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Events Calendar - 2024

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
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2024 Music at Sunset Concert Series

Jun 12, 2024 - Aug 28, 2024 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809

Spread out the picnic, soak up the warmth of the summer sun over Narragansett Bay, and enjoy a variety of musical performances by local musicians. Wednesday nights at Blithewold are the perfect way to enjoy summer with friends and family! Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and chairs or blankets. We have 33 acres of gardens and grounds, including a 10-acre lawn, where you can enjoy the music and gorgeous views over the bay. Preregistration is required! Walk-ins will not be accepted. The day before the concert you will receive a printout. Please print it and place it in the windshield of your car. It will be checked in when you arrive. Rain dates for some concerts. June 12: The Oh Nos! June 19: Sunshine Melodies – Steelpan Reggae June 26: The Joe Parillo Jazz Ensemble July 10: DMB Project

All Ages

Waterfire 2024 – Providence RI

Apr 1, 2024 - Nov 4, 2024 Downtown - Waterplace Park & Along the Riverfront Providence, RI 02903

Waterfire Providence 2024

  • May 11: Partial lighting 7:55PM. Vendors open at 6:30PM.
  • June 1: Full lighting 8:14PM. Vendors open at 6:30PM.
  • July 4: Full lighting 8:24PM. Vendors open at 6:30PM.
  • July 30: Partial lighting 8:05PM. Vendors open at 6:30PM.
  • August 31: Full lighting 7:07PM. Vendors open at 6PM.
  • September 21: Full lighting 6:43PM. Vendors open at 5:30PM.
  • October 5: Full lighting, 6:19PM. Vendors open at 5PM.
  • November 2: Full lighting, 5:38PM. Vendors open at 4:30PM.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Guilford Craft Expo 2024

Jul 19, 2024 - Jul 21, 2024 33 Whitfield Street Guilford, CT 06437

The Guilford Craft Expo, one of the most successful and long-running craft shows in America, returns on July 19th! Over 175+ modern makers will display and sell their fine craft in a variety of media, including Clay, Glass, Leather, Jewelry, Wearable and Non-Wearable Fiber, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Wood. Hours: Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Adults $10, Seniors $9, GAC members/children under 16/active military: Free. Multi-day pass $15. Held on the Guilford Green. The show is outdoors, rain or shine. On/off-site parking available.

2024 Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival

Jul 27, 2024 - Jul 28, 2024 Historic Drummer Boy Park - 733 Main Street Brewster, MA 02631

Come view a wide variety of traditional American made works at the 12th Annual Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival on Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28, 2024, in Brewster, MA. Over 100 booths featuring textiles, paintings, sculpture, artisan foods, homemade candles and soaps, fine jewelry, Nautical-themed art & apparel, custom signs, photography, sports apparel, seashell crafts, pet treats & accessories, floral arrangements, wind chimes & garden art, gaming accessories, cooking accessories, pottery, mosaics, woven baskets, and much more! Craft demonstrations on site. Rain or Shine. Friendly pets on leash are welcome.

Children & Families

Dragons & Mythical Creatures at RWP Zoo

Jun 27, 2024 - Aug 11, 2024 Roger Williams Park Zoo - 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907

Roger Williams Park Zoo presents a fantastic journey into the world of Dragons and Mythical Creatures this summer! Explore a world with over 60 animatronic fantasy creatures including dragons, unicorns, mermaids and manticores, each with their own stories about how they became legends in various cultures around the world. NOTE: Zoo admission does not include entrance to this special event. Proceeds to be for care & maintenace of the Zoo's animal habitats as well as educational and animal conservation efforts.

Community Celebration at Orr's Island ME

Aug 10, 2024 - Aug 10, 2024 Orr’s Island Fire Station, 1600 Harpswell Islands Rd. Orr's Island, ME 04066

Community Celebration. Free admission. Be there at 9:15 am for 9:00 fun run between Orr’s and Bailey Island fire stations escorted by fire truck. Family and kids’ activities include hands on fire hose deployment and exploring a fire truck. Put on the heavy firefighting gear. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to dunk a fireman in a dunk tank. There will be raffles for all kinds of goods and services, from household items to an educational tour on a lobster boat. Lobster rolls, hot dogs and hamburgers for purchase. Live music. Art exhibition in adjacent schoolhouse building.

Fairs & Festivals

Hebron Fair 2024

Jul 27, 2024 - Jul 27, 2024 16 Church Lane Hebron, NH 03241

The 72nd annual Hebron Fair arrives in July on the shores of picturesque Newfound Lake. Enjoy artisan food vendors and craftspeople, fun kids games & activities, live music and fair vendors, There will be a Vendor & Business Raffle. Proceeds benefit Union Congregational Church of Hebron. Rain or Shine!

Gilmanton Old Home Day 2024 — Gilmanton NH

Aug 17, 2024 - Aug 17, 2024 Grounds of Smith Meeting House, 451 Meeting House Road Gilmanton, NH 03237

The 126th Gilmanton Old Home Day is a local community event that is a tradition that began in 1898 and continues to offer a fun experience for all ages! A traditional bean-hole bean dinner is served, and this year there is entertainment by the Southern Rail blue grass band, Lindsay and her puppet pals, antique car show, exhibit by the Historical Society, art show, local artisans, crafts persons, organization vendors, and much more! Visit Gilmanton Old Home Day on Facebook for more details.

PVDFest 2024

Sep 6, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024 All Downtown Areas Providence, RI 02903

PVDFest, Providence RI’s signature outdoor arts festival, takes place on September 6-7, 2024. This year’s festival returns to the beating heart of Downtown, centered at Kennedy Plaza, animating the streets of the Creative Capital with astonishing international and local performances, art installations, parades, artisan markets, and world-class cuisine. Saturday’s rain date is Sunday, September 8 from noon to 6 PM.

Norwalk Oyster Festival 2024 — Norwalk CT

Sep 6, 2024 - Sep 8, 2024 Veteran's Memorial Park, 42 Seaview Avenue Norwalk, CT

Come to Veteran's Memorial Park for three days of great food and entertainment on multiple stages at the Norwalk Oyster Festival! Enjoy live music, face painting, vendor shopping, special events, and, of course, lots of oysters and other seafood. (All kids free Sunday with a paid adult ticket.)

NH Highland Games & Festival 2024 - Lincoln NH

Sep 20, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024 Loon Mountain Resort Lincoln, NH 03251

The spirit of Scotland distilled into a single weekend! Don’t miss NHSCOT’s signature event, the NH Highland Games & Festival – always the third weekend in September! Held at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, NH, this three-day celebration is one of the largest cultural events in the Northeast and showcases the traditions and history of Scotland through heavy athletics, cultural activities, music and entertainment, food and drink, and more! Participate in a Try-It class like street curling or learn something new at one of our seminars. Fun for all ages with special kids programming and opportunities to shop in Vendor Village. You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy this signature event presented by NHSCOT – visit nhscot.org for details and to purchase tickets today!

Farms

Blueberry & Flower Festival at Cider Hill Farm

Jul 20, 2024 - Jul 28, 2024 45 Fern Avenue Amesbury, MA 01913

Calling all blueberry and flower lovers! Enjoy live music, hard cider, family-friendly activities, hayrides, blueberry goods, cut-your-own bouquets and pick-your-own blueberries. Dates for the festival are July 20-21 & July 27-28.

Food, Wine, Beer

Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival 2024

Aug 10, 2024 - Aug 10, 2024 Cape Cod Fairgrounds - 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway East Falmouth, MA 02536

Prepare your taste buds and raise your glasses for the 12th Annual Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival! Returning to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 10th, from Noon to 5 PM (with VIP hour from 11 AM to Noon), this 2024 festival is your ticket to culinary bliss. Indulge in the offerings of over 25 of the region's top food trucks, serving up their most beloved dishes, while you sip on a variety of regional, local, and national craft beers. It's not just about the food and drinks – expect a day filled with lawn games, live music, and family-friendly fun.

1st Annual Buzzards Bay Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Aug 17, 2024 - Aug 17, 2024 MA Maritime Academy - 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Prepare your taste buds and raise your glasses for the 1st Annual Buzzards Bay Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival! Coming to Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, August 17th, from Noon to 5 PM (with VIP hour from 11 AM to Noon), this 2024 festival is your ticket to culinary bliss. Indulge in the offerings of over 25 of the region's top food trucks, serving up their most beloved dishes, while you sip on a variety of regional, local, and national craft beers. It’s not just about the food and drinks – expect a day filled with lawn games, live music, and family-friendly fun. Grab your friends, pack your lawn chairs and blankets, and join us for a sun-soaked celebration you won't want to miss!

10th Annual Portsmouth NH Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Aug 18, 2024 - Aug 18, 2024 CIsco Brewers - 35 Corporate Drive Portsmouth, NH 03801

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 18th, from Noon to 5 PM (with VIP hour from 11 AM to Noon) as Food Truck Festivals of America returns to Cisco Brewers for an epic celebration of food, drinks, and fun! This 2024 festival is set to be a daytime extravaganza, complete with lawn games, music, and family-friendly activities. So, grab your crew, pack your lawn chairs and blankets, and prepare to bask in the sunshine as you indulge in the ultimate culinary experience!

2nd Annual Smuttynose Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Aug 24, 2024 - Aug 24, 2024 Smuttynose Brewing Co. - 105 Towle Farm Road Hampton, NH 03842

Smuttynose Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival to Smuttynose Brewing Co on Saturday, August 24th, from Noon to 5 PM (with VIP hour from 11 AM to Noon). This 2024 festival promises a day filled with craft beer, culinary delights, lawn games, music, and non-stop fun for the whole family. So, round up your friends and family, grab your lawn chairs and cozy blankets, and get ready to soak up the sun while indulging in all the festivities! For more information on the event check out our website. Event runs rain or shine!

Naugatuck CT Food Truck Festival 2024

Aug 24, 2024 - Aug 24, 2024 21 Maple Street Naugatuck, CT 06770

Naugatuck Outreach Partnership presents our 4th Annual Food Truck Festival on the Naugatuck Green. A day full of Food, Handcrafted Artisans and Entertainment for the whole family. Grab your lawn chair and come and relax on the Naugatuck Green DJ 11am-3pm, Lisa Minxx Band 4pm-7pm.

Music

Tanglewood 2024 Season

Mar 15, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024 297 West Street Lenox, MA 01240

Set in an exceptionally beautiful part of the Berkshires, in a place where the best of the current generation of artists gather to celebrate everything music has to offer, the concerts, workshops and discussions at Tanglewood create memories to last a lifetime. Friends and families gather on the lawn, or inside the Serge Koussevitzky Music Shed with its world-famous acoustics, to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra, world-famous solo artists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Smaller programs play out throughout the property, where eclectic artists both perform and discuss their work, educating audiences and mentoring students. A vast array of programs, from John Williams Night to an evening celebrating Bernstein and Brahms, will be presented from late June through Aug. 31. Come experience Tanglewood and begin a new summer tradition.

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2024 — Litchfield CT

Jul 26, 2024 - Jul 28, 2024 Grounds of Frederick Gunn School & Perakos Arts & Community Center's Tisch Auditorium Litchfield, CT

Litchfield Performing Arts announces the 29th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival, a three-day event celebrating some of the biggest names in jazz music. Tickets

Outdoor Activities

Summer Mountain Bike Series 2024 – Gorham NH

Jun 25, 2024 - Jul 30, 2024 Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, Pinkham Notch, 1 Mt. Washington Auto Road Gorham, NH

A weekly mountain bike series for all abilities and ages. Every Tuesday for 6 weeks, racers can ride the long, short, or mini courses from 3:30-6:45 p.m. The courses are a mix of wide carriage roads and more challenging single-track trails.

Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen – Gorham NH

Aug 3, 2024 - Aug 4, 2024 Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, Pinkham Notch, 1 Mt. Washington Auto Road Gorham, NH

Join for the best bike race and party of the summer. Register as a solo competitor or a team of two, four, or five on the roughly 9-mile course throughout the galaxy of Great Glen Trails. For the 2024 theme, participants travel to outer space for the race, camping, parties, kids’ events, live music, and bash celebrating the most delicious suds around made by Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery. This year is the 24th Anniversary of Moat Mountain and Great Glen's 24th 24 Hour Race, in year 2024!

Performing Arts and Theater

Newport Dance Festival 2024 — Newport RI

Jul 17, 2024 - Jul 21, 2024 Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell Street Newport, RI 02840

Newport Contemporary Ballet presents the Newport Dance Festival on its festival stage on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House. Each evening the performance features a unique lineup of dances drawn on the talent, artistry, and unique styles of the festival’s five visiting dance companies and Newport’s resident Newport Contemporary Ballet. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy world class dance in an outdoor, social setting.

2024 Newport Dance Festival

Jul 17, 2024 - Jul 21, 2024 21 Farewell Street Newport, RI 02840

Inspirational Dance — From Around the Globe to Newport, RI! Newport Contemporary Ballet presents the Newport Dance Festival on its festival stage on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell St. in Newport, RI. Each evening the performance features a unique lineup of dances drawn on the talent, artistry, and unique styles of the festival’s five visiting dance companies, and Newport’s resident Newport Contemporary Ballet. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy world class dance in an outdoor, social setting.

Cirque du Soleil presents OVO – Boston MA

Jul 20, 2024 - Jul 28, 2024 Agganis Arena, 102 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

Cirque du Soleil returns to Boston with its high-energy production, OVO, which portrays a day in the life of insects. The miracle of biodiversity is performed through a continuous display of color, light and acrobatic movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst and opens, insects react with wonder and love.

Shopping & Sales

Providence Flea in the Park!

Jun 2, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024 195 District Park (Use 225 Dyer St for GPS) Providence, RI 02809

Join Providence Flea for Opening Day on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in our new location in 195 District Park (right across the pedestrian bridge from our old location on South Water Street) and every Sunday through September 15 from 10 am - 3 pm! Featuring 75+ local vendors - vintage, artists, artisans, indie makers, bakers, farmers, community nonprofits, food trucks, music and more! Leashed, well behaved dogs welcome. Free to enter with free on-street parking and nearby parking lots. Beware scammers selling tickets and recruiting vendors. Vendor applications are available only on providenceflea.com with correspondence only from info@providenceflea.com. Sign up for Market Highlights + News on our website at providenceflea.com. @providenceflea