Norman Bird Sanctuary will host their 43rd Annual Harvest Fair this weekend, September 30th and October 1st.


In an autumn tradition that has spanned generations of families across Rhode Island and southern New England, kids of all ages are invited to play old-fashioned games, including traditional midway games for prizes, battle in the mud pit, join a tug o’ war, or ride in the “Mabel Express” Barrel Train.


“The magic of the Harvest Fair is watching kids have a blast playing games that have been around for centuries,” said Lesley Muir, director of special events at Norman Bird Sanctuary, “Between the sack races, monkey bridge, or greased pole, it’s great to see the tradition lives on with the new generation.”


A special Children’s Tent will entertain kids with face painting, pumpkin-painting, and nature-themed crafts taught by Newport Art Museum educators. Over at the Family Entertainment Tent, animal lovers will enjoy live animal presentations led by Norman Bird Sanctuary Education staff, including one of NBS’ resident red-tailed hawks.


Adults get a jump on creative holiday shopping at the Crafters’ Tent featuring more than 70 talented crafters and artisans selling unique handmade items. Meanwhile, 15 local food trucks and vendors offer an array of appetizing selections from Sweet B’s Donuts to Binge BBQ’s smoked brisket sandwiches.


Gardeners and cooks are invited to submit their most impressive flowers, vegetables, or delicious harvest-themed dishes for the Home and Garden Competition.


To top it all off, fair-goers will visit the Newport Storm Beer Garden to grab a drink and enjoy live music all weekend by a lively lineup of 13 bands and musicians.


The proceeds of the 43rd Annual Harvest Fair support Norman Bird Sanctuary’s mission to preserve and protect their 325 acres of natural habitat and provide environmental education programs to a diverse audience of learners of all ages.

The event will run Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adults: $6, Children (3-12 years): $3, Under 3: Free. Tickets available at the gate.

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