There is no better way to celebrate summer than a food festival, well ... maybe the beach ... but hey, you can’t eat sand (believe me, I’ve tried!)

Here are a few “CAN’T-MISS” festivals this summer: 

Food Truck Fridays
Food Truck Friday Carousel Village

While technically not a “festival,” the countless food truck options, live entertainment and outdoor fun should put it on any family’s summer to-do list. 

What, When & Where:
Food Truck Fridays
Every Friday All Summer Long 
5–8:30 p.m.
Roger Williams Park Carousel Village

Crave Rhode Island
Crave RI

This event, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, features more than 100 restaurants from all over New England. With cooking demonstrations, wine and beer samples, as well as non-alcoholic summer drinks you’ll go home full and happy. 

What, When & Where:
Crave Rhode Island
June 20 & 21
5:30 p.m.
Rhode Island Convention Center

Rhode Island BBQ & Blues Festival
BBQ and Blues

The only way to celebrate summer is with BBQ, and the only way to celebrate BBQ is the blues — here, you can have it all. 

What, When & Where:
Rhode Island BBQ & Blues Festival
June 22 & 23
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
India Point Park

RI Food Fights
Cupcake Championship

Why have one event when you can have a month-long “smackdown” of some of your favorite summer treats?! Starting in July, for a ticket price of just $25, you can try 30 of the state’s best iced coffees. If you’re not up for that type of commitment, then an event like the Great Cupcake Championship is more your speed. This event hosts dozens of the best bakeries in the state to find out who has the best cupcake! 

What, When & Where: 
Great Cupcake Championship
June 23
 1–3 p.m.
Waterfire Arts Center

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
Newport Wine and Food Festival

Magnificent wines from around the world, fabulous food from local, regional and national chefs, artisanal food purveyors, cooking demos, interactive activities and an exquisite ocean view are all included in your Grand Tasting experience. The Marble House lawn is a beautiful setting for the tastings. Fancy and full? That’s my kind of party. 

What, When & Where: 
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
Sept 19–22
The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House