For seafood lovers, there’s no better way to finish the summer than in a park, gazing at the water, with a lobster roll in your hand. Add a few craft beers and a full lineup of local musicians, and you’ve got yourself a perfect outdoor party. Not only can you munch away at your favorite shellfish or crustacean, but you’re also welcome bring along your dog.
The Rhode Island Seafood Festival has returned every September since 2011, drawing fish fans to India Point Park for a weekend of outdoor revelry. Of course you’ll find the usual raw bars, showcasing local farmers and fishermen, plus every fried morsel imaginable. Even if you don’t like seafood, the festival will feature a good deal of landlubber foods – including sugary treats like ice cream and cannoli – and you can even browse arts and crafts from across the state.
The festival has exploded in popularity, so expect some crowds, but the event lasts all afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, so there’s plenty of time to grab your grub. September 8 and 9. India Point Park