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Ongoing, 2017

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.

November 3-27, 2017

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 24-26, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

November 24-30, 2017

Christmas at Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists... these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Open for self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12-5pm. Admission charged. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

November 25, 2017

Governor Stephen Hopkins House Tours, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Stephen Hopkins House, 15 Hopkins Street, corner of Benefit Street. Hopkins, one of Providence's most distinguished citizens, lived here from 1743 to 1785. The house was built in 1707 and is a valuable example of colonial culture and architecture. Donation suggested. (401) 421-0694; www.facebook.com/StephenHopkinsHouse/.

Seal Watching Tour, Wickford, North Kingstown

10:00am–3:00pm. Wickford waterfront, 10 Phillips Street. Join us for this terrific experience! The waters around Wickford often provide a wonderful opportunity to view harbor seals. In our double kayaks, we'll get close enough to quietly observe but keep plenty of distance so that we don't disturb. Bring a lunch and make a day of it! $60 per person. www.kayakcentre.com.

Holiday Breakfast for Scholarships, East Providence

East Providence High School, 2000 Pawtucket Avenue. Enjoy a full breakfast, Santa, face painting, children's activities. More than fifty silent auction packages include getaways, restaurant, theatre, and ski packages. Take chances on dozens of raffle prizes. Adults, $8; children 5-10, $5; cash or check, benefits Scholarship Foundation of East Providence. (401) 431-1675; sfofeastprovidence@yahoo.com; www.sfofepri.org.

November 30, 2017

Early New England Ice Harvesting, Providence

5:30pm–7:00pm. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. A collaboration with Historic New England and Old Colony Historical Museum, this talk by Jane Hennedy will help to break the ice on the process that early New Englanders had to endure in order to keep their food cold. Learn some of the specialty food items that came out of this process and became popular staples of the American diet. Free, but please register, as seating is limited. (401) 331-8575; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org; Register.

From Westward to Eleonora: The Great Herreshoff Racing Schooners, Bristol

Begins at 6:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Join Halsey C. Herreshoff for a special evening celebrating the legacy of the mighty Herreshoff racing schooner Westward and her replica, the beautiful Eleonora which graced the HMM waterfront this summer. Members, $10; non-members, $18. (401) 253-5000; www.herreshoff.org.

December 1-3, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 1-30, 2017

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 1-31, 2017

Christmas at Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists... these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Open for self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12-5pm. Admission charged. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

December 2, 2017

47th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House, Newport

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.

Seal Watching Tour, Wickford, North Kingstown

10:00am–3:00pm. Wickford waterfront, 10 Phillips Street. Join us for this terrific experience! The waters around Wickford often provide a wonderful opportunity to view harbor seals. In our double kayaks, we'll get close enough to quietly observe but keep plenty of distance so that we don't disturb. Bring a lunch and make a day of it! $60 per person. www.kayakcentre.com.

Winter Festival at the Carousel Village, Providence

12:00pm–8:00pm. Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Celebrate the holiday season! 123pm is for kids and families, and features a visit with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, holiday treats, and an opportunity to hop aboard the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel. 4-8pm, join with friends and family to take a horse drawn hayride through the park, visit Santa, see a dazzling holiday light display, enjoy a variety of food carts, sip some hot cocoa, and get into the festive mood on the historic Carousel! All ages welcome. Admission to the festival is free, but there are minimal fees for some activities. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

December 3, 2017

Joy Homestead Open House, Cranston

1:00pm–4:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Gather around our cozy fireplace for tea, cocoa, and cookies to celebrate the season. Bring the kids to play with our toys and games of the time. Meet sailors and soldiers of the era. As a special attraction this year Lydia and her doll friends are inviting all kids of all ages with their dolls and super heroes to cookies and tea or chocolate. Free. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

December 5, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

December 8-10, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 9, 2017

RIHS Holiday Open House, Providence

Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. Enjoy a charming holiday afternoon with carolers, hands-on activities, and a special speaker from the Smithsonian Institution. Free. (401) 331-8575 x134; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

December 14, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

December 15-17, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 19, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

December 22-23, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

January 1-7, 2018

Christmas at Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists... these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Open for self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12-5pm. Admission charged. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Ongoing, 2018

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 19-21, 2018

10th annual Knitting Weekend and Fiber Art Marketplace , Pawtucket

Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. A weekend of knitting classes, fiber art exhibition, lecture, and networking for the Fiber Art Community. The Fiber Art Market is free and open to the public, where twenty carefully selected fiber art vendors from across the North East will showcase and sell their yarns, fiber art tools, ready-to-wear-works, and more. (401) 725-8638 x108; www.slatermill.org; Tickets.

February 28, 2018

Lost Providence, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. David Brussat, architechtural historian and former Providence Journal editorial board member, will talk about and sign his new book on the lost architectural gems of Providence. Free. architecturehereandthere.com.

March 19, 2018

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2018

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

May 8-20, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Newport

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

June 18, 2018

16th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

August 13, 2018

Victory Day, Statewide

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

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2019

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

June 18, 2019

17th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

August 12, 2019

Victory Day, Statewide

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

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2020

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.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.

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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