Fall Rhode Island Festivals in 2016
Looking for things to do near Providence or Newport? You can find the dates for a number of different events in Rhode Island here. For such a small state, RI plays host to a pretty good number of fall and harvest festivals in fall 2016. Plus, if you are looking to enjoy seafood in the fall, there’s definitely a festival for that here. There’s even one to celebrate a mysterious cornmeal flatbread known as a Johnny Cake. So once you have sobered up from Oktoberfest in Rhode Island, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful weather of autumn. Be sure to put one of these on your calendar now!
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Rhythm and Roots Festival – Charlestown – September 2-4, 2016
Spend Labor Day Weekend at Ninigret Park. 19th annual event. 5 stages of live music. Full festival and day tickets for sale. Camping available.
Rhode Island Seafood Festival – Providence, RI – September 10-11, 2016
Sixth annual event with drinks, seafood and live music.
Slater Park Fall Festival – Pawtucket, RI – September 10-11, 2016. Arts festival, event, and fireworks with activities at Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, Watercooler Society, and historic Daggett House.
Newport International Boat Show – Sept 15-18, 2016
13 acres of powerboats and sailboats for boarding and review. Tickets go on sale in June. Parking is $16 per vehicle.
Ocean State Oyster Festival – Providence – Sept 17, 2016
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Newport, RI – September 23-25, 2016
Wine tasting, celebrity chef appearances, gala and after dark party.
Smith’s Castle Colonial Harvest Festival – North Kingstown, RI – Sept 24-25, 2016
Cluny Country Fair – Newport, RI – September 25, 2016
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair – Middletown, RI – October 1-2, 2016. Time for the 42nd harvest fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Features include crafters and artisan booth, local foods and beer vendors, live music, and family fun.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival – Newport – Oct 15-16, 2016
26th annual event. Named one of 10 fabulous fall festivals on the coast by Coastal Living Magazine. Enjoy fresh, local seafoods and desserts. Live music. Kid’s activities include face painting and pumpkin painting.
Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival – Providence, RI – October 17-23, 2016
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Providence Honk Fest Pronk Fest – Providence, RI – October 12, 2015
Beervana Fest – Cranston, RI – October 16, 2015
150+ world class beers. Only 1000 tickets available. Advance tickets are $50 online. Located at the historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Runs from 6:30 – 10 PM.
Wakefield Art Festival – Wakefield, RI – October 3, 2015
Great International Fall Beer Festival – Providence, RI – October 24, 2015
WaterFire – Providence, RI – Nov 7, 2015. A full range of activities featuring “WaterFire Salute to Veterans.
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