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Discovering Block Island: August Fun

by kelly / August, 8 2018 01:30

Photo of boats docked in Old Harbor on Block Island, Rhode Island at sunset

Now that we’re in August it may feel like summer is coming to an end but it’s not on Block Island. There’s more on-island swimming, eating and partying to be had. Check out all that August has to offer on the Block and don't forget to pack your sunscreen.

Block Island Triathlon – August 4th

This is an annual event on the island and way to test your strength, endurance and athleticism. Compete with around 400 others in the Block Island Triathlon. Swim a quarter mile of Town Beach then bike 12 miles on the western coast and finally finish off with 4-mile ride on the eastern beaches.

It’s a great way to experience the island and get in a hell of a lot of exercise! The race kicks off at 9AM and for more information on it go to

Annual Mary D. Ball – August 4th

Come dressed in your tux or finest pair of shorts – just make sure you “dress to have a ball”. This annual event takes place at The Sullivan House at 7PM and features food, drinks, dancing and stunning views of the ocean.

Started by Mary D. Ball a retired native that was nurse on the island for 50 years – the event goes to support those in need on Block Island. Tickets are $40 and available at the door. Dance the night away and support a great cause.

Conserfest – August 5th

Conserfest is now an annual event featuring music and artistry to support the natural beauty of Block Island. It’s a day of “music on a mission”.

The music kicks off at 10:30am at the Narragansett Inn and goes until 8PM with a special after party at the Yellow Kitten at 10PM.

It’s free to attend but donations are welcome to support the conservation of Block Island’s natural habitat and wildlife.

Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival – August 11-13th

Find all kinds of unique paintings, pottery, stained glass, crafts, photography, artwork, jewelry, and much more created by the local community of artists at the Block Island Arts and Artisan Festival. The event takes place at Harbor Church and entry is free but hours vary each day (10am-6pm on Saturday, August 11; Noon-5 pm on Sunday, August 12; 10am-4pm on Monday, August 13). Come look around and maybe buy something beautiful and native to Block Island that no one else will have.

Reggae Fest at Ballard’s – August 13th

Want to keep the music going? Then check out the Reggae Fest at Ballard’s. Jam to your favorite reggae bands all day from 10AM to 8PM. What makes this fest even better is that it’s free!

This year’s line up features: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation, Spiritual Rez and Mighty Mystic.

2018 BIC Fair – August 16th

Put on by the Block Island Conservancy – the organization’s mission is to keep Block Island green – the fair runs from 2-7PM on the old Solviken property.

Test your skills with fair games and enjoy the cookout sponsored by the Poor People’s Pub. Also check out the surf competition at 3PM (the property is near Baby Beach) and take part in the auctions at 5PM. Entry is free and the fair games are $2 per ticket.

Annual House and Garden Tour – August 16th

Tour some of the most beautiful homes and gardens on the island from 10AM to 2PM. Get an inside look at some of the outstanding architecture and décor that Block Island has to offer.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 day of – proceeds benefit the Block Island Historical Society.

BIMI Oysta’ Fest – August 25th

Last year 400 people turned out and around 4000 oysters were eaten. Come hungry to the fest and shuck as many oysters as you can – as there’s an actual competition to see who is the speediest shucker.

The fest takes place on the grounds of the Block Island Maritime Institute from 4-6PM and features music, beer, wine and all kinds of other food. Entry is $25 per person and free for kids under eight.

Discovering Block Island

Block Island is definitely alive and hopping during the summer and it has something for everyone all year-round. Learn more about everything you can do 365 days of the year in our Discovering Block Island blog series.

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