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

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

Ranger Walkabouts - Abby Kelly  
Thursday, June 5
Ranger Walkabout:
1770 Quaker Meeting House: A Lecture in a Historic Building
Uxbridge, MA
Start time: 6:30 pm
This year the schedule kicks off at the 1770 Quaker Meeting House in Uxbridge, MA as we hear about some of the Fiery Females and Freedom Seekers who made the Blackstone Valley their home, at least for a short time.
One of the most significant historical figures in America when it comes to talking about the Abolitionist Movement and Women's Rights, Abby Kelly Foster called the Blackstone Valley her home. The 1770 Friends Meeting House in South Uxbridge was her meeting house....then she said, "I'm outta here." Why? What was it like to be a Quaker? How were issues sorted out? What made Abby Kelly leave her faith, or was it her organized faith left her? And, what is the connection to the Underground Railroad? Join Ranger Chuck Arning and Carol Masiello of the Uxbridge Friends for an interesting evening of discussion. 
Parking: Quaker Meeting House is located at the intersection of Rt. 146A and Rt 98 in Uxbridge, MA. Limited parking up by the site itself; driveway can be tricky. Parking is available along the highways - Rt. 98 & Rt. 146A.  
Pawtucket Proud Day

Thursday, June 5

Pawtucket Proud Day was created by The Pawtucket Foundation to bring the city's business community together to help showcase public spaces, neighborhood parks, and gateways of the city.

Held each June, the event attracts upwards of 100 volunteers to clean up, plant, paint, mulch and otherwise care for public spaces. Over the years, more than 1,000 volunteers, representing 100 companies, have participated in 60 projects throughout the community. 

Canal District Alliance Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 5
Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre
19 Temple Street
Worcester, MA
Start time: 6:00 pm

The annual meeting will highlight Canal District Events and initiatives over the past year, what to watch for in the year ahead, include election of board members, and a presentation from special guest Robert Radliff of the National Park Service. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley
mass audubon
Saturday, June 7 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm 


Featured presenters this year include:

  • Falconer Brian Bradley of Skyhunters
  • Special presentation of "Four Season Bear" by the Caravan Puppets 
  • Local favorite Tom Tyning and his stupendous snakes
  • Live music by George Wilson
  • Nature crafts for the kids
  • Guided nature walks and more!
American Girl Doll Tea

Saturday, June 7 and Sunday June 8
american girl doll tea
757 Great Road
Lincoln, RI
2 Seatings: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm 

The event is especially designed for girls ages 5-10 and their American Girl Dolls´┐Ż and offers all the fixings of Hearthside's elegant Afternoon Teas. 


White linen and lace tablecloths, fancy tiered dishes and elegant china, miniature sandwiches and sweets, and tea or lemonade are featured.

Blackstone Valley Leisurely Bicycle Tours

Saturday, June 7, 14, 21, 28leisurely bike tours

Participants enjoy a fun and relaxing way to experience culture, nature, history and recreation on the Blackstone Valley Leisurely Bicycle Tours.
Tours last 4 hours, are ridden at a very leisurely pace, stop often and are appropriate for all fitness levels. 

Downtown Sundown Series

downtown sundown
All events held at:

Roger Williams National Memorial
282 North Main Street
Providence, RI

June 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre will be performing 
Shakespeare's Henry IV Part One.
Concert Series
Saturday, June 21
  • Steve Allain
  • Emma Joy Galvin
  • Tracie Potochnik
  • Lisa Couto & Ray Cooke
4th Annual Blackstone River Theatre
Summer Solstice Festival

Saturday, June 21
Diamond Hill State Park, Rte 114 (directions)
Cumberland, RI
11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Rain date: June 22nd)  
Atwater~Donnelly Trio * Cantrip * Aoife Clancy * Core 4 Sheila Falls & Mark Roberts * Genticorum * The Gnomes Paddy Keenan * Cassie & Maggie MacDonald Robbie O'Connell * Pendragon * Tir Na Nog Irish Dance
summer solstice festival
Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit Event #2 - Navigating the Great Outdoors

Sunday, June 22
Pulaski Memorial State Park
Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit
Glocester, RI
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to get around in the great outdoors with modern GPS devices and old-fashioned compasses. You'll also learn about geo caching and letterboxing and meet Smoky Bear.


2nd Annual Woonsocket Arts & Music Festival

Saturday, June 28       Art Guild of Woonsocket
River Island Park
Bernon Street
Woonsocket, RI
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

This event has art work produced by members of the Arts Guild and other artists, as well as many handcrafted items by local artisans. Music will be provided all day. Food vendors will offer a varied cusine for your tastes. 

100th Anniversary of the Trolley Coming to Chepachet & 200th Anniversary of Job Armstrong Store

chepachet village Sunday, June 29
Chepachet Village
Glocester, RI
2:00 - 6:00 pm

The Chepachet Union Church and Glocester Heritage Society will sponsor a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the advent of Trolley service into Glocester and Chepachet. 
It's Patriots, Whirligigs and Fun at the
Smith-Appleby House

smith appleby Sunday, June 29
Smith-Appleby House Museum
220 Stillwater Road
Smithfield, RI

Get ready to show your patriotic spirit with a special craft and historical tour at the Smith-Appleby House.
Kids will make a whirligig (pinwheel) to show their Spirit of American Independence, and everyone gets to tour the historical Smith-Appleby House to see and hear what daily life was really like in Colonial Rhode Island during the American Revolution. Tours are led by educators and history enthusiasts in Colonial dress. 
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.
One Depot Square
Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor