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Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2011

by in May 2011
Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2011
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May 7: South Kingston, East Farm Spring Festival. Make your garden a little greener. University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners host a plant sale and day of workshops on environmentally friendly gardening practices. 401-874-4453;

May 13-15: Westerly, Misquamicut Spring Festival. Soak up the sun at Misquamicut State Beach. Along with the surf you’ll enjoy a carnival, concerts, fireworks, good food, and a classic car show. 401-322-1026;

May 21: Bristol, Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival. Textile enthusiasts gather at Coggeshall Farm Museum for demonstrations of traditional and contemporary fiber arts. See the hand-shearing of sheep, help with 18th-century textile work, and stock up on your own crafting supplies. 401-253-9062;

May 28-29: Westerly, Virtu Arts Festival. More than 18 professional artists and talented craftspeople will display their works in Wilcox Park while performing artists entertain the crowd. 401-596-7761;

June 4: Newport, Great Chowder Cook-Off. Restaurants battle for the coveted “Best Chowder” title and all the bragging rights that go with it. Sample their submissions and see who you think is best. 401-846-1600;

June 4: Providence, Providence Art Festival. The downtown area turns into a sprawling market. Enjoy street performances and browse locally made crafts and fine artworks.

June 10-12: Warwick, Gaspee Days. Billed as the original “WaterFire,” this festival commemorates the burning of a British revenue schooner in 1772. Military encampment and fireworks Friday night, road race and parade Saturday, and the symbolic burning of the Gaspee in Pawtuxet Park Cove on Sunday. 401-781-1772;

June 11: Richmond, Rhode Island Highland Festival. Scotland comes to the Ocean State: Enjoy traditional music and dance, Scottish food, sheepdog demonstrations, and highland sports contests, all at Washington County Fairgrounds.

June 19-24: NEW SHOREHAM, Block Island Race Week. The waters around Block Island host a week of sailboat races. Register your vessel or just come out and watch. 401-466-2474;

June 25: Westerly, Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops. For the 31st year, the Chorus of Westerly will team up with the Boston Festival Orchestra for a pops concert in Wilcox Park. Accompanying the music this year will be fireworks, cannons from the Newport Artillery, and the bells of Christ Church during the 1812 Overture. 401-596-8663;

July 4-10: Newport, Hall of Fame Tennis Championship. Featuring both veterans and up-and-comers. On Saturday, the Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class, including Andre Agassi. 401-849-6053;

July 8-10: Newport, Newport Regatta. Three days of sailboat races (anyone is welcome to register his or her vessel), plus a beer-and-chowder social on Sunday. 401-846-1983;

July 9-10: Wickford, Wickford Art Festival. The narrow streets of this picturesque village fill with vendors. Shop the work of local craftspeople and put your name into the raffle. 401-294-6840;

July 22-24: Kingston, South County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Colorful balloons take to the skies as terrestrial attendees enjoy music, fireworks, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a catch-and-release pond, all at URI’s athletic fields. 401-783-1770;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, April 18th, 2011

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