Summer Beach Bucket List: Block Island

June 2023





June 1, 2

Block Island Film Festival: A full agenda awaits with screenings, panels with filmmakers, and a screenwriting forum, all taking place at the BI Maritime Institute.


June 11-13

Knitting Retreat: Learn to create a shawl at this three day/two night all-inclusive workshop hosted by North Light Fibers. Gourmet meals, island tours, and a stay at 1661 Inn are all part of this retreat for textile enthusiasts.


June 17

Poetry Reading: Enjoy local poets, music, and refreshments at this newly launched series. Instagram: SpringStreetGallery


June 19-23

Block Island Race Week: Launch the start of summer with a colorful spectacle of sailboats as up to 150 of them race through the waters of Block Island Sound as they circumnavigate the island. This worldwide attraction is a thrill for both sailors and landlubbers.


June 25

ConserFest: The music festival with a strong message about arts, the environment, and sustainable initiatives continues without missing a beat virtually for year two. Don’t miss a stellar line-up of acts accessed online via portal. Proceeds benefit the conservation and preservation of BI.




July 1

Fireworks Float: Celebrate the 4th early from the salt pond. Fireworks will be visible all over the island, but you can paddle out for a nice spot on the water and enjoy the show as soon as it gets dark.


July 4

Celebrate America Parade: Join Block Island in celebrating American history, innovation, music, and traditions at this festive event. The procession of patriotic floats begins in front of The Oar on West Side Road at 11:30am.


July 22

Block Island Barbershop Quartet Festival: The 58th installment of one of the oldest barbershop festivals in the country, starring regional male and female a cappella quartets, including the beloved Narragansett Bay Chorus.


July 29

The Great Salt Pond Swim 8: Ease into open water swimming by joining many fellow adventurers in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. Don’t be fooled – it’s a half-mile swim there and half-mile back, so focus on strength and stamina over speed.




August 5

Block Island Triathlon: You can swim, bike, and run across the island, but why not do all three? Start with a brisk swim from Fred Benson Town Beach, dry off to bike along the western coast, and lace up your sneaks for a sprint to the finish line.


August 7-9

Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival: Peruse handmade wares including pottery, paintings, photos, jewelry, and more at this event held on the scenic grounds of the Narragansett Inn. Facebook: 2021 Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival


August 16

Summer Symphony: Musicians from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony make their Block Island debut. Enjoy cocktails, mocktails, and hors d’oeuvres before curtain. The performance is geared toward all ages with a special section for children encouraging participation.




Art Classes: Starting June 26, Island Bound Bookstore will host a weekly series of all-level classes for adults on the patio in front of the shop (5-7pm). Beverages served. Reservations required.

Block Island Art Trail: Grab a map and take a self-guided tour of galleries, studios, shops, and more of where to view and buy work from local artists. Find at locations or download.

Block Island Farmers Market: Set the alarm so you don’t miss a visit to this market held Wednesday and Saturday mornings (9-11:30am) at Legion Park. Peruse local honey, fresh flowers and produce, handmade items, and more.

Flower Crown Pop-Ups: Enjoy fashioning fresh blooms into wearable crowns at pop-up workshops held by Mimi Arnold aka The Farmer Florist. Instagram: TheFarmerFlorist

Music: Head to Yellow Kittens Tavern at night for music on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays; and Captain Nick’s Rock-N-Roll Bar has something scheduled every night of the week.;

Search for Orbs: Is there any activity more perfect for social-distancing than a scavenger hunt? Eben Horten created The Glass Float Project to give visitors a new way to experience the island. Search outdoor locations for beautiful glass balls made by Horten; finds are yours to keep but please register to help keep track, and consider making a donation to keep the ball rolling. 



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