Five Can’t-Miss Events this Week in Rhode Island

See colorful kites fill the summer sky, experience the history of Newport and more fun things to do from July 11-17.

Experience Rhode Island Tour

On this tour an Experience RI host will take you on a journey through early American history and stunning wealth in the city by the sea. Tour goers will travel along Ocean Drive in Newport, see and hear the stories behind the marvelous summer homes of the Kennedys, Vanderbilts and more, explore the cobblestone streets of colonial America and discover all the fun things that Newport has to offer. Then, enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants and explore Newport further! 

The Details: July 12-13. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $55-$65. Visitor Information Center at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, 401-886-0733,


Princesses and Pirates at RWP Zoo

Ahoy mateys! Dress the kiddos up in their favorite costume and join Roger Williams Park Zoo this Wednesday for Princesses and Pirates day. Included in the price of regular zoo admission, you can experience a day of adventure, royalty and great fun, plus meet and greets with swashbuckling pirates and lovely princesses. 

The Details: July 17. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Roger Williams Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-3510,

SummerFest 2019

This day-long music festival is more than just a great way to spend a summer day. SummerFest is a benefit concert for the hungry, run through the non-profit, Hunger Bus. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Performances by Hey Nineteen, Chicago Total Access and Chakulla and the Hunger Bus will take place throughout the day. Plus, bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic or munch on food truck fare.

The Details: July 14. 3-8:30 p.m. $35. North Kingstown Town Beach, 10 Beach St., North Kingstown,


Newport Kite Festival

Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…at Brenton Point State Park for the Newport Kite Festival. This festival has been growing, changing and improving for over thirty years and it is just the place to show off your kite-flying skills. Bring the family, feel the ocean breeze, fly your own kite or watch hundreds of colorful kites fill the summer sky. 

The Details: July 13-14. Noon -5 p.m. Free. Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Dr., Newport, 401-324-9335,


Of Birds and Beasts 

The Newport Music Festival is renowned for presenting some of the best classical music in New England every year, and Of Birds and Beasts is no exception. This unique concert is the compilation of a number of exquisite pieces honoring the animal kingdom, with compositions from icons such as Vaughn Williams, Gioachino Rossini, Igor Stravinsky and Camille Saint-Saëns.

The Details: July 17. 11 a.m. $40-45. Blithewold Tent, 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol, 401-846-1133,


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

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