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2014 Rhode Island St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events

Picture of a ShamrockEven tiny Rhode Island gets into the Irish spirit with some nice events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Following are the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day events in the Ocean State:

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Some Great Festivals Coming to Newport’s Waterfront

If back-to-back weekends of folk and jazz at the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival has you in the mood to visit this great waterfront city for some more revelry then look no further than these great festivals coming up at the Newport Yachting Center on Newport’s waterfront:

These are just a couple of festivals in the middle of a complete lineup of great events at the Yachting Center. A couple of fun events to plan ahead for this fall are the International Oktoberfest on Saturday October 12, 2013 and the Newport Food Truck Festival on Saturday October 26, 2013.

So all roads still point to Newport for summer fun that lasts into the fall…

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2013 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Newport, RI

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival LogoWe are in no way trying to hurry summer along – it seems all too brief as it is. But there is no harm in a little advanced planning for Fall fun and what better way to kick-off the fall season than a Wine and Food Festival?

Scheduled perfectly as the end to the Summer season and the kick-off for Fall, the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival will be held this year from September 20 to 22, 2013 on the lawn of the Marble House with events at Rosecliff, The Elms, and on the Newport waterfront.

On tap for this the 8th annual Wine & Food Festival:

  • The Wine & Rosecliff evening Friday night at Rosecliff
  • The two-day grand tasting on the lawn of the Marble House
  • Collectible Wine Dinner at The Elms on Saturday night
  • A Newport After Dark Party on Saturday night at Forty 1˚ North on the Newport waterfront
  • Sunday Brunch in the Gold Room of Marble House
  • Cooking demonstrations during the grand tasting on the Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary Stage featuring national, regional, and local chefs
  • Three days of seminars

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Rest assured that there is still plenty of summer left, but you can also plan to end summer and start Fall in grand style at the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival.

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2013 Food Truck Festivals of New England

Warm weather is once again upon us and with it comes another new season for Food Truck Festivals of New England. On the heals of a successful 2012 season with seven festivals, 2013 brings us six festivals. The dates and locations of this years festivals are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 8, 2013: The Cambridge Food Truck Festival in Kendall Square (3rd Street & Broadway) in Cambridge, MA
  • Saturday, June 22, 2013: The Worcester Food Truck Festival at Elm Park in Worcester, MA
  • Sunday, September 8, 2013: The Natick Food Truck Festival in Natick Center in Natick, MA
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013: The Charles River Food Truck Festival in Artesani Herter Park in Brighton, MA
  • Saturday, October 5, 2013: The Cape Cod Food Truck Festival at the Barnstable Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA
  • Saturday, October 26, 2013: The Newport Food Truck Festival at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, RI

Keep an eye on their schedule for any changes and updates.

Attending a food truck festival is a unique and fun way to spend an afternoon, and the reward is a lot of great food!

Food Trucks 2 Go

Would you like food trucks at your next event? Food Trucks 2 Go, a division of Food Truck Festivals of New England, can deliver 2 or more food trucks to your next event. An interesting way to add a unique twist to your next event…

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Newport Winter Festival – Newport, RI

If you are looking for a Winter Festival in the Ocean State all signs point to Newport and Newport County. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Newport Winter Festival, a festival that organizers bill as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza“.

The 10-day festival will feature over 150 events throughout the City of Newport and Newport County. It kicks off at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 15, 2013 with a fireworks display over Newport Harbor. The festival runs through Sunday, February 24, 2013. Some key events include:

  • Musical entertainment such as Beatlemania and Draw The Line (The Endorsed Aerosmith Tribute Show)
  • Magic shows
  • Kids events such as a Children’s Fair with Radio Disney, Teddy Bear Story Time, and a Princess Party
  • Cooking contests such as the 18th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off and 3rd Annual Chicken Wing Cook-Off
  • Ice sculpting
  • A comedy show
  • The 8th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park (more on this below)

Picture of the Ballard Park Illuminated Garden

8th Annual Ballard Park Illuminated Garden

During February school vacation, as part of the Newport Winter Festival, Ballard Park will host its 8th Annual Illuminated Garden February 21 through 23, 2013. The event is free and runs from 6 PM to 9 PM each day and features dazzling lighting exhibits in the trees, on a thirty foot rock wall, in the meadow, and around the vernal pond.

Ballard Park was created in 1990 when Carol C. Ballard donated a 13 acre parcel of land to the City of Newport. The park was cleaned up, and a trail system was created. The Illuminated Garden event in February kicks off a regular series of events at the park.

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Rhode Island Wine Bars, and Enotecas

Picture of Bottles of WineIt started as a reaction to a Boston Globe article about the 10 Best Beer Bars in Boston. We decided to look at wine bars and then decided to expand it to all of Massachusetts (see “Massachusetts Wine Bars, Wine Cafes, and Enotecas“). We now realize that that is not good enough, there are, after all, five other states in New England. So we have decided to expand this into a series about wine bars and enotecas throughout New England.

Up today in this series is the state of Rhode Island. Here are the wine bars and enotecas that our research turned up in the Ocean State. Please let us know if we missed any…

East Greenwich, RI

  • Siena, 5600 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI – 401-885-8850

Newport, RI

Providence, RI

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Rhode Island 2012 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals and More

Our round-up of fall festivals moves on to the little State of Rhode Island. While Rhode Island may be small, they still have a rich offering of festivals to celebrate the fall season. Following are the wonderful festivals in the Ocean State for the fall of 2012:

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Labor Day Weekend in Rhode Island

Continuing our series this week on things to do this coming Labor Day weekend, we turn our attention to the little State of Rhode Island. Following are a few of the special activities coming up this Labor Day weekend in the Ocean State:

  • August 31 to September 2, 2012: Rhythm and Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI.
  • August 31 to September 3, 2012: The Pawtucket Red Sox are in town Labor Day weekend playing out the last games of their 2012 season against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees with games on Friday (7:05 PM), Saturday (6:05 PM), Sunday (6:05 PM), and Monday (1:05 PM). The Paw Sox also have a 5K Race / Walk on September 1 at 9:30 AM.
  • September 1, 2012Waterfire Providence has a Full Waterfire (over 80 braziers) on Saturday evening, September 1, 2012.
  • September 1 and 2, 2012: East Greenwich Art Festival at the New England Tech Campus in East Greenwich.
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A Couple of Fun Festivals Coming to the Newport RI Waterfront

If you like great music in a wonderful setting then you may wish to set your sights on Newport this August for a couple of fun festivals coming to the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, RI.

  • The Newport Blues & BBQ Festival takes over this waterfront location on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. Come enjoy Beer, BBQ, and Blues with acts such as Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, and Joanne Shaw Taylor and more. The festival runs from noon to 10 PM.
  • Get your Irish on and come celebrate some great Irish Music at the Newport Celtic Rock Festival on Saturday August 25, 2012 from noon to 10 PM. Come see acts such as Eileen Ivers, The Town Pants, Screaming Orphans, Tartan Terrors, and Gaelic Storm. Pub fare and Guinness will be served (of course).

So summer fun continues in downtown Newport. For more on these and other events see Newport Waterfront Events.

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Newport Flower Show Kicks Off Today – Newport, RI

The annual Newport Flower Show will get underway today, June 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM. The show runs through the weekend from 9 AM to 5 PM on both Saturday and Sunday and is held at Rosecliff in Newport, RI.

The theme for this year’s show is “Salsa, A Celebration of Latin Cultures“. The show will feature:

  • An opening night cocktail party
  • Lectures and demonstrations
  • Display gardens
  • Shopping

This is the 17th Newport Flower show, a flower show that has become one of the premier flower shows in New England and beyond. It is well worth a visit.

For more New England Events be sure to check out our New England event calendar.

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