Does it get any better than July in the Ocean State? Beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, ice cold Del's... This month is perfect for both get-up-and-go active days and delightfully guilt-free lazy days. With that in mind, we here at Visit Rhode Island have everything you need to plan your get-up-and-go days right here! So, grab a cold drink, lean back in your lounge chair and check out all the fun, fabulous things you can do before August!
Providence Restaurant Weeks: Now through July 21st
Participating Providence Restaurants
Providence is one of the nation’s hottest culinary destinations. Find out what the fuss is all about during Providence Restaurant Weeks. Choose from mouthwatering menus at nearly 100 restaurants. Enjoy three-course lunches at $16.95 and three-course dinners at $29.95 or $34.95, as well as two-for-one specials.
The Newport Music Festival: July 4th - July 22nd
Multiple Locations in Newport
The Newport Music Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season this year with 42 concerts and events showcasing Grammy winners and nominees, acclaimed international artists, and beloved resident artists.
Highlights include American opera legend Frederica von Stade, 2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo, Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds, piano virtuoso Charlie Albright and, widely considered the finest violinist in the world today, Grammy winner Joshua Bell. Incredible concert venues include the Newport Mansions, Belcourt of Newport, Ochre Court, Newport Vineyards, and others!
Life with Horses: July 9th - July 29th
Clouds Hill Victorian Museum
Life with Horses is a display of carriages, riding attire, and accessories in the Clouds Hill Carriage Museum.
The exhibit is open by appointment - call to schedule your visit today!
Music at Sunset: July 11th
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family! Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets.
Blues on the Block: July 11th & July 25th
Fred Benson Town Beach
Wednesday may be hump day in the workaday world, but July Wednesdays on Block Island mean winding down your day with live blues along the beach. Bring a beach chair or blanket and dance the sand off (or simply chill if you’re so inclined) to favorite Block Island and New England musicians. Otis and the Hurricanes will be kicking off the concert series on July 11. Though they hail from Connecticut, these boys will make the beach sound like just this side of the French Quarter with their down-home blend of New Orleans R&B and Delta-style blues.
The music starts right around 6pm—after the lifeguards have left their posts, early enough for young kids to enjoy, and early enough to head out for dinner after. In case of rain, the location changes from beachside to Captain Nick’s at 34 Ocean Avenue.
Black Ships Festival: July 13th - July 15th
Various Events at Various Locations
The Black Ships Festival is a celebration of the friendship between the country of Japan and the state of Rhode Island in commemoration of the 1864 Treaty of Kanakawa which trade up between the United States and Japan. Japanese arts and crafts, martial arts, a Japanese tea ceremony and taiko drums will be some of the highlights.
Celebrate Friday the 13th the Original Summer Horror Film: July 13th
Head to the Greenwich Odeum on Friday the 13th for the summer horror film that started it all. Watch the horror unfold at Camp Crystal Lake, get a good scare and enjoy some great Friday the 13th drink specials!
Ocean State ParaCon: July 14th - July 15th
This 7th annual paranormal event features some of the best and brightest from the paranormal realms of TV and literature as well as local artists, authors, craftspeople and food vendors to benefit Friend's Way of Rhode Island. Cast members of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" and Destination America's "Haunted Case Files" will be there to greet fans along with former Harrisville resident Andrea Perron, whose book trilogy "House of Darkness House of Light" formed the basis for the hit movie, "The Conjuring".
Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open: July 15th - July 22nd
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Each year, top ATP World Tour pros head to Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the first stop of the summer swing for pro tennis in the United States.Since 1880, the tournament has hosted legends of the sport on the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame’s historic grass tennis courts.
Warwick Food Truck Night at Rocky Point: July 19th
Rocky Point State Park
Food Truck Night in Warwick returns to Rocky Point. Come experience an array of some of the greatest savory and sweet food trucks, and live entertainment! Enjoy beer and wine from Open Season, Gooseneck Vineyards, and McLaughlin & Moran, Inc. Admission is free!
40th South County Balloon Festival: July 20th - July 22nd
URI Athletics Fields
The variety of entertainment for all ages make the South County Balloon Festival one of Rhode Island’s most popular summer events. Glowing hot air balloons and Rhode Island’s own Roomful of Blues are on tap for this year’s Festival. Other highlights include carnival rides and games, a rock-climbing wall, car show face painting, arts and crafts, and a range of food vendors, including ever-popular barbecue. Children love the Rotary Club of Wakefield’s free fishing pond, inflatable bounce houses, and train rides.
Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series Presents The Mallet Brothers Band: July 27th
River Island Park
The Mallett Brothers Band boast a unique style that incorporates alt-country, Americana, country, jam and roots-rock, and have opened for the likes of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Listen closely though and you’ll also discover insightful, reflective lyrics that go deeper than their joyful demeanor might imply.