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Your RI Columbus Day Weekend 2017 Guide: Festivals, Parades & More!

In Rhode Island,  Columbus Day Weekend is  packed with countless festivities for locals and visitors to enjoy. As the day fast approaches, join us in taking a look at some of what Columbus Day Weekend 2017 (CDW) has to offer!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6:
While technically the major CDW events kick-off on Saturday, October 7, there’s no harm in getting the party started early!
Friday night is the start of Woonsocket’s Autumnfest. Held over CDW since 1977, this famous weekend long event is an opportunity for attendees to enjoy the spirit of Northern Rhode Island. Taking place at the World War II Veteran’s Memorial Park, Friday night’s kick-off will offer: local mouthwatering food, a beer tent, live music, midway rides, sporting events, arts and crafts, tons of bargain-filled vendors, entertainment and more! Autumnfest continues through Columbus Day on the 9th.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7:
On Saturday even more events come out to play! While you can certainly start your day off at Autmnfest (it’s in full swing on Saturday – with fireworks at night), there are many other fun options!
In Providence, the Federal Hill Commerce Association will put on its annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival Oct. 7-9. The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday at noon across from DePasquale Square. The festival includes: food, rides for kids, music and vendors that will sell arts and crafts, T-shirts, hats, toys and more.
North Scituate will be abuzz with art (and thousands of people) when it dives into its 51st annual Scituate Art Festival at 10 a.m. on Saturday! Each year (since the late 1960s), they have been known for featuring 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! This fun and popular holiday event will continue through Monday.
As part of the ongoing Newport Festa Italiana, there will be a free festival at Touro Park in Newport from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with music by Calabria Bella.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8:
If you’re looking for a fun time for a good cause, at 8 a.m. St. Eugene’s Craft & Car show will be held in Chepachet on a field that has been known for decades as the “The Field of Dreams”, and has played host to over 50 of New England’s finest craft vendors and over a million dollars worth of Classic & Antique vehicles for the past eight years. Featuring Rhode Island’s greatest doughboys, clam cakes & chowder, sundaes, cones and assorted pastries. ALL money raised goes directly to St. Eugene’s Parish Food Pantry to help feed those in need.
Don’t miss the Federal Hill Commerce Association’s annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival’s parade rolling down Atwells Ave in Providence at 11am on Sunday!
Also today is the 2017 Westerly-Pawcatuck Columbus Day Parade. Known as the oldest Columbus Day parade in the state, it is the only one that passes through two states (Rhode Island and Connecticut) when it takes a jaunt across the river to Pawcatuck. As usual, the parade will blast off at 1:10 p.m. from Westerly High School, winds through town, crosses the Canal Street Bridge, and ends up in front of Town Hall.
And remember the previously mentioned Autumnfest? Their fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. (ish) is not the be missed!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8:
It’s the big day! Autumnfest, Columbus Day Weekend Festival and Scituate Art Festival all continue to bring the fun for families. One big highlight to look out for today is the Autumnfest parade! This enjoyable yearly march rises bright and early at 9 a.m. on Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket. Join the parade as it winds its way along Social Street to the park!
Looking for more? Check out our Oktoberfest Guide and our Events Calendar!
Have a look:

june, 2018

22may(may 22)2:30 pm05jul(jul 5)5:30 pmWoonsocket 2018-2019 (Year-Round) Farmers MarketThundermist Health Center, 186 Providence St ., West Warwick, RI(may 22) 2:30 pm - (july 5) 5:30 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

29may(may 29)2:30 pm12jul(jul 12)5:30 pmWoonsocket 2018-2019 (Year-Round) Farmers MarketThundermist Health Center, 186 Providence St ., West Warwick, RI(may 29) 2:30 pm - (july 12) 5:30 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

05jun(jun 5)2:30 pm19jul(jul 19)5:30 pmWoonsocket 2018-2019 (Year-Round) Farmers MarketThundermist Health Center, 186 Providence St ., West Warwick, RI2:30 pm - (july 19) 5:30 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

07jun(jun 7)8:00 pm26(jun 26)12:00 amFelix Brown Thursdays @ Blu On The Water!!Blu On The Water, East Greenwich, RI8:00 pm - 12:00 am (26) Blu On The Water, 20 Water Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 885-3700Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Restuarants and Bars

12jun(jun 12)2:30 pm26jul(jul 26)5:30 pmWoonsocket 2018-2019 (Year-Round) Farmers MarketThundermist Health Center, 186 Providence St ., West Warwick, RI2:30 pm - (july 26) 5:30 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

14jun(jun 14)8:00 pm03jul(jul 3)12:00 amFelix Brown Thursdays @ Blu On The Water!!Blu On The Water, East Greenwich, RI8:00 pm - (july 3) 12:00 am Blu On The Water, 20 Water Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 885-3700Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Restuarants and Bars

19jun(jun 19)2:30 pm02aug(aug 2)5:30 pmWoonsocket 2018-2019 (Year-Round) Farmers MarketThundermist Health Center, 186 Providence St ., West Warwick, RI2:30 pm - (august 2) 5:30 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

21jun(jun 21)5:00 pm15aug(aug 15)9:00 pmWarwick Food Truck Night - Rocky PointRocky Point Park Beach · Warwick, RI5:00 pm - (august 15) 9:00 pm Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Food Trucks,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts

21jun(jun 21)8:00 pm10jul(jul 10)12:00 amFelix Brown Thursdays @ Blu On The Water!!Blu On The Water, East Greenwich, RI8:00 pm - (july 10) 12:00 am Blu On The Water, 20 Water Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 885-3700Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Restuarants and Bars

sat23jun10:00 amHistorical Woonsocket Walking TourMuseum of Work & Culture, Woonsocket, RI10:00 am Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI / (401) 769-9675Event Type :Classes,Community,Events,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat23jun11:00 amIndia Point BBQ & Blues FestivalIndia Point, 263 India Street, Providence, RI11:00 am Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Fairs and Festivals,Family Friendly,Food and Drink Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Weekend Events

sat23jun11:00 am4:00 pmField of Artisans: Summer 2018Marina Park, South Kingstown, RI11:00 am - 4:00 pm Marina Park, 214 Salt Pond Road Wakefield, RI 02879Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Family Friendly,Weekend Events

sat23jun2:00 pm10:00 pmSummerfest 2018World War II Veterans Memorial Park, 84 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI2:00 pm - 10:00 pm Veterans Memorial Park, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Events,Fairs and Festivals,Family Friendly,Weekend Events

sat23jun4:00 pm6:00 pmSaturday, June 23 Opening Receptions4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, Providence, RI 02903Event Type :Art and Theater,Events,Weekend Events

sat23jun5:00 pmJDF Memorial Scholarship FundOcean Mist 5:00 pm The Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd, Matunuck, RI / (401) 782-3740Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

sat23jun5:00 pm10:00 pmFederal Hill Summer Festival 2018Atewlls Avenue, Providence, RI5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Fairs and Festivals,Family Friendly,Food Trucks,Live Music,Weekend Events

sat23jun6:00 pmSummer Pops pre-show with The Beach BandWilcox Park, Westerly, RI6:00 pm Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St, Westerly, Rhode Island 02891Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Family Friendly,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Weekend Events

sat23jun6:30 pm8:00 pmGong Bath @ SandywoodsSandy Woods Center For The Arts6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI / (401) 816-5600Event Type :Community,Events,Health And Wellness,Weekend Events

sat23jun8:00 pmLive Music Every Saturday Night!A TwoTen Oyster Bar Event!8:00 pm TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill, 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 782-0100Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

sat23jun8:00 pmAli Siddiq @ Comedy ConnectionComedy Connection8:00 pm Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI / (401) 438-8383Event Type :Comedy,Entertainment,Weekend Events

sat23jun9:00 pmTake it to the Bridge - Live at Yellow Kittens9:00 pm Yellow Kittens, 214 Corn Neck Road, Block Island, RIEvent Type :Live Music,Weekend Events

sun24jun8:00 am9:30 amSunday Morning ZenEast Coast Paddle Sports, Wakefield, RI8:00 am - 9:30 am East Coast Paddle Sports, 2 William Schmid Drive, Wakefield, RI / (401) 368-5455Event Type :Health And Wellness,Weekend Events

sun24jun9:00 am2:00 pmOcean Mist Art SeriesOcean Mist 9:00 am - 2:00 pm The Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd, Matunuck, RI / (401) 782-3740Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

sun24jun12:00 pmIndia Point BBQ & Blues FestivalIndia Point, 263 India Street, Providence, RI12:00 pm Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Fairs and Festivals,Family Friendly,Food and Drink Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Weekend Events

sun24jun2:00 pm6:00 pmSummerfest 2018World War II Veterans Memorial Park, 84 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Veterans Memorial Park, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Events,Fairs and Festivals,Family Friendly,Weekend Events

sun24jun2:00 pm4th Annual Rock & Blues Jam FestivalEast Providence Yacht Club !!2:00 pm East Providence Yacht Club, 9 Pier Rd, East Providence, RI / (401) 434-0161Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Food and Drink Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Special Event,Weekend Events

sun24jun4:00 pm8:00 pmRenegades Sunday Open ROCK Jam !!Renegades, Warwick, Rhode Island 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Renegades, 2077 West Shore Rd, Warwick, RIEvent Type :Entertainment,Food and Drink Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

sun24jun4:00 pm8:00 pmRenegades Sunday Open ROCK JamRenegades / Warwick, RI4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Renegades, 2077 West Shore Rd, Warwick, RIEvent Type :Entertainment,Events,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

sun24jun5:00 pm10:00 pmFederal Hill Summer Festival 2018Atewlls Avenue, Providence, RI5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Fairs and Festivals,Family Friendly,Food Trucks,Live Music,Weekend Events

mon25jun4:00 pm10:00 pmTapped Apple Winery presents Monday Game NightsTapped Apple Winery4:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tapped Apple Winery, 37 High St, Westerly, RI / (401) 637-4946Event Type :Entertainment,Food and Drink Events,Tastings

mon25jun6:30 pmMonday Night Block Island Bowling Series!!Alley Katz Bowling Center6:30 pm Alley Katz Bowling Center, 116 Granite Street, Westerly, RI / (401) 596-7474Event Type :Entertainment,Family Friendly

mon25jun8:00 pmLive Music MondayCharlestown Rathskeller8:00 pm Charlestown Rathskeller, 489a Old Coach Road, Charlestown, RI / (401) 792-1000Event Type :Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

tue26jun2:00 pm6:00 pmSouth Kingstown Farmers MarketMarina Park, 2 Salt Pond Road Wakefield, RI2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Event Type :Family Friendly,Farmers Markets,Weekend Events

26jun(jun 26)2:30 pm09aug(aug 9)5:30 pmWoonsocket 2018-2019 (Year-Round) Farmers MarketThundermist Health Center, 186 Providence St ., West Warwick, RI2:30 pm - (august 9) 5:30 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

tue26jun6:15 pm9:30 pmFull Moon Tours w/ East Coast Paddle SportsEast Coast Paddle Sports, Wakefgield, RI6:15 pm - 9:30 pm East Coast Paddle Sports, 2 William Schmid Drive, Wakefield, RI / (401) 368-5455Event Type :Health And Wellness

tue26jun7:00 pm11:00 pmOpen Mic Night! @ The Whiskey Republic!The Whiskey Republic, Providence, RI7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music

tue26jun8:00 pmLive Music TuesdaysCharlestown Rathskeller8:00 pm Charlestown Rathskeller, 489a Old Coach Road, Charlestown, RI / (401) 792-1000Event Type :Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

wed27jun5:00 pm8:00 pmScituate Food Trucks & Concert Nights606 W Greenville Rd, North Scituate, RI5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Food Trucks,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts

wed27jun6:00 pm10:00 amKyle Nicholas @ Blu On The Water!!Blu On The Water, East Greenwich, RI6:00 pm - 10:00 am Blu On The Water, 20 Water Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 885-3700Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Restuarants and Bars

wed27jun6:30 pm9:30 pmSunset Tour w/ East Coast Paddle SportsEast Coast Paddle Sports, Wakefgield, RI6:30 pm - 9:30 pm East Coast Paddle Sports, 2 William Schmid Drive, Wakefield, RI / (401) 368-5455Event Type :Health And Wellness

28jun(jun 28)11:30 am19jul(jul 19)1:30 pmEntering the Job Market11:30 am - (july 19) 1:30 pm Boulevard Banquet Hall, 520 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860Event Type :Community,Networking

28jun(jun 28)3:30 pm30jul(jul 30)10:30 pm4th Annual Rathskeller Red Sox Getaway to Fenway!Hosted by Rhode Island Sports Tours and Charlestown Rathskeller Tavern3:30 pm - (july 30) 10:30 pm Charlestown Rathskeller, 489a Old Coach Road, Charlestown, RI / (401) 792-1000Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Restuarants and Bars,Special Event

thu28jun3:30 pm7:00 pmArmory 2018 Farmers MarketArmory/Dexter Training Fields3:30 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets

thu28jun5:00 pm8:00 pmThursday Evening PaddlesProvidence Kayak 10 Memorial Blvd., Providence, RI5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Family Friendly,Food Trucks

thu28jun5:30 pm8:00 pmFood Trucks @ Skyline At WaterplaceSkyline At Waterplace5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way, Providence, RI / (401) 437-6480Event Type :Family Friendly,Food and Drink Events,Food Trucks,Meal Deals

thu28jun5:30 pm8:00 pmFood Trucks @ Skyline At WaterplaceSkyline At Waterplace5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way, Providence, RI / (401) 437-6480Event Type :Family Friendly,Food and Drink Events,Food Trucks,Meal Deals

thu28jun6:30 pm8:00 pmThe American BandJohn Brown House Museum Lawn, Providence, RI6:30 pm - 8:00 pm John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, Providence, RIEvent Type :Community,Concert Under The Elms,Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Food Trucks,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts

thu28jun7:00 pm8:30 pmGT: Mapping South CountySouth County Museum, Narragansett, RI7:00 pm - 8:30 pm South County Museum, 115 Strathmore St, Narragansett, RI / (401) 783-5400Event Type :Classes,Community,Events

thu28jun7:00 pm10:00 pmInfiniTangoThe Towers, Narragansett, RI7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Towers, 35 Ocean Rd Narragansett, RI / (401) 782-2597Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Special Event,The Towers

28jun(jun 28)8:00 pm17jul(jul 17)12:00 amFelix Brown Thursdays @ Blu On The Water!!Blu On The Water, East Greenwich, RI8:00 pm - (july 17) 12:00 am Blu On The Water, 20 Water Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 885-3700Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Restuarants and Bars

fri29jun5:00 pm8:30 pmFood Truck Friday Carousel Village Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Family Friendly,Food Trucks,Live Music,Weekend Events

fri29jun5:00 pm8:30 pmFood Truck Friday @ Carousel VillageWilliams Park Zoo & Carousel Village5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI / (401) 785-3510Event Type :Community,Food and Drink Events,Food Trucks,Meal Deals,Tastings,Weekend Events

fri29jun5:00 pm9:00 pmLow Down Brass Band + Julie RhodesLevitt Amp Music Series / Free Family Friendly Event5:00 pm - 9:00 pm River Island Art Park, 95 Bernon Street, Woonocket, RIEvent Type :Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Live Music,Outdoor Concerts,Weekend Events

fri29jun7:00 pmTower Of Power and Average White BandTwin River Casino / Event Center7:00 pm Twin River Casino, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat30jun8:30 am12:30 pmCoastal Growers MarketCasey Farm 2325 Boston Neck Rd, Saunderstown, RI8:30 am - 12:30 pm Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Rd., Saunderstown, RIEvent Type :Family Friendly,Farmers Markets,Weekend Events

sat30jun8:30 am12:30 pmSouth Kingstown Farmers MarketEast Farm, 2095 Kingstown Road South Kingstown, RI 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Event Type :Family Friendly,Farmers Markets,Weekend Events

sat30jun9:00 am3:00 pmHope Street Farmers Market East Side of Providence where Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard meet.9:00 am - 3:00 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets,Weekend Events

sat30jun10:00 am11:30 amPaddle With Your Pup!East Coast Paddle Sports, Wakefgield, RI10:00 am - 11:30 am East Coast Paddle Sports, 2 William Schmid Drive, Wakefield, RI / (401) 368-5455Event Type :Health And Wellness,Weekend Events

sat30jun10:00 amHistorical Woonsocket Walking TourMuseum of Work & Culture, Woonsocket, RI10:00 am Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI / (401) 769-9675Event Type :Classes,Community,Events,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat30jun11:00 am4:00 pmField of Artisans: Summer 2018Marina Park, South Kingstown, RI11:00 am - 4:00 pm Marina Park, 214 Salt Pond Road Wakefield, RI 02879Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Family Friendly,Weekend Events

sat30jun8:00 pmLive Music Every Saturday Night!A TwoTen Oyster Bar Event!8:00 pm TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill, 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 782-0100Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

sat30jun8:00 pm12:00 pmBroad Street 2018 Farmers MarketAlgonquin House 807 Broad Street, Providence, RI8:00 pm - 12:00 pm Event Type :Events,Family Friendly,Farmers Markets,Weekend Events

sat30jun8:25 pmProvidence WaterFire / Full LightingWaterfire Providence, 100 Canal Walk, Providence, RI8:25 pm Waterfire Providence, 100 Canal Walk, Providence, Rhode Island 02903Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Waterfire Providence,Weekend Events

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