September 23rd, 2015
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Summer is officially over, and Fall is here! Rhode Island has fun activities for all ages from corn mazes to pumpkin activities to beer festivals. Help plan your Fall with some of the events below.

Friday, August 28 – Sunday, November 8. On its 75th anniversary, Escobar’s Highland Farm Corn Maze in Portsmouth is Wizard of Oz themed spanning eight acres of land. Check out their website for special events and ticket information!

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escobarshighlandfarm.com

Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, November 1. Salisbury Farm in Johnston also has a corn maze–the first of its kind in New England!–with over a mile of paths over its five acres of land. Tickets and information on the popular Moonlight Mazes can be found on their site.

Saturday, September 26 (10AM-5PM). Head to Rhode Island’s only Organic Gardening Center, The Good Earth in Cranston, for their Harvest Festival! Learn to grow your own food and bring home some local and organic plantings.

Saturday, September 26 (2PM-3:30PM). Venture out to the fields of the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown to check out the beautiful wildflowers. Pre-register for this short hike on the event website.

Sunday, September 27 (8AM-9:30AM). Celebrate the start of fall with a guided bird walk at Ballard Park in Newport. Bring sturdy shoes and binoculars if you have them!

Sunday, September 27 (10AM-4PM). Each fall, Cluny School in Newport hosts its annual Cluny Country Fair. In its 54th year, this old-fashioned country fair has family-friendly activities and plenty of games and prizes for everyone. Also at the fair are hay rides, raffles, a silent auction, and live music! See all the fun on the event website.

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, November 1. Each Fall, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence hosts the wondrous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Featuring over 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, this year’s theme is “The People’s Choice” and will feature public favorites throughout the past 27 years of shows. Tickets and time information can be found on the event website.

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LINDA SEID FREMBES / FREMBES.COM

Saturday, October 3 (10AM-4PM). Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, MA is hosting a Fall Garden Festival to help you hone your gardening skills for the fall. There will be workshops and hands-on activities and professionals to help.

Saturday, October 3 (11AM-9PM). Peace and Providence is a non-profit organization that aids individual families within Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Each year, they organize a Family Fall Festival at the Alex and Ani Center in Downtown Providence. In their fifth year, there will be bands, vendors, food, raffles, and fun! All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase food and fill 400 Thanksgiving meal baskets and start preparing for Christmas. The event is free, so head down and enjoy a fun-filled day with the fam!

Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4 (10AM-5PM). This year marks the 41st Annual Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown. This old-fashioned fair is family friendly and features plenty of fun and games. Check out local food vendors and musicians from around the area!

Saturday, October 10 – Monday, October 12. At the WWII Memorial State Park in Woonsocket, this three day long Autumnfest has local, regional and national acts of all genres as well as fireworks and a parade. Hours and additional information can be found on the festival website.

Saturday, October 17 (10AM-5PM). Head to Bristol for a free Fall Family Open House at the Herreshoff Marine Museum to take a tour, win prizes, and play games!

Saturday, October 17 (12PM-8PM) & Sunday, October 18 (12PM-6PM).  Beer lovers rejoice–the Annual International Oktoberfest has a new location! In its 23rd year, the International Oktoberfest will be on the Providence Waterfront at India Point Park. Enjoy seasonal brews, German cuisine, and lively music. The event is 21+ and tickets can be purchased on the event website.

Pumpkin patch in Barrington, Rhode Island

Pumpkin patch in Barrington, Rhode Island

Sunday, October 18. Head to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Bristol for their annual The Perfect Pumpkin Party. Learn how much fun you can have with pumpkins by making pumpkin art, playing pumpkin games, and more! Be prepared to get messy. The event is free with admission and is perfect for all ages.

Sunday, October 18 (12PM-4PM). There’s fun for the whole family at the Narragansett’s Annual Pumpkin Festival at the Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm! This free event has hayrides, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more.

Saturday, October 24. Enjoy the fall foliage of Putnam, CT at the three-and-a-half hour long Fall Foliage and Shopping Excursion starting at the Blackstone Valley Train Station in Woonsocket. Participants can enjoy shopping, dining, and the Putnam Pumpkin Festival. Tickets and additional information can be found on the event website.

Saturday, October 24. We may be the smallest state, but Rhode Island holds America’s Largest International Beer Festival in Providence’s RI Convention Center. The 22nd Great International Fall Beer Festival allows you to sample over 250 brews and pizza by Pizza Pier–you can also have conversations with brewers. The proceeds of this event benefits Rhode Island non-profits like the RI Community Food Bank. For ticket information and times, check out the event website.

Saturday, November 7. At the Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingstown, load your pumpkin into a catapult and try to hit a target. Time of the Pumpkin Launch TBD closer to the event date.

August 17th, 2015
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Living in the smallest state at times has its perks. Rhode Island has such a strong sense of community statewide, especially during the summer months when the weather’s nice. For example, local farmers and artisans get together weekly–and sometimes twice a week–to share their produce and talents with the communities of the Ocean State. I put together a few great farmers markets around the state, and be sure to check out the ones in your area and beyond!

Providence & The East Side

Rick Payette /  Flickr

Rick Payette / Flickr

Cranston – The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market runs from May 9th to October 31st on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The market in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot is currently in its 13th season! The market has an array of vendors as well as spaces for community groups and events. An event calendar and list of vendors can be found on their website.

The East Side – The Hope Street Farmers Market is a farmer run co-op that sells home grown or made produce, baked goods, meats, seafoods, and much more. The farmers market runs twice a week on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm and Saturday mornings 9am-1pm. Head down to Lippitt Park for some great local goods, and check online to see who will be there!

East Bay

Bristol – Right off of Metacom Ave in the South Pasture of Mount Hope Farm is a year round Farmers Market held every Saturday–rain or shine–from 9am-1pm. The market is fun for the whole family and you can walk the beautiful grounds and say “hello” to the animals after shopping! For more information, check out the Mount Hope Farmers Market website.

Barrington – Every Wednesday from May to the end of October from 2-6pm, Haines State Park holds a market with venders from all over the state. Every week is different, so check the schedule before visiting to see what’s going to be there.

 

West Bay

Coventry – If you’re looking for organic produce, look no further than the Ezekiel Potter Homestead. The market is open four days a week with great selections of local produce. Hours can be found on their website.

Warwick – From the beginning of May to the end of October, Goddard State Park hosts a farmers market every Friday from 9am-1pm. Venders from all over the state take part in the market, and are listed on the market’s website.

 

Newport County

Jamestown – At the Fort Getty Pavillion from the end of June to the end of August, a farmers market is held rain or shine every Monday from 4-7pm. The market has local produce, meats, crafts, and artwork from a variety of vendors.

Aquidneck Island – The Aquidneck Growers’ Market runs three farmers markets on the Island during both the summer and winter seasons. The summer markets are located at the Newport Vineyard & Winery in Middletown on Saturdays 9am-1pm and on Memorial Boulevard in Newport on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. More information on vendors and locations, visit the Acquidneck Growers’ Market website. 

 

Northern RI 

Rick Payette / Flickr

Rick Payette / Flickr

 

Harrisville – Since 2007, the Burrillville Farmers Market Association has been promoting local farm and garden products to support the rural Burrillville life. The market is every Saturday from June through September from 9:30AM-12:30PM at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion.

Scituate – Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the Scituate Farmers Market is held rain or shine at the North Scituate Public Library. From May 9th through October 3rd, the market offers locally grown seasonable produce and local meats. Enjoy live music while shopping around hand crafted goods from local artists and grab some lunch at one of the many food trucks. A calendar of events can be found on their website.

 

South County

Block Island – Block Island has two farmers markets a week–one in the Manisses Parking Lot on Wednesdays 9-11:30am from June 11th-September 7th and in Negus Park every Saturday 9-11:30am from June 11th-October 12th. Both markets are held rain or shine! Markets offer locally produced items like honey, jelly, pasta, sauces as well as baked goods, arts and crafts.

Charlestown – The Charlestown Land Trust hosts a Farmers Market at the Church of the Holy Spirit from  9:30am to 1pm every Friday morning from June 26th-August 28th. Stay up to date with the market by following them on Facebook

Southeastern Massachusetts

Attleboro – On O’Connell Field in Capron Park, the Attleboro Farmers Market runs from 9am-1pm on Saturdays from June 20th-October 24th. The market not only features food, but it also hosts events and showcases local artists and musicians. Keep up with them on their Facebook page.

July 14th, 2015
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BeachBlog
 

July is finally here and it’s the perfect time to hit one of the many beaches in our beautiful Ocean State. To help you choose, we’ve made a list of our top 10 favorite beaches in Rhode Island to check out this summer. 

Ballard’s Beach (Block Island) – Ballard’s Beach on Water Street is a popular spot with an outside bar, music, food and towel service. Guests are allowed to bring their own food, but no alcoholic beverages.  Alcohol is served by the Ballard’s staff right to your chair. 42 Water St, New Shoreham, RI

Mansion Beach (Block Island) – Block Island is Rhode Island’s own tropical paradise with 17 miles of shoreline that’s open to the public. The island has many lovely beaches for all ages. A notable family-friendly beach is Mansion Beach (on Mansion Road) a little off the beaten path, but well worth it. This peaceful spot is on the northernmost section of the Island with clean sand and clear water. There are no lifeguards or facilities, however, so keep an eye on the kids and bring a picnic–but be sure to take your trash with you! Mansion Rd, New Shoreham, RI

Goosewing Beach (Little Compton) – Adjacent to South Shore Beach, Goosewing Beach has been managed by the Nature Conservancy since 1989, making it a fantastic location for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 75 acres of land, this historical landmark features pond, beach and dune environments. The beach also includes an environmental education center built in 2010 where visitors can learn about the different habitats on the preserve. 125 South Shore Rd, Little Compton, RI

Narragansett Town Beach (Narragansett) – Popular for surfing, the Narragansett Town Beach is located in the center of town. The 19-acre beach includes amenities such as snack bars, changing rooms, and restrooms. The Pier Marketplace as well as several restaurants are nearby. 39 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI

Roger Wheeler State Beach (Narragansett) – Roger Wheeler State Beach is a lifeguarded beach popular for families with young kids because of the calm waters. The beach includes a playground, bathrooms with showers, snacks, and picnic areas. 100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI

Scarborough State Beach (Narragansett) – One of Rhode Island’s most popular beaches, Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett is fun for all ages with newly renovated pavilions as well as concession stands, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, and walking paths. 970 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Easton’s Beach (Newport) – Adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk, Easton’s Beach–or “First Beach” to locals–is Newport’s largest public ocean surf beach. Easton’s Beach is fun for all ages with a playground, carousel, and a Save the Bay Exploration Center. All beach necessities can be rented, and you can enjoy food from the concession stand under the cabanas. Free beach concerts are popular in the summer. 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI

Gooseberry Beach (Newport) – Set back in a cove with calm waters and great views, Gooseberry Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind year round. Enjoy a snack at the Gooseberry Cafe or swim in the calm waters and watch the sunset. 130 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI

Misquamicut Beach (Westerly)Misquamicut Beach is Rhode Island’s largest state beach located just off of bustling Atlantic Avenue.  Aside from the gorgeous shoreline, the beach hosts weekly concerts, movies, and car shows. Water slides, mini golf and bumper boats make this spot great for all ages. A newly constructed pavilion offers a central observation tower as well as refreshments. 257 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Watch Hill Beach (Westerly) – Watch Hill Beach is known for its antique carousel, clear water, and perfect sand for long walks in the beach. With private bathhouses and nearby shops, Watch Hill makes for a relaxing summer outing. 151 Bay Street, Westerly, RI