Fall Guide

Fall Calendar

Listing all events from September through the end of November


Every Other Saturday: Join in a Providence tradition at WaterFire. The celebration of fire, air and water in downtown Providence features food, arts and crafts, gondola rides and, of course, bonfires on the Providence River light up the night through November 29. Waterplace Park, Providence.


September 4-18:
Celebrate beautiful early fall nights with live music at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard Summer Concert Series, presented by Alex and Ani at the 150-acre vineyard in Little Compton every Thursday night at 6pm. Enjoy delicious food from Carolyn’s Cafe and indulge in half-price wine tastings. 162 W Main Road, Little Compton. 401-635-8486.

September 5-October 10: All through September and into October, Friday nights mean Drive-In movies at the Wuskenau Town Beach. Kick back and enjoy a classic flick from the comfort of your car. Visit the website for a schedule of films. $10 per car. 8pm. 316 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut.

September 6: See dragon boat races as amateur and professional teams face off at the Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival. The festival also features a dumpling eating contest and vendors of traditional Chinese and Taiwanese food and art. Blackstone River off School St Pier, Pawtucket.

September 6-7: Get ready for two days packed full of exclusive raptor events at the Audubon Society’s Raptor Weekend. Events that vary from flight pre- sentations, lectures and demonstrations on different birds of prey are open to the whole family. Avoid the lines and reserve your tickets now. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 245-7500.

September 7: Learn about the local greenery on the “Plantiful” Plant Walk in Blithewold Garden, from 1-2:30 pm at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. Led by one of the Garden’s professional horticulturist staff, the walk introduces visitors to plants and gardening techniques. 101 Ferry Road (Route 114), Bristol. 253-2707.

September 11: Take a tour of the Newport art scene at Newport Gallery Night, from 5-8pm. Admission to all exhibits is free, and many galleries host opening receptions and introduce artists and new works. 848-0550.

September 11-14: Admire over 850 powerboats and sailboats at the Newport International Boat Show, encompassing over 13 acres of waterfront in one of the world’s premier sailing destinations. Newport Yachting Center, Newport.

September 12-14: Party on the beach before the autumn chill sets in at the Misquamicut Fallfest. The fourth annual FallFest will include an outdoor international food court, amusement rides including a Ferris wheel, a petting zoo, pony rides, a martial arts demo, two classic car shows, two stages packed with local and national entertainment, magic shows and over 50 vendors. A celebrity chef will be on location to judge a “Smoke on the Water” BBQ competition. $7 per day, children under 4 free. Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly. 322-1026.

September 13: Live music, a craft beer garden, activities, food trucks and more will grace Burrs Hill Park at this year’s Fusion Fest. 75 or Less Records presents a fantastic lineup including Bob Kendall Band, Mark Cutler, Six Star General, SwampBirds and more. 12-7pm. Burrs Hill Park, Water Street, Warren.

September 13: Break out your clubs for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Easter Seals RI 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. 284-3738.

September 13-14: Travel into a magical world at the Fantasy Faire at Frerichs Farm. Visitors of all ages will be taken away to an enchanted land of fairies, sword-fighting pirates, horse rides and other magical folk. 43 Kinnicutt Avenue, Warren. 245-8245.

September 18: March of Dimes hosts the 13th Annual Signature Chefs Auction at 6pm at the Providence Art Club. Taste incredible dishes prepared by Rhode Island’s star chefs, coming from Simone’s, Gracie’s, Ellie’s Bakery, Bacaro, Sin and more, and support a great cause with silent and live auctions. 11 Thomas Street, Providence.

September 18-21: Providence’s Kennedy Plaza comes alive during the FirstWorks Decade Bash, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the organization that connects art with audiences in Providence. The weekend includes a gala, Urban Carnevale and arts-learning workshops, along with performers from Australia, Italy, Morocco and Rhode Island. Kennedy Plaza, Providence. 421-4278.

September 19-21: The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival features hundreds of wines, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, auctions and a gala celebration over a two-day ticketed event. Newport Mansions, Newport.

September 20: Embrace the classical and join the RI Philharmonic for the opening of their Saturday Classical Series with their Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. There will also be an open rehearsal at 5:30pm on September 19. 8pm. The VETS, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 248-7000.

September 20-21: Experience, learn about and buy art directly from the source at Exchange Street Open Studios, a unique opportunity to browse the artwork of more than 50 artists and designers in the four renovated mill buildings of Pawtucket’s Exchange Street neighborhood. Meet the artists behind the paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, textiles and more, and make your new discovery or purchase memorable and personal. 10 Exchange Court, Pawtucket. 475-2309

September 21: Celebrate the beginning of fall on the beach at the Summer’s End Concert. It’s complete with food trucks, adult beverages and a concert featuring The Driftwoods. Free. 12-5pm. North Beach Club House, 79 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 783-7121.

September 23: Bask in the beauty of Bellevue Avenue at the Landscape History and Garden Tour at Newport’s Rough Point. Learn about the landscape design and explore the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed grounds in a breathtaking ocean-front garden setting and soak in the extensive history of the property. 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 849-7300.

September 27: Join a long tradition in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the 29th annual AIDS Walk for Life. Register at 9am at the State House lawn, as an in- dividual or team, for the 2.5-mile walk benefitting AIDS Project RI, which provides education, prevention and testing and serves those in RI living with HIV/AIDS. 831-5522.

September 27: Come support the Brown Bears in their first home football game of the season, an epic Ivy-League matchup against the Harvard Crimson. The lights will be on at Brown Stadium and the action will start at 6pm – get ready for an impressive band and a whole lot of school spirit and competition. 400 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.

September 27: SoMa’s Annual Autumn Fest and Sidewalk Stroll is a can’t-miss day of fall fun. The event will feature live music, a sidewalk display of the local merchants that line South Main Street, treats, food provided by Radish food truck, promos, giveaways and more. Bin 312 will also be holding wine tastings. South Main Street, Providence.

September 28: Savor a truly unique local experience at the Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting at Middletown’s Prescott Farm. At 10am, explore the beehives and the practice of beekeeping with Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey and round out the morning with samples of the local honey with homemade johnnycakes. 2009 W Main Road, Middletown. 846-4152.


October 1-25: Bring the family to Providence’s Lippitt Park for the Hope Street Farmers Market, the perfect tree-filled setting to pick fall veggies, eat local pastry, and meet farmers and friends. 1059 Hope Street, Providence. 312-4250.

October 2-November 2: Soak in some candlelight and Halloween magic at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo. The nightly shows feature over 5,000 lanterns, many carved with intricate detail by professional carvers following this year’s theme, “A to Z.” Roger Williams Park Zoo, 100 Elmwood Ave, Providence.

October 2-24: Rhode Island College presents numerous art shows this month, including Embodied: The Figure in Paint, mounted in Bannister Gallery, will feature a group of artists who look to the figure for meaning. Blendings by Meris Barreto, shown at the same time in the Focus Gallery, combines materials that seem inherently opposite, such as metal with glass, glass with rope and stone with glass. An opening reception for the two shows will be held on Thursday, October 2, at 5pm Visit the website for a full schedule of this fall’s art shows. 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Roberts Hall. Providence. 456-9765.

October 3: Sing along with the masters of reggae at the The Wailers – 30th Anniversary of Legend Tour. Bob Marley’s iconic band will be performing the entire Legend album, the best-selling reggae album of all time that has been transporting listeners to Jamaica for decades. 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. 467-7275.

October 8: Learn about the history and legacy Columbus’s impact on the indigenous peoples of the Americas at Tomaquag Museum’s Columbus, An Indigenous View Talk. Presented by Loren Spears, the museum’s Executive Director and cultural educator, the lecture is free with museum admission. 390A Summit Road, Exeter. 491-9063.

October 10-12: The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation presents the ninth annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life at Celebration Village in downtown Providence. The weekend includes health screenings, arts activities, a torch ceremony, runs and walks and a convivial Pink Party for more than 100,000 visitors. 861-4376.

October 11: Visit the Andrea Hotel for the 17th Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, a comedic re-enactment of the 1605 trial for treason of Guy Fawkes. The night features a Monty Python-esque play, music, bonfire and more. 7pm. 89 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. 322-1026.

October 11-12: Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Newport International Oktoberfest. Festival- goers can enjoy bratwursts, yodeling, folk dances and (of course) beer from three Biergartens on the Newport waterfront. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport.

October 12: Drool over your dream car at the Field of Dreams Car Show & Craft Fair. All money raised at the event benefits the St. Vincent De Paul food bank – the event also accepts canned food donations. 1180 So. Main Street, Glocester. 647-2731

October 18-19: Take a stroll through the studios of arts and artisans from rural Hopkinton and adjacent communities during the 9th Annual HOPArts Studio Trail. Rain or shine, visitors will wander from studio to studio amidst the autumn foliage in this beautiful and memorable cultural experience. 539-3009.

October 18-19: Munch on some of the Ocean State’s best seafood at the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival. The festival offers seafood classics, desserts, drinks and live music from local bands. 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

October 20-26: Get ready to scream at Flickers: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. The 15th annual festival features seven days of ghoulish mayhem at the spooky Bell Street Chapel Theatre, plus other locations across the state. 5 Bell Street, Providence.

October 23: Rhode Island has a beautiful past, in part due to the city’s formerly booming jewelry industry, and Ocean State Mementos: Costume Jewelry of Rhode Island is an illustrated lecture at the Providence Children’s Museum to teach the history and fashion of jewelry in RI. View a private collection and pieces from Historic New England’s collection and learn about the state’s role as tastemaker. 100 South Street, Providence. 728-9696.

October 25: Enjoy a delicious meal at Newport’s waterfront at the Newport Food Truck Festival, from 11am-4pm. There’s something uniquely exciting about getting your meal from a specialty food-mobile, and over 20 food trucks from across New England will gather to provide their own tasty experience at the Newport Yachting Center. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. 617-782-7117.

October 25: Stop into Barrington Books for a book signing with Ann Hood, local Rhode Islander and best-selling author of An Italian Wife, a stirring and complex multigenerational story of love and family. Her other works of fiction include The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and a memoir, Comfort. She is also the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. 2pm. 184 County Road, Barrington. 245-7925.

October 25-26: Visit the studios and enjoy the works of some of the finest Rhode Island artists during the 2014 West Bay Open Studios. See and understand the creative process with a look inside the studios of various RI artists in this free and self-guided tour.

October 26: Dress up and turn out to the Providence Children’s Museum for the annual Boo Bash. Kids and families can play games, mix up potions in a mad sci- entist’s laboratory and create their own “witch crafts.” 100 South Street, Providence. 273-5437.


Sundays: Learn how the locals lived in 18th century Rhode Island at Coggeshall Farm Museum Historic Foodways and & Hearth Cooking Workshop. Participants prepare recipes from the 1790s at the hearth before setting the parlor table and feasting. Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol. 253-9062.

November 1-2: Calling all pop culture lovers: Rhode Island Comic Con at the Rhode Island Convention Center will host celebrities, artists, vendors and entertainment that makes this show New England’s best. 1 Sabin Street, Providence.

November 5: The RIC Performing Arts Series this year features an impossible-to-categorize show – “Tomás Kubínek – Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible.” This production is a medley of comedy, clowning, mime, magic, acrobatics, music and vaudeville. 7:30pm. $35. See the website for other Performing Arts Series events this fall. Roberts Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College. 456-8144.

November 8: Celebrate the holiday season with a unique craft workshop at the Tomaquag Museum. Narragansett artist and cultural educator Loren Spears will be hosting a Cork Husk Angel Workshop, where visitors of all ages can create their own cornhusk angel. 10am. $10 per person plus museum admission. 390A Summit Road, Exeter. 491-9063.

November 8: The 5th annual Holiday Craft Fair at the South Kingstown Elks Lodge is a great opportunity to get started on holiday shopping, thanks to the crafters and vendors who will share their unique works. 10am-4pm. 60 Belmont Avenue, Wakefield. 783-7819.

November 8: Prepare to laugh your head off when Saturday Night Live alum and Late Night host Seth Meyers comes to URI’s Ryan Center. You can expect nothing short of hilarious from this Emmy-winning writer and comedian – and isn’t he just the cutest? 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. 788-3200.

November 10: Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Erin Zircher – and
for this event, the local favorite is truly bringing the big guns to Rhode Island. Zircher is executive chef and partner at CRU, Nantucket hotspot and Fodor’s- recognized oyster bar, and she’ll collaborate with Gracie’s Chef Matthew Varga to create a special menu. 194 Washington Street, Providence. 272-7811, www. graciesprovidence.com/events

November 16: If you’ve never been to Ellie’s Bakery in Providence, know it is the epitome of French patisserie heaven. Join the expert bakers for an Autumnal Baking Class and learn to craft beautiful seasonal treats from those who really know how it’s done. We’re sure there’ll be some tasting involved, too. 194 Washington Street, Providence. 228-8118.

November 22: Hop on the Blackstone Valley Polar Express for an adventure to get you in the Christmas spirit. The 90-minute train ride on the Providence & Worcester Railroad includes cookies, hot chocolate and photo ops with Santa. Train depart from 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket.

November 29: For the most special holiday experience, head to Newport for Holiday Evenings at The Breakers. Take in live holiday music and light refreshments and stroll through the Vanderbilts’ iconic mansion, decorated beautifully for the season. 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport. 847-1000.

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