Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to have a lot of money to have a good time on our Classic Coast (we know you were thinking it!) Just because America's wealthiest used to play here back in the day, doesn't mean we don't have a lengthy list of exciting things to do on the cheap. Come Fall, our coastal enclave is brimming with corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin parties and so much more to make your season epic - all on a budget.
Got $10? Here's everything you can do:
Get lost in the 8-acre corn maze at Escobar's Highland Farm. Not to worry, they'll rescue you if you get lost.
When: Through Sunday, November 4
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Admission: $8 ages 12 and up, $6 children 5-11, free for children under 4
Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses is hosting Pumpkin Palooza every weekend through October 21 filled with family fun. Play in the hay, take a magic pumpkin coach ride, make your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and more.
When: Saturday and Sunday through October 21, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses
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 cider. Enjoy hot lunch, live music and vendors on the weekends.
Opening Date: Saturday, October 13
Where: Queen Anne Square
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. was originally founded in 1909 by four college friends. It was the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island, and has since created more than 100 distinctive beers while keeping things local and authentic. Savor your way through a tasting of 4 beer samples for $9 or three spirits for $10.
Where: Newport Craft Brewing Co.
Admission: $9 - $10
Enjoy a picturesque ride though the dairy farm and if you're lucky, get a chance to feed apples to the cows.
When: Weekends through November 4
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Environmental Education Center is open to the public the first Saturday of every month at no charge for admission. Enjoy crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register.
When: Every first Saturday of the month
Where: The Audubon Environmental Education Center
Established in 2001 and now in its 18th year, Newport Gallery Night stands as first-hand evidence that Newport's art scene is alive and well. On the second Thursday of every month, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries. Participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions will be open from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
When: Second Thursday of each month
Where: Throughout Newport
Honoring the harvest of the sea, this Festival offers fresh local seafood, continuous live music and family fun. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf and proceeds from festival bars benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, RI's 200-foot official sailing education vessel which will be at Bowen's Wharf Marina and available for ship visits.
When: Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Coggeshall Farm Museum is pleased to announce a new take on a time-honored tradition! The newly-branded Harvest-to-Table Fair celebrates what makes Coggeshall's 45th annual Harvest Fair special while bringing awareness to local food producers.
When: Sunday, October 14
Where: Coggeshall Farm
Enjoy a dramatic full moon walk on the Greenway Trail. Bring a flashlight and meet in the lower parking lot of Newport Vineyards to walk a 2.7-mile loop on the Sakonnet Greenway Trail under a full moon.
When: Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 PM
Where: Walk departs from Newport Vineyards
BIKE NEWPORT'S HALLOWEEN BIKE RIDE
Meet in front of City Hall across from Bike Newport for a 3-mile circle around town. End at Fastnet Pub for boos, blues, and beer. More details to follow.
When: Date TBA
Enjoy hay rides, a farmers market, animal fun, games, food, house and garden tours, Native American presentations, face painting, music, and more.
When: Saturday, October 27
Where: Mount Hope Farm
Search for hidden pumpkins throughout the wildlife refuge, try your hand at pumpkin games, then collect stickers for your own “patch.” Visit the silly photo booth for a fall family picture and purchase a pumpkin to decorate.
When: October 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: Free with center admission: Members, free; Non-Member Adults $6; Non-Member Senior $5; Non-Member Child (4-12) $4; Children 3 and under free.
The Newport Mystical Society presents a festive fall evening at Newport Elks Lodge. This is a mystical event with some of the area's finest tarot card readers, mediums and energy workers. There will be vendors offering jewelry, crystals and handcrafted items.
When: Saturday, October 27, 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Newport Elks Lodge
Admission: $5 per person, children 12 & under free
Join the Newport Marriott for a fun afternoon screening of the classic Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus.” There will be a complimentary candy station for the kids and a cash bar for adults. Entry is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Hasbro Children's Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Product donations will also be collected for The Confetti Foundation to make birthday boxes for children who have to celebrate their birthdays in the hospital. The movie will begin at 4pm.
When: Sunday, October 28, 3:30 - 6:00 PM
Where: Newport Marriott
Gather around the bonfire at beautiful Blithewold Mansion to hear how your favorite constellations got their names. Enjoy some hot cider and a star program with naturalist Fred Orwiler.
When: October 28, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Member $7, Non-Member $10
Harvest Festival is held to celebrate the completion of the annual grape harvest. Admission is $5 per person. In addition, guests are welcome to tastings at $15, buy wine by the glass $10 or simply enjoy the day's activities including face painting and tractor rides.
When: November 10
Where: Greenvale Vineyards
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