Can you feel that? It's the cool Autumn breeze coming our way. Of course, we're sad to bid farewell to summer but in its place comes the season of sipping, savoring and exploring. Autumn brings a bounty of fairs and festivals perfect for exploring our seaside city, from the renowned Newport Mansions Wine + Food Festival to a food truck festival, harvest fairs and more.



Hydes Food Truck Festival

Food Truck 2017

When: September 9, 2017; 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Independence Park, Bristol
Admission: $10, Kids under 10 free

Hydes Food Truck Festival in Bristol features a lengthy line up of food trucks, including Championship Melt, Citizen Wing, Portu-Galo, Friskie Fries, Haven Brothers Diner / Haven Brothers Mobile food truck, Elwood's Dog House, Z food truck., Noble Knots, Mike's Ice, Fugo Food Truck, & SoulFull. Proceeds benefit Engine 1 of the Bristol Fire Department with the purchase of new equipment and training material.


Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Wine + Food Festival 2016

When: September 21 - 24, 2017
Where: Marble House

Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and more. Signature events include the Burgundy Dinner at The Elms, Wine & Rosecliff Gala at Rosecliff,  the Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff, Newport After Dark at Forty 1˚ North, the Sunday Jazz Brunch on the terrace of Marble House and seminars in The Breakers Stable and Carriage House throughout the weekend. 


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Coggeshall Farm Museum's Annual Harvest Fair

Coggeshall Farm

When: September 16 - 17, 2017; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Coggeshall Farm
Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for children 4-11, seniors, and active military; free for children under 4 and Coggeshall Farm members.

The 44th annual Coggeshall Farm Harvest Fair brings two full days of "old-fashioned" fun and games. Enjoy pony & hay rides, family-friendly entertainment, live music and dancing, and local food vendors. Your entrance fee includes games, competitions, performances and selected craft activities. 


Firefly Yoga Festival

When: September 16, 2017; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Glen Park, Portsmouth 
Admission: $25 per person, includes parking, admission to yoga classes, demonstrations and music; non-yoga ticket: $15; Kids 14 and under: free

A day of yoga, meditation, music, vendors and food. Yoga classes will start at 10;00 AM and continue throughout the afternoon. There will be three rounds of classes (10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM), with two classes occurring simultaneously during each time slot. 


Harvest Craft Fair

When: September 23, 2017; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road, Middletown, Rhode Island
Admission: Free

Join the Knights of Columbus for Autumn fun during the 6th Annual Harvest Craft Fair featuring unique creations from crafters and vendors. Hosted by Cherish the Moments, LLC.


Annual Harvest Fair at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Copy of NBS Harvest Fair

When: September 30 - October 1, 2017; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Adults: $6, Children: $3 (age 3-12); under 3 are free

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. 


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2nd Annual Broadway Street Fair

Broadway Street Fair

When: October 7, 2017; 12:00 - 6:00 PM
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. Five 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. 



Bowen's Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival

When: October 14 - 15, 2017; 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island
Admission: Free

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 brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel which will be at Bowen's Wharf Marina and available for ship visits. NEW for 2017: Gluten-free delicacies from Lola's Blue Farm.



When: October 28, 2017; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WhereMount Hope Farm
Admission: Free

Mount Hope Farm, the 127-acre National Historic Site in Bristol RI, will host its annual FarmFest Celebration on Saturday, October 28 with tours, Native American storytellers, militia re-enactments, viewing of  farm animals, hayrides and much more.


Newport Vineyard's Harvest Festival

Newport Vineyards Harvest Festival

When: October 29, 2017; 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $25 per person, includes wine tasting

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.


Greenvale Vineyards Annual Harvest Festival

Greenvale Vineyards

When: November 11th, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Greenvale Vineyards
Admission: General Admission ($3)

Harvest Festival is held to celebrate the completion of the annual grape harvest. General admission is $3 per person. In addition, guests are welcome to a tasting at $12, buy wine by the glass $7-$9 or simply enjoy the day's activities. In addition, the celebration will include tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards award winning, estate grown vines.


Annual Harvest Bazaar

When: Date TBA, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: First Congregational Church, 300 High Street, Bristol, Rhode Island
Admission: Free

Bring a friend and shop for seasonal gifts, find unique handmade items, art pieces, jewelry, plants, baked goods, attic treasures and an exciting silent auction. Luncheon is served from 11:20 AM - 1:30 PM featuring homemade desserts and entertainment.