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 festivals. 




Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

When: Thursday, September 20 - Sunday, September 23
WhereMarble House

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns September 20 - 23. Signature events include the Burgundy Dinner, Wine & Rosecliff Gala, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, the Vintner Dinner, Newport After Dark, the Sunday Jazz Brunch and seminars throughout the weekend. 





When: Saturday, September 29
Where: Touro Park

Enjoy Italian food, novelties and raffles. Music by Calabria Bella and featured products from area vendors.




 Harvest Craft Fair

When: Saturday, September 29
Where: Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road, Middletown

Join the Knights of Columbus for Autumn fun during the Annual Harvest Craft Fair featuring unique creations from crafters and vendors. Hosted by Cherish the Moments, LLC. 




Annual Harvest Fair at Norman Bird Sanctuary

When: Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30
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. 





When: Thursday, October 4 - Monday, October 8
Where: Various Locations throughout Newport

Enjoy 15 stacked shows across five nights, featuring more than 50 stand-up comics from Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, HBO, Netflix, SNL, CONAN and more. 




Broadway Street Fair

When: Saturday, October 6
Where: Broadway District
Admission: Free

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 6
Where: Downtown Bristol
Admission: Free

Artists, crafters, vendors and music will fill State Street in downtown Bristol between Hope Street and Thames Street. 





When: Sunday, October 7
Where: Wood Street, Bristol
Admission: Free

The Annual Wood Street Fair returns with live music, a vendor market, kids games and crafts including face painting and pumpkin decorating, food, sweet treats and more. New this year, enjoy a Chili Cook-off, a Car & Motorcycle Show, and a Beer & Wine Garden. 




Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival

When: Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14
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.





When: Sunday, October 14
Where: Coggeshall Farm

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.




Newport Vineyard's Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, 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.




Annual Harvest Festival at Greenvale Vineyards

When: Saturday, November 10
Where: Greenvale Vineyards

Celebrate the 19th annual harvest festival at Greenvale Vineyards with music, tractor rides, face painting, games, delicious wines and small food samplings from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.




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