Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blackstone Valley: Things to do in September

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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
September: Things to do in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

For a complete, detailed listing of events, see the event calendar

Greenway Challenge

greenway challenge

Saturday, September 27
Rain Date: October 4

The UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge.
An Adventure Race... Like No Other!

The mission of the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge is to promote the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley. 

Coordinated by he Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc, the UniBank Greenway Challenge supports clean water campaigns, hiking and biking trails, wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway access.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Barbara Dixon at 401-762-0250, ext 5503 or

Canal Diggers 5K Road Race

Saturday, September 6
Starts and finishes at Fiddler's Green Pub, 
Temple St. in Worcester MA
Start time: 11:00 am

16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival
Pawtucket Arts Festival
Starting on Thursday, September 4 and going through Sunday, September 28
Multiple Venues
Pawtucket, RI

The mission of the Pawtucket Arts Festival is to promote the arts communities in the City of Pawtucket; and to enhance the quality of life of the residents of the city and the New England region by providing and supporting quality art and cultural events within the city, year-round.

Slater's Ar(t)chitecture and Manufacture Festival

Saturday, September 6
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 7
12:00 - 5:00 pm

Slater Mill / Hodgson Park 
67 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, RI

S.A.M.FEST celebrates the innovative spirit in the arts and architecture, manufacture and creative enterprise of all kinds, at iconic Slater Mill, the place "where innovation starts." S.A.M.FEST showcases art and design, architectural restoration, artisan manufacture, new music and performance in the center park of downtown Pawtucket, aside the mighty Blackstone River. 

Unique, quirky, historic, futuristic, salvage, antique, and other dynamic vendors, presenters, and performers promoting themes of arts, craft, textile & fiber, jewelry, architecture, gadgetry, and wonder will be offered to the community at S.A.M.FEST.

Blackstone Canalfest

Saturday, September 6
Harding Street, Exit 13 or 14 off of Route 290 at Kelley Square
Worcester, MA
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fall is the time for festivals in New England, and Saturday, September 6, will see one of the most exciting of them all - right on Harding Street in Worcester's Canal District, directly accessible from Rte. I-290 at Kelley Square.

And, it's free!

Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races Taiwan Day Festival

Saturday, September 6
Festival Pier
Off School Street
Pawtucket, RI

Races are held on the Blackstone River off the School Street pier in Pawtucket with the festival running from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

The event consists of dragon boat races for professional and amateur teams, along with many cultural and artistic events, including a Chinese dumpling eating contest, aimed at adults and children. With the emphasis on competition and fun, the event makes an entertaining day for participants and the entire family. 

French Farmers Market & Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 6
River Island Park
Main Street
Woonsocket, RI
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The event is free and open to the public. In addition to the open air market, there will be food favorites like French meat pie and dynamites as well as other foods. Music and dancing will be provided by the local Rhode Island band, "Fleur De Lis" and from Canada, "Mathieu Allard Trio." 

Tractors and Trumpets

Tractors and Trumpets Daniels Farmstead Sunday, September 7
Daniels Farmstead
286 Mendon Street
Blackstone, MA
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

37th Annual RI Heritage Day

Rhode Island Heritage Day

Saturday, September 20
Roger Williams National Memorial
284 North Main Street
Providence, RI
12:00 pm to Dusk

Admission to thisfamily event is free. Rhode Islanders of all ages are invited to join in a lively celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage. The Roger Williams National Memorial will be filled with booths from countries such as Venezuela, India, Korea, Haiti, Bolivia, Sweden, Ireland and others that will showcase their culture, music, and dance. 

The booths will have cultural exhibits and display craft demonstrations from all over the world. The food court will have a mouth-watering array of traditional foods and drinks. The children's area will have The Peace Flag Project, face painting and arts and crafts. 

A parade of international flags representing over 30 countries will start off the day. Dancers and musicians from various countries dressed in native and colorful costumes will perform Saturday afternoon. Kobi Dennis of NightVision and Angela Sharkey will be the MCs.


Saturday, September 12
Riverfest by Night
Ciro's Tavern
Woonsocket, RI
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Riverfest by Night is an adults-only (18+), pre-event event Friday night, Sept. 12 from 7-10pm at Ciros! 

Sunday, September 13
Riverfest by Day
River Island Park
Main Street
Woonsocket, RI
12:00 - 4:00 pm

Riverfest by Day is an alchohol-free, family-oriented event featuring workshops, vendors, food trucks, live music, three different contests and so much more. Get to know the Blackstone River like you never have before by taking our guided river walk. We will provide overall-style waders for you to wear as a river systems expert leads you out into the rivers so you can see first-hand the plants and animals that are rejuvenating the Blackstone.

Northbridge Historical Trolley Tour
Northbridge Historic Tour
Saturday, September 27
9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm

The Northbridge Historical Commission is sponsoring 3 free trolley tours of historical Northbridge. 

The history of Northbridge will be brought back to life by Paul Whitin (aka Ken Warchol) in the historical garb of the 1830s. The tours will depart from the 1770 James Fletcher House at 1 Elm Place in Whitinsville. Mass Registrants should be there 1 hour before departure of each tour for a short slide presentation. Tours will last 2 hours with 15 minute stops to tour the 1780 John Adams home and the 1890 Lasell Mansion of 29 rooms. 

There is no charge but reservations must be made by calling or visiting the Whitinsville Library at 508-234-2151 with the tour time requested and the number of attendees and your telephone number.

Event Calendar

Check out the event calendar for a more complete, detailed listing of Blackstone Corridor Events:

We are glad to include Corridor-related news and events, both on our web site calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Corridor Currents.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
About The Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor
Congress established the National Heritage Corridor in 1986 to restore and preserve the nationally significant heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, where the industrialization of America began. It has become a successful program of partnerships between federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nongovernment organizations, pooling their resources and pursuing a common agenda of preservation and revitalization. 

Ongoing Blackstone Corridor programs and projects include historic preservation, river cleanup, land conservation and stewardship, visitor centers, ranger walks, programs with schools, recreational programs and events, support for arts and cultural events, training for partners and volunteers and assistance to towns trying to preserve their heritage while also improving the local and regional economy.
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Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

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