19 Things to Do in Rhode Island Giving All the Fall Vibes
October 14, 2023
The warm, rustic tones of fall are the backdrop of Rhode Island’s array of captivating events and charming places that perfectly encapsulate the essence of the season. From lively festivals to plentiful orchards, haunted tours to delightful culinary experiences, there is an abundance of activities that celebrate the spirit of autumn. Here’s a guide to some pf the best fall things to in Rhode Island:
1. Manfredi Farms Harvest Fest, Westerly
Kick off your fall adventure at the Manfredi Farms Harvest Fest in Westerly on October 14-15. This lively festival features hayrides, corn mazes, live music, and an abundance of fresh produce. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the bountiful harvest and bid farewell to the fall season with joy and gratitude.
2. Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport
Whether landlubber or seafood enthusiasts, the annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival in Newport is a culinary delight. Indulge in the freshest catches of the day while enjoying live music and the scenic waterfront views. A celebration of Rhode Island’s rich maritime heritage and culinary expertise, this event is one of the Ocean State’s longtime favorites.
4. The Ocean State Oyster Festival, Providence
On Oct. 21st, celebrate and recognize the oyster as a treasured natural resource in Rhode Island with the largest collection of oyster farms from the Ocean State assembled at one time. Held on the banks of the Providence River at River Walk Park, this Ocean State Oyster Festival delivers fall flavor of the briny variety!
3. The Warren Walkabout, Warren
Fresh off being featured in the New York Times, the Warren Walkabout unfolds weekends now through the end of October. With its Rockwellian vibes punctured by mom and pop shops, extraordinary eateries and hospitable locals beaming with pride, make sure to carve out an afternoon to soak it all in. Don’t skip a visit to Sowams Cider Works Tasting Room, where you can enjoy a tasting flight or a glass of their locally-made hard cider, and be sure to head over to Del’s Depot which just released their first Frozen Apple Cider. (Insider’s tip: use the Warren Walkabout as your excuse to hop on the East Bay Bike Path!)
4. Fall Harvest Festival at The Farmer’s Daughter, South Kingston
The Fall Harvest Festival at The Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingstown is a Pinterest board come to life with pumpkin patches, hayrides, a scavenger hunt, corn “maize,” barrel train, games and more – all taking place on weekends through October 29. Families can enjoy the crisp autumn air while engaging in various activities that celebrate the harvest season, and find the perfect spot for their holiday Christmas card photo.
5. Downtown Westerly Ghost Tour, Westerly
Embrace spooky season on the Downtown Westerly Ghost Tour, where you’ll wander through historic streets as knowledgeable guides regale you with spine-tingling tales of the supernatural. Explore the town’s haunted past and encounter spirits from a bygone era, making for a memorable and hair-raising experience.
For a refreshing apres cocktail, head to Bridge Restaurant for the apple cider margarita, maple old fashioned, pumpkin spice mocktail, or the ultimate Rhode Island “brew” collab: Grey Sail Dave’s Coffee Stout.
6. Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence
The mesmerizing Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo has become a stalwart of the season. The trails at the zoo transform into a dazzling display of intricately carved pumpkins, illuminating the night with artistic brilliance and charming the young and the young at heart. Pick up some snacks or a hot beverage and prepare to be captivated by the creativity that abounds in this magical autumnal wonderland.
7. Dinner at the White Horse Tavern, Newport
Experience the autumnal charm of Newport by dining at the White Horse Tavern, one of America’s oldest restaurants — where you might just catch a ghost tour outside talking about the longtime alleged hauntings at the centuries-old watering hole. Indulge in a hearty meal, like lobster mac and cheese or their iconic beef Wellington, in a cozy, historic setting. The tavern’s seasonal menu highlights local ingredients, providing a true taste of Rhode Island’s culinary offerings. If you’re a move buff, you can see where Hocus Pocus 2 and other movies were filmed in Newport, just steps from the White Horse Tavern!
8. Pumpkin picking at Pachet Brook Tree Farm, Tiverton
Create cherished memories at Pachet Brook Tree Farm in Tiverton and delight in the age-old tradition of hayrides and picking out the perfect pumpkin from a sprawling pumpkin selection. Operated by the same family for the past 100 years, the 30 scenic hayride on the farm takes riders through foliage-dotted woods for an experience that epitomize the fall season.
9. Fireside Tours on Rail Explorers, Portsmouth
Ready to ride the rails with all the fall feels? Embark on this unique autumn adventure with Fireside Tours on Rail Explorers in Portsmouth. Pedal along railway tracks tracing Narragansett Bay, surrounded by the picturesque fall foliage. As the sun sets, cozy up around a fire pit and savor the warmth of the season while relishing stories and s’mores (BYO marshmallows!).
10. Visiting Old Stone Orchard and Young Family Farm, Little Compton
Little Compton offers the perfect surroundings for the quintessential Rhode Island fall experience. Insider’s tip: pick up a hot apple cider in advance of your mini-road trip or stop at Groundswell or, a little further down Main Road, The Nitro Bar at Walker’s roadside stand. Visit Old Stone Orchard or Young Family Farm, where you can pick your own pumpkins, enjoy hayrides, and savor freshly baked goods. It’s a delightful outing for families and friends alike.
11. Trinity Church’s Annual Pumpkin Patch, Newport
Trinity Church’s annual Pumpkin Patch in Newport is straight out of a Hallmark movie fall romcom. This charming patch, set against the backdrop of the historic Trinity Church, offers a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds. It’s simple, sweet, scenic and the ideal spot for capturing that Instagram worthy fall photo.
12. Pick Your Own Apples at Rocky Brook Orchard, Middletown
Embrace the fall tradition of apple picking at Rocky Brook Orchard in Middletown. Wander through lush orchards and pluck from more than two dozen varieties of crisp apples dangling from the branches. You’ll be hard pressed not to get distracted thinking about your favorite apple pie recipe.
13. Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm, Middletown
Animal lovers and families can visit Goat Hills at Simmons Farm in Middletown for a truly unique experience. You’ll be introduced to your friendly goat friend to take on a walk along with a guide and small group where you’ll learn about sustainable farming practices, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the farm. It’s an educational and heartwarming experience for visitors of all ages, all amongst the colorful foliage with views of Narragansett Bay.
14. Hard Pressed Cider Company at Windmist Farm, Jamestown
Is it even fall if you haven’t sunk your teeth into an apple cider donut from Hard Pressed Cider Company at Windmist Farm in Jamestown? These delectable treats, made with freshly harvested apples, are the epitome of local fall flavor. Pair them with a cup of warm cider for the ultimate autumn indulgence.
15. Seasonal Beers at Ragged Island Brewery, Portsmouth
Beer enthusiasts can explore the diverse and flavorful seasonal beers at Ragged Island Brewery in Portsmouth. With an array of unique brews that capture the essence of fall, this brewery provides a cozy atmosphere where you can unwind and savor the taste of the season.Enjoy local flavor with diverse flavors from rotating food trucks.
16. WaterFire, Providence
WaterFire is enchanting any time of year, but when the air is crisp and the New England night sky is star speckled, it’s magic. On October 22nd, the city’s rivers come alive with flickering bonfires on the water, live music from 5pm featuring acapella and musical performances, a funk and jazz band, dance performances.
17. Haunted Ghost Cruise with Providence River Boat Company
Embark on a spine-chilling adventure with the Haunted Ghost Cruise on the Providence River. Hosted by the Providence River Boat Company, this cruise takes you on a narrated journey through Providence’s haunted history. Be prepared for eerie tales and ghostly encounters as you cruise along the dark waters.
18. Wicked Week in Wickford, Wickford Village in North Kingstown
Wickford embraces the Halloween spirit with Wicked Week Oct. 24 – 31. Enjoy a series of events and activities that cater to both children and adults. From costume contests to pumpkin carving, Wickford transforms into a festive and spooky destination, offering a bewitching experience for all ages. The annual Horribles Parade is a longtime favorite!
Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures, delectable culinary delights, or serene moments surrounded by nature, Rhode Island’s fall offerings are sure to leave you with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the magic of autumn in New England. So, grab your pumpkin spice latte and embark on a journey to embrace the warmth and wonder of fall in Rhode Island.