Eat With the Season
With our wealth of delicious restaurants, it’s easy to eat fresh, local foods – but they all taste better at restaurants that are only open for a short season. Flo’s in Middletown, Evelyn’s Drive-In in Tiverton and the Blount Clam Shacks in Warren and East Providence’s Crescent Park are all officially open for your summer eating pleasure. Just remember: If you didn’t Instagram your dinner, it never happened.
Make the Parade Last All Summer
It’s a sure sign of summer when the fresh red, white and blue stripes appear on Hope Street. Thousands of people come from far and wide for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade – this year is the 232nd consecutive one! – but true patriots know that in Bristol, the celebration is much bigger than one day. Leading up to the main event are weeks of fun, including 14 days of concerts in Independence Park starting on June 20, a carnival, fireworks, the Fourth of July ball and tons more events.
Smell the (Very Fancy) Flowers
Newport doesn’t do anything halfway, and that includes yards. See how the other half gardens at two fancy events this month. The Newport Secret Garden Tours are happening this year from June 16-18, and take you through some of the city’s most prestigious – and normally private – outdoor spaces. From June 23-25, the Newport Flower Show is turning the grounds of Rosecliff into a miniature Versailles. Events include a champagne and jazz brunch, an outdoor movie picnic and an appearance by fashion maven Iris Apfel.
Drink Wine in a Vineyard
But drink it in the best possible way: during an outdoor concert. Lucky for you, those are happening all summer. Westport Rivers kicks off their Friday evening Sunset Music Series on June 16 with a performance by Rebecca Correia. On Saturdays throughout the summer, Greenvale Vineyards hosts their 18th season of Jazz Tastings with Dick Lupino and a rotating schedule of guest musicians.
Join the Club
The pool club, that is. This summer, get all the benefits of having a pool – fun in the sun! All the Marco Polo you can handle! – without actually having to deal with the hassle of pool ownership. Kendbrin Swim and Tennis in Riverside and Seekonk Swim and Tennis (SeekonkSwimClub.com) and Grist Mill Pool & Tennis in Seekonk all offer seasonal memberships. Word is out on whether they actually enforce the 30-minutes-after-eating wait period your mom still thinks is a real thing.
Make a Splash
If a summer-long investment in a swim club isn’t for you, but there’s one day you just have to jump in some water or else you’ll melt like Olaf doing whatever snow does in summer, get yourself a day pass to the pool at the Bayside YMCA in Barrington. For a full vacation experience, head to Rehoboth’s Hillside Country Club where they offer pool day passes and have an attached tiki bar, tiny umbrellas included.
Sail Through Dinner
You can drive any time of the year – but in the summer, water is the only real way to travel. Waterfront restaurants throughout the East Bay offer dockage for boaters, like Boat House in Tiverton, DeWolf Tavern in Bristol and Wharf Tavern in Warren. Killer sunsets over the water are just a bonus.
Spin Right Round
If you haven’t spent much time at Crescent Park lately, it’s time for a visit. Once the site of an amusement park, the Looff Carousel – built in 1895 – sees about 100,000 riders a year, and for good reason. There’s a family fun night on June 23, and they regularly host events like movies in the park. The August 12 Looff Arts Festival is a multi-platform event with lots of art, food and live entertainment.
Get Thrills and Chills
Seekonk Speedway hosts weekly races, but the really exciting time to make a trip is during one of their Thrill Shows. Drivers perform backwards races, figure eights, spectator drags and more. On the biggest nights – Independence Day and Labor Day – there are huge fireworks displays, too.
Take Art Outside
Once a month, galleries stay open late and performers take to the streets for Art Night Bristol Warren happening this summer on June 29, July 27 and August 31. The South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour is a self-guided tour of the surprisingly huge number of professional artists’ studios in and around Fall River and Westport. This year’s dates are July 15-16 and August 19-20.