It’s safe to say that crunchy leaves and soup are some of my favorite things about fall ... not to mention Halloween candy and comfy sweaters. Here at GoProvidence we put our best ghoul, I mean foot, forward because there is nothing like Rhode Island in the fall. Here are a few things happening here at the PWCVB and with you, our partners.

PWCVB Annual Meeting

The PWCVB's Annual Meeting is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street in Providence. Join the PWCVB as we honor members of our hospitality community and celebrate our inspiring destination. Click here to register now.

If you’re a restaurateur, we're sure you've started to think about Thanksgiving (and the holiday season in general). We’ve already had some inquiries from folks looking for somewhere to take the stress out of the holiday. If you are going to be open for Thanksgiving, be sure to let us know by emailing Kristen Adamo, vice president of marketing and communications. 

Our new GoProvidence visitors guides are in! They’re the best way to help our visitors get the lay of the land and an in-depth understanding of what makes the Providence area so great. If you’d like a box for your attraction, hotel or restaurant, please reach out to Leisure Sales & Visitor Center Manager Elise Swearingen. The GoProvidence guide is also available online here.

As always, be sure to add your events to our online calendar. It may take up to seven days for your event to be posted on our website, so plan accordingly. Limit descriptions to 180 characters and if you have any questions, please contact CRM Database and Research Coordinator Beth-Anne Tremaine.

Bourbon Street

Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village welcomes back the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, running now through Nov. 5. This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns includes hundreds of pumpkins with intricately carved designs. This year’s theme features dinosaurs, the ice age and the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. Don't miss a new addition to the event — the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride  — where you can view the Spectacular from 115 feet in the air and experience the trail in a whole new way.  

What’s better than beer in October? German beer in Oktober. Join The Malted Barley (Providence) at their Oktoberfest, Oct. 13–15, featuring music from Hofbrau Spielers, Bavarian Brother Band, Old Post Road Oktoberfest Band and Vagabonds. Featured breweries include Von Trapp, Hacker Pschorr, Schofferhoffer Braufactum and Weinhenstephaner.

Don't miss WaterFire Providence's FireBall on Thursday Oct. 19 at the WaterFire Arts Center. This stellar celebration includes dinner, dancing, art and special surprises. Performances include aerialist Nicole Raab, Grupo Ondas Capoeira, the Extraordinary Rendition Band, Jesus Andujar & Grupo Sazon and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School Latin Quintet. Click here for more info and to get your tickets.

Mark your calendars for a new event headed to the Rhode Island Convention Center on Nov. 4. BMW of Warwick presents Bourbon Street Providence, an all-inclusive food and beverage event for today’s bourbon enthusiast. From the new generation of whiskey drinkers to the seasoned scotch connoisseur, there is something for everyone, including spirits, craft cocktails, food and live music. Sample whiskey from Macallan, Sons of Liberty, Bully Boy Distillers and delicious food from Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Federal Hill Pizza, The Capital Grille and many more. Participate in an exclusive Macallan tasting (limited availability) while their ambassador takes you on a sipping journey of five superb scotches. A blend of vendors and musical Americana makes Bourbon Street Providence the perfect way to spend a Saturday in the fall.

PWCVB partners can save $10 on $40 general admission tickets. Use code TASTE online here, on the phone at 800-745-3000, or in advance at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office. This offer is valid from Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. to Oct. 22 at 10 p.m.

Downtown Providence

There's a lot of great news in the press about Providence and our destination in general. Check out some recent headlines below:

“Providence Named a 2017 City to Watch” — Worth Magazine

“The Best College Towns in the U.S.”Condé Nast Traveler  

“All the Ways to Get an Apple a Day This Fall”USA Today

“The Most Inspiring Art Cities in America” — Departures

“The Oldest Hotel in Every State”Business Insider  

“The 14 Best Road Trips to Take in the Fall”Time


Now–October 14               
National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) 2017 Annual Conference
800 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @NeonatalNurses
Facebook: NeonatalNurses

Now–October 20             
TAPPI - 2017 Corrugated Packaging and Exhibits Conference
1,200 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @TAPPITtweets
Facebook: JoinTAPPI 

October 22–24               
Lesley University 2017 Literacy For All Conference
1,000 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @LesleyCtrRRLC
Facebook: LesleyCenterRRLC

November 3–9               
Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference 2017
1,500 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @CERFScience
Facebook: CERF.Estuaries.Coasts

November 10–12              
Rhode Island Comic Con
30,000 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center & Dunkin' Donuts Center
Twitter: @RIComicCon
Facebook: RhodeIslandComicCon              

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