Sure, Newport in the summer makes for an ideal wedding day in theory, but add never-ending traffic pileups plus insane price hikes to the mix? Yikes, to say the least. Here’s a list of popular Rhode Island-based events (and their corresponding regions and time ranges) that you just might want to try and avoid sharing your anniversary with for sanity’s sake.
*Dates and locations are subject to change, so be sure to double check each event’s website!
❄ Winter ❄
Wickford Festival of Lights: Wickford, late November through early December.
Newport Winter Festival: Newport, mid-February.
Bristol Christmas Festival: Bristol, late November through early December.
🌸 Spring 🌸
Newport Oyster Festival: Newport, mid to late May.
Misquamicut SpringFest: Misquamicut, mid-May.
Gaspee Days: Warwick, late May through early June.
☀ Summer ☀
Newport Folk Festival: Newport, between July and early August.
Rhode Island International Film Festival: Providence, early August.
Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, early August.
Newport International Boat Show: Newport, mid-September.
PrideFest: Providence, mid-June.
PVDFest: Providence, early to mid-June.
Bristol Fourth of July Festivities: Bristol, early to mid-July.
Block Island Music Festival: Block Island, mid-June.
Washington County Fair: Richmond, mid-late August.
Misquamicut Fall Festival: Misquamicut, mid-September.
Scituate Art Festival: Scituate, early October.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival: Newport, mid-October.