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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!
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february, 2018

17feb(feb 17)3:30 pm24(feb 24)6:30 pmThe Ocean MisticsOcean Mist3:30 pm - 6:30 pm (24) Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd Matunuck, RI / 401-782-3740Event Type :Entertainment,Live Music,Weekend Events

sun18feb1:00 pm15th Anniversary Station Fire MemorialStation Fire Memorial Park1:00 pm Event Type :Community,Events,Special Event,Weekend Events

sun18feb4:00 pm8:00 pmTake It To The Bridge @ The Met4:00 pm - 8:00 pm The Met, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI / (401) 729-1005Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

sun18feb7:00 pmSEAMUS EGAN PROJECTBlackstone River Theater7:00 pm Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI / (401) 725-9272Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Special Event,Weekend Events

sun18feb9:00 pmComplaints CD Release PartyThe Last Resort9:00 pm The Last Resort, 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI / (401) 349-3500Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

mon19feb6:00 pm9:00 pmUnplugged Singer Songwriter SeriesRooftop at Providence G6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Rooftop at Providence G, 100 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI / (401) 632-4904Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

mon19feb6:30 pm7:30 pmAll Levels Yoga6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Journey Into the Soul Wellness Center, 24 Salt Pond Rd B1 Wakefield, Rhode Island, RI 02879Event Type :Events,Health And Wellness

mon19feb7:00 pmTrivia @ The Malted BarleyThe Malted Barley7:00 pm The Malted Barley, 334 Westminster Street, Providence RI / (401) 490-0300Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Restuarants and Bars,Trivia Nights

mon19feb8:00 pmLive Music MondayCharlestown Rathskeller8:00 pm Charlestown Rathskeller, 489a Old Coach Road, Charlestown, RI 02813Event Type :Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

tue20feb5:45 pm7:00 pmVineyard Vinyasa Winter YogaNewport Vineyards5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Rd. (Rte 138) Middletown, RI / (401) 848-5161Event Type :Beer and Wine Dinners,Events,Health And Wellness,Tastings

tue20feb6:00 pm8:00 pmTasting Tuesday at Two Ten Oyster Bar6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Two Ten Oyster Bar, 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 782-0100Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events

tue20feb7:00 pm9:00 pmTuesday Night Trivia @ CW LanesCW Lanes & Games !7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CW Lanes & Games, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, RI / (401) 288-3543Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Restuarants and Bars,Trivia Nights

tue20feb8:00 pm11:00 pmTraditional Irish SessionPatrick's Pub, Providence, RI8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Patrick's Pub, 381 Smith StreetEvent Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

wed21feb9:15 am10:15 amBasic Vinyasa9:15 am - 10:15 am Journey Into the Soul Wellness Center, 24 Salt Pond Rd B1 Wakefield, Rhode Island, RI 02879Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Events,Health And Wellness

wed21feb5:00 pm11:00 pmCharity Game NightProvidence G Pub !5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Providence G Pub, 61 Orange Street, Providence, RI / (401) 632-4782Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events

wed21feb5:00 pm7:00 pmBusiness After Hours hosted by Mews Tavern5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Mews Tavern, 456 Main Street, Wakefield, RIEvent Type :Entertainment,Networking

wed21feb5:30 pmStyleWeek Northeast!Rhode Island Convention Center5:30 pm Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI / (401) 458-6000Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Special Event

wed21feb6:00 pm10:00 pmLadies Night at TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill!6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Two Ten Oyster Bar, 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 782-0100Event Type :Entertainment,Food and Drink Events,Restuarants and Bars

wed21feb7:00 pmName That Toonie @ Federal Hill PizzaFederal Hill Pizza7:00 pm Federal Hill Pizza, 1039 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI / (401) 331-3310Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Restuarants and Bars,Trivia Nights

wed21feb9:00 pmThe ComplaintsEscada Restaurant & Bar9:00 pm Tavern On The Hill, 809 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI (401) 385-3835Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

thu22feb11:00 am10:00 pmNational Margarita Day Fiesta Condesa Restaurante Mexicano11:00 am - 10:00 pm Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, 970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI (401) 349-3935Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Restuarants and Bars

22feb(feb 22)11:30 am15mar(mar 15)1:30 pmEntering the Job Market11:30 am - (march 15) 1:30 pm Boulevard Banquet Hall, 520 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860Event Type :Community,Networking

thu22feb5:30 pmStyleWeek Northeast!Rhode Island Convention Center5:30 pm Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI / (401) 458-6000Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Special Event

thu22feb7:00 pm9:30 pmWakefield Idol The Contemporary Theater Company7:00 pm - 9:30 pm The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 218-0282Event Type :Art and Theater,Community,Entertainment,Events

thu22feb8:00 pm11:00 pmRock on the Roof !Rooftop at Providence G8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Rooftop at Providence G, 100 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI / (401) 632-4904Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

fri23feb12:00 pm1:30 pmFree Essential Oils Workshop... every Friday at Thames Street Yoga!12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Thames Street Yoga, 198 Thames Street, Newport, RIEvent Type :Entertainment,Events,Health And Wellness

fri23feb5:30 pmStyleWeek Northeast!Rhode Island Convention Center5:30 pm Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI / (401) 458-6000Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Special Event,Weekend Events

fri23feb7:00 pm9:00 pmPaint Night @ Ratigan Art Studio !Ratigan Art Studio7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ratigan Art Studio, 847 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 391-9869Event Type :Art and Theater,Classes,Weekend Events

fri23feb7:00 pm9:30 pmCandide The Contemporary Theater Company7:00 pm - 9:30 pm The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 218-0282Event Type :Art and Theater,Entertainment,Events,Weekend Events

fri23feb8:00 pmTHE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMSGreenwich Odeum8:00 pm Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI / (401) 885-4000Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Special Event

fri23feb9:00 pmWhat Matters?The Last Resort9:00 pm The Last Resort, 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI / (401) 349-3500Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

fri23feb9:00 pmTalking DreadsReggae Talking Heads Tribute9:00 pm Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd Matunuck, RI / 401-782-3740Event Type :Entertainment,Live Music,Weekend Events

fri23feb9:00 pmThe Senders!!Pub on Park9:00 pm Pub on Park, 665 Park Avenue • Cranston, RI / (401) 781-8888Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

fri23feb9:30 pmSybil Disobedience Rock Dance Cover BandLou's Cafe!!9:30 pm Lou's Cafe, 47 Summer Street, Manville, RI / (401) 762-9741Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

sat24feb12:00 pm3:00 pmMeat & LOBSTAH Raffle!Raffle is held at the Comedy Connection, East Providence, RI12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Riverside Little League Meat Raffle @ The Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue , East Providence, RIEvent Type :Community,Fundraiser,Weekend Events

sat24feb12:00 pm2:00 pmBeach Cleanup at Second BeachSachuest Beach, Middleton, RI12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Event Type :Community,Family Friendly,Weekend Events

24feb(feb 24)3:30 pm03mar(mar 3)6:30 pmThe Ocean MisticsOcean Mist3:30 pm - (march 3) 6:30 pm Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd Matunuck, RI / 401-782-3740Event Type :Entertainment,Live Music,Weekend Events

sat24feb5:30 pmStyleWeek Northeast!Rhode Island Convention Center5:30 pm Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI / (401) 458-6000Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat24feb6:00 pm9:00 pm13th Annual Illuminated GardenBallard Park6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ballard Park, 21 Hazzard Road, Newport, RI / (401) 619-3377Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Special Event

sat24feb7:00 pmWhodunit? An Improvised Murder Mystery The Contemporary Theater Company7:00 pm The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 218-0282Event Type :Art and Theater,Entertainment,Events,Weekend Events

sat24feb7:00 pm11:00 pmBlack and White BallOcean House7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Fundraiser,Live Music,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat24feb8:00 pmRUNABlackstone River Theater8:00 pm Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI / (401) 725-9272Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat24feb8:00 pmTHE NEW YORK MANDOLIN ENSEMBLEBlackstone River Theater8:00 pm Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI / (401) 725-9272Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Special Event,Weekend Events

sat24feb9:00 pmThose Guys!!Pub on Park9:00 pm Pub on Park, 665 Park Avenue • Cranston, RI / (401) 781-8888Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

sat24feb9:00 pmThe SendersThe Last Resort9:00 pm The Last Resort, 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI / (401) 349-3500Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars,Weekend Events

sat24feb9:00 pmThe Fabulous Smokin' ToadsEscada Restaurant & Bar9:00 pm Tavern On The Hill, 809 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI (401) 385-3835Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Weekend Events

mon26feb6:00 pm9:00 pmUnplugged Singer Songwriter SeriesRooftop at Providence G6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Rooftop at Providence G, 100 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI / (401) 632-4904Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

mon26feb6:30 pm7:30 pmAll Levels Yoga6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Journey Into the Soul Wellness Center, 24 Salt Pond Rd B1 Wakefield, Rhode Island, RI 02879Event Type :Events,Health And Wellness

mon26feb7:00 pmTrivia @ The Malted BarleyThe Malted Barley7:00 pm The Malted Barley, 334 Westminster Street, Providence RI / (401) 490-0300Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Restuarants and Bars,Trivia Nights

mon26feb8:00 pmLive Music MondayCharlestown Rathskeller8:00 pm Charlestown Rathskeller, 489a Old Coach Road, Charlestown, RI 02813Event Type :Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

tue27feb6:00 pm8:00 pmTasting Tuesday at Two Ten Oyster Bar6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Two Ten Oyster Bar, 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 782-0100Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events

27feb(feb 27)7:00 pm21apr(apr 21)10:00 pmOpen Mic Night with Gary FishSandywoods Center for the Arts7:00 pm - (april 21) 10:00 pm Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI / (401) 816-5600Event Type :Community,Entertainment,Events,Live Music

tue27feb7:00 pm9:00 pmTuesday Night Trivia @ CW LanesCW Lanes & Games !7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CW Lanes & Games, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, RI / (401) 288-3543Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Family Friendly,Restuarants and Bars,Trivia Nights

tue27feb8:00 pm11:00 pmTraditional Irish SessionPatrick's Pub, Providence, RI8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Patrick's Pub, 381 Smith StreetEvent Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

wed28feb5:00 pm11:00 pmCharity Game NightProvidence G Pub !5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Providence G Pub, 61 Orange Street, Providence, RI / (401) 632-4782Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events

wed28feb6:00 pm10:00 pmLadies Night at TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill!6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Two Ten Oyster Bar, 210 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingstown, RI / (401) 782-0100Event Type :Entertainment,Food and Drink Events,Restuarants and Bars

wed28feb6:30 pm9:00 pmLa Spinetta & Contratto Wines @ Besos Kitchen!Besos Kitchen6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Besos Kitchen, 378 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI / (401) 398-8855Event Type :Beer and Wine Dinners,Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Tastings

wed28feb7:00 pmName That Toonie @ Federal Hill PizzaFederal Hill Pizza7:00 pm Federal Hill Pizza, 1039 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI / (401) 331-3310Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Food and Drink Events,Restuarants and Bars,Trivia Nights

wed28feb9:00 pmThe ComplaintsEscada Restaurant & Bar9:00 pm Tavern On The Hill, 809 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI (401) 385-3835Event Type :Entertainment,Events,Live Music,Restuarants and Bars

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