WESTERLY — The beach season will make a roaring return this weekend when FallFest returns to Misquamicut for three days full of fire dancers, hula hoopers, jugglers, clowns, performers, martial arts, aerialists, magicians, dancers and of course … good music.
Now in its eighth season, the festival, which typically attracts thousands of visitors to Westerly's waterfront each September, also attracts terrific bands and musicians.
From Kate Taylor, sister of James, and Terry Sylvester of popular 1960s British singing sensations The Hollies, to Westerly native Bobby Christina and the Cadillac Horns and the homegrown group known as The Beach Band, and from John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band to Hope Valley’s hometown hero, Billy Gilman, FallFest fans have come to expect great tunes on the dunes and blues on the beach.
David Tessier’s Band of All-Star Stars kicks the festival off Friday night, followed by local favorites Never Enuff. On Saturday, Black and White returns to Fallfest as well as Jose “Panman” Costa on the steel drums.
There will be a debut performance from The Reminisants followed by The Atlanta Rhythm Section, best known for their ’70s and ’80s hits “Spooky” “So Into You” “Champagne Jam” and “Imaginary Lover.” This Platinum selling band will rock the stage at 9 p.m. Sunday The Cryers, who, accoding to festival organizer Caswell Cooke, Jr., “have toured with just about every amazing act you can think of” will perform. Also on the docket is 102.3 The Wolf’s Justin Harris.
As much of a centerpiece as the music has been over the years, it's only one piece of the shoreline extravaganza, said Cooke, noting “There's plenty of other entertainment in store, including magic shows, mimes, Ferris wheel rides, demonstrations and lots and lots of food at the Food Truck Rodeo.
More than a dozen food vendors will line up for the Food Truck Rodeo and serve festival favorites from chowder to sausage and peppers, fried dough, gelato, tacos, kettle corn, pizza and local seafood dishes.
New in the family entertainment front this year will be Rhody’s Red Nose Circus performers who plan to perform all weekend in the demonstration area, Cooke said.
FallFest goers will also be able to walk the midway of world-class rides including the Ferris Wheel, Scrambler, kiddy rides and games.
“Children will love the face painting, sand art and kids music,” said Cooke in a press statement.
The over 18 crowd can even climb a rock wall, he added.
Also planned are martial arts demonstrations by Keifer’s, a fire dancer, Amy the mime, and a visit from Queen Elsa.
“All these activities and more take place at one of Rhode Island’s most beautiful spots, Misquamicut Beach,” said Cooke.
For more information on Fallfest weekend contact 401-322-1026, Misquamicut Beach on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or www.misquamicutfestival.org.