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Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2009

Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2009
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JULY 5-11: PROVIDENCE, Sound Session. More than 45 performances on five outdoor stages and 11 indoor stages downtown. Featuring legendary jazz and soul performers, new and underground talent, and a mix of musical styles. 401-351-0353;

JULY 10-12: NEWPORT, “Coastal Living” Magazine Newport Regatta. The waters of Narragansett Bay become a raceway for some 300 sailboats and 1,500 crew members during New England’s premier annual one-design regatta. Watch from Fort Adams State Park (Harrison Avenue), stake a spot along Ocean Drive, or cross the bridge to Goat Island for a great view. 401-846-1983;

JULY 16-AUG. 2: WESTERLY, Shakespeare in the Park. Performances of Macbeth Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. in Wilcox Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners. 401-596-7909;

JULY 17-19: KINGSTON, South County Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Friday night enjoy the “balloon glow,” with entertainment, crafts, foods, artists, and more throughout the weekend. Balloon rides, model aircraft, antique autos, carnival rides, and more, all at the University of Rhode Island’s athletic fields. 401-783-1770;

JULY 24-26: NARRAGANSETT, Blessing of the Fleet. This annual event includes a 10-mile road race and seafood festival, plus Saturday’s Blessing of the Fleet–a lively parade of large and small commercial and recreational vessels–at Galilee. 401-413-9801;

JULY 26: BRISTOL, Summertime Jazz at Cove Cabin. Spectacular views overlooking Mount Hope and Narragansett bays, a steak and lobster feast, and the smooth sound of jazz all join together to make a relaxing summer afternoon at Mount Hope Farm. Reservations required. 401-254-1745;

AUG. 4-9: PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island International Film Festival. View some of the best international independent films alongside world-class celebrities and award-winning filmmakers at Columbus Theatre Arts Center. Ranked one of the top 12 such festivals in the country, it’s also a qualifier for the “short film” Academy Awards. 401-861-4445;

AUG. 7-9: CHARLESTOWN, Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival. You’ll find the Ocean State’s best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, and raw bar at Ninigret Park. Arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock-wall climbing, a hot-rod and Harley show, kite exhibition, and more. 401-364-4031;

AUG. 7-9: MIDDLETOWN, Newport Antiques Show. Forty-two dealers from across the country will participate at St. George’s School to benefit the Newport Historical Society and Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. 401-846-2669;

AUG. 12-16: RICHMOND, Washington County Fair. Rhode Island’s largest agricultural event boasts daily concerts, rides, exhibits, entertainment, arts and crafts, games, and more for the whole family. 401-782-8139;

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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