What’s on tap for August


Serving up Culture. This newsletter we share six international festivals to experience food and fun. Also there is still plenty of good weather days left for al fresco dining. We share ten restaurants, one in each community to try. The fun continues with more food & drink events and summer concerts to end out the season..


This month the Blackstone Valley, RI serves up culture with four festivals that will take you through Europe to savor authentic food, drink and entertainment.


The 96th Annual Grecian Festival in Pawtucket Aug 18 - 20, 2023



·     August 11 - 12 Our neighbors in Central Falls, The Madeira club is hosting their annual feast, Festa da Nossa Senhora do Monte, featuring authentic Portuguese food and live entertainment.

·     August 12 & 13 St. Basil the Great Summer Festival - Taste the flavors of middle eastern cuisine including chicken taouk, falafel and hummus while enjoying Middle Eastern music.

·     August 18 - 20 Continue from the Middle East to the Mediterranean at the 96th Annual Assumption Grecian Festival in Pawtucket. Experience Authentic Greek specialties including Pastitsio, Moussaka, Spanakopita, and Baklava along with lively dancing and cooking demonstrations.




·     August 26th there are two festivals to check out in Woonsocket for Polish and Romanian Specialties. First is the St. Stanislaus Kotska annual Polish Festival where you can try some traditional Golombki and Pierogi. Then continue on to St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church Food Festival for special desserts place an advance order for Sarmale, Mititei and Cozonac!




St. Stanislaus Kotska Annual Polish Festival in Woonsocket August 26.









Al Fresco Dining



Ten Restaurants to Check out In RI's Blackstone Valley


There are still plenty of good-weather days left for al fresco dining, and many of our restaurants in the Blackstone Valley offer outdoor dining - from waterfront options to casual. We share ten restaurants to visit, one from each of our ten communities. .


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August 12



Can’t wait for Oktoberfest season? You don’t have to! Foolproof celebrates theirs a bit differently by throwing an Augtoberfest event in the dead of Summer! Enjoy food trucks, live music and, of course, beer. Free tickets available for designated drivers.


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August 14


RI Motif Food Truck and Drink Awards

Come celebrate some of the best food trucks, breweries and distillaries in the state at R1 Karting in RI's Blackstone Valley! Pictured above last year's winner of "Other Spirits" RI Spirits of Pawtucket.

Partner 1 - 52 Hunger Network accepting food donations.

PPhoto courtesy Motif Magazine Facebook by Gina Mastrostefano


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Rhody Rumcation



August 16


National Rum Day

White Dog Distilling of Pawtucket shares this popular Rum cocktail recipe for National Rum Day, made with their Spiced Rum -- Rhody Rumcation


Be sure to visit them and try some of their other specialty cocktails!

Hours: Thurs-Fri 5 - 8 pm; Sat 1 - 5 pm



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August 26


Twilight on the Blackstone

A unique al fresco dining experience 100 feet above the scenic Blackstone River in Woonsocket! Fine cuisine by local chefs, dancing and live entertainment!


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August 13, 2-4 pm


Music at the Farm

Season 6 of Music at the Farm concerts continues August 13 with Artist in Residence soprano Emma Robertson. She will be joined by Chris Carson on the piano. Sit back and listen to classical music at this indoor concert within a bucolic setting. Grace Note Farm, Pascoag


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August 13, 4 - 6 pm


Take it Outside Concert: Goldpine

Enjoy the folksy stylings of this Nashville vocal duo outside on the grounds behind the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland.


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August 25, 8 pm


Claudia Lennear at Chan's

Tina Turner Tribute

Former Ikette and RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Claudia Lennear will perform a Tina Turner tribute featuring The Duke Robillard Trio at Chan's in Woonsocket.


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August 27, 11 am - 6 pm


Rhode Island Folk Festival

Free Music Festival featuring some of the some of the finest folk, acoustic and singer-songwriter acts in the RI area! Some of this year's performers include Aztec Two-Step, Dan Lilly and the Keepers, Alexus Lee and Burkina Yacouba


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Do you have a keen interest in history? Curious about the story of Ann & Hope Mill and Discount Store? Check out this documentary by our Videographer and Preservationist, David Lawlor. You may be surprised by what you learn!


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