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June 1-30, 2018

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.

Ongoing, 2019

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.

June 21, 2018

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 21: Cajun Hobos; June 28: The American Band; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (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.

God, War, and Providence, Westerly

Begins at 6:00pm. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. The tragic and fascinating history of the first epic struggle between white settlers and Native Americans in the early seventeenth century: a fresh look at the aggressive expansionist Puritans in New England and the determined Narragansett Indians, who refused to back down and accept English authority over people and their land. Author James Warren will talk about and sign his book. Free. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

A Monument to Perseverance: The Struggle to Build the Newport Bridge, 1945-1960, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Jim Ricci holds a doctorate degree in Humanities from Salve Regina University. His presentation will illuminate the struggle to build the bridge from its original momentum following World War II to its opening in 1969, the technological innovations employed in its construction, and its emergence as a cultural icon. NHS members, active and retired military with ID, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

Hiking Prudence Island, Bristol

1:30pm–6:30pm. Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street. Welcome the summer solstice with an afternoon of hiking on Prudence Island. Home to several miles of trails that weave through a variety of habitats from forested wetlands to coastal meadow and pine barrens. Pace will be moderate and cover three to four miles over a mix of terrain. Members: $8/$4; non-members: $10/$5; ferry ticket not included. Ages: 10+. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

June 22, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

A Taste of Summer Fundraiser, Narragansett

5:00pm–8:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Taste of summer is our annual fundraiser. Come kick off the start of summer, support the museum and enjoy the local flavors of some of Southern Rhode Island's best restaurants while exploring the Metz Exhibition Hall and the beautiful grounds of the museum. Appetizer sized portions reflecting South County heritage including calamari, Rhode Island's official appetizer, will be served by local restaurants. A beer and wine bar is also provided. A silent auction featuring goods and services from local merchants will be held. $50 per person; due to the increasing popularity of this event, only 200 tickets will be sold, so get yours early!! (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

June 22-23, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 22-24, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 23, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

Fire Camp: 6th Annual Festival of the Fire Arts, Providence

3:00pm–8:00pm. The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue. Food and music, iron pour, live demos, welding, blacksmithing, ceramics, and jewelry. Free entry; family friendly. (401) 273-7101 www.thesteelyard.org.

The Ladies of Linden Place Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A special docent-led tour is being offered in celebration of Women's History Month focusing on the lives of the women who made history at Linden Place Mansion. As you tour the 200-year old mansion rooms, the women of Linden Place come alive through portraits, photographs, artifacts, and more. Learn about the many generations of DeWolf and Colt women who lived in the mansion, their daily lives, and roles of ladies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Members, free; non-members, $10; seniors and students with an ID, $8; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

Strawberry Thanksgiving, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. The strawberry is known as the gift of friendship. Event includes storytelling, ceremony, tours, native arts market, and games! Free with regular museum admission. (401) 539-7213; lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.org.

June 24, 2018

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. Plus special exhibit on early twentieth century hand-colored photography. Admission charged. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Central Falls

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

Narraganset Bay Family Sailing Festival, Bristol

10:00am–3:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Free Museum admission; sailboat rides on Herreshoff 12 1/2; dinghy demos by Zim Sailing; Fulcrum Speedworks' UFO Foiling Dinghy; kids activities and games; food truck and Del's Lemonade; and MORE! (401) 253-5000; events@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

June 27, 2018

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Our speaker will be Charlotte Taylor, State Archaeologist and author of the Arcadia Publishing title Rhode Island Shipwrecks. (401) 231-3380; history@jhs.necoxmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

June 28, 2018

Movies in the Park, Warwick

Begins at 5:30pm. Rocky Point Park, 1 Rocky Point Way. Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and watch a movie while sitting on the grass under the stars at Rocky Point. The gates will open at 5:30pm; all movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Food trucks will be present for your chowing pleasure. (401) 732-1100 for raindates; www.centralrichamber.com.

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.

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 21: Cajun Hobos; June 28: The American Band; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

Butterflies of Prudence Island, Bristol

1:30pm–6:30pm. Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street. Spend the day with Narragansett Bay Research Reserve staff and tour the island, identifying and counting as many butterfly species as possible in an effort to track populations and abundance on Prudence. This is a great way to see Prudence Island as well as discover its diversity of habitats, flora, and fauna. Members: $8/$4; non-members: $10/$5; ferry ticket not included. Ages: 10+. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

June 29, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

June 29-30, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 29-July 1, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 30, 2018

Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, Providence

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

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

History and Herb Hike, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

1:00pm–3:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Join Historic New England and a professional herbalist for a walk through Casey Farm and its beautiful, wooded trails. Discover the history of this landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Learn about the farm's wide variety of herbs and their benefits. Hike meets at the cow barn. Includes admission for a tour of the historic farmhouse. Historic New England members, $5; non-members, $15 (North Kingstown residents, $10); registration recommended. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

July 1, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

July 1-31, 2018

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.

Ongoing, 2019

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 2, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 3, 2018

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.

Independence Day Fireworks, Oakland Beach, Warwick

Begins at 9:00pm. Oakland Beach Seawall. Additional viewing at Warwick's City Park. Raindate: July 5.

Public Clambake, Middletown

5:00pm–9:00pm. Kempenaar's Clambake Club, 323 Valley Road. You are invited to an old-fashion clambake! When the bake bell rings, we'll serve you a feast of clam chowder, steamed clams, mussels, a whole lobster, chourico, and much more. Cash bar, entertainment. Rain or shine. Advance ticket purchase required. (401) 847-1441; c84kemp20@aol.com; www.newportclambakes.com.

July 3-4, 2018

3rd and 4th of July Celebrations on the HMM Waterfront, Bristol

Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. This year's celebration will be better than ever! Tuesday evening party with catered food and drinks; live music and dancing; fireworks viewing; s'mores on the beach. Wednesday parade viewing with breakfast and lunch. Tickets, $30-$75; includes Museum admission; advance reservations required. (401) 253-5000; events@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

July 4, 2018

Annual Independence Day Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch, Narragansett

10:00am–2:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Come to the Living History Farm to see and hold the answer to the eternal question—Which came first? Observe eggs hatching in the incubator, hold day-old chicks and view the museum's two Rhode Island Red heritage flocks. The flocks are replenished every year with the new chicks, which numbered nearly 200 last year. $2 per person. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

233rd Bristol Civic, Military, and Fireman's Parade, Bristol

Begins at 10:30am. The oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States, established in 1785, runs from the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) to High Street, between State and Bradford Streets. (401) 253-7000; www.july4thbristolri.com.

Newport 4th of July Fireworks Display, Newport

Begins at 9:15pm. Launched from Fort Adams and visible all along the waterfront. Raindate: July 5th. (401) 845-5437.

July 4th Fireworks Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

8:15pm–10:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Enjoy a sunset sail through Newport Harbor followed by a spectacular fireworks display from the best view in town, aboard Schooner Aurora! BYOB. $55 per person; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

First Freedom Open House Tour, Newport

10:00am–12:00pm. Colony House, Washington Square. Visit Washington Square and the Colony House for a morning of patriotic activities, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the day celebrate religious freedom and the First Amendment when over a dozen houses of worship will open for tours. Learn how these sites symbolize Newport's early commitment to freedom of religion and religious diversity. Free; donations welcome. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Fourth of July Parade Picnic, Bristol

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

Fireworks on the Beach, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 9:00pm. Wuskenau (New Westerly Town) Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue. Fireworks light the sky. (401) 322-1026; www.misquamicut.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 5, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 6, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

July 6-7, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 6-8, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 7, 2018

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

July 8, 2018

42nd Annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Celebration, Providence

12:00pm–7:00pm. India Point Park. Celebration of Cape Verdean Independence with traditional food, music, dance, arts and crafts, and children's area. (401) 222-4133; www.ricapeverdeanheritage.com.

Life with Horses, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. A display of carriages, riding attire, and accessories in the Carriage Museum. $5; house museum separate admission. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

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

July 8-21, 2018

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price: $16.95 for a three-course lunch or $29.95/$34.95 for a three-course dinner. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com/RW/.

July 9, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 10, 2018

Flawed Justice: Rhode Island Killers Who Were Pardoned or Paroled, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Justice isn't perfect. Hear Rhode Island author and journalist Kelly Sullivan Pezza tell a true Rhode Island crime tale where justice went wrong. See website for details. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org.

July 11, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Public Meeting: Documenting African American Struggle for Civil Rights in Rhode Island, Providence

5:30pm–7:30pm. Congdon Street Baptist Church, 17 Congdon Street. The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS), the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS), and Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will hold a public meeting to share the latest research from their collaborative project on African Americans' struggle for Civil Rights in Rhode Island during the twentieth century. The three partners will take questions and comments from the audience about the project. All are welcome to participate. www.rihs.org; riblackheritagesociety.wildapricot.org; www.preservation.ri.gov.

Party Like It's 1968, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Back by popular demand! Come celebrate this big year for NRF in 1960s style. Join us as we get groovy with vintage cocktails, ocean breezes, genteel lawn games, and live music. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 12, 2018

Movies in the Park, Warwick

Begins at 5:30pm. Rocky Point Park, 1 Rocky Point Way. Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and watch a movie while sitting on the grass under the stars at Rocky Point. The gates will open at 5:30pm; all movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Food trucks will be present for your chowing pleasure. (401) 732-1100 for raindates; www.centralrichamber.com.

Whitehorne House Museum Open House, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street. A fixture of Lower Thames Street for almost forty-five years, it's time for some change at Whitehorne House Museum! Explore the collection of eighteenth-century Newport furniture for the first time or come back to hear about plans for the revitalization. The museum's charming pocket garden will also be open for wandering. Free. (401) 846-4152; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

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 21: Cajun Hobos; June 28: The American Band; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 12-15, 2018

Newport-Shimoda Black Ships Celebration, Newport

Various venues. Marking the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Newport and Shimoda, Japan, and the 35th 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. www.discovernewport.org.

July 13, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

July 13-14, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 13-15, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

35th Annual Black Ships Festival, Bristol

Various venues. A celebration of the arts and culture of Japan, commemorating the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the first treaty between Japan and the United States. Demonstrations and workshops include origami, sushi-making, martial arts, Taiko drumming, and traditional Japanese tea ceremony. (401) 846-2720; www.blackshipsfestival.com.

July 14, 2018

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

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. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

Mornings at the Museum, Providence

9:00am–10:00am. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Family-friendly, hands-on activities connect children to life as it was lived 200 years ago. Along with a themed activity, families get free access to the museum. This program runs the second Saturday, April through August. Specific program events to be announced. (401) 273-7507 x362; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

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. 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.

Early Morning Breakfast and Birding Cruise, East Providence

8:00am–9:00am. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Join Audubon aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer for a morning cruise on the beautiful Seekonk River. Sip coffee and juice and sample baked goodies as we search for wildlife along the river. Participants may wish to bring binoculars. The Explorer is a covered boat and runs rain or shine. Co-sponsored with the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. Adults, $20; childrem, $15. Ages 7+. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

July 15, 2018

Pirate Ship Day, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Come make and race your pirate ships! Follow a map and find a treasure! This is a free event for children! House tours will also be given. Donation, $5 per person; children, free. (401) 231-7363; contact@smithapplebyhouse.org; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

July 16, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 17, 2018

Closet Tour: Doris Duke's Wardrobe, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Get a rare glimpse inside Doris Duke's closet and the Rough Point costume collection. This curator-led experience will focus on Doris's sartorial choices during the 1960s, including go-go boots and colorful caftans, and what we can learn from the garments she left behind. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. (401) 8478344; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Flawed Justice: Rhode Island Killers Who Were Pardoned or Paroled, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Justice isn't perfect. Hear Rhode Island author and journalist Kelly Sullivan Pezza tell a true Rhode Island crime tale where justice went wrong. See website for details. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org.

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.

July 18, 2018

William and Jaclyn Egan Research Fellows Lectures, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. "The Kingscote Chitarrone and Stanford White's Musical Legacy": Stanford White was an innovator in the use of musical instruments as decorative elements. Learn about the history of the chitarrone White installed in the dining room at Kingscote in 1881 and the conservation initiative which will see it returned to its original setting this summer. "Newporters' Sense of Identity and Place Reflected in Their Perspectives in the 1890s": Explore the perspectives, opinions, and beliefs of Newport residents in the 1890s through new research into community issues of the period. Advance ticket purchase required; Peservation Society members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 19, 2018

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.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

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 21: Cajun Hobos; June 28: The American Band; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 20, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

July 20-21, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 20-22, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 21, 2018

Newport's French Occupation, Newport

10:00am–2:00pm. Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway. Meet with costumed living historians Matthew and Elizabeth Mees who will portray Jeremiah Wadsworth, colonel for Washington, quartermaster and American assistant to Blanchard of the French forces, along with his wife, Mehitable Wadsworth. Find out what life was like in Newport in 1780, after 12,000 French soldiers and sailors arrived off the coast of Rhode Island, sent to aid the American Army in their fight for Independence from Great Britain. Free, donation welcome; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

The Ladies of Linden Place Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A special docent-led tour is being offered in celebration of Women's History Month focusing on the lives of the women who made history at Linden Place Mansion. As you tour the 200-year old mansion rooms, the women of Linden Place come alive through portraits, photographs, artifacts, and more. Learn about the many generations of DeWolf and Colt women who lived in the mansion, their daily lives, and roles of ladies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Members, free; non-members, $10; seniors and students with an ID, $8; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Life with Horses, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. A display of carriages, riding attire, and accessories in the Carriage Museum. $5; house museum separate admission. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

July 21-22, 2018

36th Annual Warren Quahog Festival, Warren

Begins at 11:00am. Burr's Hill Park, South Water Street. Celebrate the clam with chowders, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, and other fresh cooked seafood, plus arts, crafts, and live music. (401) 247-0232.

Rhode Island Indian Council Annual Powwow, Warwick

9:00am–6:00pm. Oakland Beach, 885 Oakland Beach Avenue. Grand Entry at noon. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family fun event. Native American Indian singing and dancing, crafts, and food. No alcohol or drugs. All are welcome; admission charged. (401) 781-1098 x306; chesterbliss@yahoo.com; www.rhodeislandindiancouncil.org.

July 22, 2018

Lincoln's Heritage Celebration, Lincoln

11:00am–4:00pm. Chase Farm Park, Great Road. Exhibits at Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

July 23, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 24, 2018

Flawed Justice: Rhode Island Killers Who Were Pardoned or Paroled, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Justice isn't perfect. Hear Rhode Island author and journalist Kelly Sullivan Pezza tell a true Rhode Island crime tale where justice went wrong. See website for details. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org.

July 25, 2018

Meet the Author: Claremary Sweeney, Kingston, South Kingstown

6:00pm–8:00pm. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road. Join us as local author, Claremary Sweeney, gives a talk about her South County mystery series that features Rhode Island historical sites. Books in this series include Last Train to Kingston, Last Rose on the Vine, and Last Carol of the Season. Clare will discuss the creative journey she took while writing these books and why she chose South County as a setting. Free; registration requested. (401) 783-8254; bobertello@skpl.org; www.skpl.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

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

July 26, 2018

Movies in the Park, Warwick

Begins at 5:30pm. Rocky Point Park, 1 Rocky Point Way. Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and watch a movie while sitting on the grass under the stars at Rocky Point. The gates will open at 5:30pm; all movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Food trucks will be present for your chowing pleasure. (401) 732-1100 for raindates; www.centralrichamber.com.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

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.

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 21: Cajun Hobos; June 28: The American Band; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island Party, Providence

6:30pm–9:30pm. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street. You are invited to one of the year's most anticipated events as Rhode Island Monthly celebrates the 2018 Best of Rhode Island winners. Be the first to find out who you voted as the best in the state. Doors open at 6:30pm, following pre-party in PPAC Square. Tickets, $60-$70 per person. (401) 421-ARTS; www.rimonthly.com.

July 27, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

July 27-28, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 27-29, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 28, 2018

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

July 28-30, 2018

The Newport Show, Middletown

St. George's School, 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 29, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

July 30, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 30-August 2, 2018

9th Annual BridgeFest, Newport

Various venues. BridgeFest keeps toes tapping and hands clapping, bridging the gap between Newport Folk Festival and our world famous Newport Jazz Festival, offering countless musical performances and music themed events that showcase a variety of local talent and musical genres throughout Newport county. www.newportbridgefest.com.

July 31, 2018

Flawed Justice: Rhode Island Killers Who Were Pardoned or Paroled, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Justice isn't perfect. Hear Rhode Island author and journalist Kelly Sullivan Pezza tell a true Rhode Island crime tale where justice went wrong. See website for details. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org.

August 1, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

A Perfect Storm: The Collision of Hurricanes, Climate Change, and Coastal , Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Meet Jeff Donnelly, climatologist, at a wine and cheese reception, followed by his talk about the historical links between hurricanes, climate change, and the population growth along the coast. NHS members, NRF Tenants, and military with ID, $5; non-members, $10; reservations requested. (401) 846-0813; www.newporthistory.org.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. fee charged; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 1-31, 2018

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.

Ongoing, 2019

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.

August 2, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Beach Bash, Middletown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Third Beach. Gather the whole family for a fun mid-summer beach party on Third Beach! Dance the night away with your toes in the sand with music by the Kohaug Allstars. Pack your own beach picnic or enjoy food trucks on the beach. Complimentary beer, wine, lemonade and iced tea will be served along with Ben and Jerry's ice cream and s'mores by the campfire. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard or rent from Jamestown Outdoors. NBS' Education staff will also be leading seining activities for kids, looking for local fish and maybe even some tropical fish brought in on the Gulf Stream. With the moon almost full, this will be the place to be on a gorgeous evening in August! Members, $22; nonmembers, $25; under 21, $10. Rain Date: August 9. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

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 21: Cajun Hobos; June 28: The American Band; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 3, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

Keep the Wheels Turning Fundraiser, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gibert 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. Rain or shine under tents. $50 per person; reservations requested by July 28. (401) 294-3001; info@gilbertstuartmuseum.org; www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com.

August 3-4, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 3-5, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 4, 2018

42nd Annual Save The Bay Swim, Newport

6:15am–3:15pm. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road. Swim, kayak, or volunteer for Save The Bay's largest annual fundraiser as 500 swimmers and nearly 200 kayakers trek 1.7 nautical miles across the Bay to raise money and awareness in an effort to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. (401) 272-3540 x140; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Hearts and Flowers: American Girl Doll Garden Party, Lincoln

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! Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

August 5, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

August 6, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 7, 2018

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.

National Night Out and Fireworks!, Warwick

Begins at 5:00pm. Oakland Beach Seawall, Oakland Beach Avenue. Includes Warwick Police K-9 demonstrations, children's fingerprinting, karate demonstrations, Native American drummers, Officer Friendly, McGruff the Crime Dog, free refreshments and kid's prizes/giveaways (while supplies last), police and fire equipment, various neighborhood groups, various child friendly activities, and an opening ceremony featuring the Warwick Police Honor Guard along with other City officials. Fireworks at about 9pm, weather permitting; no Raindate. (401) 738-2000; www.warwickpd.org.

August 8, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. fee charged; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 9, 2018

Whitehorne House Museum Open House, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street. A fixture of Lower Thames Street for almost forty-five years, it's time for some change at Whitehorne House Museum! Explore the collection of eighteenth-century Newport furniture for the first time or come back to hear about plans for the revitalization. The museum's charming pocket garden will also be open for wandering. Free. (401) 846-4152; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 10, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 10-11, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 10-12, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 11, 2018

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

Mornings at the Museum, Providence

9:00am–10:00am. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Family-friendly, hands-on activities connect children to life as it was lived 200 years ago. Along with a themed activity, families get free access to the museum. This program runs the second Saturday, April through August. Specific program events to be announced. (401) 273-7507 x362; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

August 11-12, 2018

343rd Annual August Meeting/Green Corn Thanksgiving, Charlestown

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 x203; adstanton@nitribe.or; www.narragansett-tribe.org.

August 12, 2018

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.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

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

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.

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 15, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. fee charged; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

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

August 16, 2018

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.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 16-19, 2018

A Weekend of Coaching, Newport

Various venues. Authentic nineteenth-century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses return to Newport. The historic coaches will make daily runs through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old tradition of horsemanship and elegance. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

August 17, 2018

Ida Lewis Distance Race, Newport

The 14th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts and finishes off Newport's historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which sits famously on a rock in Newport Harbor, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha's Vineyard and Buzzards Tower. It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge. (401) 641-2109; racechairman@ildistancerace.org; www.ildistancerace.org.

August 17-19, 2018

91st Annual Greek Festival, Pawtucket

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

August 17, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 17-18, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 17-19, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 18, 2018

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. 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.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

41st Annual Fool's Rules Regatta, Jamestown

9:00am–12:30pm. Town Beach at East ferry, Conanicus Avenue. Contestants have two hours to construct sailing vessels out of non-standard marine items on the beach. Then they race 'em! Races begin at 11am. Raindate August 19. (401) 423-1492; www.jyc.org.

August 19, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Old Fashioned Family Picnic, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Pack a lunch and bring your picnic basket, beach blanket, and toy boats, for an old fashioned family day on the Smith-Appleby Museum grounds. Bring your own games, or enjoy some of our eighteenth century lawn games with your children. Sorry, but due to potential fire hazards, no grilling is allowed. Free event; $5 donation requested for house tours; children, free. (401) 231-7363; contact@smithapplebyhouse.org; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

August 20, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 21, 2018

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.

August 22, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. fee charged; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 23, 2018

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 24, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 24-25, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 24-26, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 25, 2018

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

Life During the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island, Newport

12:00pm–5:00pm. Washington Square and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway. Newport's Old Quarter comes to life during the Newport Historical Society's 5th annual summer living history program. The focus, marking the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Rhode Island, features daily life in Newport during the summer of 1778 and the weeks surrounding the Battle. Free, donations welcome. (401) 846-0813; www.newporthistory.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

August 26, 2018

3rd Annual New England Quahog Festival and Sea Creature Parade, North Kingstown

12:00pm–6:00pm. Town Beach, Beach Street. Kickoff begins with our costume parade through Wickford and ends at the town beach with food trucks, live music, fun for the kids, beer garden, mermaid dunk tank, kayak races, and new this year—mermaid photo shoots on the beach and crab races! Join us for a free family fun day to end the summer! (All money raised is being donated to renovate the town beach playground). Facebook; www.newenglandquahogfestival.com.

Guided Tour and Exhibit, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

August 27, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 29, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. fee charged; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. 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 30, 2018

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

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.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 30-September 2, 2018

21st Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival, Charlestown

Ninigret Park, 4813 Old Post Road (Route 1A). Annual roots musical festival with blues, New Orleans R&B, Cajun, Zydeco, Swing, etc. Featuring two huge dance floors, four music stages, dance lessons, food vendors, kids activities, evening dances, instrument instruction, and more! (401) 783-3926; office@rhythmandroots.com; www.rhythmandroots.com.

August 31, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 31-September 1, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 31-September 2, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 1-30, 2018

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.

Ongoing, 2019

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.

September 2, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

September 4, 2018

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.

September 5, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

May 9, 2018

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

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

September 6, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

September 7, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

September 7-8, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 7-9, 2018

33rd Annual Cranston Greek Festival, Cranston

Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; Sunday, 12-9pm. Church of the Annunciation, 175 Oakawn Avenue. Greek food, pastry, dancing, gift items, books, icons, Church tours, and children's activities. Rain or shine. (401) 942-4188; www.annunciationri.org.

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 8, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

19th Annual Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival, Pawtucket

8:00am–6:00am. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Celebrate Asian heritage and culture with this annual event featuring unique and colorful Chinese Dragon Boats in a day long rowing competition on the Pawtucket River. Plus Asian arts, music, dance, crafts, and kite flying on the pier. Parking and shuttle are located at 175 Main Street. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.dragonboatri.com.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

History and Herb Hike, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

1:00pm–3:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Join Historic New England and a professional herbalist for a walk through Casey Farm and its beautiful, wooded trails. Discover the history of this landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Learn about the farm's wide variety of herbs and their benefits. Hike meets at the cow barn. Includes admission for a tour of the historic farmhouse. Historic New England members, $5; non-members, $15 (North Kingstown residents, $10); registration recommended. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

September 8-9, 2018

7th 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 9, 2018

Off the Beaten Path, Jamestown

1:00pm–5:00pm. Watson Farm, 455 North Road. Farm manager Don Minto lead a special tour of this extensive seaside working farm. Learn how the evolution of the farm relates to the local island community and Rhode Island history. Discover stories about the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett Bay and learn how preserving our historic landscapes positively impacts local food production. Historic New England members, $5; nonmembers, $10; registration recommended. (401) 423-0005; www.historicnewengland.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

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.

September 12, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

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

September 13, 2018

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

September 14, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

September 14-15, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 14-16, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 15, 2018

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. 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.

September 18, 2018

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.

September 19, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 20, 2018

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.

September 21-22, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 21-23, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 22, 2018

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

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

September 26, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 27, 2018

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.

September 28-29, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 28-30, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 29, 2018

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

September 30, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

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

October 1-31, 2018

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.

Ongoing, 2019

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.

October 2, 2018

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.

October 3, 2018

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

October 4, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

October 5-6, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 5-7, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 6, 2018

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

October 10, 2018

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

October 11, 2018

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

October 12-13, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 12-14, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 13, 2018

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. 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.

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.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

October 16, 2018

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.

October 18, 2018

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.

October 19-20, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 19-21, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 25, 2018

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.

October 26-27, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 26-28, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 27, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

October 28, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

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

November 1, 2018

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Ongoing, 2019

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 2-3, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 2-4, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 2-11, 2018

Newport Restaurant Week Fall, Bristol and Newport Counties

Various venues. A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a three-course dinner. (401) 845-9110; jbailey@gonewport.com; www.discovernewport.org.

November 2-30, 2018

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 8, 2018

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

November 9-10, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 9-11, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 10, 2018

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

November 15, 2018

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 16-17, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 16-18, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 25, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

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

December 1-31, 2018

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.

Ongoing, 2019

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.

December 13, 2018

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 21, 2018

Winter Solstice at the Tower, Newport

Begins at 8:00am. Old Stone Mill, Touro Park. Gather in the northeast corner of the park at 8am to see the sun pass through the south and west windows of the Tower. Then at 9am, witness the illumination of the egg-shaped rock from the east side of the Tower. A patch of sunlight shining through the south window acts like a spotlight, setting the egg-shaped rock in the interior of the west-northwest arch aglow.

December 30, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

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

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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