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Discover the Best of the Ocean State: A Year-Round Guide

Dated: May 3 2023

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Rhode Island boasts a vibrant event scene all year round, with a wide range of options for entertainment and enjoyment. From beautiful state parks to a lively jazz festival to Bristol's renowned Fourth of July parade, the state offers a diverse range of events and attractions that cater to all interests. 


WaterFire Providence

About WaterFire | WaterFire Providence

4 N Main St, Providence, RI

Select dates from April to November

Created in 1994, WaterFire Providence is an award-winning art installation that aims to revitalize the urban experience, foster community engagement, and has ultimetely become a beloved tradition throughout the city. 


Bristol Fourth of July Parade 

Bristol Fourth of July Parade - Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 4th, 2023

Dating back to 1785 and famously known as the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the United States, this unforgettable parade is a must-see! Beginning at 10:30 AM, the parade will step off the corner of Chestnut and Hope Street, and end on High Street. For more information, click here


Newport Jazz Festival 

Newport Jazz Festival: August 4-6, 2023 in Newport, RI

Fort Adams State Park • 80 Fort Adams Dr, Newport, RI

August 4th - 6th, 2023

Held annually, this multi-day music festival draws jazz enthusiasts from all over the world, and features performances by renowned musicians on Newport's waterfront. View the lineup and buy your tickets here. 



The Lineup 2022 - PVDFEST

25 Dorrance St, Providence, RI

September 8th - 10th, 2023

Known as Providence's signature art festival, PVDFest features a wide range of events, including live music, dance performances, street theatre, food vendors, and visual arts installations. Spanning over three days and attracting thousands of visitors, PVDFest aims to promote the diversity of the city's arts and culture scene. Learn more HERE.  


Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo • 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI

September 28th - October 31st, 2023

This iconic event features over 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins that line a quarter-mile walkway to create the ultimate Halloween experience! All proceeds support the zoo's conservation efforts. Click here to learn more. 


Rail Explorers Rhode Island

Rail Explorers (Newport) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

1 Alexander Rd, Portsmouth, RI

Experience the magic of the railroad like never before on pedal powered, custom-built Rail Bikes. Book your adventure HERE.


Colt State Park

Rhode Island State Parks

Route 114, Bristol, RI

Boasting 464 acres of lush lawns, scenic hiking trails, paved pathways, and one of the most breathtaking shorelines in Rhode Island, Colt State Park is a cherished destination for both tourists and residents. 


East Bay Bike Path

Traveling along the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, the 14.5-mile paved trail is very popular among cyclists, runners, and walkers, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. There are several beaches, parks, and historic sites along the way.


Cliff Walk

Newport RI Cliff Walk | Find Scenic Walking Tours Along the Coast

117 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI

Offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mansions that line the shoreline, Cliff Walk is a 3.5-mile public walkway that runs along Newport's coastline. Free to the public and open year-round, visitors can take in the breathtaking ocean views, rocky cliffs, and stroll past Newport's famous Gilded-Age mansions, including The Breakers, Rosecliff, and Marble House. 


Blithewold Mansion & Gardens 

The Estate | Blithewold

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI

Built in the late 19th century, the Blithewold Mansion features a variety of architectural styles, and includes extensive lush gardens and an arboretum filled with a vast array of unique plants. Open to the public for tours and events, visitors can explore the mansion's ornate interior, stroll through the gardens, and learn the history of this significant estate. For more information, visit their website here. 


Herreshoff Marine Museum 

Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, United States - Marina Reviews -  Phone Number -

1 Burnside St, Bristol, RI 

Located in Bristol, RI, the Herreshoff Marine Museum preserves and perpetuates the many accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, and is dedicated to the history of yachting and America's Cup. This historic site offers a large museum facility, the old Herreshoff family homestead, six former company buildings, and a large portion of the company's waterfront. 


Providence Performing Arts Center 

About | Providence Performing Arts Center

220 Weybosset St, Providence, RI

Today, PPAC is a major cultural hub of the city, and a premier venue for Broadway shows, concerts, dance performances, comedy acts, and other cultural events throughout the year. Ranked by Pollstar as one of the Top Venues in the world, the theater features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, as well as a grand lobby and ornate interior design that reflect its historic roots. Find more information on upcoming shows, tickets, and events here


RISD Museum

Our RISD — RISD Museum Named Best 

224 Benefit St, Providence, RI

The RISD Museum is home to a diverse collection of notable art from around the world, ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary art. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as educational programs and events. 

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