The Revolutionary War and gorgeous beachfront venues, what more could you possibly want out of summer celebrations? You can get both of those things and much more at festivals in Rhode Island. Expect to find history and unique musical events during the summer festival season.
There is nothing quite like celebrating the fine art of arson. At Gaspee Days in Warwick, going on from May 3rd to June 10th, join in on the celebration. In honor of Rhode Island settlers who set fire to the British schooner, the HMS Gaspee during the Revolution, the Gaspee Days bring history to life with reenactments, and a parade that features colonial militias, as well as fife and drum corps. Contests, food, and an arts and crafts fair round out the fun for the modern-day attendees. You can get all of the information about this festival at http://gaspee.com/
The Newport Yachting Center plays host to the Snapple Sunset Music Festival, taking place this year from June 28th through July 8th. With a waterfront tent that offers views of the ocean, who needs performances by the likes of The Temptations, Ben Folds, or Howie Day? These are just some of the many great artists who have performed at the Sunset Music Fest in the past. To find out what artists will be performing, and to get tickets, visit the website.
Find even more music at the Providence Sound Session, taking place from July 15th through 21st. Brought to the city by The Providence Black Repertory Company and The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism, Sound Session offers a block party concert at Waterplace Park, plus hip-hop, jazz, house and afro beat musicians, and spoken word artists. Events take place at Xxodus Café, the Black Repertory Theatre, and additional venues around Providence. To find out what artists will be performing, get a schedule, or learn how to get tickets, visit http://www.providencesoundsession.com/
St. Mary’s Feast is held in Cranston, Rhode Island, from July 18 – 22, 2007. This festival, which honors Veterans of Foreign Wars, includes a Veterans Parade and live entertainment by Stefano Ray. Carnival games and rides flow down Atwells Avenue and Knight Street during the event.
Ninjas, Taiko drumming, origami, and all things Japanese are on tap for the Black Ships Festival in downtown Newport, going on July 19 – 22 this year. In honor of Commodore Matthew Perry, this event brings a little Japan to this little state. With workshop in everything from martial arts to sushi making, there is sure to be something to entertain everyone. Find out more at http://www.newportevents.com/Blackships/main.shtml
Even if you are just passing through Rhode Island on your way somewhere else, it would be worthwhile to time your drive through with one of these fun summer festivals.