Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: May 30-June 2

Celebrate the unofficial arrival of summer with festivals, fundraisers, and more


This weekend is packed with summer celebrations, from vibrant markets and to fun-filled fests. Support local organizations at fundraisers, see a concert or film screening, visit with farm animals, appreciate the local arts scene, dig into food truck fare, and much more.

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


Hollywood comes to BI for the Block Island Film Festival, bringing together actors, directors, screenwriters, filmmakers, students, and entertainment professionals for a weekend of screenings, Q&A sessions, and social mixers. Through Friday, Block Island

Visit West Place Animal Sanctuary for their Spring Visitors Weekend, inviting guests to meet rescued farm animals, enjoy a guided tour, and shop handmade crafts and a plant sale to invigorate your garden. Tickets online, Saturday-Sunday, Tiverton


Main Street Strolls are back with the Arts on Main/Chalk The Block event, combining street art and family-friendly fun. Participate in the chalk art contest or admire others’ creations, while stopping by local shops and restaurants. Watch for rain updates. 4:30-7:30pm, East Greenwich

FRIDAY, May 31

Celebrate love and solidarity at the Hope Gala Rhode Island, benefiting Newport Pride. An exquisite evening at Blithewold Mansion promises gourmet hors d'oeuvres, a decadent dessert bar, open bar, and dancing, with a formal dress code. Tickets online, Bristol

Join Four Corners Gallery for their second birthday Art Reception, unveiling new works and introducing a lineup of local artists during a fun-filled evening of live music, refreshments, and opportunities to meet-and-greet with creatives. 5-7pm, Tiverton


Stop by The Guild’s second annual Summerfest, a sun-soaked day of live music, cold brews, and lawn games, with delicious bites from local food trucks: Farm to Sandwich, Ming’s Asian Street Food, and Atomic Blondes Ice Cream. 2-10pm, Pawtucket

Pasquale Farm’s Welcome Summer Festival hosts games, crafts, local vendors, and live music. Meet friendly farm animals as you stroll the grounds, indulging in delicious food and a drink to ring in the season. 12pm, Richmond

Visit the Music Mansion for the Stone Soup Fundraiser, with live music on two stages, delicious food, local craft beer, and the Red Bandana Fund Awards uplifting The Manton Avenue Project’s community work. A $20 donation is suggested. 12-3pm, Providence

Browse the Audubon Craft Fair and find unique nature-themed treasures, from jewelry and home decor to toys for kids, birdhouses, and more from local vendors. Don’t miss the raffle for a chance to win a handcrafted artisan piece. 10am-4pm, Smithfield

SUNDAY, June 2

Celebrate Providence Flea’s Opening Day at their new District Park location! More than 75 local vendors will be on hand, plus food trucks, music, and more every Sunday through September 15. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. 10am-3pm, Providence


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