The time has arrived when summer begins to fade into chilly nights and the long days start to shorten. Settling into our daily routines, it's time to pack up the swim trunks and utilize the beach buckets to pick up leaves instead. What better place to explore the beauties of Fall than a coastal New England town? With festivals and activities for all age groups, this year's bucket list will be completed in no time. Keep an eye out at the bottom of this post to print out your Ultimate Newport & Bristol County Autumn Bucket List:
 

 

1. SIP AND SAVOR LOCALLY

Sip your way through Fall by trying all of our local brews and vino. Here are some fun events to try featuring our local libations:
 

NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

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When: September 23rd - 25th, 2016
WhereMarble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island

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 a gala celebration.

 

BOWEN'S WHARF 26TH ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Seafood Festival

When: October 15th & 16th, 2016
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island
Admission: FREE

Historic Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 26th annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, on October 15th and 16th. Named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season!

Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos from Diego's Restaurant, signature cocktails and cold New England beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Spirits and soft drinks are available. Desserts include tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf.

Face-painting, interactive water and art activities, touch tanks and plenty more alongside Oliver Hazard Perry, RI's brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel.

As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, and blues music are just a taste of what you'll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!

Join the 6,000-8,000 locals and devoted visitors over the course of this two-day event. 

 

 

NEWPORT VINEYARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL

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When: October 29th, 2016
Where: Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island
Admission: $30 per person, includes wine tasting

Sip, savor and toast to the season's crush at our First Annual Harvest Festival! A day full of grape stomping, pie eating, wine tasting goodness. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping cocktails crafted by Willa from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails and noshing on food from our culinary team and local vendors. Below are some of the fun activities that are being offered:

  • Grape Stomping at 1:00 and 3:00 – (limited spots available)*
  • Pie Eating at 2:00 – (limited spots available)*

*Grape stomping and pie eating contestants will be selected at random the day of the event. Please be present and dressed accordingly.

 

 

MILK AND HONEY WINE + CHEESE CLASS

Milk & Honey

When: October 27th and November 17th, 2016
Where: Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island
Admission: $42 per person

Milk & Honey Cheese + Wine = BLISS
Join us for an evening where our wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through Milk & Honey cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines.

PLUS! Receive $5 a purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only.*Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace.

*Cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid only to class attendees. Valid date of event only. Limited number of tickets available.

 

 

TASTE OF NEWPORT

When: October 30th, 2016
Where: Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island
Admission: $225 per person

Join Child & Family on October 30, 2016 for the 33rd annual Taste of Newport benefiting community programs and services that help Rhode Islanders in need.

Guests have the option to choose from two experiences:

  • The Taste Experience ($125) - Sample the culinary delights of 20 restaurants while perusing and bidding on over 100 silent auction items.
  • The Dine Experience ($225, includes the taste experience)- Take your taste experience to the next level with an elegant seated dining adventure.

Five of the area’s acclaimed chefs will collaborate to produce an original four course chefs’ dining experience paired with wines. Learn about their creative process and the collaboration between food and wine from local experts.

A live auction featuring a select number of special items will be held during the dinner. Elegant wines, table side service and unique culinary insights enhance the spirit of the traditional Taste of Newport. An event not to miss and all for a great cause!

 

 

NEWPORT RESTAURANT WEEK/FALL

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When: November 4th - 13th, 2016
Where: Newport and Bristol Counties, Rhode Island
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

Greenvale Vineyards

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

Don't fret, you still have a few weeks of harvesting fresh and local crops at some of our favorite farmers' markets. Here are our local markets and when they are open for the season:
 

NEWPORT AQUIDNECK GROWERS' MARKET

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When: Open on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM until October 26th
Where: Along the shaded walk, Memorial Blvd. & Chapel Street, Newport, Rhode Island

 

MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWERS' MARKET

When: Open on Saturday's from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Open YEAR ROUND
WhereNewport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island

 

JAMESTOWN FARMERS' MARKET

When: Open on Monday's from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM until September 26th
Where: Fort Getty Pavilion, 913 Fort Getty Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island

 

MOUNT HOPE / BRISTOL FARMERS' MARKET

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When: Open on Saturday's from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Open YEAR ROUND
Where: Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave, Bristol, Rhode Island 

 

WARREN SCHOOLYARD MARKET

When: Open on Sunday's from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM until October 2nd
Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, Rhode Island 

 

BARRINGTON FARMERS' MARKET

When: Open on Wednesday's from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM until October 26th
Where: Haines Memorial State ParkHaines Park Rd, Barrington, Rhode Island

 

 

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 and the perfect about of Autumn spirit.

 

HARVEST CRAFT FAIR

When: September 24th, 2016, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road, Middletown, Rhode Island
Admission: FREE

Join in for the Autumn fun during the 5th Annual Harvest Craft Fair, with crafters & vendors featuring their unique creations & products. Jump start the season and enjoy the show specials and discounts being offered by many crafters & vendors. All are welcome. Free admission & parking.

 

 

CLUNY ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR

When: September 25th, 2016
Where: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Admission: FREE

Come early, stay late for this old-fashioned, family-friendly fair held on the beautiful Cluny School grounds off Ocean Drive. Kids of all ages will love the carnival games and prizes, hay rides, and field games, including a zip line, Velcro wall, bounce house, climbing wall and Knockerball. Enjoy home-baked goods from the Country Kitchen, the Green Thumb plant sale, and an extensive silent auction. There will be family-friendly music throughout the day, featuring the Navy Band. Hot and cold refreshments for sale at the Cluny Café. Fair Details:

  • Rain or Shine
  • Free admission
  • Free parking & free trolley shuttle service from satellite parking lot at Rogers High School at 15 Wickham Rd.
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Like the Cluny Fair on Facebook

 

 

ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR AT NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY

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When: October 1st - 2nd, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, Rhode Island
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 12th, 2016, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WhereGreenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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 by Dick Lupino and friends. 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: November 19th, 2016, 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 28
Where: Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middeltown
Admission:$75 per person

Head to Newport Vineyards for a costume party with an evening full of sideshow, circus performing, tarot card reading craziness. Ticket includes Creepy Cocktail Hour with nosh food, (1) drink, tarot card readings and circus performers. Live music from The Silks and cash bar to follow. Prizes for best costume.

 

 

FORTRESS OF NIGHTMARES AT FORT ADAMS 

When: October 21 - 23, 28-30
WhereFort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport
Admission:$15

Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams includes Tunnels of Terror, Zombie Laser Tag, the Haunted Officers Quarters Ghost Hunt, a Killer Film Fest, a Kids Fun House for children who might scare easily and food trucks

 

 

GHOST TOUR

When: Through October, Saturdays in November
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott  
Admission: Prices vary

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. FIND ALL THE PICK-ME-UPS

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

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM

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When: NOW OPEN
Hours: Thursday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Pumpkins

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

 

OLD STONE ORCHARD

When: NOW OPEN - November 6, 2016 (Closing)
Hours: Friday: 4:00 PM - Dusk, Saturday 10:00 AM - Dusk, and Sunday  11:00 AM - Dusk
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, and (NEW) long island cheese pumpkins, great for cooking.
 

 

PACHET BROOK TREE FARM

When: NOW OPEN
Hours: Everyday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: 4484 Main Road, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Pick-your-own: Pumpkins and Christmas Tree's

Fun Activities: Hayrides, pumpkin hunts and more!
 

 

QUONSET VIEW FARM

Harvest

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 and Christmas trees
 

 

ROCKY BROOK ORCHARD

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

Pick-your-own: Apples and pears

Fun ActivitiesU-Pick System
 

 

SWEET BERRY FARM

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

Pick-your-own: Fall raspberries, apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees

Fun Activities: Market & Café
 

 

TRINITY CHURCH'S ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

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

Pick-your-own: Pumpkins

Fun Activities: Live music and vendors on the weekends
 

 

YOUNG FAMILY FARM

When: OPEN NOW
Hours: Thursday - Sunday: 10:00 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 ROAD RACE

When: September, 24th, 2016, 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Fort Getty, Fort Getty Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island
Entry Cost: $65
 

 

2016 NEWPORT MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON

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When: October, 9th, 2016, 7:30 AM
Where: 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island
Entry Cost: Marathon: $95 (plus fee) and Half-Marathon: $75 (plus fee)

Registration is now open for the 2016 Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon! 

Enjoy 13.1 or 26.2 miles of scenic, oceanfront splendor as the Newport (R.I.) Marathon returns. 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.
 

 

6TH ANNUAL CITIZENS BANK PELL BRIDGE RUN

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When: October, 23rd, 2016, 7:15 AM
Where: Jamestown, Rhode Island
Entry Cost: Marathon: $50

2016 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.
 

 

CLIMB BEAVERTAIL LIGHT TOWER

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When: Saturday, September 10th & 24th and Sunday, October 9th, 2016
WhereBeavertail State Park, Beavertail Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Enjoy an opportunity to climb the lighthouse tower and admire panoramic views of Narragansett Bay. The Tower is open to climb twice each month from June through September. Begin your visit with a tour of the museum and learn about America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse. Tower openings are weather dependent; if uncertain, call (401) 423-3270. Suggested donation of $5 per adult.

Some considerations for climbing the tower:

  • Climbers must be at least 4 ft. tall
  • Climbers are urged to wear footwear other than flip flops
  • Neither small children nor pets may be carried
  • Climbers must be in line by 3:30 pm to climb tower before closing


GO FOR A BIKE RIDE

As a bike friendly community, breathe in the fresh air while also getting some great exercise.  Here are some of our favorite biking spots (curtesy of Bike Newport):

  • East Bay Bike Path
  • Ocean Drive, 10 miles
  • Aquidneck Island, 45.2 miles
  • Middletown Loop, 12 miles
  • Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, 1.4 miles 
  • Jamestown Loop, 24.5 miles
  • Tiverton & Little Compton, 32 miles
     

Print out your own Bike Newport, Bike map here.

Want to be more involved? Take part in the 4th Annual 4 Bridges Ride. 26 Miles, 4 Iconic Bridges, One Amazing Experience. More information here.

 

 

SAVE & PRINT YOUR ULTIMATE AUTUMN BUCKET LIST HERE!

Autumn Bucket List