Contrary to popular belief, you don't need deep pockets to enjoy your time in Newport (it's okay, 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 know how to have a good time on a budget. 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:

 

 

ONGOING

 

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM CORN MAZE

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 3
WhereEscobar's Highland Farm
Admission: $8 ages 12 and up, $6 children 5-11, free for children under 4

 

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA

Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses is hosting Pumpkin Palooza every weekend through October 27 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 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses
Admission: Free

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH'S 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 cider. Enjoy hot lunch, live music and vendors on the weekends.

Opening Date: TBA
Where: Queen Anne Square
Admission: Free

 

 

BEER AND SPIRIT TASTINGS

NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING:

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.

When: Daily
Where: Newport Craft Brewing Co.
Cost: $9 - $10

 

RAGGED ISLAND BREWING:

Established in 2017 by old friends, Ragged Island exists to share a passion for indulgent libations. Head Brewer Tony Barber brings skills he developed over years working in the industry to keep the tap lines flowing with a diverse and constantly evolving lineup of beer.

When: Daily
Where: Ragged Island Brewing
Cost: $10

 

 

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HAYRIDE AT ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM

Enjoy a picturesque ride though the dairy farm and if you're lucky, get a chance to feed apples to the cows.

When: Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM + Sundays, 12:00 - 5:00 PM, through November 3
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Admission: $4

 

 

AUDUBON SOCIETY'S CITIZEN BANK FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

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
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: Free

 

 

NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT

Established in 2001 and now in its 19th 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
Admission: Free

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

BOWEN'S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

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 19 - Sunday, October 20
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Admission: Free

 

 

NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY HARVEST FAIR

An autumn ritual for generations of families, this beloved old-fashioned fair offers something for everyone. The “Mabel Express” Barrel Train, Monkey Bridge, mud pit, Midway games and children’s crafts tent invites kids of all ages to join in the fun. Talented crafters and artisans sell their beautifully created items, enticing fair-goers to get a jump on holiday shopping.

Local food and beer vendors offer an array of appetizing selections, while an impressive line-up of musicians round out the festive atmosphere. 

When: Saturday, October 5 - Sunday, October 6
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Adults: $6, Children: $3 (age 3-12); under 3 are free

 

 

BROADWAY STREET FAIR

The Broadway Street Fair begins at Equality Park and extends all along the street offering live music, food, family activities and exhibiting artists. Outdoor stages will feature local musicians, comedy, and dance. More than a dozen restaurants will show off their culinary talents, and local artisans will showcase their creativity, too. 

When: Saturday, October 12
WhereBroadway Newport
Admission: Free

 

 

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GREENVALE VINEYARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL

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 9; 1:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereGreenvale Vineyards
Admission: $5

 

 

HARVEST-TO-TABLE FAIR

Celebrate everything that makes Harvest Fair special with local food, hay rides, pony rides, crafts, 18th century games, music and more.

When: Sunday, October 13
WhereCoggeshall Farm
Admission: Free

 

 

THE PERFECT PUMPKIN PARTY

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: Saturday, October 26, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereAudubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: Free with center admission: Adults $6; Children (4-12) $4; Children 3 and under free

 

 

NEWPORT FESTA ITALIANA FESTIVAL IN THE PARK

Enjoy Italian food, novelties, children's activities, vendors and raffles. Music by Calabria Bella.

When: Saturday, October 5; 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereTouro Park
Admission: Free

 

 

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SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF

Frerichs Farm has been known for its giant pumpkins. In fact, Ron Wallace from Greene, Rhode Island not only won the day in 2015 with his 2,230 lb. pumpkin, but he set a national record and had the second largest pumpkin in the world. Head to the farm for farm activities, live music and food trucks throughout the day and pumpkin weighing at 12:00 PM. 

When: Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses
Admission: Free, $5 parking fee

 

 

 

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