Summer in Southern New England has something fun for everyone. But last year, much of what makes it great went away.

Now, as the weather starts to warm up again, 12 News is showing you what’s in store for summer 2021.

From iconic events like WaterFire and the Newport Music Festival to your everyday trip to the beach or farmers’ market, our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original has everything you need to start planning out your summer.

In This 12 on 12: Summer Planning Guide | Weather Forecast | Local Event Handbook

Summer Planning Guide: How will this year be different?

Summer Forecast: How’s the weather outlook shaping up?

Summer Event Handbook: What’s on tap for 2021?

Start with the current guidelines for Rhode Island and Massachusetts, or skip to a specific section:

Recurring Events (Culinary, shopping and more) »
Outdoor Activities (Beaches, parks and zoos) »
Entertainment Venues (Concerts and theater) »
Local Events Calendar (May – September) »

NOTE: The events listed are subject to change, and this page will be updated with the latest information.


Reporters – Brittany Schaefer, Pete Mangione
Digital Content Producer – Bay Gammans
Photographers/Editors – Brittany Schaefer, Nick Blair
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini
Executive Producer – Shaun Towne
Special Thanks – Jen Quinn, Lee Dooley, James Bartone, Susan Tracy-Durant, Karen Rezendes

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