Five Can’t-Miss Events: Aug. 10–16

Get thy butt to Shakespeare in the park, pet animals at the Washington County Fair, watch Jaws on the beach and more fun things to do.

1. The Looff

You’ll be far from aloof at the Looff, since the festival is back this year with even more artists artisans, and entertainment. Put on by the East Providence Arts Council, the event will showcase a long list of artisan wares, including fine paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures and metal works. From serious art to creative play, the festival has a broad appeal that encompasses everyone.
The Details:  Aug. 12. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Point Ave., East Providence, eastprovidencearts.org.

2. Shakespeare in the Park

Grab thy blankets and thy chairs to spend an evening the Shakespearean way. Twelfth Night is a humorous tale of a love triangle plagued by gender confusion, prompted when one female character disguises herself as a man to be near the man she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. It’s a beautiful mess (and the last performance this summer!), so you won’t want to miss it.
The Details: Through Aug. 13. Tues.–Sun. 8 p.m. Free. Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St., Westerly, 401-596-7909, thecolonialtheater.org.

3. Washington County Fair

This fair may have made it over the hill last year, but it has only gained momentum. The fifty-first Washington County Fair presents five days filled with music and contests and rides and games and shows and — you get the idea. Test your appetite in the pie eating contest or flaunt your two left feet with line dancing. Catch some of the concert headliners then hop over to the bunny race. It’s the epitome of so much to do, so little time.
The Details:Aug. 16–20. Adults $11, children ten and younger free. 78 Richmond Townhouse Rd. (Route 112), Richmond, 401-539-7042, washingtoncountyfair-ri.com.

4. Cumberlandfest

Every year, the Cumberland community shows everyone how to celebrate summer. The three-day festival has rides for the kiddies, a road race for the sporty, food for the hungry, and fun for everybody. Poke around the car show or be entertained by a magician, ventriloquist, or fireworks. All proceeds after expenses from Cumberlandfest go back into the community to support youth sports programs, so know your enjoyment is going to a good cause.
The Details: Aug. 11–13. Fri. 6–11 p.m., Sat. Five-K road race 10 a.m., festival noon to 11 p.m., Sun. Classic Car Show 9 a.m., festival noon to 10 p.m. Admission $5, children younger than five free, military with ID free. Diamond Hill Park, 4097 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, cumberlandfest.org.

5. Jaws at Narragansett Town Beach

Watch Jaws from the comfort — and safety — of the shore. Set up your blankets, sit back and relax for the film at the North Beach Clubhouse, part of the eighth annual Movies on the Beach Series. When you need something to snack on during the film, hit one of the food trucks that will be parked in the North Lot from 6 to 9 p.m. The movie begins at dusk, so enjoy the waterfront view…and try not to think about what lives below the surface!
The Details: Aug. 16. Dusk. Free. North Beach Clubhouse, 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett, 401-782-0658, narragansettri.gov.

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.

 

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