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January 1-December 31, 2021

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 20-January 2, 2022

Holidays at the Newport Mansions, Newport

Various venues. The exterior of The Breakers and its landscape will again be awash in thousands of festive colored lights, including twenty-eight spruce trees glittering and glowing; The Breakers facade bathed in color; and illumination of the historic paths, shrubbery and trees in various colors. The Children's Cottage will be outlined in lights and visitors will be able to peek through the windows at Santa's Workshop inside. Holiday music will fill the air. Inside, The Breakers and The Elms will be lavishly decorated with thousands of poinsettias, spectacular ornamented evergreens, wreaths, fresh flowers, decorations on all mantelpieces and many other festive touches. The fifteen-foot-tall "poinsettia tree"—always a visitor favorite—will again grace the Great Hall of The Breakers. Check website for details and special events.(401) 847-1000; info@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

December 3-5, 2021

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

See website for times. 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 3-19, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from two different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

December 4, 2021

51st Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The Tree Lighting is back in a whole new way, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this special local tradition. We've reimagined the ceremony to kick off the holidays by the sea in a safe way, with a brief program at 5:30pm followed by a live stream of the countdown on our Facebook and Instagram pages promptly at 6pm. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

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.

December 4-5, 2021

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; children 6-12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Hearthside House will be open for the holidays, with each room and the exterior beautifully decorated and ready to welcome visitors. Santa will be in attendance as well, for boys and girls to share their Christmas wishes. Festive musical entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. Take a self-guided tour with docents dressed in period attire to add to the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas. Go at your own pace and bring your camera to capture the beauty of the rooms or as a backdrop for a picture with a Christmas tree or Santa. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 5, 2021

Cranston Historical Society Holiday Open House, Cranston

1:00pm–4:30pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join the members of the Cranston Historical Society for Sprague punch, wassail, and cookies. Plus music, decorations, antique Christmas display, and holiday spirit! Free; please wear your masks! (401) 944-9226; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

A Schoolhouse Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–2:00pm. Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, 677 Great Road. A highlight of towns across the country every year was the Christmas program put on by the teacher and students in one-room schoolhouses. In a re-creation of that time, local children in grades 1-8 will perform a Christmas program in the Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, much as it would have been in the nineteenth century. Dressed for the time period, the children will sing and recite poems, written in or before the years our schoolhouse was in session. Two performances offered. Space is limited. This has been a sell-out event in past years, so reserve a place early. Tickets available starting November 20. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 8, 2021

Rhode Island Stories, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. Local author Michael Fine reads from and discusses his new book of short stories—with an introduction by special guest, Mayor Joseph Polisena. Please call or email to register. (401) 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.net; www.mohrlibrary.org.

December 9, 2021

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 10-12, 2021

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

See website for times. 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 11, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

December 11-12, 2021

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; children 6-12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Hearthside House will be open for the holidays, with each room and the exterior beautifully decorated and ready to welcome visitors. Santa will be in attendance as well, for boys and girls to share their Christmas wishes. Festive musical entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. Take a self-guided tour with docents dressed in period attire to add to the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas. Go at your own pace and bring your camera to capture the beauty of the rooms or as a backdrop for a picture with a Christmas tree or Santa. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 12, 2021

A Schoolhouse Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–2:00pm. Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, 677 Great Road. A highlight of towns across the country every year was the Christmas program put on by the teacher and students in one-room schoolhouses. In a re-creation of that time, local children in grades 1-8 will perform a Christmas program in the Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, much as it would have been in the nineteenth century. Dressed for the time period, the children will sing and recite poems, written in or before the years our schoolhouse was in session. Two performances offered. Space is limited. This has been a sell-out event in past years, so reserve a place early. Tickets available starting November 20. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 17-19, 2021

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

See website for times. 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 18, 2021

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; children 6-12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 28, 2021

Home for the Holidays, Saylesville, Lincoln

4:30pm–7:30pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Come experience the full history of our c1810 Federal Style mansion, "The House that Love Built," with a guided tour to learn the stories of the eleven families that called this beautiful place home from 1814-1996, when the property was acquired by the town of Lincoln. The house and property will still be decorated for Christmas, so experience both the history and the decorations at once. A perfect event to enjoy with out-of-town guests or family members during the holiday break. Tours must be reserved in advance to limit group size. Tours begin on the half hour and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 30, 2021

Home for the Holidays, Saylesville, Lincoln

4:30pm–7:30pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Come experience the full history of our c1810 Federal Style mansion, "The House that Love Built," with a guided tour to learn the stories of the eleven families that called this beautiful place home from 1814-1996, when the property was acquired by the town of Lincoln. The house and property will still be decorated for Christmas, so experience both the history and the decorations at once. A perfect event to enjoy with out-of-town guests or family members during the holiday break. Tours must be reserved in advance to limit group size. Tours begin on the half hour and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

January 20, 2022

Loyalist Women in Eighteenth Century Newport, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Imagine packing up all of your belongings, a young child in tow, and boarding a ship to leave your hometown—uncertain if you would ever return. This was the experience of some female Loyalists in Revolutionary-era Newport who left the town due to their association with Loyalism, either due to their own beliefs or their male relatives' affiliations. Loyalist women were often in a precarious situation; they could not vote, fight, or legislate but they still experienced the consequences of Loyalism. While often considered the "enemies of freedom" in American history, Loyalists were actually a diverse group who chose the British side of the conflict for numerous reasons and made up between 20-33% of the population. MaryKate Smolenski's lecture will draw on primary source research from her time as a Buchanan Burnham fellow at the Newport Historical Society in 2019. From archival research, she has documented over seventy women and girls who could be considered Loyalists in Newport. She will focus on the experiences of four women with deep ties to Newport whose purported Loyalism during the Revolutionary War had a profound effect on the rest of their lives. The talk will focus on lived experiences and explore the aftermath of Loyalism through the examples of four women: Penelope Honyman Bisset, Elizabeth Malbone Breese, Sarah Brenton Wanton Atherton, and Jemima Bull. Each woman's path differed, reflecting the variety of the female Loyalist experience in Newport. Members, $1; non-members, $5; advance registration required. (401) 846-0813; esulock@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

March 19, 2022

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2022

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 21, 2022

Gaspee Days Proclamation Ceremony and Walking Tour, Pawtuxet, Warwick

12:00pm–2:00pm. The Gazebo, Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Join us as we stand before our neighbors and friends in the community to announce the commencement of another year celebrating Gaspee Days! Our proclamation may only be a few words in a few moments but what we have to say will last a lifetime. After our new season is announced, take a tour through Historic Pawtuxet Village guided by children from our local schools as they perform scenes set back in time when the village was first settled. Event subject to change according to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 4, 2022

Gaspee Days Fireworks Extravaganza, Pawtuxet, Warwick

9:00am–10:00am. Salter's Grove Park, Narragansett Parkway. A re-creation, of sorts, of the fireworks that went off when the ship's powder magazine blew up after we burned the Gaspee in 1772. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 5, 2022

Gaspee Days Blessing of the Fleet, Pawtuxet, Warwick

11:00am–1:00pm. Pawtuxet Cove. Are you a boat lover? How about a boat owner? Well here is your opportunity to bring your boat to RIYC to get blessed and participate in the Gaspee Days parade of boats! Even if you don't have a boat, all are welcome to come watch the event from the Rhode Island Yacht Club lawn. All of RIYC facilities will be open and available including pub and kitchen. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 11, 2022

56th Annual Gaspee Days Parade, Pawtuxet, Warwick

10:00am–1:00pm. Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, to Broad Street in Cranston through Pawtuxet Village. The annual parade commemorates the Rhode Island colonists who burned the British schooner HMS Gaspee, in the first overt act leading to the American Revolutionary War! The parade features colonial fife and drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum and bugle corps, and much more! Free. Event subject to change according to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 11-12, 2022

Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment, Pawtuxet, Warwick

10:00am–4:00pm. Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Our encampment gives visitors a feel for colonial military life as dozens of militia camp out for the weekend in authentic Revolutionary style. Hosted by the Pawtuxet Rangers, RIM. Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 12, 2022

The Burning of the Gaspee, Pawtuxet, Warwick

Begins at 1:00pm. Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. As our last blow in the celebration of Gaspee Days, we reenact the event that started it all with a symbolic burning of the ship that sparked the American Revolution—come celebrate it with us! (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

August 8, 2022

Victory Day, Statewide

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

August 27-28, 2022

Rhode Island Statewide Scavenger Hunt, Statewide

10:00am–6:00pm. If you know Rhode Island, you know that the "greatest lil' state" packs a lot of fun, history, and culture into one small package—one that you could explore in a day. But how well do you REALLY know Rhode Island? You and your teammates will have the opportunity to explore our state in a way you've never done before—with the aid of a one-of-a-kind augmented reality mobile platform. By air, land, or sea, use your preferred mode of transportation. Participate for a few hours, a whole day, or for two days. You're sure to uncover clues that bring you to new sites... and perhaps new heights. Details TBD. office@leadershipri.org.

September 10-11, 2022

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. www.riseafoodfest.com; Tickets.

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