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Top 20 Rhode Island Events

Top 20 Rhode Island Events
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by in May 2010

JUNE 19: WESTERLY, Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops. A taste of Broadway and Hollywood at this outdoor concert presented by the Chorus of Westerly, the Boston Festival Orchestra, and conductor George Kent at Wilcox Park. This 30th-anniversary concert concludes, as always, with church bells, cannons, and fireworks by Grucci. 401-596-8663; chorusofwesterly.org

JUNE 25-27: NEWPORT, Newport Flower Show. Held on the grounds of the picturesque Rosecliff mansion, this premier summer event boasts an African theme this year, with “Safari: Flora and Fauna.” Admire exotic green treasures from a continent that abounds in diverse plant and animal species. 401-847-1000; newportmansions.org

JULY 9-11: NEWPORT, Coastal Living Magazine Newport Regatta. Some 300 sailboats and 1,500 crew members chart a course through Narragansett Bay during New England’s premier one-design regatta. Multiple viewing spots include a perch at Fort Adams State Park (Harrison Ave.), along Ocean Drive, or on nearby Goat Island. 401-846-1983; sailnewport.org

JULY 16-18: KINGSTON, Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Friday night kicks off with a balloon glow, lots of entertainment, crafts, food, and artists, all at the University of Rhode Island athletic fields. Throughout the weekend enjoy balloon rides, model aircraft, antique autos, carnival rides, and more. 401-783-1770; southcountyballoonfest.com

JULY 23-24: NARRAGANSETT, Blessing of the Fleet. The highlight of this annual event is the Saturday parade of commercial and recreational vessels, blessed by clergy at the Port of Galilee and judged for prizes. Don’t miss the 10-mile road race on Friday and the two-day seafood festival. 401-413-9801; narragansettri.com/lions

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; charlestownrichamber.com

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; rifilmfest.org

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; washingtoncountyfair-ri.com

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; newportantiquesshow.com

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; westerlychamber.org

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