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January 1-December 31, 2021

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.

January 10-February 6, 2021

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com.

January 23, 2021

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.

January 23-31, 2021

VIRTUAL—Funda Fest: A Celebration of Black Storytelling, Online

Workshop, story swap, school shows, and public performances of spoken word, love stories, folk tales, and true stories from Westerly to Woonsocket, Providence to Newport. (401) 312-4347; info@ribsfest.org; fundafest23.com.

January 24, 2021

VIRTUAL—Valley Talk: Thomas Wilson Dorr, Online

Begins at 1:00pm. Writer and professor Erik Chaput will present on the life of Thomas Wilson Dorr and the 1842 rebellion for constitutional reform in Rhode Island that bears his name. Register. (401) 769-9675; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

January 26, 2021

VIRTUAL—A History of Black Business in Rhode Island, Online

5:30pm–6:30pm. The presentation will include historical images of Black people, events, places of business, and business cards from various public and private collections. There will be an emphasis on how Black people from Africa and West Indies would arrive in Rhode Island enslaved and free, bringing with them their learned cultural and trade skills. Presented by Keith Stokes and the 1696 Heritage Group. (203) 592-5551; amanda@ri-bba.org; Register.

January 30, 2021

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.

January 31, 2021

VIRTUAL—Coastal Defenses of South County, Online

1:00pm–3:00pm. This is the first talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. The series is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

February 6, 2021

VIRTUAL—A Tragic Anniversary: Author Scott James and The Station Nightclub Fire, Online

3:00pm–4:00pm. It's hard to believe that the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history occurred seventeen years ago in West Warwick, R.I. To better understand what happened on that tragic February night, join author Scott James as he discusses his riveting new book, Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth. The author will show a short video, discuss his research, and take questions from the audience. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. (401) 943-9080 x3; zach@cranstonlibrary.org.

February 7, 2021

VIRTUAL—Valley Talk: Slatersville, Online

Begins at 1:00pm. Filmmaker Christian de Rezendes will screen a piece of the in-progress documentary Slatersville: America's First Mill Village, which will focus on the man who purchased the Slatersville mill and village in 1915. Register. (401) 769-9675; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

February 11, 2021

VIRTUAL—Images of Cranston, Part Two, Online

3:00pm–3:30pm. Take a trip down memory lane and join us for an informal slideshow of Cranston history. You will be sure to enjoy revisiting our city's past. In Part Two we will look at local entertainment, the coal mine, schools, and the State Institutions. Registration is required. (401) 943-9080 x3; lisazi@cranstonlibrary.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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

February 13, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

February 17, 2021

VIRTUAL—The History of Black Tennis in Rhode Island, Online

Begins at 7:00pm. International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue. The program, presented by Robert Cvornyek and Keith Stokes, will spotlight the Old Hometown Tennis and Athletic Club, which was established in Newport in 1927 by leaders associated with all four African heritage churches, the Newport NAACP, and other civic associations. The Black tennis club hosted tournaments on backyard tennis courts as part of a broader strategy to instill "social uplift and physical culture" among the young in Newport. Register. (401) 324-4072; programs@tennisfame.com; www.tennisfame.com.

February 21, 2021

VIRTUAL—Valley Talk: New England Manufacturing, Online

Begins at 1:00pm. Writers Rebecca Altman and Kerri Arsenault will explore their work about New England manufacturing and the environmental, political, and personal legacies it has left behind. Register. (401) 769-9675; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

February 28, 2021

Stories of the South County Fisherman, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. This is the second talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

March 7, 2021

VIRTUAL—Valley Talk: The Sentinelle Affair, Online

Begins at 1:00pm. Writer and historical reenactor Paul Bourget will examine the Sentinelle Affair, the local underground movement that led to the excommunication of 61 congregants. Register. (401) 769-9675; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

March 11, 2021

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.

March 13, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

My Life in a Lighthouse, Riverside, East Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. St. Brendan School Hall, 55 Turner Avenue. Fred Mikkelksen, former keeper of Conanicut Light from 1958-'60, will tell some fascinating stories of lighthouse life. Free. www.pomhamrockslighthouse.org.

March 21, 2021

VIRTUAL—Valley Talk: French-Canadian Immigrants, Online

Begins at 1:00pm. Author David Vermette will discuss how the U.S. mainstream perceived French-Canadians when they were an immigrant community in New England at the turn of the twentieth century. Register. (401) 769-9675; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

March 28, 2021

The Ospreys of Narrow River, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. This is the third talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

April 8, 2021

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.

April 10, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

April 21-23, 2021

VIRTUAL—35th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Online

8:45am–6:00pm. Under the theme of Come Back to the Future, many of the highly anticipated sessions planned for the 2020 conference (canceled due to COVID-19) will be offered in the 2021 program. We are also adding new topics and updating sessions to bring you the most timely and engaging presentation possible. Although our tour offerings will look much different in 2021, we are developing innovative ways for you to safely experience Rhode Island's historic places. Registration opens in March. ripresconf@gmail.com; www.preservationconferenceri.com.

April 24-30, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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.

May 1-30, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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.

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.'

May 8, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

May 13, 2021

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.

June 4-27, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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.

June 10, 2021

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.

June 12, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

July 2-31, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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 8, 2021

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.

July 10, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

August 1-29, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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 12, 2021

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.

August 14, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

September 3-26, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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 9, 2021

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.

September 11, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

October 1-31, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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 9, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

October 14, 2021

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 5-28, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two 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 11, 2021

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 13, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

December 9, 2021

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 11, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

March 19, 2022

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

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