August 13, 2019
Ahhh, September. We can practically feel fall in the air. New England weather can be unpredictable, but we always welcome the dry fresh air of September and the melancholy that comes with it. As you read through our Lil Rhody Round-Up, you’ll notice that it seems September is the month of the festival. From seafood to music to art, Rhode Island is in celebration mode. We’ll be adding them all to our fall bucket list and we hope you will too. Happy almost-fall!
Did you know Rhode Island Red Food Tours offer Private Food Tours for corporate Team Building events, Holiday Parties, Reunions and Friends & Family Get Togethers up to 16? Send us an inquiry here with the date you have in mind and we will get right back to you!
Partial lighting on Sunday, September 1, Full lightings on Saturday, September 14 and Saturday, September 28
WaterFire season is winding down for the fall. There are only a few more full lightings scheduled before the end of their 2019 season. The current schedule is available here.
If you have yet to experience WaterFire, put it at the top of your end-of-summer bucket list, come in the afternoon for a food tour, take a late afternoon boat tour then sit and soak in the unique experience. Between the music and the magical atmosphere, it’s something you’ll never forget.
PS: WaterFire is the perfect time to check out the new RiverWalk Pedestrian Bridge!
Newport Secret Garden Tour
Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8 starting at 10 am
What is better than gardens in September!! Tour Newport’s incredible secret gardens. The Newport Secret Garden Tour is self-guided, taking you on and off Bellevue Avenue, the Drive, and Kay/Catherine neighborhoods. The tour is walkable and features at least ten of Newport’s prettiest private gardens.
Tickets are $20 in advance and are available for purchase here. Tickets will also be available for $25 on the day of each tour. Proceeds from the tour go to supporting art education programs throughout Aquidneck Island. All tours are rain or shine.
Before beginning your self-guided tour, stop at the ticket office to check-in and receive your map. September’s ticket office is located at Kingscote Mansion, 253 Bellevue Avenue.
Schoolyard Twilight Party
Saturday, September 7 from 6 pm – 10 pm
Support the big dreams of small foodie makers at Hope & Main‘s annual Schoolyard Twilight Party! Like all of the best parties, there will be small bites, a raw bar, specialty cocktails, beer and wine, live music, raffles, and games. As for the food, there will be over 20 food stations (not including dessert!) Hope & Main’s members and graduates are currently crafting a very special menu for this very important fundraiser.
Tickets for the Schoolyard Twilight Party start at $10 and can be purchased here. The party is a rain or shine event.
Hope & Main is located at 691 Main Street in Warren, Rhode Island.
Follow Rhode Island Red Food Tours on social media to keep up with all of the fun happenings in Rhode Island this month (and every month!)
5th Annual Rhode Island Calamari Festival
Saturday, September 7 from 11 am – 5 pm
Calamari is a Rhode Island staple. In fact, calamari is Rhode Island’s official state appetizer! The Rhode Island Calamari Festival in Narragansett features lots of calamari, live music, food trucks, and seaside shopping.
General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. You can purchase tickets here.
The 5th Annual Rhode Island Calamari Festival is at The Towers, 35 Ocean Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Seafood Festival
Saturday, September 7 & Sunday, September 8
Rhode Island and seafood go together like peanut butter and jelly. The Rhode Island Seafood Festival features some of the best seafood restaurants in RI, local music, a beer tent, and more. The event is dog-friendly, so bring your well-behaved furry friend along.
Tickets for the Rhode Island Seafood Festival are available here. Pre-purchased tickets are discounted at $5 per day and $8 for two days, so get your tickets in advance!
Rhode Island Seafood Festival is at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.
Warren Folks Fest
Sunday, September 8 from 1 pm – 7 pm
Join The Collaborative for its fourth annual fundraiser, the Warren Folks Fest! Listen and dance to live music from Coma Coma, GloRI Girls, Consuelo’s Revenge, Cactus Attack, and more local musicians. Grab food and beverages from some of RI favorites, including Narragansett Beer, Chelsea’s Creamery, Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, Blount Fine Foods, Eli’s Kitchen, and The Nitro Cart. Our mouths are watering already!
Most importantly, there will be over 30 art vendors to peruse and support. You can get all of the event details here.
Admission to the Warren Folks Fest is free. The Collaborative is located at 30 Cutler Street in Warren, Rhode Island.
Newport International Boat Show
Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 15
The Newport International Boat Show is a boating bonanza. The weekend includes educational seminars, sailboat courses, exhibitions and more. The full lineup can be found here. Whether you are an avid sailor or just dipping your toe into the boating world, this boat show has something for everyone. A variety of ticket packages are available and can be found here.
While you’re in town for the boat show, come take a food tour! Our Newport Neighborhood Food Tour will introduce you to the locals’ favorite foodie spots and Newport’s fascinating history.
Witches’ Night Out Market
Friday, September 13 from 5 pm – 10 pm
The Witches’ Night Out Market started in Seattle and has now made its way to Little Rhody! The market is geared toward witches and the metaphysically minded. There will be an array of curated artists, mystical merchants, psychic readings, bodyworkers, free mini-lectures from local experts, community chat space and more. The event’s theme is East/Air, focusing on breathing and clarity as we move past the Equinox and into the dark part of the year.
Proceeds from the event will go to Society of the Evening Star, a non-profit organization focused on affecting change through outreach and ongoing education. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $1-$5 that will enter you into an exclusive raffle.
The Market is at Chifferobe Atelier, located at 1005 Main Street #8141 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Misquamicut Fall Fest
Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15
Another weekend, another fall festival. Misquamicut Fall Fest features amusement rides, a classic car show, crafts, food trucks, and more. There is a full schedule of entertainment and performers. The list can be found here.
Tickets to the Fall Fest are $8 per day and children under 4 are free. The festival is located at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island.
In town for WaterFire or another Rhody event? Book a food tour to get familiar with Rhode Island’s food scene. Now offering tours in Providence and Newport. Book today!
Rhode Island Music & Art Festival
Saturday, September 14
The Rhode Island Music & Art Festival features live music, artists, local food, and beverages. We’re excited to attend a festival celebrating everything that makes Providence the Creative Capital. The full lineup of musicians is available here, and there is even a Spotify playlist to get you in the festival spirit.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Ticket prices will increase on September 1.
Rhode Island Music & Art Festival is located at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.
Sunday, September 15
This year’s Bristol PorchFest is on High Street, right between Walley and Constitution Streets. Stroll from porch to porch and celebrate Bristol’s vibrant community. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join the party.
PorchFest is a free and family-friendly event that brings music and neighbors together. It’s a lovely way to spend a fall day!
Wine & Food Festival
Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22
The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival features celebrity chef appearances, two-days of grand tastings, educational seminars, and more. For the full breakdown of events and to buy tickets, click here. We’d recommend Sunday Jazz Brunch and Newport After Dark. Whatever event you attend, you are sure to have an amazing time!
Thursday, September 19 from 5 pm – 9 pm
Rain date: Saturday, September 21
What Cheer Flower Farm‘s annual Flower Festival is full of early fall magic. The event is during sunset hours, setting the perfect scene. September is the peak of the growing season for flowers. Tour the flowers in bloom, take selfies in front of a flower wall, enjoy stunning displays by Rhode Island’s top florists, browse a floral art exhibit, listen to live music, and sip on champagne. It’s sure to be a magical evening!
Tickets for the Flower Festival are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase here.
What Cheer Flower Farm is located at 46 Atwood Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Pet Walk 2019
Saturday, September 21 from 9 am – 12 pm
Providence Animal Rescue League is hosting its 30th annual Pet Walk this year! The walk is through Roger Williams Park and is of course dog-friendly. Register for the walk and start fundraising here. In addition to the walk, there will be family-friendly activities, snacks, raffles, vendors, and prizes for top individual fundraisers. Not to be forgotten is the costume contest! Bonus points will be given for matching costumes.
Pet Walk 2019 is a rain or shine event. You can find information about registration, fundraising, vendors, and more here.
Fall Wildflower Walk
Wednesday, September 25 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Spot the start of fall at Norman Bird Sanctuary. The Fall Wildflower Walk is naturalist-guided, taking you through the sanctuary’s flower fields. Learn the basics of wildflower identification and then head out to search for and identify some common fall wildflowers.
This family-friendly event is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. You can sign up for the Fall Wildflower Walk here.
Norman Bird Sanctuary is located at 583 Third Beach Road in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Apple Picking & Pie Baking
Sunday, September 29 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Hurry on up and book your spot for Ellie’s Apple Picking & Pie Baking class! This class is sure to sell out once September rolls around. During the class, you will visit Elmwood Orchard in North Scituate to harvest apples to bake in a classic apple pie. Back in the kitchen, you will learn how to make pie crust from scratch and discuss the in’s and out’s of spices.
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here. The class will meet at Elmwood Orchard, located at 58 Snake Hill Road in North Scituate, Rhode Island.
Your fall bucket list isn’t complete without a food tour. Join us for a food tour in Providence or Newport! We’ll take you to the best foodie spots, share local history and admire the architecture. Book your experience today!