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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 8th, 2018 11am-5pm

Admission- $10 per person, kids under 12 free. No advance sales. 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

Live Bands

The Ravers at 12:30PM
Chelley, Bill and Dyl at 3:00PM

For the Kids

Moana will be attending the festival to meet our younger guests at 1 and will be staying until 3. We will also have a designated area for kids games. Looking to have some laughs? Knockerball RI will be there too!


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.


Poppy’s Gourmet Kettle Corn
The Granny Squibb’s Company
Haven Brothers Mobile Food Truck
Benny & Jack, Inc.
Swirls & Scoops
Renewal by Andersen
Shades Plus
Brewed Awakenings
Frederickson Farm

Crosswynds Traders
RI Real Estate Services
Simply Natural
Pampered Chef
Young Living
Balloons, Etc.
Fashion for Empowerment
Williams & Stuart
Donna Lepore, Face Painter
Newport Sock Exchange

Food Trucks

Haven Brothers Mobile
Friskie Fries
Poppy’s Waffles

Participating Restaurants

Arturo Joe’s
Back 40
Coast Guard House
Dan’s Carriage Inn
Dune Brothers
Frederickson Farm

George’s of Galilee
Mariner Grille
Mews Tavern
Parma Ristorante
The Haversham
Top of the Bay

The Winner’s Circle!

2017 Best Overall


2017 Team Spirit

mews tavern wakefield, ri

2017 Most Inventive

mews tavern wakefield, ri

2016 Best Overall


2016 Most Inventive


2016 Team Spirit


2015 Best Overall


2015 Most Inventive

arturo joes

2015 Team Spirit


Contact Us

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© 2019 Rhode Island Calamari Festival