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Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

September 28-October 5, 2014

Westerly Fall Restaurant Week, Westerly

Various venues. More than twenty area restaurants offer three-course meals at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. It's a fabulous culinary cornucopia! (401) 596-7761; www.westerlychamber.org.

October 1, 2014

Historic Monuments Tour, Providence

2:00pm–3:30pm. Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard. Ronald J. Onorato, Department Chair and Professor of Art History at the University of Rhode Island, will take you on a tour of monuments of interest based on their historical importance, the artists or the individual they commemorate, and will include several recent discoveries of national art historical significance. Plan on a fair amount of walking at a moderate pace. Free; reservations required. Rain date: October 2. (401) 272-1314; anitav@swanpoint1846.com; swanpointcemetery.com.

October 1-2, 2014

24th Annual Indoor Powwow, Warwick

10:00am–4:00pm. Trudeau Memorial Center, 3445 Post Road. Enjoy pony rides, a bunny corral, live native entertainment, BBQ, and more than twenty native vendors! Grand Entry at 1pm. Free parking and admission. (401) 739-2700 x278; eegan@trudeaucenter.org.

October 1-31, 2014

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 8:00pm. Nightly. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 in person. www.providenceghosttour.com.

SummerWalks, Providence

11:00am–12:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for historical walking tours of the storied streets of Providence. Admission, $15-$10. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

October 2, 2014

Looking for Providence, Providence

6:30pm–8:15pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. Cuban-American author and journalist, Johnny Diaz, will talk about and sign his latest gay-themed novel, set in Providence. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

Introduction to Genealogy: How to Organize and Research your Family History, Greene, Coventry

Begins at 7:00pm. Greene Public Library, 179 Hopkins Hollow Road. Do you wonder from whom and from where you descended? Local historian and author, Andrew Boisvert, will discuss where to begin your research using various genealogical websites and how to organize your information once you have found it. Participants will be taught tricks of using each site to maximize their efforts and find out how to interpret the data they find. Be sure to come prepared with questions. Reservations preferred. (401) 397-3873; jean@coventrylibrary.org; greenelib.org.

Diplomacy, War and Power in Seventeenth Century New England and Indian Country, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Newport Colony House, Washington Square. Authors Julie A. Fisher and David J. Silverman will discuss the position of powerful Niantic and Narragansett sachem Ninigret (c1600-1676) in early colonial America. NHS members, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorical.org.

October 2-November 2, 2014

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence

6:00pm–11:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. This illuminating, one-of-a-kind, 'gotta glow' Halloween hot spot returns to the Zoo to transform our enchanting wetlands trail with gourd-ly grandeur! Experience the glow of 10,000 pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time Spectacular. Admission charged. Nightly, rain or shine. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 3-5, 2014

2014 Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Coference, Providence

Various venues. An exciting event for foodies who love travel and travelers who love food. Do you plan your vacations around where you want to eat? Come discover new places to go throughout New England and the rest of the country. Hear from chefs, farmers, food bloggers, travel writers, winemakers, beer brewers and more. (401) 226-7987; tastetrekkers.com.

October 3-31, 2014

Lippitt House Museum Guided Tours, Providence

Fridays, 11-3, on the hour. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. Tour the only high style Victorian house open to the public in Providence. Adults, $10; students, $5; active military personnel and children 12 and under, free. info@ppsri.org; www.ppsri.org.

2014 Pawtucket Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Every Friday and Saturday evening in October through Halloween, enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel located inside Slater Memorial Park. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

October 4, 2014

Festival Fete's 2nd Annual Wakefield Art Festival, Wakefield, South Kingstown

10:00am–5:00pm. Main Street. Featuring contemporary American Craftsmen, festive food, and strolling entertainment. Big Nazo and Eddie Raymond the magician will be there to entertain kids and adults alike. pilar@festivalfete.com; festivalfete.com.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Colonial Harvest Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Experience the days of the eighteenth century corn husking festivals when the Updike family of Smith's Castle presided over one of the largest of the Narragansett Plantations. Savor homemade seasonal treats and enjoy live entertainment. Admission charged. Rain date: October 5. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle@earthlink.net; www.smithscastle.org.

50th Annual Yankee Steam-Up, East Greenwich

Begins at 12:00pm. New England Wireless and Steam Museum, 1300 Frenchtown Road. Oldest steam engine show in New England. Gathering of engineers, modelmakers, those that admire well-working, old, mostly Rhode Island-made steam engines, intricate machines, and radio technology. Admission, $15. (401) 885-0545; newsm@newsm.org; www.newsm.org.

October 4-5, 2014

40th Annual Harvest Fair, Middletown

10:00am–5:00pm. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Nothing says New England in the fall like an old-fashioned harvest fair. From the Mabel Express Barrel Train, Monkey Bridge, mud pit and midway, to the children's tent filled with natural crafts for kid's creativity, there is fun for every age. Pony rides, musical entertainment, New England crafters, and fabulous food combine for a weekend enjoyed by the entire family. Admission charged. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

October 5, 2014

1934 Textile Workers Strike in Salylesville, RI, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Glenn Laxton, local historian and former anchor and reporter for WPRI-TV, speaks about the textile workers strike of 1934, largest strike in U.S. history at that time, involving 400,000 workers from New England, the mid-Atlantic and Southern states, and lasting twenty-two days. At the Saylesville Bleachery, hundreds of strikers and picketers attempted to shut down the plant, and the Governor called out the National Guard. (401) 862-4202; jjhdio70@gmail.com; www.bvhsri.org.

Fall Foliage Cruises, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. Central Fall Landing Landing, Madeira Avenue and Broad Street. Experience the brilliant autumn colors along the historic Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat. Tours leave on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

October 7, 2014

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

Begins at 10:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

October 8, 2014

Haunted Providence, Barrington

7:00pm–8:15pm. Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road. Rory Raven has compiled tales drawn from the history and folklore of one of the oldest cities in the nation. From restless spirits and shadowy strangers to vampires and historical enigmas, his collection explores the events and untold tales that have made Providence strangely unique, and uniquely strange. Copies of Haunted Providence and other titles will be available for purchase and signing. (401) 247-1920 x312; www.barringtonlibrary.org.

October 9, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–9:00pm. 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 10-11, 2014

FEAR at Fort Adams, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this one hour, two faceted FEAR experience! Explore the Officers Quarters, where you'll meet our Twilight Inhabitants face to face. Then descend into the depths of the Fortress to experience the Tunnels of Terror. $15; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; fear.fortadams.org.

October 11, 2014

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

375th Anniversary Lecture, Newport

2:00pm–4:00pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street. Topic to be announced; a Newport 375th Anniversary Event. (401) 847-8720; info@newportlibraryri.org; www.newportlibraryri.or.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 11-12, 2014

22nd Annual International Oktoberfest, Newport

Begins at 12:00pm. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Deutschland's most famous fall festival, offering three stages of Authentic German music and folk dancing, as well as a kindergarten with family fun activities. Enjoy the best of German and domestic Oktoberfest brews in our International Biergarten. Clean out your steins and leave some room for the bratwurst! (401) 846-1600; www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

October 11-13, 2014

36th Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest, Woonsocket

10:00am–10:00pm. World War II Memorial State Park, Social Street. Blackstone River Valley's largest annual family festival includes entertanment, kidfest, arts and crafts, International Food Court, a gigantic midway, three-hour Columbus Day Parade, consumer showcase, and Rotary Beer Garden. Free admission. (401) 762-6400; www.autumnfest.org.

October 12, 2014

Fall Foliage Cruises, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. Central Fall Landing Landing, Madeira Avenue and Broad Street. Experience the brilliant autumn colors along the historic Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat. Tours leave on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

5th Annual Field of Dreams Car Show and Craft Fair, Chepachet, Glocester

1180 Money Hill Road. Over 2,000 spectators will visit the hundreds of classic and antique vehicles, our many craft vendors, and our food vendors. We'll also have fresh picked apples and mums. All money raised goes to St. Eugene's food pantry. (401) 647-2731; autosoftheworld@gmail.com.

October 16, 2014

Gentility and Consumerism in Eighteenth Century Newport: A Widow's Story, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Newport Colony House, Washington Square. Focusing on the life of Newport widow and shopkeeper Elizabeth Pratt, scholar Christina Hodge explores the role of the developing American middle class in colonial Newport and the groundwork this laid for future generations. Hodge details the emergence of the middle class and the 'Genteel Revolution' led by people like Pratt, through their consumer and commercial practices. NHS members, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorical.org.

Samuel Pomeroy Colt: Shadowed by the Gun, Bristol

Begins at 7:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Historian Claire Benson tells the fascinating story of Colonel Samuel Colt's life through documents and the Colt family papers at the University of Rhode Island. Linden Place and Bristol Historical and Preservation Society members, free; non-members, $5; reservations recommended (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

October 17-18, 2014

FEAR at Fort Adams, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this one hour, two faceted FEAR experience! Explore the Officers Quarters, where you'll meet our Twilight Inhabitants face to face. Then descend into the depths of the Fortress to experience the Tunnels of Terror. $15; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; fear.fortadams.org.

October 18, 2014

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Walking Tour: William Ellery Channing's Newport, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. William Ellery Channing, a key figure in the Unitarian Church and influential in the Transcendental and abolition movements, was born in Newport in 1780. Visit sites from his life, learn about his ideas and explore his family's connections with Newport history. NHS members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage and Shopping Rail Excursion, Woonsocket

9:00am–4:30pm. Woonsocket Train Depot, One Depot Square. Enjoy a colorful autumn foliage train excursion on the Providence and Worcester Railroad to Putnam, Connecticut, for a local festival and shopping. Order tickets online. (401) 724-2200; BVTourism@aol.com; www.tourblackstone.com.

Victorian Mourning Exhibit Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Swan Point Ramble, Providence

1:00pm–3:00pm. Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard. Come walk along the wooded edge of the Seekonk River to check for ducks, raptors, and late migrants. Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes and be prepared to walk across a plank for ten feet where the woodland path crosses several seeps. Members, $10; non-member, $14; pre-registration required. Rain date: October 25. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 10:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 18-19, 2014

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 45 America's Cup Avenue. Food! Food! Food! Area seafood restaurants serve up their most outstanding dishes. The festival offers a smorgasbord of seafood, plus kid-friendly dishes, baked goods, cider, and hot and cold beverages. Non-stop live music by local bands. Face painting, games, and other fun children's activities. Free admission, rain or shine. (401) 849-2120; mjg@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

October 19, 2014

Wind Energy Then and Now, Middletown

2:00pm–4:00pm. Central Fall Landing Landing, Madeira Avenue and Broad Street. Experience the brilliant autumn colors along the historic Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat. Tours leave on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Fall Foliage Cruises, Central Falls

1:00pm–5:00pm. Central Fall Landing Landing, Madeira Avenue and Broad Street. Experience the brilliant autumn colors along the historic Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat. Tours leave on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Victorian Mourning Exhibit/Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Lost Villages of Scituate Bus Tours, Hope, Scituate

Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm. Hope Elementary School, 396 North Road. Join Ray Wolf, author of The Lost Villages of Scituate for a tour around Scituate Reservoir. Mr. Wolf will point out the former locations of the five villages lost when the reservoir was built, including specific buildings and landmarks, plus the cemetery where all of the villages' graves were relocated. $23 in advance. (401) 821-0016; theewolf@cox.net; www.raywolfbooks.com.

October 21, 2014

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

Begins at 10:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

October 24, 2014

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

Begins at 7:00pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join members of the Cranston Historical Society for ghostly goings-on. Maybe Charlie will drop by, as well. Admission $15; space is limited so reserve early. (401) 944-9226; charliethebutler@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

October 24-26, 2014

FEAR at Fort Adams, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this one hour, two faceted FEAR experience! Explore the Officers Quarters, where you'll meet our Twilight Inhabitants face to face. Then descend into the depths of the Fortress to experience the Tunnels of Terror. $15; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; fear.fortadams.org.

October 25, 2014

WaterFire: From an Art Installation to a Global Phenomenon, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

375th Anniversary Lecture, Newport

2:00pm–4:00pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street. Topic to be announced; a Newport 375th Anniversary Event. (401) 847-8720; info@newportlibraryri.org; www.newportlibraryri.or.

The Newport Food Truck Festival, Newport

11:00am–4:00pm. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Food trucks from all over New England gather for the finale of the 2014 Food Truck Festivals of New England. Special VIP preview from 11am-12 noon. Ticket prices vary. (401) 846-1600; www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Victorian Mourning Exhibit Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 25-26, 2014

Spooky Zoo!, Providence

10:00am–3:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Family-friendly Halloween fun! Come Trick-or-treat and enjoy live music and seasonal entertainment including pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, animal encounters, costumed characters, pumpkin treats for the animals and more. Activities are free with Zoo admission, and kids 12 and under who come in costume receive half-price admission. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 26, 2014

Victorian Mourning Exhibit/Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 30, 2014

At the Point of a Cutlass, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Newport Colony House, Washington Square. Just right for mischief night, Author Greg Flemming will highlight the adventures of Philip Ashton, a man who was forced into a journey with a crew of pirates. Based on Ashton's first-hand account, as well trial records, logbooks and a rare 1725 manuscript, At the Point of a Cutlass pieces together the story of a man thrust into the violent world of a pirate ship and his daring survival and escape. NHS members, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorical.org.

November 13, 2014

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.

November 20, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

December 11, 2014

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 14, 2015

59th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. Parade begins at City Hall, 43 Broadway, and continues through Washington Square to Thames Street and ends at Augustine's Church. Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! Rain, snow, or shine. (401) 845-9123 or (800) 976-5122; JBailey@GoNewport.com; www.newportirish.com.

May 4, 2015

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, 2015

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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