Fall in New England is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It's the perfect weather to enjoy festivals and events while taking in the beautiful foliage. October is chock full of fall activities, so take a look at a few of the festivals happening in and around Providence.
Scituate Art Festival, October 7-9
The Scituate Art Festival, celebrating 51 years, is a favorite Rhode Island tradition over Columbus Day weekend. Scituate is a picturesque New England town not far from Providence, nestled in the northwest corner of Rhode Island. The festival features 200 juried art and craft exhibitors, select antique vendors, a food court offering regional specialties, live musical entertainment, and a huge art/craft/antique raffle. Stroll the beautiful North Scituate village green, while taking in unique varieties of art, craft, sculpture and antiques, and listening to upbeat music. Autumn provides the perfect backdrop for this wonderful festival, with crisp air and colorful foliage.
Providence Honk Fest, October 9
PRONK! (the Providence HONK! Festival) presents a heartfelt antidote to mainstream culture by inviting people from all walks of life to come together for a day set aside for the celebration of music. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind cacophonous street celebration with out-of-town brass bands. This is a street event like no other, with outfits and misfits from Rhode Island and beyond — musicians, artists, activists, makers and groups from around Providence — taking over South Water Street as part of the Providence HONK Parade.
The Malted Barley Oktoberfest, October 13–15
Enjoy autumn the way they do in Europe — outdoors, with lots of yummy food, entertainment and, of course, frothy, delicious brews. This event is free and open to the public. Delectable deutsche goodies such as handcrafted pretzels, bratwurst, weisswurst and knockwurst will be for sale in addition to warm German potato salad and sauerkraut. Got more of a sweet tooth? At Oktoberfest, you’ll find German chocolate cake, apple pie and strudel. If the little ones have less adventurous palates, hot dogs and chips will also be available.
Beervana Fest 2017, October 20
Join Rhode Island’s ultimate craft beer festival at the annual Beervana taking place at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in nearby Cranston. Tickets are $55 in advance through Eventbrite, and include one tasting glass, 2 ounce pours of more than 250 plus world-class beers, a festival guide and a bottle of water. Stop in to the educational seminars taking place on site to learn more about the world of craft beer.
Fall 2017 Urban Vintage Bazaar, October 21
Head down to the Arcade Providence and shop more than 25 vendors of quality vintage goods in one place for one day only. You'll find men’s and women’s vintage clothing, vinyl records, vintage cameras, lighting and housewares, holiday items, art and more. Stop in to New Harvest to grab a fall-inspired latte or have lunch or dinner at farm-to-table restaurant Rogue Island.