Summer in Northern Rhode Island

From June through August, what to do all summer long



June 15
Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival: Family-friendly music and arts festival, with 40 food vendors at beautiful Diamond Hill Park. Cumberland

28th Annual Burrillville Family Fun Fair: With a petting zoo, activities for kids, tasty BBQ, frosty ice cream, and a farmers market, this event stays true to its name. Burrillville

June 30
A Tribute to John Philip Sousa: The 50-piece Rhode Island Wind Ensemble celebrates the patriotic music of John Philip Sousa. The concert will feature popular marches and some that you may not have realized were by the composer. Woonsocket



July 4
93rd Annual Ancients & Horribles Parade: A Road Race kicks off a day-long celebration of a judged parade lampooning local and national politics; followed by entertainment and fireworks. Glocester

July 25-August 11
Julius Caesar: The Burbage Theatre Co. presents their second annual free summer Shakespeare event. Runs Thursdays-Sundays. Pawtucket

July 25
48 Hour Film Festival Screenings: Budding filmmakers spent two days in June scrambling to create short films. The result: a mini-film festival at Cinemaworld, where auteurs will vie for a shot at Cannes. Lincoln



August 17
Piano Food Fest: Families compete with food items shaped like a piano (no, really), along with recitals, at Diamond Hill Park. Cumberland

August 18
Old Fashioned Victorian Family Picnic: The Smith-Appleby House Museum invites the public to pack a picnic – and toys boats – to enjoy a lazy day on their pastoral grounds free of charge. Smithfield

August 18
Augtoberfest: Like beer and made-up words? Then Foolproof Brewing Company’s annual riff on Oktoberfest is for you. Pawtucket

August 18
VW’s on the Hill Car Show: Every VW bug and bus imaginable convenes at Diamond Hill Park, along with food trucks, live music, and prizes. Cumberland