Fall Rhode Island Festivals

Find a Rhode Island fall festival to attend in 2023. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2023 has things to do across Rhode Island including activities in Providence and Newport. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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Providence Fall Festivals

2023 Festivals

WaterFire - Providence, RI - Apr 1 to Nov 4, 2023
Lighting of over eighty braziers on scheduled evenints throughout the season, with lightings occuring after sunset and remaining lit until after midnight. The lightings are meant to be explored and savored on foot (plus the fire marshal won’t allow folding chairs on any riverwalks during lightings). Visit the event website for dates and times, plus any special reasons, causes, or events

Pawtucket Arts Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 1 to Sep 10, 2023
Celebrates Pawtucket’s creative and cultural life by presenting vibrant arts events throughout the month of September to Pawtucket residents and visitors.

Rhythm & Roots - Charlestown, RI - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2023
Come on down to Ninigret Park for a fantastic lineup of live entertainment across 5 stages, plus artists in residence and a family stage! A variety of vendors selling music, clothing, custom and handmade jewelry and crafts, and food will be on-site. Annual event for 20+ years. Camping spots are available. Full festival and day tickets for sale.

Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 2, 2023
Fun for the whole family as you watch Taiwanese-style dragon boats race by. Under the giant tent, the Taiwan Day Festival is filled with cultural performances, arts & craft tables, interactive activities, a dumpling eating contest and more!

Healthy Living Community Event - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 10, 2023
Fun for the whole family including scavenger hunt, crafts, food, and prizes while learning about bees and pollinator gardens.

Newport International Boat Show - Newport, RI - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2023
13 acres of powerboats and sailboats for boarding and review, plus marine products and services, seminars, boating coarses and other events. Tickets go on sale in June. Parking is $16 per vehicle.

Rhode Island Seafood Festival - Providence, RI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2023
Annual event with drinks, seafood and live music. Since 2011.

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival - Newport, RI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
Wine tasting, celebrity chef appearances, educational seminars, gala and after dark party. Free parking & shuttle transportation.

Smith’s Castle Colonial Harvest Festival - North Kingstown, RI - Sep 23, 2023
Enjoy the harvest, apple crisp, and a beautiful autumn Saturday with children’s games, food, and music. 12-4 PM. Rain date is typically the Sunday after the scheduled day.

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Rhode Island - Little Compton, RI - Sep 23, 2023
CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.

GACSRI Oktoberfest - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2023
Two days of celebration – with authentic German food, music, dancing, singing and (of course) lots of great German BEER – in the GACSRI Halls and theirr outdoor Biergarten.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair - Middletown, RI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2023
Harvest fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Features crafters and artisan booths, local food and beer vendors, live music, and family fun. Annual event for 40+ years.

Beervana Fest - Cranston, RI - Sep 30, 2023
250+ world class beers. Advance tickets are $55 online. Located at the historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Runs from 6:30 – 9 PM.

AutumnFest - Woonsocket, RI - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2023
Annual Columbus Day weekend festival. Held at the World War II Veteran’s Memorial State Park. Includes Midway rides, arts and crafts, food court, live entertainment and fireworks. Since 1977.

Ocean State Oyster Festival - Providence, RI - Oct 7, 2023
Celebrating fine Rhode Island oysters, music, and craft-beer. An Oyster Fan ticket gets you a half-dozen locally sourced oysters from an array of RI-based growers; a local micro-brewed beer, glass of wine, or spiked ginger beer. Live music & DJ’s. Proud member of the Ocean State Aquaculture Association (OSAA) with the goal of raising awareness about aquaculture industry and protecting Narrangasett Bay.

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival - Newport, RI - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2023
Enjoy fresh, local seafoods and desserts, live music, kid’s activities like face painting and pumpkin painting. Free admission.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!

Sam’s Mill Fest - Pawtucket, RI - Aug 25, 2019
Live music under a tent, artisan vendors, free mill tours all day, fiber art demonstrations, food trucks, festive libations, and more! Admission is free.

Galway Kinnell Poetry Festival - Warwick, RI - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
In honor of Pawtucket poet Galway Kinnel, the past winners of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest are planning this weekend of events, including a social gathering for poets, Pints and Poems at a local brewery, workshops, and more.

Pawsox Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 12, 2020
Enjoy food trucks and craft breweries on the PawSox field, plus live music, yard games, and more.

Slater Park Fall Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2022
Arts festival, entertainment, live music, and fireworks with activities at Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, Watercooler Society, and historic Daggett House.

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival - Providence, RI - Oct 15 to Oct 23, 2022
Screenings of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films, plus other events. Children under 14 not admitted without adult du to content of most films being intended for mature audiences.

Rhode Island Comic Con - Providence, RI - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2022
Three day con at the Rhode Island Convention Center, with adult and child one-day passes or weekend pass, and VIP option. Meet celebrity guests for autographs and photos, browse the work of comic book artists and exhibitors, after party, and more.

Find other fun things to do in Rhode Island in fall:

Oktoberfest in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Corn Mazes
Rhode Island Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Rhode Island
Pumpkin Patches in Rhode Island

3 thoughts on “Fall Rhode Island Festivals

  1. Liz Larcom says:

    How can I post information about our ucomingFall into Fun festival and our Haunted Trail? These 2 events are open to the public and are happening at Naval Station Newport. Thank you.

  2. The RI JAYCEE Alliance (RI JCI Senate & JCS Alumni Asso) says:

    National Public Lands Day 2 **Note: ** Saturday,OCTOBER 8, 2016 at 10:30Am – 2:30 PM Come join the JAYCEE Alumni Club and areawide volunteers for some fun-filled public landscaping activities such as planting fall flowers, trimming trees, pruning shrubbery, restoring planting beds, painting fences, shoring up trail/embankments, fertilizing, watering, sweeping lane, sign maintenance,trail walking/hiking along the award-winning JAYCEE Corridor & Arboretum and state Senator Donald Roch Riverwalk!

    The Arboretum is a beautiful 400 linear foot natural Esplanade with a 1.3 mile Riverwalk wilderness trail, which meanders along the confluence of the Pawtuxet River & Watershed.

    It’s portal entrance is located @ Riverpoint COMMUNITY Park – 110 Hay Street – W. Warwick, RI @ the West Bay Bikepath / GREENWAY! Contact Information: JAYCEES Phone: (401) 828-9191 E-mail: [email protected]

    We’ll Miss You SUMMER …. Hello There AUTUMN

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