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  • George’s of Galilee

    2016 Winner – Best Overall!

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    2016 Winner – Most Spirited Team and Most Original!

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The Rhode Island Calamari Festival

The Rhode Island Calamari Festival is held the Saturday following Labor Day each year at Veteran’s Park in Narragansett. Once called “America’s First Resort,” because of the picturesque coastline, Narragansett is also home to the second largest fishing fleet in New England. The squid that is brought in through the Port of Galilee has an international reputation for its quality. For this reason, we celebrate our “Official State Appetizer” each year while we kick back and enjoy great food, music and historic Narragansett at the Rhode Island Calamari Festival.

Come enjoy one of the last weekends of summer and vote for your favorite calamari offerings as local restaurants battle for top honors in three categories; Best Overall, Most Inventive, and Most Spirited Team.

For those not interested in the tasting portion of the day, we’re sure that between the live music, cash bar, food trucks, shopping and kids activities there will certainly be something that you’ll enjoy!

Do you love fresh local seafood? Do you love to eat? Do you love gathering with friends and family to enjoy the best that Rhode Island has to offer? If the answer is yes to any of these questions than we promise you’ll love the Rhode Island Calamari Festival!

Festival Details

Sat., September 7th 2019 11am-5pm

Admission- $20 per person kids under 12 free. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. The event is tented so it is rain or shine!

Live music, cash bar, vendor marketplace and food trucks 11AM – 5PM

Calamari tasting will run from 12pm-4pm with winners announced at 4:15pm


Coast Guard House
Georges of Galilee
Mariner Grille
Chair 5 at the Break Hotel
Parma Ristorante
Skyline at Waterplace
The Haversham
The Mews
Dan’s Carriage Inn and Saloon

Live Bands

The Ravers
Dude Man Bro
Chelley, Bill and Dyl

For the Kids

Kids area will feature Princesses Ana and Elsa from 1-3pm,Touch-a Truck, the Bat Mobile, a model squid net and games sponsored by the South County YMCA!


A FREE trolley service will be available for festival goers. Trolley parking, also free, will be at Narragansett Elementary School, 55 Mumford Rd., Narragansett.

Pick-ups are starting at 11 with the last drop off back to the school at 6pm. The trolley will run every 15 min and riders will be able to purchase tickets and get their ballots as they ride to avoid the entry lines!

Street parking is also available along Ocean Rd and the North Lot at Town Beach will be open as well.

Our Sponsors

Interested in Being a Sponsor? Our festival draws more than 4,000 guests from all over New England! Are you looking for the best value in advertising around? Contact us today to reserve your space!


Seaside Market Place

Looking to be a vendor for our 2019 festival? Submit the form below to get your application in! To ensure that our guests have the best possible experience and that our vendor partners have a profitable day, we are offering only two booths for each business or merchandise type. These spaces are offered on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

For questions, please contact the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce at 401.783.7121 or email at info@narragansettcoc.com.

Food Trucks

Looking to get your truck in front of more than 4000 people? Act soon to reserve your spot! Space and categories are limited, so don’t wait!

Participating Restaurants

Are you looking to increase your business visibility locally and throughout Southern New England at a great value? This is a sure way! Don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity to reach thousands of people and possibly win “Best Overall,” “Most Original” or “Most Spirited Team” Award! We provide the squid, the tasting cups, forks and propane so that you can work your culinary magic! Spaces are limited so reserve your space today!

The Winner’s Circle!

2018 Best Overall

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2018 Team Spirit


2018 Most Inventive

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2017 Best Overall


2017 Team Spirit

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2017 Most Inventive

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2016 Best Overall


2016 Team Spirit


2016 Most Inventive


2015 Best Overall


2015 Team Spirit


2015 Most Inventive

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Contact Us

Have any questions or comments? Let us know how we can help!

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