Weekends in October throughout Newport & Bristol Counties are quite possibly our favorite thing of all time. We wait all year for the crunch of fallen leaves and the scent of a crisp Autumn breeze before a historic colonial setting. Are we right? And with Halloween right around the corner, this weekend brings a host of festive events, live music and hands-on activities to get you outdoors and in the spirit.

Busking at Bowen's Wharf | Friday, October 23 The Busking @ Bowen's Fall Series presents raw acoustic music at Bowen's Wharf to welcome and entertain during the fall season. Various artists perform from 10:30am-1:30pm. Admission is free. For the full schedule, click here. bowenswharf.com

Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams | Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25 Experience the Tunnels of Terror, try your hand at Zombie Laser Tag or take in the Killer Film Fest. Those 12 and under can head to the Kids Fun House for snacks, crafts and trick-or-treating. halloween.fortadams.org


Laser Tag Battles Infiltrate Fort Adams | Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25 Fort Adams is holding laser tag battles in the inner ditch area of the fort. Participants can wage their own battles against their opponents. Each game will cost $8 per participant. Unique Halloween themed games will also be played in the evenings during Fortress of Nightmares between the hours of 6pm-10pm. fortadams.org

Trinity Church Annual Pumpkin Patch | Ongoing through October 31 Enjoy a vast array of pumpkins, live music and crafts from local vendors (available weekends only) 10am-6pm and weekdays from 12-6pm through October 31. trinitychurchnewport.org

Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch Newport RI

Spooky Aquarium and Exploration Center | Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25 Families looking for some fun this Halloween season don't need to look any further than Save The Bay's Spooky Aquarium at the Exploration Center and Aquarium. The decorated aquarium is suitable for visitors of all ages, who'll encounter ancient sea monsters as ominous octopus, ghoulish sharks, scary skates and many new animals just in from Save The Bay's fall collection trips. Kids can also enjoy a scavenger hunt, story time and daily critter feedings. savebay.org/aquarium

Live Jazz Saturday at Greenvale Vineyards | Saturday, October 24 Live jazz music continues at Greenvale Vineyards on Saturdays, 1pm-4pm through November. Admission is $3, tastings are $12. Leashed pets allowed! www.greenvale.com

A Taste of Bristol and Beyond | Sunday, October 25 Bristols premier food and wine event unfolds at Linden Place Museum with more than 40 restaurants, caterers, local vineyards and breweries. Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings in the fabulously decorated ballroom and tented gardens of this magnificent estate. lindenplace.org

Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run | Sunday, October 25 One of the most unique road races in the Northeast! Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport in this four mile run/walk. pellbridgerun.com


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Halloween Pumpkin Carving | Sunday, October 25 Carve your own spooky Halloween pumpkin while enjoying caramel popcorn and apple cider at The Vanderbilt Grace. Pumpkins supplied! 1pm-4pm $10per gremlin gracehotels.com