There’s an undeniable comfort that comes as the buzz of summer gently fades into autumn on the coast. Crisp air and the sense of renewal; the aromas of a meal crafted with the colors of harvest among good company; the cozy feeling you get as soft light wanes over annual harvest fairs on historic wharves.
Audrain Newport Concours + Motor WeekBack to Top of List
- Throughout Newport
- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st
- Prices Vary
The fourth annual Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week welcomes the world’s most exclusive auto brands and car collections back to Aquidneck Island for four days of special events, seminars, gatherings, and more on September 28th - October 1st, 2023.
Spend your days enjoying fine dining pop-ups, exhibitions of rare and exciting automobiles, seminars, and car displays along the Newport coast. Then, once the sun goes down, experience exclusive cocktail hours, dinners, our annual gala and various VIP parties hosted in the Gatsby-esque mansions that populate America’s original luxury capital.
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest FairBack to Top of List
- Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
- September 30 - October 1
Festival in the Park, Newport Festa ItalianaBack to Top of List
Make your way to Touro Park on September 30th in Newport for the coveted Festival in the Park. Enjoy live music from Calabria Bella, browse local artisans, and taste authentic Italian food and sweet treats. No tickets needed, this event has free admission and will be happening rain or shine. The Festival in the Park is a part of the larger event, Newport Festa Italiana.
Celebrating its 29th Anniversary, Newport Festa Italiana has grown from its original weekend slate of events to a three-week-long calendar (September 22nd to October 9th) of opportunities for everyone to connect to their Italian roots. Events include John Panaggio Original Ziti Night, Cinefesta, and of course, the highlight of the event: Festival in the Park.
Rogue Island Comedy FestivalBack to Top of List
- Ragged Island Brewing Co., Jane Pickens Theater, and Diego's Barrio Cantina
- October 5th - 8th
- $30 + $2 processing fee (online only)
Laugh your way through Columbus Day weekend at Rogue Island Comedy Festival, the area's bi-annual comedy festival featuring four days of comedy shows on Thursday, October 5th - Sunday, October 8th.
Broadway Street FairBack to Top of List
- Broadway, Newport (from Equality Park to Farewell Street)
- October 14th
In its sixth season the Broadway Street Fair is back, October 14th from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
This year's event will span across Broadway from Equality Park through Farewell Street, filled with local artists, live music, food, and more.
Bowen's Wharf Seafood FestivalBack to Top of List
Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos, lobster rolls, stuffies, chowder, fried calamari, clams, oysters, signature cocktails and cold beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. As you savor some delectable dishes, relax and enjoy the beats from area musicians. Live folk, surf rock, Caribbean and blues music are just a taste of what you’ll hear.
Harvest Festival at Newport VineyardsBack to Top of List
- Newport Vineyards
- October 28th & 29th
- $35 per person, $30 for Club Members*
A day full of grape stomping, pie eating, and wine tasting goodness. Enjoy live music while sipping cocktails and noshing on food from the vineyard's culinary team and local vendors. Sip, savor and toast to the season's’ crush at Newport Vineyard's 6th annual Harvest Festival.
Pumpkin PaloozaBack to Top of List
- Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses
- Weekends in September - Late October
A yearly-favorite, Pumpkin Palooza ay Frerichs Farm happens every weekend from September to late October. Ride the Magic Pumpkin Coach, make your own scarecrow, stroll the mum fields, and so much more.
Please note: Frerichs Farm will not be hosting their annual Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-off this season.
Trinity Church Pumpkin PatchBack to Top of List
- Trinity Church and Queen Anne's Square
- October 11th (Tentative) - October 31st
We know it's officially fall when we spot Queen Anne Square packed with more than 1,000 pumpkins overnight as if by magic. Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch returns to downtown Newport on (tentative) October 11th with pick-your-own pumpkins, gourds, mums, decorative cabbage and more. Browse a sweet selection of homemade baked goods, homemade pumpkin chili, warm cider, craft vendors and more.
Newport Restaurant WeekBack to Top of List
- Newport and Bristol Counties
- Friday, November 3rd - Sunday, November 12th
Join us for another season of Newport Restaurant Week where area restaurants will offer an assortment of crave-worthy discounts and deals for you to choose from. Think: BOGO deals, prix-fixe offerings, gift cards promotions and more.
2023 Amica Newport Marathon + Half MarathonBack to Top of List
- Begins at Easton's Beach
- Sunday, October 8th 2023
The Amica Newport Marathon was recently voted as having the "Best Half Marathon" and "Best Race Swag" in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine. The course is simply astounding: winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views, and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.
Citizens Bank Pell Bridge RunBack to Top of List
- Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge
- Sunday, October 15th
Once a year, pedestrians and runners are allowed to cross the Pell Bridge on foot during the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. This year's race will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Open to both runners and walkers, the run is nearly a four-mile excursion from Jamestown to Newport produced by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. One hundred percent of proceeds go to support local not-for-profit organizations while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
Heart + Sole Walk For AnimalsBack to Top of List
Meet us at Fort Adams on Sunday, October 22nd, for the 34th annual Heart & Soul Walk, Potter League's biggest fundraiser for animals.
Enjoy a fun-filled dog walk, music, food trucks, special activities for dogs and kids, all while celebrating and raising money for our favorite friends, the animals.
Cabinet of Curiosities: A Night at The MansionBack to Top of List
- The Vanderbilt
- Saturday, October 28
- Pricing Varies
Step inside Newport’s most iconic mansion for an evening of mystery and intrigue this Halloween. Celebrate Fall’s most convivial holiday at The Vanderbilt with The Cabinet of Curiosities and experience the seductive, unconventional and fabulous world of Alfred Vanderbilt. Partake in a dinner theater experience featuring captivating performances from No Ring Circus, a New York-based theatrical production company specializing in the fusion of circus sideshow, performance art and theater, accompanied by an indulgent multi-course menu and unlimited champagne.
- Cocktail Hour: $175 per guest | 5:30 - 8:30 PM
- Dinner Theater Experience: $275 per person, including dinner and open bar | Seating One: 6:00 - 7:30 PM | Seating Two: 8:30 - 10:00 PM
- $1000 per couple, including a one-night stay and breakfast
Night at the Mansion Halloween HauntBack to Top of List
- Linden Place
- Saturday, October 28th from 7:00 - 10:00 PM
- $70 per person, $65 for Linden Place members
“Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore,” -Susan Battle, Executive Director.
With rumored tales of hauntings—hint hint: vampires may or may not be involved—it makes sense Linden Place hosts an annual event to share its lore.
Make your way to Bristol for Linden Place’s annual “Night at the Mansion Halloween Haunt”, returning on Saturday, October 28th for an evening of spooky fun. Enjoy ghostly candlelit tours of the storied manse and grounds, a cash bar serving fabulous adult beverages, live music and dancing in the ballroom and so much more.
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