Fairs and Festivals -- Music, food, dance, art, ethnic, children's celebrations

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Westerly Town Beach Westerly Town Beach Westerly RI

365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI 02891 Phone: 401-322-0110

Enjoy a concert on the beach this summer!

Come down to Westerly Town Beach this summer at 6pm for one of our two concert series - Monday Night Jams or Blues on The Beach! Bring the whole family for a fun night of music and dancing. And don't forget to www.tunesonthedunesri.com or follow us on Facebook and spread the word!
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Cumberlandfest 2014

Diamond Hill State Park, Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, RI

August 8 - 10, 2014

This year’s festival includes tons of live entertainment for the whole family, including a Battle of the Bands, storytellers, Power League Wrestling, pro golf lessons, a rock climbing wall, and more, plus lots of yummy food as well. There's also a 5k road race on Saturday and an antique car show Sunday morning! Midway rides, refreshment booths, and arts and crafts areas open at noon. Hours: Friday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 10 p.m. Fireworks will go off at 9 p.m. Cost: Adults ages 13 and up, $5; youth ages 4-12, $1; amusement ride wristbands, $20

Black Ships Festival 2014

Various venues citywide Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666

July 17-20, 2013

A celebration of the arts and culture of Japan, commemorating Cmdr. Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the first treaty between Japan and the United States. Demonstrations and workshops of origami, sushi-making, martial arts, Taiko drumming, and a Japanese tea ceremony. See festival website for schedule.

Newport Celtic Rock Festival 2014

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport , RI Phone: 401-846-1600

August 23, 2014

People who love traditional Irish music love this day-long toast to Celtic culture and 10-hour marathon of Celtic celebration. General admission; no reserved seating; re-entry is allowed. Seating areas will be available throughout the venue. Held rain or shine. Time: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $25 spring discount; $30 through August 22; $40 day of the concert; SNUG package, $75; kids under age 12 are admitted free with an adult

Newport Kite Festival 2014

Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive Newport , RI 02840 Phone: 401-244-5264

July 12-13 2014

The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze washes your face. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Newport Music Festival 2014

Various locations in Newport; see event website Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0700

July 11–27, 2014

This 46-year-old festival presents 60 chamber music programs in the Gilded Age mansion of Newport. Music is from 19th-century chamber music and Romantic-era piano literature. There will be concerts of chamber music favorites and programs of ragtime and tango, along with a few surprises. A tribute to German composer Richard Strauss will feature several concerts of his music. The Strauss Series will include piano, chamber and vocal works. See festival website for schedule details.

Newport Reggae Festival 2014

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-1600

August 9, 2014

Come relax during this full day of positive vibes with internationally acclaimed reggae bands. Mingle among vendors and artisans and enjoy festive food and drink in the heart of downtown Newport. Concert-goers may come and go during this day of extraordinary music. Time: Noon to 10 p.m. Admission: $45

Rhythm & Roots Festival 2014

Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 888-855-6940

August 29-31, 2014

The Rhythm & Roots Festival boasts four stages of live Cajun and Zydeco music, food, a family tent for kids, dance lessons, all day and evening dancing on two dance floors, gourmet food and drink. This year's event will be hosted by The Duhks, and the lineup includes CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Donna The Buffalo, Jim and Lauderdale.
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon ­- midnight.
Admission: Adults, $35-175; kids age 12 and younger, free.

South County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2014 South County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2014 Kingston RI

University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, 3 Keaney Road Kingston, RI 02881 Phone: 401-783-1770

July 18-20, 2014

Balloon rides, carnival rides and games, trout fishing pond, Flying Wallendas, airborne jugglers, Room Full of Blues in concert Friday 6 p.m.; Corvettes, Classic and Modern Muscle Car Show; fireworks Saturday at 9 p.m.; giant kites fly; plenty for food. Adults, $10; children age 14 and younger, $5; families $25.

Washington County Fair 2014

Route 112 Richmond, RI

August 13-17, 2014

Livestock demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts, games, tractor pull, livestock, 4-H, live music, circus arts, puppet show for children. Admission includes access to all daily concerts, special acts and events, the giant midway and kiddy land area (all ride tickets and games separate), all agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and more. Live entertainment. The Washington County Fair has thrilled visitors from all over for nearly five decades, and it only seems to get better every year. This year's celebration features traditional events like a tractor pull, livestock demonstrations, a huge midway and kiddie play area, arts and crafts, a kiddie puppet show, and much more. Enjoy live music, family games, a farm museum, and more agricultural fun! Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.

Wickford Art Festival 2014

Wickford Village, Route 1A Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-6840

July 12-13, 2014

join the country's oldest open-air art fair featuring more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Artists exhibit on Main Street, Brown Street, West Main Street and several side roads in Wickford Village. Parking for the festival is free on certain streets and at Wilson Park and Wickford Elementary School. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.