Past RI Heritage Festivals

Rhode Islanders celebrated the establishment of the Rhode Island Heritage Commission with great fanfare on September 18, 1977, at the Rhode Island State House. We have curated available programs and photographs from the inaugural Commissioning Ceremony in 1977, and subsequent Rhode Island Heritage Festivals held over the years. If you possess additional materials to contribute to our collection, please reach out to Donna Alqassar.

Commissioning Ceremonies of the RI Heritage Commission (1977)

Experience the vibrant cultural performances from past Rhode Island Heritage Festivals on our YouTube channel! Relive the excitement and celebration as talented artists showcase their heritage through music, dance, and more.

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41st RI Heritage Festival (2019)


40th RI Heritage Festival  (2017)

3rd RI Heritage Festival (1979)

audience watching festival

1st RI Heritage Festival (1977)

people gathered on the RI state house lawn