Before we know it, the buzz of summer will gently fade 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.

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.

Fall on The Coast is on. Are you in?

COVID-19 NOTE:

When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 

 

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

 

HARBOR CRUISES

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 yacht, climb aboard an authentic lobster boat, spot 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

When: Thursday - Monday in September & 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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HAYRIDES

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 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.

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM CORN MAZE

When: September 3 - 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. 

RAIL BIKE TOURS AT RAIL EXPLORERS

When: Through October
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.

 

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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

 

ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL

When: Thursday, October 7 - Monday, October 11
WhereGreenvale Vineyards

Laugh your way through the weekend at Rogue Island Comedy Festival, the area's bi-annual comedy festival featuring three days of socially distanced comedy shows.

 

BOWEN'S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 17
Where: Bowen's Wharf

Honoring the harvest of the sea, this Festival offers fresh local seafood, continuous live music and family fun.

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NEWPORT FOOD TRUCK + CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 17
Where: Fort Adams State Park

Food Truck Festivals of America is heading back to Fort Adams for a second year featuring some of the area's most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites such as fall-off-the-bone BBQ, wood-fired pizzas, zesty Mexican food, traditional breakfast food, and more!

 

2021 AMICA NEWPORT MARATHON + HALF MARATHON

When: Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 17
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

 

AUTUMN LEAVES MUSIC SERIES

When: TBA
Where: Bowen's Wharf

Enjoy live performances on the waterfront throughout October. Local shops and restaurants at Bowen’s Wharf welcome you to join the tradition of local live music, waterfront dining, shopping, and crisp autumn air in Newport this Fall.

Note: All events are weather permitting and the schedule is subject to change.

 

LOBSTER BOIL + SUNSET SAIL

When: Wednesday, October 6 + 13
Where: Schooner Aurora

With her two masts tall under a clear sky, Aurora will take you back to a time reminiscent of the "Tall Ships Era." The seaworthy Aurora is Coast Guard certified to accommodate up to 68 passengers and is professionally maintained by her friendly and experienced crew. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb. lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner, BYOB on sail.​

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PUMPKIN PARTIES

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA

Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses is hosting Pumpkin Palooza every weekend through October 31 filled with family fun. Stroll through the holiday house, enjoy make your own scarecrows, paint a pumpkin and more. On October 9, enjoy the return of the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off where local growers compete for the largest pumpkin.  

When: Saturdays + Sundays through October 31
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

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.

When: Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 31
Where: Trinity Church at Queen Anne Square

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