The buzz of summer has gently faded into crisp, cozy nights and cool amber days filled with festive happenings here on The Classic Coast. 

From classic fall festivals like the free Bowen's Wharf Seafood Food Festival to pick-your-own orchards brimming with fresh, local harvest and local vineyards serving up locally crafted, seasonal vino, Newport and its surrounding communities are the perfect place to check off all your autumn bucket list must-do's.

Fall on The Coast is on. Are you in?

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SEASONAL ADVENTURES

Whether you prefer to toast to the season indoors, or get outside to feel the Autumn-infused ocean breeze, The Coast has just the thing.

Harbor Cruises

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When: Through mid-October
Where: Newport Harbor
Admission: Prices vary

There's something intoxicating about a fall harbor cruise—when the water remains warm but the air is newly crisp. Help raise the sails on a legendary America's Cup yachtspot seals lounging off the coast on an education vessel, or sip a mimosa on an 80-foot, turn-of-the-century-style pilot schooner

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Ghost Tours

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When: Thursday - Monday in October, 8:00 PM, Saturdays in November, 5:00 PM
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott
Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors + military, $12 children 

Peer past Newport's Gilded facade into the city's dark past on a 90-minute lantern-led evening stroll. You'll explore shadowy lanes with centuries of history and some of the area's most haunted sites including Jailhouse Inn—Newport's former jailhouse, the oldest tavern in America, Washington Square and more. Tours cover less than one mile and travel at a leisurely pace. Wheelchair accessible.

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When: Weekends through October
Where: Pachet Brook Tree Farm + Escobar's Highland Farm

Head to Pachet Brook Tree Farm, a 90-acre family-run farm in Tiverton, for a 30-minute hayride through the fields and woods decorated for the season, ending at the pumpkin patch. Hayrides are also offered at Escobar's Highland Farm in Middletown.

   

Rail Bike Tours

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When: Through Early November
Where: Rail Explorers USA

Climb aboard pedal-powered rail bikes that travel along abandoned railroad tracks alongside the bay when you join Rail Explorers on a fall ride.

   

Escobar's Highland Farm Corn Maze

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When: September 2 - November 7, Fridays - Sundays
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Admission: $10 ages 12 and up, $8 children 5-11, free for children under 4 (cash only)

Get lost in the 8-acre corn maze at Escobar's Highland Farm. Not to worry, they'll rescue you if you get lost. 

Escobars Corn Maze

 

Pick-Your-Own Experiences

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These fall months harvest the perfect opportunity for some of our favorite cozy-weather activities: pumpkin & apple picking, hayrides & corn mazes, and more. 

When you find your hands itching for some pick-your-own experiences, here's where you can head to.

Pumpkins

SWEET BERRY FARM

When: Late September - October
Where: Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 

OLD STONE ORCHARD

When: September through mid-November
Where: 33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 

YOUNG FAMILY FARM

When: September - early November
Where: 260 W Main Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
 

PACHET BROOK TREE FARM

When: September & October
Where: 4484 Main Road, Tiverton
Hours: Weekends: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 

TRINITY CHURCH'S ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

When: October 11th (tentative start date) - October 31st
Where: Queen Anne Square, Newport
Admission: Free
 

QUONSET VIEW FARM

When: Opening: September 24th
Where: 895 Middle Road, Portsmouth RI
Hours: Saturday & Sundays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM

When: September - Early November
Where:133 Middle Road, Portsmouth 
Hours: Friday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - dusk. Last entry is one hour before dusk.

 

Apples

SWEET BERRY FARM

When: Late August - early October
Where: Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 

OLD STONE ORCHARD

When: September through mid-November
Where: 33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 

ROCKY BROOK ORCHARD

When: September - early November
Where: Rocky Brook Orchard, 997 Wapping Road, Middletown
Hours: Weekends, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 

YOUNG FAMILY FARM

When: September - early November
Where: 260 W Main Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm

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When: Dates vary
WhereSimmons Farm
Admission: $10 - $40

When nature calls (literally), head over to Simmons Farm in Middletown for a two-hour goat hike around the historic family-owned farm. Led by farmer Karla and her crew of adventurous, spirited goats, you'll get your own goat to walk on a leash along the designated trail. Stop along the way to feed your goat a treat and to take in stunning views of the preserved farmland, and conclude your journey with a cup of hot chocolate.

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fall foodie finds

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Apple Cider Bar at the Chanler

Apple Cider Bar at the Chanler

A cup of apple cider, a stroll along Newport's Cliff Walk in the crisp fall air, leaf peeping and ocean views for days—the perfect fall activity has been unlocked.

Hard-pressed Cider Company

Fall-Flavored Treats In + Around Newport

From fresh pressed apple cider to house made pumpkin spice syrup perfect for your morning brew, check out these fall-flavored treats that just might have you happy Summer's over.

A Mano Pizza Food Truck

Food Trucks in Newport

Believe it or not, some of the best restaurants can be found roaming the streets on four wheels.

PUMPKIN PARTIES

 

GIANT PUMPKIN GROWERS WEIGH-OFF

Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses is hosting their annual Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-off on October 8th filled with family fun and more. 

When: October 8th
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

When: October 11th (tentative start date) - October 31st
Where: Trinity Church at Queen Anne Square

Trinity Church's Annual Pumpkin Patch offers a wide selection of pumpkins, mums, decorative cabbages, gourds and more. Once you've picked all your favorites, enjoy home-made goods, freshly popped popcorn and hot cider. Enjoy hot lunch, live music and vendors on the weekends.

Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch

 

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

From the highly anticipated Rogue Island Comedy Festival to harvest fairs and the free Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, these festivals and events offer the perfect dose of fall on the coast.

Audrain Concours + Motor Week

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When: Thursday September 29th - October 2nd
Where: Throughout Newport

The third annual Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week welcomes the world’s most exclusive auto brands and car collections back to Aquidneck Island for four days of special events, seminars, gatherings and more on September 29th - October 2nd, 2022. 

Spend your days enjoying fine dining pop-ups, exhibitions of rare and exciting automobiles, seminars, and car displays along the Newport coast. Then, once the sun goes down, experience exclusive cocktail hours, dinners, our annual gala and various VIP parties hosted in the Gatsby-esque mansions that populate America’s original luxury capital. 

The Gathering at Rough Point

 

Fall at the Farm

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When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum

Fall at the Farm: the most wonderful time of the year.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Coggeshall Farm Museum with in-house historians and animals. Play historic games, race through a hay maze, leaf peep on the new nature trail, and make classic 18th-century cornhusk dolls. Also, enjoy special in-depth timed talks, or spend your time visiting the animals and enjoying the autumn air on the salt-marsh farm. For the kids, search for clues in the a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt; Clues & Candy, a trick-or-treat experience. 

Schedule of Events
All Hallows Eve 11:00 AM

The history of the classic fall celebration and the surprising origins of the jack-o-lantern!

Which Witch? 12:00 PM

Women have been both accused of and celebrated of being witches for millennia. Learn the origins of some of the classic symbols of witchcraft and explore the history of New England witches.

Oh, My Gourd! Pumpkins and Other Fall Foods 1:00 PM

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest by learning about the uses and history of all our favorite fall foods.

Potent Potions 2:00 PM

Many 18th-century medicine cabinets were filled with a blend of traditional herbal remedies, superstitious potions, and newfangled scientific medicines. Join museum interpreters for a talk on all the useful and not-so-useful cures that 18th-century farmers relied on.

Halloween at Coggeshall

 

Festival in The Park

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When: Saturday, October 1st
Where: Touro Park, Corner of Mill Street and Bellevue Avenue

Make your way to Touro Park on October 1st in Newport for the coveted Festival in the Park. Enjoy live music from Calabria Bella, browse local artisans, and taste authentic Italian food and sweet treats. No tickets needed, this event has free admission and will be happening rain or shine. The Festival in the Park is a part of the larger event, Newport Festa Italiana.

Celebrating its 28th Anniversary, Newport Festa Italiana has grown from its original weekend slate of events to a three-week-long calendar (September 23rd to October 7th) of opportunities for everyone to connect to their Italian roots. Events include John Panaggio Original Ziti Night, the 8th annual meatball challenge, the Italian heritage parade, and of course, the highlight of the event: Festival in the Park. 

 

Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair

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When: Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown

The annual Norman Bird Sanctuary's old-fashioned Harvest Fair will once again usher in Autumn October 1st - 2nd, 2022.

The fair offers something for everyone, including sack races, hay rides, mud pit, tug-of-war and fair games with prizes.

 

Rogue Island Comedy Festival

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When: Thursday, October 6th - Sunday, October 9th
WhereRagged Island Brewing Co.Jane Pickens Theater, and Diego's Barrio Cantina

Laugh your way through Columbus Day weekend at Rogue Island Comedy Festival, the area's bi-annual comedy festival featuring four days of comedy shows on Thursday, October 6th - Sunday, October 9th.

Shows will take place at three locations this season: Ragged Island Brewing Co.Jane Pickens Theater, and Diego's Barrio Cantina.

 

Broadway Street Fair

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When: Saturday, October 8th
Where: Broadway, from Equality Park to Farewell Street

After a three year hiatus—the Broadway Street Fair is back, October 8th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

This year's event will span across Broadway from Equality Park through Farewell Street, filled with local artists, live music, food, and more. 

Broadway Street Fair

Young Family Farm Fall Fest

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When: Saturday & Sunday, October 8th & 9th
Where: Young Family Farm

The popular Young Family Farm Fall Fest is back and scheduled for Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Featuring a live band both days, food trucks with delicious food, pumpkin painting, Fall flower arrangements, hayrides, face painting and—new this year—Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin's!

Of course, you can pick-your-own apples and enjoy all of the fresh goodies, vegetables, and fruit that are sold at the Farm Stand. 

 

2022 Amica Newport Marathon + Half Marathon

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When: Saturday, October 9th
Where: Begins at Easton's Beach

The Amica Newport Marathon was recently voted as having the "Best Half Marathon" and "Best Race Swag" in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine. The course is simply astounding: winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views, and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.

Amica Newport Marathon

 

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival

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When: Saturday, October 15th - Sunday, October 16th
WhereBowen's Wharf

Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos, lobster rolls, stuffies, chowder, fried calamari, clams, oysters, signature cocktails and cold beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. As you savor some delectable dishes, relax and enjoy the beats from area musicians. Live folk, surf rock, Caribbean and blues music are just a taste of what you’ll hear.

Seafood Festival Bowens Wharf

 

Newport Food Truck + Craft Beer Festival

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When: Saturday, October 15th
WhereFort Adams State Park

Food Truck Festivals of America is coming to Newport for a one-day-only Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, featuring some of the area's most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorite eats. Here is a sneak peek: 

FEATURED TRUCKS:
  • Sweet B's Donuts
  • Sam's New York System
  • Binge BBQ
  • Hometown Poke
  • Friskie Fries
FEATURED BREWS:
  • Anchor & Hope
  • Proclamation Ale Co.
  • Cape Cod'r

 

Spooky Night at the Farm

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When: Friday, October 21st
Where: Hawk & Handsaw Farm, 20 Moitoza Ln, Portsmouth, RI 

Join NewportOut for a night of spooky surprises, halloween activities, creative costumes and so much more at Hawk & Handsaw Farm in Portsmouth.

Celebrate Halloween early with a night of thrills, scary haunts, music from DJ Zoila Rosa, lots of dancing, and bring-your-own booze. Cozy up by the bonfire and enjoy small bites provided by Hawk & Handsaw Farm, or venture into the dark woods trail if you dare—more to be revealed when you arrive.  

Pro-tip: bring something that lights up—you will know why later. 

 

Night at the Mansion Halloween Haunt

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When: Thursday, October 27th, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Museum

“Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore,” -Susan Battle, Executive Director.

Make your way to Bristol for Linden Place’s second-annual “Night at the Mansion Halloween Haunt”, returning on Thursday, October 27th for an evening of spooky fun. Enjoy ghostly candlelit tours of the storied manse and grounds, live music and dancing in the ballroom—costume's recommended, a cash bar serving fabulous adult beverages and so much more. 

 

 

Cabinet of Curiosities: A Night at the Mansion

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When: Friday, October 28th
Where: The Vanderbilt
Admission: $275 per person

Step inside Newport’s most iconic mansion for an evening of mystery and intrigue this Halloween. Celebrate Fall’s most convivial holiday at The Vanderbilt with The Cabinet of Curiosities and experience the seductive, unconventional and fabulous world of Alfred Vanderbilt. Partake in a dinner theater experience featuring captivating performances from No Ring Circus, a New York-based theatrical production company specializing in the fusion of circus sideshow, performance art and theater, accompanied by an indulgent multi-course menu and unlimited champagne.

Linger and revel in the eccentricities in our downtown mansion this Halloween with specialty cocktails, tarot and palm readings and Absinthe Fairies. Delight in The Vanderbilt’s dinner menu filled with sumptuous, Autumn-inspired dishes.

The Vanderbilt

 

Harvest Festival at Newport Vineyards

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When: Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Starting at $33

Sip, savor and toast to the season's’ crush at Newport Vineyard's fifth annual Harvest Festival. A day full of grape stomping, pie eating, and wine tasting goodness. Enjoy live music while sipping cocktails and noshing on food from the vineyard's culinary team and local vendors. Below are some of the fun activities that are being offered:

Saturday October 29, 2022
Session 1: 11:30am – 2:00pm​

  • Grape stomping: 12:30pm
  • Pie eating contest: 1:30pm
  • Live Music: Jake Ash Band

Session 2: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Sunday October 30, 2022
Session 1: 11:30am – 2:00pm

Session 2: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

*Grape stomping and pie eating contestants will be selected at random the day of the event. Please be present and dressed accordingly.

Grape Stomping Newport Vineyards

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Spooky Roam Around Rough Point

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When: Saturday, October 29th
Where: Rough Point Museum

Roam around the house and grounds of Rough Point Museum during this special after-hours event—Saturday, October 29th, take part in a Halloween costume contest and complete a spooky tour of Rough Point’s house and grounds!

 

NewportOut Halloween Costume Cruise

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When: Saturday, October 29th
Where: Gansett Cruises
Admission: $49

Make your way to downtown Newport, board the NPTOut Halloween Costume Cruise and enjoy, sunset views, music, and a fun Halloween costume experience aboard the Gansett Cruise power yacht.  This is a LGBTQ+ community building and visibility event; all are welcome. Limited tickets are available, RSVP and purchased tickets today.

Note: all tickets include one beer, wine, cocktail, or soft drink, with a cash bar available on board for additional beverages. 

 

Cars + Coffee: Trunk or Treat

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When: Sunday, October 30th
Where: Fort Adams State Park

Make your way to Fort Adams State Park for this special Halloween edition of cars + coffee.

Audrain Motor Week

 

Newport Restaurant Week

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When: Friday, November 4th - 13th
Where: Throughout Newport and Bristol Counties

Join us for another season of Newport Restaurant Week where area restaurants will offer an assortment of crave-worthy discounts and deals for you to choose from. Think: BOGO deals, prix-fixe offerings, gift cards promotions and more. 

bywater NRW

 

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