Local flavor and family friendly festivals mark the destinations most majestic season.

Its no wonder why people from around the world flock to New England during the resplendent autumn months. Festivals abound, the harvest is upon us and Mother Nature is at her finest. Newport and its surrounding eight coastal communities welcome visitors from near and far to experience some of the best the season has to offer:

 

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Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins, food, music, crafts and more at Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square. Weekdays: 12-6pm; Weekends 10am-6pm. Through October 31 trinitynewport.org

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noon of Arias and Italian Melodies with silent auction and light refreshments October 11, St. Joseph's Church, 2:30pm. facebook.com/NewoprtFestaItaliana

Newport Columbus Day Parade The Grand Marshal will lead the parade, which steps off at St. Josephs Church on Broadway at noon, to the Columbus Monument at Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue. October 12, St. Joseph's Church, noon. discovernewport.org/events-calendar

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Broadway All-Star Chefs Challenge Four local restaurants will create new, exciting dishes based on theme ingredients each week. You wont leave hungry. Featured restaurants: Tavern on Broadway, Boru Noodle Bar, Pour Judgement and Hope Food & Spirits. Ten tickets available per event. October 14, 21 & 28. nptfoodtours.com

Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga UnWine-d at Newport Vineyards with Thames Street Yoga followed by a wine tasting onsite. October 15, Newport Vineyards, 5:45pm. newportvineyards.com

Lenny Clarke and Tony V. at Newport Comedy Series Lenny Clarke makes his Newport Comedy Series debut with comedian Tony V. October 16, Hyatt Regency Newport, 8pm. newportcomedy.com

Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams Experience the Tunnels of Terror, try your hand at Zombie Laser Tag and enjoy the best in horror with the Killer Film Fest. Those 12 and under can head to the Kids Fun House for snacks, crafts and trick-or-treating. October 16-18, 23-25, Fort Adams, 6-10pm. fortadams.org

Halloween Movie Night at Ballard Park Movies under the stars includes showings of Hotel Transylvania and Young Frankenstein preceded by a childrens costume parade. October 17, Ballard Park, 5:30pm: costume parade; 6pm: movie begins. ballardpark.org

25th Annual Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival Taste chef's creations from a record number of participating restaurants and fine-food vendors. Enjoy face-painting, pumpkin painting and other childrens activities alongside the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Islands brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel. October 17, 11am-6pm; October 18, 11am-5pm. bowenswharf.com

 

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A Taste of Bristol and Beyond Bristols premier food and wine event unfolds at Linden Place Museum with more than 40 restaurants, caterers, local vineyards and breweries. Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings in the fabulously decorated ballroom and tented gardens of this magnificent estate. October 25, Linden Place, Bristol, 4-7pm. lindenplace.org

 

Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run One of the most unique road race experiences in the Northeast! Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport in this four mile run/walk. October 25, 7:15am. pellbridgerun.com

Annual Halloween Walkabout Break out your best costumes and enjoy downtown Bristol where you can stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. October 31, downtown Bristol, 1-3pm. explorebristolri.com

Farmfest at Mount Hope Farm Experience historical tours, Native American storytellers, historical militia, farm animals and hayrides. The event also includes the year-round Farmers Market (in the barn), live music, food at family-friendly prices with a host of activities for kids of all ages. October 31, Mount Hope Farm, Bristol, 10am-2pm. mounthopefarm.org

The Perfect Pumpkin Party at the Audubon Environmental Education Center An annual day of pumpkin fun. Visitors can try their hand at pumpkin golf, pumpkin ring-toss and pumpkin art. Buy a pumpkin from their "patch" and decorate it with provided art supplies. October 31, Audubon Environmental Center, Bristol, 10am-3pm. asri.org

Newport Restaurant Week With more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Newport County, Restaurant Week has grown into one of the most anticipated (and mouth-watering) events of the season. Seasonal menus, local farm fresh dished and seafood caught right off Rhode Islands shores make for lunches and dinners to remember. Make reservations early! November 6-15, throughout Newport. Discovernewportestaurantweek.org

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ONGONING SEASONAL ACTVITIES

Live music at Newport Vineyards: weekend afternoons through October from 1pm-4pm and live jazz music continues at Greenvale Vineyards on Saturdays, 1pm-4pm through November.

 

Escobars Annual Corn Maze: This eight-acre corn maze featuring a Wizard of Oz theme is a family favorite as are the hayrides, the Hay Play area and more. Halloween party on October 24. Maze open through November 7.

Busking at Bowens Fall Series: Live acoustic music at Bowen's Wharf. Various dates throughout October. bowenswharf.com

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Apple Picking Area farms with pick-your-own programs include Sweet Berry Farm and Rocky Brook Orchard in Middletown, Young Family Farm and Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton and many more.

Ghost Tours: Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of our haunted city.

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