Five Can’t-Miss Events: Sept. 6–12
Have a doggone good time at Paws for a Cause, savor traditional Greek cuisine at the annual Cranston Greek Festival, nibble on seafood noshes and more fun things to do.
Audubon Raptor Weekend
Swing by New England’s largest celebration of raptors at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s nature center. See bird carvings, raptor presentations by wildlife rehabilitators and watch owl, hawk and falcon flight demonstrations. The event is packed with falconry talks, book signings and the chance to see incredible birds of prey up close. Guests will also have the chance to meet Audubon ambassadors and children’s games will be played. It’s a weekend that is sure to be a hoot!
The Details: Sept. 8-9. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $9-$60. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol, 401-949-5454, asri.org.
Rhode Island Seafood Festival
What is a Rhode Island summer festival without a day or two of celebrating all of the amazing seafood our state has to offer? Get a mouthful from the best local seafood vendors and sip local beer, wine and spirits. This annual fest invites the public to slurp down oysters, crunch on calamari and nibble on other noshes with a view of the cityscape. If that’s not the best way to wave goodbye to summer, we don’t know one.
The Details: Sept. 8-9. Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10. India Point Park, 201 India St., Providence, 845-222-7469, riseafoodfest.com.
Paws for a Cause at Linden Place
Linden Place may be known for its rich history and spectacular views of Bristol’s annual Fourth of July parade and celebration, but on Thursday night, they are the backdrop for a doggone good time. Paws for a Cause is hosted by Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic, a non-profit organization and full-service vet clinic that offers services for pets of eligible elderly, disabled and low-income pe t owners. The event will include sips from a wine and beer tasting, savory appetizers and a silent auction, too.
The Details: Sept. 6. 6–8 p.m. $50. Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol, eventbrite.com.
Thirty-third Annual Cranston Greek Festival
Listen to live music while savoring delicious traditional Greek dishes. Enjoy food from the grill including loukaniko (Greek sausage), or other options including spanakopita, grape leaves or pork souvlaki, plus gyros too. Watch traditional Greek dance performances and learn about Greek culture, take part in the raffle and buy jewelry and other items imported from Greece, too. Opa!
The Details: Sept. 7-9. Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m. and Sun. noon-9 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 175 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, 401-942-4188, annunciationri.org.
Nineteenth Annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival
Cheer from the sidelines as you watch both club teams and ameture racers paddle down the river in fiberglass Taiwanese-style dragon boats gifted directly from the Republic of China. Witness how the skill of flag catching is incorporated into each race, watch cultural performances, peruse through vendor tables and munch on food truck fare. For the not-so faint hearted: Fill your mouth (and your belly!) in the popular dumpling eating contest.
The Details: Sept. 8. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Parking and shuttles at Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-724-2200, dragonboatri.com.
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