31st Annual Festival of Lights

Check out our great video from Festival of Lights:
Video Produced by www.propulsioncinematography.com


Sponsored by the Wickford Village Association, N.K. Arts Council, Histwick and BankNewport


6:00 p.m. Town tree lighting and visit from Santa in Updike Park sponsored by N.K. Chamber of Commerce kicks off a weekend of festivities and a season of wonder. The North Kingstown Community Youth Chorus and The Lafayette Band perform.


5:30 p.m. Santa arrives to the Town Dock aboard The Sea Princess led by kayaks from the Kayak Centre.

6:00-7:30 p.m. Ongoing live Nativity at St. Paul’s Church on Main St. performed by the Youth Groups.

6:00-8:00 p.m. Hayrides with Santa around the Village originating in the parking lot by the Town Dock ($3 per person).

6:30-7:15 p.m. The North Kingstown Community Chorus carols inUpdikePark.

7:15-8:15 p.m.  The Lafayette Band performs their “Holiday Concert” atFirstBaptistChurch onMain St.

Throughout the Evening… Various musical entertainment about the Village including Ye Olde English Carolers.

Most shops are open until 9:00 p.m.!


12:00 p.m. Join the Elf Parade!  Elves of all ages… come dressed in your elfiest costumes and march from The Wickford Collection to the Town Dock to greet Santa!

12:30 p.m. Santa arrives at the Town Dock aboard the Sea Princess escorted by kayaks.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Hayrides with Santa throughout the village originating in the parking lot by the Town Dock ($3 per person.) The South County Rounders performs their lively string band versions of holiday music and Ye Olde English Carolers stroll about the Village.

12:30 p.m. Ice Sculptor carves 2 ice sculptures in a live demonstration at Updike Park on the corner of Brown Street and West Main Street.

12:00-4:00 p.m.  Christmas At The Castle.  Celebrate Christmas Past at Smith’s Castle.  Sip hot cider, listen to live music… enjoy a simple Christmas!  Visit www.smithscastle.org for details.

7:00 p.m. North Kingstown Community Chorus and Youth Chorus Winter Concert at N.K.H.S.

Most shops are open until 9:00 p.m.!


12:30 p.m. Santa arrives at the Town Dock aboard the Sea Princess escorted by kayaks.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Hayrides with Santa throughout the village. The South County Rounders performs (see above for details).  Ye Olde English Carolers stroll about the Village.

12:00-4:00 p.m.  Christmas At The Castle.  Celebrate Christmas Past at Smith’s Castle.  Sip hot cider, listen to live music… enjoy a simple Christmas! Visit www.smithscastle.org for details.

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Little Picture Show and Sale Holiday Reception at Wickford Art Association Affordable small art, refreshments, meet the artists! More info: www.wickfordart.org for details.

3:15-4:00 p.m. The Ladies of the Rolling Pin perform atUpdike Park(see above for details).

3:00 p.m. North Kingstown Community Chorus And Youth Chorus Winter Concert at N.K.H.S.

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Wicked Week (and a half!) in Wickford


Join us in Historic Wickford Village for days upon days of Halloween- season events… family friendly and FREE!

SAT October 22, 11am-3pm:  PUMPKINS IN THE PARK… KIDS- Come decorate a FREE pumpkin in Updike Park.  Face painting, too!

SUN  October 23, 2pm:  “Graveyards of  Wickford” :  Local historian, Tim Cranston, will begin this intriguing walking tour at Updike Park.

THUR  October 27, 5-8pm:  LADIES’ NIGHT!  Grab your girlfriends for a beautiful fall evening of boutique shopping.  Many shops will offer demonstrations, specials and refreshments.  The Village will be aglow with pumpkin luminaries and beautiful Harbor Lights and the sounds of live music.

WED October 26th, 6pm:  WICKED BINGO!  A festive fundraiser for the NK Food Pantry full of fun & prizes! (Brought to you by the NK Chamber Charitable Foundation.)  For location and details, visit www.northkingstown.com or call 295-5566

SAT  October 29, 1pm: Join Victoria McNally from Ghost Tours of Newport RI for a grave side chat as we discuss Wickford’s historic cemeteries, it’s role in RI’s first vampire,  ghost hunting 101 and more!  Also experience the ancient art of dowsing or divining first hand to help find lay lines and communicate from the beyond.  Tour begins in Updike Park.

SUN  October 30,  12noon:  HORRIBLES PARADE… Kids of all ages are invited to march in our annual costume parade, led by Pete and Chris Amusements.  Parade begins promptly at noon from St. Paul’s Parish House on Main St. & concludes in the municipal parking lot by the Town Dock, where Pete and Chris will entertain with clowning and magic!  Trick-Or-Treat throughout the day at participating businesses*.   Don’t forget your candy buckets!

SAT  October 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Trick-Or-Treat throughout the day at participating businesses*.

*participating businesses will be marked with a sign.

Some events are weather permitting.  Visit our website www.wickfordvillage.com and follow us on facebook “I love wickford village” for more event details and updates!


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Lecture On The Lawn


Thursday May 18th 6pm

North Kingstown historian Tim Cranston tells us of the Updike Houses of Wickford during our first presentation, which will be held in the dining room of Smith’s Castle. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs with a suggested $5 donation. Water and restroom are also provided.

For more information call SMITH CASTLE at – 401-294-3521

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53rd Annual Wickford Art Festival

Sponsored by The Wickford Art Association, The Wickford Art Festival, the #1 ranked fine arts festival in New England by Sunshine Artist magazine and 7th out of the 200 best in the country!

• Providence Journal
”Finest collection of artists found anywhere on the east coast.”
• State of Rhode Island
ranked #7 statewide for tourist attendance
• Harris Poll
placed in their “top 100 shows in the country!”
• USA Today
”A must-see show in a charming village.”
• Noted among artists traveling the festival circuit for its friendliness and pleasant surroundings.


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Tuesday Night Concert Series

Centerville Bank & the North Kingstown Arts Council invite you to attend the 2015 Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series.

Tuesday Nights  @ The Town Wharf  (55 Brown Street) @7pm

June 16 – Nancy Paolino & the Black Tie Band
June 23 – Big Cat Blues
June 30 – Brass Attack
July 7 – Reminisce
July 14 – Abbey Rhode
July 21 – White-Eyed Lizard Band
July 28 –  The RI Rednecks
August 4 – Avenue A
August 11 – Driftwoods
Bring seating.

Rain Location: North Kingstown High School
Concerts are free; donations are accepted.

Childrenʼs Entertainment Series

Presented By: Capalbo Dental Group

 Thursday Nights @ the Town Beach @ 6:30 pm

Bring a lawn chair, picnic basket and friends.

Rain Location: Cold Spring Community Center at Town Beach Donations are accepted

July 9 – Vanessa Trien
July 16 – Stacey Peasley
July 23 – Zak Morgan
July 30 – Toe Jam Puppet Band

Check the NK Arts Council Website www.nkartscouncil.org  for up to date information and changes to concert info . . .80 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 294-3331 x241

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Wickford Garden Tour

Wickford Garden Tour….. coming soon

Plans are in the making for another unique Wickford Garden Tour.  Many homeowners with yards of all sizes and shapes, including a Japanese designed garden, have agreed to open their gardens for this tour.  Artists will again be stationed in many gardens enabling you to see how the artistic eye sees each garden while also getting new ideas for your own garden. You’ll also have a chance to enter a raffle to win a beautiful quilt or a $1200 gift certificate for  a complete Master Garden Plan.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 28th.  It will be a time to view beautiful gardens, visit with neighbors and friends, talk with talented artists and perhaps learn about new flowers for your own garden in this historic seaside village.  Best of all , your ticket purchase will help support community needs and historic preservation efforts of Historic Wickford and North Kingstown.

Don’t miss it.  The last garden tour was wonderful.

For information on tickets visit: www.historicwickford.org

Check out information on the 2010 tour for more details: Garden Tour

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Bluegrass Jam

Wickford will host it’s monthly Bluegrass Jam on Saturday, April 12 from 2-5pm.  The jam has been ongoing since 2008 and is open to all ages and skill levels.  Just bring an instrument and seat or blanket.  Look for the jam inside Wilson’s of Wickford located at 35 Brown Street.


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Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st 12-4pm

Come spend some time and experience what a typical day in colonial times was like. See crafts, games, and learn about the concerns of the times.

Docents in period clothing will welcome visitors to the historic house, assist with colonial games, dances, and craft activities on the grounds, as well as a mock colonial court, during which visitors may bring their family and friends to trial and see them placed in the stocks for a variety of real and imagined colonial offenses.

A display about Roger Williams’ time and trade at Cocumscussoc will be on hand in the trading post. Displays of swordsmanship and weaponry will also be displayed throughout the weekend.

This year’s entertainment, sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council will include traditional folk songs and sea shanties sung by the Rhode Island Pirate Players and friends on Saturday, and The Old Time Fiddlers of Rhode Island return to entertain us on Sunday.

Local vendors and artisans of hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, painting, and other items will be on hand, as well as the U.R.I. Master Gardeners who will be on hand for soil-sampling and gardening advice, as well as to guide visitors through our colonial garden.

Join us for a weekend of fun and festivities, colonial style.

Admission: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child 6-12 years. Free for children under 6 years old and Castle members. $2.00 discount for seniors, and active military personnel.

For more information call 401-294-3521

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Christmas at the Castle

Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6, 2015 Noon-4:00 p.m.  

Experience Christmas time at Smith’s Castle (built in 1678), with the rooms adorned with decorations of fresh greens, the aroma of complimentary hot cider and cookies, live music from an earlier era filling the house from: the Brown University Madrigal Singers (A Capella Concert), St. Luke’s Jubilate Ringers (An English Hand Bell Choir), listen to Dulcimers being played and Bob Chandler playing his beautiful hurdy gurdy. Bring your camera and catch a photo of Father Christmas who will be here on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy dressing up in period garb (another photo opt), the popular Docent bake table is back, an ornament table, there will be a small group of vendors, our Gift Shop will be open, fresh wreaths and Christmas arrangements from Healey Farm. This year’s theme is “The History of the Christmas Pudding” with a demonstration of how to make this popular English dessert.

 Admission: General Admission – $7.00 with a family cap of $20.00 Children 6-12 – $3.00, Active Military & Seniors – $2 discount. Members and Children 5 and under – free.
Smith’s Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks in North Kingstown. For more information visit: www.smithscastle.org
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Veterans Day Parade

Parade starts at 10 AM.


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