Annual July 4th Parade & Steak Fry: Floats, bands, clowns, and kids march across the Island to celebrate our nation’s birthday, then, feed your appetite with an all-American feast featuring steak, corn on the cob, watermelon, and salad.
Block Island Country Fest: Big-name performers converge on Ballard’s waterfront hotel, where they’ll perform from morning ‘til evening. If you like what you hear, Ballard’s hosts summer jams all season long.
Block Island Barbershop Quartet Festival: The 55th installment of one of the oldest barbershop festivals in the country, starring regional male and female a cappella quartets, including the beloved Narragansett Bay Chorus of Providence.
The Great Salt Pond Swim 5: Ease into open water swimming by joining nearly 150 fellow adventurers in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. Don’t be fooled – it’s a half-mile swim there and half-mile back, so focus on strength and stamina instead of speed.
Block Island Triathlon: You can swim, bike, and run across the island, but why not do all three? Start with a brisk swim from Fred Benson Town Beach, dry off to bike along the western coast, and lace up your sneaks for a sprint to the finish line.
ConserFest: A grassroots music festival on a beautiful island is awesome on its own, but ConserFest also adds a strong message about arts, the environment, and sustainable initiatives.
Annual Mary D. Ball: Live entertainment, food, drinks, and stunning view of New Harbor are trademarks of this family-friendly party where shorts and suits alike are welcome. Ticket proceeds benefit the Mary D. Ball Fund.
Reggae Fest: If you’re going to spend one summer day on a private beach on an isolated island, you should probably consider Reggae Fest at Ballard’s, with its lineup of five touring reggae outfits.
Annual House and Garden Tour: Block Island Historical Society lets you inside some of the island’s most beautiful homes and gardens, with an eye towards interesting architecture, design, and decor.
Lions Club Clambake: Labor Day weekend isn’t complete without this annual clambake. Not a shellfish fan? Landlubbers can find hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausages served up alongside chowder and mussels on Narragansett Inn’s lawn.