Find a Rhode Island fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
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!
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.
International Oktoberfest - East Providence, RI - Oct 6, 2018
The International Oktoberfest is brewing at Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront . It’s 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.
WaterFire - Providence, RI - May 23 to Nov 2, 2019
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
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.
Downtown Rising Fest - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 7, 2019
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.
Ocean State Oyster Festival - Providence, RI - Sep 21, 2019
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.
Healthy Living Community Event - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 21, 2019
Fun for the whole family including scavender hunt, crafts, food, and prizes while learning about bees and pollinator gardens.
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.
GACSRI Oktoberfest - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
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.
Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival - Providence, RI - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2019
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.
Beervana Fest - Cranston, RI - Oct 26, 2019
250+ world class beers. Advance tickets are $55 online. Located at the historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Runs from 6:30 – 9 PM.
Pawtucket Arts Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 4 to Sep 13, 2020
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 4 to Sep 6, 2020
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.
Slater Park Fall Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 5 to Sep 6, 2020
Arts festival, entertainment, live music, and fireworks with activities at Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, Watercooler Society, and historic Daggett House.
Rhode Island Seafood Festival - Providence, RI - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Annual event with drinks, seafood and live music. Since 2011.
Smith’s Castle Colonial Harvest Festival - North Kingstown, RI - Sep 12, 2020
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.
Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival - Pawtucket, RI - Sep 12, 2020
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!
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.
Newport International Boat Show - Newport, RI - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
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 Mansions Wine & Food Festival - Newport, RI - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Wine tasting, celebrity chef appearances, educational seminars, gala and after dark party. Free parking & shuttle transportation.
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair - Middletown, RI - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
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.
AutumnFest - Woonsocket, RI - Oct 9 to Oct 12, 2020
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.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival - Newport, RI - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Enjoy fresh, local seafoods and desserts, live music, kid’s activities like face painting and pumpkin painting. Free admission.
Rhode Island Comic Con - Providence, RI - Nov 6 to Nov 8, 2020
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.
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