22 Autumn Adventures – October Lil Rhody Round-Up
Autumn is a busy season for Rhode Islanders. With all of these great events coming up, we have a lot of planning to do. With all of the festivals, we should rename Columbus Day Weekend “Festival Weekend” in Rhode Island. There are a ton of great festivals this time of year, so plan accordingly. You don’t want to miss out on any of the fun!
Speaking of missing out on the fun… you don’t want to miss our 2018 food tour season. Our season will end in November, so book your food tour experience today!
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, November 4
Roger William Park Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is the best way to get in the Halloween-mood. This year’s magical display includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring wizards, fairytales, superheroes, and historical figures who made their mark on our world. And new to this year is theme nights! Look out for Fairy Tale Nights, Wizarding Nights and Super Hero Nights for an extra special visit.
Remember to add the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride to your trip. The zip ride is open every night (weather permitting) during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. 115 feet in the air, you can see out to Providence and into the Narragansett Bay.
The trails open at 6 pm, all week long. The weekends are the busiest, so if you’re not up for a wait, check it out during the week!
Tickets to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular are available here.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is at Roger Williams Park Zoo, which is located at 1000 Elmwood Ave in Providence, Rhode Island.
Walking Tour: College Hill & the International Slave Trade
John Brown House Museum
October 4, 11, 13, 16, 20, and 27
Did you know that Rhode Island was one of the largest contributors to the international slave trade? This educational walking tour will take you back in history to discover how College Hill helped lay the foundation for race relations in Rhode Island. You will step into various roles along the way, seeing through the eyes of a sailor, barrel maker, church bishop, housewife, and more.
The College Hill & International Slave Trade Walking Tour covers more than 300 years of history in 2 hours. Stops include the John Brown House Museum, Stephen Hopkins House, John Carter Brown Library, University Hall and St. John’s Cathedral. It is an urban hike, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. And don’t forget your reusable water bottle!
Whether you are a history buff, new to Rhode Island or just curious to learn more about our state’s history, this tour will be an insightful look into Rhode Island’s past and present.
Tickets to the tour are $20 and can be purchased here.
The tour begins at John Brown House Museum, which is located at 52 Power Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
2018 Bristol State Street Fair & Art Festival
Saturday, October 6 at 10 am – 5 pm
A great kick-off to Columbus Day weekend, the Bristol State Street Fair & Art Festival is a free and family-friendly event that has a little something for everyone. Artists, crafters, vendors, and music will fill State Street in downtown Bristol, right between Hope Street and Thames Street.
Peruse the shops, pick up a new art piece from a local vendor, learn a little bit about a new craft, or just enjoy some tunes. Be sure to stop in at one of the area’s great restaurants! We’d recommend checking out the DeWolf Tavern or Bristol Oyster Bar, but you really can’t go wrong with any of Bristol’s great restaurants.
The 2018 Bristol State Street Fair & Art Festival can be found in downtown Bristol, Rhode Island.
Fossil Frenzy Weekend
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 at 10 am
Is your kiddo in the midst of a major dinosaur phase? Fossil Frenzy Weekend shows off the museum’s collection of fossil specimens, bringing the past to life. But don’t get us wrong, fossils aren’t just for kids. They have plenty of fun activities and interesting specimens that will keep the whole family entertained. You can check out the full schedule of events here.
Pair Fossil Frenzy Weekend with a trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo, a stop at Carousel Village or a picnic in the park.
The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is located at 1000 Elmwood Ave in Providence, Rhode Island.
2018 Broadway Street Fair
Saturday, October 6 from 12 pm – 6 pm
Fall might just be our favorite season in Newport, Rhode Island. Kick off the start of fall at the 2018 Broadway Street Fair. Broadway is Newport’s historic Main Street and is always a lively representation of the city. Last year more than 10,000 visitors strolled along Broadway and enjoyed the annual street fair.
The street fair begins at Equality Park and extends all the way to Washington Square. The streets will be filled with music, food, family activities, exhibiting artists and makers, and local non-profits. You can find the full list of vendors and activities here.
The 2018 Broadway Street Fair can be found in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off
Saturday, October 6 from 9 am – 5 pm
These are some seriously big pumpkins. Rhode Islander Ron Wallace one the weigh-off in 2015 with his 2,230 lb pumpkin! In fact, he set a national record as the second largest pumpkin in the world. This year’s Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off is sure to impress.
Other than giant pumpkins, visitors can expect fun pumpkin-related activities and on-site food trucks. This event is sure to get everyone in the family in the fall spirit!
Frerichs Farm is located at 43 Kinnicutt Ave in Warren, Rhode Island.
Scituate Art Festival
Saturday, October 6 – Monday, October 8
Scituate Art Festival is the true sign that fall in Rhode Island has arrived. For those who have not been, it is much more than just an art festival. Nestled in quaint, beautiful Scituate, this festival features 200 art and craft exhibitors, antique vendors, a food court, live music, and a huge art/craft/antique raffle. Grab a bag of sweet and salty kettle corn, peruse the antique vendors, and find your favorite art piece.
The festival began in 1967 and 52 years later, it’s still kickin’ for good reason.
Scituate Art Festival is free for all to enjoy. If you’re looking for directions, use 554 Greenville Road in North Scituate, Rhode Island.
Federal Hill Columbus Day Weekend Festival
Saturday, October 6 – Monday, October 8
Atwells Avenue is the center of the Federal Hill Columbus Day Weekend Festival. Dozens of food and retail vendors, the annual parade, games and amusement rides will line Atwells Avenue. In addition, there will be three entertainment stages each day. You can find the full schedule of events here.
One of the weekend’s highlights, the Columbus Day Parade kicks off at 11 am on Sunday, October 7. The parade features all of the must-haves including marching bands, dozens of floats and civic groups. The entire weekend is family-friendly, but kiddos especially love the parade.
The Federal Hill Columbus Day Weekend Festival can be found on Atwells Ave in Providence, Rhode Island.
Providence Honk Festival
Monday, October 8 from 2 pm – 10 pm
Providence + Honk = PRONK! The Pronk! Festival is an annual celebration of diversity and music. Pronk! Blurs the lines between audience and performer for an interactive experience. It is a very colorful, eclectic, and fun celebration. People from all over gather to have fun and celebrate life. Musicians, artists, activists, makers, and groups from around Rhode Island take over South Water Street. The best way to fully understand the festival is to read their manifesto:
RECLAIMS the streets with brass, beats, and feet!
IS a free occupation of public space.
IS people-powered music. No wires, no amps, off the grid.
IS a party.
IS spawned from the original HONK! Festival in Somerville, MA that has “grown into a new type of street band movement—throughout the country and across the globe—outrageous and inclusive, brass and brash, percussive and persuasive, reclaiming public space with a sound that is in your face and out of this world.” (~HONK!)
SUPPORTS education & questioning of mainstream narratives.
IS an antidote to mainstream culture.
IS a celebration of resistance to consumerism, colonialism, hatred, and injustice.
HAPPENS because of the work of hundreds of volunteers.
IS NOT consumer-driven.
ENCOURAGES youth to engage with music and art as a platform for social change.
AIMS to build relationships between and among artists and organizations.
IS NOT a Columbus Day parade.
BELIEVES artists and musicians have something to contribute to social justice movements.
DOES NOT support complacency and unquestioned acceptance.
ASPIRES to spark meaningful dialogues around challenges dividing our communities.
SEEKS to utilize the visual and auditory noise of artists and local, national, and international street bands to highlight the important work of activists making change in our own community.”
Providence Honk Festival can be found on South Water Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
Friday, October 12 from 6:30 pm – 10 pm
The Beervana Fest mission is to “enlighten and educate the community for the responsible appreciation of craft beer.” So if you’re a craft beer enthusiast, this event is for you. Enjoy two floors of world-class craft beer with 60+ tasting tables and 250+ brews available for tasting. You can find the list of attending breweries here.
Beervana tickets include one tasting glass, 2 oz pours, a festival guide and one bottle of water. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased here.
Beervana Fest is located at the historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Makers + Merchants Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, October 13 from 11 am – 5 pm
Wickenden Street is a bustling area of Providence. Home to many great shops and restaurants, their Makers + Merchants Sidewalk Sale shows off everything they have to offer. The street will be closed off for the day, making room for 50+ artists and crafters to set up shop. There will also be food trucks, cocktails, beer, ice cream, music and more!
Makers + Merchants Sidewalk Sale can be found on Wickenden Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
In town for an upcoming festival? Book a food tour to get familiar with Rhode Island’s food scene. Now offering tours in Providence and Newport. Book today!
Bowen’s Wharf 28th Seafood Festival
Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14
Bowen’s Wharf 28th Seafood Festival is a free and family-friendly celebration. If you didn’t know already, Rhode Islanders loooove their seafood! Fresh, local seafood will be available for purchase at the event. Think fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, and more! There will also be cocktails and beer available for those of age. And for people of all ages – fresh smoothies, donuts, and kettle corn to satisfy your sweet tooth! Live music will be played throughout the event, so bring your dancin’ shoes!
8,000-10,000 people celebrate the “Harvest of the Sea” every year and this might be the last outdoor seafood festival in Rhode Island before old man winter sets in.
Bowen’s Wharf 28th Seafood Festival is located at 13 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Malted Barley Oktoberfest
Friday, October 19 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Oktoberfest comes to Providence at the Malted Barley. The Malted Barley happens to be one of the stops on our Downcity Providence Food Tour, so we’re extra excited to check out this event. Oktoberfest at the Malted Barley is admission free and open to the public. Come on down to downtown Providence for an Oktoberfest celebration with great German-style lagers!
The Malted Barley is located at 334 Westminster Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Pumpkins, Pints and Bountiful Bites
Saturday, October 20 from 3 pm – 8 pm
Pumpkins, Pints and Bountiful Bites is such a fantastic name for a fall festival. This is a free event for the whole family to get out and enjoy. There will be a bounce house, games, music, food trucks, face painting and – of course – beer!
The Guild is located at 461 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Sunday, October 21 from 12 pm – 5 pm
Warren is the funkiest, cutest little town in Rhode Island. Centrally located in the East Bay and only 20 minutes away from Providence and 30 from Newport, Warren boasts a super cool, super cute Historic Downtown Village vibe. During the Warren Walkabout, stroll through downtown over to the Cutler Mills and down Water St. enjoy the crisp fall air.
This is an annual fall festival of arts, music, food, and all-things Warren. There will be sidewalk sales and roving live music from special guests. Enjoy tasting treats from local restaurants, sidewalk sales, and one-day-only special sales at some of our favorite local stores.
The Warren Walkabout is on Main Street in Warren, Rhode Island.
Our Downcity Providence Food Tour partner, Gracie’s, is hosting several sweet events this month. This is the first event in their October lineup. Tips & Tricks & Treats A Chocolate Tasting & Bonbon-Making Workshop is a dessert workshop revolving around chocolate. It’s perfectly timed, just a week before Halloween.
After a bit of mixing and mingling with the guests, Gracie’s Pastry Chefs will lead you on a delicious chocolate tasting journey. You will learn how to taste different chocolates and what to look for when choosing the best chocolate. After the tasting, you will dive into the hands-on portion of the evening. Gracie’s chefs will teach you how to temper chocolate and create your own molded bonbons to take home.
The class is limited to 12 participants, so hurry on up and claim your spot today! Tickets are available here.
Gracie’s is located at 194 Washington Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Tales of Horror and Fright
Saturday, October 27 from 8 pm – 10 pm
Get into the Halloween spirit with Tales of Horror and Fright! Five local readers will share their favorite and scariest stories. The night’s readers are Guy Benoit, Cynthia Holt, Paul Di Filippo, Christopher Braiotta and Michael Kelley.
The event is free, but donations are always welcome. The gallery will be open at 7 pm, before the event, so stop by a little early to check it out.
The Collaborative is located at 498 Main Street in Warren, Rhode Island.
Newport Vineyards 3rd Annual Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, 28 from 12 pm – 5 pm
Enjoy everything Newport Vineyards has to offer at their 3rd Annual Harvest Festival. The day’s festivities include grape stomping, wine, beer, pie eating, live music, and food. If you’re in the competitive mood, there will be grape stomping and pie eating contests. If you’re looking for a more relaxing time, sip on a nice glass of wine while overlooking their vineyard.
View the festival schedule and purchase tickets here.
Newport Vineyards is located at 909 East Main Road in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Basic Natural Perfume Class
Providence Perfume Co.
Sunday, October 28 at 12 pm
This introductory Basic Natural Perfume Class is perfect for anyone who’s always wanted their very own signature scent. You will learn the basics of perfumery and take home a chemical-free perfume.
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.
Providence Perfume Co. is located at 13 South Angell Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Sucrée: A Spooky Celebration of Sweets!
Sunday, October 28 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Gracie’s in Providence is putting on the sweetest event of the season. Don your Halloween costume and head to Gracie’s for a super-natural cocktail hour and a three-course dessert tasting. It’s going to be three-courses of Halloween-inspired deliciousness! Four of New England’s most creative and talented pastry chefs will conjure up a signature dessert course. Caitlyn McGuire of Ellie’s Bakery, Melissa Denmark and Karissa Bednarz of Gracie’s, and Kate Holowchik of Boston’s Broadway Restaurant Group will be servin’ up the spooky treats.
The event begins with a standing cocktail hour and passed hors-d’oeuvres. Once seated, guests will enjoy each signature dessert course paired with cocktails.
Costumes are encouraged, so start brainstorming your super sweet get-up.
Tickets for Sucrée – A Spooky Celebration of Sweets are $80 per person and include tax and gratuity. They can be purchased here.
Gracie’s is located at 194 Washington Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
Colonial Survival & Modern Revival: Newport in the 1960s
Tuesday, October 30 from 5 pm – 7 pm
Be transported back to a time when Newport was torn between two futures. 1960s Newport was a place torn by two desires – to maintain its history and to modernize. “Through period photographs and compelling news reports, journey back to the old colonial districts of the Historic Hill and Point and witness the explosive firmament of the 1960s when an important chapter in Newport’s history was being written.”
Colonial Survival & Modern Revival: Newport in the 1960s is co-hosted by the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation. This event is one of many that will celebrate the Newport Restoration Foundation’s 50th anniversary. It is also part of the Newport Historical Society’s “Mapping the Newport Experience” project, which documents the evolution of Newport’s urban plan.
Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased here.
Rough Point is located at 680 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.
Brews and Broomsticks: A Halloween Beer Dinner
Wednesday, October 31 from 6 pm – 9 pm
A little too old for trick-or-treating, but not quite ready to quit Halloween? Gracie’s Brews and Broomsticks: A Halloween Beer Dinner is a unique and delicious way to enjoy Halloween. In partnership with Buttonwoods Brewery, Gracie’s is raising a glass to the rich history behind women, history, and beer.
Did you know that traditionally, women were actually the brewers? In fact, it was women’s role in brewing history that has contributed to the classic “witch” trope. Throughout history, brewing belonged to women. From the medieval to early modern periods, brewing was a women’s job.
Costumes are encouraged for the evening, so start thinking now! The night will be a four-course journey through seasonally-sourced and local cuisine, artfully paired with Buttonwood Brewery’s brews.
Tickets are $80 and are available for purchase here.
Gracie’s is located at 194 Washington Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
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