October offers 31 days to find your inner ghoul, ghost and goblin, or just a time to go apple picking, drink fresh wine, pick the most unusual pumpkin and share your inner fashionista.

Here is the 4-1-1, the "in the know", the monthly guide for you to truly make October the best month of the year here in Newport and Bristol County.

 

Fall

 

DAILY:

 

OCTOBER 6TH

And One for the Pot, Tea & Treason: A Living History Talk

When: October 6th & 13th at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Historical Society Resource Center
What: The Newport Historical Society and the South County History Center have partnered with the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum to present a living history program that will be offered this fall. Peek into the past during this living history talk when costumed interpreters from the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum present And One for the Pot, Tea & Treason. Two ladies portraying upper-class residents in 1770s Rhode Island will explore tea brewing, tea etiquette and the place of tea in colonial America, along with the influence of politics on this popular practice.
Price: $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members
 

A Supernatural Evening with Emmy-nominated TV personality & writer Jeff Belanger

When: October 6th at 6:00 PM                       
Where: Newport Public Library
What: For over 15 years Jeff Belanger has been exploring the unexplained. He seeks out ghosts, monsters, and legends all over the world and in your backyard. His talk presents highlights from his own adventures, a look at the investigation process, and compelling audio and visual paranormal evidence. Not just ghost stories, Belanger will delve into the reasons behind the phenomena. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Jeff’s books will be available for purchase at this event.
Price: Free

 

Gardener's Day - Food & Wine

Blithewold

When: October 6th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
What: Gardeners' Day 2016 Food & Wine is a not-to-be-missed event! Under Blithewold's tent and Van Wickle Pavilion, enjoy talks by Ellen Ecker Ogden, Author, Gardener, and Designer; Champe Speidel, Co-Owner and Chef at Persimmon; Jamie Purviance, Chef and Author; John Nunes, Owner and Vintner at Newport Vineyards.
Price: $75 for members, $85 for non-members, and $750 for a Table of 10

 

Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830

When: October 6th from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Historical Society
What: The Yale University Art Gallery recently unveiled a new exhibit featuring early American Rhode Island furniture, which features several objects from the Newport Historical Society’s collections. On Thursday October 6, 2016 the Society will host curator Pat Kane to discuss this exhibit during the talk Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830.
Price: $5 General Admission


The Rogue Island Comedy Festival

When: October 6th - October 9th
Where: Various locations
What: Rhode Island's only comedy festival returns featuring comedians from Comedy Central, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, Inside Amy Schumer, Conan, The Late Late Show, MTV and many more. Tickets on sale now.
Price: $20 online, $30 at the door

 

OCTOBER 8TH

"Tales of the Slave Trade" Tour at Linden Place Museum

Linden Place

When: October 8th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Museum
What: Learn how Bristol was impacted by the slave trading DeWolfs of Linden Place. This guided tour will take place on Saturday, October 8th at 10:00am and will begin at Linden Place. The tour will then continue through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront on Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade. The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse, where tour-goers will enjoy a rum cocktail and ask questions.
Price: $20 per person, $15 for Linden Place Members

 

Broadway Street Fair

When: October 8th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Local Broadway District
What: Come celebrate the completion of the beautiful Broadway upgrade! Join the city for a family-friendly day of music, great food, kids activities, art, dancing and so much more.

 

Mapping the Newport Experience: Preserving a Sense of Place Tour

brick

When: October 8th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Where: Brick Market: Museum & Shop
What: Join award-winning Architectural Historian and Photographer John Tschirch as he shares his discoveries from Mapping the Newport Experience, an independent research project documenting how Newport’s cultural identity is embedded in its urban history and streetscapes. From the lower Thames Street commercial area to the grandeur of Bellevue Avenue, this tour examines buildings, streets and urban spaces ranging from 18th century working wharves to formal 19th century boulevards. Photography is encouraged, reservations required.
Price: Free

 

Stone Wall Workshop

When: October 8th from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Prescott Farm
What: Learn to build and repair traditional stone walls in this hands-on experience. Join master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith for their thirteenth year of this active workshop.
Price: $40 per person

 

OCTOBER 9TH

The 2016 Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon

marathon

When: October 9th at 7:30 AM
Where: 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island, 02840
What: Enjoy 13.1 or 26.2 miles of scenic, oceanfront splendor as the Newport (R.I.) Marathon returns. Long stretches of gorgeous views, challenging hills and Newport's unique beauty make this a bucket-list experience for any runner. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated directly to local non-profits. In 2015, the event helped raise more than $70,000 in charitable donations.
Price: $95 Marathon (+ processing fee), $75 Half-Marathon (+ processing fee)

 

The Newport String Project Season Opening Concert

When: October 9th at 2:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
What: The Newport Art Museum is pleased to host the launch of the Newport String Project's fourth season with a vibrant afternoon chamber music concert on October 9, at 2:00pm in the Historic N. A. Griswold House. Featuring string quartets by Haydn and Schubert alongside rare duos by contemporary Icelandic composer Runnársdóttir, the event will also offer an opportunity to learn more about the Newport String Project’s plans for its fourth year. Project directors and violinists, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Tanya Maggi and Heath Marlow.
Price: $25 Supporter Ticket Price, $15 General Admission, $10 discounted ticket for Museum members

 

OCTOBER 12TH

Backyard Composting

When: October 12th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
What: Learn composting basics from Sanne Kure-Jensen, long time organic grower and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Hear how composting works and discover worm composting. Also learn the benefits of using compost bins or piles and “hot” versus “slow” composting at Newport Public Library. Free and open to the public
Price: Free

 

Potter Pet University - October Program: What You Need to Know About Animal Abuse

When: October 12th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Potter League for Animals
What: The Potter League for Animals is hosting its monthly lecture series, Potter Pet University, this month on “What you Need to Know About Animal Abuse”, presented by Kimberly R. Ahern, Special Assistant Attorney General from the RI Office of the Attorney General.
Price: FREE

 

The Dawning Moon of the Mind with Susan Brind Morrow

When: October 12th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Anthenaeum
What: The 2016 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 12 with renowned classicist and linguist, Susan Brind Morrow, when she discusses her book, The Dawning Moon of the Mind. Morrow argues against the long-held assumption that there must be a mythology behind what is written in the Egyptian hieroglyphics, suggesting rather that what we’re seeing instead is poetic metaphor.
Price: $10 for non-members, Free for members

 

OCTOBER 13TH

Newport Gallery Night

When: October 13th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
What: Established in 2001 and now in its 15th 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.
Price: Free

 

Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga

When: October 12th, 5:45 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
What: Un-wine-d with a yoga class unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards and presented by Thames Street Yoga & Shunya Studio, embark on a 1 hour and 15 mins yoga class, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Dine at Brix Restaurant following the tasting to cap off the night.
Price: $26 per person, includes yoga and wine tasting

 

OCTOBER 15TH

Bowen's Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival

seafood festival

When: October 15th - October 16th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
What: Historic Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 26th annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, on October 15th and 16th. Named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season!
Price: Free

 

Red Bull Foiling Generation Worlds

When: October 15 - October 16th at 10:00 AM
Where: Sail Newport, Fort Adams
What: Fifteen talented youth teams from across the country have been chosen to participate in the first ever US Qualifier for the Red Bull Foiling Generation sailing competition. As the world’s only competition that exposes young ambitious competitors, ages 17 – 21, looking to get their hands on the latest in speed sailing innovation, the US Qualifier will be making it’s first stop ever in the US over the weekend of October 15 and 16, 2016 at the Sail Newport Sailing Center in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Free admission.
Price: Free

 

East Bay Mini Maker Faire

When: October 15th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Florence Gray Center
What: Learn how to solder, play with robots and rocks, and tinker to your heart’s delight at this free, family-friendly Maker Faire on October 15 in Newport. Enjoy hands on access to a 3D printer, electronic circuits and components, and talk to hundreds of community makers about their imaginative inventions. The Maker Faire features rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability projects, advanced manufacturing companies, alternative energy technology, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, and educational workshops and installations. If you or your children love to tinker, play, and create, this is the event for you.
Price: Free
 

OCTOBER 16TH

Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age

Jane Pickens

When: October 16th at 12:55 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
What: In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster...
Price: $17 per person

 

OCTOBER 18TH

Muresanu Plano Duo

When: October 18th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
What: Join violinist Irina Muresanu and pianist Roberto Plano for an exciting evening of music for violin and piano entitled “Rorem, Ravel and Rags!” Both are newer members of the Festival’s “Family of Artists,” each having performed in two Festival seasons. They “discovered” each other at Festival 2015. This acclaimed duo will present works by Ravel, Rorem, Debussy, Bolcom, Joplin and more. Join these two magnificent artists as they explore classical music mixed with American blues, Spanish melodies, and gypsy themes—all connected by the works of Maurice Ravel. This will be a concert-only event.
Price: $25 per person
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OCTOBER 19TH

Human Trafficking with Shawn A. MacDonald

Redwood

When: October 19th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
What: The 2016 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 19 with Shawn A. MacDonald, Ph.D., who will discuss the topic of human trafficking, with an emphasis on how this modern form of slavery manifests in workplaces and business supply chains around the world. While much attention is paid by the media to sex trafficking, forms of trafficking for labor exploitation are much more prevalent in the world. Dr. MacDonald will discuss not only the problem itself, but some interesting bipartisan policy interventions by the U.S. and other governments, as well as the way that leading companies are responding to this challenge in their supply chains.
Price: $10 for non-members, Free for members

 

OCTOBER 20TH

Fall for Lucy's Hearth

When: October 20th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame
What: The Friends of Lucy's Hearth cordially invite you to the 5th annual festive fall fundraiser at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, small plates, raffles, auction items & museum tour with music by Jack Casey.
Price: $85 per person

 

My Chef Lara’s: Yummy Autumn “3 Ring Circus”

When: October 20th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Sandywood Center for the Arts
What: Join Sandywood Center for the Arts on October 20th for the second Yummy 3 ring circus. You'll learn knife skills, taste fabulous wine, be involved in cooking a wonderful dinner and then get to eat it. Eat, learn and enjoy! This class will teach you how to perform in the kitchen with three "areas" of instruction.
Price: $70 per person

 

OCTOBER 21ST

Gilded Metropolis Study Day: Newporters at Home in New York

When: October 21st from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
What: An exploration of the opulent primary residences and social context of the Vanderbilts and other notable families in metropolitan New York, far from the summer colony at Newport, at the dawn of the twentieth century. Offered in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, and the Newport Art Museum. Speakers include Jeannine Fallino, critic, museum consultant & independent curator; Dr. Mosette Broderick, Director of Urban Design & Architecture Studies, New York University; Robert King, author & architectural historian; and Paul Miller, Curator, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Price: $50 for PSNC, NRF, NHS, NAM Members, $60 for non-members, and $25 for students (Advanced registration required)

 

Great Pumpkin Hunt

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When: October 21st from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
What: Blithewold Mansion is offering a unique way to pick your pumpkin this year! Participate in the search for hidden pumpkins on the estate. Each person can take one home to carve. After the hunt, enjoy music, food (food trucks will be on site), hot cider and a discussion about constellations in the night sky during a special star program around the bonfire. Registration required.
Price: $15 for members (Includes Pumpkin), $18 for non-member (Includes Pumpkin), and $8 for a Participate but not brining home a pumpkin

 

PARt: An evening-length dance/theater piece

When: October 21st - October 22nd at 7:30 PM
Where: Jamestown Arts Center
What: Choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky and musician MorganEve Swain will present PARt: a multifaceted performance piece of dance, music and art. In development over the past year, PARt is reflecting on memories in and amongst movements, music and visual landscapes. Swain creates raw, emotional material, pulled from experience in loss and growth. It flows alongside the dancers, rather than punctuating them, so that the music and the dance are two working parts of a larger machine.
Price: $20 for general public, $15 for JAC Members, and $12 for Students/ Seniors

 

Shanty Night

Coggeshall

When: October 21st from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum
What: Pack up the family and a picnic dinner, bring your instruments and singing voices, and join Coggeshall Farm for an open sing around the campfire. Everyone is encouraged to share their favorite song and take a turn leading the singing.
Price: $5 Admission, Free for Coggeshall Farm members

 

OCTOBER 22ND

Newport Gulls Baseball - 2016 Hall of Fame Class Induction Ceremony

Newport Gulls

When: October 22nd from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa
What: The Fourth Class of the Newport Gulls Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Newport. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom, with a silent auction and cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 PM., followed by dinner and an induction ceremony at 7:00 PM. Join Gulls alumni, coaches, staff, volunteers, host families, sponsors, fans, and other family members as we celebrate the accomplishments of five special Newport Gulls players and the team's longest-serving volunteer, Al Weisman.
Price: $60 per person, and $600 for a table of 10

 

The ABC’s of Dahlias

Green Animals

When: October 22nd from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Green Animals Topiary Garden
What: Ever since Green Animals’ original gardener, Joe Carreiro, started planting in 1902, dahlias have been the star of the autumn garden. Caroleen Frey, a member of the Rhode Island Dahlia Society and garden volunteer at Green Animals, continues this tradition. She will explain the finer points of dahlia cultivation, especially how to dig and properly store tubers at the end of the season. Come warmly dressed and with lots of dahlia questions!
Price: Free. Registration is required (Limited to 24 participants)

 

OCTOBER 23RD

6th Annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run

PBR

When: October 23rd at 7:15 AM
Where: Claiborne Pell Bridge
What: 2016 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge run is a 4-mile run/walk that serves as a major fundraiser for dozens of local charities each year. This race is hosted by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and managed by Gray Matter Marketing.
Price: $50 per person

 

Hotel Viking presents James L. Maher Center Cocktail Party

When: October 23rd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
What: Annual Cocktail Party fundraiser in support of the James L. Maher Center. Live Music & Dancing, Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres, Sweets, Live & Silent Auctions.
Price: $75 per person

 

A Place Apart: the evolving landscape of Touisset: An oral history project

When: October 23rd from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Historic Warren Armory
What: Touisset is a unique part of Warren, RI, with a fascinating back story. This exhibit features maps, photos and artifacts spanning the past 140 years and a video of interviews with Touisset residents – those who live at the point, the farmers, and people who have recently made Touisset their home. Although focusing on one community, this exhibit is sure to have an interest with the wider community. It is an important exhibit for anyone concerned about community, diversity and change. Free event. Location: Historic Warren Armory, 11 Jefferson St., Warren, RI.
Price: Free

 

OCTOBER 24TH

Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island

When: October 24th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
What: “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” is a groundbreaking exhibit on the 250 years history of its formation and function as the community’s moral compass, town hall and developer of artists, thinkers and doers.
Price: Free

 

OCTOBER 26TH

Collecting Paradise: A Symposium on the History and Preservation of Doris Duke's Islamic Art Collections at Shangri La

Rough Point

When: October 26th from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Rough Point
What: Guest scholars - including experts from Shangri La - will contextualize Doris' fascination with Islamic art and conversion of her Honolulu home into a museum.
Price: Adults $50, Students $20

 

How We Form Opinions with Steven Sloman

Redwood

When: October 26th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
What: The 2016 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 26 with Steven Sloman, Ph.D., who will explain why people often overestimate their knowledge of common objects and the reason for this overestimation is that we live in a community of knowledge. Our communities understand how things work and we fail to distinguish what we know from the knowledge that resides in other people’s heads.
Price: $10 for non-members, Free for members

 

OCTOBER 28TH

Halloween CarnEvil

NV Carnevil

When: October 28th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
What: Come one, come all to Newport Vineyards Halloween CarnEvil! The regions’s premier costume party with an evening full of sideshow, circus performing, tarot card reading craziness. Ticket includes Creepy Cocktail Hour with nosh food, (1) drink, tarot card readings and circus performers. Live music from The Silks and cash bar to follow. Prizes for best costume.
Price: $75 per person

 

OCTOBER 29TH

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

When: October 29th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
What: Sip, savor and toast to the seasons’ crush at the first annual Harvest Festival. A day full of grape stomping, pie eating, wine tasting goodness. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping cocktails crafted by Willa from Little Bitte Artisanal cocktails and noshing on food from our culinary team and local vendors.
Price: $30 per person, includes wine tasting

 

OCTOBER 30TH

Taste of Newport

When: October 30th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
What: Join Child and Family October 30 for its thirty-third annual Taste of Newport, benefiting community programs and services that help Rhode Islanders in need. Guests have the opportunity to mingle with their favorite chefs for an extended cocktail party, voted Best Fundraiser 2016 by Newport Life Magazine. Sample culinary delights from nearly forty of the most renowned restaurants, caterers, bakeries and confectioners from across Newport County while perusing and bidding on more than 100 silent auction items. Try a new dish from an array of tasting stations, both savory and sweet, and spend time with friends all while supporting children, teens, families and elders in our community.
Price: $75 General, $150 Make a Difference

 

ON GOING:

Everyday Joy

When: October 1st - October 31st, daily from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Spring Bull Studio & Gallery
What: Spring Bull Gallery welcomes four exciting women artists this October who share a passion and joy when creating art. “Everyday Joy” begins with an opening reception on Saturday, October 1, 2016 to which the public is invited. This exhibition showcases the works of: Cindy Crimmin, Elizabeth Lind, Martha Guillette and Jeanne Rosier Smith. The process of creating work as it emerges on paper, canvas or from a stone surface brings each of these artists a fulfillment and the everyday joy which translate to extraordinary art.
Price: Free

 

Oktoberfest Tap Takeover

When: Recurring through October 21, 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Norey's Newport
What: Oktoberfest Tap Takeover at Norey's in Newport. Ten or more taps of World Class German Beer on tap.

 

Fermentation Class

When: Recurring weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North
What: Fermentation Class every Wednesday at 6:30PM. Featuring five wine tastings with a special theme or from a particular region accompanied by five small food pairings. Reservations are required and this class often sells out.
Price: $35 per person

 

Yappy Hour at the Vanderbilt Grace

When: Recurring weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: The Garden Terrace at the Vanderbilt Grace
What: Follow your nose to the Garden Terrace with your furry family member every Wednesday for a fur-fluenced canine menu and all the tennis balls your pooch could dream of. Treat yourself to a glass of Sancerre and light dinner.

 
Paradise Valley Lecture Series

When: Various dates and times
Where: Various Locations
What: Details

 

Autumn Twilight Photography

When: Recurring weekly on Thursdays (October 13 - October 27th) from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
What: Join renowned professional photographer and photo educator Arthur Levi Rainville at Blithewold for three consecutive October Thursdays at dusk for tips on creating beautiful outdoor photographs regardless of what camera you use.
Price: $25 per session - $60 for all three session (Member pricing), $30 per session - $70 for all three sessions (For a Non-member) 

 

Beyond the Tour

Rough Point

What: Recurring weekly on Wednesdays through October 19th
Where: Rough Point
What: Go beyond the ropes for an intimate evening of short thematic talks that give a closer look at the art and people of Rough Point.
Price: Adults: $10, Free for 18 & Under