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?

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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Where:
Newport Harbor
When:
Through mid-October
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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Where:
Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott
When:
Check ticket calendar for the full schedule
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. Private tours available up to 20 people.

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

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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Where:
Rail Explorers USA
When:
Through Early November
Admission:
Varies

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

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Escobar's Highland Farm Corn Maze

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Where:
Escobar's Highland Farm
When:
Labor Day through early November
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. Dates are subject to change due to demand/harvests. 

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: Mid October - October 31st
Where: Queen Anne Square, Newport
 

QUONSET VIEW FARM

When: Late September
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: Labor Day - 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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Where:
Simmons Farm
When:
Dates vary
Admission:
$10 - $50

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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PUMPKIN PARTIES

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA 

A yearly-favorite, Pumpkin Palooza ay Frerichs Farm happens every weekend from September to late October. Ride the Magic Pumpkin Coach, make your own scarecrow, stroll the mum fields, and so much more. 

Please note: Frerichs Farm will not be hosting their annual Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-off this season.  

When: Weekends in September - Late October
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

When: October 11th (Tentative) - 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 Newport Concours + Motor Week

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Where:
Throughout Newport
When:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st
Cost:
Prices Vary

The fourth 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 28th - October 1st, 2023. 

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

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Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair

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Where:
Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
When:
September 30 - October 1

The annual Norman Bird Sanctuary's old-fashioned Harvest Fair will once again usher in Autumn September 30th - October 1st, 2023. The fair offers something for everyone, including sack races, hay rides, mud pit, tug-of-war and fair games with prizes.

Norman Bird Harvest Fair

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Festival in the Park, Newport Festa Italiana

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Where:
Touro Park, Mill Street & Bellevue Avenue
When:
September 30
Cost:
Free Admission

Make your way to Touro Park on September 30th 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 29th Anniversary, Newport Festa Italiana has grown from its original weekend slate of events to a three-week-long calendar (September 22nd to October 9th) of opportunities for everyone to connect to their Italian roots. Events include John Panaggio Original Ziti Night, Cinefesta, and of course, the highlight of the event: Festival in the Park. 

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Rejects Oktoberfest

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Where:
Rejects Beer Co.
When:
September 30 & October 1
Cost:
Free Admission

Oktoberfest—Rejects Beer Co. edition. We are talkin' two days of Festbier, German brats, live music, kid friendly games, food trucks and so much more. Need we continue?

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Rogue Island Comedy Festival

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Where:
Ragged Island Brewing Co., Jane Pickens Theater, and Diego's Barrio Cantina
When:
October 5th - 8th
Cost:
$30 + $2 processing fee (online only)

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 5th - Sunday, October 8th.

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

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2023 Amica Newport Marathon + Half Marathon

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Where:
Begins at Easton's Beach
When:
Sunday, October 8th 2023

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

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Broadway Street Fair

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Where:
Broadway, Newport (from Equality Park to Farewell Street)
When:
October 14th

In its sixth season the Broadway Street Fair is back, October 14th from 12:00 PM - 4:00 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

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Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival

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Where:
Bowen's Wharf
When:
October 14 - 15, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cost:
Free

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.

Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival

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Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run

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Where:
Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge
When:
Sunday, October 15th

Once a year, pedestrians and runners are allowed to cross the Pell Bridge on foot during the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. This year's race will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Open to both runners and walkers, the run is nearly a four-mile excursion from Jamestown to Newport produced by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. One hundred percent of proceeds go to support local not-for-profit organizations while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. 

Pell Bridge Run
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Heart + Sole Walk For Animals

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Where:
Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive
When:
October 22nd

Meet us at Fort Adams on Sunday, October 22nd, for the 34th annual Heart & Soul Walk, Potter League's biggest fundraiser for animals.

Enjoy a fun-filled dog walk, music, food trucks, special activities for dogs and kids, all while celebrating and raising money for our favorite friends, the animals. 

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The Candlelight Walk with Ghosts Tour

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Where:
Belcourt of Newport
When:
October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29

Ready to get your spook on? Experience a truly unique candle lit (don't worry, the candles are fake) tour with paranormal stories and tales of Belcourt's spirited past. Are you in?

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Cabinet of Curiosities: A Night at The Mansion

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Where:
The Vanderbilt
When:
Saturday, October 28
Cost:
Pricing Varies

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.

  • Cocktail Hour: $175 per guest | 5:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Dinner Theater Experience: $275 per person, including dinner and open bar | Seating One: 6:00 - 7:30 PM | Seating Two: 8:30 - 10:00 PM
  • $1000 per couple, including a one-night stay and breakfast

The Vanderbilt

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Harvest Festival at Newport Vineyards

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Where:
Newport Vineyards
When:
October 28th & 29th
Cost:
$35 per person, $30 for Club Members*

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. Sip, savor and toast to the season's’ crush at Newport Vineyard's 6th annual Harvest Festival.

Grape Stomping Newport Vineyards

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Midnight in the Garden ACT II

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Where:
Stoneacre Garden
When:
October 28th at 9:00 PM
Cost:
First 50 tickets are $10, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Spooky season is upon us, and Stoneacre Garden is ready. Think: A killer halloween party with costume contests, themed boos and cocktails, and music to dance your head off to. Classic. 

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Cars + Coffee: Trunk or Treat

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Where:
Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive
When:
Sunday, October 29, 10:00 AM

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

Audrain Motor Week

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Newport Restaurant Week

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Where:
Newport and Bristol Counties
When:
Friday, November 3rd - Sunday, November 12th

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. 

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