Whether small town or big city, RI has something to offer every family. If you missed the Newport Jazz Festival or the Foster Old Home Days this past weekend, don’t worry. You can always get Del’s Lemonade in Johnston and Smithfield or a NY System weiner-all-the-way in Olneyville. There are plenty of other activities and events for your family to attend this month!
32nd Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival – Come taste the Ocean State! Starting this Friday at noon, parking is $2 and admission for over age 10 is $9. This festival started as a one-day event with less than ten vendors and has grown to three days with over 120 vendors! RI is renowned for its seafood and this is the best place in RI to sample every kind of tasty treat the Ocean State has to offer. Sample the best of local lobsters, steamers, fish & chips, chowder, clam cakes, lobster rolls, corn on the cob, a raw bar and more! There will be live music (some pretty awesome tribute bands), many raffles to enter, fireworks Saturday night and a car show on Sunday.
Theatre by the Sea – Located in Wakefield, RI, this 1880s converted barn by the water is the ideal place to see a live performance. This historic theatre and playhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The Wizard of Oz is showing there until mid-August; I know my kids are dying to see it!
Kaleidoscope Theater – Based in Cranston, RI at the Scottish Rite Theatre, come see this professional touring children’s theatre company performing Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood, or Cinderella’s Wedding. Called a “Rhode Island treasure” by the RI State Council on the Arts, children love seeing their favorite fairy tale characters come to life. Visit one of their theatre venues, book an educational show for your school, invite your child’s favorite character to attend his or her birthday party or bring their dinner theatre to your private event!
WaterFire – Two full lightings of Providence WaterFire will take place in August, with a Chinese Culture Night at the September 24th full lighting. While this event is rather busy and crowded, what a great way to show the family the best of our capital city!
Local Concert Series – Summer in RI means music in the town square, or the beach, or the lawn of the town hall. Check your local city or town for dates and times, but here are a few of the most popular:
- Friday Night Concert Series at WaterPlace Park – free
- Tunes on the Dunes presents Monday Night Jamz and Wednesday Blues on the Beach in Westerly
- Block Island hosts Blues on the Block for two more dates in August
- RI Historical Society presents its 20th season of Concert Under the Elms on Thursday nights
Block Island – Block Island Triathlon is this weekend! Even if you’re not feeling the quarter-mile swim, the 12-mile bike ride or the 4-mile run, just take the ferry out and spectate this fun event. Maybe the Great Toy Boat Race is more your speed, also held this weekend. For just $10 entry fee, your child could win the grand prize of $500!
Whatever your plans, be sure to show your family the best of the Ocean State. For more information about cultural experiences in Rhode Island, please contact me. I am Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. I am dedicated to helping RI families find affordable, cultural childcare. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925.