Summer Bucket List: South County

June 2022

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JUNE

June 2

Gathering to Give’s gala supporting Adoption Rhode Island comes to the Dune’s Club. Cocktails, small bites, and food stations accompany a live auction with items like an Italian villa stay up for grabs. AdoptionRI.org

June 4

The Elmhurst Boys host their annual charity golf tournament benefiting A Wish Come True at at the Richmond Country Club, featuring longest drive and closest to the pin contests, gift bags, raffle prizes and more. TheElmhurstBoys.org

Climb aboard a motorboat shuttle to a remote beach on Quonochontaug Pond to enjoy the splendor of nature along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as part of Weekapaug’s Naturalist Series: Sand Bar & Bites. OceanHouseEvents.com

The Artist Studios at the Mill at Shady Lea in North Kingstown host a special open studio, the first since the pandemic, featuring works in all mediums, artist demonstrations, plus a special fundraiser sale benefitting Ukraine Relief. TheMillAtShadyLea.com

June 113

The Westerly Library celebrates their 130th anniversary with a soirée fundraiser in Wilcox Park celebrate the 130th Anniversary Fundraiser Picnic in the Park: The Westerly Library & Wilcox Park host this first-ever picnic fundraiser. Enjoy an open bar, catered hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment by Al Copley plus a live auction under the stars.  Participants receive a cooler tote stuffed with lunches, beverages, and fun surprises for kids including a scavenger hunt with prizes! Advanced registration is required. WesterlyLibrary.org

June 6

A Nature and History Walk in the Woods: Join Rhode Island historian Tim Cranston for a walking tour along the abandoned Newport and Wickford railway. Stops will be made to explore the flora and fauna of the region as well. Wickford, HistWick.org

Napatree Hike: Take a 3-hour tour of “Naps” to see shore birds, including American Oystercatchers. Tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable. All social distancing and safety protocols will be in place. Westerly. OceanHouseEvents.com

Jun 11

Brad Friel Memorial Golf Classic: Golfers will not want to miss this tourney filled with community and camaraderie, served up with lunch, a raw bar, prime rib dinner, and par for the course, golf and a cart! Hope Valley, CharihoRotary.com

June 12-13

Langworthy Farm Winery Craft Vendor Show: Enjoy a glass of wine while exploring hand-crafted items for sale on the grounds. Free admission with purchase of a tasting or glass of wine. Westerly, LangworthyFarm.com

Gardening with the Masters: Join the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program for a statewide tour of their uniquely cultivated private gardens. Gain insight into environmentally conscious practices to bring home to your own backyard. Web.URI.edu/mastergardenertour

June 12

Swing by the Windjammer Surf Bar’s Mariner Room for the Sea Glass Festival, featuring ocean themed artists and vendors. Stick around for lunch and live music at Misquamicut Beach’s favorite watering hole. EventBrite.com

June 17

Oh!Spa at the Preserve Sporting Club hosts a dad-friendly Father’s Day Soiree. Charcuterie boards, foot massages, 

June 18 

Celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month at the Caribbean American Heritage Festival at Narragansett’s Acqua Blue Hotel, featuring beloved Carribbean and Rhode Island eats, and music by  DJ Matik. Proceeds go to support Children in Guyana. Facebook/CaribeanRumFoodBoston  

Strawberry Festival at Smith’s Castle features plenty of activities for the tikes, including pony rides, performances by puppeteer Dan Butterworth, colonial grames and more, plus fresh strawberries and homemade strawberry shortcake are for sale. SmithsCastle.org

Bring your lawn blanket to Wilcox Park for The Chorus of Westerly’s Summer Pops 2022 concert, featuring fireworks and canon blasts from Artillery Company of Newport and fireworks by Grucci. ChorusOfWesterly.org

June 25-26

Narragansett Art Festival: Local artists display their works in oil and acrylic paint, along with photography, jewelry, and sculpture beneath the Narragansett Towers, a sure sign of a Rhody summer now in its 39th year. Facebook: Narragansett Art Festival.

June 20

Father’s Day Sunset Beer Tasting Cruise: Taste specialty brews from The General’s Crossing Brewhouse while cruising through the East Passage of Narragansett Bay aboard the historic ferry Coastal Queen. All ages; valid ID (for bar service) and mask required for boarding. Jamestown, VisitRhodeIsland.com

June 24 - July 17

EARTHWORKS: Join the South County Art Association for the 48th annual clay exhibit, the first of many events planned this season. South Kingstown, SouthCountyArt.com

June 26-27

Wickford in Bloom: Join Historic Wickford for a self-guided tour of stunning neighborhood gardens. Enjoy waterfront views, unique landscapes, and historic homes. HistWick.org

JULY

July 2

Have a decadent 4th of July celebration at Ocean House’s annual Independence Day Beach Ball, featuring passed canapés followed by a traditional New Engalnd lobster boil and BBQ fare. Fireworks cap the night. OceanHouseEvents.com

July 4

Family Beach Day: Narragansett’s 4th of July party is a favorite tradition for many. Catch evening performances by the Brass Force Band and the US Coast Guard Band; fireworks begin at 9pm. Rain date, July 5. NarragansettRI.gov

July 5

Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Love classic Disney movies? Enjoy a fun evening of dinner at Ocean House Beach + Dune Cottage with BBQ fare, salad, dessert, and a cash bar. Please note that space is limited for this event and tickets are non-refundable. Watch Hill, OceanHouseEvents.com

July 10-11

Wickford Arts Festival: Thanks to the Wickford Art Association, 200+ artists and crafters from across New England will gather in the village to show their wares, just as they’ve done for 59 years. WickfordArt.org

July 17-18

Art Shown on the Lawn: Enjoy works of art with a glass of wine at Langworthy Farm Winery. Free admission with purchase of a tasting or glass of wine. Westerly, LangworthyFarm.com

July 21

Georgia Peach Truck at The Farmer’s Daughter: Enjoy authentic fresh Georgia peaches and pecans at the popular garden center. Pre-order and contactless payment are encouraged, but walk-ups are available. Wakefield, GeorgiaPeachTruck.com

July 24-August 1

Kingston Chamber Music Festival: Celebrating 33 years of established international musicians playing alongside up-and-coming young talent, the festival will showcase the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and others. University of Rhode Island, KingstonChamberMusic.org

July 22-24

Blessing of the Fleet Festival: What would a seaside summer be without this three-day event celebrating all things nautical? Day one is all about seafood, day two features a virtual 10-mile road race, and on day three, blessings are officially bestowed on the fleet. NarragansettLionsClub.org

July 30 - August 15

Shakespeare in the Park: Enjoy the Bard at Wilcox Park, a tradition going on year 35 presented by The Colonial Theatre. Westerly, ColonialTheatre.org

AUGUST

August 6-8

Charlestown Seafood Festival: Eat lobster rolls and more to your stomach’s content in Ninigret Park. Stick around for rides, a car show, and a fireworks display on Saturday. CharlestownRIChamber.com

August 1

River Glow: Taking its torch from WaterFire, River Glow plants floating bonfires in the Pawcatuck River while belly dancers, fire jugglers, a steel drum band, and other performers keep things lively on land. Westerly, OceanChamber.org

August 11-15

The Washington County Fair: While details were still being confirmed at press time, the fair vows to return for its 55th year. Fingers crossed for all of the midway rides, livestock shows, tractor pulls, and everything else that makes this event full of down-home fun. Richmond, WashingtonCountyFair-RI.com

August 18-September 5

Theatre By The Sea: The beloved spot is planning an encore of MAMMA MIA! Previously purchased tickets are transferable to new performance dates. Check listings for upcoming performances not confirmed as of this printing. Wakefield, TheatreByTheSea.com 

 

ALL SUMMER LONG

Contemporary Theater Company: Catch performances of Patio Musical: An Improvised Musical on the Patio select Wednesdays and Fridays; Shakespeare on the Saugatucket weekends in June and July; and RiverFire Cabaret Thursdays, plus their summer season of shows. Masks and social distancing guidelines in place. Wakefield, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

Courthouse Comes Alive: Courthouse Center for the Arts has assembled a rollicking calendar of live acts that includes a drag show followed by tribute bands of all kinds of genres like Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Taylor, Chicago, and more. West Kingston, CourtHouseArts.org

Food Trucks at The Beach: Skip packing a cooler and treat yourself instead to tacos, ice cream, and more served up by a fleet of food trucks, late afternoons at the beach. Mondays and Saturdays through September 1. NarragansettRI.gov

Granite Theatre: The summer theater season kicks off remotely with virtual productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow along for streaming details and upcoming stage shows. Wakefield, GraniteTheatre.com

In the Kitchen/Cellar: The Center for Wine & Culinary Arts hosts a series of food and drink workshops like Backyard BBQ and Summer Beverages (July 8), Vine to Wine (June 26), Summer Classics (July 15), and more. Tickets purchased are non-refundable. OceanHouseEvents.com

Live Music at George’s of Galilee: Make any Friday, Saturday, and Sunday feel like a vacation by enjoying live music at this popular restaurant overlooking Block Island Sound. Schedule available online. Narragansett, GeorgesofGalilee.com

Leyden Vineyard's Wine Tasting: Sample up to five different Leyden Vineyard wines and learn about the origin and unique quality of each. Stroll the beautitul West Greenwich vineyard grounds and take home a keepsake wineglass. EventBrite: Leyden Farm Vineyard & Wineary 

Misquamicut Drive-In: Take a break from watching movies on the couch, pack the car, and head to Wuskenau Town Beach to view blockbusters on the big outdoor screen. Vehicle too small? Camping chairs are permitted; just be sure to respect space and social distance. June-August. Misquamicut, MBADriveIn.com

Movies & Dinner at Ocean House Beach: Throughout summer Dune Cottage turns outdoor theater to screen classic films (think: Shirley Temple, Classic Disney) with casual fun dinners like build-your-own pizza or BBQ with all the fixings. Tickets are non-refundable; in the event of rain, if the event can be held indoors it will be held indoors. Watch Hill, OceanHouseEvents.com

Summer Author Series: Enjoy an evening with local authors chatting about their newly published work in the Seaside Ballroom. Copies of books from Savoy Bookshop & Cafe are included in the cost of each ticket. Various dates. OceanHouseEvents.com

MONDAYS

Tunes on the Dunes: Starting July 5, chase away any Sunday Scaries with Monday Night Jams. The free concert series at Westerly Town Beach has a lineup of luminaries like John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band (July 26). In the event of rain, concerts move to The Windjammer on Atlantic Ave. Through August 16. Westerly, TunesOnTheDunesRI.com

TUESDAYS

South Kingstown Farmers Market / Wakefield: Head to Marina Park from 2-6pm for produce and honey, also bread, pottery, candy, soap, and more. Through October. Wakefield, SouthKingstonFarmersMarket.com

WEDNESDAYS

Blues on the Beach: Check out the free hump day concert series at the Westerly Town Beach beginning July 7. Many popular acts including Roomful of Blues on July 28 are slated. In the event of rain, concerts move to The Windjammer. Through August 11. Westerly, TunesontheDunesRI.com

Virtual Literature & Culture Author Conversations: Join the Tomaquag Museum virtually on select Wednesdays for a series of public discussions with authors reflecting on themes of literature, indigenous life, and representation. June 9, 30, July 14. TomaquagMuseum.org

Movies on the Beach: Narragansett Town Beach is the place to be for films as the Cabana Horseshoe becomes an outdoor screen! Shows begin at dusk and guests need to bring their own seating to sit on the sand; food trucks are available in the North Lot. Free admission. NarragansettCoC.com 

Movies & Pizza on the Beach: The Dune Cottage & Ocean House Beach host build-your-own pizza nights with class family films. 

Wednesday Morning Bird Walks: Each week a new birding destination will be chosen, led by Naturalist Laura Carberry. Face masks and social distancing will be required. Advance registration is required and location will be sent via email to registered participants in advance. ASRI.org

THURSDAYS

June 24-August 19

RiverFire: Special basins along the Saugatucket River are set ablaze, lighting up downtown Wakefield, along with street performers, vendors, and entertainment. Facebook: Wakefield RiverFire, WakefieldVillageAssociation.com

Summer Concert Series: Get the weekend vibes rolling with outdoor music starting July 1. Hear a range of different bands at The Village at South County Commons Thursday evenings at 6pm. South Kingstown, SouthCountyCommons.com

South Kingstown Food Truck Night: On the first Thursday of each month, enjoy food and drink from local food trucks. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to stay and enjoy live music while you eat. Social distancing and face coverings are required. South Kingstown, VisitRhodeIsland.com

FRIDAYS

Narragansett Gazebo Concert Series: Friday evenings from 6-7:30pm enjoy live music in the heart of the Pier across from Narragansett Town Beach. The planned roster of concerts includes blues, classic jazz, R&B, and classic rock tribute acts. June 11 through September 3. NarragansettRI.gov

SATURDAYS

Coastal Growers Market: Support local farmers while shopping specialty products like organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more at Casey Farm. Saunderstown, CoastalMarket.org

Field of Artisans Summer Art Markets: This roving marketplace brings together hundreds of local crafters and creators, particularly from South County, from July 24 through August 21. FieldOfArtisans.com

South Kingstown Farmers Market / Kingston: Buy local provisions outdoors or indoors from local farms including Baffoni Poultry Farm, Barden Family Orchard, RI Mushroom Co. and more. Through October. Kingston, SouthKingstonFarmersMarket.com

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