Find a Rhode Island fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 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.Last Major Update:
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Union Station Brewery Oktoberfest - Providence, RI - Oct 15, 2016
Great International Fall Beer Festival - Providence, RI - Nov 5, 2016
Slater Park Fall Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 8 to Sep 24, 2017
Arts festival, event, and fireworks with activities at Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, Watercooler Society, and historic Daggett House.
WaterFire - Providence, RI - May 26 to Nov 10, 2018
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).
Sam’s Mill Fest - Pawtucket, RI - Aug 26, 2018
Come to where modern America was born to celebrate the innovation and entreprenuerial spirit of manufacturing, arts, and more – art vendors, all day music lineup, free museum tours, food trucks and more.
Rhythm and Roots Festival - Charlestown, RI - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
Spend Labor Day Weekend at Ninigret Park. 5 stages of live music. Full festival and day tickets for sale. Camping available. Annual event for 20+ years.
Rhythm & Roots - Charlestown, RI - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
Come on down to Ninigret Park for a fantastic lineup of live entertainment, 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. Camping spots are available
Pawtucket Arts Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 1 to Sep 30, 2018
20th annual. Celebrates Pawtucket’s creative and cultural life by presenting vibrant arts events throughout the month of September to Pawtucket residents and visitors.
Rhode Island Seafood Festival - Providence, RI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Annual event with drinks, seafood and live music. Since 2011.
Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 8, 2018
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!
Newport International Boat Show - Newport, RI - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
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.
Newport Wooden Boat Show - Newport, RI - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
Running concurrently with the Newport International Boat Show, enjoy a city-wide event along half a mile of Newport waterfront highlights wooden boats including Hinckley, Hunt and similar Down East-style boats.
Galway Kinnell Poetry Festival - Warwick, RI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
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 15, 2018
Enjoy food trucks and craft breweries on the PawSox field, plus live music, yard games, and more.
Healthy Living Community Event - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 16, 2018
Fun for the whole family including scavender hunt, crafts, food, and prizes while learning about bees and pollinator gardens.
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival - Newport, RI - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
Wine tasting, celebrity chef appearances, educational seminars, gala and after dark party. Free parking & shuttle transportation.
Ocean State Oyster Festival - Providence, RI - Sep 22, 2018
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.
Downtown Rising Fest - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 22, 2018
3 stages of live music as three music festivals converge – Rocktucket, River Bend, and Culture Shock make downtown Pawtucket come alive at this family friendly event that also features street performers, children’s activities, BMX exhibition, food trucks, classic cars, art vendors, two beer gardens, and more. $5 suggested donation.
Oktoberfest at Redlefsen’s - Bristol, RI - Sep 26 to Oct 25, 2018
Starts with a kickoff parade. They will celebrate with German food music and dancing every Wednesday and Thursday through October.
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair - Middletown, RI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
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.
GACSRI Oktoberfest - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
AutumnFest - Woonsocket, RI - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2018
40th annual. 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.
International Oktoberfest - Newport, RI - Oct 6, 2018
Sendoff summer with a Rhode Island Oktoberfest on the Newport waterfront. Expect seasonal brews with savory German cuisine and music emanating from the beer gardens. Saturday has an active, college/beerfest vibe. Seniors and families with small children are encouraged to attend on Sunday, which is typically less congested.
Bold Point Park Oktoberfest - East Providence, RI - Oct 6, 2018
The 26th Annual International Oktoberfest is brewing at Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront Its back on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday! Its the original Rhode Island Oktoberfest with Biergartens featuring dozens of seasonal, craft, imported and local brews, autumnal libations, food trucks offering traditional German favorites and festival fare, and a lively backdrop of spirited Bavarian/American entertainment. Join us for the annual gathering of friends celebrating the Fall and little Bavaria in RI!
Beervana Fest - Cranston, RI - Oct 12, 2018
250+ world class beers. Advance tickets are $55 online. Located at the historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Runs from 6:30 – 10 PM.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival - Newport, RI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
Enjoy fresh, local seafoods and desserts, live music, kid’s activities like face painting and pumpkin painting. Free admission.
Smith’s Castle Colonial Harvest Festival - North Kingstown, RI - Oct 13, 2018
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.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival - Newport, RI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
Free admission to a weekend of fresh, local seafood, cocktails and beer, plus live music and more!
Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival - Providence, RI - Oct 22 to Oct 28, 2018
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.
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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