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Ongoing, 2018

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

September 1-30, 2018

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

September 20-October 14, 2018

Celebrating All Things Italian, Providence

Gallery Z, 259 Atwells Avenue. The Gallery is Celebrating All Things Italian with an exhibit featuring Rhode Island artist Anthony Tomaselli and photographer Sal Mancini, and local artists Stephan Brigidi, Lee Chabot, and Angelo Marinosci, Jr. Opening reception Thursday, September 20th, 5-9pm. (401) 454-8844; www.galleryzprov.com.

September 25, 2018

Validating the Afterlife, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Everyone who visits an old house invariably asks the question "Is the house haunted?" Some have hinted that they have experienced strange feelings in one room or another, or heard noises while in the house alone. On occasion, Hearthside hosts programs to explore spiritual happenings with psychics and spiritual readers. Join us for an evening with renowned spiritual medium Roland Comtois in the intimate setting of Hearthside's drawing room. Thirty guests may receive personal messages channeled from the other side, followed by a book signing, dessert and informal conversations with the presenter. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

September 26, 2018

New England Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. 5 Marina Plaza, Goat Island. The best way to see the City by the Sea this summer and fall. Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner; BYOB on sail. Adults, $55; children under 12, $33; space limited; reservations required. (401) 849-6683 www.newportexperience.com.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 27, 2018

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Downtown Shutdown Live!, Westerly

5:30pm–10:00pm. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck. This free event isn't just the block party of the year, it's also a fundraiser for local scholarships and the preservation of downtown murals! Enjoy music, artists, dance groups, outdoor alcoholic beverages, pop-up cafes, games and much, much more! Facebook.

You Will Find It Handy: Rhode Island Listings in the Green Book, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. Architectural historian Dr. Catherine Zipf will speak about Rhode Island's listings in The Negro Travelers' Green Book, a pre-Civil Rights Era travel guide created for African American motorists to vacation throughout the United States. Published widely, travel guides like the Green Book helped African American vacationers find garages, barbers, beauty parlors, hotels and guest houses, tailors, restaurants, and drug stores that would serve their needs. In this free talk and accompanying walking tour (September 29, 11am; tickets), Zipf explores related sites in Providence. (401) 273-7507 x362; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Heritage Fest: A Genealogical Fair, Warwick

7:00pm–8:00pm. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. Join the Warwick Historical Society for a genealogical fair that will show you how to find our ancestors. Discover who has historical records for Rhode Island and find out how you can use them to search for information about your family tree. Free. (401) 739-5440 x221; wilgregersen@gmail.com; www.warwicklibrary.org; www.whsri.org.

September 28, 2018

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Habro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, enjoy a camel ride (weather permitting), listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

September 28-29, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 28-30, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 29, 2018

Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Newport

10:00am–1:30pm. Alofsin Piers, Fort Adams. Enjoy the rich, historical sites of the lower part of Narragansett Bay on this 3.5-hour tour. With breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Prudence Island, and historic Fort Adams, you'll view eleven active and inactive lighthouses, and stop at Rose Island for lunch and a tour of the Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds, where guests climb up the tower to view the new Fresnel lens up close! And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $50; non-members, $55; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. Starting point TBA. Join in a guided walking tour of the city's Woodlawn neighorhood. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Harvest Festival and Tractor Show , Cumberland

9:00am–4:00pm. Franklin Farm, 142 Abbott Run Valley Road. Come for tractors, music, scenic hayrides, barn tours, pony rides, a plant sale, local vendors, games and food. Parking is $2, but entrance is free. Rain date, September 30. franklinfarm65@gmail.com; www.franklinfarmri.org.

Diggin' Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop, Portsmouth

10:00am–12:00pm. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road. What is genealogy? How do you start to build your own family tree? Kate Wells and Michelle Chiles will cover the basics to get you started in this informative workshop. You'll learn basic research methods and work with free websites (or paper if you prefer!) to create your own family tree. You'll learn to search several free genealogical databases, learn about resources available to you at Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Public Library, and in your own community, and how to use what you find to document your family history. Basic comfort using a computer for online research is required. Free; seating limited; registration recommended. (401) 683-9457; portsmouthlibrary.org.

6th Annual Harvest Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 5:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Under a tent on the south lawn, we gather to celebrate the harvest. Rhode Island agriculture is highlighted in the theme for the evening and the delicious meal sourced from Rhode Island farmers. The evening includes a small silent and live auction, and MORE! $100 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

September 29-30, 2018

9th Annual Big Drum Powwow, Providence

10:00am–6:00pm. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street. Traditional Eastern Woodlands Powwow with Native drums, arts and crafts, dancing, storytelling, and children's events. All welcome; free. (401) 413-2167; pocasset.tc@hotmail.com.

44th Annual Harvest Fair, Middletown

10:00am–5:00pm. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Nothing says New England in the fall like an old-fashioned harvest fair. 'Mabel Express' barrel train, pony rides, mud pit, midway games and children's tent. Crafters' tent featuring more than seventy talented artisans and crafters. Local food trucks and vendors offering an array of appetizing selections. A fun lineup of bands set the festive mood in the Newport Storm Beer Garden. Admission charged. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

September 30, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Paddle Trip in Downtown Providence!, Providence

Begins at 4:00pm. South Water Street Boat Launch, South Water Street. Join us on a canoe or kayak as we enjoy the city from the water. We often see great blue herons flying, herring swimming and sometimes even painted turtles sunning themselves. The Downtown Woony is stirring with wildlife. Canoes and kayaks will be provided, or paddlers can bring their own boats. The cost is $35 per person for a solo kayak, $25 per person for canoe paddlers, and $15 per person for canoe passengers, and $15 per person for people providing their own boats. Advance sign ups required. (401) 481-1376; etalley@wrwc.org; www.wrwc.org.

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

Bristol Burger Bash, Bristol

1:00pm–4:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Come sample East Bay's best burgers all under one roof while enjoying local beers and wines and listening to down-home live bluegrass in the Linden Place ballroom and gardens. East Bay's best restaurants will bring their 'burger' A-game, serving up mini burgers of all types—imagine beef, turkey, chicken, pork, seafood, and more! Members, $35; non-members, $45. (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 1-2, 2018

Chef Challenge: A Pop-Up Mystery Dinner and Restaurant Tour, West Warwick

6:30pm–9:30pm. Royal Mills Riverpoint, 125 Providence Street. The culinary team is challenged to push culinary boundaries while using local mystery ingredients for a true "farm-to-table" experience. Expect a taste of Fall and a night of extra innovative food and cocktails for adventurous eaters. $10/ticket sold will be donated to Farm Fresh Rhode Island, our partner non-profit dedicated to making local food more accessible. Seating is limited; advanced ticket purchase required. EventBright; Facebook.

Ongoing, 2018

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

October 1-31, 2018

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

October 2, 2018

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

Where the Land Meets the Sea: Hurricane Sandy and Its Impact on Rhode Island's Archaeological Record, Narragansett

Begins at 6:30pm. The Towers, 35 Ocean Road. In addition to significant property damage, storm surge and wind-driven waves from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 eroded considerable sections of the state's south shore, damaging many historical and archaeological sites situated at the contact between the land and sea. Jay Waller, senior archaeologist with the Public Archaeology Lab and South County History Center trustee, will discuss the often-overlooked effects that storms have on Rhode Island's archaeological heritage and summarize the results of recent emergency response and preservation planning surveys conducted in response to this recent disaster. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

October 3, 2018

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

October 4, 2018

Hauntings of Linden Place Guided Tour, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tour the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight, and you may discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the "weird science" techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally... discover if any of Linden Place's ghosts will be following you home. The one-hour tour will take you through the entire mansion and will be followed by light refreshments. Members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Highlights of the Collection Tours, Bristol

1:30pm–2:30pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold's archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold's vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members only. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

October 4-November 4, 2018

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence

6:00pm–10:30pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. This illuminating, one-of-a-kind, 'gotta glow' Halloween hot spot returns to the Zoo to transform our enchanting wetlands trail with gourd-ly grandeur! Experience the glow of thousands of pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time spectacular. Admission charged. Nightly, rain or shine. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 5-6, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 5-7, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 6, 2018

Revolutionary War Encampment, Charlestown

10:00am–4:00pm. Amos Greene Farm, with parking at 363 Carolina Back Road. Living History event with Revolutionary War troops and camp followers. Skirmishes, demonstrations of camp life and colonial crafts and music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a historic cemetery visit. Suggested donation of $5 per adult over 14; no pets allowed. Charlestown Historical Society; Facebook.

Oktoberfest Food and Fun, Wakefield, South Kingstown

Main Street. Join your neighbors and meet new friends in downtown Wakefield. There will be music all day, featuring German bands and dancers as well as a finale by Take It To The Bridge. Other live performers include Anna and Elsa from Frozen, an authentic biergarten, German food, local artisans, TropiGals dancers, Big Nazo puppets, New England Patriots' Pat Patriot, URI's Rhody Ram, Chase from Paw Patrol, The Great Baldini magician, fire dancer, aerial lyra performers, and Ladies of the Rolling Pin. Enjoy RiverFire along the Saugatucket River while you visit local shops and street vendors. Trolley rides will be provided to and from parking; a portion of Main Street will be closed to traffic. Free, but a $5 per person donation is greatly appreciated. wakefieldvillageassociation@gmail.com; wakefieldvillageassociation.com.

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

Early Schools of Rhode Island, Warwick

Begins at 1:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Short lecture followed by light refreshments. $5; reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

26th Annual International Oktoberfest, East Providence

Bold Point Park. Join us for our annual reunion of friends enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria in Rhode Island. Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens. Clean out your steins and leave some room for the bratwurst! www.riwaterfrontevents.com.

October 6-8, 2018

27th Annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Festival, Providence

Atwells Avenue. Food, entertainment, games, and rides. Parade Sunday, 11am. federalhillprov.com.

52nd Annual Scituate Art Festival, North Scituate, Scituate

10:00am–5:00pm. Village Green, Route 116. 300+ artists and craftspeople, thirty antiques dealers, arts and crafts raffle, musical entertainement, regional and ethnic foods. (401) 647-0057; www.scituateartfestival.org.

40th Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest, Woonsocket

10:00am–10:00pm. World War II Memorial State Park, Social Street. One of the largest annual fall festivals in the Blackstone River Valley. Celebrate city and regional heritage and culture with live, non-stop entertainment and music on the Autumnfest stage, amusements, food court, consumer showcase of local small businesses, arts and crafts, kids fest, gigantic fireworks and on Columbus Day holiday, experience a huge parade featuring bands, floats, and surprise guests and performers. Free admission. (401) 762-6400; www.autumnfest.org.

October 7, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Walking With the Raven: Tracing the Footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe, Providence

3:00pm–4:00pm. Saint John's Cathedral, 271 North Main Street. Join historian and author Christian Henry Tobler and author and lecturer Carl L. Johnson on a walking tour along Church and Benefit Streets, pausing at settings once frequented by Edgar Allan Poe during the 1840s. Select recitations from the works of Mr. Poe, plus song and verse composed for this occasion will be performed. Vintage and Gothic attire are encouraged. Traversing of steep city streets may be too strenuous for some. Free; (light) rain or shine. carcosan@live.com.

October 10, 2018

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

11:30am–1:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q'A—complete with iced tea—served on Blithewold's North West Porch. $6 per person in addition to regular admission. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

October 11, 2018

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

Hauntings of Linden Place Guided Tour, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tour the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight, and you may discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the "weird science" techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally... discover if any of Linden Place's ghosts will be following you home. The one-hour tour will take you through the entire mansion and will be followed by light refreshments. Members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 12-13, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

14th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this multi-faceted FEAR experience! Featuring Tunnels of Terror, Mahem 3D, Spirit's Rising Haunted House, and Paranormal360. $15-$22; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; mail@fortressofnightmares.org; www.fortressofnightmares.com.

October 12-14, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 13, 2018

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Glocester Scarecrow Festival, Chepachet, Glocester

9:00am–1:00pm. Pavillon at Kent Field, 1109 Putnam Pike. Participants design and create their own scarecrows for prizes. The scarecrows will then decorate the Village through October 28). There will be food and entertainment. (401) 568-3243; Facebook.

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

21st Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

7:00pm–9:00pm. Andrea Hotel, 89 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. Complete with comedic (Monty Python-esque) re-enactment of the 1605 trial for treason of Guy Fawkes by the "Misquamicut Players." Music, bonfire, dancers, fife and drum, and more. Free. (401) 322-1026; www.guyfawkesusa.com.

Harvest Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Come celebrate 'Bountiful America' with local vendors, music from folk-rock duo Duck and Run on Saturday, and piano virtuoso and entertainer Jack Picard on Sunday. Family entertainment, games, a colonial photo booth, Uncle Sam, and our famous homemade apple crisp! Admission charged. Rain date: October 14. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

October 13-14, 2018

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 45 America's Cup Avenue. Food! Food! Food! Area seafood restaurants serve up their most outstanding dishes. The festival offers a smorgasbord of seafood, plus kid-friendly dishes, baked goods, cider, and hot and cold beverages. Non-stop live music by local bands. Face painting, games, and other fun children's activities. Free admission, rain or shine. (401) 849-2120; mjg@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

October 14, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Harvest to Table Fair, Bristol

11:00am–4:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Enjoy a traditional New England autumn fair while exploring the offerings of artists and vendors from across the state. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at eighteenth-century games and crafts, enjoy a pony ride, and visit our heirloom sheep on a hayride through the pasture. Great family-friendly food will be provided by our culinary partners, along with Coggeshall's own jonnycakes! Free admission. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

October 16, 2018

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

October 17, 2018

Archives of American Gardens: Capturing Garden History, Providence

Begins at 6:00pm. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. Since the time of the "founding gardeners," gardeners and gardens have played an important role in shaping American culture. Today, amid a renewed interest in greening our communities and our own back yards, gardens continue to help us understand the American experience. At the Rhode Island Historical Society's 2018 Newell D. Goff Lecture, attendees will discover how Smithsonian Gardens is conserving American garden history with more than 150,000 photographs and documents. Cynthia Brown, Smithsonian Gardens' Manager of Horticulture Collections and Education, will share the interesting work that is being done and how green thumbs can add their own garden story to Smithsonian Gardens' digital archive. Free with registration. (401) 331-8575 x360; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

October 18, 2018

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

Hauntings of Linden Place Guided Tour, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tour the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight, and you may discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the "weird science" techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally... discover if any of Linden Place's ghosts will be following you home. The one-hour tour will take you through the entire mansion and will be followed by light refreshments. Members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 18-27, 2018

Mill City Haunts , Pawtucket

Slater Park, 436 Newport Avenue; Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue; and TEN31Productions, 249 Roosevelt Avenue. Have a hauntingly good time in America's original Mill City with Mill City Haunts. Feast your eyes, mind, and soul on free scary movies and family-frightening attractions, or premium paranormal haunts. Get your spook on. Free parking downtown. See Facebook for details.

October 19-20, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

14th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this multi-faceted FEAR experience! Featuring Tunnels of Terror, Mahem 3D, Spirit's Rising Haunted House, and Paranormal360. $15-$22; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; mail@fortressofnightmares.org; www.fortressofnightmares.com.

October 19-21, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 20, 2018

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

5:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Genealogy Marketplace, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. During this marketplace event, people can "shop" historical societies, public libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions. Representatives from several repositories will be present to answer questions as well as provide brochures and other guides on their genealogical resources and collections. Attendees can connect with these repositories, hear more about the rich local wealth of resources, and learn what's available and how to access them at sites from across the state—all in one spot! Free; registration requested. (401) 273-7507; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Archaeology of College Hill Community Archaeology Day, Providence

11:00am–3:00pm. Corner Hope Street and Lloyd Avenue. Come be part of an active archaeological excavation! Students will be digging on the grounds of Moses Brown School (next to Brown's athletic center), uncovering the foundations of a nineteenth century home and processing artifacts from that household. Stop by (with your family or on your own) to see what artifacts students are discovering or even try your hand at digging. Facebook.

Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage and Shopping Rail Excursion, Woonsocket

9:00am–4:30pm. Woonsocket Train Depot, One Depot Square. Enjoy a colorful autumn foliage train excursion on the Providence and Worcester Railroad to Putnam, Connecticut, for a local festival and shopping. Order tickets online. (401) 495-1213; info@tourblackstone.com; www.tourblackstone.com.

Epidemic!, Narragansett

Begins at 2:00pm. URI Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Auditorium, 215 South Ferry Road. Pandemic viruses have had dramatic impacts on South County for centuries. Join the South County History Center as we explore some of these health epidemics, including the history of the 1918 flu presented by Dr. Kenneth McIntosh, professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. An exhibit of medical artifacts from the Center's collection will be on display before and after the program. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

13th Annual Halloween Iron Pour, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue. Watch the Iron Guild fire up their furnaces for the annual molten metal spectacular. In the past they've brought us fiery hearts, zombie kings, and glowing skulls. This year... stop by and see! (401) 273-7101 www.thesteelyard.org.

October 21, 2018

Blackstone Valley Explorer Nature and Heritage Tour, Woonsocket

1:00pm–5:00pm. Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Road. Enjoy a forty-five minute historically narrated river tour aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Learn about the history of the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, while viewing wildlife along the river and river habitat. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm; Adults, $12; children, $10. (401) 724-2200; keep.bv.beautiful@gmail.com; www.rivertourblackstone.com.

10th Annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation, Newport

4:00pm–6:15pm. Belcourt of Newport, 657 Bellevue Avenue. More than 300 of Rhode Island's community leaders, business people, and homeowners, come together with preservationists, industry professionals, and craftspeople to celebrate the people who make a difference by protecting Rhode Island's historic places. A benefit dinner fllows the awards ceremony. www.preserveri.org

October 21-28, 2018

Westerly Fall Restaurant Week, Westerly

Various venues. More than twenty area restaurants offer three-course meals at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. It's a fabulous culinary cornucopia! (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

October 24, 2018

Belcourt Speaks, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. Belcourt of Newport, 657 Bellevue Avenue. Tour the home where Alva Vanderbilt lived and learn about the restoration project that has brought it back to its former glory. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres provided by Bar and Board and wine provided by Carolyn's Saknnet Vineyard. Therese Anne Fowler, author of A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts will share her experiences writing the book followed by a Q&A. Tickets: $85-$115; limited admission. www.belcourt.com.

Open House at the Carriage Barn, Ashaway, Hopkinton

1:00pm–4:00pm. Ashway Free Library, 15 Knight Street. Enjoy a fall afternoon viewing thirty-two antique carriages and more sleighs. Admire the handsome Shire horses. Light refreshments. Stop by or spend the afternoon. Rain or shine! Tickets/reservations $20/person, $40/family at the Library or by phone. (401) 377-2770; ashawaylibrary.org.

The Great New England Vampire Panic, South Kingstown

Begins at 6:30pm. South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 11 Matunuck Beach Road. Exeter, Rhode Island, 1892: After a large exodus of residents, only 900 people remained in this nearly deserted rural village. Frightening and mysterious sicknesses repeatedly struck families throughout town. Residents searched for the cause and reached the unusual conclusion that the culprit was Mercy Brown—nineteen years old, recently deceased, and a vampire. Dozens of supposed vampires were identified throughout New England during this century-long panic, now believed to have actually been caused by tuberculosis or "consumption." Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, former Connecticut State Archaeologist, will explore his study of this folk belief and a possible vampire burial discovered nearby. Discussing the incidence of consumption and the great fear it inspired will be public historian Dr. Mary Babson Fuhrer. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

October 25, 2018

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Hauntings of Linden Place Guided Tour, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tour the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight, and you may discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the "weird science" techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally... discover if any of Linden Place's ghosts will be following you home. The one-hour tour will take you through the entire mansion and will be followed by light refreshments. Members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 26, 2018

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

7:00pm–9:30pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join members of the Cranston Historical Society for ghostly goings-on. Maybe Charlie will drop by, as well. Admission $15; space is limited so reserve early. (401) 944-9226; charliethebutler@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org; Facebook.

October 26-27, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

14th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this multi-faceted FEAR experience! Featuring Tunnels of Terror, Mahem 3D, Spirit's Rising Haunted House, and Paranormal360. $15-$22; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; mail@fortressofnightmares.org; www.fortressofnightmares.com.

October 26-28, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 27, 2018

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited. (401) 397-3608; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

5:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 27-28, 2018

Spooky Zoo!, Providence

10:00am–3:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Family-friendly Halloween fun! Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last), and enjoy animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, meet and greet with costumed characters, and hands on crafts. Activities are free with Zoo admission, and kids 12 and under who come in costume receive half-price admission. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 27, 2018

Twilight Tour in the Cemetery, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

5:30pm–7:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Tucked away in a corner of Casey Farm is a fascinating family cemetery. Carved with carefully chosen words and images, the grave markers from 1747 to 1955 tell us much about the people who lived at the farm and about local history. Come see Casey Farm in a new way at twilight, lit only by your flashlights (which we provide). Members, $5; non-members, $10; registration required. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

October 28, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club' Annual Show, North Providence

9:00am–4:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. This date is also the club's annual Post Card Show, so there'll additional vendors on hand. Admission donation, $4.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 30, 2018

Colonial Survival and Modern Revival: Newport in the 1960s, Newport

Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Newport in the 1960s was a time-worn place, a city of many architectural layers. Some saw decay. Others saw a sleeping beauty. Urban renewal celebrated modernity. Historic preservation revered the past. These two forces were engaged in an epic battle for the future of the city. Through period photographs and compelling news reports, architectural historian John R. Tschirch brings us back to the old colonial districts of the Historic Hill and Point to witness the explosive firmament of the 1960s when an important chapter in Newport's history was being written. $15; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 847-8344; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

November 1, 2018

Netop Nights, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, or Robinson Research Center, 121 Hope Street. This is your chance to get up-close to rarely-seen objects and archives pulled from our collections especially for your visit. When at the John Brown House, visitors are welcome to explore the Museum open-house style until 8pm, (last entry at 7:30). Check website for this month's details. Free. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Now and Forever: Connecting with Loved Ones Through Table Tipping, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Everyone who visits an old house invariably asks the question "Is the house haunted?" Some have hinted that they have experienced strange feelings in one room or another, or heard noises while in the house alone. On occasion, Hearthside hosts programs to explore spiritual happenings with psychics and spiritual readers. Join us for an evening with renowned spiritual medium Roland Comtois in the intimate setting of Hearthside's drawing room. Thirty guests may receive personal messages channeled from the other side, followed by a book signing, dessert and informal conversations with the presenter. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Ongoing, 2018

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

November 2-3, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 2-4, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 2-11, 2018

Newport Restaurant Week Fall, Bristol and Newport Counties

Various venues. A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a three-course dinner. (401) 845-9110; jbailey@gonewport.com; www.discovernewport.org.

November 2-30, 2018

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

November 8, 2018

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

November 9-10, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 9-11, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 10, 2018

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

November 11, 2018

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

November 11, 2018, 2018

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

Begins at 11:00am. By the WWI Doughboy statue at Stone Bridge. Please show your support to our veterans keeping our freedom alive and well! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day Parade, Westerly

9:30am–12:00pm. Granite Street. Westerly Pawcatuck Veteran's Board of Control will have it's annual parade honoring all Veterans with a parade from Pawcatuck to the Westerly Armory where ceremonies will be held at the close of the march. Route: Pawcatuck Shopping center to Pequot Trail, to West Broad Street, to High Street, to Canal Street, to Railroad Avenue. (401) 596-0837.

Historic House Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a tour of this 200-year old homestead with guides in period costume. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately one hour, with the last at 3pm. Admission charged. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 13, 2018

THS Annual Meeting and Dessert Social, Tiverton

Begins at 7:00pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. All are invited to bring your favorite dessert to share, become a member of the Tiverton Historical Society or renew your membership, vote on the 2019 Officer and BOD slate, and share ideas for 2019 events and programs. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 15, 2018

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

November 16-17, 2018

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 16-18, 2018

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

November 23, 2018

Santa's Arrival, Westerly

6:00pm–7:00pm. Dixon Square, 4 High Street. Santa Claus, "Winter Lady," and other holiday characters will be making their debut via fire trucks to bring in the Holiday Season. Free coloring books and lollipops will be handed out to all the children in attendance. Free family event. In case of inclement weather this event will take place at The Westerly Armory. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

November 23-25, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

November 25, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

November 30-December 2, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 1, 2018

48th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House, Newport

4:30pm–8:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The waterfront will be bathed in holiday lights as the Christmas season begins in Newport! Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30pm, followed by the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 5pm. A Newport city official lights the thirty-foot tree at 6pm, immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting) or by sleigh. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

American Girl Doll Christmas Party, Lincoln

Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for a party at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. Members, $24; non-members $27. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

13th Annual Stadium Theatre Christmas, Woonsocket

Begins at 7:30pm. The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square. Our annual Stadium Theatre Christmas show returns! A gifted cast of performers will be joined by the Stadium Theatre Kick Line Dancers for a festive collaboration that will feature orchestra music and the Stadium's extraordinary live nativity finale. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and Joyeux Noel! (401) 762-4545; info@stadiumtheatre.com; www.stadiumtheatre.com.

One for the Books: Major (and Memorable) Weather, Kingston, South Kingstown

Begins at 2:30pm. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road. Resilient Rhode Islanders have experienced their share of extreme weather. From blizzards and hurricanes to sunny weather, meteorologists study atmospheric conditions to ensure that we can prepare for the worst and enjoy the best of Mother Nature. Join us as we explore the science behind weather forecasting and discuss some of our area's most memorable weather events with a panel combining seventy-five years of experience: WPRI's Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca, and Bob Thompson, former Meteorologist-in-Charge for the National Weather Service in Boston. (401) 783-1328; erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org; southcountyhistorycenter.org.

Nikommo Celebration and Holiday Market, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. Celebrate Nikommo, a traditional give-away thankgsgiving which includes a ceremony, museum exploration, and storytelling! Free admission with a bagged gift for someone in need. (401) 491-9063; lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.org.

December 1-2, 2018

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The aroma of baked treats will find Smith's Castle along with the spices of mulled cider and the scents of the season. Enjoy some cider, good conversation, and the music of the season. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Ongoing, 2018

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

December 1-31, 2018

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

December 2, 2018

Holiday House Tea, Warwick

Begins at 2:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Enjoy tea in the parlor decorated for the season. Following your tea, view our "Step Into the Holidays" exhibit. $35; space is limited, reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a self-guided tour of Lincoln's magnificent, lavishly decorated, ten-room 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 5, 2018

22nd Annual Holiday Stroll and Luminaria, Westerly

5:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck. Sidewalks will be lined with beautiful luminaria. Enjoy a hayride with Santa while listening to strolling carolers filling the air with their holiday cheer. Enjoy a complementary cup of hot chocolate and a cookie to warm you up while shopping at the local stores. Stores will run special promotions and offer money saving coupons. Bundle up and enjoy an evening of hospitality, friendship, and lots of holiday cheer. Rain or shine. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

December 7-9, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 8, 2018

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a self-guided tour of Lincoln's magnificent, lavishly decorated, ten-room 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 8-9, 2018

Christmas Open House, Tiverton

Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 12-4pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Hot apple cider greets visitors shopping for Christmas decor and baked goods, historical ornaments, classic jellies, mugs, local history books, baked goodies, vintage decor and gifts. Our shop will also be open for other gifts. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Decorations change every year; plus cider and cookies! Exhibit runs December 4-28. Admission charged. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 9, 2018

Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Christmas Pot Luck Party and Open House, Coventry

Begins at 2:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Join RISEUP and the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society as we celebrate Christmas at our favorite haunted museum! (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a self-guided tour of Lincoln's magnificent, lavishly decorated, ten-room 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 13, 2018

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 14-16, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 15-16, 2018

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Decorations change every year; plus cider and cookies! Exhibit runs December 4-28. Admission charged. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice at the Tower, Newport

Begins at 8:00am. Old Stone Mill, Touro Park. Gather in the northeast corner of the park at 8am to see the sun pass through the south and west windows of the Tower. Then at 9am, witness the illumination of the egg-shaped rock from the east side of the Tower. A patch of sunlight shining through the south window acts like a spotlight, setting the egg-shaped rock in the interior of the west-northwest arch aglow.

December 21-23, 2018

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

4:00pm–5:30pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 28, 2018

Home for the Holidays Guided Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent ten-room mansion given by volunteer interpreters in Victorian finery. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 30, 2018

Home for the Holidays Guided Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent ten-room mansion given by volunteer interpreters in Victorian finery. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell.

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2019

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

May 5, 2019

37th Annual Birds and Breakfast, Middletown

7:30am–11:00am. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Treat yourself to a seasonal gourmet breakfast, with sweeping views over Paradise Valley and Rhode Island Sound. Chef Rich Silvia from The White Horse Tavern will prepare a scrumptious breakfast buffet, with organically grown ingredients donated by local farmers and markets. Explore the hiking trails on a guided bird walk with expert naturalists. Children of all ages can learn spring-themed nature crafts and enjoy live animal presentations, including animal ambassador Hunter, the red-tailed hawk! Adults, $30; children 3-12, $10; under 3, free. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.or.

June 18, 2019

17th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

August 12, 2019

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2020

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

August 10, 2020

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2021

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

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