bowen's wharf seafood festival

Heads up, it’s going to be a great weekend in and around Newport! With the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, Fortress Of Nightmares, International Oktoberfest and activities like the Trinity Pumpkin Patch it’s one of the best weekends of the year around here!

Here’s Our 5 Favorite Events This Weekend, Visit Our Events Calendar For More Great Events!

1 – Opening Night of Fortress Of Nightmares

Friday from 6pm – 10pm 

Experience the Tunnels of Terror, try your hand at Zombie Laser Tag or take in the Killer Film Fest. Those 12 and under can head to the Kids Fun House for snacks, crafts and trick-or-treating. If you miss opening night don’t worry. Fortress of Nightmares continues October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25. More Info 

2 – Laser Tag Battles

Friday from 10 am – 4pm and Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from 6pm – 10pm.

Fort Adams will be holding laser tag battles in the inner ditch area of the fort. Participants can wage their own battles against their opponents. Each game will cost $8 per participant.

The laser tag games start October 10, 2015 and will be played on October 10th – 12th, 15th – 16th & 24th – 25th on the hour from 10 AM to 4 PM.  

Unique Halloween themed games will also be played in the evenings during Fortress of Nightmares October 16th – 18th and October 23rd – 25th between the hours of 6 – 10 PM. The laser tag games will end October 25th resuming again in the spring. More Info

Recommended Read: 7 Spooky Things To Do In Newport This October

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3 – Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) & Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the Newport waterfront after the rush of the summer season!

Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos from Diego’s Restaurant, signature cocktails and cold New England beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. More Info

4 – Halloween Movie Night

Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Ballard Park 

Photo by Jennifer Carter

In addition to the screening of two movies Hotel Transylvania (at 6pm) and Young Frankenstein (at 8pm), the free evening will include a Halloween costume parade and contest, a meet and greet with members of the Newport Fire Department and give-away of daffodil bulbs by Newport Daffodillion. More Info

5 – Annual International Oktoberfest

Saturday & Sunday at India Point Park in Providence

Biergartens, bratwurst and Bavarian music will all be on tap at India Point Park, Providence, the new home of the 23rd Annual International Oktoberfest, that’s set to take place on Saturday, October 17th from noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18th from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The Festival, which celebrates everything German, had a very long, successful run at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, Rhode Island until the property was sold last fall.  Now, the Providence waterfront will soon be the place to find a variety of seasonal brews, full bars offering cocktails and other libations, hearty German food and live Bavarian and American entertainment.  The Festival is only open to guests who are 21+ so proper ID is required upon entry. More Info

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Ongoing Events & Activities

Recommended Read – Where & How To Celebrate Fall in Newport, RI

Dueling Pianos – You’ll sing, you’ll cheer, you’ll laugh but more than that, you’ll be entertained. This one-of-a-kind experience has been sweeping the nation and has finally come to Newport at the new, improved and famed Studio 3 Venue. Enjoy specialty cocktails, light apps and a spectacular show choreographed by long time piano man Greg Asadoorian. These shows often sell out quickly so purchase tickets ahead of time. MORE INFO Every Saturday in October at 8pm | Studio 3

Live Improv Comedy With The Bit Players – RI’s most award winning comedy troupe hits the stage with fast paced, high energy improvisation. The shows are a lot like “Whose Line is it Anyway” with hilarious scenes, hysterical musical numbers & larger than life characters all inspired by audience suggestions. Got a group event? We’ll make it extra special, bring you on stage, make you a video, & so much more. Just let us know ahead of time. Every show is BYOB! Call now for reservations, shows sell out. Laugh More. More Info Every Friday & Saturday at 8pm at The Firehouse Theater

Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & Hayrides: As the season for costumes and candy creeps in, we Newporter’s are savoring the last bits of seaside sun, planning our favorite fall adventures, and picking out our favorite pumpkins for pumpkin carving contests. The What’sUpNewp Crew has harvested a list of the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides in Newport County. Now all you have to worry about is what you’re going to be for Halloween… READ THE STORY

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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