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 – 4th Annual Midtown Pig Roast & Beer, October 4th

Midtown Oyster Bar will host their 4th Annual Pig Roast and Beer Dinner on Tuesday, October 4th. Tickets are $75 per person (includes tax & tip), reservations can be made by calling Midtown at 401-619-4100.

2. The Blues Brothers Party, October 5

Join What’sUpNewp at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center on Wednesday, October 5th for our Blues Brothers Party! The evening will include live music with Big Cat Blues and a screening of the classic, The Blues Brothers! More Info & Tickets

4 – Rogue Island Comedy Festival, October 6 – 9

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

5 – Laser Tag at Fort Adams, October

Fort Adams will be holding laser tag battles throughout October in the inner ditch area of the fort. Participants can wage their own battles against their opponents. More Info

6 – Columbus Day Parade on October 10th

The Columbus Day Parade steps off at Noon on Monday, October 10th. 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)

7 – Fortress Of Nightmares

October 21 – 23  & October 28-30

Head to Historic Fort Adams and experience all this National Historic Landmark has to offer, after-dark. Venture through the Tunnels of Terror Haunted Maze and tour the Officers Quarters and Casemates while exploring the paranormal history. Ghost Tours and Hunts available seasonally. Fortress Of Nightmares is open from 7p-10p. Tickets now available online! More Info

8  – 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival on October 15th and 16th

Historic Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 26th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, on October 15th and 16th. 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 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, lobster rolls, fried calamari, signature cocktails and cold beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. Other 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). Fresh juice, soft drinks, desserts and kettle corn for your sweet tooth. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf and proceeds from festival bars benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel which will be at Bowen’s Wharf Marina and available for ship visits.

As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Live folk, Celtic, Caribbean and blues music are just a taste of what you’ll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!

Check in with The Nature Conservancy of RI while you’re here: they’re helping us all make sure that recyclables, compostables, shells, trash are all separated and heading to the best possible place for disposal.

Join the 8,000-10,000 locals and devoted visitors over the course of this two-day event.  More Info

9 – Pell Bridge Run, October 23rd

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


Pick Your 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 More

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).