Fine art, hot air ballooning, seafood, agricultural: South County, RI knows how to put on a summer festival. These perennial events have loyal fans, exhibitors and performers who return faithfully each year.

The 49th Annual Wickford Art Festival, July 9 & 10, leads into the festival season with 250 artists exhibiting their artwork. Visitors can stroll the seaside Colonial village along Brown and Main Streets perusing the architecture and first-class artwork.

Choose between the clouds or terra firma at the 33rd Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival July 22-24, URI Athletic Fields, Rt. 138, Kingston. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band kick off the weekend as the balloons glow in the night sky.

A 10-mile road race and seafood festival accompany the 40th Annual Blessing of the Fleet July 29, 30, Narragansett. This event originated as a ceremony asking for “Divine Protection” and has blossomed into a weekend-long celebration of the sea and its delicious bounty.

Here in the Ocean State it’s logical that a festival is dedicated solely to seafood. The 27th Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival August 5-7, Ninigret Park, Charlestown celebrates the succulent morsels from the deep: lobster, clams, mussels, and more. –

South County celebrates its roots at the 45th Annual Washington County Fair Aug. 17-21 This family-oriented agricultural fair includes Nashville stage entertainment, 4-H exhibits, lawn tractor races and the best homemade pies.

Come for a week, come for a weekend, celebrate in South County!