4th of July Road Races

Chepachet Union Church 1138 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814 401.568.2518  This event is traditionally held on July 4th, beginning at 9:00 am on the grounds of Chepachet Union Church (directly across from the Town Hall). There are four races: a 5.5 mile race, a 1.75 mile race, a 1 mile race for children 8-12 years old, and a .5 mile race for children 7 years old and under. There is a registration fee, although Glocester residents are charged less than out-of-towners, and Glocester youths run for free. All participants receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. 2016 Date: July 4, 2016  Google Map

American Girl Doll Events

wpagbHearthside House: 677 Great Road, Lincoln, RI  02865 401-726-0597  The Tea event led to a Christmas event, and eventually to a Garden Party held in August. All of the American Girl Doll events continue to be quite popular and have given hundreds of girls and their families some very special memories from their experience. All three of these annual events center around the American Girl Doll historical character Samantha Parkington, a nine-year old orphan raised by her wealthy and very proper grandmother in 1904. That story coincides with the year that Hearthside got its name and really captures the essence of what it was like growing up in Victorian America. History comes to life and is made more interesting for the girls as they experience firsthand in an actual mansion how Samantha lived during the first years of the 20th century. 2016 Event Dates: June 4 and 5: American Girl Doll Tea Weekend (12:30 & 2:30 pm); August 6: American Girl Doll Garden Party (12 & 2:30 pm); December 3: American Girl Doll Christmas Party (members-only) (12:30 & 2:30 pm)  Google Map

Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours

Blackstone culinaria food toursBLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200   Visits to Valley dining establishments usually consist of a demonstration followed by a full meal.  Join us as we explore and savor the rich ethnic restaurants of the Blackstone Valley and beyond! On each tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn the chef’s personal secrets of their favorite dishes with a demonstration of their specialty foods or drinks, followed by a meal. Leave your passport at home and let your palate travel the world of food throughout the Blackstone Valley! Prices and attendee limits vary, depending on the establishment.

Tickets may be purchased online with the current schedule found here. For more information about any particular particular tour or the program in general, please email or call us at 401-724-2200.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat

Explorer RiverboatBOAT LANDINGS: CENTRAL FALLS LANDING: 45 Madeira Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863
WOONSOCKET: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket
PAWTUCKET: Festival Pier, Tim Healey Way, Pawtucket.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 
The region’s only riverboat, the Explorer conducts Sunday weekly public tours, Saturday educational tours, as well as chartered tours, special events, and a Riverclassroom education program with customized programs for students. Tours leave from several locations throughout the season including Central Falls, East Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.  Hosts weddings. Capacity: 40. Same sex friendly. NOTE: Due to river conditions, Woonsocket tours will resume on September 24, with additional Saturday tours added. Google Map

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Public Tours

Blackstone valley Explorer Riverboat ToursBOAT LANDING: CENTRAL FALLS LANDING: 45 Madeira Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863
WOONSOCKET BOAT LANDING: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket, RI  02895
PAWTUCKET BOAT LANDING: Tim Healey Way Pawtucket, RI  02860
BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Public tours take place every Sunday on the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat on the Blackstone River May through October.

On our cruises you may see swan, herons, geese, ducks, turtles, hawks and beautiful plants and trees! The tour guide explains the ecology of the river and surrounding wetlands interspersed with stories about the people and history of the region. If you have never cruised on the Riverboat “Explorer” it is something you must do; and if you have, you can join with us again and again because every time you go on the river, you see something new!

Explore the Blackstone River using an underwater remotely operated camera the first Saturday of each month. Through October, Saturday environmental tours are available on each Saturday at 1 and 2 pm.

Charter tours are also available. 2016 DATES:  Sundays May – Oct.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament

Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 
TOURNAMENT LOCATION: Crystal Lake Golf Course 100 Bronco Highway Mapleville, RI 02839
Annual golf tournament is held at the Crystal Lake Golf Course in Burrillville in June.  Includes lunch, dinner, and awards ceremony. 2017 DATE:June 12, 2017.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Music & Arts Festival

wpbvmusicbRotary Club of Woonsocket PO Box 154 Woonsocket, RI 02895-0780 Event Location: Homestead Gardens: 200 Industrial Dr.  North Smithfield, RI  02896 3 day arts festival located at Homestead Gardens and sponsored by the Woonsocket Rotary features music, beer garden, bbq cookoff, fiesta carnival and arts village. 2016 Date: June 3 – 5 Google Map

Blackstone Valley Running Festival

P.O. Box 1940 East Greenwich, RI 02818-0663  401-952-6333  Annual half marathon and 5K Chip Timing for all races: Eleven aid stations. Water, energy drinks, and PowerGel along the half marathon course: Bathrooms on half marathon course at several locations. The race begins on Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket.  2017 Date: TBD.  Google Map

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Annual Celebration

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Annual Dinner

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
Annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council celebration is held the first Thursday in October and features a number of awards and presentations including membership in the William Blackstone Society. This year’s event features a local-to-table celebration at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket. 2017 Date: October 5  Google Map

Bryant University Bulldogs Basketball & Athletics

Bryant Bulldogs1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-232-6513  Bryant University competes at the Division I level in the NEC in a wide range of men’s and women’s sports. For schedules and ticket information, visit the Bryant Athletics Web site. Google Map

Candlelight Shopping

wpcandlelightCharlie Wilson: 401-568-8800
You are cordially invited to the Village of Chepachet to enjoy a bit of “Yankee hospitality.” Local shops will be decorated for the season and the streets Candlelight Shopping will be lighted with our new antique street lights. The sounds of holiday music and carolers will add to the old fashioned ambiance that folks have enjoyed for many years!  There will be Bell Ringers and a photo-op with Santa in December — all at the Masonic Hall. Several shops will have hot beverages and snacks for all to enjoy. Holiday shoppers will be treated to a thoroughly enjoyable old fashioned shopping experience. Don’t miss it!!!  2016 Date: TBD

Christmas Celebration

wpbrtchristmasBlackstone River Theatre 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-725-9272
Annual Christmas Celebration featuring many artists. Audiences can expect the unexpected – familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy step dancing, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more – as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. “That’s one of the nicest thing about this show,” explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. “We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year.” 2016 dates: TBD  Google Map

Colombian Independence Festival

wpcolombianbIntersection of Lonsdale Ave (Rt. 122) and Higginson Ave, Central Falls, RI Annual festive parade and festival celebrating Rhode Island’s Colombian community and culture. The parade will be joined by the flotas (carrozas), highliting the different regions of Colombia, as well as the Carnival Queens We will also be joined by a diverse number of Colombian communities of New England and different cultural presentations performed by our brother countries. Parade runs to Higginson Park. A great number of recognized artists along with cultural performances such as, trovas, letanias, standup commedy and folkloric dances will be participating in our festival. We will also have a great variety of Colombian food and drinks. The festival promises to end the independence week with a great joy in a family environment for all the Colombian communities and other latino communities of Rhode Island.  2016 DATE: July 17, 2016.  Google Map

Dot Air Experimental Music Festival

wpdotairMachines with Magnets  400 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. 02860 401.475.2655 Experimental music festival celebrating sonic and performative experimentation that grows out of the skeletal remains of the American Industrial Revolution. DOT AIR is hosted by Machines with Magnets and Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. 2017 Date: TBD Google Map

French Heritage Festival and Soiree

wpfrenchbNorthern Rhode Island  Council on the Arts:  Box 1723  Woonsocket, RI 02895  Location: River Island Park  Woonsocket, RI  02895   Music plus arts & crafts, local farmers’ fresh produce, food, trivia, face painting, Paws from the Pawtucket Red Sox,  Bobo the Clown, apple pie contest.  2016 DATES: TBD.  Google Map

Glocester Ancient & Horribles Parade

Glocester Ancient & Horrible ParadeParade Committee 1145 Putnam Pike PO Box B Chepachet RI 02814 401-568-6206   Glocester locals spoof local and national politics during the famous Ancients and Horribles Parade on the Fourth of July. The parade first wound its way down Main Street in Chepachet in 1926 and, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, has continued to delight Glocester residents (and many others) each and every year since. 2016 Date: July 4

Glocester Summer Concert Series

Glocester: 1145 Putnam Pike, PO Box B  Chepachet, RI  02814  401.568.6206 The Summer Concert Series keeps getting bigger and better. The concerts start in June and continue for several weeks every Wednesday evening. All our Recreation Department concerts are held on the beautiful grounds of Chepachet Union Church across from the Glocester Town Hall. Each begins at 6:30 PM and lasts for 90 minutes. A great evening out for senior citizens and families, so bring a blanket or a lawn chair and come relax for a while! They are sponsored by the Town of Glocester Recreation Department. All our concerts are smoke-free and alcohol-free events. 2016 Info: TBD  Google Map

Grande Fete by the River

wpgrandfetebSlater Mill: 67 Roosevelt Ave., PO Box 696  Pawtucket, RI 02862  401-725-8638  Annual fundraiser in support of our Educational Scholarship Program, which provides free and reduced-rate admissions for all student visitors. Live music and dancing, with Milt Reeder, Klem Klimik, Marty Richards & Jesse Williams, Illuminated, moon-lit grounds and factory,
local specialty foods and libations, exclusive evening museum exploration, silent auction and more 2016 Date: June 4, 2016
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Great Pumpkin Festival

Great Pumpkin FestivalNorth Smithfield High School  412 Greenville Road Location: North Smithfield, RI  02896  Annual community-wide public event celebrating the start of the autumn season. Enjoy pumpkin related events, food, entertainment, community service information fair and more! Call for this year’s events Festival on the grounds of North Smithfield High School. 2016 dates TBD. Google Map


Haunted Tunnel and Halloween Attractions

Slater Park 825 Armistice Boulevard Pawtucket RI 02861 401-728-0500×257   The Haunted Tunnel attraction will take place at the Daggett Farm facility within the Park. The tunnel opens at 6:30 and closes by 9 p.m. Early arrival is strongly suggested due to large attendance and line closurewphauntedtunnel prior to 9 p.m. The cost for the Tunnel is $8.00 per person. Because of its scary content, the Tunnel is strongly recommended for ages 12 and above only. Adjacent to the carousel Slater Park Pavilion is the “family-friendly” “Jack-o-Lantern Village” event displayed with jack-o-lanterns, a witch’s house and a variety of funny face houses. Admission is $4.00 per person with pre-school children entering for free and is open 6:30 – 9 pm. Returning visitors should be aware that this is a new location from past years. The carousel will also be open throughout the month’s festivities as well, until October 30 from 6 – 8 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 8 p.m. The carousel will also be open on Sundays from 11 am to 5 p.m through October 30th as well, weather permitting. 2016 dates: Fridays and Saturdays – Sept. 30 – Oct. 29. Google Map

Historical Road Rally and Tour

wpcumberlandtourCumberland Recreation Department: 4097 Diamond Hill Rd.  Cumberland, RI  02864 Discover Cumberland’s scenic back roads with the 2nd annual event, a guided tour impossible to get lost on… all one has to do is follow the step by step instructions provided and answer questions…the answers of which will always be located between one instruction and the next. The entire idea is to catch the answer to the questions as you ride and enjoy the route, the scenery and the historical element of it…all of which is also designed to distract you from the catching all of the answers to the questions! That’s as tricky as it gets!!! All participants will be provided with a detailed “Trip Tik” and all questions will be answerable without the needs of smartphones!  All you need is a driver and a good navigator – but this is also a family event so bring the kids! Guaranteed fun and extremely interesting! 2016 Date: May 21, 2016 Google Map
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Leisurely Bike Tours

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council  175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200
4 hour guided tours take place through the back roads of Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley. The tours provide a fun and relaxing way to experience the heritage, culture, nature and recreation of the Valley, with several stops throughout. 2016 Dates: Begin June 11, 2016

Pawsox Enchanted Village

wpenchantedvillagePawtucket Red Sox 1 Columbus Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02860  401-724-7300
This free event is open to fans of all ages and will turn the ballpark into a winter wonderland for all who visit. PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz and former Red Sox great and current PawSox hitting coach Rich Gedman will be in attendance at McCoy to meet fans. Mascots Paws and Sox as well as Santa Claus will also greet fans young and old. In addition, Red Sox mascot Wally will make a quick special appearance to welcome fans at the main gate.  2016 dates TBD.  Google Map

Pawtucket Arts Festival

Pawtucket Arts Festival137 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401.728.0500 x430  Promotes and celebrates Pawtucket’s arts communities. Events include the Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival, Slater Park Fall Festival, Taste of the Valley, Slater Mill SAM Fest, and RI Philharmonic Pops Concert in the Park.  2016 dates:  August 26 – September 25.

Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox1 Columbus Ave. PO Box 2365 Pawtucket RI 02860 401-724-7300   Triple A farm club of the Pawtucket Red Sox offers a inexpensive evening out for the family in a park that’s retained its old fashioned appeal despite renovations completed just before the 1999 season. In addition to the new stadium seating, there is also a new beam that circles the entire outfield to give fans a casual viewing area in a picnic-like atmosphere. A number of special events are run throughout the season and pre-game barbecues and party tent reservations are available for groups or organizations. Hosts weddings. 2017 Dates: April 6 – September 4. Google Map

Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival

BLACKSTONE VALLEY TOURISM COUNCIL – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 Site: 98 S Tim Healey Way Pawtucket, RI 02860
The dragon boat races and festival takes place annually on the Saturday following Labor Day.  Races are open to professional and amateur teams with cash prizes for professionals. The festival features a number of artistic and other events and is free to the public. 2017 Date: Saturday, September 9  Google Map



River Island Park, Woonsocket, RI 02895  Listen to music from Atlantic Thrills and other excellent acts, eat delicious local food, and enjoy art, workshops and recreation.  Morning bicycle rides/parades will start from the north (Uxbridge) and from the south (Providence) meeting up at each end of the NEW SHARROWS coming through the city. 2016 DATE: TBD Google Map

S.A.M Fest (Slater’s Art & Manufacture Festival)

wpsamfestSlater Mill:  67 Roosevelt Ave., PO Box 696  Pawtucket, RI 02862  401-725-8638  Annual Slater’s Art and Manufacture Festival in partnership with the City of Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Arts Festival Hodgson Park @ Slater Mill Vendors, artists, food trucks, live music, tasty SAM-gria!  2017 Date: TBD Google Map

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

wpstpatricksb401.728.1682 Would you like to be in the parade?! Contact our parade coordinator Mary Duffy Messier to discuss the details. Phone: 401.728.1682 Want to place an ad in the annual parade advertising book? Contact Don Smith: 401.728.1398 General questions about the parade please contact Arthur Brunelle: 401.413.9505 2016 Date: March 4, 2016

Summer Solstice Festival

Summer Solstice FestivalBlackstone River Theatre  Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI  02864 401-725-9272  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 a separate admission After Festival Music Session back at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, featuring all of the festival performers. 2016 Date: June 18  Google Map


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI  02860  401-724-2200 SITE: 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI 02895  

2017 tickets on sale now.

Annual train rides take place on weekends aboard the P & W Railroad, recreating the Chris Van Allsburg book. A family favorite becomes reality during this three hour event that includes a 90-minute train excursion, Santa, cookies, gifts, singing of Christmas carols, and reading of the book. Meet the characters before the train ride and on the train. Gifts can be purchased in the train station. Join us for an experience unlike any other! 2017 DATES: Nov. 17 – Dec. 22.  Google Map

Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-724-2200

2017 tickets on sale now!

Join us for a scenic train trip through the Blackstone River Valley! The tour departs Woonsocket, RI at 9 am for a day filled with fun Fall activities. Relax and enjoy the many antique and gift shops, Putnam’s Annual Pumpkin Festival, a farmers market and local restaurants. ​After 3 1/2 hours of exploring the quaint town of Putnam we’ll leave at 2:30 for a 4:30​ pm​ arrival back in Woonsocket.   2017 date: October 21 Google Map

Victorian Christmas Tours

victorianbHearthside House: 677 Great Road, Lincoln, RI  02865 401-726-0597  There’s no place like Hearthside at Christmas time. The house is decorated so beautifully that it is no wonder it was selected to be featured in Yankee Magazine, Worcester Living Magazine, and two books about “Christmas at Historic Houses.” Each year, volunteers spend weeks decorating to transform the mansion back to a turn-of-the-century Christmas. Visitors to Hearthside delight in the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas as they enter the house and are greeted by our volunteers dressed in period attire. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music, homemade cookies, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. A special children’s holiday program is also scheduled each year. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home, making it a popular destination to visit after Christmas for candlelight tours during the vacation week before New Years. 2016 Event Dates: Self Guided Tours: December 4, 10, 11 and Self Guided Candlelight Tours: December 28 and 30th. Google Map

Winter Wonderland

wpwinterwonderlandbSlater Park 825 Armistice Boulevard Pawtucket RI 02861 401-728-0500×257 Held on two consecutive week ends preceding Christmas each year.  We are happy and proud to report that it has been a huge success and continues to grow each year.  Our goal is to provide a place where children and families can come to enjoy various holiday related activities at an affordable price. 2016 dates: TMD. Google Map