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Burlingame Family Festival Oct 13

Bring the family and a blanket and enjoy great performances, games, crafts, food and fun -- with plenty of prizes and give-aways! Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or $4/car to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Here are all the details:

Summer may be ending, but the fun is just heating up at Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown, RI. On Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11 am to 5 pm, the Burlingame Family Festival will be hosted by Rhode Island Parks and Recreation, a division of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Burlingame State Campground is located at 1 Burlingame State Park, Charlestown, RI.

The family-focused event features live music by folk duo Atwater-Donnelly, storytelling by the Tomaquag Museum, face painting, food trucks, all-ages art contest, and a host of activities and give-aways offered by the Charlestown community, the DEM, and other environmental groups. Admission is free with a donation of non-perishable food or $4/carload to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and its local partner, RICAN. The event is sponsored by Washington Trust, iHeart Media, Alrington RV, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, and the South County Tourism Council.

All Ages Art Contest The Burlingame Family Festival invites artists of all ages to create artwork focused on the theme, "Carry In - Carry Out,” the best practice of “leaving no trace” and bringing your trash home with you when you visit parks, beaches and environmentally sensitive areas. You may bring your artwork to the Festival or create a drawing at the Festival. Gift certificates from local attractions, restaurants and businesses have been donated as prizes to the winners in four age categories: Age 8 and Under, Ages 9 to 13, Ages 14 to 18, and 18+. In addition, submissions may be featured on RI Parks' Facebook and Instagram.

Performances The bandshell at Burlingame State Campground will feature performances throughout the day. DJ Tommy Rosa will be spinning tunes from 11 am to 1 pm. Storyteller Thawn Harris from the Tomaquag Museum takes the stage at 1 pm, and regionally renowned folk-duo Atwater-Donnelly performs from 2:30 to 5 pm.

Family Fun - Charlestown Style “The Charlestown community came together with Rhode Island Parks and the DEM to build a festival filled with old-fashioned fun and lots of interactive activities,” says Cindy Elder, Rhode Island Parks Business Office. “This event shines a light on the businesses and public servants in the town of Charlestown, while inviting the public in to see one of the gems in our state park system — Burlingame State Campground.”

Festival activities for all ages include: Bouncy house donated by Giovanni Rentals Free bike helmet give-away (while they last) and activities by Charlestown Police Live broadcast by iHeart Media with lots of give-aways Food Trucks: Sunset Farms and La Guaguita Del Saber Rock painting with Burlingame Campground Naturalist Outdoor games by Charlestown Parks and Recreation Face painting by Sally Doodle and balloon twisting Pumpkin painting by the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce EMT demonstration by Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Touch-A-Truck by DEM Environmental Education Trailer by DEM Law Enforcement URI Master Gardener’s display Hands-on fun with Kettle Pond Visitor’s Center (U.S. Fish & Wildlife)

“Stuff a Bus” Food and Fund Drive RIPTA will have a bus on site to collect non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Please only donate healthy, nutritious food that is in good condition and “in date.” Most requested items include: peanut butter, tuna, canned and dried beans, canned soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, breakfast cereals, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, boxed macaroni and cheese, granola bars, tomato sauce and extra virgin olive oil. If you aren’t able to donate food, you may contribute $4 per carload to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. A $4 donation will enable the RI Food Bank to provide 10 meals to a person in need.

For more information on the Burlingame Family Festival, email, or call 401-667-6205. On Facebook at

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