Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: Aug. 11–17
Foo Fest, Washington County Fair, Reggae Fest and more.
Don’t miss AS220’s annual summer block party as the arts nonprofit takes over Empire Street in Providence with incredible musical acts, including headliner Dan Deacon, plus innovative, Providence-based Arc Iris and punk band, Lovesick. When you’re not rocking out, you can also look forward to the return of the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire for some guidance on hands-on DIY art and tech projects, as well as the Providence Anarchist Book Fair, with readings and workshops from PVD Feminist Collective, Environmental Justice League and more independent publishers and booksellers with a passion for social justice. Grab a drink and a snack from your favorite local restaurateurs and vendors to fuel your fire, because this is going to be a late night.
The Details: Aug. 13. 1 p.m.–1 a.m. Advance tickets $7, day-of $10. AS220 and vicinity, 115 Empire St., Providence, foofest.as220.org.
Soak up some sunshine and reggae at the Newport Reggae Fest this Saturday — because, like it or not, the days keep getting shorter. The all-ages event offers free admission to youngsters, but those older than twenty-one can enjoy a Red Stripe lager with some authentic jerk chicken or curry goat from the Reggae Pit. Food truck staples Friskie Fries and the Pizza Gourmet will also make an appearance, for the less adventurous among us. The Wailers, Maxi Priest and Etana kick off the festival, making way for a jam-packed lineup of regional reggae artists.
The Details: Aug. 13. Gates open at noon. Advance tickets $41, day-of $51. Children twelve and younger free. India Point Park, 201 India St., Providence, newportwaterfrontevents.com.
The third annual Bristol Harbor Festival kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet at noon, in recognition of more than 300 years of rich maritime tradition in Bristol. With a festival focused on the fishing industry, you can be sure that there will be seafood to spare (or maybe not, if you bring an appetite). Individuals and local restaurants put their stuffie recipes to the test with the annual Stuffed Quahog Competition — and at $1 a pop, you can sample all of the contenders, you know, to judge fairly. A littleneck boil will follow, with seating available at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., with the purchase of a ticket. After dinner, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Bristol Harbor, but sign up fast: Tickets are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Details: Aug. 13. Noon–8 p.m. Free admission. Tickets for individual events can be purchased by visiting the website. Rockwell Park, Thames Street, Bristol, 401-253-1700, bristolharborfest.com.
Newport’s quaint seaside has always charmed locals and visitors alike, and now the Newport Art Museum wants to spotlight the city’s world-famous scenery and its artists during the weekend-long community arts event, Wet Paint. After exploring the town and coastline in Newport, participating artists bring their completed paintings back — still wet — to the museum to be installed in the Ilgenfritz Gallery late Saturday afternoon. (Artists can register here.) On Saturday night, join the artists for a preview reception. Impressed by the finished products? On Sunday, you can bid on select works in a silent auction from noon to 3 p.m., with free museum admission all day, or a live auction under the Big Top later that afternoon. Stay for music and fun (including a cash bar) on the lawn. Proceeds benefit the Newport Art Museum’s education and community outreach programs.
The Details: Aug. 13–14. Sat. preview party 6:30 p.m. Members $10, non-members $15. Sun. noon –5 p.m. Free. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.
The Washington County Fair, Rhode Island’s largest agricultural event, celebrates fifty years of family fun this summer. The fair runs five full days, Wednesday through Sunday, and your ticket includes admission to all daily concerts and special events. The main stage boasts a full lineup of Country music acts over the five-day period, making this a true can’t-miss event for Country fans. Head over to the midway for rides and games, including New England’s largest traveling roller coaster. And, because a fair without an eating contest is just about as sad as a birthday party without cake, help celebrate the fair’s fiftieth by signing up for a birthday cake eating contest (just maybe skip out on the funnel cake this year).
The Details: Aug. 17–24. For complete schedule, see website. Adults $10, Children ten and younger free. 78 Richmond Townhouse Rd., Richmond, 401-539-7042, washingtoncountyfair-ri.com.