Five Can’t-Miss Events: July 20–26

Watch hot air balloons, attend a tribute to a 1904 St. Louis World Fair, see art on the fringe and more fun things to do.

1. South County Balloon Festival

Not only can you watch hot air balloons ascend into the blue summer sky, but you can ride in them too! All weekend long hot air balloons will be lifting off from the University of Rhode Island athletic fields, accompanied by live shows and children’s train rides. For an additional cost, grab a bite to eat from the festival food court, play carnival games, make your way to the rock climbing wall and browse through craft vendor booths.
The Details:  July 21–23. Fri. 4­–10 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Adults $10, Kids ages five to fourteen $5. Kids younger than five free. URI Athletic Fields, 1 Keaney Rd., Kingston, southcountyballoonfest.com

2. Fringe PVD

The Providence Fringe Festival is open to artists from all over the country who want to produce their own show or production in the capital city. Fringe is an out-of-the-box event where participants can showcase their work through performance art, theater and dance and even comedic plays and improv. Keep an open mind and have fun watching art become art in several different forms!
The Details: July 24–29.$5–$10. Various venues in Providence, fringepvd.org.

3. Tribute To The 1904   St. Louis World’s Fair

Travel back in time to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair with the Hearthside House Museum in Lincoln. The festival will celebrate  turn-of-the-century nostalgia and Rhode Island’s unique connection to the 1904 fair. Inside the museum there will be historic artifacts and exhibits and on the lawn there will be family fun activities such as cultural performances, art displays, carnival games, antique car shows and more. Grab some typical fair food like a hotdog or ice cream cone and enjoy a summertime day soaking in the history brought to life.
The Details: July 23. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $10, Kids ages ten to seventeen $5. Kids younger than ten free. Hearthside House Museum, 677 Great Rd., Lincoln, hearthsidehouse.org.

4. Kingston Chamber Music Festival

Spend the night drifting away to the lovely sounds of pianists and other instrumental players as they perform the lull of a sweet symphony. Established musicians from all over the world come together with young, rising artists to put on several nights of music that support a one-week schools outreach program.
The Details: July 21, 7:30 p.m., July 23, 4 p.m. and July 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Youth and children younger than eighteen free. University of Rhode Island, Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 45 Upper College Rd., Kingston, Kingstonchambermusic.org

5. Fiesta Verde

Take a trip to Aquidneck Island this summer with Aquidneck Land Trust for a summertime bash! Guests will be served hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dessert and a night full of music, dancing, a raffle and a silent auction. This year’s theme is Sakonnet Summer and advanced reservations are required.
The Details: July 22. 6–10:30 p.m. Reservation prices start at $250. The Paddock at the Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth, ailt.org.

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

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