5 Weekend Musts: Blackstone Celebration, Free Museums + More

Friday, September 23, 2011


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Rain or shine, we've got five fantastic events for your late-September weekend.

Make a splash in the Blackstone Valley

Saturday  Rhode Island Water Celebration Day Cruises. Take advantage of this statewide celebration of all things wet and enjoy special early morning and evening crusies on the Blackstone River on the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Only $15 per person. For more information, go here.

Celebrate and get cultured in Providence

Saturday  34th Annual Heritage Day Festival. "Travel around the world in a day" with cultural displays, a mouth-watering array of traditional foods and craft demonstrations and exhibits from more than eleven different countries and food from over eight countries. Rain date: September 25. 12pm–6pm. Roger Williams National Memorial Park, 282 North Main Street. Call 222-4133 or visit the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission Web site for more information.

Get smart for free statewide

Saturday  Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day. Various venues. Take the opportunity to visit one of Rhode Island's many museums for free during Museum Day. Visit the Museum Day Web site for a list of participating museums.

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Make history in Smithfield

Saturday-Sunday  Revolutionary War Encampment Living History Weekend. Colonial Minutemen, militia, and British Red Coats do battle and host games, demonstrations, 1st Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest, and more! Free. Museum tour: $4 donation requested; children, free. 10am–4pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Call 231-7363 or visit the Smith-Applebee House Museum Web site for more information.

Shoot like a man in Manville

Saturday-Sunday   Manville Sportsmen's Club 2011 Settler's Days. It's a sportsman's dream: rifle, pistol, archery, tomahawk, and trap-shooting, from 10-5 at 250 High Street, Manville. Plus paintball. Not to mention food, a raffle, and music. Visit the Club Web site for more information.


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