There’s an undeniable comfort that comes as the buzz of summer gently fades into autumn on the coast. The sense of renewal as crisp air settles in; the aroma of a meal crafted with the colors of harvest next to an amber fireside and good company; the cozy feeling you get as soft light wanes over the annual harvest fair on one of our historic wharves. Truthfully, you’ll just have to come see for yourself. We recommend you start with these perfectly-autumn fairs and festivals.
AUDRAIN'S NEWPORT CONCOURS & MOTOR WEEK
When: Thursday, October 3 - Sunday, October 6
Where: Throughout Newport
Spend your days enjoying fine dining pop-ups, exhibitions of rare and exciting automobiles, seminars, shopping, tennis, golf and sailing along the Newport coast. Then, once the sun goes down, experience exclusive concerts, galas and VIP parties hosted in the Gatsby-esque mansions that populate America’s original luxury capital. The four-day program concludes with a centerpiece event, the Concours d’Elegance, which will feature a world-class collection of over a billion dollars worth of rare and vintage cars.
BOWEN'S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
When: Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 20
Where: Bowen's Wharf, 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.
NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
When: Thursday, September 19 - Sunday, September 22
Where: Marble House
The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns September 19 - 22 to the Marble House lawn with special events, celebrity appearances and a two-day Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 with the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen local restaurants and caterers.
NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY HARVEST FAIR
When: Saturday, October 5 - Sunday, October 6
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
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.
NEWPORT FESTA ITALIANA FESTIVAL IN THE PARK
When: Saturday, October 5; 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Touro Park
Enjoy Italian food, novelties, children's activities, vendors and raffles. Music by Calabria Bella.
BROADWAY STREET FAIR
When: Saturday, October 12
Where: Broadway Newport
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.
ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL
When: Thursday, October 10 - Monday, October 14
Where: Various Locations throughout Newport
Rhode Island’s only stand-up comedy festival, The Rogue Island Comedy Festival, returns with a brand-new lineup of comics from around the country. This year's festival has expanded to sixteen shows at multiple venues throughout Newport including Jane Pickens Theater, Top of Pelham, Gurney’s Newport Resort, and the Firehouse Theater.
GREENVALE VINEYARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL
When: November 9; 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Greenvale Vineyards
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: Sunday, October 13
Where: Coggeshall Farm
Celebrate everything that makes Harvest Fair special with local food, hay rides, pony rides, crafts, 18th century games, music and more.
NEWPORT VINEYARD'S HARVEST FESTIVAL
When: Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, October 27
Where: Newport Vineyards
Sip, savor and toast to the season's’ crush at Newport Vineyard's second annual Harvest Festival. A day full of grape stomping, pie eating, wine tasting goodness. Enjoy live music while sipping cocktails and noshing on food from the vineyard's culinary team and local vendors. Below are some of the fun activities that are being offered:
- 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM: Grape Stomping
- 2:00 PM: Pie Eating Contest
*Grape stomping and pie eating contestants will be selected at random the day of the event. Please be present and dressed accordingly.
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