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2022 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2022
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October 10-14, 2022
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.

October 15, 2022
Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
Fort Adams State Park.  Food Truck Festivals of America.  Featuring local (and delicious) food trucks. Also enjoy some of the best regional and national craft beers.

October 15-16, 2022 - Bowen's Wharf 31st Annual Seafood Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
Join us for our annual waterfront celebration! Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," local restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood, continuous live music, face painting and fun for kids of all ages all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents.  Attendance: 8,000.

October 20-23, 2022  Child & Family's 39th Annual Taste of Newport
Newport, Rhode Island
Taste is a celebration of the BEST Rhode Island has to offer.  Guests will enjoy a sumptuous variety of passed small plates and tempting tasting stations, presented by an array of the finest area restaurants, caterers, beverage vendors, and confectioners. Guests will enjoy an extended period of tasting, sipping, and mingling, along with the opportunity to bid on tempting silent auction offerings, all while learning about the important work of Child & Family throughout Rhode Island.

November 4-13, 2022  Newport Restaurant Week
Newport & Bristol County, Rhode Island
The Remix - The emphasis this season is on everyone’s favorite thing: deals. It’s Newport Restaurant Week remixed, with an assortment of unbeatable discounts at participating restaurants for you to choose from. Think: BOGO deals, prix-fixe offerings, gift card promotions, and so much more. Discover all of the delicious deals and participating restaurants.

November 24, 2022 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on today they are to numerous to list.

December 1-31, 2022  52nd Annual Christmas in Newport
Newport, Rhode Island
The Christmas in Newport celebration boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar. In a community collaboration, clear bulbs illuminate Newport’s scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonial homes in the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue. The lights are meant to recapture the candlelit holidays of bygone days. Take a Holiday Lantern Tour, buy gifts at harborside shops or the Christmas Bazaar and enjoy one of the many holiday concerts.

December 3-4, 2022  Christmas at the Castle - Wickford, Rhode Island
Experience Christmas time at Smith’s Castle (built in 1678), with the rooms adorned with decorations of fresh greens, the aroma of complimentary hot cider and cookies, live music from an earlier era filling the house from: the Brown University Madrigal Singers (A Capella Concert), St. Luke’s Jubilate Ringers (An English Hand Bell Choir), listen to Dulcimers being played and Bob Chandler playing his beautiful hurdy gurdy. Bring your camera and catch a photo of Father Christmas who will be here on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy dressing up in period garb (another photo opt), the popular Docent bake table is back, an ornament table, there will be a small group of vendors, our Gift Shop will be open, fresh wreaths and Christmas arrangements from Healey Farm. This year’s theme is “The History of the Christmas Pudding” with a demonstration of how to make this popular English dessert.


2020 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2020
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events
events waiting for new dates

November 21, 2020  Armenian Food Festival and Bazaar
Providence, Rhode Island
Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church is hosting a Food Bazaar Festival located at 70 Jefferson Street, Providence R.I. 02908. Hours are between Noon and 7pm on Saturday, November 21st, 2020. Please see below to order some delicious Armenian cuisine either for pick-up or delivery on that day. All meals are prepared fresh and ready to eat. Deadline to order is November 17th. Thank you for your support.

2019 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events
events waiting for new dates

October 13, 2019 - Harvest-to-Table Fair - Bristol, Rhode Island
Coggeshall Farm Museum is pleased to announce a new take on a time-honored tradition! The newly-branded Harvest-to-Table Fair celebrates what makes Coggeshall's 46th annual Harvest Fair special while bringing awareness to local food producers. Visitors can feast on fresh, local dishes from our East Bay culinary partners!

October 23-24, 2019  Commercial Marine Expo
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Convention Center.  If you earn your living on the waterfront, this is the trade show for you!  Commercial Marine Expo is the Atlantic Seaboard's largest commercial marine trade show. Whether you are in the military, work the tugs, repair and build ships, or fish for a living, CME is your best opportunity to compare, price and purchase the latest equipment and gear.

December 5-8, 2019  34th Annual Festival of Lights
Wickford, Rhode Island
Historic Wickford Village.  Several days of holiday celebration in this picturesque Rhode Island coastal town. Santa arrives at the town dock aboard the Sea Princess, led by kayaks from The Kayak Centre. Enjoy the tree lighting and hayrides with Santa. Shops are open until 9pm!

2018 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events
events waiting for new dates

October 6, 2018 - International Oktoberfest!
East Providence, Rhode Island
Oktoberfest – our official sendoff to summer, and salute to the arrival of autumn, returns to the waterfront at its new location, Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront, back on Columbus Day Weekend, for one day only! Join us for our annual reunion of friends enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria in RI! The Biergartens feature dozens of seasonal, craft, domestic and imported brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sounds of live entertainment.

October 14, 2018 - Annual Rhode Island Harvest BBQ
Exeter, Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Chefs Harvest BBQ is a celebration of the most special time of year in New England, the autumn harvest. With incredible food, drink and an inspired sense of community, it has become one of the best events of the year and was voted Editor’s Choice for Best Chef’s Celebration by RI Monthly!  Held in the most beautiful, symbolic and idyllic of settings, the Pond on Schartner Family Farm.

November 29-December 2, 2018  33rd Annual Festival of Lights
Wickford, Rhode Island
Historic Wickford Village.  Several days of holiday celebration in this picturesque Rhode Island coastal town. Santa arrives at the town dock aboard the Sea Princess, led by kayaks from The Kayak Centre. Enjoy the tree lighting and hayrides with Santa. Shops are open until 9pm!


2016 - RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

events waiting for new dates

November 5, 2016 - Great International Beer Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence will become the Mecca for Beer Lovers all over New England. 2 shows at the Rhode Island Convention Center offer the same great experiences. Your $49 ticket, ($52 at the door) will allow you unlimited sampling of over 250 brews, conversations with brewers in a casual setting, pizza by Pizza Pier, live entertainment.  The largest Beer Festival in the Northeast is also one of the most beneficial. With proceeds benefiting Rhode Island non-profits like the RI Community Food Bank.

November 6, 2016  Chocolate Brunch - Newport, Rhode Island
The annual fundraiser for Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, Chocolate Brunch is a Sunday afternoon of great food, beach views, live music, and a holiday shopping Silent Auction.


2015 RHODE ISLAND: OCT to DEC 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

events waiting for new dates

December 11-12, 2015  A Dickens Christmas Feast
Newport , Rhode Island
Enjoy a Victorian celebration of the season in the magnificent 19th century Griswold House, presented by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company. John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV is a Scrooge. His family, friends and wife plan an "Operation Christmas" intervention. As their guests you can help restore Jack's good humor. This festive evening includes a three-course dinner.



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