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Top 20 Rhode Island Events

AUG. 6-8: CHARLESTOWN, Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival. Come to Ninigret Park to indulge in the Ocean State’s best seafood, including lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, even a raw bar. A Marcolites kite exhibition, arts and crafts, amusement rides, and a hot rod and Harley show are just a few of the non-culinary attractions. 401-364-4031;

AUG. 10-15: PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island International Film Festival. Among the top dozen such events in the country, this celebration of independent film offers screenings, world-class celebrities, and award-winning filmmakers at Columbus Theatre Arts Center. It’s also a qualifier for the Short Film Academy Awards. 401-861-4445;

AUG. 11-15: RICHMOND, Washington County Fair. Rhode Island’s largest fair and agricultural event boasts daily concerts, entertainment, rides, exhibits, arts and crafts, and games for the whole family at the county fairgrounds. 401-782-8139;

AUG. 13-15: MIDDLETOWN, Newport Antiques Show. This benefit for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, held at St. George’s School, attracts a wide variety of dealers from across the country. 401-846-2669;

AUG. 19: MISQUAMICUT, Wine Tasting by the Sea. Sample vintages from around the globe in a relaxed seaside setting. More than 100 wines will be showcased, along with an assortment of cheeses, crackers, fruits, and appetizers to cleanse the palate. Call or visit the Web site for information on the selected venue. 401-596-7761;

AUG. 20-22: PAWTUCKET, Grecian Festival. This all-Greek food fete at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church offers authentic cuisine, pastries, a kafenio (cafe), and ouzo, among other delicacies. Shop the Greek marketplace, take a baking class, and watch a Greek dance troupe in full ethnic costume. 401-725-3127;

AUG. 21: ROSE ISLAND, Annual Clambake at Rose Island Lighthouse. This highly popular event on pristine Rose Island offers New England clam chowder, homemade cornbread, lobster, steamers, littlenecks, and mussels, along with Portuguese and Italian sausages, a variety of side dishes, desserts, and a cash bar. Don’t miss all the games, plus a special island tour and and live music, too. 401-847-4242;

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.

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Updated Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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