Historical Wickford is located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and it was settled in 1637 by Roger Williams. Its name originates from Wickford in Essex, England. Remaining one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rhode Island, it is now home to various restaurants and boutiques. Notable restaurants in Wickford are Wickford on the Water, Tavern by the Sea, and Shayna’s Place. Although the food and shopping are a hit, the Wickford Art Festival is the pinnacle event of the summer that unites all Rhode Island residents.
The Wickford Art Festival is an annual event that began in 1962 by the Wickford Art Association. Various artists set up throughout the streets of Wickford, showcasing their work for potential buyers. This year, the festival was held on July 10-11 in a different location, Wilson Park. 180 different artists are showcased, their work varying from ceramics, to jewelry, glass, painting, photography, and so much more! This variety of artwork is a prime example of the artistic community within Rhode Island, as well as the diverse collection of work that meets in Wickford each year.
If you weren’t able to visit the festival this year, there’s always next year! Whether it is for the festival or for the shops, restaurants, and beautiful scenery, Wickford is a destination that you must write on your bucket list!