Rugged and beautiful coastal landscapes dominate the small state of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the country. Along the coasts, visitors can get their fill of small-town charm in quaint and peaceful towns. In the larger cities, visitors can enjoy cultural spectacles, seasonal events, festivals and more.
The Greater Kennedy Plaza in Providence becomes the site for multiple stages in late September. Incredible performances in the areas of ethnic dance and music fill the stages as theatrical performers mingle with the crowds. Like no other festival of its kind, FirstWorks brings the most diverse schedule of performing arts to the public.
- Misquamicut Beach Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI 02891 in Westerly, RI
Come to Westerly in mid-May for two days of great family fun. Held at Misquamicut Beach, the largest in Rhode Island, this festival is a great combination of musical performances, amusement park rides and a gorgeous fireworks display. A fabulous food court and beer and wine gardens round out the attractions.
- Narragansett Parkway, Pawtuxet Village Warwick, RI 2818 in Warwick, RI
Tens of thousands of visitors head to Warwick for three days in late May for this outstanding arts and crafts festival. Organizers gather the best crafters from around the region along with fine artists to offer a very diverse display of products. Musical performances and tasty food offerings make this a great event for all.
- Newport, RI in Newport, RI
Horticulturists and gardening lovers come together in late June in Newport. The magnificent Rosecliff mansion is the site for this outstanding floral display. Based a unique annual theme, this show surrounds visitors with an array of landscaped gardens and floral arrangements. Lectures and workshops round out this terrific event.
Mid-September visitors to Newport are treated to a series of nautical exhibits. The newest in boats and boating equipment is featured. Along with workshops in sailing and power boating skills, visitors can also partake in seminars on things such as marine weather. The festival is in its 43rd year and is one of the largest of its kind.