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Ongoing, 2017

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.

March 20-25, 2017

Quahog Week, Statewide

Various venues. Quahog Week shines a light on our favorite local clam and its many uniquely Rhode Island preparations. This week participating local restaurants and markets will feature quahogs on menus and in-store promotions. Join in the fun by purchasing quahogs to prepare at home (we'll have a few yummy recipes to share online) or by dining out at one (or a few... we won't judge!) of our amazing local eateries. Quahog Week pressroom.

March 23, 2017

Fireside Bourbon Pairing Dinner, Bristol

Begins at 6:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind five-course dinner featuring premier bourbons and dishes from some of East Bay's most celebrated chefs! The evening begins with appetizers inside Linden Place's historic carriage house. Then guests will be seated for an amazing fireside dinner that has been carefully designed by participating chefs. Enjoy a different bourbon craft cocktail perfectly paired with each dinner course, along with tasting notes and comments by the chefs. A cash bar with wine and beer will also be available. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Linden Place Mansion. Free; reservations recommended. Tickets, $80. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

'You Will Find It Handy': Twentieth-Century African American Travel Guides to Newport, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. The growth of automobile usage during the twentieth century brought more and more American drivers out on the open road. But refusal of service and other threats made travel extremely difficult for African-Americans. One solution came from Victor H. Green, who between 1937 and 1963 published The Green Book, a guide for African-Americans traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska, and Mexico. The Green Book listed the names and addresses of businesses, tourist homes, hotels, service stations, barber shops, beauty parlors, restaurants, bars, and taverns that would serve African-Americans during the pre-Civil Rights Act era. Author Catherine W. Zipf This will focus on Newport sites listed in The Green Book, where they were, their history, and their current condition. While only four sites survive, all tell a tale of resistance and survival in an age dominated by discrimination and segregation. NHS members and active duty and retired military with ID, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; mdelaire@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

March 25, 2017

Rhode Island Authors Meet and Greet, Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Providence Community Library, Rochambeau Branch, 708 Hope Street. Local writers of fiction, self-help, history, local interest, children's books, graphic novels, and other genres gather in the community room. (401) 272-3780; www.provcomlib.org.

RIPS Annual Stamp Show, Warwick

10:00am–3:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 475 Sandy Lane. Rhode Island's largest annual postage stamp show and bourse; stamp exhibits, kid area with free stamps, stamp dealers. Free admission. (401) 821-8658; cbrowning4@cox.net; www.nefed.org/rips.

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 27-April 2, 2017

Newport Restaurant Week Spring, Newport County

Various venues. A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a three-course dinner. (401) 845-9110; jbailey@gonewport.com; www.discovernewport.org/restaurant-week.

March 29, 2017

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Our speaker will be Helen Hersh Tjader of the Neutaconkanut Conservancy, giving a talk entitled: "Neutaconkanut Hill—Gateway to Sowams." It can be argued that, as a pivotal place of cultural exchange between indigenous people and colonizing settlers in North America, Neutaconkanut Hill is the gateway to Sowams. Come learn more about the incredible role of our local land and its people have played in our national history. (401) 231-3380; history@jhs.necoxmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.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/.

March 30, 2017

Malt and Medicine: The American Soda Fountain, Wakefield, South Kingstown

5:00pm–9:00pm. Green Line Apothecary, 203 Main Street. Presentation at 6:30pm. Explore the history of soda fountains and their important role in the evolution of pharmacies. Owners of Green Line Apothecary will present their experience re-creating a modern version of the classic American drugstore. A portion of the soda fountain proceeds during the event will be donated to the South County History Center. This program is free and open to the public. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

April 1, 2017

Home and Hearth Workshop, Bristol

10:00am–1:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. RIHS and Coggeshall invite participants to enjoy this opportunity to make a complete meal from scratch, cooked over Coggeshall's 1799 farmhouse hearth. Max. 12 people. Tickets: $65; RIHS/Coggeshall members, $60. Reservations required. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

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

Begins at 10:00am. Burrillville Middle School Cafeteria, Broncos Highway. Family event featuring breakfast with the Easter Bunny followed by easter egg hunt at Branch River Park. Breakfast at 10am, egg hunt at 11am (rain date for the hunt, April 8). Tickets for the breakfast ($6 per person) are lmited and must be reserved in advance. (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 2, 2017

H.P. Lovecraft Memorial Service, Providence

Begins at 3:00pm. Ladd Observatory, 210 Doyle Avenue. This annual public gathering marks the passing of the fantastical horror writer who died March 15, 1937. For the 80th anniversary of the Old Gent's passing, celebrants will take turns reading excerpts of the writings of Lovecraft. Author Christian Henry Tobler will MC. Free, rain or shine. (401) 660-6639; carcosan@live.com.

3rd Annual Victorian Tea, Cranston

2:00pm–4:30pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Come to a traditional Victorian Tea that includes an informative and entertaining presentation by historical interpreter, Patricia Perry. She will present a delightful talk on what would be found in early laundry baskets, including corsets, crinolines, long johns, and shirt fronts. On display from our own collection will be undergarments, linens, and irons. $30; limited seating; reservations recommended. (401) 944-9226; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

Empire Club: Dishing It Out Little Rhody Style, A Food Writers Panel, Providence

Begins at 2:00pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. Rhode Island is rich in culinary enthusiasts and foodies: join local food writers Jane Sigal, Christine Chitnis, Amy McCoy and Linda Beaulieu as they 'dish' about food and writing with moderator Gail Ciampa, Food Editor at The Providence Journal. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.com; www.provlib.org.

April 4, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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, 2017

Ocean State Follies Returns!, East Providence

Begins at 8:15pm. B. Pinelli's, 736 North Broadway. The Follies is back from a five-year hiatus with an all new cast and all new skits and songs... yoga pants, free tuition, Linc running? Trump, Elorza, Sheldon, Gina, Da Speaka, even the Superman Building. Broken computers, tolls, car taxes—we got it all! Reservations required. (401) 270-7111; charliehall@cox.net; www.oceanstatefollies.com.

2nd Annual Drums and Music of the Americas, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. 40 South Main Street. Come out an immerse yourself in the cultural dance and traditional music of the Americas! All are invited to this free event to get a firsthand look at our local culture by enjoying music, dance, crafts, and food. Performances by local artists will include include: Velekete African Percussion, American Indian Drums, West Indian Drums, Traditional Native Blues, Metis Nation French Acadian Spoons, Celtic American Drums, Strings of the Americas, and more. Event will also include cultural artist vending in the American Indian, Latino, and African American styles, cultural food, and artists' CDs for sale. (401) 413-2167; pocasset.tc@hotmail.com; neighborworksbrv.org.

Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Exeter

9:30am–11:00am. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Pardon Joslin Road. Children ages 3 to 10 set out in search for brown eggs and quickly realize how well they camouflage in the natural world. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the "golden eggs." Bring a basket. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am, rain or shine. $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child. (401) 949-5454 x3041; www.asri.org.

Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Smithfield

9:30am–11:00am. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road. Children ages 3 to 10 set out in search for brown eggs and quickly realize how well they camouflage in the natural world. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the "golden eggs." Bring a basket. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am, rain or shine. $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child. (401) 949-5454 x3041; www.asri.org.

Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Bristol

9:30am–11:00am. Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street. Children ages 3 to 10 set out in search for brown eggs and quickly realize how well they camouflage in the natural world. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the "golden eggs." Bring a basket. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am, rain or shine. $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child. (401) 949-5454 x3041; www.asri.org.

Harbor Seal Walk at Rome Point, North Kingstown

12:00pm–2:00pm. John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge, Boston Neck Road. Harbor seals are the most common marine mammal in Rhode Island waters. These winter visitors to Narragansett Bay have become more abundant in recent years, and are easily viewed at several locations. Join Audubon naturalist Laura Carberry for a visit to the largest haul-out site in the state, off of Rome Point. Our walk (one mile each way) is timed with low tide, and we could see a hundred seals or more. Good walking shoes, warm clothes, and binoculars or spotting scopes suggested. Members, $10; non-members, $14; pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

Spring Festival at the Carousel Village, Providence

10:00am–2:00pm. Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Welcome spring! Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy animal encounters with some of the Zoo's ambassador animals, take unlimited carousel rides and enjoy endless jumps in the bounce house. Don't miss a pop-up interactive art wall, exhibitors, coloring activities, and more! Advance tickets online are $7; remaining tickets sold at the door day of the event are $8. Pony rides will be available, weather permitting, at an additional cost of $5. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

Tour Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum, Providence

10:30am–12:30pm. Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum, 315 Harborside Boulevard. Creatively displayed permanent and temporary exhibitions fill 25,000 square feet of gallery space. You can imagine a trip along the paved roads of the Roman Empire, or the dirt back roads of New England in the early twentieth century. Along the way, you might stop for a "bite" at the hot dog wagon, have a "drink" at the Art Deco bar, "down" cocktails on the First Class Deck of the Queen Mary, or you can even get in the kitchen of the Little Chef Diner and "whip up" a California burger and fries. Registration required for this special tour! Adults, $8; children, $4. (401) 644-5623; Register.

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 9, 2017

Visits with the Easter Bunny, Providence

10:00am–3:00pm. 10am-3pm. Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Visit with the Easter Bunny, then enjoy a ride on the Carousel or play the day way in the bounce house. And don't forget to bring your camera! (401) 785-3510 x316; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

1:00pm–3:30pm. John Hunt House, Hunts Mills Road. Learn about the history of East Providence and this historic home. View special exhibits on East Providence Amusement Parks and more. Admission, $3; city residents, $1. (401) 438-1750; www.ephist.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 14-15, 2017

Visits with the Easter Bunny, Providence

10:00am–3:00pm. 10am-3pm. Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Visit with the Easter Bunny, then enjoy a ride on the Carousel or play the day way in the bounce house. And don't forget to bring your camera! (401) 785-3510 x316; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.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

The Providence Harbor Ship Graveyard, Newport

2:00pm–3:00pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street. Marine Archaeologist David Robinson will discuss his research and mapping of the largest ship graveyard in the Ocean State. Spread across thirty-three acres of Green Jacket Shoal off Bold Point in Providence Harbor, David's team's discovered five steamboats, six sailing ships, and fifteen barges. Two of his more notable finds include the Mount Hope and the Bay Queen, both iconic paddle-wheel steamships from the 1800s. Free; space is limited; registration recommended. (401) 847-8720; info@newportlibraryri.org; www.newportlibraryri.or.

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.

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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 20, 2017

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.

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 2, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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 14, 2017

East Providence Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

1:00pm–3:30pm. John Hunt House, Hunts Mills Road. Learn about the history of East Providence and this historic home. View special exhibits on East Providence Amusement Parks and more. Admission, $3; city residents, $1. (401) 438-1750; www.ephist.org.

May 16, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

May 18, 2017

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.

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 6, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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 15, 2017

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.

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.

June 20, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

July 4, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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 18, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

July 20, 2017

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.

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 1, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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 15, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

August 17, 2017

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.

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 5, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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.

September 19, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

September 21, 2017

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 3, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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 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 17, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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 19, 2017

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 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 7, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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.

November 16, 2017

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.

November 21, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

December 5, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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.

December 19, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

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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