Block Island, RI, Guide and Information

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Welcome to Block Island

Located off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island is a pristine place filled with natural beauty, dramatic cliffs, stunning beaches, and much more. With no stoplights and no chain stores, the island brings you back to a time when life was a little slower. Accessible by ferry, flight, and private boat, Block Island is a great destination for day trips and extended stays alike. Between the North Lighthouse on one end of the island, and the South Lighthouse at the other, lie unique shops, delicious restaurants, unique hiking opportunities, art galleries, kayak and bike rentals, and classic beaches.

Shad Bloom 10K

This spring race (an island favorite) takes runners over a scenic 10K course with breathtaking views of beautiful Block Island. The race includes a little bit of everything: dirt roads with stone walls and rolling pastures, a winding track overlooking the Atlantic, and at mile 4 racers meet "the wall", a steep, double tiered, narrow climb. Every mile is different. This race has a loyal following. Questions ? Please call 401-466-3223 ask for Dave or Dawn. Or send us an email at dsniffen@newshorehamri.gov

If the ferry is cancelled race day, then the race will be postponed until Sunday May 14th.

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Block Island Film Festival

The Block Island Film Festival is an annual event that takes place on the picturesque island of Block Island, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The festival showcases a variety of independent films from around the world, and attracts filmmakers, industry professionals, and movie fans alike.

The Block Island Film Festival was founded by award-winning screenwriter, journalist and filmmaker Cassius Shuman in 2018. Shuman works as a producer and filmmaker in the motion picture business, having spent years in the studio system in Hollywood. He has also written, directed, and produced theatrical stage plays in New York City, and Los Angeles. He lived on Block Island year-round while founding the film festival.

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Block Island Race Week

Block Island Race Week is a biennial sailing event that takes place on the island of Block Island, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The event is organized by the Storm Trysail Club, a group of sailing enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing through competitive racing events.

The event has a long and storied history, dating back to the 1960s. Over the years, the event has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious sailing events on the East Coast, attracting sailors from around the world.

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ConserFest

This festival highlights local art and progressive businesses and we feature incredible musical talent from near and far on our main stage. Food and drink are available for purchase, as is an amazing line of coveted ConserFest merchandise. There is a silent auction and raffle, which feature local products and services. In-kind donations are always welcome and proceeds from each festival go directly to supporting the island through on-going environmental and educational campaigns.

The day is perfect for families to come and dance to the music, play some lawn games, watch the beautiful sunset and engage as members of the broader ConserFest Family.

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Outdoor Fun on Block Island

If you’re lucky enough to own your own boat in the Northeast, you’ve surely enjoyed some fun times on Block Island. If you don’t, try to get hooked up with a friend’s boat. Or a friend of a friend’s boat. Sailing in this part of the United States is super sweet.

During the summer months especially, you can delight in all the comings and goings on the water in and around Block Island whether you’re in a boat or on land. It’s a favorite stopping off point for people sailing from New York or Connecticut to Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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