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Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2009

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;

AUG. 14-16: PAWTUCKET, Grecian Festival. A gastronomic event at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. Authentic Greek cuisine, pastries, a kafenio (cafe) offering Greek coffee and baklava cheesecake, ouzo, mavrodaphne, and metaxa. Learn the baking secrets of working with phyllo dough, shop the Greek marketplace, and enjoy a colorful dance troupe in full ethnic costume. 401-725-3127;

AUG. 15: ROSE ISLAND, Clambake at Rose Island Lighthouse. Start out with a bowl of New England clam chowder and homemade cornbread, then move on to the main course: steamers, mussels, littlenecks, Portuguese and Italian sausages, lobster, and a variety of sides. Finish up with dessert, visit the cash bar, and listen to live entertainment, too. 401-847-4242;

AUG. 20: WESTERLY, Wine Tasting by the Sea. Showcasing more than 100 vintages from around the world, plus an assortment of cheeses, crackers, fruits, and appetizers, all at the Windjammer Lounge on Misquamicut Beach. 800-732-7636, 401-596-7761;

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 Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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