 South Water Street. Join us as we welcome University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Marine Archaeologist David Robinson back again for a 60-minute exploration of the Providence waterways and Green Jacket Shoal. Here, David has found the remains of a historical floating dry dock and twenty-six wooden-hulled vessels, deemed "Rhode Island's largest ship graveyard" and a reminder of the industrial fervor that transformed Providence into a thriving commercial waterfront. David's lecture on, and experience with, Green Jacket Shoal is fascinating and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard again this season! We sold out quickly last year, so reserve your seats soon! Light refreshments will be served. Tickets $35-$40. www.providenceriverboat.com.

Save the Bay 50th Anniversary Celebration, Providence

5:00pm–10:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. Join us as we commemorate fifty years of advocacy for Narragansett Bay with a 1970s-themed celebration featuring a live auction, musical performances, and more. Guests will be welcomed to the event with a cocktail hour in the lobby of Save The Bay's headquarters, before continuing to the outdoor event tent to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, signature drink and food stations, and desserts. Dig it? Don your vests, tie-dye, bell-bottoms, and scarves and join us! Tickets: $250; space limited; reservations required. (401) 272-3540; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

10th Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival, Providence

India Point Park. Celebrate the end of summer with the finest seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England, while listening to live music from the Pier Stage and enjoying beer and wine from local distributors. Admission charged. https://www.grandfestivals.com; Tickets.

September 13, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Corn Harvest Celebration, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Costumed docents demonstrate eighteenth century hearth side cooking. Welcome the corn harvest with homemade corn soup in the pot and several varieties of cornbread warmed over a beehive oven. Includes a tour of the Smith-Appleby Museum. $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Historic House Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a tour of this 200-year old homestead with guides in period costume. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately one hour, with the last at 3pm. Admission charged. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

September 13-14, 2020

33rd Annual Apple Festival, Johnston

10:00am–5:00pm. Johnston Memorial Park, Hartford Avenue (Route 6). Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, rides, pony/train rides, face painting, apple pie contest, live music, entertainment, food, wellness fair, kids zone, and more! Free parking and admission. www.ncrichamber.com.

September 17, 2020

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.org.

Applehead Doll Workshop, Smithfield

1:00pm–3:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Learn to make enchanting dolls with dried apple heads, a tradition taught to colonists by Native Americans. Donation, $20 per person. Includes all necessary materials, light refreshments, and a tour of the museum. Limited to 12 participants 16 years or older. Reservations required. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

September 17-20, 2020

15th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport

12:00pm–4:00pm. Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue. Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

CANCELLED—50th Annual Newport International Boat Show, Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Bowen's Wharf. Features a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international manufacturers. Visitors will find an extensive selection of marine equipment, services, and accessories in a venue that spans thirteen acres of historic Newport Harbor. Never-before-seen new boats and products are debuted and awarded in the popular Newport For New Products program. If you harbor a passion for boating, there's only one place to be! (401) 846-1115; www.newportboatshow.com.

September 18-20, 2020

Gansett Days: A Celebration of Narragansett, Narragansett

Various venues. A three-day family event to celebrate Narragansett with a diverse menu of educational and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy various tours, kayaking, demonstrations, concerts, and more. Be sure to visit the Main Exhibit Tent in Gazebo Park, 9am-4pm Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday for information about the weekend, kiosks, all venues and participants. (401) 782-0658; www.narragansettri.gov.

Misquamicut FallFest, Misquamicut, Westerly

Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue. World class carnival and amusements, international music headliners, food truck rodeo, knockerball, classic car show, electric car show, 3rd Annual Antique Fire Truck Muster, games, and more!. www.misquamicutfestival.org.

September 19, 2020

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

Fifth Annual Culinary Adventure: Women of Newport, Newport

5:00pm–10:00pm. Venue TBD. Join the Newport Historical Society for an adventure into the history of food. This year, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, we'll be celebrating the women of Newport and the food they served here. (401) 846-0813; hrockwood@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

September 20, 2020

Tea and History, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 4:30pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Author and memoirist Deborah Tillinghast gives a talk about her book "The Ferry Home," a heartwarming, nostalgic look at the early days and lives of her family and others on Prudence Island. Registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Sunday at the Museum Lecture, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

Begins at 3:00pm. Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gilbert Stuart Road. Local historian Tim Cranston will be here at the museum to give one of his lively and informative lectures on a topic of North Kingstown history. (401) 294-3001; info@gilbertstuartmuseum.org; www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com.

September 22, 2020

Validating the Afterlife, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Everyone who visits an old house invariably asks the question "Is the house haunted?" Some have hinted that they have experienced strange feelings in one room or another, or heard noises while in the house alone. On occasion, Hearthside hosts programs to explore spiritual happenings with psychics and spiritual readers. Join us for an evening with renowned spiritual medium Roland Comtois in the intimate setting of Hearthside's drawing room. Thirty guests may receive personal messages channeled from the other side, followed by a book signing, dessert and informal conversations with the presenter. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

September 26, 2020

Doors Open Rhode Island Festival, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Various venues. Imagine receiving the keys to factories, businesses, historic homes, theaters, hotels, sacred spaces, skyscrapers, and more, for free. Using a widely distributed event guide and mobile-enabled website, visitors will build their own explorations of participating venues. No tickets or reservations needed. info@doorsopenri.org; doorsopenri.org.

11th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

10:00am–3:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. The Providence Brigade Band will once again serenade us! Wander the craft tables, bring the kids for some colonial activities, tour the Paine House Museum. (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

42nd Annual Rhode Island Heritage Day Festival, Providence

12:00pm–5:00pm. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street. Join in a lively celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage! The Center will be filled with culture, music, and dancing from around the world. This unique festival bridges Rhode Islanders' cultures and expressions of creative talent. Rhode Island heritage groups will present cultural exhibits, visual art, and craft demonstrations from all over the world. There will be food trucks offering an array of traditional foods and drinks. The children's area will have free face painting, arts, and crafts. The day begins with a parade of international flags of over thirty countries. Throughout the day dancers and musicians from various countries will perform. This year's festival will also include a multinational fashion show featuring traditional and ceremonial clothing. Angela Sharkey and Kobi Dennis will be the MCs. (401) 222-4133; www.preservation.ri.gov.

Annual Harvest Supper—Preservation Fundraiser, Warwick

Begins at 4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Under a tent on the south lawn, we gather to celebrate the harvest—showcasing Rhode Island-grown meats, fruits, vegetables, and products. Silent and live auctions help raise funds to support Clouds Hill and our mission. And, don't miss the table competition! $100 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

September 26, 2020, 2020

Great Road Day, Saylesville, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Various venues along Great Road. The following sites will be open at no charge today: Arnold Bakery, Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society at North Gate, Chase Farm Park, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside House, Moffett Mill (accessible only by shuttle bus from Hearthside), Mount Moriah Lodge, Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, Saylesville Friends Meetinghouse, and Valentine Whitman House. www.hearthsidehouse.org; www.historicnewengland.org; www.bvhsri.org.

September 27, 2020

Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. ripcc.org.

Great Rumford Bake Off, Rumford, East Providence

11:30am–3:30pm. John Hunt House, Hunts Mills Road. www.rumfordbakeoff.com; ephist.org.

October 1-4, 2020

Audrain Concours and Motor Week, Newport

8:00am–5:30pm. Various venues throughout Newport, including Audrain Automobile Museum, 222 Bellevue Avenue. A world class event that brings the best of the motoring world to the City by the Sea. Spend your days enjoying fine dining, exhibitions of rare and exciting automobiles, seminars, and more. Once the sun goes down, experience exclusive shows, galas, and VIP parties hosted in Gatsby-esque mansions in America's original luxury capital. The week concludes with a centerpiece event, the Audrain Concours d'Elegance. (401) 856-4420; info@audrainconcours.com; www.audrainconcours.com.

October 1-31, 2020

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

October 3, 2020

Fairlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–12:00pm. Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

56th Annual Yankee Steam-Up, East Greenwich

9:00am–4:00pm. New England Wireless and Steam Museum, 1300 Frenchtown Road. Oldest steam engine show in New England. Gathering of engineers, modelmakers, those that admire well-working, old, mostly Rhode Island-made steam engines, intricate machines, and radio technology. Adults, $15; students, $7; children 6 and under, free. (401) 885-0545; newsm@newsm.org; www.newsm.org.

October 3-4, 2020

46th Annual Harvest Fair, Middletown

10:00am–5:00pm. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Nothing says New England in the fall like an old-fashioned harvest fair. 'Mabel Express' barrel train, pony rides, mud pit, midway games, and children's tent. Crafters' tent featuring more than seventy talented artisans and crafters. Local food trucks and vendors offering an array of appetizing selections. A fun lineup of bands set the festive mood in the Newport Storm Beer Garden. Admission charged. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

October 4, 2020

Origin of Westerly Street Names, Westerly

2:00pm–4:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. An enjoyable program on how and why many Westerly Street names were chosen over the years, presented by John Coduri. Members, free; not-yet members, $5. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

25th Anniversary Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour, Newport

10:00am–4:00pm. St. Michael's Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Avenue. This year's House Tour highlights the Kay-Catherine area, a neighborhood of Newport that is known for its nineteenth century architecture, with featured homes on the tour including an 1862 Gothic Revival; an 1865 Italianate designed by Newport's noted house architect George Champlin Mason, Sr.; a 1916 brick Neo-Georgian by New York City society architects Cross and Cross; and a 1949 Mid-Century Modern house by Providence architect Ira Rakatansky, one of Newport's only Modernist houses. $50. newporthousetour.com.

October 6, 2020

An Evening with Robert Geake, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 6:00pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Smith Castle Vice-President and Rhode Island historian Robert A. Geake introduces us to the "Stories Behind the Stones," of the more intriguing monuments that lie around the state's cemeteries, as well as examples of the work and the histories of the early gravestone carvers in Rhode Island. $5 suggested donation; registration required. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

October 8, 2020

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

Savory Soup Night, Smithfield

5:30pm–8:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Come and dine by candlelight as you enjoy three different soups with crusty breads and assorted cheeses, followed by dessert, tea, and coffee, and a tour of the Smith-Appleby House Museum. Donation, $25 per person. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

October 10, 2020

Mineral Spring Cemetery Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–12:00pm. Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

October 11, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

October 15, 2020

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.org.

Colonial Dinner (Members Only), Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 6:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). Join us for an authentic colonial dinner based upon prominent recipes of the era, and served by costumed waiters and waitresses in the kitchen and dining rooms of Smith's Castle. This is a member's only event, with space for 40 reservations. (Obtain your membership now, to get your reservation for this seasonal event). $15 per person. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle@earthlink.com; www.smithscastle.org.

October 17, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

5:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

23rd Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

7:00pm–9:00pm. The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. Complete with comedic (Monty Python-esque) re-enactment of the 1605 trial for treason of Guy Fawkes by the "Misquamicut Players." Music, bonfire, dancers, fife and drum, and more! Free. (401) 322-1026; www.guyfawkesusa.com.

October 17-18, 2020

CANCELLED—30th Annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 45 America's Cup Avenue. Food! Food! Food! Area seafood restaurants serve up their most outstanding dishes. The festival offers a smorgasbord of seafood, plus kid-friendly dishes, baked goods, cider, and hot and cold beverages. Non-stop live music by local bands. Face painting, games, and other fun children's activities. Free admission, rain or shine. (401) 849-2120; mjg@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

October 18, 2020

Cider Making and Apple Pie, Smithfield

5:30pm–8:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. It's apple harvest time! Come sample apple pie and cider. Costumed docents will demonstrate how cider is pressed and apple pies are baked in the open fireplace using a Dutch oven. Donation, adults, $5; children free. Includes tour of the Smith-Appleby House Museum. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

October 18-25, 2020

Westerly Fall Restaurant Week, Westerly

Various venues. More than twenty area restaurants offer three-course meals at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. It's a fabulous culinary cornucopia! (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

October 23, 2020

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

7:00pm–9:30pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join members of the Cranston Historical Society for ghostly goings-on. Maybe Charlie will drop by, as well. Admission $15; space is limited so reserve early. (401) 944-9226; charliethebutler@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org; Facebook.

October 24, 2020

After the Fox Hunt Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Fox hunting was a tradition in Rhode Island from the 1860s on. Join us as we relax after a day in the field. Note: This is a game dinner; menus are preset. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

5:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 25, 2020

Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting and Show, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. This date is also the club's annual Post Card Show, so there'll be additional vendors on hand. Admission donation, $4. ripcc.org.

October 30, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 1, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 1-29, 2020

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

November 1-30, 2020

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

November 5, 2020

Christmas Ornament Workshop, Smithfield

3:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy warm gingerbread, cider, and a welcoming fire while making a Holiday angel garland and milkweed pod reindeer ornaments from natural materials. Donation, $20 per person. Includes all materials needed, light refreshments, and a tour of the Smith-Appleby House Museum. Workshop is limited to 12 participants 16 years or older. Reservations required. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 7, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

Who Done It? An Evening of Clues, Warwick

5:00pm–8:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. View the scenarios, decipher the clues, and take your best guess... Guess right and you could win! $5 per person; $20 per family; reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

November 8, 2020

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

November 11, 2020

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

Begins at 11:00am. By the WWI Doughboy statue at Stone Bridge. Please show your support to our veterans keeping our freedom alive and well! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 12, 2020

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

November 15, 2020

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Roast fresh pumpkin seeds over an open fire. Smell warm pumpkin bread baking in the beehive oven, and mulled cider in the warming pot. Can Thanksgiving be far away? Donation, adults, $5; children free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 19, 2020

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.org.

November 20, 2020

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. This will be the last chance to see the Smith-Appleby House decorated for Christmas before we close for the winter. Donation, adults, $5; children free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 21, 2020

Music at the Museum, Smithfield

Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy a warm fire, candlelight, and good food with friends, accompanied by fine chamber music performed by The Col'Areo Quartet. Donation, $30 per person. Seating is limited, reservations required. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 27, 2020

Santa's Arrival, Westerly

6:00pm–7:00pm. Dixon Square, 4 High Street. Santa Claus, "Winter Lady," and other holiday characters will be making their debut via fire trucks to bring in the Holiday Season. Free coloring books and lollipops will be handed out to all the children in attendance. Free family event. In case of inclement weather this event will take place at Christ Church Parish Hall, Elm Street. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

November 29, 2020

Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. ripcc.org.

December 2, 2020

24th Annual Holiday Stroll and Luminaria, Westerly

5:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck. Sidewalks will be lined with beautiful luminaria. Enjoy a hayride with Santa while listening to strolling carolers filling the air with their holiday cheer. Enjoy a complementary cup of hot chocolate and a cookie to warm you up while shopping at the local stores. Stores will run special promotions and offer money saving coupons. Bundle up and enjoy an evening of hospitality, friendship, and lots of holiday cheer. Rain or shine. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

December 4-28, 2020

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

December 5, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

Holiday Boutique, Westerly

9:00am–1:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. Join us for a holiday marketplace of cookie platters, assorted baked goods, handmade decorative greens, artisinal soaps, hearty soups to go... and much, much more! Place a bid on one of many exquisite raffle baskets and remember to stop in at Joshuas's Store to see what's new. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

50th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House, Newport

4:30pm–8:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The waterfront will be bathed in holiday lights as the Christmas season begins in Newport! Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30pm, followed by the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 5pm. A Newport city official lights the thirty-foot tree at 6pm, immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting) or by sleigh. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

American Girl Doll Christmas Party, Lincoln

12:30pm–3:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for a party at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. Members, $24; non-members $27. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

Victorian Christmas Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Clouds Hill invites you to enjoy the tradition of a Christmas dinner surrounded by holiday decor. Menus are preset. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 5-6, 2020

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The best time of year! Savor the aromas of home-baked goods and mulled cider. Enjoy live traditional music, children's crafts and cookie decorating as well. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

December 6, 2020

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Christmas Open House, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Experience the joys of an old fashioned holiday by viewing the Smith-Appleby House in its holiday finest. Visit with Santa for a Christmas surprise and photo. Finish the day by decorating Christmas cookies in the barn with hot cocoa and marshmallows. $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Christmas Tea, Warwick

Begins at 2:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Enjoy tea in the parlor. Menus are preset and catered by Tom's Market Catering. $35; prepaid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 10, 2020

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 12, 2020

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration by Candlelight, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 12-13, 2020

Christmas Open House, Tiverton

Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday 12-3pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Hot apple cider greets visitors shopping for Christmas decor and baked goods, historical ornaments, our annual Tiverton calendar, classic jellies, mugs, local history books, baked goodies, vintage decor and gifts. Our shop will also be open for other gifts. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; under 12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 13, 2020

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 19-20, 2020

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; under 12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 27, 2020

Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. ripcc.org.

December 27-30, 2020

Home for the Holidays Guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent ten-room mansion given by volunteer interpreters in Victorian finery. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2021

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.'

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