Fall Guide

Family Fun Calendar

Events for ladies, gentlemen and kids of all ages


September 18-20
Come celebrate one of Rhody’s greatest gems at Gansett Days; a celebration of Narragansett’s natural, cultural and historical treasures. Enjoy kayaking, live music, trolley tours and more. Narragansett. 401-788-2568, www.narragansettri.gov 

September 19
Harry Potter fanatics, rejoice! Harry Potter Day at Escobar Farm brings the best wizardy wonders from across the pond. Learn mad science secrets in Professor Snape’s Potions class, chat with the Rhody Ridgeback Quiddity Team and find your match at Ollivander’s Wand Shop. $1 off admission for those bold enough to dress up as Harry Potter. $6-8. 12-4pm. 255 Middle Road, Portsmouth. 401-683-1444, www.escobarshighlandfarm.com

September 19-20
Celebrate the simple life at Coggeshall Farm’s Harvest Fair. The fair engages visitors of all ages with pony rides, competitions, lively music and more against the back drop of an 18th-century living history farm. There will be special performances by Grammy award-winning singer Bill Harley and nationally renowned storyteller Norah Dooley. 1 Colt Drive, Bristol. 401-253-9062, www.coggeshallfarm.com

September 20
Kick off the fall season with the Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival. Run by the Artists Exchange collaborative in Cranston, this festival brings the whole party with live music, arts and crafts demonstrations, theatre performances and a beer garden. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. 401-490-9475. www.artists-exchange.org

September 26
Families are invited to make hand-painted canvas bags at the Artists’ Exchange Monthly Craft Bash. Little fingers will keep busy as bodies and minds play, learn and create sponsored by Kiki’s Garden, this event helps raise funds for scholarships and enrichment pgrograms for youth. Craft bashes will be held on the last Saturday of every month. 11am-2pm. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. 401-490-9475, www.artists-exchange.org

September 27
Turn to the sky as Frosty Drew Observatory opens its doors to the public for a viewing of the Total Lunar Eclipse. Grab your binoculars and spread out a blanket at Ninigret Park to watch the rare event unfold. 1 Park Lane, Charlestown. 401-364-9508, www.frostydrew.org

September 27
Head to Movie Nights at the Ocean House for a showing of The Grand Budapest Hotel accompanied by a buffet full of foods inspired by the film. Of course, there will also be popcorn and candy aplenty. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Westerly. 401-584-7000, www.oceanhouseevents.com

October 3
Local shops, restaurants and bars are joining up for the SoMa Autumn Fest and Stroll. Come say hello to local businesses owners and enjoy the tastings, festivities and food trucks lining the neighborhood. 11am.3pm. South Main Street, Providence.

October 3, November 7 & December 5
The Audubon Environmental Education Center opens to the public for
Citizens Bank’s Free Family Fun Day the first Saturday of each month. Unplug with the family and enjoy outdoor hikes, animal discoveries, nature stories and crafts at this day-long event. 9am-5pm. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. www.asri.org

October 3-4
Family memories await at the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 41st Annual Harvest Fair. Jumpstart holiday shopping with handcrafted gifts from local artisans while endless games and crafts engage your little ones. Savor and swig Rhody’s best food and beer in the presence of live music and fantastic company. $3 children, $6 adults. 10am-5pm. 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 401-846-2577, www.normanbirdsanctuary.org

October 8
Experience the excitement, splendor and majesty of the North American world-renowned equestrian tour, The Gala of the Royal Horses, at the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center. Live performances with some of the world’s most beautiful horses and fun flamenco dancers make this a must-see for horse lovers and families. $28+. 7pm. One Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. 1-855-487-4848, www.galaoftheroyalhorses.com or www.theryancenter.com

October 10
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 Pythonesque play, music, bonfire and more. 89 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. 401-322-1026, www.guyfawkesusa.com

October 18
Take an opportunity to watch a live theatre show at the Avon Cinema in Providence. National Theatre Live will be broadcasting their rendition of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. See one of Hollywood’s biggest stars take on the lead role of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. 260 Thayer Street, Providence. 401-421-2866, www.avoncinema.com

October 21, 22, 25, 28 & 29
The Providence Children’s Museum’s Discovery Studio transforms into a Halloween haven for Spooky Studio; a hands-on art and science exploration space devoted to interactive play. Craft spooky creatures, dress up and join in other frightful fun during this day-long and self-guided exhibit. $9. 10am-3pm. 100 South Street, Providence. 401-273-5437, www.childrenmuseum.org

October 24
Bring your family pet to Roger Williams Park Temple of Music for the 27th Annual Petwalk hosted by the Providence Animal Rescue League. Hundreds of pets will be gathered around for a fun day or activities, competitions and fabulous prizes. Proceeds will benefit the league’s numerous animal welfare programs. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 401-309-1123, www.parl.org

November 1
Join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as to the lost, and shine a light on the importance of find cures. The Light the Night Walk 2015 will be an inspirational and memorable evening walk as participants carry illuminated lanterns for their loved ones. 82 Smith Street, Providence. www.lightthenight.org

November 12
Plan for a great family event at the Ryan Center as Alvin and the Chipmunks rock out live performances. Based on the characters from the hit movies, the show will bring the music and excitement to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Christine Aguilera, Elvis Presley and more. 1 Lincoln Almond  Plaza, Kingston. 401-788-3200, www.theryancenter.com

November 20-December
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by taking a trip on the Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride. Characters from the famous book will be there to take pictures, along with treats like hot chocolate and cookies. Ticket prices and train times are available online. 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket. 401-495-1213, www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com

November 21
Looking for that special, hand-made gift for the holidays? Cherish the Moments will be hosting their 4th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair in Cranston. Peruse the locally crafted items and trinkets for the perfect stocking stuffer. 9am-3pm. 1418 Plainfield Pike, Cranston. 401-289-0819, www.cherishthemoments.net

November 28
Usher in the holiday season with Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Parade at Roger Williams Park Zoo. See Santa arrive in grand style before you experience a festive holiday parade through the Zoo. Visitors who would like to spread holiday cheer bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi’s Furniture “Toys for Tots” collection box, which will benefit a child in need. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 401-785-3510, www.rwpzoo.org

Gansett Days, Harry Potter Day at Escobar Farm, Coggeshall Farm’s Harvest Fair, Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival, rtists’ Exchange Monthly Craft Bash, Frosty Drew Observatory, Movie Nights at the Ocean House, SoMa Autumn Fest and Stroll, Citizens Bank’s Free Family Fun Day, 41st Annual Harvest Fair, The Gala of the Royal Horses, 17th Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Providence Children’s Museum’s Discovery Studio, 27th Annual Petwalk, The Light the Night Walk 2015, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride, 4th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair, Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Parade at Roger Williams Park Zoo, hey rhody


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