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From a pig roast to Newport Seafood Festival, here are the top events that you shouldn’t miss in and around Newport this October!

1 – Goose Island Beer Dinner at Midtown Oyster Bar, October 7th

Midtown Oyster Bar will host their 3rd Annual Pig Roast and Beer Dinner on Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 per person and reservations can be made by calling Midtown at 401-619-4100.

2 – Rogue Island Comedy Festival, October 8 – 11

Rhode Island’s first ever stand-up comedy festival! Local comedian Doug Key is bringing the best nationally known comedians to historic Newport! More Info

3 – Laser Tag at Fort Adams

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.

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. Each game will cost $8 per participant. 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.

4 – Columbus Day Parade on October 12th

The Columbus Day Parade steps off at Noon on Monday, October 12th. The Grand Marshal will lead the parade to the Columbus Monument at Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue followed by luncheon at Sardella’s Restaurant ($12.50/$5)

5 – Fortress Of Nightmares

October 16, 2015 – October 18, 2015 & October 23, 2015 – October 25, 2015

Head to Historic Fort Adams and experience all this National Historic Landmark has to offer, after-dark. Venture through our Tunnels of Terror Haunted Maze and tour our Officers Quarters and Casemates while exploring the paranormal history. Ghost Tours and Hunts available seasonally. FEAR at Fort Adams is open from 6p-10p followed by Fortress Ghost Hunts, Sunday evenings in October – Tickets now available online! More Info

6  – 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival on October 17th and 18th

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Bowen’s Wharf will host their 25th annual Seafood Festival on October 17th in 18th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Fresh local seafood, cold New England beer, signature cocktails accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf. Kid’s activities and the opportunity to get aboard SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s official sailing education vessel! Free admission, family friendly, rain or shine! MORE INFO

7 – Ballard Park Movie Night on October 17th

This year’s event  will feature two movies (one for kids, and one more thrilling option for adults), plus a Halloween costume parade and contest, free daffodils given away by Newport Daffodillion and a meet and greet with members of the Newport Fire Department. 5pm: The Quarry Meadow opens for a meet and greet with the Newport Fire Department. 5:30pm: Costume parade for children. 6pm: Children’s movie begins. 7:30pm: Adult movie begins. Free.

8 – Pell Bridge Run on October 25th

Check this beauty off your bucket list. Run or walk the iconic Pell Bridge at sunrise in a 4.1 mile event sponsored by Citizens Bank and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. All proceeds from this event are donated to local charities. 7:15am. Race starts in Jamestown and ends in Downtown Newport.

Full List of Halloween Events To Come

Off Island

International Oktoberfest on October 17th & 18th

Saturday, October 17th – 12pm to 8pm & Sunday, October 18th – 12pm to 6pm

Oktoberfest on the Waterfront – Waterfront Events official sendoff to summer, and salute to the arrival of autumn, has found a new home on the Providence Waterfront at India Point Park! Join them for their annual reunion of friends enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria in Rhode Island. Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens. Tickets on sale now! Visit for details.


Visit The Mansions: The Preservation Society of Newport County is offering all Newport residents and their families to enjoy all regularly scheduled tours of the Newport Mansions for free in 2015. Any resident member of your family is welcome to enjoy any regular tour, any day of the week, just by showing proof of City of Newport residency at the ticket station at any one of the Newport Mansions. Free admission for Newport residents is available at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.

Pick You Own: It’s the perfect time of year to taste fall’s bounty at local farms. Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown ( ) offers pick your own apples, peaches and pumpkins through the end of October while Rocky Brook Orchard, Aquidneck Island’s original pick-your-own orchard (, offers more than 60 apple varieties for picking through Columbus Day.

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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