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Fairs and Festivals -- Music, food, dance, art, ethnic, children's celebrations

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Rhode Island has a unique blend of year-round fairs and festivals. Stay local and savor the best of Rhode Island. At food events, seafood gets top billing with lobster, oysters, steamers, chowder, and clam cakes on the menu. Local art and artisans are aplenty from the RI School of Design to sellers in galleries and shops. You’ll find classic cars shows, farm shows, music from Zydeco to rhythm and blues, and the world-famous Newport jazz and folk festivals. There are parades, fireworks and hot air balloons; Waterfire lights up Providence all summer and fall. Find places to stay for all budgets and tastes!

 Concert Under the Elms in Providence
Scituate Art Festival 2018

Village Green, Route 116 North Scituate, RI Phone:

October 6-8, 2018

Guests of all ages can appreciate this 48-year-old gathering of fine artists and craftspeople on the town green. From original modern art to one-of-a-kind antique treasures, this outdoor celebration of fine art features hundreds of vendors and displays. Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of fall in New England. Artists from all over the country will be here in idyllic Scituate for a day of fun. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Autumn Tour Weekend 2018 at Kenyon’s Grist Mill

21 Glen Rock Road West Kingston, RI Phone: 401-783-4054

October 20-21, 2018

Enjoy tours of Kenyon's Grist Mill and Johnny Cake demonstrations. Sample Johnny Cakes and coffee, clam cakes and chowder. Kayak along the Queen's River for $15 per hour per person. All equipment is provided. Kayak rentals are first come; first serve. We will not be taking reservations. here. Free admission and parking. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Harvest Festival 2018 at Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road Middletown, RI Phone:

October 27, 2018

This is a day of grape stomping, wine tasting, and pie eating. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping on our local wines, and sampling food by Vineyard chefs. Compete in Grape Stomping Competition or Pie Eating Contest. Or simply relax and capture the memories with a photo of you and one of TEN31's live wine statues.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person, includes wine tasting
Colonial Harvest Festival 2018

Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

October 13, 2018

Smith's Castle will be celebrating the harvest season with a focus on our history as a dairy farm. Docents will lead house tours and URI Master Gardeners will provide free soil testing. The new Woodland Trails will be open. The Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and the music group 6 Years will entertain. There will be colonial games, face painting, a pumpkin roll maze, farm exhibits and demonstrations of butter- and cheese making. Vendors and artisans will be selling handcrafted items, goods and food. Rain date is October 14.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Above age 12, $8; children age 6-12 years, $4; family maximum, $20
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Autumnfest 2016 in Woonsocket

World War II Park, Social Street Woonsocket, RI Phone:

October 5-8, 2018

Food row, beer tent, midway rides, dodgeball, tug o' war, arts & crafts booths, merchant vendor booths, entertainment at the bandstand, kiddiefest, fireworks and the Autumnfest Parade. Parade starts on Diamond Hill Road Plazas, at 9:30 a.m. and ends at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Fireworks Sunday at 9 p.m.; parade Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 2018

The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff, Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

September 20-23, 2018

The Marble House lawn will be the spectacular setting for the two-day Grand Tasting on September 22 and 23. This event offers guests the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen regional restaurants and caterers.
Fashion designer and cookbook author Zac Posen will headline the Grand Tasting, cooking on September 22 and signing copies of his cookbook, "Cooking with Zac."
Hundreds of wines from around the world will be featured throughout the many weekend events. Additional highlights include the Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala and the Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff on Saturday. Newport After Dark will be on Saturday night at Forty 1˚ North. The Sunday Jazz Brunch happens on the Marble House Terrace.
Seminars will take place on Friday and Saturday at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House. They are led by vintners and industry experts.