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What to Do in the Blackstone Valley | Annual/Ongoing Events

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 Learn about the history of and attractions in the Blackstone Valley. Video is shown throughout the day in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Sept. 30 - Oct. 29: Slater Park Haunted Tunnel and Halloween Activities

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat public tours on the redesigned Explorer.

Rent the Samuel Slater Canal Boat for  overnight accommodations and charters.

Polar Express Tickets

Purchase Tickets

Leisurely Bike Tours

October 26: Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours - Tavern & Main, Chepachet
November 16: Bake My Day, Pawtucket


Online calendar of events occurring throughout the Blackstone Valley.

WOONSOCKET: Annual train rides aboard the P&W Railroad, re-enact the Chris Van Allsburg book. Meet Santa, sing-a-long, eat cookies and hot chocolate and receive a gift. Nov. & Dec. each year. 2016 DATES NOW ON SALE: November 18 - December 23.

Food tours at Blackstone Valley restaurants featuring a demo and meal, 6 - 8 pm.

Sunday public and special event tours and charters aboard the Blackstone River Explorer and overnight stays and charters aboard the Samuel Slater Canal Boat.

Christmas, July 4th, Halloween, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, St. Patrick's Day, Columbus Day and other holiday events throughout the Valley

PAWTUCKET: Triple A farm team of the Boston Red Sox  plays from May through September at McCoy Stadium 2017 DATE: TBD

PAWTUCKET, CENTRAL FALLS, LINCOLN & CUMBERLAND: Annual half marathon, 5K and youth race run as part of the RI Cherry Blossom Festival. 2017 DATE: TBD

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame annual induction concert and ceremony. 2017 DATES: April 23, 29 and 30

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Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Public Tours 

Holiday Events

Pawtucket Red Sox

Blackstone Valley Running Festival

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Induction

CUMBERLAND: Annual 4 day event includes amusement rides, family entertainment, food court, fireworks and more. 2017 DATE: TBD

CUMBERLAND: Annual outdoor music festival featuring five stages focusing on Celtic and world music, dance and culture. There will also be craft and food vendors and  After Festival Music Session back at Blackstone River Theatre. 2017 DATE: TBD

Festivals and parades held during holidays and other parts of the year throughout the Blackstone Valley

PAWTUCKET: Annual 3-day festival provides food, dance and fun at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. 2017 DATES: TBD

PAWTUCKET: Annual festival features concerts, arts, dragon boat races, Taste of Pawtucket food festival, arts marketplace, Philharmonic,  Rocktucket, the Slater Park and Labor & Ethnic Heritage Festivals, and other events. 2017 DATE: TBD

PAWTUCKET: Annual amateur and professional dragon boat races, dumpling eating contest, and free festival held first Saturday in September: 2017 DATE: September 4

WOONSOCKET: American Girl Train Ride2017 Date: TBD

PAWTUCKET: Annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Celebration and awards ceremony held every fall. 2017 DATE: October 5


Summer Solstice Festival

Festivals & Parades

Greek Festival 

Pawtucket Arts Festival

Rhode Island Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival

American Girl Train Ride

Tourism Council Annual Celebration 

WOONSOCKET: Annual 3-day festival includes parade, fireworks, opening and closing ceremonies, and many local, regional and national acts. 2016 DATES: October 8 - 10

4 hour guided bike tours through the back roads of the Blackstone Valley covering different regions of the Valley. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the area. 2016 Dates Begin June 11.

WOONSOCKET: Annual train tour in October to Putnam Connecticut for shopping, the Pumpkin Festival and foliage watching. 2016 DATE: October 22 (Sold Out).
2017 Date: TBD



Bike Tours

Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley


WOONSOCKET: Home for several theatre groups where visitors can see plays, movies and performing artists.

CUMBERLAND:  Presents weekly world and roots music concerts, arts classes for adults and children, and special events on a year-round basis, including the annual Summer Solstice Festival.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY: Partially completed (11.5 miles open to the public in Central Falls, Lincoln and Cumberland) bikeway will connect Providence to Worcester, and connect to the East Bay bike path. Used for biking, hiking, and scheduled bike tours.

Region's only public riverboat is handicapped accessible and offers public and chartered tours, special events, and riverclassroom educational programs.

GLOCESTER: America's oldest country store in continuous operation, it offers the best in primitive country home accessories. Filled with curtains, furniture, lighting, quilts, framed prints, fabric by the yard, candles, florals, garlands, primitive dolls gourmet specialties and, penny candy.

WOONSOCKET: Internationally renowned jazz club and Chinese Restaurant hosts a number of local, national and international jazz, blues and other musical acts anccess to the Blackstone River for canoeing and kayaking.

CENTRALFALLS: Park & canoe lanuch celebrate the manufacturing of chocolate in Central Falls and Rhode Island.

LINCOLN: Vineyards, local wine production and sales, garden parties and special events.

Assembly Building & Theatre

Blackstone River Theatre

Blackstone Valley Bikeway

Blackstone Valley Riverboat Explorer

Brown & Hopkins Country Store

Chan's Jazz & Chinese Food

Chocolate Mill Overlook

Diamond Hill Vineyards

WOONSOCKET: Read about the story of a dog's loyalty to his master and see the monument on display in Woonsocket, home of the filming of the movie.

LINCOLN: A unique stone mansion built in 1810 on pastoral Great Road, the first road through the wilderness between Providence and Mendon, Massachusetts, and one of the oldest thoroughfares in America. Holds special events and is open for visitation.

GLOCESTER: The largest of the thirteen dry goods and grocery stores operating during the early 1800's in Chepachet, with 4 to 5 clerks working full-time. It has been restored and  now includes a Visitor Center and historic and genealogical researchers by appointment only.

LINCOLN: Fresh water beach, canoeing & kayaking, picnicking, sports facilities, and horseback riding.

PAWTUCKET: Premiere music club located in Hope Artiste Village hosts many local, national and international music acts.

PAWTUCKET: Brings diverse stories and images to the stage through prose and song, tackling well-known dramatics as well as original theatrical productions.

WOONSOCKET: Museum tells the story of Quebec immigrants who came to work in Woonsocket mills, as well as other aspects of labor history.

PAWTUCKET: Unique LED lit bride with changing lighting schemes is a work of art and an attraction as well as a bridge and will be holding many events.

Hachiko Monument

Hearthside House Museum

Job Armstrong Store

Lincoln Woods Park

The Met

Mixed Magic Theatre

Museum of Work & Culture

Pawtucket Bridge

PAWTUCKET: Triple A farm team of the Boston Red Sox, plays a schedule from May through September at McCoy Stadium, with several promotions throughout the season.

SMITHFIELD: Provides wildlife refugee, hiking, nature trails, and environmental education programs.

PAWTUCKET: Commemorates Rhode Island musical heritage through a museum in Hope Artiste Village and annual inductions, in addition to promoting local music via special programs and information.

CENTRAL FALLS: Authentic British built canal boat can be used for river tours, special event celebrations, meetings, and an overnight bed & breakfast.

PAWTUCKET: Presents plays of substance and distinction, acted with excellence and offered to the public in an intimate setting that allows the audience to be immersed fully in the ambiance of the production and the interchange between the actors themselves, and actors and the audience.

PAWTUCKET: First water-powered cotton spinning mill in North America to utilize the Arkwright system of cotton spinning. The museum complex is open year round, offering tours, exhibits, collections of artifacts, gallery, research library, theatre, gift shop, concerts, special events and more.

PAWTUCKET: Full recreational facilities, including tennis courts and thirteen picnic sites. Home of the historic Looff Carousel that was built in 1894, Daggett House, RI Watercolor Society, a petting zoo, and 3 mile bike trail.

SMITHFIELD: Historic house and museum, open for tours during scheduled  events or tours may be arranged (for individuals or groups) upon request. Also available for special events and home to the Smithfield Historical Society.

Pawtucket Red Sox

Audubon Society/Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refugee

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Samuel Slater Canal Boat and Bed & Breakfast

Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre

Slater Mill

Slater Park

Smith-Appleby House

BURRILLVILLE: Fresh water beach facility provides swimming, canoeing & kayaking, and an old-style penny arcade.

WOONSOCKET: Woonsocket's own Sistine Chapel, serves dinners and conducts performances in the former church and in the basement below, which has a full bar and stage, All of the facilities are available for rent for performances, special events, and weddings. Sunday tours.

WOONSOCKET: Beautiful, restored theatre plays host to a number of local, national and international musical, theatrical and other acts and events.

LINCOLN: Casino offers slots, table games, simulcast racing, concerts,  and other entertainment, along with great food. Available for meetings and special events.

WOONSOCKET: Park features recreatioinal facilities, swimming, and event, including Autumnfest.

WOONSOCKET: Experience a real working farm and purchase the highest quality, healthiest dairy products.


Spring Lake

St. Ann's Arts & Cultural Center

Stadium Theatre

Twin River Casino

World War II State Park

Wright's Dairy Farm


Wide variety of hotels, motels, beds and breakfasts.

Many antique shops  selling a large variety of wares are located throughout the Blackstone Valley

View photos and several forms of artistic works.

Ride the Blackstone Valley Riverboat Explorer or your own small motor or other boat from one of several boat launches available on the Blackstone River.

Several campgrounds and camping facilities provide overnight accommodations and daytime activities throughout the Blackstone Valley.

The best in local and national music events and other forms of entertainment

Cycle through the back roads of the Blackstone Valley, along the Blackstone Valley Bikeway or take our 4 hour guided leisurely book tours through different regions of the Valley.

Maps depicting self guided day tours around various regions, topics and activities



Art Galleries

Boating - Non Paddle


Clubs & Venues



Shop in one of many factory outlets located through the Blackstone Valley.

Restaurants serving family style chicken, usually all you can eat with fries and pasta.

Pick or purchase fruit, purchase meat, dairy or desserts, sample and purchase wine, shop at farmers markets, or take a tour to experience rural farm life.

Purchase locally grown, healthy produce that values the environment, health and quality of life of RI farmers and eaters.

Fishing locations on the Blackstone River and throughout the Blackstone Valley.

State's only casino offers slots, table games, simulcast racing, concerts,  and other entertainment, along with great food. Available for meetings and special events.

Several gift shops selling a variety of products are located throughout the Blackstone Valley.

Golf at one of several public golf courses located throughout the Blackstone Valley.

Factory Outlets

Family Style Chicken

Farms, Orchards & Vineyards

Farmers Markets



Gift Shops


Go for a hike or take one of several guided or unguided walking tours throughout the Blackstone Valley.

Visit our many museums and historic sites  throughout the Blackstone  Valley including  historic homes, monuments and regions.

Hunting areas, gun clubs and shooting galleries.

Large and small museums available for visitation throughout the Blackstone Valley

Music clubs, venues, theatre, festivals and other music events and activities.

Paddle down the Blackstone River from one of many canoe & kayak launches from Burrillville to Providence. Canoe tours and lessons available.

Visit the Blackstone Valley's many parks and recreational facilities to hike, hunt, bike, observe wildlife and nature, picnic, swim, ride horseback, or play.

Picnic in one of the many state parks and management areas in the Blackstone Valley.

Hiking and Walking

Historic Sites

Hunting & Shooting




Parks & Management Areas


Bowling, rock climbing, ice skating, racquet sports, shooting and more.

Golfing, boating, skydiving, Pawsox, hiking, cycling, and other outdoor sports.

Ice skating, hockey, sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and more.

Fresh water beaches, ponds and other swimming areas.

Theatres and theatrical productions throughout the Blackstone Valley

Bus, boat, cycling, walking, historic and other group or guided tours throughout the Blackstone Valley.

Detours, walking tour, and other tours available throughout the region.

Wildlife refugess, river wildlife, farm animals, horses, zoos, hunting and more.

Sports, Indoor

Sports, Outdoor

Sports, Winter



Tours, Guided

Tours, Self-Guided

Wildlife (Non-fishing)



Blackstone Valley Tourism Council 
175 Main Street  Pawtucket, RI  02860 
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Tourism Council Sites

Blackstone Valley Polar Express
Blackstone/Amber Valley Compact
Blackstone Alert
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Broad Street Experience
Center by the Blackstone
Chocolate Mill Overlook
Cycle Blackstone
Event Blackstone
Golf Blackstone
Hachiko Monument
Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful
Paddle Blackstone
Rhode Island Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival
Sustainable Tourism Lab

Other Projects & Resources

Advocacy & Service Agencies
Blackstone Shop
Blackstone River Valley National HIstorical Park
Historical & Heritage Societies
John H. Chafee National Heritage Corridor
Maps & Info
Northern RI Chamber of Commerce
Regional Tourism Agencies
Wedding Venues
Visitor Centers
State Travel Guide State Tourism Trip Advisor