Outdoor Festivals & Fun Things to Do
image credit: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events#
As we bid farewell to another beautiful Newport summer, many vacationers and locals alike are asking WHAT EVER DO WE DO?! Well fret not friends, because with the beautiful weather and New England foliage brings a season of fun-filled events. We’ve composed our top ten favorites for upcoming festivals and sites to see, and best of all, they are all outdoors. So get on out there and enjoy the fall! If you’re coming from out of town, allow us to host your autumn visit and check out our availability today!
- Hangout at the Harvest Festival
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary - Third Beach Middletown, RI
When: (Oct 3rd & 4th)
This year’s 41st Annual Harvest Fair is sure to be a hoot! This family-friendly event features games, crafts for sale by artisans, live music, and local food and beer. Tickets are very affordable and available at the gate or online.
More information: http://normanbirdsanctuary.org/annual-events/harvest-fair/
- Drink Wine on a Mansion Lawn
When: Sept 26th & 27th
Where: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Newport, RI
This is the wine tasting festival of festivals! Don’t miss this 2 day grand tasting on the lawn of the Marble House featuring hundreds of fine wines, celebrity chef appearances, gourmet food, and more. Tickets are for sale online.
More Information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival
- Learn an Old-World Skill
When: Lectures & Events Open in the Fall (see calendar)
Where: Prescott Farm & Windmill - Middletown, RI
Ever wanted to learn about ceramics or how to build a stonewall? Prescott Farm & Windmill, known for their Revolutionary War History, is hosting a series of lectures through the fall. Their professionally-kept grounds are open daily from dusk till dawn, so you can explore the herb gardens and duck pond.
- Go Apple & Pumpkin Picking
When: Every Day - 8 am to 7 pm – Through December
Where: Sweet Berry Farm – Middletown, RI
Sweet Berry Farm is one of Middletown’s most charming locations and an excellent place to go picking for apples, raspberries, and pumpkins. They also have their own farm market with all kinds of local products for sale including smoked meats and artisan cheeses. They even have a self-serve farm café on sight which always serves fresh pizza, sandwiches, pastries and more!
More information: http://www.sweetberryfarmri.com/
- Stroll the Cliff Walk
When: Open Year-Around
Where: Newport, RI
Of all the sights in Newport, walking down the 40 steps to watch the waves crash on the rocks is one of the most epic views you can witness! The 3.5 mile cliff walk is a perfect place to stroll with your hunny or even your dog!
More information: http://www.cliffwalk.com/
- Set Sail from Bowen’s Wharf
When: Through October (see calendar)
Where: Bowen’s Wharf – Newport, RI
Adirondack II sailing tours are offered morning, day, and dusk, there is nothing like boarding a schooner and setting out to sea in the gorgeous Newport harbor. Newport sailing tours take about an hour and a half, and their accommodating staff will fill you in on the history of some of the sights and even pour you a mimosa or a “dark & stormy!” Reservations are available through October:
- Rough It
When: Open Year-Around
Where: Beavertail State Park - Jamestown, RI
If you’re looking to get outdoors without spending a dime, be sure to explore Beavertail State Park. Known for its stunning site-seeing, you can enjoy the costal view right from the seat of your car, or hop on a trail for some hiking. Its tidal pools offer some of the best saltwater fishing in the area, so drop a line, kick back, and enjoy the view!
More information: http://riparks.com/Locations/LocationBeavertail.html
- Eat Lots and Lots of Seafood
When: Oct 18th & 19th
Where: Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival – Newport, RI
Come stuff yourselves with clam chowder, quahogs, raw oysters, and more right on the harbor! This locally famed 2 day celebration honors the “Harvest of the Sea”. Open to the public right in the heart of Newport, this event offers New England’s finest seafood, local drinks, and live music. Admission is free admission and food & beverages are purchased at booths.
More information: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events
- Relax at the Vineyards
When: Sept 27th @ 2:00PM
Where: Newport Vineyards - Route 138 Middletown, RI
Newport Vineyards is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Bash along with its multi-million dollar renovation, which includes their very own Brix Restaurant, marketplace, and bakery. This event features live music, wine tastings, food sampling, and even the “Great Grape Stomp-Off”! Cheers to their 20 years!
For more information: http://www.newportvineyards.com/
- Get Spooked!
When: October 16th - 18 & 23rd - 25th @ 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
Don’t miss this year’s most frightening festival, “Fortress of Nightmares”, to kick off your Halloween! This event features the all new “Tunnels of Terror”, zombie-hunting laser tag, “beer graveyard”, and food truck. Fun for all ages, there will also be a film festival and gallery.
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