Fall is finally here and with it comes all sorts of baked treats featuring apples and pumpkin, colorful trees and spooktacular Halloween festivities. It's time to break those sweaters out of storage and cover the pool or grill for the season. Grab yourself a cup of hot cider (and maybe a warm cider doughnut) and check out what's new at the PWCVB and with you, our partners.


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The PWCVB's Annual Meeting is coming up on Tues., Nov. 5, at the ​Rhode Island Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Click here to register.

Our Fall/Winter 2019 GoProvidence visitors guide is on its way to brochure racks throughout Southern New England. If you just can't wait to check it out, the guide's also available online.

The holiday season will be here before you know it. We'd like to help you get the word out on your hours and holiday menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We'll also share this info with Gail Ciampa at the Providence Journal. Please email me at cphillips@goprovidence.com once this information is available.

Reminder: Providence's retail plastic bag ban goes into effect on Oct. 22. Under the new ordinance, any retail establishment that provides a checkout bag to customers must provide a reusable bag or recyclable paper bag. Violators will be subject to $50-$100 fines. Learn all about the ban on the city's website.

Finally, be sure to add your events to our online calendar. If you have any questions or difficulties, please reach out to Digital Media Manager Nick Millard.


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If you haven't heard by now, AS220, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Shepard Fairey are celebrating 30 years of OBEY GIANT in Providence later this month. Several events are lined up, including Fairey painting his 100th mural on the Founder’s League Building between Oct. 21–25. Read all about Fairey's homecoming.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back for another season. Stop by through Nov. 3 to experience 5,000 illuminated and intricately hand-carved pumpkins at this staple event. Theme and sensory-friendly nights return to offer fun for the whole family! For the inside scoop on these nights and a how-to on visiting the Spectacular, check out our blog.

There's no better time than October to check out the full slate of events hosted by Providence Ghost Tours. Whether it's Ghost Story Open Mic Night at the Graduate, Ghosts and Grub with Like No Udder or Friskie Fries, or a haunted boat tour, there's plenty of spooky adventures throughout the city.

Roger Williams Park Zoo, in conjunction with Queens Zoo, received the 2019 North American Conservation Award for work with the New England Cottontail Rabbit captive breeding and recovery program.

One of our newest members, Action Tour Guide, is developing a self-guided driving tour incorporating all four of our historic walking trails. It's expected to be available for download later this month and visitors can download the application to their phone, purchase a tour password, and begin touring the city at their leisure. The tour currently features more than 40 landmarks and attractions across the city and users can start the tour from any location. The GPS-based tour will automatically start narrating the significance of each stop as soon as the driver is nearby.

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

"How to Spend 3 Perfect Days in Providence, Rhode Island"Travel + Leisure

“5 New Standout Hotels in American College Towns” — The New York Times

“Vegan Travelers Have More Options Than Ever. Disney Just Raised the Bar.”The Washington Post

“An Inside Look at the World’s Newest Entirely Plant-Based Food Hall” — Matador Network

“These Are the Top Spots to Hit on Your Trip to Providence”Westchester Magazine

Rhode Island Convention Center

Oct. 6–9
Architectural Woodwork Institute
AWI 2019 Annual Conference
Omni Providence
Attendees: 240
Twitter: @AWInational
Facebook: ArchitecturalWoodworkInstitute

Oct. 8–10
National Association of Sports Commissions
2019 4S Meeting
Omni Providence
Attendees: 250
Twitter: @Sports_ETA
Facebook: SportsETA

Oct. 11–14
Rhode Island Sting Hockey
2019 RI Sting Hockey Tournament
Throughout Rhode Island
Attendees: 3,000
Facebook: StingGirlsHockey

Oct. 15–18
WIDA International School Consortium
WIDA National Conference 2019
Rhode Island Convention Center
Attendees: 2,100
Twitter: @WIDAConsortium
Facebook: WIDAatWCER

Oct. 21–22
Lesley University
2019 Literacy for All Conference
Rhode Island Convention Center
Attendees: 1,150
Twitter: @Lesley_CRRLC
Facebook: LesleyCRRLC

Oct. 23–24
2019 Commercial Marine Expo
Rhode Island Convention Center
Attendees: 1,500
Twitter: @comarexpo
Facebook: Comarexpo

Oct. 24–30
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
2019 AAVLD/USAHA Annual Meeting
Rhode Island Convention Center
Attendees: 1,200
Twitter: @USAHAandAAVLD
Facebook: AAVLDUSAHAAnnualMtg

Oct. 25–26
New England Hemophilia Association
2019 NEHA Annual Meeting
Crowne Plaza Providence/Warwick
Attendees: 375
Twitter: @NewEnglandHemo
​Facebook: nehemophilia

Nov. 1–3
Altered Reality Entertainment
2019 Rhode Island Comic Con
Rhode Island Convention Center
Attendees: 30,000
Twitter: @ricomiccon
Facebook: rhodeislandcomiccon

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