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Discovering Block Island: Summer’s Not Over, The Party Is Still Going

by kelly / August, 28 2019 01:30

Photo of Ballard's from the ferry on Block Island, RI

Summer maybe officially over soon but the party’s not over on Block Island. September is an awesome month to come to visit. The vibe is a little chiller but there’s still a ton to do. Oh, and you don’t have to deal with as much traffic. September is kind of my favorite month on the island. Here’s what the Block has to offer.

44th Annual Run Around the Block – September 7

Experience all of Block Island and get in a workout. You can’t beat that kind of offer.

The run around Block Island is a 9.3 mile journey around the beaches, ponds, stone walls, rolling meadows, and towering cliffs. You can really take in the magic of Block Island in this race.

The run starts at 11:45 AM and pre-registration is available at

Block Island Rock Fest – September 7

If you’re not in the mood for a run and just want to party at the beach then the Block Island Rock Fest is for you.

Head to Ballard’s from 10 AM – 6 PM and listen to live rock/hard rock music, sip on a few drinks, and put your feet in the sand. This year’s fest is headlined by no other than Sebastian Bach of Skid Row! Also playing will be Dirty Deeds - an AC/DC tribute band, Thrilldriver - a band of hard rockers, and more.

The event is co-sponsored by Whalers Brewing Company and free to attend for everyone. Of course you have to be 21 and over to hang in the bar area. Check out event updates and RSVP Ballard’s Facebook page ( Remember to have a blast on the beach and rock out!

Experience Block Island – September 27-29

This event – formerly known as the "Taste of Block Island Weekend" – is a way to sample everything the island offers at discounted pricing. You can sample food, shopping, lodging, and fun.

To take part the first step is to buy an Experience Block Island Button available for just $5 at the Block Island Visitor Center (1 Water Street) or on board the island bound ferries. The button gives you access to special weekend discounts. Some things to look forward to are everything from discounted wine and beer tastings, to special hotel packages, to restaurant deals, to water sport savings.

Get updates on the event and info on special deals from Block Island’s Tourism site at

September Secret – All Month Long

Ok I guess it’s no longer a secret because I’m letting you all in on it. September is one of the best times to be on the island.

The weather is still warm, the days are still long, and the large crowds are gone. Plus most of all the businesses are still open. So you don’t have to wait in long lines anymore! Even better the 17 miles of beaches become a little quieter.

Discovering Block Island

September is a perfect time to book a trip. Enjoy the island, pack your sunscreen, and keep your summer vacation going just a little longer.

For even more deals and secrets about the Block check out our Discovering Block Island blog series.

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