For many Rhode Islanders, Autumn is their favorite season of the year. What’s not to like? Fall foliage, warm days with cool nights, apple cider donuts, apple & pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and numerous outdoor fall events.
These three premier RI Fall Festivals that take place on Columbus Day Weekend have been a fall tradition for years in the Ocean State; the Scituate Art Festival, Woonsocket Autumnfest and the Columbus Day Festival on the Hill. With only fours days to enjoy, its difficult to squeeze in all three of these family fun destinations.
The 29th Annual Columbus Day Festival on historic Federal Hill gets a head start by kicking off on Friday night, Oct. 8th from 5pm until midnight. Saturday and Sunday, October 9th & 10th the hours are 11am – midnight, and on Monday, October 11th the festival wraps up from 11am – 8pm. On Sunday, the annual Columbus Day Parade takes off at 11am. The parade route is from Harris Avenue to Dean Street along Atwells Avenue. www.federalhillprov.com
The 43rd Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest on Columbus Day Weekend will be filled with music, crafts, food, amusement rides and a parade. The four-day event draws in over 100,000 attendees each year making it the largest Fall Festival in Northern Rhode Island. The festival opens on Friday Oct. 8th from 6pm – 11pm. Saturday and Sunday October 9th & 10th the hours are 10am – 11pm and on Monday, October 11th from 12pm – 7pm. The festival features over fifteen live bands and a parade on Monday, Oct. 11th, at 10am routing along Diamond Hill Road and Social Street. www.autumnfest.org
The 55th annual Scituate Art Festival on Village Green in N. Scituate is an award-winning, juried show featuring 175+ talented exhibitors offering the very best selection of fine art, craft, and antiques. A food court and live entertainment can be found on the festival grounds along with non-profit groups and other vendors. The festival hours are 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday October 9th & 10th and 10am – 4pm on Monday, October 11th. There are many vendors and entertainment outside of the official grounds to be enjoyed as well. www.scituateartfestival.org
For a complete list of RI Fall Events, large or small, visit RI Blogger’s Events Calendar @ www.riblogger.com/things-to-do-in-rhode-island