Five Can’t-Miss Events: Aug. 3–9
See Westerly glow, heap your plate with seafood in Charlestown, peruse antiques and more fun things to do.
1. River Glow
Similar to WaterFire, the quaint town of Westerly hosts River Glow, a night where floating bonfires illuminate the Pawcatuck River to create a spirited atmosphere. There will be live music to set the mood along with hay rides through town, dancing, children’s activities, food and even a fire juggler.
The Details: Aug. 5. 7–10 p.m. Free. 37 Main St., Westerly, oceanchamber.org.
2. Charlestown Seafood Festival
Get ready for a seafood-filled weekend in Charlestown. The festival will showcase continuous entertainment and events all weekend long with an array of arts and crafts available for purchase, amusement park rides the whole family will love and even a rock climbing wall, if you are feeling adventurous! Several types of food will be provided, including a multitude of Rhode Island’s best seafood such as lobster, chowder, fish and chips and a raw bar. Live music and bands will perform daily and a car show will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Details: Aug. 4–6. Friday, noon–11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Adults $9. Children younger than ten free. Ninigret Park, Rte. 1A, Park Lane, Charlestown, charlestownrichamber.com.
3.Newport Jazz Festival
Take in the panoramic views of Newport Harbor and the Newport Bridge while you sit back and listen to jazz music as the salty breeze and sunshine warms your face. If you close your eyes, even just for a minute, you can pretend like Louis Armstrong is playing right alongside you. The event will feature four stages with performances from world class musicians as well as food, crafts and two beer and wine gardens.
The Details: Aug. 4–6. 10 a.m. Tickets start at $65. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, newportjazz.org.
4. RI International Film Festival
This year marks the thirty-fifth year that Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival presents a competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. Over the course of the six-day event, more than 275 films will be screened. Join RIIFF on opening night for an evening of short films from around the world and continue the party at the Gala Soiree held on stage immediately after!
The Details: Aug. 8–13. Opening Night, Aug. 8. 7 p.m. $15 for screening. $50 for screening and Gal Soiree. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, film-festival.org.
5. Little Compton Antiques Festival
This year’s Little Compton Antiques Festival not only features more than twenty-five antique dealers from around New England, it also has a few surprises up its sleeves: a classic auto show and admission to the Little Compton Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Little Compton’s 20th Century Artists.” There will also be a Preview Party on Friday, August 4 that includes early buying privileges to the backdrop of live music, a complimentary beverage and sunset supper.
The Details: Aug. 5. Antique Festival 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Classic Auto Show begins at 11 a.m. $10 for Antiques Festival admission. Preview Party $60, includes admission to Antiques Festival. Little Compton Historical Society, 548 West Main Rd., Little Compton, preserveri.org.
Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.
Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly.