2018-07-05 / Upcoming Events

Wickford Art Festival returns this weekend for its 57th year

The seventh busiest tourist attraction in Rhode Island returns this weekend to Jamestown’s neighbor to the west for the 57th consecutive year.

“A must-see show in a charming village,” according to USA Today.

The Wickford Art Festival, rated a top-five festival in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Every summer since 1962, art lovers have visited New England’s top-rated outdoor festival set on the streets of historic Wickford Village. Eclectic shops and Colonial homes line the streets as about 50,000 visitors stroll through the seaside village, meeting the artists and browsing fine art, from oil to ink, pastels to photos. Also, for shoppers who see something they like, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to exempt original works of art from sales tax. That means buyers only pay the posted price.

Wickford is a walking-friendly village that makes it easy for families, elderly and handicapped visitors to enjoy the festival. Parking is free on the outskirts, and additional parking within walking distance is available at Wilson Park, Wickford Elementary School and Wickford Middle School. There also is a free shuttle ride into the heart of the festival.

Although Wickford is a dog-friendly community, organizers are asking visitors to leave their dog at home during the festival because of low-hanging artwork. Also, because it gets busy, dogs can cause a tripping hazard with their leashes.

Artists with Jamestown connections are among the 200 scheduled exhibitors, including ceramicist Jillian Barber, photographer Paul Cronin and acrylic painter Victoria Corey, owner of Fuller Gallery on Narragansett Avenue.

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