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ALL AUTUMN LONG

Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors at Sandywoods in Tiverton (Tuesdays), Hope & Main in Warren (Wednesdays), Mount Hope Farm in Bristol (Saturdays), and the Aquidneck Growers Market is on Memorial Boulevard on Wednesdays and Pell Elementary Saturdays. 

The Bit Players: End the week with an evening of laughs at Firehouse Theater, hosting Newport’s hit improv comedy show. Every Friday and Saturday

Free Family Fun Day: On the first of each month, join Audubon Society for crafts, storytime, animal discoveries, hikes, and more. Bristol

Newport Foodies Strolls: Go beyond mansions and yachts and discover Newport’s rich food history on this walking tour of some of the city’s best dining destinations. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Octobe

Newport Neighborhood Food Tours: A 1.3-mile tour covering out-of-the-way eateries in the “City by the Sea.” Thursdays-Sundays

Pumpkin Palooza: Celebrate fall with special events every weekend, from a ride on a magic pumpkin coach and pumpkin painting to a DIY scarecrow workshop. September and October, Warren

Newport History Tours: Learn the history behind burial grounds, legends and lore, and other local history with tours happening throughout September and October. 

RI Land Trust Days: Get outside with guided walks, wildlife hikes, and other nature programming in our state’s protected open spaces with all kinds of events facilitated by expert naturalists. Through October 17

SEPTEMBER

September 11-12

Raptor Weekend: Bird enthusiasts of all ages won’t want to miss Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium celebration of raptors featuring food trucks, sing-a-longs, and live presentations with eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. Bristol

September 14 & 21

Social Justice Outdoor Film Series: Rogers Free Library and Linden Place Mansion host community screenings in the Linden Place gardens of films centered around the theme of race and social justice. Bristol

September 16-19

Newport International Boat Show: Take in the shiny new boats along the harbor, some making their US debut, and all the marine accessories and services you can imagine for boat show events all over downtown. 

September 17-19

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival: Wine dinners, Sunday Brunch & Bubbly, cooking demonstrations, and a celebrity chef appearance are all on the itinerary for this annual event at the mansions. 

September 18

Barn Bash: An evening of live music, jonnycakes, and the farm ambiance of The Barn at Touisset are on the agenda for the Warren Heritage Foundation’s celebration of the town’s agricultural history. 

September 19

Bristol PorchFest: Local bands and musicians take the “stage” on neighborhood porches, entertaining passersby and music-goers with acoustic sets all over town. 

Thrive Outside in the Mud: Bring the whole family to Frerichs Farm to try out the kid-friendly BoldrDash obstacle course raising funds for youth empowerment and education programs. Warren

September 25

Plein Air Paint Out: Wander Historic Tiverton Four Corners’ grounds to witness painters creating and later gathering to show their works; all are welcome to attend and observe.

September 30

Golden Jubilee Gala: Herreshoff Marine Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with events all summer, culminating in a gala at their picturesque waterfront venue. Bristol

September 30-October 3

Audrain Newport Concours and Motor Week: Dining pop-ups, seminars, cocktail hours, and Gatsby-esque VIP parties are all part of this car enthusiast’s dream, building up to a showing of rare and vintage automobiles. 

OCTOBER

October 1-30

Scarecrow Contest: While Norman Bird Sanctuary’s usual Harvest Fest is postponed until next year, you can still enter your spooky, silly, or nature-inspired scarecrow and see other harvest creations. Middletown

October 3

Tunnel to Towers Rhode Island: A scenic 5K run or walk around Fort Adams honors the sacrifices first responders and military members have made. Newport

October 7-11

Rogue Island Comedy Festival: Some of the best nationally and locally acclaimed comedians perform stand-up for 10 shows at three venues around the island to get folks laughing the night away. Newport

October 10

Newport Marathon & Half Marathon: Support local charities as you qualify for the Boston Marathon (or simply elevate your morning jog). 

October 11

Italian Heritage Parade: As part of the Festa Italiana, this celebration of Italian culture and heritage starts at St. Joseph’s on Broadway and ends at the Columbus statue on Memorial Boulevard. Newport

October 16-17

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Fest: Sip on Whalers, listen to live music, and eat
lobster rolls, fish tacos, calamari, and oysters to your heart’s content! Newport

October 17

Pell Bridge Run: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newport’s iconic bridge with a picturesque four-mile run, all while supporting dozens of nonprofit organizations. 

October 22-23

Bristol BookFest: This humanities program is designed to inspire readers and enrich the community with bookish conversations and presentations in a welcoming atmosphere. 

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