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slides: Rhode Island’s Best Fall Festivals 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012


It's peak fall festival season, and we've got all the best events, from one end of the state to the other. Whether it's a family-centered harvest fest or a raucus Oktoberfest, it's all great fun. Bookmark all these events to make your autumn the best yet.


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Slater Park Fall Festival

September 15-16

Slater Park, Pawtucket

Family fun event for all ages! Visit Daggett Farm, ride the Looff Carousel, visit the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and tour the historic Daggett House. An open air market features food, craft, exhibitions and performances.

1-5pm. For more information, go here.

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RI Heritage Day Festival

September 22

Roger Williams National Memorial, Providence

"Travel around the world in a day" with cultural displays, a mouth-watering array of traditional foods and craft demonstrations and exhibits from more than 11 different countries and food from over 8 countries. 282 South Main Street, Providence.

12-6pm. For more information, visit RI Historical & Preservation Commission Web page, here.

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Johnston Apple Festival

September 29-30


It's apple central, and 'tis the season for celebrating. Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, rides, pony/train rides, face painting, apple pie contest, live music, entertainment, food, wellness fair, kids zone, and more! Free parking and admission. 

10am–6pm. Johnston Memorial Park, Hartford Avenue (Route 6). Visit the North Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

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Middletown Harvest Fair

September 29-30


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. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd or visit the Norman Bird Sanctuary Web site for more information.

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O Fest RI

October 5-8


This one's for the 21+ crowd... but if you like a party where it's slated to go "'til the beer runs out," this one's for you. Beer, music and food by the falls in downtownPawtucket. Seven featured beers.

Kicks off Friday 6pm. For more informaiton, go to octoberfestri.com

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International Oktoberfest

October 6-7


Bring on the bier steins and brouhaha at one of the region's biggest Oktoberfests. It's a Columbus Day Weekend slam-dunk, with live entertainment, international food and brewed beverages, and seasonal family fun for everyone to enjoy, and it's right on the Newport waterfront.

12-8pm. For more information, go to www.newportwaterfrontevents.com/international-oktoberfest/

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October 6-8

World War II Veteran's Memorial Park, Woonsocket

A Blackstone Valley Columbus Day Weekend classic since 1979. Big family fun, including live  entertainment, fireworks, amusement rides, food court, classic and muscle car show, consumer showcase, arts and crafts, Columbus Day Parade and much more.

Sat-Sun 10am-10pm, Mon 10am-6p. For more information, go here

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Colonial Harvest Festival

October 13

Smith's Castle, Wickford

Experience the days of the 18th century corn husking festivals when the Updike family of Smith’s Castle presided over one of the largest of the Narragansett Plantations. Enjoy live entertainment and savor homemade seasonal treats, including delicious local apple crisp.

12-4pm. For more information, go here.

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Seafood Festival

October 13-14

Bowen's Wharf, Newport

Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival offers copious amounts of seafood, continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Neighboring restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids).

11am-5pm. Free admission. For more information, go here.

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Johnny Cake Festival

October 20-21

Kenyon's Grist Mill, West Kingston

Pure Rhode Island. Enjoy free samples of seasonal fare, beverages, sweets, snacks, Johnny Cakes, and more.  Sample local wine and beer, and purchase by the glass.  Take a tour of the historic mill, enjoy a colonial encampment, visit with the alpacas and sheep, listen to live music, and watch a variety of old-world demonstrations along the scenic Queen’s River and waterfall.

10am-5pm. For more information, go here.

Photo: Karen Bartlett


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