Today's Idea
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Block Island Music Festival

Psst. Want to make a discovery? In that case, we’ve got two suggestions: 1) getting out to Block Island just a little before summer season really hits and 2) the Block Island Music Festival, which runs in its informal kind of way from Tuesday, June 11 to Sunday, June 16.

Captain Nick’s Rock-n-Roll Bar puts on the festival, which it describes as a six-day long musical gumbo of every style of music imaginable. It has a very grassroots feel, with every act getting a 45-minute set and the audience getting a new sound every hour as they surround a small sunlit outdoor stage (5-9pm) or the indoor stage (9pm-1am), enjoying free admission and even free BBQ until supplies run out.

Needless to say, with the ticket prices being what they are, the artists aren’t paid much, so it’s not like the Rolling Stones are going to appear, but it’s perfect for hearing up-and-coming Northeast talent and accumulating the occasional “I heard them when” story. (The Rolling Stones did have to get their start somewhere, after all.)

If you want to make a week of it, Block Island is having a couple other events in early June that might make it worthwhile: Block Island Restaurant week, which runs from June 9-14, where 20 or so of the island restaurants offer particularly good deals, and the Block Island Walking Festival, which features guided walks hosted by the Island’s Department of Recreation, June 10-12. For more info on both, go to

Two other notes about the Music Festival – there’s no camping on the island, so you should book a room in advance (; 800-825 6254). Also, while well-supervised kids are welcome to attend the outdoor stage in the early evening; the indoor sets are strictly 21+.