I’d like to introduce you to Raising Rhody, a new regular feature here spotlighting all the amazing adventures Rhode Island has to offer kids and their grown-ups. First up? The East Greenwich Arts Festival by the folks at Festival Fete who never disappoint.
I’m a lover of festivals, those outdoor celebratory gatherings that, to my delight, include shopping, entertainment and plenty of scrumptious foods. Two years ago, my daughters and I attended the first ever Festival Fete event and have been die hard attendees ever since. Every visit has made my daughters love festivals and the arts as much I do. Like the zoo’s Pumpkin Spectacular and Waterfire in the fall, The Nutcracker in December, farmers’ markets heading outdoors in spring, and the Washington County Fair in the summer, Festival Fete’s arts festivals are the kind of events by which my family marks the seasons.
If you’re looking for something cool to do this weekend, then get yourself to Festival Fete’s East Greenwich Arts Festival. Bursting with contagious creativity and infectious cheer Festival Fete’s events are not to be missed. My daughters and I will be there with our walking shoes on and full bellies to fuel us for a solid day of festival fun. My girls, ages 4 and 6, love the activities for kids and chatting up the talented vendors. They also never say no to a sweet treat or a bag of popcorn while we’re there! Me? I’m like a kid in a candy store with all the incredible handcrafted goods. And I can’t help but mention there’s nothing like a fun filled day that leaves my girls exhausted and ready to fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow!
Here’s what you need to know.
Who: 150 American arts and crafts artists, as well as, musicians, dancers and performance artists
What: A vast selection of goods including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, fiber and home accessories, along with yummy food choices and two jam packed days of kid friendly crafts, activities and entertainment – see the full schedule below
Where: New England Tech Campus on Division Road in East Greenwich RI, find directions by clicking here
When: Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st from 10am – 5pm daily
I’ve been looking forward to this weekend’s event since the last one at the beginning of the summer! Yes, I’m seriously this enthusiastic. But don’t take my word for it. Check out Festival Fete on Instagram, Flickr and their blog for a behind the scenes look at the magic that happens at these festivals. The playful joy you see in their pictures? It can’t be faked, folks.
See you there!
For a long time I’ve wanted to launch a blog focused on celebrating all that Rhode Island has to offer families. I have the domain, the Facebook page, even a template for a newsletter ready to go. For one reason or another, it never gets off the ground. It frustrates me and puzzles me. So here I’m taking my own advice and following the flow, honoring whatever stuck-ness I’m generating towards that project and funneling it into a direction that seems to be flowing much more easily. Stay tuned, kiddos.