Fall Guide

Active/Outdoor Calendar

From adventure races to garden tours, there’s a reason to enjoy the great outdoors all fall long

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September 4-October 31
Discover the authors, book collectors and libraries of Benefit Street during the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Passages & Plots Outdoor Walking Tour. Stop in the Carter Brown Library and the Providence Athenaeum while learning the history of renowned writers H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe and more. 11am. Adults $15, seniors $12. 52 Power Street, Providence. 401-273-7507, www.rihs.org/walking-tours/

September 19
Break out your clubs for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament at the Crystal Lake Golf Club. The tournament includes a round of golf, carts, a lunch buffet, awards and a silent auction, all in support of Easter Seals – an organization that serves those with disabilities. 100 Broncos Highway, Mapleville. 401-284-3738, www.easterseals.com

September 19
Start peddling into the fall season with the 6th Annual Woony River Ride Bike-A-Thon. Explore a 42-or 62-mile ride along the Woonasquatucket River, Scituate Reservoir and the Blackstone Valley Bike Path. This event is for families and avid cyclists alike. Waterplace Park, Providence. 401-421-7740, www.wrwc.org

September 20
Close out the summer season with good exercise at the 10th Annual Triathlon/Kids Duathlon at Westerly Town Beach. Hosted by the Ocean Community YMCA, this athletic event will include a half-mile ocean swim, 14-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. 365 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 401-596-2894, www.oceancommunityymca.org

September 20
Road runners rejoice! The CVS Health Downtown 5K is back with youth and adult courses ranging from 50 meters to 5 kilometers. Participants of all ages and capabilities will race for individual and team champion honors in support of CVS Health and Tufts Health Plan. Starting times at 8am, 11:15am and 12:15pm. Races start and finish at Francis Street on the south side of the State House. 401-751-7287, www.cvsdowntown5k.com

September 26
Get outdoors before the weather turns cold at the Almost Super Full Moon Paddle, hosted by the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association. Paddle along Watchaug Pond and watch as 2015’s only supermoon rises in the September sky. Watchaug Pond, Charlestown. 401-539-9017, www.wpwa.org

September 29
Tour 250 years worth of design history at the Rough Point Landscape History and Garden Tour. An original Gilded Age mansion, Rough Point now serves as a public museum. Enjoy the exquisite gardens, ocean views and garden-inspired recipes from the archives of heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke during this outdoor tour. 5:30pm. $5-$10. 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-8344, www.newportrestoration.org

October 2-4
A weekend of unsurpassed fall bird watching awaits at the Audubon Society’s Block Island Birding Weekend. Salt marsh field trips, bird banding demonstrations, explore over 150 species of migrating birds and more for expert and novice watchers alike. Cost includes ferry fare, hotel accommodations, meals and programs. $485-$525. Ages 16+. 401-949-5454, register at www.asri.org

October 3-4
Test out your strength and stamina during BoldrDash in the Mud at Yawgoo Valley Ski and Sport Park. This is New England’s premiere obstacle course series with an average of eight to ten obstacles per mile and is designed to meet all fitness levels. Group discounts are available. 160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter. 401-294-3802, www.yawgoo.com

October 3
The Brown University Bears and the University of Rhode Island Rams will meet on the field for the 100th time this year, battling it out for the Governor’s Cup Game. The game – held on Brown’s football stadium – will determine who will set the tone for the next century of Rhode Island grudge matches. 400 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence. www.brownbears.com

October 4
Each year, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation holds a walk/run 5k as the last aspect of their largest event:
Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series. This course – designed for runners and walkers of all levels – will take you through the most beautiful parts of historic downtown Providence. 401-861-4376, www.gloriagemma.org

October 11
Tie up those running shoes and prepare for one of New England’s most scenic routes for the Newport Marathon. The marathon will bring you through the winding ocean roads, historic downtown areas and past the famous mansions down Bellevue Avenue. You can choose between a half or full-length marathon. Memorial Boulevard, Newport. 401-318-2991, www.newportmarathon.com

October 17
Don’t miss the Newport History Tours’ walking tour of the month, Commerce and Craftsmanship, throughout the historical Point neighborhood. Stroll through the seaside and stop in the Christopher Townsend House for detailed explanation of colonial trade goods. 11am. $5-$20. 127 Thames Street, Newport. 401-841-8700, www.newporthistorytours.org

October 29
Enjoy a leisurely 7-mile walk along the beautiful Newport Cliff Walk during the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Thursday Morning Hikes. Led by Barbara Hathaway, this hike includes a majority of paved trails and a short rocky walk behind the Newport Mansions. Nosh on lunch at a local restaurant about halfway through, but be sure to bring your own snacks and water for the remainder of the hike. 10am-2pm. Narragansett Avenue, Newport. 508-880-7266, www.outdoors.org

November 14
FIT Challenge is back and better than ever with their Epic Fifth Obstacle Course Race Challenge. Packed with over 31 obstacles in just 3.5 miles, this course will definitely test your fortitude, integrity and toughness. 8am. $49-$69. 4097 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. 401-334-9996, www.mudrunguide.com