Block Island Events 2015
Sponsored by various Block Island businesses and local community, we are excited to start another Block Island season full of new and returning events! With a variety of weekend retreats, road races, holiday parades and music festivals, there is an activity happening on the island that will suit your interests.
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Happening all season!
3rd Annual Block Island Glass Float Project
Date: Starting in May
Quick to become a Block Island seasonal event, the Block Island Glass Float Project returns for its 3rd year! Eben Horton, the artist, hand crafts all 550 of the glass orbs used in this project. Starting in May, all 550 glass orbs will be hidden throughout the island, along the beaches and throughout the island’s trails. Each float will be dated, numbered and stamped with the shape of the island. All floats are clear glass, all except fourteen special orbs that were created using colored glass, and one using gold leaf. Finder’s keepers! If you find one of the hidden glass orbs, they are yours to keep! So grab a Block Island map and make a full day into an island scavenger hunt. More information about the Glass Float Project, please see the Block Island Tourism Council’s website below.
Website: 2015 Glass Float Project
15th Annual Block Island Music Festival
Date: June 9-June 14
It’s the Battle of the Bands! Block Island will be holding its annual Block Island Music Festival for the fourteenth straight year, hosted by Captain Nick’s Rock N’ Roll Bar (one of the island’s premier clubs and live music venues). This week long event will showcase close to fifty bands and musicians from across the North East to perform live music over a six day period. Admission to the event is strictly 21+, however children may attend under from 5pm-9pm with parental supervision. For more information about the event, please visit the website below.
Phone: (401) 466-5670 | Link: www.blockislandmusic.com
Annual Block Island Restaurant Week
Date: June 14-June 19
Come experience the local flavor with a week of Block Island dining! With over 17 of Block Island’s most popular restaurants, pubs, and hotels participating in this event, vacationers can experience a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials offered at a discounted price. With three-course lunches starting as low as $10 and dinners starting at $20, this is a can’t-miss event! Please check the Block Island Chamber of Commerce website for an updated list of participating restaurants.
Phone: 1-800-383-BIRI (2474) | Link: Block Island Restaurant Week 2015
Block Island Race Week
Date: June 21-June 26
Storm Trysail’s Block Island Race Week. This five-day event features a series of 8 championship events for competing racers throughout Block Island Sound. One of the last true full race weeks in America. The week consists of various events, such as around-the-buoys racing and the 18.2 nautical mile “Around the Island Race.” More information about the event can be found at the link below.
Block Island Fireworks Show
Date: July 3
Kick off the Fourth of July with a bang! The Block Island Fireworks Display will be launched at the Town Beach Pavilion at sundown (approximately 9pm) on July 3rd. Fireworks can easily be viewed from all points on the island.
Fourth of July Parade
Date: July 4 | Time: 11am
A Block Island Tradition-Come celebrate your Fourth of July with the annual Block Island Fourth of July Parade! The event will start promptly at 11am in New Harbor, and will make its way to the end location in Old Harbor. Find a spot along the parade route, and enjoy the show as floats, bands, clowns, and other marchers make their way across the island.
Block Island “Blues On The Block”
Date: July & August | Time: 6pm
Block Island’s annual “Blues on the Block” concert series kicks off its 2015 season at the Fred Benson Town Beach at 6pm. What a better way to end your day than with some relaxing music on the beach? Admission is FREE so come bring your beach chairs and listen to some great music performed by some of New England’s local artists and musicians.
Block Island Wedding Show
Date: July 12 | Time: 12pm-3pm | Location: The Sullivan House
Located at one of the island’s most popular wedding venues, The Sullivan House, the Block Island Bridal Show is there to provide you with the convenience of meeting all of the island’s and other local wedding vendors right under one roof. The day’s events will be full of entertainment and opportunities to get a true taste of this unique island as you plan your wedding in a fun and relaxed island atmosphere. Please enjoy live music, as well as excellent food and drinks while you meet some of the wedding Photographers, Planners, Hair Stylists, and Florists who will be there to assist you in planning your wedding.
Block Island Triathlon
Date: August 1
Sponsored by the Block Island Recreation Department, Block Island will be holding its annual Block Island Triathlon for its participants and guests starting at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion at 9am. Triathlon challenges start off with a 1/4 mile swim throughout the waters on the eastern side of the island, followed by a 12mile bike around the island’s scenic western coast, and finally concluding the event with the 4mile run on the eastern beaches. Participants may pre-register for the event and find more information at the link below. There will be an additional ferry leaving Pt. Judith that morning at 6am for guests and those participating.
40th Annual Block Island 15K “Run Around The Block”
Sponsored by the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, the island is holding its annual 15K (9.3mi) “Run Around The Block.” Watch contestants cross the finish line after their 9.3 mile trek throughout the winding blacktop roads stretched across the island. Starting time will be at promptly 1:30pm from the starting line at Fresh Pond on Center Road, and will finish at Champlin’s Marina in New Harbor. For those planning on participating in the event, please click on the link below to be given more information on pre-registration, transportation, and event rules.
Phone: 1-800-BIRI (2474) | Link: Run Around The Block
7th Annual Taste of Block Island
Date: September 25-September 27
Discover the best Block Island has to offer over this fun, event filled weekend! Island-wide restaurant and shopping discounts, special hotel accommodation packages, and island events are all available to you with the purchase of a $5 button. There will be special bike tours, wine tastings, a classic car show and so much more! Purchase your buttons aboard any of the Block Island ferries or stop by the Block Island Chamber of Commerce. For more information on weekend events, please visit the Block Island Chamber of Commerce website below.
Phone: 1-800-383-BIRI (2474) | Link: BI Chamber of Commerce