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Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2012

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Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2012
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MAY 5: CRANSTON, Traditional May Breakfast. Ring in spring with a traditional New England breakfast at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church. Feast on fresh eggs, ham, jonnycakes, and specialty baked beans, all served on china. May baskets filled with sweet treats, homemade pies, and cakes will be for sale. 401-467-3300;

MAY 11-12: PROVIDENCE, “Swan Lake.” Festival Ballet presents one of the most enduring and moving of the classics. Returning to the stage of the Performing Arts Center for the first time in four years, it’s the age-old story of good and evil, beauty and love. 401-421-2787;

MAY 19: BRISTOL, Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival. Meet craftspeople as they demonstrate traditional and contemporary fiber arts on the grounds of Coggeshall Farm; purchase your own textile supplies, equipment, and gifts to take home; watch the hand-shearing of sheep, and help with 18th-century textile and farm work. 401-253-9062;

MAY 20: WESTERLY, Annual Garden Market Fair. Kick off the planting season with more than 20 local vendors selling a variety of greenery and garden-related items, plus a special “kids’ corner,” all on the grounds of Wilcox Park. 401-596-2877;

MAY 26-27: WESTERLY, Virtu Art Show. Beautiful Wilcox Park provides the backdrop to display the fine works of 185 select artists and craftspeople. Plus live music, food, and a kids’ creativity station for “make it and take it” activities. 401-596-7761;

MAY 26-28: WARWICK/PAWTUXET VILLAGE, Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival. Take all three days to browse and purchase the unique items offered by the 100 to 150 craft exhibitors along Narragansett Parkway in Warwick, while the children’s attention is riveted by the rides and games at Pawtuxet Park. A professional food court and musical entertainment enhance the family-fun scene. 401-781-1772;

JUNE 2: NEWPORT, Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off. Claiming the designation of longest-running chowder competition, the annual event returns to Newport Yachting Center with more than 3,000 gallons of the good stuff vying for a title. 401-846-1600;

JUNE 5: PROVIDENCE, Federal Hill Stroll. Enjoy the treasures of Little Italy, one of Providence’s most flavorful neighborhoods. Sample signature menu items or receive valuable discounts at dozens of participating restaurants, shops, and galleries with your admission ticket. Then vote for your favorite venues. Call ahead to reserve tickets early. 401-456-0298;

JUNE 9: RICHMOND, Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival. Scotland comes to the Ocean State at Washington County Fairgrounds. Enjoy Celtic music and dance, Scottish food, sheepdog demonstrations, traditional Highland sports competitions, children’s activities, and more.

JUNE 9-10: CRANSTON, Garden City Center Art Festival. An exciting event at Garden City Center, filled with works from 125 contemporary American artisans and craftspeople, plus strolling entertainers, music, and kids’ creative activities. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the community art project. 401-374-3899;

JUNE 22-24: NEWPORT, Flower Show. An elegant and festive event with a salsa theme takes over the enviable landscape of Rosecliff Mansion. The show’s exotic plants and colorful designs are inspired by the fusion of Latin music and dance. 401-847-1000;

JUNE 23: WESTERLY, Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Concert. In its much-anticipated annual summertime event, the Chorus of Westerly teams with the Boston Festival Orchestra under the stars in lovely Wilcox Park. Fireworks, the roar of cannons, and the pealing bells of Christ Church will all play a role in the breathtaking finale. 401-596-8663;

JUNE 23-24: NARRAGANSETT, Narragansett Art Festival. Veterans Park overlooking Narragansett Beach provides the setting for this gathering of more than 100 fine-art exhibitors.

JULY 6-9: NEWPORT, Ocean State Tall Ships Festival. The ships will indeed come in–and will be open for tours as Newport commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Meet international crewmembers, and enjoy exhibits, music, and family entertainment on the harborfront. 401-847-6787;

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, May 14th, 2012

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