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BLOCK ISLAND, RI  (May 19, 2021) –  Summer fun and Ballard’s Beach Resort go hand-in-hand. So, it will come as no surprise that the iconic Block Island summer destination just announced it has an incredible 2021 season planned that includes – among other things – festivals, live music, beach bonfires, fresh seafood and a brand new daiquiri bar. 

“We’re excited Ballard’s will be fully open for the summer of 2021. Our friendly staff has been working tirelessly to get everything ready for the season,” said Steven Filippi, owner of Ballard’s Beach Resort. “We can’t wait to welcome back our guests for what’s sure to be a summer to remember.”

Ballard’s opens for the summer on May 21, with the season running through Sunday, September 26. In addition to live music every day, the beach resort has several marquee events planned throughout the summer. As always, Ballard’s private beach is open to the public and all events, including music festivals and daily live music, are free for everyone to enjoy. No cover charge!

Ballard’s has a summer filled with live music, including the following events:

Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday, May 29, 2021

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Officially opening for the season on May 21, Ballard’s will kick off the summer with it’s traditional Memorial Day Weekend celebration on May 29 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This year, the festivities will double as a retirement bash for Vin Carlone, thanking him for his 18 years of service as Block Island’s police chief. Rain date for the event is May 30.

July 4th Weekend Bash – July 2-4, 2021

Ballard’s is the place for THE BEST July 4th party. Celebrate The Fourth all weekend long with beach and live music, including:

  • Live DJ
  • Pop Rock
  • Greg Mattson

Block Island Country Fest – July 5, 2021

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ballard’s keeps the party going on July 5th with Block Island Country Fest. This free event is returning to Ballard’s of Block Island for a fifth consecutive year on July 5, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Bands scheduled to perform include:

  • Ashley Jordan
  • Presley and Taylor
  • Braiden Sunshine
  • Steve Dagget
  • Chris Ruediger

Reggae Fest – August 9

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You don’t need to head to the Caribbean to experience some island vibes. Come sway to the music of great reggae bands at Block Island Reggae Fest on Ballard’s beach from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Live bands include:

  • Mighty Mystic
  • Roots of Creation
  • Root Steady
  • Amandla
  • Anthem


Jam Fest – August 22, 2021

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Block Island Jam Fest  will have you grooving to the eclectic beats of some of the most talented musicians around. Guests will feel the influence of the Grateful Dead and Sublime in the air but each band brings their own style of musical talents and technical ability with a whole lot of rock, reggae, funk and jazz to the stage. Plan on having the most chill time as you soak up the sun and sand on the beach during Ballard’s Jam Fest 2021!! Performers scheduled to appear include:

Rock Fest – September 11, 2021

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Join Ballard’s for an epic day of rock music right on Ballard’s private beach September 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Performers are TBD.

Labor Day Weekend Party – September 3-6, 2021

Give summer the send-off it deserves with an entire weekend of live music and beach vibes at Ballard’s Labor Day Weekend Party.

Beach It, Don’t Rough It

When it comes to an enjoyable day at the beach, only Ballard’s has it all. There’s no need to lug a beach chair or cooler on the ferry. Ballard’s has everything from boogie boards, umbrellas, and lounge chairs to mini and VIP cabanas available for rental. For a VIP experience that is hassle free, all rentals, as well as private beach bonfires, can be reserved ahead of time on Daily dining is available at Ballard’s, which serves only the best and freshest local seafood. If you get thirsty, beachfront tiki bars serve up delicious cocktails, including fresh pineapple drinks and Jello shots, which are new this year. For those who love fruity drinks, be on the lookout for Ballard’s new daiquiri bars serving up The World’s Best Daiquiris in 100oz Super Yard Cups and 50oz Yard Cups.

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About Ballard’s Beach Resort

A family-owned and -operated business since 1952, Ballard’s is THE iconic oceanfront resort on Block Island. Open May – September, Ballard’s sets the standard for fun, making the resort the premier beach party destination every summer. Ballard’s private beach is open to the public with live music and festivals offered free of charge, with no cover. Ballard’s is open daily and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor dining that includes a raw bar and only the freshest, local seafood. Drink offerings include beachfront tiki bars serving Ballard’s famous fresh Pineapple Drinks and daiquiri bars serving The World’s Best Daiquiri. Ballard’s offers beach service of food and beverage to your chair. For a hassle-free, VIP experience, Ballard’s offers online beach rentals of chairs & umbrellas, boogie boards and a limited number VIP Cabanas. Information at


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