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January 1-December 31, 2016

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

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

Quahog.org Calendar Submission Guidelines, Statewide

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

June 17-October 10, 2016

Jane: Heir to the Stuart Genius, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

10:00am–4:00pm. Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gibert Stuart Road. Discover the art of Jane Stuart. Original works have been brought together from throughout New England for an exhibition at the birthplace of her father, Gilbert Stuart. Opening reception, June 17, 5-7pm. (401) 294-3001; info@gilbertstuartmuseum.org; www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com.

August 26-September 25, 2016

18th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, Pawtucket

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

September 1-30, 2016

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.

Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour, Providence

Begins at 11:00am. Tuesdays thru Saturdays. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. A guide from the Rhode Island Historical Society will introduce the people, the places, the changing fortunes, and the amazing stories of Benefit Street, Providence's famed "mile of history." Adults, $15; seniors, $12; RIHS members and students, $10; children 8 and under, free. (401) 273-7507 x360; jwilson@rihs.org; Rhode Island Historical Society.

September 23-24, 2016

Library Book Sale, Johnston

9:00am–3:00pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. Friends of the Mohr Library present a sale of various books and media for all ages. Funds are used to advance library programs and services. (401) 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

September 24, 2016

Tour the 'Superman Building', Providence

Begins at 7:30pm. The 'Superman Building,' 111 Westminster Street. The public is invited to join the Providence Preservation Society for a tour of the closed Industrial Trust Building. On WaterFire nights (July 23 and August 20) participants will be able to view the lighting from several stories up. Registration required. Eventbright.

Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Providence

Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. Enjoy the rich, historical sights of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence River. With breathtaking views of Gaspee Point, Hog Island, Prudence Island, and Conimicut Point, you'll view up to ten active and inactive lighthouse sites. Starting in Providence, this 3.5-hour tour includes a stop and a tour of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. Members $45; nonmembers, $55; space limited; reservations required. (401) 272-3540; rdatta@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Public Tour Day at Hearthside Mansion, Lincoln

11:00am–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Tour Lincoln's magnificent ten-room circa 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Among featured artifacts are a full-size loom, spinning wheel, period clothing, a 1905 Edison phonograph, and several antique furnishings. Tours given by guides in period costume. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Great Road Open House, Saylesville, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Six historic sites along seventeenth-century Great Road (Route 123) host special tours and displays: Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside, Saylesville Meeting House, and Valentine Whitman Jr. House. Tour the sites, explore the area, and discover how local residents and visitors lived and worked from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century. Free. (401) 728-9696; programinfo@historicnewengland.org; www.historicnewengland.org.

And One for the Pot: Tea and Treason, Kingston, South Kingstown

Begins at 2:00pm. Old Washington County Jail, 2636 Kingstown Road. Costumed interpreters from the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will explore tea brewing, etiquette and the place of tea in colonial America, along with the politics on this popular practice. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

Great Road Day, Lincoln

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

Cranberry Thanksgiving, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. Come celebrate the harvest of the cranberries with Narragansett storytelling, music and dance demonstrations, cranberry related food hosted by Narragansett Youth Ambassadors as a fundraiser, and Native art for sale. There will also be children's scavenger hunt and craft activities, and a new exhibit from Arts and Wellness! Learn about the importance of this harvest, participate in the ceremony, and learn from our educators, and sample GREAT Cranberry foods! Adults, $5; children, $3. (401) 539-7213; lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.com.

Mapping the Newport Experience: From Colonial to Contemporary City Walking Tour, Newport

1:00pm–2:15pm. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Tour the heart of Newport's Old Quarter with award-winning architectural historian and photographer John Tschirch and learn about the evolution of Washington Square and the Historic Hill District, from settlement in the seventeenth century through twenty-first century preservation and planning efforts. Reservations required. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day,

Various venues. Take the opportunity to visit one of Rhode Island's many museums for free during Museum Day. Register online, after August 1, to download tickets. www.smithsonianmag.com.

7th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

10:00am–4:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Come and enjoy a free tour of this historic landmark. Try candle dipping, weaving, butter making, pumpkin painting, and other crafts. Members of the Rhode Island Spinners Guild will be demonstrating their skills. We will be serving some good old fashioned hot dogs, johnny cakes, popcorn, birch beer, sarsaparilla, and cider. Providence Brigade Band will perform at 11am. (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Newport International Polo Series, Portsmouth

Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane. Rich folks have been playing and watching polo on Aquidneck Island since the 1880s. You can watch, too, even if you're not rich. Exhibition matches start at 5pm, JuneľAugust; 4pm, September. Gates open at 1pm, JuneľAugust; 4pm, September. (401) 847-7090; agnes@nptpolo.com; www.nptpolo.com5.

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 24-25, 2016

Harvest Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Come celebrate 'Bountiful America' with local vendors, music from folk-rock duo Duck and Run on Saturday, and piano virtuoso and entertainer Jack Picard on Sunday. Family entertainment, games, a colonial photo booth, Uncle Sam, and our famous homemade apple crisp weekend round. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

September 25, 2016

Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:00pm. Federal Hill Heritage Center, 286 Atwells Avenue. Chef and historian Walter Potenza will lead participants through a walking tour of foods and history of Federal Hill, and include food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store, and anything that may be of interest in expanding culinary horizons, as well as samples at the end of the tour. $50. (401) 273-2652; info@federalhilltours.com; http://federalhilltours.com.

September 26, 2016

Tipplers, Teetotalers and the Tempest over Temperance in Rhode Island, Kingston, South Kingstown

Begins at 6:30pm. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Road. Historian Robert Geake, author of "Historic Taverns of Rhode Island" and "Colonial New England Curiosities" will discuss Rhode Island's long history for and again Temperance. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

September 27, 2016

Down by the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island, East Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. Weaver Library, 41 Grove Avenue. Weaver Library and the East Providence Historical Society present authors Linda Welters and Margaret Ordonez, who will give a talk connecting history, culture, and technology to quilts in Rhode Island. The evening will also honor the local Piecemakers Quilting Group. Doors will be open at 6:30pm for light refreshment and to view a beautiful quilt display. The presentation begins at 7pm and is free and open to all. (401) 434-2453; eplibraryjoyce@yahoo.com; www.eastprovidencelibrary.org.

September 28, 2016

Rough Point: Beyond The Tour, Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. With over 9,000 objects in the Rough Point collection it is impossible to cover everything on the standard house tour. Want to learn more? Join us for an evening of short gallery talks led by our expert staff that spotlight lesser known stories in the collection. Past topics include: "The Real Housewives of Renaissance France," "Art Undressed," "The Glamour Girls of Newport," and many more! Adults, $10; under 18, free; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Rough Point: Beyond the Tour, Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. With over 9,000 objects in the Rough Point collection it is impossible to cover everything on the standard house tour. Want to learn more? Join us for an evening of short gallery talks led by our expert staff that spotlight lesser known stories in the collection. Past topics include: "The Real Housewives of Renaissance France," "Art Undressed," "The Glamour Girls of Newport," and many more! Adults, $10; under 18, free; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Cranston historian Kurt Deion will talk about his efforts to visit the grave sites of every U.S. president and vice-president, a journey he began at age 9. (401) 231-3380; history@jhs.necoxmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

September 30, 2016

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:00pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Enjoy great food from some of the area's best food trucks, listen to live music, enjoy a brew from the beer tent, and ride the carousel. www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

September 30-October 1, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

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

September 30-October 2, 2016

Block Island Birding Weekend, Block Island

Join the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for the annual weekend of fall birding. More than 150 species of birds have been seen on Block Island on fall weekends! Field trips for both novice and advanced birders led by expert leaders are featured. Special salt marsh bird identification, bird banding demonstrations, wildflower identification, and a special evening program. Space limited; registration required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

October 1, 2016

Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Providence

9:00am–4:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. On this seven-hour tour, you'll view about twenty active and inactive lighthouse sites in Narragansett Bay. Starting in Providence, we will motor down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage. A lunch stop at Rose Island will include a tour of the Rose Island Lighthouse and the grounds. Members $85; nonmembers, $100; space limited; reservations required. (401) 272-3540; rdatta@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Block Island Archaeology Day, Block Island

11:00am–4:00pm. Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road. Visit Block Island for the day to learn about the archaeological heritage of the Manissee, the islandis original Native American residents. Featuring lectures by archaeologists Joseph Waller of the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. and Kevin McBride of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and including a stone tool making demonstration by Rhode Island State Archaeologist Timothy Ives. View a display by University of Connecticut archaeologist Dawn Beamer on southern Rhode Island's cultural landscape, and enjoy a brand new exhibit on Block Island archaeology. www.preservation.ri.gov

History and Herb Hike, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

10:00am–11:30am. 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, free; non-members, $15 (North Kingstown residents, $10); registration recommended. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

6th Annual Watchemoket Square Day, East Providence

11:00am–4:00pm. Warren Avenue and Waterfront Drive. A celebration of Watchemoket Square's past, present, and future. Early Volunteer Fire Department of East Providence, antique fire trucks, Bold Point presentation by David Robinson—What Lies Beneath," mini presentations about Future of East Providence waterfront and Ponham Lighthouse; kids, arts, food, and much more! (401) 438-1750; www.ephist.org; Facebook.

52nd Annual Yankee Steam-Up, East Greenwich

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

4th Annual Harvest Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 5:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Cocktail hour of special cider drinks and hors d'ouevres followed by a wonderful buffet meal, all prepared by Tom's Market Catering. The evening includes horse drawn carriage rides by Jim Cherenzia of Side Hill Farm and a small silent auction. Admission $12 per person, or $20 per couple. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Discover Boundaries and Blacksmithing in Johnston, Providence

2:00pm–4:00pm. Andrew Harris House, 216 Morgan Avenue. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Johnston Historical Society invite you to a very special afternoon outing. Neutaconkanut Hill was the original boundary of the Providence settlement led by Roger Williams. But did you know that just a few short years later the hill was included within the settlement when a new boundary was set at Hipses Rock in Johnston? Join the Conservancy for a rare opportunity to visit this little known landmark which is on private property. A visit to the newly restored blacksmith shop will be another highlight of this special afternoon which will conclude with refreshments at the house. Free. Raindate: October 2. (401) 946-6594; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

Sampler ID Days, Westerly

10:00am–4:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. The South County Sampler Initiative is collaborating with the Sampler Archive Project to locate, photograph, document, interpret and celebrate Rhode Island's historic needlework samplers and related girlhood embroideries. During Sampler ID Days the public is invited to bring their antique American samplers and other schoolgirl embroideries to be documented. Morning: appointments only; afternoon: appointments and drop ins. Appointments are required for anyone bringing three or more samplers. (401) 932-9772; risampler@outlook.com.

Personally Providence: Doyle Avenue with Ray Rickman, Providence

10:00am–11:30am. University Heights Wholefoods, North Main Street. Special guest tour guide Ray Rickman will tell us about Providence's past by way of Doyle Avenue. Learn about who owned and lived in these residences, and how this thoroughfare has changed. Reservations recommended.(401) 273-7507 x360; jwilson@rihs.org; www.rihs.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.

October 1-31, 2016

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.

Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour, Providence

Begins at 11:00am. Tuesdays thru Saturdays. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. A guide from the Rhode Island Historical Society will introduce the people, the places, the changing fortunes, and the amazing stories of Benefit Street, Providence's famed "mile of history." Adults, $15; seniors, $12; RIHS members and students, $10; children 8 and under, free. (401) 273-7507 x360; jwilson@rihs.org; Rhode Island Historical Society.

October 2, 2016

Off the Beaten Path, Jamestown

2:00pm–5:00pm. Watson Farm, 455 North Road. Farm managers Don and Heather 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.

October 4, 2016

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 5, 2016

Rough Point: Beyond The Tour, Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. With over 9,000 objects in the Rough Point collection it is impossible to cover everything on the standard house tour. Want to learn more? Join us for an evening of short gallery talks led by our expert staff that spotlight lesser known stories in the collection. Past topics include: "The Real Housewives of Renaissance France," "Art Undressed," "The Glamour Girls of Newport," and many more! Adults, $10; under 18, free; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Rough Point: Beyond the Tour, Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. With over 9,000 objects in the Rough Point collection it is impossible to cover everything on the standard house tour. Want to learn more? Join us for an evening of short gallery talks led by our expert staff that spotlight lesser known stories in the collection. Past topics include: "The Real Housewives of Renaissance France," "Art Undressed," "The Glamour Girls of Newport," and many more! Adults, $10; under 18, free; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 6-10, 2016

Library Book Sale, Westerly

Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Friends' Preview Night, Tuesday, 5-7:30pm, (members free; non-members, $15); Wednesday and Thursday, 9am-7:30pm; Friday, 9am-5:30pm; $10 bag day, Saturday, 9am-3:30pm. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

October 7, 2016

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:00pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Enjoy great food from some of the area's best food trucks, listen to live music, enjoy a brew from the beer tent, and ride the carousel. www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

October 7-8, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

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

October 8, 2016

Champion Trees of Wilcox Park, Westerly

Begins at 10:00am. Wilcox Park, meet at the fountain by the Library, 44 Broad Street. Learn about big trees and see the champions of Wilcox Park, in a ninety-minute tour led by URI Master Gardeners. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

History and Herb Hike, Saylesville, Lincoln

10:00am–12:00pm. Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Join Historic New England and herbalist Maureen Lapre for a walk through the beautiful, rolling trails of Lincoln and learn about the history-filled landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Lapre points out various herbs and explains their benefits in both colonial times and today. Tour travels through Gateway Park to Chase Farm Park and back again. Includes admission to Arnold House. Historic New England members, free; non-members, $15 (Lincoln residents, $10); registration recommended. (401) 728-9696; www.historicnewengland.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 10:00am. 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.

October 8-10, 2016

38th Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest, Woonsocket

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

October 12, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 13, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

October 14, 2016

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:00pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Enjoy great food from some of the area's best food trucks, listen to live music, enjoy a brew from the beer tent, and ride the carousel. www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

October 14-15, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

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

October 15-16, 2016

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport

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

October 16, 2016

Grampa John Remembers, Lincoln

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

October 17, 2016

Glocester Heritage Society Meeting, Chepachet, Glocester

Begins at 7:00pm. Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Main Street. Meetings of the Glocester Heritage Society are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, except August and December. All are welcome! (401) 568-1866; www.glocesterheritagesociety.org.

October 18, 2016

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 19, 2016

Rough Point: Beyond The Tour, Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. With over 9,000 objects in the Rough Point collection it is impossible to cover everything on the standard house tour. Want to learn more? Join us for an evening of short gallery talks led by our expert staff that spotlight lesser known stories in the collection. Past topics include: "The Real Housewives of Renaissance France," "Art Undressed," "The Glamour Girls of Newport," and many more! Adults, $10; under 18, free; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Rough Point: Beyond the Tour, Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. With over 9,000 objects in the Rough Point collection it is impossible to cover everything on the standard house tour. Want to learn more? Join us for an evening of short gallery talks led by our expert staff that spotlight lesser known stories in the collection. Past topics include: "The Real Housewives of Renaissance France," "Art Undressed," "The Glamour Girls of Newport," and many more! Adults, $10; under 18, free; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 20, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

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

October 21, 2016

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:00pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Enjoy great food from some of the area's best food trucks, listen to live music, enjoy a brew from the beer tent, and ride the carousel. www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

Shanty Night at Coggeshall Farm, Bristol

6:30pm–8:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Pack up the family and a picnic dinner, bring your instruments and singing voices, and join us for an open sing around the campfire. Everyone is encouraged to share their favorite song and take a turn leading the singing. Members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 21-22, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

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

October 22-23, 2016

Lovecraft's Providence: A Literary Walking Tour, Providence

Begins at 12:00pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Ninety-minute walking tour interpreting the life and genius of Rhode Island native H.P. Lovecraft, known as one of America's most popular occult and horror authors. Fee charged; reservations are required. (401) 273-7507 x360; jwilson@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

October 26, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 28, 2016

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:00pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Enjoy great food from some of the area's best food trucks, listen to live music, enjoy a brew from the beer tent, and ride the carousel. www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

October 28-29, 2016

Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

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

November 1, 2016

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.

November 2, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

November 4-7, 2016

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

November 5, 2016

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 6, 2016

Public Tour Day at Hearthside Mansion, Lincoln

11:00am–2:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Tour Lincoln's magnificent ten-room circa 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Among featured artifacts are a full-size loom, spinning wheel, period clothing, a 1905 Edison phonograph, and several antique furnishings. Tours given by guides in period costume. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

A Tale of Two Houses, Saylesville, Lincoln

11:00am–2:30pm. Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Explore the history of Lincoln by touring the homes of some of its most prominent families: Arnold House (1693) and Hearthside (1810). Compare and contrast these Rhode Island architectural gems and the lives of the people who called them home. $10; registration required. (401) 728-9696; www.historicnewengland.org.

November 9, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

November 10, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

November 11, 2016

Miantonomi Tower open access date, Newport

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

November 11-14, 2016

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 15, 2016

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.

November 16, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

November 17, 2016

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

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

November 18-21, 2016

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 20, 2016

Triple Deckers, Lincoln

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

November 21, 2016

Glocester Heritage Society Meeting, Chepachet, Glocester

Begins at 7:00pm. Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Main Street. Meetings of the Glocester Heritage Society are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, except August and December. All are welcome! (401) 568-1866; www.glocesterheritagesociety.org.

November 23, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

November 25-28, 2016

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 30, 2016

Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

10:00am–11:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, where we'll read books and tell stories from America's past. This event is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pillow! Members, free; non-members, regular admission; no registration required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

December 2-5, 2016

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

December 3-4, 2016

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

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

December 6, 2016

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

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

December 8, 2016

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

December 9-12, 2016

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

December 10-11, 2016

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

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

December 16-19, 2016

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

December 20, 2016

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

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

December 23-26, 2016

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

December 24, 2016

Annual Christmas Eve Luminaria, Slatersville, North Smithfield

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

January 1, 2017

11th Annual Freezin' for a Reason Penguin Plunge, Westerly

Begins at 12:00pm. The Andrea Hotel, 89 Misquamicut Beach. 10:30am registration (Adults, $25; 18 and under, $20). 12 o'clock plunge into the cold surf to benefit the W.A.R.M. Shelter. (401) 596-9276; www.warmcenter.org.

February 11, 2017

Lincoln's Birthday Celebration, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Eleazar Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Tour the Arnold House in honor of President Lincoln's birthday! The town of Lincoln, formerly part of Smithfield, was incorporated in 1871 and named in honor of the sixteenth President. Visit the house, tour the museum, and enjoy some birthday cake. Free. (401) 728-9696; www.historicnewengland.org.

March 5, 2017

35th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, Pawtucket

Begins at 12:00pm. The city kicks off its celebration of Irish heritage in Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley with this always-festive and colorful parade, which steps off from McCoy Stadium at Division Street, turns right onto South Bend Street, then continues down Walcott Street to Main Street, and ends at City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue. Parade reception follows at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. (401) 728-0500 x281; pawtucketstpatsparade.com.

March 19, 2017

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2017

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

May 27-28, 2017

21st Annual Virtu Art Festival, Westerly

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

August 14, 2017

Victory Day, Statewide

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

August 18, 2017

Ida Lewis Distance Race, Newport

The 13th 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.

March 19, 2018

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2018

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

May 8-20, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Newport

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

August 13, 2018

Victory Day, Statewide

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

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2019

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

August 12, 2019

Victory Day, Statewide

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

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2020

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

August 10, 2020

Victory Day, Statewide

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

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