October, please slow down. We have far too much to see and do for you to be speeding by like this. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to ghost tours and foodie festivals, our calendars are bursting at the seams.

 

This week brings the return of the beloved Bowen's Wharf Annual Seafood Festival with fresh local seafood, live music and more. In a foodie move? Norey's World Class Cider Takeover is happening all month long with ciders from all across the globe. Not to mention, Z Food Truck is rolling into town for one of the final food truck stop of the season at the Residence Inn. 

 

Get in the Autumn spirit with festival happenings all around town, like the Trinity Church Annual Pumpkin Patch on Queen Anne Square with pumpkins, mums, gourds, live music and craft vendors. Plus, Pumpkin Palooza at Frerich's Farm continues through the weekend, along with Terror on the Tracks, a revamped version of Rail Explorers rail bikes journey with a few spooky additions, plus s'more by the fire. And don't forget to keep the thrills going with the return of Fortress of Nightmares at For Adams. 

 

Our picks for the week below. 

 

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TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

When: Daily through October
Where: Queen Anne Square
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy a wide selection of pumpkins, mums, decorative cabbages and gourds. Once you've picked to your heart's content, enjoy sweet selection of homemade goods, freshly popped popcorn, cider and beverages, plus live music and hot lunch on the weekends, artisan craft vendors, picture-in-the-patch and more. 

 

 

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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
Details: 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.

 

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 
Details: 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.

 

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WORLD CLASS CIDER TAKEOVER

When: Every weekday through October 20, 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Norey's
Admission: Pay as you go 
Details: Enjoy world class ciders from around the world including gluten free options. The perfect drink to usher in Fall. 

 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9

Columbus Day Parade 

When: 12:00 PM
Where: Parade begins at St. Joseph's Church, 5 Mann Avenue
Admission: Free
Details:The parade goes from St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Mann Ave., to the Columbus Monument on Memorial Blvd. at Bellevue Avenue, followed by the Columbus Monument ceremony at 1:00 PM.

 

HOTEL VIKING OYSTERFEST

When: 12:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking's One Bellevue
Admission: Free for Members; $10 for Non-members
Details:Celebrate New England’s finest varieties of the mouth-watering mollusk at Hotel Viking’s One Bellevue Oyster Fest. The menu showcases local oysters served raw for $1 each or baked by the half dozen for $12.

 

ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL

When: Thursday, October 5 - Monday, October 9; 7:00 - 8:45 PM
Where: Various venues throughout Newport
Admission: $20 online / $25 at the door
Details: Five nights of comedy at venues all over Newport featuring more than 70 stand-up comedians from Comedy Central, CONAN, HBO, Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1 and more! Enjoy original jokes, authentic stories and endless laughs from some of the nation's funniest, hardest working comics. 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

LECTURE: A MONUMENT TO PERSEVERANCE: THE STRUGGLE TO BUILD THE NEWPORT BRIDGE

When: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenæum 
Admission: Free for Members; $10 for Non-members
Details: The 2017 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues when James Ricci presents a history of the Newport Pell Bridge from its conception in the mid-40's to its opening on June 28, 1969. Following the World War II, proponents advocated for a bridge. They encountered initial resistance from the United States Navy concerned with protecting its well-established and extensive operations in and around Narragansett Bay. Proponents and opponents sparred from 1945 to 1965, when the bridge was finally approved by Rhode Island voters. Upon completion, the Newport Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in New England and ranked fourteenth nationally.

 
LECTURE: ERNEST BOWDITCH: OUT OF OLMSTED'S SHADOW

When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereRosecliff
Admission: Free but advance registration is required
Details: Ernest W. Bowditch (1850-1918) was a key figure in the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture in the late 19th century. Over a 40 year career, his firm designed over 2,500 projects. The Breakers landscape plan helped to launch Bowditch, his relationship to the Vanderbilts, and the private paradise they created at The Breakers. 

 

SEAMEN'S CHURCH INSTITUTE SPEAKER SERIES: 2018 VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT STOPOVER

When: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square
Admission: Free; $10 suggested donation
Details: Brad Read, Director of Sail Newport, will present on the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Newport this spring. The stopover in Newport is a landmark opportunity to witness and experience the world of ocean racing. The stopover in 2015 was a hugely successful endeavor for all involved and brought thousands of spectators to Newport. The 2018 stopover is one of the most highly anticipated events of 2018 and Brad will talk us through all the exciting elements.

 

 

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FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through October 25
WhereForty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Head to the Oval Bar at Forty 1 North on Wednesday evening to taste a variety of wine from the region of Rhone. One of the world’s most diverse wine regions, the Rhone is known for producing excellent offerings ranging from rich reds made with 100% Syrah to whites crafted from Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. Explore the vast variety available in one of our favorite regions. Each wine will be accompanied by a light food pairing. RSVP.

 
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Z FOOD TRUCK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereResidence Inn by Marriott
Details: Z Food Truck offers food that not only tastes good but is also good for you. Enjoy salads, wraps and family favorites that are flavorful, affordable and healthy.

 

 

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FLIGHT NIGHT

When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Book your wine – OR – beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with our Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

NEWPORT AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
Where: Memorial Boulevard
Admission: Free
Details: Newport County farmers and artisans gather every Wednesday to bring the freshest of nature's bounty, including: fresh meat products, farm-raised eggs, coffee beans, herbs, sweet and savory bakery products, an assortment of fresh seafood options, and fresh-cut flowers and plants.

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

ART AFTER DARK

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Members: Free, Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Student/Military: $6, Children 5 & under: Free
Details: Held on the second Thursday of each month, Art After Dark features artful programs, talks, film screenings, gallery games, music, drinks and inspired conversation. Schedule here.

 

 

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CHICK COREA: THE MUSICIAN

When: 7:00 - 8:40 PM
Where: Jamestown Arts Center 
Admission: Free
Details: FirstWorks and Jamestown Arts Center invite you to view a portrait, in music and film, of a jazz freedom-fighter: his life, his art, his genius musical partners. Directed by Arne B. Rostad, this intimate documentary relives a now-legendary month of music.

 
LECTURE: Luxurious Consumption - The Rituals & Artistry of Afternoon Tea

When: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff 
Admission: Admission $10 for Preservation Society of Newport County members, $15 for general public
Details: Learn the protocols and folklore of afternoon tea. Topics include how tea funded the women's right to vote movement, pinkies up or down, how to eat a scone and menu planning. A book signing will follow the lecture.

 

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NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT

When: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free
Details: October Newport Gallery Night will be the last walking tour of the season. This night will also include the regular schedule for these FREE Guided Walking Art Tours. These free, short, informational tours will run hourly as follows: 5 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue meeting inside at C. L. Sherman's Gallery at the Hotel Viking, 6 p.m. on Spring Street meeting inside Art on Spring, and 7 p.m. downtown meeting inside at Arnold Art Store & Gallery. The tours, which will last about 30-45 minutes, will include information about all of the participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions in each area as well as any other interesting art related stories. 

 

FALL WINE PAIRING DINNER

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Jo's American Bistro
Admission: $65 per guest + tax & gratuity 
Details: Enjoy a special four-course dinner created by Chef Brian Ruffner of Jo's American Bistro with wine pairings by Vicker's Liquors on October 12, 2017. A collection of seasonal beers and autumn sangria will be served with seasonal hors d'oeuvres from 6:30 PM -7:15 PM., followed by dinner at 7:30 PM. 

 

 

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TERROR ON THE TRACKS

When: Thursday - Sunday starting October 1
WhereRail Explorers
Admission:
Details: Savor fireside s'mores and hot chocolate as you ride the haunted tracks. 

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

FORTRESS OF NIGHTMARES

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

 

GHOST HUNTS

When: 7:00 and 8:30 PM; October 13 - October 14
Where: Clark Street Armory, 23 Clark Street
Admission:$50
Details: Visitors learn the history of the Artillery Company of Newport and its ghostly happenings while working with paranormal investigators

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

BOWEN'S WHARF ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 

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

 

 

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3-HOUR AMERICA'S CUP 12 METER RACING EXPERIENCE

When: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Where12 Meter Charters
Admission: $139 per person
Details: Race aboard a 12 Meter America’s Cup contender! Aboard the 12 Meter racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a “hands on” sailing experience, but participation is not required. No sailing experience necessary. Fun for sailors of all ages.

 

CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY & COSTUME CONTEST

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free
Details: DJ Butch (well known for his BIG BIG BIG Halloween party) will spin spooky tunes children can dance to from 1 to 3 pm.  At 2 pm, children will be invited to line up for a costume parade and contest.  Celebrity judges including People’s Credit Union Newport branch manager, Lori Marshall, Kiki Finn and Caterine Milinaire will judge costumes in three categories – cutest, scariest and most original.  Two prizes in each category will be awarded.  Prizes will be provided by The Newport Sweet Shoppe.  After the costume contest, there will be a “Monster Mash Dance Off”.

 

MASTER MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM, recurring weekly on Saturday
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grille 
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Join Christina Mercado, as she takes you on a personal tour of cocktail creation. Each weekly class is focused on a spirit, cocktail or theme, using a combinaiton of old and contemporary techniques. Guests will work on two cocktails with Christina, which will be paired with light bites from our Culinary Team. Stay for dinner after or make a reservation and receive 10% off the dinner portion.

 

SECOND SATURDAY

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum 
Admission: Members: Free, Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Student/Military: $6, Children 5 & under: Free
Details: Join us on the Museum lawn for a Family Safety Saturday showcasing Jim Weicherding's Buckleupallofus Balloon to kick off the fun! After a close looking tour in the museum, join us along with Newport Police and Fire Department to talk about safety. We will have coloring pages and stickers. A safety seat belt check will be available. 

 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

GUIDED BIRD WALKS

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free, No Registration Required
Details: Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join our experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM.

 

GERMAN CAR DAY

When: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Newport Car Museum
Admission: $18 for adults, $3 off for German car owners; wear Lederhosen and get in free
Details: Mix and mingle with others who love their German Cars while meandering the German Car Corral outside from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.