Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: May 23-26

Ring in Memorial Day weekend with fun traditions and festivals!


Memorial Day weekend promises plenty of events to mark the unofficial start to summer! From time-honored traditions to music and arts festivals, delicious bites and beverages to fashion-forward fun, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. Get a head start on the long weekend early with these can’t-miss happenings.

In case of weather delays or last-minute cancellations, always call the venue or check online for updates before you go.


Admire and purchase works from professional artists at the scenic Wilcox Park during the 28th Annual Virtu Arts Festival, featuring a diverse selection of handmade works in a range of genres. This free event runs rain or shine. Saturday-Sunday, Westerly

Over 100 artisans, food vendors, and live bands converge in Pawtuxet Park for a three-day event at the Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy a Memorial Day weekend tradition filled with unique crafts, delicious eats, and amusements. Saturday-Monday, Warwick

Newport Vineyards' Memorial Day Weekend Celebration is filled with live music, wine and beer tastings, and delicious farm-to-table bites. Jam out to the talented lineup of bands on the picturesque Tank Patio. Friday-Monday, Newport

Visit Lucayda Farm for their Memorial Weekend Plant Sale, and shop organically grown vegetable, herb, berry, and flower plants to jumpstart your garden. While supplies last, every visitor gets a free tomato plant! May 23-27, Cranston


Support Revive the Roots by rocking out with Providence bands at Last Resort's Rockin’ Rendezvous, bringing Brown Apples, Teaser 2000, and more to the stage in an electrifying community-driven concert you won't want to miss! 6-11:30pm, Smithfield

FRIDAY, May 24

Witness the future of fashion at RISD’s Collection 2024 runway show, showcasing innovative designs by graduating students. Secure your tickets to experience two spectacular shows at the WaterFire Arts Center from the class of 2024. Tickets online, Providence


Spend a full day enjoying music, food, and drinks on the patio and lot behind Phil's Main Street Grille and The Contemporary Theater Company during the Wakefield Music Festival, with genres ranging from jazz to country. Tickets online, Wakefield

Experience diverse musical talents presented by PVD World Music at the Air Tanganyika Music Fest at New Harvest and the Steel Yard, with performances by five bands, with plenty of opportunities to let loose and dance. 12-10pm, Providence

SUNDAY, May 26

In need of some spring cleaning for your wardrobe? Bring your unwanted, clean, wearable clothes and accessories to The Nest's sustainable Clothing Swap, and go home with new-to-you finds. All leftovers are donated locally. 3-5pm, Providence

The Jamestown Arts Center hosts a Kite Making Day to prepare for Kite Flying Day at Watson Farm on June 3! JAC instructors will show participants how to make their own sky-worthy creation with repurposed materials at this free, all-ages event. 11am-2pm, Jamestown


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