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January 1-December 31, 2016

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.

Quahog.org Calendar Submission Guidelines, Statewide

We mainly list events that have to do with Rhode Island history or Rhode Island cultural quirks. For more detail on our guidelines and how to submit an event, please see Quahog Calendar Submission Guidelines.

February 6, 2016

Dinner in an Eighteenth Century Manner, Warren

6:30pm–10:00pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Enjoy an authentially prepared eighteenth century meal. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

February 12, 2016

Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport, Newport

Begins at 4:30pm. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a seventy-five-minute lantern-lit stroll through Newport's Historic Hill. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 12-21, 2016

28th Annual Newport Winter Festival, Newport

Various venues. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. (401) 847-7666; staff@newportevents.com; www.newportwinterfestival.com.

February 13, 2016

Creative Survival: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century African Community in Newport Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Discover the early history of Newport's people of color, enslaved and free. This tour looks at the places where slaves lived and labored, along with locations where free blacks built their enterprises and supported a new local industry. It concludes in the country's oldest intact African-American graveyard, "God's Little Acre." $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 14, 2016

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport's diverse people. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 15, 2016

History Detective: A Family Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Discover Newport's colonial history, its religious and racial diversity, its role in the American Revolution, and its remarkable architecture on a kid-friendly tour. Each family will complete a special History Detective workbook, recording observations from clues. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 16, 2016

Road to Independence Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 17, 2016

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as "Rogue's Island." $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 18, 2016

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport's diverse people. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 19, 2016

Road to Independence Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport, Newport

Begins at 4:30pm. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a seventy-five-minute lantern-lit stroll through Newport's Historic Hill. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 20, 2016

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as "Rogue's Island." $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

88th Annual Winter Lecture Series: Reflections on an American Innovator: Gorham Silver, Newport

Begins at 2:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Elizabeth Williams will speak. Museum members, $10; non-members, $15; students, $6. (401) 848-8200; www.newportartmuseum.org.

February 21, 2016

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport's diverse people. $15 per person; $12 with Newport Winter Festival button; $10 for NHS members; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

February 27, 2016

4th Annual Winter Sparkle, Pawtucket

7:00pm–9:00pm. Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street. Guests will enjoy an array of delectable foods and spirited drinks provided by some of Rhode Island's premier restaurateurs, caterers, and spirits connoisseurs. Proceeds support the mission of The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc. Tickets, $65. www.jlri.org.

March 5, 2016

34th 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 7, 2016

Massasoit Historical Association Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

April 2, 2016

Mad Hatter Tea, Warren

Seatings at 12:30 and 3pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. The tea menu consists of scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Mad hats encouraged but not required. $15 donation requested; reservations must be made in advance. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; www.massasoithistorical.org.

April 10-13, 2016

Keeping History Above Water Conference, Newport

Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Avenue. One of the first national conversations to focus on the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities and their built environments. Tickets, $150-$295. (401) 849-7300; www.historyabovewater.org.

April 30, 2016

31st Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, North Kingstown and Exeter

8:45am–6:00pm. Venue to be announced. Conference will explore historic rural landscapes and the long-term impact of changes on the land. Tours, workshops, lectures. Register in advance. (401)732-1009; janetballetto@preservation.ri.gov; www.preservation.ri.gov/conference/.

May 2, 2016

Massasoit Historical Association Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

May 14-15, 2016

Raid on Spell Hall, Battle for the Greene Homestead, Coventry

10:00am–4:00pm. Nathaneal Greene Homestead, 50 Taft Street. In commemoration of the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Museum, come see authentic Continental and British Revolutionary War-era military encampments. See musket and cannon demonstrations and recreated battle scenarios. Tour the 1770 home of George Washington's second in command and most trusted general. Adults, $6; children/seniors/students/military with ID, $4. (401) 821-8630; nathanaelgreenehmst@gmail.com; www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org.

May 30, 2016

Miantonomi Tower open access date, Newport

12:30pm–2:30pm. Miantonomi Memorial Park, Hillside Avenue. Miantonomi Tower, built in 1929, is open only two days a year, for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, and offers a rare view of Newport and Narragansett Bay. (401) 845-5300.

June 6, 2016

Massasoit Historical Association Potluck Dinner and Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

June 25, 2016

Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, Providence

7:00pm–11:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Enjoy a wild adults-only evening at the Zoo featuring mouth-watering specialties from dozens of the area's best restaurants, caterers, and bars! Plus, enjoy live music by Redline, dancing and more! All proceeds help support the Zoo's education and wildlife conservation programs. Zoo members, $100; non-members $125. (401)941-3910; www.rwpzoo.org

June 26, 2016

New England Quahog Festival, North Kingstown

Town Beach, Beach Street. Stuffies competition, summer drink competition, sandcastle competition, Little Miss Quahog pagent, sea creature parade, live music and entertainment. Facebook; www.newenglandquahogfestival.com

July 10-23, 2016

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price: $14.95 for a three-course lunch or $29.95/$34.95 for a three-course dinner. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com/RW/.

August 8, 2016

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.

November 11, 2016

Miantonomi Tower open access date, Newport

12:30pm–2:30pm. Miantonomi Memorial Park, Hillside Avenue. Miantonomi Tower, built in 1929, is open only two days a year, for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, and offers a rare view of Newport and Narragansett Bay. (401) 845-5300.

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.

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