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Ongoing, 2018

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.

July 1-31, 2018

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.

July 8-21, 2018

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price: $16.95 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/.

July 18, 2018

William and Jaclyn Egan Research Fellows Lectures, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. "The Kingscote Chitarrone and Stanford White's Musical Legacy": Stanford White was an innovator in the use of musical instruments as decorative elements. Learn about the history of the chitarrone White installed in the dining room at Kingscote in 1881 and the conservation initiative which will see it returned to its original setting this summer. "Newporters' Sense of Identity and Place Reflected in Their Perspectives in the 1890s": Explore the perspectives, opinions, and beliefs of Newport residents in the 1890s through new research into community issues of the period. Advance ticket purchase required; Peservation Society members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Historical Memory of Misdirections!, Johnston

Begins at 2:00pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. Join librarian Grayce Moorehead for a fun program on defunct Rhode Island businesses and places—and where all of them "used to be." Free. (401) 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 19, 2018

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.org.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 21: Cajun Hobos; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. August 9: The American Band. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 20, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

July 20-22, 2018

36th Annual Hellenic Fest, Newport

Friday, 4pm-1am; Saturday, noon-2am; Sunday, noon-6pm. Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 390 Thames Street. Enjoy authentic Greek food and desserts, Ouzo, Greek beer and wines, and talented musicians and folk dancers. Free admission. (401) 846-0555; www.hellenicfest.org.

July 20-21, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 20-22, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 21, 2018

Church Hill Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. Starting point TBA. Take a guided walk to discover the history of the homes and commercial sites of this disrict located near Downtown Pawtucket. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725.9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Colombian Independence Day Festival, Central Falls

2:00pm–9:00pm. Higginson Sports Complex, 16 Higginson Avenue. Annual festival celebrating Colombian heritage and culture. (401) 663-3924; info@colcultura.com; www.rilatinoarts.org.

Paddle Trip in Downtown Providence!, Providence

Begins at 4:00pm. South Water Street Boat Launch, South Water Street. Join us on a canoe or kayak as we enjoy the city from the water. We often see great blue herons flying, herring swimming and sometimes even painted turtles sunning themselves. The Downtown Woony is stirring with wildlife. Canoes and kayaks will be provided, or paddlers can bring their own boats. The cost is $35 per person for a solo kayak, $25 per person for canoe paddlers, and $15 per person for canoe passengers, and $15 per person for people providing their own boats. Advance sign ups required. (401) 481-1376; etalley@wrwc.org; www.wrwc.org.

Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Providence

1:00pm–4:30pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. Enjoy the rich, historical sites of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence River on this 3.5-hour tour. With breathtaking views of Gaspee Point, Hog Island, Prudence Island, and Conimicut Point, you'll view eight active and inactive lighthouses and stop for a tour of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $50; non-members, $55; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Newport's French Occupation, Newport

10:00am–2:00pm. Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway. Meet with costumed living historians Matthew and Elizabeth Mees who will portray Jeremiah Wadsworth, colonel for Washington, quartermaster and American assistant to Blanchard of the French forces, along with his wife, Mehitable Wadsworth. Find out what life was like in Newport in 1780, after 12,000 French soldiers and sailors arrived off the coast of Rhode Island, sent to aid the American Army in their fight for Independence from Great Britain. Free, donation welcome; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

Windmill Day, Jamestown

11:00am–3:00pm. Weeden Lane. Tour the windmill and watch the sails turn in the wind, visit the Quaker Meetinghouse, admire the Little Rhody Model A Club cars, grab lunch at Championship Melt food truck (or bring a picnic), and enjoy music by Pottle's Possum Hunters. www.jamestownhistoricalsociety.org.

The Ladies of Linden Place Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A special docent-led tour is being offered in celebration of Women's History Month focusing on the lives of the women who made history at Linden Place Mansion. As you tour the 200-year old mansion rooms, the women of Linden Place come alive through portraits, photographs, artifacts, and more. Learn about the many generations of DeWolf and Colt women who lived in the mansion, their daily lives, and roles of ladies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Members, free; non-members, $10; seniors and students with an ID, $8; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Life with Horses, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. A display of carriages, riding attire, and accessories in the Carriage Museum. $5; house museum separate admission. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

July 21-22, 2018

36th Annual Warren Quahog Festival, Warren

Begins at 11:00am. Burr's Hill Park, South Water Street. Celebrate the clam with chowders, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, and other fresh cooked seafood, plus arts, crafts, and live music. (401) 247-0232.

Rhode Island Indian Council Annual Powwow, Warwick

9:00am–6:00pm. Oakland Beach, 885 Oakland Beach Avenue. Grand Entry at noon. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family fun event. Native American Indian singing and dancing, crafts, and food. No alcohol or drugs. All are welcome; admission charged. (401) 781-1098 x306; chesterbliss@yahoo.com; www.rhodeislandindiancouncil.org.

July 22, 2018

Lincoln's Heritage Celebration, Lincoln

11:00am–4:00pm. Chase Farm Park, Great Road. Exhibits at Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

July 23, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 24, 2018

Flawed Justice: Rhode Island Killers Who Were Pardoned or Paroled, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Justice isn't perfect. Hear Rhode Island author and journalist Kelly Sullivan Pezza tell a true Rhode Island crime tale where justice went wrong. See website for details. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org.

July 25, 2018

Meet the Author: Claremary Sweeney, Kingston, South Kingstown

6:00pm–8:00pm. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road. Join us as local author, Claremary Sweeney, gives a talk about her South County mystery series that features Rhode Island historical sites. Books in this series include Last Train to Kingston, Last Rose on the Vine, and Last Carol of the Season. Clare will discuss the creative journey she took while writing these books and why she chose South County as a setting. Free; registration requested. (401) 783-8254; bobertello@skpl.org; www.skpl.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Giovanni Boldini and His Newport Ladies Portraits, Newport

5:30pm–7:00pm. Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue. Charles J. Burns of the Newport Restoration Foundation will give an illustrated talk on the nine important portraits by Belle Epoque artist Giovanni Boldini of prominent ladies with ties to Newport, exploring their lives and connections to the artist. This is the first lecture in the three-part series Stylish Ladies and Artistic Lodging. Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $60 for the series. (401) 847-0292; redwood@redwoodlibrary.org; www.redwoodlibrary.org.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Visit a local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

July 26, 2018

Movies in the Park, Warwick

Begins at 5:30pm. Rocky Point Park, 1 Rocky Point Way. Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and watch a movie while sitting on the grass under the stars at Rocky Point. The gates will open at 5:30pm; all movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Food trucks will be present for your chowing pleasure. (401) 732-1100 for raindates; www.centralrichamber.com.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Gallery Talk: "Needlework at Home: Textiles from the Harrison Sisters' Donation", Narragansett

7:00pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Associate director Blaire Gagnon will present textiles and needlework accessories made, used, purchased, and collected by Marion Sigourney Murless Chapin and preserved by her niece Marion Murless Billings Harrison Spicer, whose daughters donated textiles being exhibited this year. Marion Chapin, an accomplished opera singer with the Metropolitan Opera, was known for her fine needlework. Members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 21: Cajun Hobos; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. August 9: The American Band. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island Party, Providence

6:30pm–9:30pm. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street. You are invited to one of the year's most anticipated events as Rhode Island Monthly celebrates the 2018 Best of Rhode Island winners. Be the first to find out who you voted as the best in the state. Doors open at 6:30pm, following pre-party in PPAC Square. Tickets, $60-$70 per person. (401) 421-ARTS; www.rimonthly.com.

July 27, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

July 27-28, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 27-29, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

July 28, 2018

Oak Hill Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. Starting point TBA. Come and explore the fashionable Oak Hill neighborhood and its many homesites. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725.9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Providence

9:00am–4:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. These seven-hour narrated lighthouse cruises are for the true lighthouse aficionados. See nineteen active and inactive Rhode Island historic lighthouses, while taking in breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island, and other spots along the way. Starting in Providence, we will motor down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage. A lunch stop at Rose Island will include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $90; non-members, $100; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

Ocean State Follies—Trillogan's Island, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. Via Roma, 308 Atwells Avenue. Celebrate summer with some saucy satire! Joe Trillo makes a titantic effort to get his name out, Democrats endorse whackos, and Trump refuses to poo poo Putie. All that and a great Italian meal on duh Hill. $40; reservations required. (401) 331-1717; charliehall@cox.net; www.oceanstatefollies.net.

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.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

July 28-30, 2018

The Newport Show, Middletown

St. George's School, 375 Purgatory Road. A benefit for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, featuring over forty of the finest dealers from across the United States, the glamorous annual Newport Antiques Show has something for everyone. Admission charged. (401) 846-2669; www.thenewportshow.com.

July 29, 2018

Georgiaville Pond Paddle, Smithfield

Begins at 3:30pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Join us for an evening paddle on scenic and peaceful Georgiaville Pond. We will make a two mile circuit around the pond, which will take us past pretty, pine tree covered islands and a town park. The pond is generally smooth and quiet, which makes for easy paddling. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Canoes and kayaks will be provided, or paddlers can bring their own boats. The cost is $35 per person for a solo kayak, $25 per person for canoe paddlers, and $15 per person for canoe passengers, and $15 per person for people providing their own boats. Advance sign ups required. (401) 481-1376; etalley@wrwc.org; www.wrwc.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

July 30, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

July 30-August 2, 2018

9th Annual BridgeFest, Newport

Various venues. BridgeFest keeps toes tapping and hands clapping, bridging the gap between Newport Folk Festival and our world famous Newport Jazz Festival, offering countless musical performances and music themed events that showcase a variety of local talent and musical genres throughout Newport county. www.newportbridgefest.com.

July 31, 2018

Flawed Justice: Rhode Island Killers Who Were Pardoned or Paroled, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Justice isn't perfect. Hear Rhode Island author and journalist Kelly Sullivan Pezza tell a true Rhode Island crime tale where justice went wrong. See website for details. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org.

August 1, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Peter and Eaddo Kiernan Research Fellows Lectures, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. "Beyond the Gilding: Exploring the Construction of Newport's Summer Homes": See how the design and construction of Newport's Gilded Age mansions marked a transition from local builders or craftsmen to regional and national contractors, applying the latest construction techniques. "Newport-Cuba Connections: Families, Legacy and Trade in the Nineteenth Century": Learn about the close commercial ties between Newport families and Cuba in the nineteenth century, including connections to several Preservation Society properties. Advance ticket purchase required; Peservation Society members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Historic Summer Residences of Salve Regina, Newport

5:30pm–7:00pm. Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue. Paul F. Miller of The Preservation Society of Newport County discusses the architecturally significant but less well known summer residences acquired by Salve Regina, including Ochre Court. This is the second lecture in the three-part series Stylish Ladies and Artistic Lodging. Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $60 for the series. (401) 847-0292; redwood@redwoodlibrary.org; www.redwoodlibrary.org.

A Perfect Storm: The Collision of Hurricanes, Climate Change, and Coastal , Newport

5:00pm–7:30pm. Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Meet Jeff Donnelly, climatologist, at a wine and cheese reception, followed by his talk about the historical links between hurricanes, climate change, and the population growth along the coast. NHS members, NRF Tenants, and military with ID, $5; non-members, $10; reservations requested. (401) 846-0813; www.newporthistory.org.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. Members, $20; non-members, $25; reservations and pre-payment by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

Ongoing, 2018

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.

August 1-31, 2018

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.

August 2, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Beach Bash, Middletown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Third Beach. Gather the whole family for a fun mid-summer beach party on Third Beach! Dance the night away with your toes in the sand with music by the Kohaug Allstars. Pack your own beach picnic or enjoy food trucks on the beach. Complimentary beer, wine, lemonade and iced tea will be served along with Ben and Jerry's ice cream and s'mores by the campfire. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard or rent from Jamestown Outdoors. NBS' Education staff will also be leading seining activities for kids, looking for local fish and maybe even some tropical fish brought in on the Gulf Stream. With the moon almost full, this will be the place to be on a gorgeous evening in August! Members, $22; nonmembers, $25; under 21, $10. Rain Date: August 9. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 21: Cajun Hobos; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. August 9: The American Band. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 3, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Keep the Wheels Turning Fundraiser, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gibert Stuart Road. Spend an enjoyable evening along the banks of the scenic mill pond at the museum. Gala to benefit art and education programs and on-going preservation projects at the museum. Rain or shine under tents. $50 per person; reservations requested by July 28. (401) 294-3001; info@gilbertstuartmuseum.org; www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com.

August 3-4, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Little Compton Antiques Festival and Classic Auto Show, Little Compton

Friday, 6-8pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. Wilbor House, 548 West Main Road (Route 77). Friday preview party, ticket price includes food, complimentary wine, music, early buying privileges AND entry the next day!; $50 in advance, $60 at door. Saturday antiques show with twenty-five vendors, $10. Proceeds to benefit Preserve Rhode Island. (401) 272-5101; www.preserveri.org.

August 3-5, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 4, 2018

Drop in and WEAVE!, Pawtucket

10:00am–12:00pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. Come by every Saturday in August for a free, family-friendly weaving program. Great for beginners or those who want to try their hand at this worthwhile form of fiber art. (401) 725-8638 x100; info@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.org; Purchase tickets.

River Glow, Westerly

7:00pm–10:00pm. 37 Main Street. Floating bonfires illuminate the Pawcatuck River and create a beautiful setting for this community event. Live music, steel drum band, fire juggler, belly dancing, hay rides through town, henna and hair braiding, air brush tattoos, face painting, shopping specials, food, and much more make this a fabulous night. Free Admission. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

42nd Annual Save The Bay Swim, Newport

6:15am–3:15pm. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road. Swim, kayak, or volunteer for Save The Bay's largest annual fundraiser as 500 swimmers and nearly 200 kayakers trek 1.7 nautical miles across the Bay to raise money and awareness in an effort to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. (401) 272-3540 x140; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Hearts and Flowers: American Girl Doll Garden Party, Lincoln

Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5-10 are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for an afternoon in the garden. Enjoy lemonade and cookies, a presentation on turn-of-the-century leisure time, a craft activity, Victorian lawn games, a house tour, and prizes! Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

August 5, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tours, East Providence

1:00pm–5:00pm. Al's Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Seekonk River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

August 6, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 7, 2018

A History of Outhouses, Johnston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. New interest in outhouses was aroused this past Spring when a bill to ban outhouses in Rhode Island was brought up in the legislature. Local historian Ray Wolf already had two books on the subject, and the fervor encouraged yet a third. While the bill did get 'canned,' what is it about outhouses? Free. (401) 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.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.

National Night Out and Fireworks!, Warwick

Begins at 5:00pm. Oakland Beach Seawall, Oakland Beach Avenue. Includes Warwick Police K-9 demonstrations, children's fingerprinting, karate demonstrations, Native American drummers, Officer Friendly, McGruff the Crime Dog, free refreshments and kid's prizes/giveaways (while supplies last), police and fire equipment, various neighborhood groups, various child friendly activities, and an opening ceremony featuring the Warwick Police Honor Guard along with other City officials. Fireworks at about 9pm, weather permitting; no Raindate. (401) 738-2000; www.warwickpd.org.

August 8, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. Members, $20; non-members, $25; reservations and pre-payment by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Vinland and the Watts Sherman House, Newport

5:30pm–7:00pm. Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue. Paul F. Miller of The Preservation Society of Newport County discusses the historic summer residences Vinland and the Watts Sherman House, focusing on their architects, builders and history. This is the third lecture in the three-part series Stylish Ladies and Artistic Lodging. Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $60 for the series. (401) 847-0292; redwood@redwoodlibrary.org; www.redwoodlibrary.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 8-10, 2018

Blacksmithing Workshop for Kids, Narragansett

9:00am–12:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Children age 8-14 can learn the rudiments of forging, fire management, and the skills to create two basic projects in one of our three-day workshops. All tools and materials are provided. Members, $85; non-members, $90; reservations and pre-payment by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

August 9, 2018

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 21: Cajun Hobos; July 5: The Duke Robillard Band; July 12: Steve Smith and the Nakeds; July 19: The Becky Chace Band; July 26: The Nickel Jukebox Band; August 2: The Driftwoods. August 9: The American Band. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for raindates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Whitehorne House Museum Open House, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street. A fixture of Lower Thames Street for almost forty-five years, it's time for some change at Whitehorne House Museum! Explore the collection of eighteenth-century Newport furniture for the first time or come back to hear about plans for the revitalization. The museum's charming pocket garden will also be open for wandering. Free. (401) 846-4152; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 10, 2018

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

August 10-11, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 10-12, 2018

27th Annual Cumberlandfest, Cumberland

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.

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 11, 2018

Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Providence

9:00am–4:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. These seven-hour narrated lighthouse cruises are for the true lighthouse aficionados. See nineteen active and inactive Rhode Island historic lighthouses, while taking in breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island, and other spots along the way. Starting in Providence, we will motor down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage. A lunch stop at Rose Island will include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $90; non-members, $100; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

Mornings at the Museum, Providence

9:00am–10:00am. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Family-friendly, hands-on activities connect children to life as it was lived 200 years ago. Along with a themed activity, families get free access to the museum. This program runs the second Saturday, April through August. Specific program events to be announced. (401) 273-7507 x362; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

Drop in and WEAVE!, Pawtucket

10:00am–12:00pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. Come by every Saturday in August for a free, family-friendly weaving program. Great for beginners or those who want to try their hand at this worthwhile form of fiber art. (401) 725-8638 x100; info@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.org; Purchase tickets.

August 11-12, 2018

343rd Annual August Meeting/Green Corn Thanksgiving, Charlestown

Narragansett Church, Old Mill Road, (off Route 2). The Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island welcomes the public to the oldest recorded powwow in North America. Come and enjoy traditional Narragansett cuisine, as well as modern American food, various Native jewelry, music, artwork and books and traditional Native American dancing. (401) 364-1100 x203; adstanton@nitribe.or; www.narragansett-tribe.org.

August 12, 2018

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

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.

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.

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 15, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. Members, $20; non-members, $25; reservations and pre-payment by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Visit a local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

August 15-19, 2018

52nd Annual Washington County Fair, Carolina, Richmond

8:00am–11:00am. Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Road (Route 112). Rhode Island's largest authentic county fair! Country music concerts, a giant midway, animal shows, Grange and 4-H exhibits, crafts, children's games, and more. (401) 782-8139; www.washingtoncountyfair-ri.com.

August 16, 2018

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.org.

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 16-19, 2018

A Weekend of Coaching, Newport

Various venues. Authentic nineteenth-century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses return to Newport. The historic coaches will make daily runs through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old tradition of horsemanship and elegance. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

August 17, 2018

Ida Lewis Distance Race, Newport

The 14th 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 17-19, 2018

91st Annual Greek Festival, Pawtucket

Friday 5-10pm; Saturday 12-10pm; Sunday 12-9pm. Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street. Come enjoy the best of Greece right here in Rhode Island! Traditional Greek foods and pastries. Shop for Greek imports in our indoor Agora. Dance to music of our live Greek band and enjoy the performances of our traditional Greek dance troupe wearing authentic ethnic costumes from Greece. (401) 725-3127; www.greekfestivalri.com.

August 17, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 17-18, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 17-19, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 18, 2018

Downtown Paddle with WRWC Staff and Board of Directors, Providence

Begins at 2:30pm. South Water Street Boat Launch, South Water Street. Enjoy a special paddle on the Woonasquatucket River! Not only will you get to see Providence from a unique perspective, you will also learn more about the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council directly from the Staff and Board of Directors, and then we'll all hang out and have drinks and some food after we paddle! Canoes and kayaks will be provided, or paddlers can bring their own boats. The cost is $55 per person for a solo kayak, $35 per person for canoe paddlers, and $25 per person for canoe passengers, and $25 per person for people providing their own boats. Advance sign ups required. (401) 481-1376; etalley@wrwc.org; www.wrwc.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

Drop in and WEAVE!, Pawtucket

10:00am–12:00pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. Come by every Saturday in August for a free, family-friendly weaving program. Great for beginners or those who want to try their hand at this worthwhile form of fiber art. (401) 725-8638 x100; info@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.org; Purchase tickets.

41st Annual Fool's Rules Regatta, Jamestown

9:00am–12:30pm. Town Beach at East ferry, Conanicus Avenue. Contestants have two hours to construct sailing vessels out of non-standard marine items on the beach. Then they race 'em! Races begin at 11am. Raindate August 19. (401) 423-1492; www.jyc.org.

August 19, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Old Fashioned Family Picnic, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Pack a lunch and bring your picnic basket, beach blanket, and toy boats, for an old fashioned family day on the Smith-Appleby Museum grounds. Bring your own games, or enjoy some of our eighteenth century lawn games with your children. Sorry, but due to potential fire hazards, no grilling is allowed. Free event; $5 donation requested for house tours; children, free. (401) 231-7363; contact@smithapplebyhouse.org; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

August 20, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 21, 2018

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 22, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. Members, $20; non-members, $25; reservations and pre-payment by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 23, 2018

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Gallery Talk: "Light of Other Days", Narragansett

7:00pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Associate director Blaire Gagnon will delve into the ways Americans lit their environments from the Colonial period to the mid-nineteenth century. She will cover candles, lamps, fuels, the invention of the incandescent light bulb, and much more. Members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 24, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 24-25, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 24-26, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 25, 2018

Personally Pawtucket Walking tour, Pawtucket

11:00am–12:30pm. Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street. This 90-minute walking tour is a collaboration between the Preservation Society of Pawtucket and the Rhode Island Historical Society. The tour will feature stories about many of the individuals who helped establish Pawtucket as a prosperous manufacturing center. RIHS members $12; non-members, $15; reservations requested. (401) 724-2200; jwilson@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Common Burying Ground Guided Tour, Newport

10:00am–11:00am. Warner Street entrance. The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many from the Stevens shop. A highlight of the visit will be God's Little Acre, the largest collection of gravestones from people of African heritage in Colonial New England, and a review the recent work of the city in conserving these important historic artifacts. Free. (401) 845-5804; npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com; newporthistory.org.

Life During the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island, Newport

12:00pm–5:00pm. Washington Square and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway. Newport's Old Quarter comes to life during the Newport Historical Society's 5th annual summer living history program. The focus, marking the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Rhode Island, features daily life in Newport during the summer of 1778 and the weeks surrounding the Battle. Free, donations welcome. (401) 846-0813; www.newporthistory.org.

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.

Walking Tour of Historic Woonsocket, Woonsocket

Begins at 10:00am. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Guides will lead groups along the banks of the Blackstone and Main Street, explaining how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how, in turn, the mills environmentally impacted the river. Adults, $8; children under 10, free with paid adult; students and seniors, $6; pre-registration suggested. (401) 769-9675; www.rihs.org.

Drop in and WEAVE!, Pawtucket

10:00am–12:00pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. Come by every Saturday in August for a free, family-friendly weaving program. Great for beginners or those who want to try their hand at this worthwhile form of fiber art. (401) 725-8638 x100; info@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.org; Purchase tickets.

August 26, 2018

Sam's Mill Fest, Pawtucket

12:00pm–6:00pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. Sam's Mill Fest celebrates the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of manufacture, the arts, and creative enterprise of all kinds at the place where modern America was born: the iconic Old Slater Mill. Artisan vendors, all-day live music, FREE museum tours, food trucks, and libations. (401) 725-8638 x106; edavis@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.org.

3rd Annual New England Quahog Festival and Sea Creature Parade, North Kingstown

12:00pm–6:00pm. Town Beach, Beach Street. Kickoff begins with our costume parade through Wickford and ends at the town beach with food trucks, live music, fun for the kids, beer garden, mermaid dunk tank, kayak races, and new this year—mermaid photo shoots on the beach and crab races! Join us for a free family fun day to end the summer! (All money raised is being donated to renovate the town beach playground). Facebook; www.newenglandquahogfestival.com.

Guided Tour and Exhibit, Lincoln

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

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

August 27, 2018

Wine and Cheese Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

6:30pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. Perfect for "date night" or a fun evening out with friends or family. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and we supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit. Adults 21+, $40. Space limited; reservations required; dates dependent on weather. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

August 27-September 2, 2018

Central Falls Restaurant Week, Central Falls

Various venues. Central Falls is home to some of the best authentic ethnic cuisine in Rhode Island. Come experience a world of flavors in one square mile! www.centralfallsri.us.

August 29, 2018

Adult Blacksmithing Workshop, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. Members, $20; non-members, $25; reservations and pre-payment by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 30, 2018

Thursday Night Walkabouts, Northern Rhode Island

Various venues. Join a National Park Service Ranger from the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park each Thursday evening, from July to August, for a FREE interpretive walk of the many villages located in Rhode Island's portion of the Blackstone River Valley. Call or visit the website for a complete schedule of tours. Free. (401)762-0250 or (401) 521-7266; kevin_klyberg@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/blrv/.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Wakefield Riverfire, Wakefield, South Kingstown

6:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Wakefield, Center of Activities at Contemporary Theatre, 327 Main Street. Enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets, and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Live music from area bands on stage by the river's edge and Saugatucket Bridge. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. Almost every Thursday will showcase additional programs with family-friendly activities. Bring non-perishable donations for the Jonnycake Center. Free parking in village. (401) 474-4700; wakefieldvillageassoc@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wakefieldvillage.

August 30-September 2, 2018

21st Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival, Charlestown

Ninigret Park, 4813 Old Post Road (Route 1A). Annual roots musical festival with blues, New Orleans R&B, Cajun, Zydeco, Swing, etc. Featuring two huge dance floors, four music stages, dance lessons, food vendors, kids activities, evening dances, instrument instruction, and more! (401) 783-3926; office@rhythmandroots.com; www.rhythmandroots.com.

August 31, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

August 31-September 1, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

August 31-September 2, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 1-30, 2018

20th 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.

Ongoing, 2018

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 1-30, 2018

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.

September 2, 2018

Festival Guatemala, Providence

12:00pm–7:00pm. India Point Park, 201 India Street. Performances of various traditional dances, and music such as the “marimba” are showcased. Festival Guatemala provides an opportunity to participants; old or young, recent immigrants and already established citizens; to enjoy a day of remembrance of their history, traditions, and culture. Participants have the opportunity to savor Guatemalan and other international cuisine offered by vendors. (401) 484-0090; centroguatemaltecone@gmail.com.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

September 3-9, 2018

Pawtucket Restaurant Week, Pawtucket

Various venues. This weeklong event coincides with Pawtucket's Arts Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to the city. Residents and visitors can attend a gallery event or concert and grab a bite to eat at any of the participating restaurants offering special menus and/or pricing! www.pawtucketfoundation.org.

September 4, 2018

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 5, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 6, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

September 7, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

September 7-8, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 7-9, 2018

33rd Annual Cranston Greek Festival, Cranston

Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; Sunday, 12-9pm. Church of the Annunciation, 175 Oakawn Avenue. Greek food, pastry, dancing, gift items, books, icons, Church tours, and children's activities. Rain or shine. (401) 942-4188; www.annunciationri.org.

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 8, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Central Falls Walking Tour, Central Falls

10:30am–11:45am. Starting point TBA. Pawtucket Preservation Society presents a guided walking tour of historic and cultural sites in the adjacent city of Central Falls. The Square Mile City shares much in common with Pawtucket and its industry and ethnic diversity. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725.9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

36th Annual French Heritage Festival, Woonsocket

River Island Park, 16 Bernon Street. Celebrate local ethnic and cultural heritage with a day-long authentic French open-air produce market, arts and crafts, food, trivia, face painting, Paws from the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bobo the Clown, and more! (401) 769-9846; www.nrica.org.

19th Annual Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival, Pawtucket

8:00am–6:00am. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Celebrate Asian heritage and culture with this annual event featuring unique and colorful Chinese Dragon Boats in a day long rowing competition on the Pawtucket River. Plus Asian arts, music, dance, crafts, and kite flying on the pier. Parking and shuttle are located at 175 Main Street. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.dragonboatri.com.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

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.

History and Herb Hike, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

1:00pm–3:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Join Historic New England and a professional herbalist for a walk through Casey Farm and its beautiful, wooded trails. Discover the history of this landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Learn about the farm's wide variety of herbs and their benefits. Hike meets at the cow barn. Includes admission for a tour of the historic farmhouse. Historic New England members, $5; non-members, $15 (North Kingstown residents, $10); registration recommended. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

September 8-9, 2018

Raptor Weekend, Bristol

10:00am–4:00pm. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street. Swoop into Bristol for the largest celebration of raptors in New England. Eagles, hawks, falcons and owls—the hunters of the avian world—will be featured in live flight presentations, educational programs, and activities for the whole family. (401) 245-7500; www.asri.org.

7th Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival, Providence

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. Admission charged. https://www.grandfestivals.com; Tickets.

September 9, 2018

Walking Tour of Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. Slater Memorial Park, 825 Armistice Boulevard. Come and experience a new perspective of the sites located inside Slater Memorial Park. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Off the Beaten Path, Jamestown

1:00pm–5:00pm. Watson Farm, 455 North Road. Farm manager Don Minto lead a special tour of this extensive seaside working farm. Learn how the evolution of the farm relates to the local island community and Rhode Island history. Discover stories about the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett Bay and learn how preserving our historic landscapes positively impacts local food production. Historic New England members, $5; nonmembers, $10; registration recommended. (401) 423-0005; www.historicnewengland.org.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Pawtucket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Festival Pier, 100 Tim Healey Way. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Pawtucket and Seekonk Rivers, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

September 12, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Visit a local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

September 13, 2018

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 13-16, 2018

48th Annual Newport International Boat Show , Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Features a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international manufacturers. Visitors will find an extensive selection of marine equipment, services, and accessories in a venue that spans thirteen acres of historic Newport Harbor. Never-before-seen new boats and products are debuted and awarded in the popular Newport For New Products program. If you harbor a passion for boating, there's only one place to be! (401) 846-1115; www.newportboatshow.com.

Newport Wooden Boat Show, Newport

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. Bowen's Wharf, 45 America's Cup Avenue. In-water basin and land displays will again feature Hinckley, Hunt and other Down East-style boats. You'll also find a beautiful array of wooden boats in the water. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

September 14, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Experience Rhode Island Tours, 1 Sabin Street. From lobster rolls and chowder to beaches and lighthouses, our bus tours capture Rhode Island in a day. On this journey you will learn the amazing story of Rhode Island's founding, visit the site of "America's first blow for freedom," stop for some of Rhode Island's most famous foods, including one of the top ten homemade ice cream shops in America, walk on one of our spectacular beaches, visit two of America's most beautiful lighthouses, and more. If you really want to experience Rhode Island, then come with us for a day! Adults, $60; ages 5-17, $55; ages 0-4, free. (401) 886-0733; info@riexperience.com; riexperience.com.

September 14-15, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 14-16, 2018

Misquamicut FallFest, Misquamicut, Westerly

Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue. World class carnival and amusements, food truck rodeo, knockerball, classic car show, electric car show, 2nd Annual Antique Fire Truck Muster, games, and more! International music headliners. www.misquamicutfestival.org.

32nd Annual Folk Art Quilt Show, Narragansett

10:00am–4:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. With the help of our wonderful quilt community led by the intrepid and former Folk Art Quilt Shop owners Evie Cherms and Mary Loftes, SCM will again celebrate the history of quiltmaking and its vitality as a contemporary art form. SCM will display over seventy-five quilts made by our local quilters as well as display and present programming on quilts housed in our collections. Thursday is reserved for group tours and senior center groups to tour the quilt show before it opens to the public; please call the museum to schedule your group tour. SCM members, free; non-members, $10. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 15, 2018

12th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival, North Smithfield

11:00am–5:00pm. North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road. Experience the start of the crisp autumn season with an always exciting family fun event! Celebrate everything pumpkin with contests, food vendors, live entertainment, and community organizations. Call Town Hall for information and tickets. (401) 767-2200; www.greatpumpkinfestival.org.

9th Annual Woony River Ride, Providence

8:00am–10:00am. Waterplace Park. Enjoy the scenic greenway of the Woonasquatucket River, a historic asset to the state of Rhode Island. The funds raised from the Woony River Ride support expansion of the bikepath and youth programs. Enjoy the finish line with an after party at Waterplace Park in Downtown Providence with live music, food, and awesome prizes for fundraisers! (401) 481-1376; etalley@wrwc.org; www.wrwc.org/woonyride.php.

A Country Day at Pardon Gray Preserve, Tiverton

10:00am–4:00pm. Pardon Gray Preserve, Main Road (Route 117). A family fun day... kids' games, crafts, entertainment, great food, exhibitors, pony and hay rides, Native American singers and drummers, Native American crafts, Touch-a-truck, home baked pie with Gray's Ice Cream. (401) 816-0126; info@tivertonlandtrust.org; www.tivertonlandtrust.org.

Traditional Fox Hunt and Luncheon, Lincoln

10:30am–3:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. The scenic and historic Chase Farm Park is the setting for this very unique event! Come and experience a traditional English style fox hunt, complete with dressed characters. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Providence

1:00pm–4:30pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. Enjoy the rich, historical sites of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence River on this 3.5-hour tour. With breathtaking views of Gaspee Point, Hog Island, Prudence Island, and Conimicut Point, you'll view eight active and inactive lighthouses and stop for a tour of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $50; non-members, $55; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

6th Annual Sabor Latino Empanada Tasting, Central Falls

4:00pm–7:00pm. La Galería del Pueblo, 209 Central Street. Sample empanadas and vote for your favorite from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. Cash bar, door prizes, live music. Advance tickets, $20; at the door, $25. www.rilatinoarts.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

September 15-16, 2018

31st Annual Apple Festival, Johnston

10:00am–5:00pm. 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 16, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Preserving the Harvest, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

2:00pm–4:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Once you've eaten all the fruits and vegetables you want during the growing season, how can you use the surplus harvest to take that farm-fresh goodness into the cold season to come? Learn how our ancestors saved their bounty through canning, pickling, freezing, drying, and fermenting. Expert teachers from the Coastal Growers Market and Casey Farm guide you in some of these methods, adapted for today's home cook, using local produce. You'll go home with recipes to try and samples we make together. Food, supplies, and a tour of the Casey Farm fields are included. Members, $20; non-members, $25; registration required. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

The Glory of Trees, Warwick

Tours at 1 and 3pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. A guided tour of the more than seventy species found at Clouds Hill, including those listed on the Rhode Island Champion Tree list. Admission, $5; children 12 and under, free. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

September 18, 2018

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 19, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 20, 2018

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.org.

September 20-23, 2018

13th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport

The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House, Bellevue Avenue. Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

September 21, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

September 21-22, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 21-23, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 22, 2018

9th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

10:00am–4:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Come and enjoy a free tour of this historic landmark. Try candle dipping, weaving, butter making, pumpkin painting, and other crafts. Members of the Rhode Island Spinners Guild will be demonstrating their skills. We will be serving some good old fashioned hot dogs. (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Blackstone Valley Historical Society's 60th anniversary party, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). The Society will open as part of Great Road Days, but will also celebrate its 60th anniversary. The Historic Arnold's Bakery will be open, as well as the main building, which will be showing The Lime Kilns of Lime Rock. Visitors will help celebrate with a piece of birthday cake. (401) 862-4202; jjhdio70@gmail.com; www.bvhsri.org.

Great Road Open House, Saylesville, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Nine historic sites along and nearby seventeenth-century Great Road (Route 123) host special tours and displays: Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside, Moffet Mill, Mount Moriah Cottage, Saylesville Meeting House, Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, and Valentine Whitman Jr. House. Tour the sites, explore the area, and discover how local residents and visitors lived and worked from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century. Free. (401) 728-9696; programinfo@historicnewengland.org; www.historicnewengland.org.

Cranberry Thanksgiving, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. Come celebrate the harvest of the cranberries with Narragansett storytelling, music, and dance demonstrations, Native art for sale, and more! Admission charged. (401) 539-7213; lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.com.

Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Providence

9:00am–4:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. These seven-hour narrated lighthouse cruises are for the true lighthouse aficionados. See nineteen active and inactive Rhode Island historic lighthouses, while taking in breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island, and other spots along the way. Starting in Providence, we will motor down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage. A lunch stop at Rose Island will include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $90; non-members, $100; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

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.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Visit a local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

September 23, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

September 25, 2018

Validating the Afterlife, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Everyone who visits an old house invariably asks the question "Is the house haunted?" Some have hinted that they have experienced strange feelings in one room or another, or heard noises while in the house alone. On occasion, Hearthside hosts programs to explore spiritual happenings with psychics and spiritual readers. Join us for an evening with renowned spiritual medium Roland Comtois in the intimate setting of Hearthside's drawing room. Thirty guests may receive personal messages channeled from the other side, followed by a book signing, dessert and informal conversations with the presenter. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

September 26, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 27, 2018

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

September 28, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

September 28-29, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 28-30, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 29, 2018

Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Newport

10:00am–1:30pm. Alofsin Piers, Fort Adams. Enjoy the rich, historical sites of the lower part of Narragansett Bay on this 3.5-hour tour. With breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Prudence Island, and historic Fort Adams, you'll view eleven active and inactive lighthouses, and stop at Rose Island for lunch and a tour of the Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds, where guests climb up the tower to view the new Fresnel lens up close! And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $50; non-members, $55; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

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.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. Starting point TBA. Join in a guided walking tour of the city's Woodlawn neighorhood. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Harvest Festival and Tractor Show , Cumberland

9:00am–4:00pm. Franklin Farm, 142 Abbott Run Valley Road. Come for tractors, music, scenic hayrides, barn tours, pony rides, a plant sale, local vendors, games and food. Parking is $2, but entrance is free. Rain date, September 30. franklinfarm65@gmail.com; www.franklinfarmri.org.

Diggin' Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop, Portsmouth

10:00am–12:00pm. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road. What is genealogy? How do you start to build your own family tree? Kate Wells and Michelle Chiles will cover the basics to get you started in this informative workshop. You'll learn basic research methods and work with free websites (or paper if you prefer!) to create your own family tree. You'll learn to search several free genealogical databases, learn about resources available to you at Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Public Library, and in your own community, and how to use what you find to document your family history. Basic comfort using a computer for online research is required. Free; seating limited; registration recommended. (401) 683-9457; portsmouthlibrary.org.

6th Annual Harvest Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 5:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Under a tent on the south lawn, we gather to celebrate the harvest. Rhode Island agriculture is highlighted in the theme for the evening and the delicious meal sourced from Rhode Island farmers. The evening includes a small silent and live auction, and MORE! $100 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

September 29-30, 2018

9th Annual Big Drum Powwow, Providence

10:00am–6:00pm. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street. Traditional Eastern Woodlands Powwow with Native drums, arts and crafts, dancing, storytelling, and children's events. All welcome; free. (401) 413-2167; pocasset.tc@hotmail.com.

44th 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. 'Mabel Express' barrel train, pony rides, mud pit, midway games and children's tent. Crafters' tent featuring more than seventy talented artisans and crafters. Local food trucks and vendors offering an array of appetizing selections. A fun lineup of bands set the festive mood in the Newport Storm Beer Garden. Admission charged. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

September 30, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Paddle Trip in Downtown Providence!, Providence

Begins at 4:00pm. South Water Street Boat Launch, South Water Street. Join us on a canoe or kayak as we enjoy the city from the water. We often see great blue herons flying, herring swimming and sometimes even painted turtles sunning themselves. The Downtown Woony is stirring with wildlife. Canoes and kayaks will be provided, or paddlers can bring their own boats. The cost is $35 per person for a solo kayak, $25 per person for canoe paddlers, and $15 per person for canoe passengers, and $15 per person for people providing their own boats. Advance sign ups required. (401) 481-1376; etalley@wrwc.org; www.wrwc.org.

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

Bristol Burger Bash, Bristol

1:00pm–4:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Come sample East Bay's best burgers all under one roof while enjoying local beers and wines and listening to down-home live bluegrass in the Linden Place ballroom and gardens. East Bay's best restaurants will bring their 'burger' A-game, serving up mini burgers of all types—imagine beef, turkey, chicken, pork, seafood, and more! Members, $35; non-members, $45. (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Ongoing, 2018

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.

October 1-31, 2018

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, 2018

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 3, 2018

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

October 4, 2018

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

October 5-6, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 5-7, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 6, 2018

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, 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.

Early Schools of Rhode Island, Warwick

Begins at 1:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Short lecture followed by light refreshments. $5; reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

26th Annual International Oktoberfest, East Providence

Bold Point Park. Join us for our annual reunion of friends enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria in Rhode Island. Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens. Clean out your steins and leave some room for the bratwurst! www.riwaterfrontevents.com.

October 6-8, 2018

40th 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 live, non-stop entertainment and music on the Autumnfest stage, amusements, food court, consumer showcase of local small businesses, arts and crafts, kids fest, gigantic fireworks and on Columbus Day holiday, experience a huge parade featuring bands, floats, and surprise guests and performers. Free admission. (401) 762-6400; www.autumnfest.org.

October 7, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

October 10, 2018

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

October 11, 2018

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 12-13, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 12-14, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 13, 2018

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Glocester Scarecrow Festival, Chepachet, Glocester

9:00am–1:00pm. Pavillon at Kent Field, 1109 Putnam Pike. Participants design and create their own scarecrows for prizes. The scarecrows will then decorate the Village through October 28). There will be food and entertainment. (401) 568-3243; Facebook.

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

21st Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

7:00pm–9:00pm. Andrea Hotel, 89 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. Complete with comedic (Monty Python-esque) re-enactment of the 1605 trial for treason of Guy Fawkes by the "Misquamicut Players." Music, bonfire, dancers, fife and drum, and more. Free. (401) 322-1026; www.guyfawkesusa.com.

Harvest Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Come celebrate 'Bountiful America' with local vendors, music from folk-rock duo Duck and Run on Saturday, and piano virtuoso and entertainer Jack Picard on Sunday. Family entertainment, games, a colonial photo booth, Uncle Sam, and our famous homemade apple crisp! Admission charged. Rain date: October 14. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

October 13-14, 2018

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 14, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 16, 2018

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 18, 2018

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.org.

October 19-20, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Illuminations 2018, Narragansett

6:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Illuminations will explore the beauty of light and the history of illumination through a series of outdoor exhibits. The 2018 Illumination theme, Transportation and Stormy Seas, is inspired by the 80th Anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938 and South County Museum's 85th Anniversary. Visitors will explore the history of South County and SCM's collections through the intersection of transportation and light. There will be games for the kids and shipwreck stories. This event is scheduled for after dark. SCM members, $5; non-members, $10; kids under 12, free. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

October 19-21, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 20, 2018

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

5:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Genealogy Marketplace, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. During this marketplace event, people can "shop" historical societies, public libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions. Representatives from several repositories will be present to answer questions as well as provide brochures and other guides on their genealogical resources and collections. Attendees can connect with these repositories, hear more about the rich local wealth of resources, and learn what's available and how to access them at sites from across the state—all in one spot! Free; registration requested. (401) 273-7507; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.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) 495-1213; info@tourblackstone.com; www.tourblackstone.com.

13th Annual Halloween Iron Pour, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue. Watch the Iron Guild fire up their furnaces for the annual molten metal spectacular. In the past they've brought us fiery hearts, zombie kings, and glowing skulls. This year... stop by and see! (401) 273-7101 www.thesteelyard.org.

October 21, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

10th Annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation, Newport

4:00pm–6:15pm. Belcourt of Newport, 657 Bellevue Avenue. More than 300 of Rhode Island's community leaders, business people, and homeowners, come together with preservationists, industry professionals, and craftspeople to celebrate the people who make a difference by protecting Rhode Island's historic places. A benefit dinner fllows the awards ceremony. www.preserveri.org

October 21-28, 2018

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.oceanchamber.org.

October 25, 2018

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. 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; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 26-27, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 26-28, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 27, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

5:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Twilight Tour in the Cemetery, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

5:30pm–7:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Tucked away in a corner of Casey Farm is a fascinating family cemetery. Carved with carefully chosen words and images, the grave markers from 1747 to 1955 tell us much about the people who lived at the farm and about local history. Come see Casey Farm in a new way at twilight, lit only by your flashlights (which we provide). Members, $5; non-members, $10; registration required. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

October 28, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 30, 2018

Colonial Survival and Modern Revival: Newport in the 1960s, Newport

Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Newport in the 1960s was a time-worn place, a city of many architectural layers. Some saw decay. Others saw a sleeping beauty. Urban renewal celebrated modernity. Historic preservation revered the past. These two forces were engaged in an epic battle for the future of the city. Through period photographs and compelling news reports, architectural historian John R. Tschirch brings us back to the old colonial districts of the Historic Hill and Point to witness the explosive firmament of the 1960s when an important chapter in Newport's history was being written. $15; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 847–8344; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

November 1, 2018

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Now and Forever: Connecting with Loved Ones Through Table Tipping, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Everyone who visits an old house invariably asks the question "Is the house haunted?" Some have hinted that they have experienced strange feelings in one room or another, or heard noises while in the house alone. On occasion, Hearthside hosts programs to explore spiritual happenings with psychics and spiritual readers. Join us for an evening with renowned spiritual medium Roland Comtois in the intimate setting of Hearthside's drawing room. Thirty guests may receive personal messages channeled from the other side, followed by a book signing, dessert and informal conversations with the presenter. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Ongoing, 2018

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.

November 2-3, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 2-4, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 2-11, 2018

Newport Restaurant Week Fall, Bristol and Newport Counties

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.

November 2-30, 2018

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.

November 8, 2018

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 9-10, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 9-11, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 10, 2018

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.

November 11, 2018

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

November 11, 2018, 2018

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

Begins at 11:00am. By the WWI Doughboy statue at Stone Bridge. Please show your support to our veterans keeping our freedom alive and well! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day Parade, Westerly

9:30am–12:00pm. Granite Street. Westerly Pawcatuck Veteran's Board of Control will have it's annual parade honoring all Veterans with a parade from Pawcatuck to the Westerly Armory where ceremonies will be held at the close of the march. Route: Pawcatuck Shopping center to Pequot Trail, to West Broad Street, to High Street, to Canal Street, to Railroad Avenue. (401) 596-0837.

Historic House Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a tour of this 200-year old homestead with guides in period costume. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately one hour, with the last at 3pm. Admission charged. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 13, 2018

THS Annual Meeting and Dessert Social, Tiverton

Begins at 7:00pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. All are invited to bring your favorite dessert to share, become a member of the Tiverton Historical Society or renew your membership, vote on the 2019 Officer and BOD slate, and share ideas for 2019 events and programs. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 15, 2018

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.org.

November 16-17, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 16-18, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

November 23, 2018

Santa's Arrival, Westerly

6:00pm–7:00pm. Dixon Square, 4 High Street. Santa Claus, "Winter Lady," and other holiday characters will be making their debut via fire trucks to bring in the Holiday Season. Free coloring books and lollipops will be handed out to all the children in attendance. Free family event. In case of inclement weather this event will take place at The Westerly Armory. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

November 23-25, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

November 25, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

November 30-December 2, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 1, 2018

American Girl Doll Christmas Party, Lincoln

Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for a party at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. Members, $24; non-members $27. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

Nikommo Celebration and Holiday Market, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. Celebrate Nikommo, a traditional give-away thankgsgiving which includes a ceremony, museum exploration, and storytelling! Free admission with a bagged gift for someone in need. (401) 491-9063; lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.org.

December 1-2, 2018

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The aroma of baked treats will find Smith's Castle along with the spices of mulled cider and the scents of the season. Enjoy some cider, good conversation, and the music of the season. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Ongoing, 2018

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.

December 1-31, 2018

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.

December 7-9, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 9, 2018

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

December 13, 2018

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 14-16, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice at the Tower, Newport

Begins at 8:00am. Old Stone Mill, Touro Park. Gather in the northeast corner of the park at 8am to see the sun pass through the south and west windows of the Tower. Then at 9am, witness the illumination of the egg-shaped rock from the east side of the Tower. A patch of sunlight shining through the south window acts like a spotlight, setting the egg-shaped rock in the interior of the west-northwest arch aglow.

December 21-23, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 30, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

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.'

May 5, 2019

37th Annual Birds and Breakfast, Middletown

7:30am–11:00am. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Treat yourself to a seasonal gourmet breakfast, with sweeping views over Paradise Valley and Rhode Island Sound. Chef Rich Silvia from The White Horse Tavern will prepare a scrumptious breakfast buffet, with organically grown ingredients donated by local farmers and markets. Explore the hiking trails on a guided bird walk with expert naturalists. Children of all ages can learn spring-themed nature crafts and enjoy live animal presentations, including animal ambassador Hunter, the red-tailed hawk! Adults, $30; children 3-12, $10; under 3, free. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.or.

June 18, 2019

17th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

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.'

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

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.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2021

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.'

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