Six Picks: The best in local events this October

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(Photo – The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival returns this month. Photo Credit: Bowen’s Wharf)

In Newport and its neighboring coastal communities, fall is a time when the air turns as crisp as the ripened apples on the trees and the pace is noticeably slower—but that doesn’t mean things slow down.

Here’s a half-dozen of  our favorite events happening this month;

1 – Broadway Street Fair, Oct. 6:  

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A family-friendly day of music, food, children’s activities, art, dancing and so much more along more than a half-dozen blocks on Newport’s popular retail and restaurant-lined Broadway and continuing throughout Washington Square.

2 – Bowen’s Wharf 28th Annual Seafood Festival, Oct. 13-14: 

Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” this ever-expanding event features lobsters, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams as well as dishes for landlubbers and kids in a festival atmosphere along the waterfront. Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine.

3 – Trinity Church’s Annual Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 13 – 31:

In the heart of downtown Newport, Queen Anne Square transforms into an autumnal epicenter with thousands of pumpkins for sale, artisan crafts, live music on the weekends and hot apple cider.

4 – Fortress of Nightmares, Oct. 12 – 27

Fortress of Nightmares returns to Fort Adams this October for its fourteenth season with new adventures and attractions.  Fortress of Nightmares is the largest and last of the season fundraiser for the year that benefits the Fort Adams Trust. The haunted attraction features: “Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem in 3D, Paranormal 360 and this year’s newest attraction ‘Spirits Rising.” Tickets are $15 per person with participation in “Paranormal 360” an additional $7.  It is recommended that attendees be at least 12 years old and up. For more information and to purchase tickets on Fortress of Nightmares go to:

5 – Newport Vineyards Harvest Festival, Oct. 27 & 28:

Sip, savor and toast to the seasons’ crush at Newport Vineyards’ 3rd Annual Harvest Celebration! A day full of grape stomping, wine and Taproot beer tasting, pie eating goodness. Enjoy live music, while sipping on their local wines or fresh Taproot beer, and noshing on food created by scratch from the Vineyards culinary team. Feeling competitive? You could be called to compete in their Grape Stomp Competition or their Pie Eating Contest! All while enjoying a glass of wine OR beer overlooking the vines.


6 – Taste of Newport, Oct. 28: 

This savory event showcases thoughtfully curated culinary and libation samplings from more than two dozen participating restaurants all to benefit Child & Family, the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County.


Bonus – The Birds & The Teldynes at Jane Pickens Theater, Oct. 24;

What’sUpNewp and Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center will present Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) on Wednesday, October 24th.. the perfect way to celebrate Halloween! Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.. a perfect way to celebrate Halloween! The party starts at 6:30 with live music by The Z-Boys. Come early, grab a seat and listen to the music!

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