Is Rhode Island having the most perfect fall ever, or are we dreaming? The beautiful days just keep rolling, and we've got 5 perfect ways to enjoy your coming weekend, whether in the city for a romantic musical or out in Rhode Island's prettiest towns for seasonal festivals and fairs.
39th Annual Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair, Middletown
A fall Rhode Island classic with mud pit, monkey bridge and greased pole. From hay and pony rides to pumpkin painting and children's crafts, the Norman Bird Sanctuary celebrates country pleasures at its annual Harvest Fair
offering families a wealth of time-honored games and live entertainment. 10am-5pm. Adults $6, Children (3-12) $3, Under 3 FREE. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 401-846-2577.
Once at PPAC, Providence
Date night, anyone? Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, ONCE
is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Performances Thursday-Friday 7:30pm, Sat. 2pm/8pm, Sun 1pm/6:30pm. Fri/Sat Eves, Sat/Sun Matinees: $80, $68, $63, $53; All Others (Weekdays, Sun Eve): $70, $58, $53, $43. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St, Providence. 401-421-ARTS.
7th Annual Duck Race, Royal Mills, West Warwick
The family fun at Thundermist Health Center
's 7th Annual Duck Race includes face painting, balloon art, and pumpkin painting. At 1:30 approximately 3,000 ducks race down the Pawtuxet River. The owner of the winning duck receives $1,000. The event is free and open to the public. Ducks can be purchase for $5 (6 for $25) the day of the event or on our website. 11am-2pm (duck launch at 1:30!). The event is free and open to the public. Ducks can be purchase for $5 (6 for $25) the day of the event or on our website. Royal Mills, Providence Street, West Warwick. 401-235-6887.
Festival Fete's Wakefield Art Festival, Wakefield
Saturday Festival Fete
will hold an arts extravaganza in charming Wakefield. More than 120 Contemporary American Craftsmen, festive food, live music & strolling entertainment to include Big Nazo, Eddie Raymond the Magician, Ladies of the Rolling Pin, and Lizzie James & the Greystone Rail. 10am-5pm. FREE. Rain or shine.
2nd Annual Celebrate Burrillville, Burrillville
Saturday A showcase for town organizations and local government is a fun family Blackstone Valley outing. Check out the Burrillville Police Mobile Command Center & Car Seat Inspections; Face Painting; Mini Vendor Fair hosted by RE:discover; Recycled Bird Feeder Craft and Game Center provided by the Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department; Bird Walk with Todd McLeish at 10:00 am along the Burrillville Bike Path; and the Jesse Smith Library Story Trail where children follow the “Path of Pages” to enjoy the popular children’s book Bats at the Library. Then head inside the library for a special bat craft and outside for stories and a craft. There will be a special Geek the Library table as well.