From seafood to the arts, there are so many original and extraordinary festivals that happen throughout the year in Rhode Island. They have become a true testament to the uniqueness that is the nation’s smallest state. Here are 11 amazing festivals that are just so very Rhode Island.
1. Seafood Festival, Charlestown
This might be the most Rhode Island festival out there.
2. Newport Kite Festival, Newport
Every July offers the chance to see creative and extravagant kites flying high over Newport.
3. Scituate Art Festival, Scituate
This picturesque New England village hosts a highly celebrated festival. Held in October, the event showcases local and unique artists.
4. South County Hot Air Balloon Festival, Kingston
Watch massive hot air balloons soar over the University of Rhode Island at this annual festival.
5. Rhode Island PrideFest, Providence
Did you know that Rhode Island is home to one of the largest and most spectacular pride parades in the entire country? Amazing drag performers, musicians, artists, and other fun and unique attractions make this festival an amazing event.
6. Newport Bridge Festival, Newport
A partner festival to the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the Bridge Festival celebrates local artists each July.
7. Foo Fest, Providence
Puppeteers, musicians, artists, authors, activists, and more unite every August in Providence for this fantastically unique festival.
8. Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence
Ranked one of the top 10 best film festivals in the country, RIFF is a perfect event for cinema fans.
9. Pronk: Providence Honk Festival, Providence
This extremely creative and original festival showcases marching bands, puppeteers and other talented performance artists.
10. Pawtucket Arts Festival, Pawtucket
This September event is yet another amazing opportunity to check out unique local artists in Rhode Island.
11. Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival, Newport
Plenty of festivals feature great food and many offer amazing wine to taste. Very few if any offer all this at an amazing gilded age mansion.
These festivals are sure to be fun and unique! We encourage you to use this list to start planning your summer and fall weekends.