The buzz of summer is fading into cozy nights and cool days filled with festive autumnal happenings here in Newport. Come the end of September, our coastal enclave transforms into the perfect New England autumn escape. From festivals galore like the free Bowen's Wharf Seafood Food Festival and the renowned Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, to pick your own orchards brimming with fresh, local harvest treats and rolling vineyards serving up locally crafted, seasonal vino, the City by the Sea is the perfect place to check off all your autumn bucket list must-do's. Whether you prefer to toast to the season indoors, or get outside to feel that ocean breeze with an Autumn twist on your face, we've got just the thing for you. 
 

 

1. SIP AND SAVOR

Savor the flavors of Autumn at a number of wine and food events hosted throughout our City by the Sea. From the highly anticipated Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival to the free Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, there's no shortage of chances for indulgence.
 

NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Wine + Food Festival 2016

When: September 22 - 24, 2017
WhereMarble House

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 12th year September 21- 24, 2017. Signature events include the Burgundy Dinner at The Elms, Wine & Rosecliff Gala at Rosecliff, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday at Marble House, 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. 


 

BOWEN'S WHARF ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Seafood Festival 2015 Newport RI

When: October 14 - 15, 2017
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island
Admission: Free

Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, signature cocktails and cold beer accompany continuous live music and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Savor fresh juice, soft drinks, desserts and kettle corn for your sweet tooth among cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf. 

 

 

MILK AND HONEY WINE + CHEESE CLASS

Wine & Cheese Class

When: October 26 and November 16, 2017
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $42 per person

Join Newport Vineyards and Milk & Honey for an evening where wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through Milk & Honey cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines.

 

NEWPORT STORM'S NEW OUTDOOR PAVILION

When: Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 - 8:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Storm

Sip an R.I.P.umpkin boasting three pounds of pumpkin per keg or Oktoberfest Marzen Lager on Newport Storm's brand new open air Brewery & Distillery Pavilion. Cheers to the season with locally crafted flavor. 

 

NEWPORT VINEYARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL

Newport Vineyards Harvest Festival

When: October 29, 2017
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. 

 

 

TASTE OF NEWPORT

When: October 29, 2017
Where: The Atlantic Resort
Admission: $125 per person

Join Child & Family for the 34th annual Taste of Newport to benefit community programs and services that help Rhode Islanders in need. Enjoy savories, sweets and sips from Newport’s finest restaurants, caterers, confectioners, and beverage vendors 

 

 

NEWPORT RESTAURANT WEEK

Newport Restaurant Week Fall 2016

When: November 3 - 12, 2017
Where: Newport and Bristol County Restaurants
Admission: Three-course prix fixe Lunch ($16) and three-course prix fixe Dinner ($35)

Newport Restaurant Week, part of a nationwide movement, debuted here in 2006 as an annual event to encourage both residents and visitors to Newport and Bristol counties to experience the vast culinary talent in our destination at an affordable price.

Today, Newport Restaurant Week takes place both in the spring and in the fall with more than 50 participating restaurants offering extraordinary three-course, prix-fixe lunches for $16 and dinners for $35.

 

 

NEWPORT COUNTY WINE TOUR

When: Any time
Where: Newport County Vineyards
Admission: Prices vary 

Savor the season on a Newport County Wine Tour through our three vineyards. Sprawling vines set the scene for a perfect Autumn day as you revel the crisp flavors of our locally cultivated wines. 
 

 

 

2. SHOP AT A FARMERS' MARKET

Autumn brings with it a bounty of fresh and local crops at some of our favorite farmers' markets. Shop local outdoor markets throughout the season for fresh picks.
 

NEWPORT AQUIDNECK GROWERS' MARKET

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When: Open on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 6:00 PM until October 25, 2017
Where: Along the shaded walk, Memorial Blvd. & Chapel Street, Newport

 

MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWERS' MARKET

When: Open Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Open year-round
WhereNewport Vineyards

 

MOUNT HOPE / BRISTOL FARMERS' MARKET

When: Open Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Open year-round
Where: Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol

 

WARREN SCHOOLYARD MARKET

Farmers Market

When: Open Sundays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM until October 29, 2017
Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren

 

BARRINGTON FARMERS' MARKET

When: Open Wednesdays from 2:00 - 6:00 PM until October 25, 2017
Where: Haines Memorial State ParkHaines Park Road, Barrington

 

 

3. ATTEND A HARVEST-THEMED FAIR

From classic hay rides to childrens' games, specialty crafts, home baked goods and more, these harvest fairs and festivals are packed with family fun for the perfect dose of Autumn spirit.

 

HARVEST CRAFT FAIR

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

Join in for the Autumn fun during the Annual Harvest Craft Fair with crafters & vendors featuring their unique creations & products. Jump start the season and enjoy the show specials and discounts. Free admission & parking.

 

 

ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR AT NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY

When: September 30 - October 1, 2017 from 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. Bring cash for game tickets!
 

 

17TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

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When: November 11, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WhereGreenvale 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 taste at $12, buy wine by the glass $7-$9 or simply enjoy the day's activities.

Greenvale will host live music. In addition, the celebration will include tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards award winning, estate grown wines! The event runs from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
 

 

87TH ANNUAL HARVEST BAZAAR

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

Join First Congregational Church for their 87th Annual Harvest Bazaar in Bristol. Bring a friend and shop for seasonal gifts, find unique handmade items, art pieces, jewelry, plants, baked goods, attic treasures and a silent auction. Lunch is served from 11:20 AM - 1:30 PM featuring homemade desserts and entertainment.

 

 

4. EMBRACE THE SEASON OF HAUNTING

From a walking ghost tour throughout town to spooky marvels inside a historic fort, a Newport Autumn bucket list wouldn't be complete without these festive thrills.

 

HALLOWEEN CARNEVIL 

When: Friday, October 27; 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $55 per person

Head to Newport Vineyards for a costume party with an evening full of circus performers, fortune teller machine and more. Ticket includes Creepy Cocktail Hour with nosh food, (1) drink, meet and greet with Ami Bruni and Adam Berry of TLC's Kindred Spirits, music from DJ Buff from 92 PRO-FM, juggling performances from Circus Dynamics and fortune teller machine. Prizes for best costume.

 

 

FORTRESS OF NIGHTMARES AT FORT ADAMS 

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When: Friday and Saturday through October starting October 13
WhereFort Adams
Admission:$15

Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams includes Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem 3D, Paranormal 360 Virtual Reality, and a Kids Fun House for children who might scare easily.

 

TERROR ON THE TRACKS

When: Thursday - Sunday starting October 12, 2017
WhereRail Explorers

Savor fireside s'mores and hot chocolate as you ride the haunted tracks. 

 

GHOST TOUR

When: Nightly through October, 8:00 PM; Saturdays in November, 5:00 PM
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott  
Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors, $10 children 

Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city by the sea.

 

 

5. PICK YOUR OWN AUTUMN GOODIES

Harvest your very own fall finds and enjoy pumpkin picking and apple picking right here in our community:
 

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM

When: Open Friday - Sunday through November 5, 2017
Where: 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Pumpkins

Fun Activities: Escobar's Corn Maze, hayrides and more!
 

 

OLD STONE ORCHARD

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When: Open through October
Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: 33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Apples, pumpkins, gourds and eggplant

Fun Activities: Assortment of other vegetables offered at the stand such as tomatoes, squash, Long Island cheese pumpkins and more.
 

 

PACHET BROOK TREE FARM

When: Open through October
Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily
Where: 4484 Main Road, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Pumpkins 

Fun Activities: Hayrides, pumpkin hunts, campfires and more.
 

 

QUONSET VIEW FARM

When: Open year-round
Hours: Picking, Weekends in October 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Where: 4484 Main Road, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Pumpkins
 

 

ROCKY BROOK ORCHARD

Rocky Brook Orchards

When: Open through November
Hours: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Open Columbus Day
Where: 997 Wapping Road, Middletown, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: More than 80 varieties of apples, and pears

Fun ActivitiesU-Pick System
 

 

SWEET BERRY FARM

Sweet Berry Farm

When: Open April - December
Hours: Everyday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Peaches, raspberries, apples, and pumpkins

Fun Activities: Market & Café

 

YOUNG FAMILY FARM

When: Open through October
Hours: Weekends, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Apples, Pumpkins and more

 

 

6. ENJOY THE AUTUMN BREEZE

FALL HARBOR SAIL 

Harbor Sail

When: Through October
Where: Newport Harbor
Admission: Prices vary

In Newport, experience a tour on a sleek America’s Cup yacht, on an authentic lobster boat, a Prohibition Era hooch smuggler, schooners, cruising yachts, sailboats and more.

 

 

JAMESTOWN RHODE RACE

When: September 23, 2017, 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Fort Getty, Fort Getty Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island
Entry Cost: $75
 

 

NEWPORT MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON

When: October 8, 2017, 7:30 AM
Where: 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island
Entry Cost: Marathon: $100 (plus fee) and Half-Marathon: $80 (plus fee)

Enjoy 13.1 or 26.2 miles of scenic, oceanfront splendor at the Newport Marathon and Half Marathon. 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.
 

 

ANNUAL CITIZENS BANK PELL BRIDGE RUN

Pell Bridge Run

When: October 22, 2017, 7:00 AM
Where: Jamestown, Rhode Island
Entry Cost: $50 before September 30, $55 October 1-19

The 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.

 

7. ALL THINGS PUMPKIN

THE PERFECT PUMPKIN PARTY

Fall in Newport

When: October 28, 2017
Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
Admission: Free with center admission

Join Audubon for a different kind of fall celebration. Search for hidden pumpkins around the wildlife refuge - find them all and pick out a prize. Try fun pumpkin games, visit the fall photo booth and try on some different fun disguises for a festive family photo. Buy a pumpkin from the "patch" an decorate it with creative art supplies. Arrive in costume and get a prize. All ages welcome. 

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA

When: Saturday and Sunday through October, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID

Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses is hosting pumpkin palooza through October filled with family fun. Play in the hay, take a magic pumpkin coach ride, make your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and more.

 

PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF

When: October 7, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereFrerichs Farm & Greenhouses

Frerichs Farm has been known for its giant pumpkins. In fact, Ron Wallace from Greene, Rhode Island not only won the day in 2015 with his 2,230 lb. pumpkin, but he set a national record and had the second largest pumpkin in the world. Head to the farm for farm activities throughout the day and pumpkin weighing at 12:00 PM. 

 

TRINITY CHURCH'S ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

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When: TBD
Where: Queen Anne Square,141 Spring Street, Newport, Rhode Island
Admission: Free

Peruse pick-your-own pumpkins and enjoy live music and vendors on the weekends.

 

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

When: September 30 - October 1, 2017; 1200 - 4:00 PM
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Admission: Free

Pick your own pumpkins at the official opening of Lou's Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy pumpkin games, crafts, face painting and scarecrow making.