Block Island, RI, Guide and Information


Block Island Film Festival

The Block Island Film Festival is an annual event that takes place on the picturesque island of Block Island, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The festival showcases a variety of independent films from around the world, and attracts filmmakers, industry professionals, and movie fans alike.

The Block Island Film Festival was founded by award-winning screenwriter, journalist and filmmaker Cassius Shuman in 2018. Shuman works as a producer and filmmaker in the motion picture business, having spent years in the studio system in Hollywood. He has also written, directed, and produced theatrical stage plays in New York City, and Los Angeles. He lived on Block Island year-round while founding the film festival.

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Block Island Race Week

Block Island Race Week is a biennial sailing event that takes place on the island of Block Island, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The event is organized by the Storm Trysail Club, a group of sailing enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing through competitive racing events.

The event has a long and storied history, dating back to the 1960s. Over the years, the event has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious sailing events on the East Coast, attracting sailors from around the world.

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This festival highlights local art and progressive businesses and we feature incredible musical talent from near and far on our main stage. Food and drink are available for purchase, as is an amazing line of coveted ConserFest merchandise. There is a silent auction and raffle, which feature local products and services. In-kind donations are always welcome and proceeds from each festival go directly to supporting the island through on-going environmental and educational campaigns.

The day is perfect for families to come and dance to the music, play some lawn games, watch the beautiful sunset and engage as members of the broader ConserFest Family.

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Outdoor Fun on Block Island

If you’re lucky enough to own your own boat in the Northeast, you’ve surely enjoyed some fun times on Block Island. If you don’t, try to get hooked up with a friend’s boat. Or a friend of a friend’s boat. Sailing in this part of the United States is super sweet.

During the summer months especially, you can delight in all the comings and goings on the water in and around Block Island whether you’re in a boat or on land. It’s a favorite stopping off point for people sailing from New York or Connecticut to Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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Local's Corner: Block Island, RI Best Kept Secrets

Most Discovery Map franchise owners live and work in their map territories. The ones that do not spend significant time in those territories (think vacation home, seasonal visits). As a result, they’re experts in all things local.

We asked Amy Newman from Discovery Map of Block Island about some of her favorite local spots. Read on for an informed local's perspective!

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Instagram-able Block Island

You can never have too many pictures of lighthouses, especially when they’re so historic that they’re listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built out of brown granite in 1867 and situated on the northernmost tip of the island, Block Island North Light offers a sturdy New England presence from both land and sea.

You should be able to capture some good shots at the surrounding dunes. Get creative with the many wondrous shapes etched within the sand, abstract and otherwise. Keep your eyes out for piping plovers, another joyous subject of interest on this part of the island and get ready to hit play as they scurry about. Head over to the National Wildlife Refuge for more magical shots of wildlife and the land, sea and sky that they inhabit.

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