5 Weekend Musts: Charlestown Seafood Festival + More

Thursday, August 02, 2012


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It's a summer classic: indulging in chowder, stuffies, fried clams, and more, at Charlestown's Seafood Festival.

It's August, Rhode Island, and that means peak summer fun. Get yourself out and about with our best picks for weekend festivals, food, and more.

Charlestown Seafood Festival

Friday-Sunday  It's another great Rhode Island summer milestone. Don't miss this gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island's best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish & chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar, as well as an array of all types of foods for every taste. Lots of extras, including amusement rides, rock wall climbing, car show, children's shows, bungee jumping, a petting zoo, and lobster raffle. Friday, noon-10 pm; Saturday 11am - 10pm; Sunday 11am - 8pm, Ninigret Park, 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A), Charlestown. Admission $8. For full schedule of events and more, go here.

Fiddle n Folk Fest 2012, Barrington

Saturday  Barrington doesn't come to mind as a music festival hotbed, but this fun day of live outdoor music and folk arts might change your mind. The music features the fiddle prominently in most acts and a variety of folk music styles. Some of the musicians include the Old Fiddlers Club of RI, the Bluegrass Invitation Band, Bob Drouin with Rich Horwitz (5-string banjo) and Kevin Doyle (percussion/step-dance), Bay Spring Folk, Sundial, and French Roast with Michelle Kaminsky and Alan Bradbury. Visual arts and crafts, as well as food trucks. 1-7pm (rain date Aug 5th).  Haines Park (near the boat launch), Narragansett Ave and Metropolitan Park Dr, Barrington. Free admission, but donations accepted. Call 401-270-5876 for more information or check out their Facebook page, here.

Little Compton Antiques Festival

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Discover treasures among the vines this weekend at the Little Compton Antiques Festival, at Sakonnet Vineyards.

Friday-Saturday  Get a little browsing or shopping done in one of the most lovely spots in the state--Sakonnet Vineyards and Winery. Friday's preview party includes food, complimentary wine, music, early buying privileges AND entry the next day ($40 in advance, $45 at door). Saturday antiques show features 50 vendors, $8. Proceeds benefit Preserve Rhode Island. Call 508-674-9186 or 401-273-5550, or visit the Preserve RI website for more information. Sakonnet Vineyards and Winery, 162 West Main Road, Little Compton. Friday, 6-8pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Cowboy Junkies in Newport

Saturday  Keep that perfect Newport Folk Festival vibe with one of the finest groups touring today, the Cowboy Junkies. For more than 20 years, the Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. Pousette-Dart band opens. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. Courtyard Act 6pm, Pousette-Dart Band 7pm, Cowboy Junkies 8pm. Tickets: $22 Standard, $42 Preferred. For tickets or more information, call 401-846-1600 or go online, here.

Family Night at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Saturday  Enjoy a later evening with the kids (or make a fun date of it) at the Zoo this weekend, which is keeping its doors open late for a twilight adventure the whole family can enjoy. Watch the elephants at sunset, or take a twilight tour of Tropical America. Adults: $14.95, Children (ages 3 through 12): $9.95, Seniors (ages 62+): $12.95, Children under 3 and Zoo members are admitted free. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, 9am–8pm. Call 401-785-3510 or visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo website for more information.

For more Weekend coverage don't miss GoLocalTV, fresh every day at 4pm and on demand 24/7, here.


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