Cooler temperatures are breezing through our City by the Sea and with them comes a festive, family friendly (and perhaps a little bit spooky) events. From Blithewold Mansion's Great Pumpkin Hunt to a lecture in the enchanting Green Animals Topiary Garden to the beloved Pell Bridge Run, your list of must-do's is nothing short of spectacular. Plus, this weekend is the perfect chance to get cracking on your ultimate Newport & Bristol counties autumn bucket list.


Whichever you choose, you're sure to be accompanied by some gorgeous sights like this:



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Fortress of Nightmares


Where: Fort Adams State Park
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Admission: $15
Details: Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams, America's largest coastal fortification, returns for its ninth season of haunting with the Tunnels of Terror, a 3D Mayhem experience, Turned! A zombie laster tag experience, and a paranormal exhibit.  




Copy of Jane Pickens

Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Time: Check Website for times
Admission: $10 general admission
Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award (R) winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.


Great Pumpkin Hunt


Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Admission: $15 for members (includes pumpkin), $18 for non-members (includes pumpkin), $8 for participant not bringing home a pumpkin
DetailsBlithewold Mansion is offering a unique way to pick your pumpkin this year! Participate in the search for hidden pumpkins on the estate. Each person can take one home to carve. After the hunt, join us for music, food (food trucks will be on site), some hot cider, and a discussion about constellations in the night sky during a special star program around the bonfire.
Gilded Metropolis Study Day: Newporters at Home in New York
Where: The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Time: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Admission: Members: $50, non-members: $60, students: $25
Details: Join The Newport Preservation Society for an exploration of the opulent primary residences and social context of the Vanderbilts and other notable families in metropolitan New York, far from the summer colony at Newport, at the dawn of the 20th century. Offered in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation, Newport Historical Society, and Newport Art Museum. 


PARt: An evening-length dance/theater piece
Where: Jamestown Arts Center
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $20 general public, $15 JAC members, $12 students/seniors
On October 21-22, 2016, choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky and musician MorganEve Swain will
present PARt, a multifaceted performance piece of dance, music and art. In development over the past
year, PARt is reflecting on memories in and amongst movements, music and visual landscapes.
Swain creates raw, emotional material, pulled from experience in loss and growth. It flows alongside the
dancers, rather than punctuating them, so that the music and the dance are two working parts of a larger




Historic Grave Stone Reset in burying ground
Where: Common Burying Ground, Farewell Street, Newport, Rhode Island
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Join us at the Common Burying Ground in Newport on Saturday October 22nd at 11 am for the celebration and resetting of historic gravestones. The Mayes stone is a masterpiece dating to 1690 and was carved for a child of a Newport pirate. The stone was uncovered in a yard in Pennsylvania and hasn't been seen since 1979. The Cook stone was also missing for many years but was hiding in the Point section of Newport


Newport Gulls Baseball - 2016 Hall of Fame Class Induction Ceremony

Newport Gulls

WhereHyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
$60 per person, and $600 for a table of 10
Details:The Fourth Class of the Newport Gulls Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Newport. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom, with a silent auction and cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 PM., followed by dinner and an induction ceremony at 7:00 PM. Join Gulls alumni, coaches, staff, volunteers, host families, sponsors, fans, and other family members as we celebrate the accomplishments of five special Newport Gulls players and the team's longest-serving volunteer, Al Weisman.


Red Bull Foiling Generation Worlds
Where: Sail Newport, Fort Adams
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: FREE
The world’s best competitive sailing youth, ages 17 - 21, from across the globe are officially on their way to United States East Coast sailing hub, Newport, Rhode Island, for the first Red Bull Foiling Generation World Finals on October 22 and 23, 2016. Thirty of the most agile and talented sailors have been gathered over two years of qualifying competitions from fifteen countries including Italy, Turkey, France, Japan, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium and the US. Free Admission.


Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door
The Kennedys: Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs. 


The ABC’s of Dahlias

Green Animals

Where: Green Animals Topiary Garden
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Admission: FREE - (Registration is required & limited to 24 participants)
Details: Ever since Green Animals’ original gardener, Joe Carreiro, started planting in 1902, dahlias have been the star of the autumn garden. Caroleen Frey, a member of the Rhode Island Dahlia Society and garden volunteer at Green Animals, continues this tradition. She will explain the finer points of dahlia cultivation, especially how to dig and properly store tubers at the end of the season. Come warmly dressed and with lots of dahlia questions!



6th Annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run

Pell Bridge Run

Where: Claiborne Pell Bridge (Jamestown, RI - Newport, RI) 
Time: 7:15 AM
Admission: $55 per person
2016 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge run is a 4 mile run/walk that serves as a major fundraiser for dozens of local charities each year. This race is hosted by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and managed by Gray Matter Marketing.


James L. Maher Center Cocktail Party
Where: Hotel Viking
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $75 per person
Annual Cocktail Party fundraiser in support of the James L. Maher Center. Live Music & Dancing, Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres, Sweets, Live & Silent Auctions. Contact Joanne Rodino at 401-846-0340 x104 or jrodino@maher center for more information, to purchase tickets, to be a sponsor or to donate auction items.