October 21, 2019
Our last full month of fall brings a lot of change. The leaves are changing color and dropping from their limbs. Shorter days are ahead as we leave Daylight Savings behind and “fall forward” on the second Sunday of the month.
In November, there are a lot of special days worth celebrating. Our month starts by remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away on the Day of the Dead or All Saints Day, which celebrates the lives of all saints, known and unknown.
Veterans Day on November 11th is a day to honor those who have fought for our freedoms and dedicated their lives to serving our country. Remembrance Day coincides with this same day, honoring the end of WWI.
Did you know November is also National Beard Month? No Shave November raises awareness for those whose lives have been touched by cancer, which is pretty much everyone.
There are a few fun days this month we particularly like. National Men Make Dinner Day is the first Thursday of the month (pssst, we think this should be every Thursday, year-round.) Another fun, food-related day we particularly like is National Sandwich Day on November 3rd, which could be every day – the skies the limit when it comes to sandwiches! But let’s face it, Thanksgiving is the very best holiday of the year. We love sharing a feast with family and friends. It’s so important to share gratitude for the food and people we love and spend time with.
Here in Rhode Island, we have many festivities to enjoy, celebrate and support all month long. We have great shopping events to kick off the holiday season, too! And don’t forget – we have gift certificates ready for gifting right here at Rhode Island Red Food Tours.
Ahhhh! Did you know that our food tour season comes to the end this month? Our Newport Neighborhood and Downcity Providence food tours end on 11/30. Hurry and book your Rhode Island Red Food Tours experience in Newport or Providence before our season ends. But don’t fret we have some news to share soon! Book your food tour today.
Fall Restaurant Week
Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 1o
It’s baaaackkk! We don’t know about you, but we love exploring and eating during Newport Restaurant Week. More than 50 restaurants in Newport and Bristol Counties participating in the seasonal restaurant weeks. Participating restaurants offer two-course prix fixe lunches for $20, three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 and a three-course premier prix fixe dinner for $50. Whether you are taste-testing a new favorite or treating yourself to an old favorite, Newport Restaurant Week is a great week to be a foodie in RI.
Stoneacre Brasserie and the Vanderbilt Grill, two of our Newport Neighborhood food tour partners, are participating in restaurant week. We definitely recommend that you add them to your Restaurant Week round-up.
Find a full list of participating restaurants and their menus here.
Rhode Island Comic Con
Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3
Meet your favorite TV or movie character, dress in cosplay, pick up some awesome swag, and get an exclusive sneak peek of some of the most anticipated movies. Rhode Island Comic Con is the biggest event in the smallest state for a reason. Locals and visitors count down the days to RICC. This year’s guests are pretty impressive. Let’s throw some names out there – Chevy Chase (National Lampoon), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), and William Schatner (Star Trek) to just name a few! For a full list of RICC guests, click here.
There are a variety of ticket packages for every level of fan. 3-Day Passes start at $85 and some VIP packages are still available. For a full list of tickets and packages, click here.
Rhode Island Comic Con is held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center, located at 1 Sabin Street in Providence.
WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Saturday, November 2 at 5 pm
The WaterFire Salute to Veterans marks the end of WaterFire’s 2019 season. If you haven’t had a chance to experience WaterFire this season, now is your chance. Make a whole day of it – 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.
Yoga with Kittens
Sunday, November 3 from 12 pm – 1 pm
Practice downward dog with kittens! Yoga with Kittens is a fundraiser class to benefit the East Greenwich Animal Protection League. All of the kittens at the class will be up for adoption, so you may even find your new best friend.
This class will sell out, so pre-register and reserve your spot here. Tickets are $20 and the proceeds will be donated to the EGAPL.
Laughing Elephant Yoga is hosting Yoga with Kittens. Their studio is located at 816 Middle Road in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Untold Stories from World War II Rhode Island
Thursday, November 7 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Did you know that Newport served as the headquarters for the Atlantic Fleet from April 1941 to November 1944? Author Christian McBurney will speak for the first time about his newly-released book, “Untold Stories from World War II Rhode Island.” Learn about the amazing secret innovations that were developed in the state for use by the armed forces overseas, and the recollections of Rhode Islanders when they were children or teenagers during the war years.
Art Providence Show
Friday, November 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, November 9, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Formerly the RISD Annual Holiday Sale, the Art Providence Show is a juried show of high-caliber works of art, craft and design. Artists from New England will be featured, including many RISD alumni. This highly curated show is excellent for browsing and holiday shopping, especially if you have an art-lover on your list!
Tickets to the show are $10 and are available for purchase here.
The Art Providence Show takes place in the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Sunday, November 10 from 10 am – 4 pm
Craftopia is a festive day of arts, crafts, food, and fun. It’s carefully curated to feature a varied collection of fun, high-quality, handmade goods for sale, including jewelry, prints, clothing, handbags, bath and body, baby accessories, fine art and always something unexpected. There will be 60+ juried vendors from all over New England.
There will be food trucks outside and hot coffee inside. Get your holiday shopping done early at Craftopia!
Admission is $1 (you read that right, just $1) and kids are free.
You’ll find Craftopia at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Taste of Rhode Island – Winter Menu Showcase
Wednesday, November 13 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Tempt your tastebuds at the Taste of Rhode Island Winter Menu Showcase. More than 30 of Rhode Island’s best restaurants, bakeries, caterers, wineries and breweries will be participating in the winter showcase. Tickets for the last two events completely sold out, so don’t sit on this event!
General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $75. Both are available for purchase here.
The Showcase will take place in the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Floral Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island.
Fairy Houses and Wine – Adult Workshop
Saturday, November 16 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Fairies aren’t just for kids anymore! The Audobon Nature Center and Aquarium is hosting one of its first adult workshops. Enjoy a glass (or two) of wine while crafting your very own (adult) fairy house. Fairy houses make great centerpieces for the winter season. All of the materials will be provided as well as the wine.
Tickets are $30 and are available here.
The Audobon Nature Center and Aquarium is located at 1401 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Save the Bay Dinner at Sarto
Wednesday, November 20 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Our Providence food tour partner, Sarto, is hosting a special dinner to benefit Save the Bay. The evening includes a cocktail reception and a seated four-course dinner with expert wine pairings. It’s going to be an incredible night of food and wine, all benefiting one of Rhode Island’s most important nonprofits!
Tickets are $125 per person and include tax and gratuity. They are available for purchase here.
Sarto is located at 86 Dorrance Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Can’t make it to a food tour before our season ends? No worries! We offer gift certificates, which can be used for any tour, any time. Purchase yours today to plan ahead for next year or as a gift for someone on your holiday shopping list. Buy your Rhode Island Red Food Tours gift certificate today.
Made on Honor Market
Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 from 12 pm – 6 pm
So many of our favorite Rhode Island makers will be showing off at the Made on Honor Market. Timed just perfectly for holiday shopping, the Made on Honor Market will be one of our first holiday-shopping stops. We plan to give as many local gifts as possible this holiday season and we challenge you to do the same. This market is free and open to the public, so bring your spending money and load up on local goodies.
A full list of current vendors is available here.
This year’s market is at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Blithewold’s Winter Marketplace
Sunday, November 24 from 11 am – 4 pm
If you’ve been meaning to take a tour of Blithewold Mansion, this would be a great time. Enjoy the holiday decorations and pick up some holiday gifts at their Winter Marketplace pop-up. Local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artisans and artists will be setting up shop in the Visitors’ Center for the day.
Pre-registration is required and tickets are $7 for non-members. There are three time-slots to choose from at checkout. Purchase your tickets here.
Blithewold Mansion is located at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Warren Holiday Festival
Friday, November 29 from 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 12 pm – 4 pm
Finish up your Thanksgiving leftovers and dive right into Christmas at the Warren Holiday Festival. The two-day celebration is full of the quintessential New England small-town charm. Parades of residents pack the streets as they admire and explore beautiful buildings, shop at small businesses, and wave to Santa. There is music, choral performances, ornament workshops, trolleys and fire dancing among other festivities throughout this quaint, historic downtown.
This year’s lineup will be released soon, so check back here for more information.
The Holiday Festival takes place throughout downtown Warren, Rhode Island. A map of events will be available closer to the event date.
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!)
Bowen’s Block Party & Kick-off of Holidays by the Sea Friday, November 29 from 4 pm – 8 pm
Kick-off the holiday season with an illuminated boat parade, music, and a beautifully decorated waterfront wonderland. Caribbean Christmas and holiday tunes will be playing as you stroll Bowen’s Wharf. Watch and judge the illuminated boats compete for best decorated in the illuminated boat parade. All of Bowen’s Wharf’s locally-owned shops and restaurants will be open and offering specials.
You find the festivities at 13 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, Rhode Island.
Celebrate Downcity 2019
Saturday, November 30 from 11 am – 4 pm
Indowncitypvd is hosting this colorful celebration of Downcity Providence. Stroll through color-themed booths, support small businesses on Shop Small Saturday, take photos with Santa, enjoy bites from local restaurants and pop-ups, get creative with the Providence Children’s Museum, and more! Celebrate Downcity is a free and family-friendly event, perfect for the weekend after Thanksgiving.
You can find the fun on Westminster Street, right between Dorrance and Union Streets in Providence, Rhode Island.
WaterFire Holiday Art & Craft Festival
Saturday, November 30 from 12 pm – 6 pm
WaterFire and the Providence Artisans Market teamed up to plan the first annual WaterFire Holiday Art & Craft Festival. Peruse the goods of over 75 artists and makers, enjoy live music, food trucks, living statues, and the North Pole Village & Community Donation Center. Explore and enjoy what Rhode Island has to offer with handmade works by local artists, live music, and local food.
This is a free and family-friendly event. The WaterFire Arts Center is located at 475 Valley Street in Providence, Rhode Island.