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February 20-26, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

February 24, 2017

Colonial Candlemaking , Smithfield

2:00pm–3:30pm. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road. Come make an old fashioned hand-dipped candle. Long ago the land of Powder Mill Ledges was a farm with a tavern where travelers met at tables lit by candles and a big fire hearth. We don't have a hearth, but we can make our own candles the old fashioned way. We will discuss the use of beeswax and bayberry and each participant will create a hand-dipped candle to take home. Member, $10; non-member, $14; ages 5+. (401) 949-5454; www.asri.org.

February 25, 2017

Savoring Federal Hill: An Insider's Culinary Tour, Providence

9:00am–12:00pm. DePasquale Fountain or Cafe Dolce Vita, 265 Atwells Avenue. Join Chef Cindy Salvato on this fabulous three-hour walking and eating tour of Historic Federal Hill where you can: Learn the history, meet the chefs, savor the samples, get exclusive behind the scenes tours, enjoy a little wine, and become a paisono of Federal Hill! Tickets: $55. cindy@savoringrhodeisland.com; www.savoringrhodeisland.com.

23rd Annual Woonsocket Mardi Gras, Woonsocket

5:00pm–11:00pm. St. Ann's Art and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street. Annual cultural celebration featuring spirited zydeco, Louisiana buffet, and introduction of this year's King Jace and the Mardi Gras Queen. Doors open at 5pm; dinner served from 6:30-8pm; cash bar. $30 in advance, $35 at door (cash only). (401) 769-9072; lcloutier1@cox.net; www.nrica.org.

25th Annual Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball, Cranston

6:30pm–11:59pm. Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place. Blazing accordions! Cash prizes for best (optional) costumes. Cash bar and Cajun-inspired food. $30 in advance; $40 at the door; tables available. A portion of proceeds benefit VSA Arts RI. (401) 783-3926; www.rhythmandroots.com.

February 26, 2017

Valley Talks, Woonsocket

Begins at 1:30pm. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Our annual free lecture series returns with a special focus on local history and RIHS's yet to be revealed theme for 2017. Presenters discuss local historic and cultural perspectives. Free. (401) 769-9675; aconway@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

March 1, 2017

Cultural Connections Meet and Greet, Newport

8:30am–9:30am. The Elms, 367 Bellevue Avenue. Meet Brent Runyon, Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society. Free, but space is limited and reservations are required. (401) 847-1851; emarchi@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

Governor Stephen Hopkins House Tours, Providence

11:00am–2:00pm. Stephen Hopkins House, 15 Hopkins Street, corner of Benefit Street. Hopkins, one of Providence's most distinguished citizens, lived here from 1743 to 1785. The house was built in 1707 and is a valuable example of colonial culture and architecture. Donation suggested. (401) 421-0694; www.facebook.com/StephenHopkinsHouse/.

Streets of South Kingstown: The Meanings Behind the Monikers, Kingston, South Kingstown

Begins at 6:30pm. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road. Ministerial, Kersey and Biscuit City? Have you ever wondered how the streets of South Kingstown got their names? Join us as we explore the backstories on some of the area's uniquely-labeled lanes. Free. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

March 4-5, 2017

Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a two hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. This includes a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

March 5, 2017

35th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, Pawtucket

Begins at 12:00pm. The city kicks off its celebration of Irish heritage in Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley with this always-festive and colorful parade, which steps off from McCoy Stadium at Division Street, turns right onto South Bend Street, then continues down Walcott Street to Main Street, and ends at City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue. Parade reception follows at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. (401) 728-0500 x281; pawtucketstpatsparade.com.

March 8, 2017

Governor Stephen Hopkins House Tours, Providence

11:00am–2:00pm. Stephen Hopkins House, 15 Hopkins Street, corner of Benefit Street. Hopkins, one of Providence's most distinguished citizens, lived here from 1743 to 1785. The house was built in 1707 and is a valuable example of colonial culture and architecture. Donation suggested. (401) 421-0694; www.facebook.com/StephenHopkinsHouse/.

Seal Watch on Prudence Island, Bristol

9:45am–3:00pm. Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street. Observe harbor seals, using spotting scopes and binoculars, at one of the best haul-out spots in Narragansett Bay! The program includes a presentation on these amazing animals and a van tour of the island, learning about the cultural and natural history of Prudence, as well as some of the current research projects at the Research Reserve. Members: $8/adult, $4/child; non-members: $12/adult, $8/child; ferry ticket not included. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

The History and Genealogy of Nathanael Greene, Johnston

Begins at 6:00pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. David Procaccini and Trish Woodard-Harmon, President and Vice-President of Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry, will present. (401) 231-4980 x13; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

March 9, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

March 11, 2017

Explore Prudence Island, Bristol

9:45am–4:45am. Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street. Come explore the incredibly rich diversity of wildlife, ecosystems, and history on Prudence Island. The walking trails are fairly easy to moderate terrain. This is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Prudence Island! Members: $8/adult, $4/child; Non-members: $12/adult, $8/child; $10 ferry ticket not included. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

March 11-12, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

March 12, 2017

Valley Talks, Woonsocket

Begins at 1:30pm. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Our annual free lecture series returns with a special focus on local history and RIHS's yet to be revealed theme for 2017. Presenters discuss local historic and cultural perspectives. Free. (401) 769-9675; aconway@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

March 15, 2017

Governor Stephen Hopkins House Tours, Providence

11:00am–2:00pm. Stephen Hopkins House, 15 Hopkins Street, corner of Benefit Street. Hopkins, one of Providence's most distinguished citizens, lived here from 1743 to 1785. The house was built in 1707 and is a valuable example of colonial culture and architecture. Donation suggested. (401) 421-0694; www.facebook.com/StephenHopkinsHouse/.

March 18-19, 2017

Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a two hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. This includes a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

March 19, 2017

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

Rhode Island Railroad Stations: Post Card Views at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Joseph Coduri will be giving a presentation based on his book. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.org.

March 22, 2017

Governor Stephen Hopkins House Tours, Providence

11:00am–2:00pm. Stephen Hopkins House, 15 Hopkins Street, corner of Benefit Street. Hopkins, one of Providence's most distinguished citizens, lived here from 1743 to 1785. The house was built in 1707 and is a valuable example of colonial culture and architecture. Donation suggested. (401) 421-0694; www.facebook.com/StephenHopkinsHouse/.

March 25-26, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

March 26, 2017

Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps Celebration!, Woonsocket

10:00am–4:00pm. Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main Street. Celebrate the first day of Spring with live ethnic and cultural entertainment; music and dancers, food tastings, and special museum related events. (401) 769-9675; mowc@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Industry along the Pettaquamscutt, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. A presentation by historian Tim cranston. (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org; onpettaquamscutt.org.

March 29, 2017

Governor Stephen Hopkins House Tours, Providence

11:00am–2:00pm. Stephen Hopkins House, 15 Hopkins Street, corner of Benefit Street. Hopkins, one of Providence's most distinguished citizens, lived here from 1743 to 1785. The house was built in 1707 and is a valuable example of colonial culture and architecture. Donation suggested. (401) 421-0694; www.facebook.com/StephenHopkinsHouse/.

April 1, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with Easter Bunny, Glendale, Burrillville

Begins at 10:00am. Branch River Park, 2220 Broncos Highway. Family event featuring breakfast with the Easter Bunny followed by easter egg hunt. Breakfast at 10am, egg hunt at 11:30am. (401) 568-9470; parksandrec@burrillville.org; www.burrillville.org.

April 1-2, 2017

Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a two hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. This includes a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

April 5, 2017

Cultural Connections Meet and Greet, Newport

12:00pm–1:00pm. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. Meet Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Free, but space is limited and reservations are required. (401) 847-1851; emarchi@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

April 8-9, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

April 13, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

April 14-17, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

April 15, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. It's our 28th annual date with the Easter Bunny! Join us for a fun morning of scrambling for thousands of colorful eggs on Rosecliff's oceanfront lawn. Then bring the family inside for a catered breakfast brunch in the elegant surroundings. Adults, $55-$70; children, 6-12 years, $35-$40; 3-5 years, $30-$35; 2 and under, $10-$15; space is limited; reservations required; held rain or shine. (401) 847-1000 x140; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

April 18, 2017

Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a two hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. This includes a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

April 19-23, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

April 29, 2017

32nd Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Westerly and Charlestown

8:45am–6:00pm. Various venues. This year's conference will focus on the economics of historic preservation. Tours, workshops, lectures. Register in advance. (401)732-1009; janetballetto@preservation.ri.gov; www.preservationconferenceri.com.

April 29-30, 2017

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; savebay@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

May 4, 2017

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

May 11, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

May 20-21, 2017

26th Anniversary Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, Quonset Point, North Kingstown

9:00am–4:00pm. Quonset State Airport, 1 Minuteman Way. A favorite family tradition since 1991. This year's show will feature the Canadian Snowbirds and many other first-class flight demonstrations! Donations for parking benefit local charities. www.riairshow.org.

May 27-28, 2017

21st Annual Virtu Art Festival, Westerly

10:00am–5:00pm. Wilcox Park, Broad Street. Fine arts and crafts festival featuring the works of 185 selected artisans from around the country. Live entertainment in three areas and free Creation Station area for children with free make-it and take-it activities. Downtown sidewalk sales. Free Admission. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

June 3, 2017

Annual Grand Fete by the River, Pawtucket

Begins at 7:00pm. Sylvanus Brown House at Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. (401) 829-3672 x106; info@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.org.

June 4, 2017

Family Day, Narragansett

10:00am–4:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Come and enjoy a fun time for all ages to explore the museum through vintage dress up, farm tours, yoga, face painting and much more. Cost is $10 per family for non-members; members are free. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

June 8, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

June 10, 2017

36th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, Newport

11:00am–6:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, off Harrison Avenue. The world's original and longest running chowder competition determines bragging rights to the world's "chowda" champion title among dozens of restaurants, divided into Clam, Seafood, and Creative chowder categories. www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

11th Annual Visitors Day at Swiss Village, Newport

9:00am–3:00pm. SVF Foundation, 152 Harrison Avenue. Visitors will take a self-guided tour through the historic site, view several endangered breeds of livestock, and learn about SVF's scientific mission. This event is free to the general public. No parking will be allowed on-site, however free parking and shuttle service will be provided from Fort Adams State Park. (401) 848-7229; info@svffoundation.org; www.svffoundation.org.

June 17, 2017

World War II Rhode Island, Kingston, South Kingstown

Begins at 2:00pm. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road. Join us for Christian McBurney's first lecture on his new book, when he will explain that the state's contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size.. Free. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

July 4, 2017

Arnold Mills July 4th Parade, Cumberland

Begins at 11:00am. Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) from state line to Arnold Mills Village Common. Local village celebration of America's Independence Day, with road race (9am), parade with Shriner's marchers (11am), and band concert on the green (1pm). (401) 333-1381; www.arnoldmillsparade.com.

Ancients and Horribles Parade, Chepachet, Glocester

Begins at 4:00pm. Main Street and Putnam Pike (Route 44). Nothing is sacred as Glocester locals spoof local and national politics. The parade first wound its way down Main Street in Chepachet in 1926 and, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, has continued to delight Glocester residents (and many others) each and every year since. (401) 568-6206; www.glocesterri.org.

July 8-9, 2017

55th Annual Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 10:00am. Main and Brown Streets. The country's oldest open-air art fair features more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Free admission. (401) 294-2860; festivaldirector@wickfordart.org; www.wickfordart.org.

July 13, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

July 16, 2017

2017 Colombian Independence Festival and Parade, Central Falls

10:00am–7:00pm. Higginson Park, Higginson Avenue. Parade steps off at 10am from 286 Main Street in Pawtucket, and travels along Dexter Street to Crossman Street to Lonsdale Avenue. Festival with Colombia food and drink, music and dancing, at Higginson Park from noon to 7pm. (401) 744-6048.

July 28-30, 2017

58th Annual Newport Folk Festival, Newport

10:00am–7:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, Ocean Drive. Celebrate more than five-and-a-half decades of folk music in Newport with the best and brightest of the folk pantheon. newportfolkfest@gmail.com; www.newportfolk.org.

August 4-6, 2017

63rd Newport Jazz Festival, Newport

10:00am–7:00pm. International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, and Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive. Enjoy the very latest tunes from some of the giants of jazz! (401) 848-5055; jazz@newportjazzfest.org; www.newportjazzfest.org.

August 5-7, 2017

Cumberlandfest, Cumberland

Begins at 10:00am. Diamond Hill Park, Diamond Hill Road (Route 114). Celebrate the town's heritage and culture with live music, amusement rides, family events, and more! (401) 334-9996; info@cumberlandfest.org; www.cumberlandfest.org.

August 10, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

August 14, 2017

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

August 18, 2017

Ida Lewis Distance Race, Newport

The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts and finishes off Newport's historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which sits famously on a rock in Newport Harbor, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha's Vineyard and Buzzards Tower. It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge. (401) 641-2109; racechairman@ildistancerace.org; www.ildistancerace.org.

August 25-September 24, 2017

19th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, Pawtucket

Citywide. Enjoy one of Southern New England's premiere arts and entertainment extravaganzas! Features Chinese Dragon Boat Races, music concerts, art gallery shows, creative community happenings, and more. (401) 724-5200; www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.

September 9-10, 2017

7th Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival, Providence

Saturday, 9am-11pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. India Point Park. Celebrate the end of summer with the finest seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England, while listening to live music from the Pier Stage and enjoying beer and wine from local distributors. Free admission. info@riseafoodfest.com; www.riseafoodfest.com.

September 14, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

September 16-17, 2017

30th Annual Apple Festival, Johnston

10:00am–6:00pm. Johnston Memorial Park, Hartford Avenue (Route 6). Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, rides, pony/train rides, face painting, apple pie contest, live music, entertainment, food, wellness fair, kids zone, and more! Free parking and admission. www.ncrichamber.com.

October 7-9, 2017

39th Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest, Woonsocket

10:00am–10:00pm. World War II Memorial State Park, Social Street. One of the largest annual fall festivals in the Blackstone River Valley. Celebrate city and regional heritage and culture with non-stop live entertainment, amusements, food court, family fun events, gigantic fireworks, and huge Columbus Day parade with special guests, marchers, and floats. Free admission. (401) 762-6400; www.autumnfest.org.

October 12, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

October 29, 2017

55th Annual Post Card Show, Warwick

9:00am–4:00pm. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue. Over forty vendors selling vintage post cards, photos, ephemera, and archival supplies. Admission charged. (401) 886-7811; www.ripcc.org.

November 9, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 14, 2017

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

January 1, 2018

Test Test Test, Providence

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March 19, 2018

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2018

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

May 8-20, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Newport

Fort Adams, Fort Adams Drive. This is the only North American stopover of the world's toughest sailing event! Sailing village: up-close, dockage and racing, marine education exhibits, food, entertainment, and family activities. (401) 846-1983; www.volvooceanracenewport.com.

August 13, 2018

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2019

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

August 12, 2019

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2020

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

August 10, 2020

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

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