Hey Rhody Fall Bushel List 2022

100+ activities to enjoy the Ocean State’s most sensational season

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Asking Rhode Islanders whether they prefer summer or fall is akin to making someone decide between chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin. Once Labor Day passes and the school buses return to the scene, who among us can resist getting giddy over that first falling leaf? Just like any season, autumn is finite, so let’s actively celebrate all things orange and gold. Our dedicated editorial team has scoured the entire state to present this comprehensive guide of all things autumn. Divided into regions – plus sidebars of statewide sources – this beautiful print magazine is your go-to for a season of fun. On Instagram? Show us your magazine and fall photos by tagging #heyrhodyphotos

FROM THE EDITORS

Please note that all events are subject to change; farms have had a difficult year with droughts and rising costs, and the pandemic isn’t quite over. To avoid disappointment, we recommend first checking with any host venue for any details, restrictions, rain dates, and cancellations. If we missed your favorite event or activity, let us know! Email Marketing@ProvidenceOnline.com

Don’t Miss Fall’s Full Moons

Sept 10: Harvest Moon

October 9: Hunter’s Moon

November 8: Beaver Moon

HEY RHODY FALL GUIDE: CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND

FARMERS MARKETS

Enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors across the state. Find details on times and locations at FarmFreshRI.org

ALL AUTUMN LONG

Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors at Greene/Coventry and West Warwick (Tuesdays), Goddard Park (Fridays), Westbay Farm Stand in Warwick (Thursdays), and Pawtuxet Village (Saturdays). Find more details on times and locations at FarmFreshRI.org

Bring Your Own Improv: This interactive improv show happens every Friday at Warwick Center for the Arts and welcomes voluntary audience participation. Applaud for a scene you like, yell out suggestions, or if you feel you're ready, join on stage. Warwick, BringYourOwnImprov.com

East Greenwich Odeum: Catch cover bands, comedy shows, dinner and movie screenings, and national tours happening at the Odeum all season. See the full lineup online. East Greenwich, GreenwichOdeum.com

The Gamm Theatre: An epic play by the author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Gamm presents Describe the Night, tracing the story of eight men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy. September 15 through October 9, GammTheatre.org

Historic Park Theatre Shows: Spend a night out at Cranston’s historical 1,015-seat theater in the bustling Rolfe Square, with local and nationally touring concerts and acts running throughout the season. TheParkRI.com

Warwick Food Truck Nights: Sip and savor from your favorite food vendors as they take over Crowne Plaza on select Thursdays through fall. September 15 and October 7, Facebook: PVD Food Truck Events

Stand Up Sunday: Most Sundays in October, The Comedy Park in Cranston invites both new and veteran comics to perform live. Have a laugh before the work week starts while the comedians compete for a spot in an end-of-season comedy show. Cranston, TheComedyPark.com

SEPTEMBER

September 2-5

Labor Day Family Party: Bring the whole family and enjoy the long weekend outdoors with live entertainment, horseshoes, swimming, hiking, BINGO, and more at Oak Embers Campground. West Greenwich, Facebook: Labor Day Family Party by Oak Embers Campground

September 6

Ohana Comedy Showcase: Ohana Backyard BBQ brings local up-and-coming comedians to the stage with headliner The Prince of Mystery, alongside Doug Ouimette, Shiv Patel, and Carolyn Comeau, hosted by Joanna Rapoza. Coventry, Facebook: Ohana September Comedy Showcase

September 6 and 13

Oakland Beach Cruise Nights: Motor down to Oakland Beach for a gathering of classic cars, plus Saugy hot dogs, lemonade, a raffle, and live music by DJ J​​ohnny Nardo, all overlooking Narragansett and Greenwich Bays. Warwick, Facebook: Oakland Beach Cruise Night presented by Greater Warwick Lions Club

September 10

Cool Cars for Cats & Canines Car Show: Cruise over to show off or check out vintage wheels at this 11th annual car show. Bring a pet food donation and chow down on food vendors. Exeter, Facebook: Friends of the Exeter Animals

September 24

Exeter Fall Festival: Celebrate the start of the season at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area by shopping the used ski sale, perusing arts and crafts vendors, snacking on food truck fare, and painting pumpkins, all to the beat of live tunes. The festival benefits the Exeter Public Library. Exeter, Yawgoo.com

September 25

Drag Brunch: Kandi Dishe hosts Drag Brunch at Finn’s Harborside, where eggs are served sunnyside up with a side of sass. Tickets include a Bloody Mary or mimosa and brunch buffet to enjoy with a fabulous act. East Greenwich, FinnsHarborside.com

OCTOBER

October 1

Yankee Steam-Up: Sparks fly during the region’s oldest steam engine show for model makers, engineers, and history buffs at the New England Wireless & Steam Museum. East Greenwich, NEWSM.org

October 3

12th Annual Fall Golf Tournament: Sign up to tee off in this annual fundraiser for the East Greenwich Little League at the Cranston Country Club. Cranston, EastGreenwichChamber.com

October 15-16

Reptile Expo: Bring the whole family to this expo for lizard and animal lovers at the West Warwick Civic Center to learn about and see reptiles, amphibians, and exotic mammals. West Warwick, Eventbrite: West Warwick Reptile Expo Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show

October 22

Spooky Fall Festival: We Be Jammin and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals join forces for this family friendly fest featuring 17 food trucks plus vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and more at Rocky Point Park. Warwick, Facebook: OSFoodTruckFestivals

October 22-23

West Bay Open Studios: Meander through North Kingstown, Warwick, and East Greenwich for a self-guided tour of artists and their maker spaces. Check back online for more details closer to the date. WestBayOpenStudios.com

October 23

Kids Expo & Halloween Costume Contest: This affordable and impactful event is not only a fun way to celebrate the Halloween holiday, but also a great way to get in touch with different programs and businesses that support children’s health and learning. West Warwick, Facebook: Rhody Kids Expo & Halloween Costume Contest

BeBold Halloween Trail Run: Suit up in your costume and outrun the ghouls and goblins on this creepy trail run spanning three, five, or eight miles. Exeter, BoldrDashRace.com

HEY RHODY FALL GUIDE: EAST BAY & NEWPORT

ALL AUTUMN LONG

Becorns Come to the Mansion: Explore the grounds of Blithewold Mansion and peep images of photographer David Bird’s nature characters constructed of acorns, sticks, and other backyard finds, on display through October. Bristol, Blithewold.org

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. FirehouseTheater.org

Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors nearly every day of the week: Aquidneck Growers Market/Middletown and Mount Hope Farmers Market (Saturdays); Sandywoods in Tiverton (Sundays); Jamestown Recreation Center and Miantonomi Community Farmers Market (Mondays); Aquidneck Growers Market in Newport and Hope & Main in Warren (Wednesdays); and Weaver Library in East Providence (Thursdays). Find more details on times and locations at FarmFreshRI.org

Free Family Fun Day: On the first Saturday of each month, visit the Audubon’s Nature Center and Aquarium for crafts, storytime, animal discoveries, hikes, and more. Bristol, ASRI.org

Jamestown Arts Center: The 2022 Biennial: Passages is an outdoor art experience with a host of events happening through October, along with anytime activities surrounding the installations. Jamestown, OutdoorArtsExperience.org

Music at Sunset Concert Series: Spread out a picnic blanket, grab a drink from RI Cruisin Cocktails, and hear local musicians perform as the sun sets over Narragansett Bay at Blithewold Mansion, select nights through September. Bristol, Blithewold.org

Newport Foodies Strolls: Approximately three-hour walking food tours through lower Thames Street run rain or shine every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through October 15. NewportFoodiesStroll.com

Newport History Tours: Learn the history behind burial grounds, legends and lore, and other local history with a variety of fascinating tours throughout September and October. NewportHistorytours.org

Newport Neighborhood Food Tours: From brasserie to bakery, enjoy this food tour of at least six restaurants covering 1.3 miles, held Thursdays through Sundays. RhodeIslandRedFoodTours.com

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. Warren, FrerichsFarm.com

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 23. RILandTrusts.org

Sunset Railbike Ride: Experience three miles of unique vistas over the Narragansett Bay as you ride to the Bayside Station for a sunset viewing. Upon arrival at the end of the trail, you will find adirondack chairs perfect to see the sun go down and enjoy a BYO-picnic. Portsmouth, RailExplorers.net

Wednesday Food Trucks: Skip the cooking on hump day for a variety of food trucks and live music on the sprawling grounds of Colt State Park. Bristol, Facebook: PVDFoodTruckEvents

SEPTEMBER

September 9

Newport Classical Chamber Series Opening Night: American violist Matthew Lipman and pianist Henry Kramer perform Bach, Brahms, and more at this start to the series. NewportClassical.org

September 10

Full Moon Ride: A 15-mile bike ride is lit by the Harvest Moon, beginning in downtown Newport to Fort Adams and the Ocean Loop along the mansions of Bellevue Avenue, with an after-ride gathering at a local watering hole. Another ride takes place on October 9. BikeNewportRI.org

Hope & Main’s Schoolyard Twilight Party: Hand-crafted small bites and beverages by local makers, plus a raw bar, are the centerpieces of this can’t-miss foodie evening under the stars. Warren, MakeFoodYourBusiness.org

September 10-11

Fantasy Faire: Frerichs Farm reopens for its busy fall season with an fantasy-themed family event sure to delight with plans for all-ages entertainment, arts and craft vendors, food and drink, and a costume contest. Warren, FrerichsFarm.com

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

September 11

Portsmouth Pig Roast: Ragged Island Brewing hosts an all-you-can-eat event complete with cornbread, coleslaw, baked beans, and a complimentary beer, set on 37 acres of pristine farm. Portsmouth, Facebook: Ragged Island Brewing  

September 13

Salt Marsh Arboretum Tour: Get an up-close look at coastal gardening on this one-hour tour of the arboretum. Sights include the paperbark maple grove, young giant sequoia trees, a collection of buckeyes, and a rare wheel tree. NewportTreeConservancy.org

September 14

Wednesday Walks: Norman Bird Sanctuary opens their nature trails to the public for late-afternoon guided walks, free of charge. Learn about native species and even spot some animals. Middletown, NormanBirdSancturary.com

September 15

A Tour of the Grounds and Garden: Linden Place invites guests on a docent-led tour highlighting the estate’s history and gardens, learning the stories behind statues along the way. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

September 15-18

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. NewportBoatShow.com

September 16

Summer Concert: Norman Bird Sanctuary and Newport Live team up to host a performance by The Suitcase Junket playing their swamp-Yankee sounds. Refreshments are available for purchase. Middletown, NormanBirdSanctuary.org

September 16-18

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival: Enjoy a weekend of seminars by day and restaurant and wine dinner events by night – all backdropped with exquisite ocean views. NewportMansions.org

September 17

Book Launch: Attend the hometown launch of Barrington author Anika Denise’s latest, an illustrated biography of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. BarringtonBooks.com

Historic House Tour: The popular tour returns with visits to nine properties and a special brunch option at Dancing Oaks. LittleCompton.org

Paws In The Park Dog Walk: Marking the 20th year of this fundraiser for the RISPCA, enjoy a fun-filled day of pet activities at Rose Larisa Park, including local vendors, treats, and a canine costume contest. Riverside, RISPCA.com

September 17-18

Ocean State Bluegrass Festival and Pick-nic: Head to Frerichs Farm for two days of performances, jam sessions and workshops, food, and camping. Warren, RIBluegrass.org

September 18

Bristol PorchFest: Local bands and musicians take the “stage” on neighborhood porches, entertaining passersby and music-goers with acoustic sets all over town. Rain date: September 25. Facebook: Bristol PorchFest

Newport Oktoberfest: Bavaria meets the East Bay at this rolliking annual fundraiser for Fort Adams Trust where authentic beer flows and there’s plenty of food to go. Newport, FortAdams.org

Thrive Outside in the Mud: Get messy for a good cause! Thrive Outside in the Mud teams up with BoldrDash to raise funds for youth programming by inviting participants to compete in obstacles and challenges to get to the finish line. Warren, ThriveOutside.info  

September 23-25

Manhattan Short Film Festival: The Jamestown Arts Center is the screening venue for this annual film fest, with details to come. JamestownArtCenter.org

September 23-October 10

Newport Festa Italiana: This annual appreciation of Italian culture through food, music, and the arts kicks off with the Ziti Night benefit. A series of lively events continues through October 10 with the Italian Heritage Parade. NewportFesta.org 

September 24

Roam Around Rough Point: Explore the house and grounds of heiress Doris Duke during this special after-hours event. Wander the house, stroll the gardens, take in the seascape outside, and, this month, join in a game of croquet. NewportRestoration.org

September 24-25

Fall Anniversary Celebration: Just over the border in Swansea, Johnson’s Roadside Farm Market is hosting an autumn shindig to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Vendor samplings, raffles, face painting, and more are all part of the fun. Swansea, JohnsonsRoadsideMarket.com

September 25

Greenvale Live Music: Bay Spring Gypsy Caravan performs their blend of gypsy and traditional jazz styles at an afternoon concert on the idyllic grounds of Greenvale Vineyards. Portsmouth, Greenvale.com

September 29

Halloween Party with Ghost Mojo: Fans of funk, blues, rock, and Frank Zappa are sure to enjoy this adult event featuring a two-set show by local band Ghost Mojo at the venue known for their boozy milkshakes. Warren, GalacticTheatre.com

September 29-October 2
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. AudrainConcours.com

OCTOBER

October 2

Folk at the Farm: Enjoy a day of music with performances by Caribbean Soul Duo, The Whelks, Magnolia, and Atwater-Donnelly Band, plus food and drinks. Warren, FrerichsFarm

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, Tunnel2Towers.org

October 6-10

Rogue Island Comedy Festival: Some of the best nationally and locally acclaimed comedians perform stand-up for 13 shows at five venues around the island to get folks laughing the night away. Newport, RogueIslandComedyFest.org

October 7

Newport Classical: Flutist Adam W. Sadberry, who’s committed to expanding the Black diaspora in classical music, brings his radiant, lyrical playing to Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church for the chamber series show. NewportClassical.org

October 7-10

Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale: Enjoy breezy browsing at this lively annual event where participating shops put their wares outside and offer special discounts. Newport, BowensWharf.com

October 8

SNE Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-off: Since 2000, Frerichs Farm has hosted this popular event. Rain date is October 9 or 10. Warren, FrerichsFarm.com

Portside Picnic: Celebrating Warren’s shellfishing heritage, this annual gala for the Warren Heritage Foundation is held at Blount Clam Shack on the river, with upscale picnic fare, classic sea shanty tunes, and more. WarrenHeritageFoundationRI.org

October 9

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

October 14

Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch: Each year 1 Queen Anne Square is filled with pumpkins as far as the eye can see. Also find gourds, mums, pick-your-own, and more. Newport, TrinityNewport.org

October 15

Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival: Rhode Island’s most popular breweries and food trucks will be dishing out fan favorites for the return of this foodie fest to Fort Adams this fall. Newport, Facebook: Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

October 15-16

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, BowensWharf.com

October 16

Harvest Market: Pardon Gray Preserve on Main Road is the place to be from 12-4pm for this Tiverton Farmers Market and Tiverton Land Trust collab. Highlights include artisanal foods, food trucks, makers, artists, live music, guided tours, and more. TivertonFarmersMarket.com

Pell Bridge Run: Wake up early to participate in Newport’s annual bridge run, a picturesque four-mile journey, all while supporting dozens of nonprofit organizations. PellBridgeRun.com

Trunk or Treat: Rather than going door to door, head to Fort Adams State Park where kids get to visit a fleet of car trunks. Admission is typically a canned good. Newport, AudrainAutoMuseum.org

October 16, 23 & 30

Warren Walkabout: Park, walk, take the free trolley, or hop on a pedicab to explore historic downtown at this annual festival of arts, food, independent businesses, and history; live music all over town and artist demonstrations add to the scene. DiscoverWarren.com

HEY RHODY FALL GUIDE: NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND

ALL AUTUMN LONG

Classic Car Cruise Night: Held at various locations throughout the state, radio personality Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer holds classic car shows while DJing tunes. CruisinBruce.com 

Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors at Stillwater Mill Center in Burrillville (Saturdays through September 24), Farm Fresh Central Falls (September 6 and October 4), Farm Fresh Woonsocket (Tuesdays through October 25), the Scituate Rotary Farmers Market (Saturdays through October 1), and the Eat Drink RI Farmers Market in Smithfield (Sundays through October 9). Find times and locations at FarmFreshRI.org

Seven Cedars Farm Haunted Hayride: Ride through a mile-long trail that twists and turns through the farm’s haunted woods for a Halloween experience you won't soon forget, ever Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. Smithfield, SevenCedarsFarm.us 

Historic House Tours: On third Sundays, head to Smithfield for tours of the Smith-Appleby House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house dates back to 1702 and is situated on a rolling lawn by a stream. SmithApplebyHouse.org

Observatory Open Nights: On clear Saturday evenings, head to Peeptoad Road to view the sky at the Seagrave Memorial Observatory. Free and open to the public, weather permitting. Scituate, TheSkyScrapers.org

Stadium Theatre: Concerts, reptile experiences, drag shows, staged readings, and more are all part of the lineup at this former vaudeville house built in 1926. Woonsocket, StadiumTheatre.com

Woodlawn Bingo: Get to know the Pawtucket neighborhood of Woodlawn with this fun play-at-your-own-pace game. Download a BINGO card or pick one up at specific locations and off you go. Pawtucket, HeritagePawtucket.org

SEPTEMBER

September 9-10

Lorraine Mills Fest: Shop art and crafts from mill studios while sampling food truck fare and listening to live music to kick off the Pawtucket Arts Festival at Lorraine Mills. Pawtucket, Facebook: Lorraine Mills Fest

September 9-18

Pawtucket & Central Falls Restaurant Weeks: Flavor comes first during this celebration of all things food, featuring American, Asian, Cape Verdean, Irish, Italian, Latin American, and Indian cuisine; the PCF Empanada-Fest will also return this week on September 11. Various locations, Pawtucket and Central Falls, TourBlackstone.com

Pawtucket Arts Fest: This nine-day festival features a variety of programming, from arts in the park to live music and a block party put on by members of the Pawtucket community, all with an emphasis on education and public engagement. PawtucketArtsFestival.org

September 10

Fall Festival: The annual celebration at Seven Cedars Farm features vendors and artists selling everything from honey to baked goods to jewelry. Rain date is September 11. Smithfield, SevenCedarsFarm.us

Rootstock: To celebrate environmental nonprofit Revive the Roots’ 10th anniversary at Mowry Commons, three days of music, art, food, and fun are planned at the scenic grounds, including a Garden Tasting Fundraiser. Smithfield, ReviveTheRoots.org

Harvest Full Moon Ritual: Maeva's Cottage, an apothecary and metaphysical shop, hosts an 18+ evening of formal ritual with educational and activity-based spell crafting. Woonsocket, MaevasCottage.com

River Bend East Songwriters Festival: Local singer-songwriters will perform outside at Slater Mill along the banks of the Blackstone River, with Mark Cutler, Rachel Sumner, Kala Farnham headlining. Pawtucket, Facebook: River Bend East Songwriters Festival

September 10-11

Apple Festival: Nothing signals the start of fall quite like an apple festival. To celebrate, thousands flock to Johnston Memorial Park for apple pies, contests, and artisan row. Johnston, Members.NRIChamber.com

Rock n’ Rhode Fest: Enjoy the music of five top-rated local bands, DJ, vendors, and raffles to raise money and awareness for Make-A-Wish during the Rock n’ Rhode fest. The Last Resort provides food and drinks by local chefs alongside their swimming pool, tiki bar, and volleyball court. Smithfield, Facebook: Rock 'n Rhode Fest IV

September 17

Flower Bouquet Making Workshops: Wander over to The Garden at Daggett Farm for workshops making floral bag arrangements while supplies last. There will also be a URI Master Gardener kiosk where people are encouraged to ask gardening questions and bring a soil sample to get tested. Pawtucket, PawtucketArtsFestival.org

Great Pumpkin Festival: Experience the start of autumn with this family-friendly fall fest. Celebrate everything pumpkin with contests, food vendors, live entertainment, and community organizations. North Smithfield, GreatPumpkinFestival.org

September 17-18

Slater Park Fall Festival: Enjoy an open-air market with 100+ crafters, artisans, and makers, food, and family entertainment. This Pawtucket Arts Festival event culminates with a special performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Pawtucket, PawtucketArtsFestival.org

September 24

Apple Picking Bike Ride: The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council invites cyclists to get together for a pleasant 14-mile (round trip – roughly four hours) bike ride to Dame Farm for some classic autumn apple picking. Johnston, WRWC.org

Great Road Day: Every year, the public historic properties on quaint Great Road open their doors for visitors, each displaying special exhibits and free tours curated for this event. Lincoln, HearthsideHouse.org

Harvest Festival and Tractor Show: Find tractors, regional music, food trucks, scenic hayrides, historic barn tours, pony rides, and more at Franklin Farm’s annual Harvest Festival and Tractor Show. Perfect for family fun, this event is a fundraiser for the Historic Metcalf Franklin Farm. Cumberland, FranklinFarmRI.org

September 24-25

Oktoberfest: The German American Cultural Society of RI invites guests to their biergarten, Bierhalle and Rathskeller bar for a cultural celebration of live music, dancing, Festbier, and traditional cuisine. Pawtucket, GACSRI.org

September 30

Hocus Pocus 2 Event: Sanderson sister stans, head to Maeva’s Cottage with a non-perishable food item for a movie screening to benefit the RI Food Bank. Movie-themed products available. Woonsocket, MaevasCottage.com

OCTOBER

October 1

Bewitched and Bedazzled: If you have ever hoped to live in the world of a Disney movie, now is your chance. Chase Farm Park, the filming location of Hocus Pocus sequel, invites you to don a costume and enjoy entertainment, local vendors, psychics, contests, hayrides, live music, and more. Lincoln, GreatRoadHeritageCampus.org

October 8-10

Woonsocket AutumnFest: Since 1979, this event that spans the entire long weekend has been a Northern RI favorite. The largest fest in the area’s long itinerary includes a parade, rides, food, live entertainment, fireworks, and more. Woonsocket, AutumnFest.org

Scituate Art Festival: Don’t miss this annual event that stretches across and beyond the town’s postcard-perfect village green. Shop arts, crafts, and antiques from regional makers. Live music and a food court, rain or shine. ScituateArtFestival.org

October 15

Glocester Scarecrow Festival: Contest participants have been asked to include solar lights in this year’s entries for the Scarecrows in Illumination theme. Adding to the fun is live music, pony rides, face painting, a marketplace, and more. Chepachet, GlocesterScarecrowFestival.org

October 15, 23, 29, and 30

Gone But Not Forgotten Mourning Exhibit & Tour: Visit Hearthside House for a guided tour journeying from Simon Thornton’s wake with all the traditions and pageantry of death embraced by the Victorians on display. Lincoln, HearthsideHouse.org

October 23

Halloween at the Acres Pop-Up: Bring the kiddies to Twelve Acres for a day of activities that include a costume contest with prizes, a pumpkin carving station, and a host of food vendors. Donate a pack of diapers for Project Undercover and receive a raffle ticket. Smithfield, ProjectUndercover.org

October Walkabout: Explore Snake Den State Park. The 1,000 acres of undeveloped property boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers, plants, and a working farm. The foliage is something to behold in the fall. Johnston, Facebook: Snake Den State Park

HEY RHODY FALL GUIDE: PROVIDENCE

ALL AUTUMN LONG

Brown University Football: Watch the Brown Bears throw around the pigskin at their home games at Richard Gouse Field all fall long for their 2022 season. Varying dates, BrownBears.co

Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy buying fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors on Hope Street, Broad Street, and at Sims Market (Saturdays), Neutaconkanut Park (Mondays), the Sankofa World Market (Wednesdays), Armory Park (Thursdays), and more. Find times and locations at FarmFreshRI.org

Food Truck Fridays: Craving handheld eats and an evening outdoors? Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts local food trucks doling out street fare at Carousel Village. Every Friday through September 30, RWPZoo.org

Haunted Boat Tours: Take a spooky boat tour and learn about the many restless souls that haunt the streets and rivers of Providence. Tours run all season, with special Haunted Booo-zy Boat Rides October 31 and November 1. ProvidenceRiverBoat.com 

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular: Take a stroll through Rhody’s favorite pumpkin patch as Roger Williams Park Zoo is lined with thousands of masterfully carved, candlelit gourds. Sign up for a masterclass in jack-o-lantern carving on October 24. September 29 through October 31, RWPZoo.org

PechaKucha: A traveling presentation series, this idea- and story-sharing phenomenon hosts members of the Providence community speaking on a different theme every month, accompanied by 20 images. Find upcoming dates online. PechaKuchaPVD.org

Providence Artisans Market: Artists from all over Southern New England convene at Lippitt Park to sell their fine crafts, jewelry, paintings, and more. Saturdays through October, Facebook: PVD Artisans Market

Providence Flea Market: Take a leisurely stroll down South Water Street through tents of vintage clothing and decor, with live music, food trucks, and local nonprofits also on hand for the market’s 10th anniversary. Sundays through September 25, ProvidenceFlea.com

Providence Performing Arts Center: National music and theater tours make appearances at this world-class venue throughout the season. Find their full schedule online. PPACRI.org

Roller Disco: Providence Rink transforms into the grooviest roller skating joint in town. Skate and groove to DJs under pulsing lights and spinning disco balls, with the Trinity Beer Garden slinging brews and snacks to keep the party rolling. TheProvidenceRink.com

See a Concert: Catch live music indoors or outdoors at venues like Askew, Bold Point Park, the Columbus Theatre, Fete Music Hall, The Strand, The VETS, and more all season, with schedules and ticket ordering online.

Stranger Stories: Local writers gather to share their true stories and personal essays for this intimate reading series taking place at Askew and other city venues. Watch for upcoming readings by checking their website. StrangerStoriesPVD.com 

The Steel Yard: Along with a slew of workshops and community studio access on select nights to learn welding and other skills, a monthly outdoor art market showcases the wares of local makers the first Saturday of every month. TheSteelYard.org 

Trinity Rep: Weaving together the story of three generations of gay men living in New York City, epic drama The Inheritance (presented in two parts), is inspired by E.M. Forster’s Howards End and runs all season. TrinityRep.com

WaterFire: This iconic Providence tradition of seeing the river set ablaze while strolling Waterplace Park continues into the cooler months, with food trucks, live entertainment, and more. September 3 & 24; November 5, WaterFire.org

SEPTEMBER

September 4

Queer & Trans Zinefest: An annual small works festival celebrating the creations of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming artists, the zinefest welcomes 50 exhibitors to The Steel Yard for a free event open to the public. QTZFest.com

September 10

Miriam Hospital Gala & Auction: This year’s mega party event is A Night of Giving and Getting Down, transforming the WaterFire Arts Center into a disco dancefloor. Bell bottoms or polyester jumpsuits are encouraged attire at this fundraiser for the hospital. WaterFire.org

September 10-11

Rhode Island Seafood Festival: Pack a picnic blanket and soak up the last rays of summer while dining on lobster rolls and clam chowder at this popular fest, now in its 12th year, at India Point Park. RISeafoodFest.com

September 10 & October 22

LGBTQQIA+ Resource Fair& ART Marketplace: Haus of Codec hosts a monthly outdoor market and clothing swap featuring a variety of local vendors at Dexter Park. HausOfCodec.org

September 12 & 26

Architectural River Tour: Departing from 101 Dyer Street, these sell-out 75-minute boat tours take guests through 300 years of architectural history along the city’s waterways, from landmarks to hidden gems, led by the Providence Preservation Society. PPSRI.org

September 14

Music in the Garden: Mile of History Association sponsors this concert series presented by Providence Preservation Society at historic garden Shakespeare’s Head. This month bassist Dave Zinno and his jazz trio are featured. PPSRI.org

September 15 & 29

WBNA Concert in the Park: West Broadway Neighborhood Association presents free concerts at Dexter Park coinciding with the Farm Fresh Armory Market, where visitors can also enjoy a beer garden, fresh bites, and plenty of dancing. WBNA.org

September 16

The Enchanted Equinox Market: The Providence Flea and Witches’ Night Out Market team up to bring the magic of autumn to the well-ventilated Farm Fresh RI venue, featuring vendors, psychic readings, mini lectures, local food, and some surprises! ProvidenceFlea.com

September 17

Downtown Paddle: Join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for a relaxing paddle on the river through Downtown Providence, launching on South Water Street, to observe the city’s diverse wildlife and historic sights. WRWC.org

Heritage Day: Bring the family to the WaterFire Arts Center to explore world cultures represented in Rhode Island through exhibits, visual art, demonstrations, diverse cuisine, and a multicultural fashion show. Preservation.RI.gov

RI Herb Festival: This annual gathering invites enthusiasts and expert herbalists alike to experience a day packed with workshops, plant walks, community circles, family-friendly fun, food trucks, and more. RIHerbFestival.com

VegtoberFest: Oktoberfest goes plant-based with a vegan foodie extravaganza at Trinity Beer Garden, showcasing samples from local restaurants and breweries, plus a marketplace of artists and makers. RIVegFest.com

Yoga With Elephants: Bring a mat and water bottle to the zoo and settle in for a relaxing hour-long yoga session moving through poses alongside African elephants. All fitness levels are welcome, and an all-day zoo pass comes with admission. RWPZoo.org

September 18

Supply Community Art Mart: A collaboration by Anti-Robot Club and the WaterFire Arts Center, this free outdoor market features 5 vendors, food from Ja Patty, drinks from Trinity Brewhouse, music, and more. WaterFire.org  

September 23-30

DESIGN WEEK RI: Rhode Island designers and entrepreneurs gather for an annual celebration of local talent featuring talks, tours, panel discussions, and parties, all showcasing the innovation and economic impact of the design sector – and Hey Rhody is a sponsor! DesignXRI.com

September 24

Summer of Fresh Catch Series: All summer long Narragansett Brewery in Fox Point is pairing craft brews with local seafood. This month Walrus and Carpenter Oysters pops up on the scene dishing fresh catches. Facebook: Narragansett Beer 

Tails and Trails Gala: Celebrate Roger Williams Park Zoo’s birthday by donning your fanciest attire for the 150th gala, featuring a three-course dinner, live music, and animal meet-and-greets in support of animal care and conservation. RWPZoo.org

Makers Market: Stroll Wickenden Street for this family- and pet-friendly fest, where the street will be closed to traffic so vendors and artists can showcase their wares among local food trucks. ShopWickenden.com

September 29

FirstWorks Daniel Bernard Roumain: Haitian-American composer, violinist, and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain performs “The Telling,” a story told through music, dancing, and singing. Providence, FirstWorks.org

The Harlem Quartet: Showcasing diversity in classical music, this string quartet engages new audiences with genre-defying pieces incorporating elements of jazz, Latin, and contemporary repertoires. RICMC.org

September 30 - October 2

Narragansett Beer Oktoberfest: The Fox Point brewery brings a taste of Munich to Providence for one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in the state, with their very own Festbier, authentic German food, and lots of fun in store. Facebook: Narragansett Beer 

OCTOBER

October 1

Open Air Saturday: The final one of the season, this Downcity marketplace takes over several streets with music performances, food trucks, beer gardens, outdoor games, and more. InDowncity.com

StoryFest 22: Not just for kids, this American Story Theater production brings tall tales, folk tales, musical stories, and more to the Providence Innovation District Park. Bring a blanket and picnic and cozy up for a day of family-friendly stories. MarkBinderBooks.com

October 1-2

Little City Thrifty: Shop vintage and pre-loved clothing, books, records, art, home goods, furniture, and more at this curated experience of rummaged regalia taking over the WaterFire Arts Center with more than 85 vendors. LittleCityThrifty.com

October 7-10

Columbus Day Festival: An annual tradition put on by the Federal Hill Commerce Association, Atwells hosts entertainment stages, live chef demonstrations, a parade, and a taste of the Hill’s many restaurants throughout the weekend. FederalHillProv.com

October 8

RISD Craft: Stroll Benefit Street to peruse handmade fine art and design work by 130+ student and alumni artists, exemplifying mastery of craftsmanship and attention to detail in a wide variety of media. Facebook: RISD Craft

October 15

Rain Harvest Arts Festival: Taking place at Roger Williams Park’s Stormwater Innovation Center, this community event engages the public in stormwater runoff cleaning projects and water quality through visual and performing arts, presentations by environmental scientists, and more. StormWaterInnovation.org

October 20-21

FireBall: This annual WaterFire fundraiser is back after taking a pandemic pause in 2021. This year, partnering with Stay Silent PVD, it returns with a twist, to be revealed. WaterFire.org

October 21

Halloween Friday Flea & Witches' Night Out Market: This spooky spin on your favorite flea market takes over Farm Fresh RI with Halloween-themed goods from artisans and vendors, psychic readings, a community altar, craft cocktails, scary good eats, and more. ProvidenceFlea.com

October 30

Halloween Monster Dash 5K: Dash through the RIPTA bus tunnels in your costume of choice dodging spooky zombies – and bring the little ones along for a fun dash of their own. MonsterDashRace.com

Roger Williams Park 150th Birthday Party: Celebrate the milestone birthday of “The People’s Park” at the RWP Casino with an afternoon of guided walks and tours, costumed performers, and of course, cake! RWPConservancy.org

October 28-November 6

PVD Vegan Restaurant Week: Celebrate little Rhody’s big vegan scene with plant-based cuisine prepared by chefs and restaurants across the city and beyond. Find specials from participating eateries online. VegRestaurantWeek.com 

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ALL AUTUMN LONG

Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly: Exhibits abound throughout fall at this gallery of local and regional artists, including Local Color featuring artist Donna Mazzone and Jessica Turgoose (through October 6) and the annual All Members exhibit (October). Westerly, WesterlyArts.com

Body/Image: Hera Gallery presents two solo exhibitions from artists Tracy Weisman and Sonja Czekalski running concurrently that examine women’s bodies, from societal expectations to politicization (September 10-October 8). Wakefield, HeraGallery.org

Community Yoga: Every Saturday morning through mid-October, Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center hosts a donations-based yoga class open to the entire community. Grab your yoga mat and water bottle and get ready to stretch. North Kingstown, AnandaRhodeIsland.org

Contemporary Theater Company: CTC’s lively lineup of shows continue into fall with the RI premiere of Men on Boats (through September 10); the return of the Ocean State Black and Funny Improv Festival (October 6-8); and the hilarious satire The Thanksgiving Play (October 21-November12). Wakefield, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

Courthouse Center for the Arts: Fall means live music galore at this West Kingstown mainstay, including performances from Cash ‘n Carter: The Music of Johnny Cash and June Carter (September 2); soft-rockers The Pousette-Dart Band (September 23); and acoustic folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step (October 7). West Kingstown, CourthouseArts.org

Downtown Ghost Tours: Do you believe in ghosts? Hear stories of deadly shipwrecks, cursed pirate treasure, and witches while exploring the historic architecture of this small seaside town. Westerly, SeaSideShadows.com

Fall Harvest Festival: It’s fun on the farm at The Farmer’s Daughter. Enjoy hayrides, a pumpkin dunk tank, corn maze, scavenger hunt, barrel train, and more every weekend from September 24-October 30. South Kingstown, TheFarmersDaughterRI.com

Farmers Markets: Through mid- to late-October enjoy fresh produce, flowers, and more from local farms and vendors at 85 Main Street in Westerly (Wednesdays through September 7), Fishermen’s Memorial State Park in Narragansett (Sundays through October 9), Legion Park on Block Island (Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 8), Tilted Barn in Exeter (Wednesdays through October 12), and Independence Square in South Kingstown and Casey Farm in Saunderstown (Saturdays through October 29). Find more details on times and locations at FarmFreshRI.org

The General’s Market: This new incarnation of the oldest, continually operating flea market in Rhode Island features an array of handcrafted goods, vintage finds, and more, curated by Field of Artisans, weekends through October 2. Charlestown, FieldOfArtisans.com

Granite Theater: The venue continues its season with a lively production of The Importance of Being Earnest (September 9-24) followed by the haunting The Diary of Anne Frank (October 14-29). Don’t miss the one-night only performance of Buddy: One Last Night by local writer/performer Nick Albanese (October 1). Westerly, GraniteTheater.com

Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn: Whether it’s a culinary course, author or artist chat, a night of wine tasting, or a croquet match, the planners at these two famed destinations offer a variety of activities all season long. Westerly, OceanHouseEvents.com

Paranormal Tour: The Paranormal Legend Society takes visitors through an investigation of supernatural encounters at this spooky tour of Smith’s Castle. Reservations are required, and guests must be 18 years or older (September 21 & October 22). North Kingstown, SmithsCastle.org

Stargazing Nights at Frosty Drew Observatory: On clear Friday evenings head to what Yankee Magazine called the “Best Stargazing in New England.” See the rings of Saturn, Milky Way, and more, conditions permitting, and don’t miss a Spooky Views Halloween stargazing event October 28. Charlestown, FrostyDrew.org

United Theatre: First run and indie film screenings, live music, book signings, and more happen at this arts hub including folk artist M. Ward (September 18), and folk-punk pioneer Billy Bragg (October 7), and Jeff Coffin & Friends, featuring Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin (October 28). Westerly, UnitedTheatre.org

URI Rhody Rams Football: Bring your Rhode Island pride to the Ryan Center for the URI college football team’s home games. Arrive early for the tailgate, which requires a separate ticket, or just hit the stadium at gametime to cheer the team on to victory. Kingston, GoRhody.com

Westerly Sound: Bring a blanket and picnic basket for the free Explorations in Atmospheric Sound all-ages concert series held at Wilcox Park the first Sunday of the month, plus nationally touring acts on select dates all season. WesterlySound.org



SEPTEMBER

Through September 10

The Great Art Heist: Purchase a ticket to claim one of the member-donated works of art on display for South County Art Association’s lively fundraiser. South Kingstown, SouthCountyArt.org

September 2-4

Rhythm & Roots: Camp out and jam into the night or snag a day pass for this annual concert series showcasing musical styles ranging from Cajun to bluegrass, plus food and craft vendors, at Ninigret Park. Charlestown, RhythmAndRoots.com

September 7-10

Block Island Film Festival: This four-day movie marathon features film screenings, Q&As, and filmmaker panel discussions, plus a closing gala event. This year, the fest hosts a special screening of the documentary Nurse Mary, about Mary Donnelly, the official nurse of Block Island for 55 years. Block Island, BlockIslandInfo.com

September 8

Wickford Harbor Lights: The village’s natural beauty is illuminated by glowing lanterns on the water for a night of food trucks, restaurant specials, shopping, and music. Wickford, NorthKingstown.com

September 9

Harvest Full Moon Hike: Celebrate RI Land Trust Days with a guided night walk with South Kingstown Land Trust. The Weeden Farm hike lets guests listen to nocturnal wildlife and gather around a campfire for s’mores. South Kingstown, SKLT.org

September 9-11

Folk Art Quilt Show: The South County Museum celebrates the history of quilting and contemporary forms for its 36th annual show, featuring quilts from local makers and a raffle. Narragansett, SouthCountyMuseum.org

September 10

Calamari Festival: Dig into the Ocean State’s official appetizer at this tented rain-or-shine event featuring calamari tastings, live music, cash bar, vendor marketplace, and food trucks. Narragansett, NarragansettCOC.com

Winery Comedy Tour: A nationwide tour of topnotch stand-up performers makes an appearance at Tapped Apple this month with laughter flowing from the taps. Westerly, Facebook: Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery

Colonial Harvest Festival: Family fun at Smith’s Castle includes live performances, vendors, docent tours, a book fair, apple crisps, music, pumpkin painting, and more. North Kingstown, SmithsCastle.org 

45th Annual Run Around the Block: Enjoy stunning vistas of rolling meadows, sparkling water, and towering cliffs on this 9.3-mile run around Block Island. Block Island, BlockIslandInfo.com

September 15-18

Block Island Pride: All are welcome at this 2nd annual event where drag brunches, dance parties, and more are part of the “rainbow island goodness.” Block Island, QueerBlockIsland.com

September 16-18

Misquamicut Fall Fest: Take in the view of the Block Island Sound from atop a ferris wheel, snack on food truck fare, admire classic cars, and enjoy other fall festivities on the beach. MisquamicutFestival.org

September 16-17 

Endless Summer Festival: Jam to Steve Smith & The Nakeds and other local bands for two days of the season’s last hurrah marked by food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and beach fun. Narragansett, NarragansettRI.gov 

September 17

Harvest Festival: Celebrate fall with Fayerweather Craft Guild’s harvest festival featuring crafts from local artisans, live music, food trucks, and other seasonal treats. Kingston, FayreweatherCraftGuild.com

September 18

Walk to End Alzheimer's: Bring purpose to your daily beach walks by joining this fundraising  on Fred Benson Beach. In a beautiful display of strength, participants carry flowers to symbolize the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Block Island, BlockIslandInfo.com

Adam Vinatieri’s First Annual Clays 4 Charity: The Preserve Sporting Club invites pro and amateur clay shooters to compete to raise funds. Stick around for golf, fly fishing, ATV riding, and more. Richmond, PreserveASpot.com

September 22

Lecture on the Lawn: Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a lecture by historian and author Brian Wallin on the history of Rhode Island’s famous lighthouse keeper, Ida Lewis. Water provided, $5 donation requested. North Kingstown, SmithsCastle.org

September 23-25

Extreme Airsoft Block Party: Enjoy a weekend chock full of games, tournaments, raffles, food trucks, and more to celebrate Extreme Airsoft’s 13th anniversary. South Kingstown, ExtremeAirsoftRI.com

September 30-October 2

Block Island Birding Weekend: Autumn on the island is flock-full of migratory birds on their way to their winter homes. Audubon naturalists lead birders on field trips to spot all kinds of species. Block Island, ASRI.org

September 30-October 23

10th Annual Poetry & Art: Wickford Art Association showcases the reciprocal relationship between poetry and art with this year’s exhibit of writers and artists responding to the theme of “hope.” WickfordArt.org

OCTOBER

October 1

Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night: The Misquamicut Players reenact Monty Python’s parody of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605. A bonfire will set the stage for this comedic night at The Windjammer. Misquamicut

Wakefield Oktoberfest: Brews flow all day from the biergarten along with live music, street performers, traditional dancing, art vendors, and entertainment at this autumn celebration of German culture for the whole family. WakefieldVillageAssociation.com

October 2

Bark on the Beach: Leash up your pup and head to Narragansett Town Beach for an invigorating mile-long walk on the beach to raise money for Animal Rescue Rhode Island. Narragansett, AnimalRescueRhodeIsland.org

October 9

Block Island Half Marathon: There are no views quite like this half marathon, which takes you past beach dunes, the North Lighthouse, and rolling pastures. Block Island, RunningInTheUSA.com

October 15-16

HopArts Studio Trail: Hopkinton and Richmond artists and artisans open their studios to the public for the weekend, offering demonstrations, details of their craft, and work for sale. Hopkinton and Richmond, HopArts.org

October 22

Spooktacular & Kid’s Craft Day: Head over to Fayerweather Craft Guild for a craft fair and a variety of hands-on family-friendly Halloween art projects, demonstrations, and activities along with delicious treats. South Kingstown, Facebook: Fayerweather Craft Guild

October 23

Narragansett Rhode Race: Lace up those sneakers and enjoy iconic RI scenery while you run a marathon, half marathon, or 5K at the 8th annual Ocean State Rhode Races. A festival at Narragansett Town Beach follows. Narragansett, RhodeRaces.com

October 28

Lecture on the Lawn: Bring a lawn chair and enjoy author and local historian Robert Geake’s spooktacular lecture Ghostly Sightings: Tales Both Tall and True from Early New England. A donation of $5 is requested. North Kingstown, SmithsCastle.org

October 29

Horribles Parade: Get in the spirit of the spooky season and join in the Witches Dance with the Witches of Wickford at this family-friendly parade through historic Wickford Village. Wickford, RIWitchesGuild.com

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