Events Calendar

There are hundreds of events, large and small, happening around the Ocean State on any given day. The events listed below were hand-picked by Quahog editors to complement the character and content of Quahog.org. Submissions are welcomed, but are subject to editorial selection. Please see our Submission Guidelines for details.

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Statewide
Rhode Island Tours 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.
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Statewide
Historical Cemetery Awareness and Preservation Weeks Various venues. The public is invited to participate in tours, clean-ups, gravestone conservation demonstrations, open houses, and other programs at historic cemeteries throughout the state. Check the RICW Calendar for a comprehensive listing of events. preservation.ri.gov.
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Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
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Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
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Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
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Pawtuxet, Warwick
Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm; Monday, 10am-4:30pm Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. The annual festival hosts over 100 craft exhibitors, and attracts 6y0,000 guests! It also features a professional food court, free family music, and entertainment! Free admission. All proceeds benefit the Gaspee Days Parade. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.
North Providence
Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting 9am-1pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. Post cards of all descriptions, including town views and holiday greetings, will be available for sale. Open to the public with no admission charge. ripcc.org.
Providence
Ultimate Lighthouse Tour 9am-4pm Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. These seven-hour narrated lighthouse cruises are for the true lighthouse aficionados. See nineteen active and inactive Rhode Island historic lighthouses, while taking in breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island, and other spots along the way. 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 Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $110; non-members, $125; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.
WaterFire 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.
Pawtuxet, Warwick
Gaspee Days Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm Salter's Grove Park, Narragansett Parkway. A re-creation, of sorts, of the fireworks that went off when the ship's powder magazine blew up after we burned the Gaspee in 1772. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.
Woonsocket
Run of the Mill: The Longley Building 2-3pm Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main Street. This captivating film, brought to life through a partnership between Run of the Mill and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, is a profound exploration of one of Woonsocket's most magnificent architectural marvels. This fourth installment in the Run of the Mill documentary series peels back the layers of time to reveal the rich history and captivating stories nestled within the walls of the Longley Building. Erected in 1890 by Charles E. Longley, a titan of the clothing retail industry, this ornate office building stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Woonsocket's past. Following the screening, join filmmaker and Run of the Mill founder David Lawlor for a Q'A on the creation of the film. Free; registration required. (401) 769-9675; mowc@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
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Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport
Eclectic and Independent: Black Self-Advocacy Strategies, 1870 to 1930 6-7pm Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. Conventional narratives of Black politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries tend to focus on two ideological choices: (1) Republican vs. Democrat, with African Americans siding with the party of Lincoln; and (2) (Booker T.) Washingtonian vs. DuBoisian, with African Americans preferring one of the two. Yet in Newport, there is evidence of a more idiosyncratic, localized, and broader set of political strategies promoted by local Black leaders. $0-$20; Registration required. (401) 847-1000; programrsvp@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.
Providence
Day of Portugal Festival Saturday, 2-11pm; Sunday, 2-10pm 195 District Park. A celebration of Portuguese history, language, and culture, with live music and food! Sunday parade at 2pm. info@ridayofportugal.org;www.ridayofportugal.org.
42nd Annual Festival of Historic Houses and Gardens 10am-4pm Various locations. This year, the self-guided tour will explore homes and gardens in the historic Mount Hope neighborhood, including Larch Street, Ivy Street, and Catalpa Road. Advance ticket purchase required. (401) 831-7440; www.ppsri.org; providencehousetour.com.
Charlestown
Strawberry Thanksgiving 12-4pm Ninigret Park. A fun event for the whole family! We honor the strawberry season with a cultural celebration including traditional Native music, dance, games, Native vendors, and more. Free. (401) 491-9063; slarose@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.com.
Pawtuxet, Warwick
58th Annual Gaspee Days Parade 10am-1pm Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, to Broad Street in Cranston through Pawtuxet Village. The annual parade commemorates the Rhode Island colonists who burned the British schooner HMS Gaspee, in the first overt act leading to the American Revolutionary War! The parade features colonial fife and drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum and bugle corps, and much more! Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
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Pawtuxet, Warwick
Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment 10am Saturday to 4pm Sunday Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Our encampment gives visitors a feel for colonial military life as dozens of militia camp out for the weekend in authentic Revolutionary style. Hosted by the Pawtuxet Rangers, RIM. Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.
Newport
Golden Age of the J-Class in the America's Cup 6pm The Sailing Museum, 365 Thames Street. Relive the excitement and glamour of one of the most exhilarating periods in America's Cup history—the J-Boat Era. We'll be joined by a group of modern-day J-Class sailors who, with a little prompting from Hall of Famer Gary Jobson, will share their experiences on board these mighty racing monsters! A combination of vintage and current video will play on the big screens as we kick off the sailing season. Includes reception with open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres. $45; reservations required. (401) 253-5000; events@herreshoff.org; herreshoff.org.
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
Bristol
Vintage Baseball 11:30am Bristol, Bristol Town Common. 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.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Cranston
243rd Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea 6-8pm Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 242nd 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; cranston.historical.society@gmail.com; Facebook.
Providence
Providence Gallery Night 5-9pm Various venues. Register for a free tour or visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites on your own. Free parking at select locations. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.
Taste of the Bay 7-9pm Save the Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Fields Point, off Allens Avenue. Held in conjunction with our annual meeting, this event is a celebration of the flavors, sights, and sounds of Narragansett Bay. Enjoy delicious food and drink from local restaurants, shellfishermen, bakeries, breweries, and wineries while taking in beautiful scenery and live music! The annual meeting begins at 5:30pm, followed by Taste of the Bay at 7pm. (401) 272-3540 x140; events@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.
Newport
53rd Newport Bermuda Race 12-4pm Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive. For the first time in its 118-year history, the Newport Bermuda Race proudly unveils a new starting location just off the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park. This exciting shift in venue provides an opportunity to celebrate and cheer on the 170 boats starting the 636-mile journey, renowned for its challenge and tradition. Visitors will enjoy an immersive experience with live coverage, aerial views on an outdoor screen, and commentary from North Sails President and current Bermuda Race Record-holder Ken Read and professional local sailor and coach Jesse Fielding. The Live Show will begin with the first start of the Race at 2pm. Plus food trucks, Regatta Bar, live entertainment, vendors, tours of tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry and Fort Adams. (401) 358-1116; info@bermudarace.com; https://bermudarace.com.
Providence
6th Annual Juneteenth RI Festival 12-7pm 195 District Park. Special guest Stokley. Free. contact@juneteenthri.com;www.juneteenthri.com.
Pawtucket
Sommerfest 12-11pm German American Cultural Society, 78 Carter Avenue. Outdoor biergarten, authentic German music, dancers, food and beer, all day long! It's a great day of fun for the whole family! (401) 726-9873; info@gacsri.org; www.gacsri.org; Facebook.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Providence
Boat Tour of Green Jacket Shoal 2-3:30pm Providence River Boat Company, 101 Dyer Street. Join us as we welcome David Robinson, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, back again for a 75-minute exploration of the Providence waterways and Green Jacket Shoal. Here, David has found the remains of a historical floating dry dock and twenty-six wooden-hulled vessels, deemed "Rhode Island's largest ship graveyard" and a reminder of the industrial fervor that transformed Providence into a thriving commercial waterfront. David's lecture on, and experience with, Green Jacket Shoal is fascinating and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard again this season! We sold out quickly last year, so reserve your seats soon! Tickets $43-$45. (401) 580-BOAT, www.providenceriverboat.com.
Westerly
The Rhode Island Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Lore, and Legacy 6-7pm Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Presented by retired teacher and author Martin Podskoch. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt's 'New Deal' to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. CCC camps were set up in a few Rhode Island towns, state parks, and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, and dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire tower observer's cabins and telephone lines, fought fires, and planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in World War II. There were seven Rhode Island camps: Charlestown/Burlingame State Park, Greene/Mt. Vernon, Hope Valley/Arcadia Village, Glocester/George Washington Memorial State Park, Nooseneck /Foster, Escoheag/ Beach Pond, and North Smithfield/Primrose. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.
Providence
Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts 6-11pm Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. This event is the Zoo's largest single-night fundraiser featuring fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants and beverage providers. Enjoy fabulous entertainment including live music from Mystique, dancing, and other fun surprises! It's the wildest time you'll ever have supporting a good cause! All food samples are included; hydration stations and cash bars available. This is an adults-only evening event (21+). Zoo members, $125; non-members $150. (401)941-3910; www.rwpzoo.org
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
North Providence
Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting 9am-1pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. Post cards of all descriptions, including town views and holiday greetings, will be available for sale. Open to the public with no admission charge. ripcc.org.
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Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
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Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
Providence
WaterFire 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.
Providence
49th Annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Celebration All day 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.org; Facebook.
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Providence
Providence Restaurant Weeks Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Newport
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
Newport
48th Annual Save The Bay Swim 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.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
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Newport
4th Annual French in Newport Weekend 11am Saturday to 4pm Sunday Washington Square. In July 1780, thousands of French troops landed in Newport beginning an occupation that lasted for nearly a year. The presence of this new ally represented a turning point in the American Revolution and the start of the Franco-American Alliance. While French troops played a vital role in American victory at Yorktown in 1781, Newport citizens were far from welcoming upon their arrival. The Newport Historical Society will showcase aspects of this pivotal point in American history during this free two-day event about life in the summer of 1780. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.
Wickford, North Kingstown
60th Annual Wickford Art Festival 10am-5pm Wilson Park, 211 West Main Street. The country's oldest open-air art fair features more than 200 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Free admission. (401) 294-2860; wickfordartfestival@gmail.com; www.wickfordart.org.
Middletown
History of Rhode Island Trees 3:30-4:30pm Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Join Matt Largess for this informative free nature walk. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.
Providence
Providence Gallery Night 5-9pm Various venues. Register for a free tour or visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites on your own. Free parking at select locations. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Providence
WaterFire 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.
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Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Newport
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Statewide
Victory Day 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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Providence
NecronomiCon Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 8am-4pm Various venues. The stars are alligned and the essential salts have been gathered once more! We seek to resurrect the memories of the Great Old Ones before us, and begin the next chapter of the NecronomiCon. There'll be panels, lectures, workshops, film screenings, walking tours, and more relating to the Old Gentleman of Providence, H.P. Lovecraft! necronomicon-providence.com.
Providence
Providence Gallery Night 5-9pm Various venues. Register for a free tour or visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites on your own. Free parking at select locations. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
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Warwick
Vintage Baseball Time TBD Rocky Point State Park, 1 Rocky Point Avenue. 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.
Portsmouth
Newport International Polo Series 5pm 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. The Polo Series has hosted teams from six continents, as well as teams from major US cities. The polo grounds and venue offer hospitality and amenities including concessions and specialty vendors and are available for private functions as well. (401) 846-0200; www.nptpolo.com.
Providence
WaterFire 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.
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Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
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Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
Newport
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
Providence
Providence Gallery Night 5-9pm Various venues. Register for a free tour or visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites on your own. Free parking at select locations. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.
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Newport
19th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 12-4pm Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. Wonderful wines from around the world, fabulous food from local and regional chefs, and an exquisite ocean view are all included in this year's festival. Seminars, wine-pairing dinners, and Sunday Brunch are all returning. The full schedule of seminars and events along with tickets sales will be available mid-July 2024. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.
Providence
WaterFire 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.
Boat Tour of Green Jacket Shoal 4-5:30pm Providence River Boat Company, 101 Dyer Street. Join us as we welcome David Robinson, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, back again for a 75-minute exploration of the Providence waterways and Green Jacket Shoal. Here, David has found the remains of a historical floating dry dock and twenty-six wooden-hulled vessels, deemed "Rhode Island's largest ship graveyard" and a reminder of the industrial fervor that transformed Providence into a thriving commercial waterfront. David's lecture on, and experience with, Green Jacket Shoal is fascinating and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard again this season! We sold out quickly last year, so reserve your seats soon! Tickets $43-$45. (401) 580-BOAT, www.providenceriverboat.com.
North Providence
Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting 9am-1pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. Post cards of all descriptions, including town views and holiday greetings, will be available for sale. Open to the public with no admission charge. ripcc.org.
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Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
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Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
Providence
Boat Tour of Green Jacket Shoal 3:30-4:45pm Providence River Boat Company, 101 Dyer Street. Join us as we welcome David Robinson, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, back again for a 75-minute exploration of the Providence waterways and Green Jacket Shoal. Here, David has found the remains of a historical floating dry dock and twenty-six wooden-hulled vessels, deemed "Rhode Island's largest ship graveyard" and a reminder of the industrial fervor that transformed Providence into a thriving commercial waterfront. David's lecture on, and experience with, Green Jacket Shoal is fascinating and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard again this season! We sold out quickly last year, so reserve your seats soon! Tickets $43-$45. (401) 580-BOAT, www.providenceriverboat.com.
Newport
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
Providence
Providence Gallery Night 5-9pm Various venues. Register for a free tour or visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites on your own. Free parking at select locations. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.
Warwick
Vintage Baseball 11am Rocky Point State Park, 1 Rocky Point Avenue. 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.
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Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
Middletown
History of Rhode Island Trees 3:30-4:30pm Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Join Matt Largess for this informative free nature walk. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.
Newport
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
Providence
Providence Gallery Night 5-9pm Various venues. Register for a free tour or visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites on your own. Free parking at select locations. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.
North Providence
Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting 9am-1pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. Post cards of all descriptions, including town views and holiday greetings, will be available for sale. Open to the public with no admission charge. ripcc.org.
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Newport and Providence
Rhode Island Red Food Tours Thursdays through Sundays, 12-3:30pm Choose from two different walking tours—Newport or Providence—each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (401) 684-1110; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.
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Newport
Newport History Walking Tours Check website for times 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.
Providence
Providence Ghost Tour Check website for times Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (13+), $25; children (5-12), $15. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; providenceghosttour.com.
Newport
Alcohol and Politics in Colonial Newport 5:30pm Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. It may surprise many to learn that on average Colonial Americans consumed twice the volume of alcohol than a modern American. They held fast to their belief that alcohol cured illness, lifted spirits, commemorated cultural events, and just made things generally better. In fact, it was not surprising to see alcohol accompanying any meal, and taverns were the hub of cultural and social interactions. What colonists were drinking was not so far from our own social practices today—fermented fruit wines, beer, cider, and, of course, rum. The truth is that our relationship to alcohol has long been part of a political history that reveals a lot about our association of celebration and throwing back a few drinks! Maria Chiancola, Ph.D. will take a closer look at the celebratory beverages of Colonial Newport and consider how our relationship to alcohol has evolved. After the talk, following in colonial custom, enjoy a signature cocktail to celebrate the holiday season. Members and active duty military, $20; non-members, $25; advance registration suggested. (401) 846-0813; ddaly@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.
Newport
Newport Gallery Night 5-8pm Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.
North Providence
Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting 9am-1pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. Post cards of all descriptions, including town views and holiday greetings, will be available for sale. Open to the public with no admission charge. ripcc.org.
Statewide
St. Joseph's Day Wherever zeppole are sold. Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!