Charlestown is in Washington County in southern Rhode Island. Located about 30 miles southwest of Providence, the town has much to offer residents and visitors, including natural attractions such as East Beach and Burlingame State Park and historic sites. The town hosts a number of events each year. Anyone with a taste for delicious food will enjoy the Seafood Festival.
The Seafood Festival has been staged annually since the mid-1980s. Sponsored by the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, the festival takes place the first weekend in August in Ninigret Park. The festival opens with events on Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday evening. The festival has gained past recognition as a top event, having been featured in the American Bus Association's 2008 list of the top 100 events in North America.
The main focus of the festival revolves around seafood, with visitors having the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Rhode Island's finest fish and shellfish. Vendors offer delicacies ranging from raw bars to lobster, "steamers," or steamed clams, clam cakes and fish and chips. Visitors can also try seafood classics such as chowders, which typically include a range of ingredients, including crab, shrimp and fish.
Each day of the festival offers a variety of entertainment. This includes music concerts, with singers and bands performing on a stage in the park throughout the weekend. There are shows specifically for children, which may include singers, jugglers and magicians. A traveling amusement fair sets up in the park for the duration of the festival, providing rides and fairground games. An evening fireworks display is staged on Saturday.
The festival offers visitors a variety of activities. Arts and crafts vendors sell their wares and give demonstrations. Hot-air balloon rides, bungee jumping, rock wall climbing and a petting zoo are featured during the course of the weekend, as well as a car show and a lobster raffle.
RV travelers visiting the festival from out of town can apply for a site at the festival campground, which has space for about 150 vehicles. RVs need to be self-contained units, as there are no utility hook-ups available. A flat fee is charged that includes three days of camping, plus entrance to the festival.
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