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WaterFire, Providence, Rhode Island
May 28th, 2016 to Nov 05th, 2016
Providence, RI

WaterFire is a highly unique public art experience that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Rhode Island’s creative capital city of Providence. The event is based on an original artistic installation of bonfires lit on the three waterways passing through downtown Providence. On select Saturday evenings throughout the year, WaterFire creates a magical artistic event celebrating earth, air, fire and water. Amidst the flickering firelight of 100 bonfires, stroll through Waterplace Park and enjoy music and entertainment from around the world. Please see complete schedule for event dates.

King Richard's Faire
Sep 03rd, 2016 to Oct 23rd, 2016
Carver, MA

(Weekends) King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire is tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King's Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup. Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.

Sep 09th, 2016 to Oct 14th, 2016
1 Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT 06426

Every Friday from September 2nd through October 14th, hop aboard the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a three-hour Swallow Cruise down the Connecticut River to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon! Only this time of year do hundreds of thousands of Tree Swallows flock over Goose Island to roost each evening at sunset. The birds come from as far as 30 miles away and in such numbers that they show up on weather radar! September cruises depart at 5 p.m. October cruises depart at 3:30 p.m. Price: ​$35.

Sep 16th, 2016 to Oct 02nd, 2016
West Springfield, MA

Celebrate the fall season at The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast celebrating 100 years in 2016. For 17 days during New England’s most colorful season, enjoy free top-name entertainment, major exhibits, The Big E Super Circus, rides, shopping, crafts, parades, and foods from around the world. Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and see impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. Take a step inside and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes and of quintessential New England.

Fall Nantucket Restaurant Week
Sep 26th, 2016 to Oct 02nd, 2016
Nantucket, MA

Enjoy special pricing and unique menus during the Annual Nantucket Restaurant Week. Visitors can experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket hospitality in many of the island’s great restaurants.  Come see “Junior Chef” — the annual culinary competition that pits three teams from Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program against each other. Armed with a secret local ingredient and a celebrated chef from an island restaurant, the teams go to work on a three-course meal live at Cisco Brewery.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Fall Foliage Journey
Sep 26th, 2016 to Oct 23rd, 2016
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Essex, CT

(Select dates, see website for details) View the spectacular New England autumn foliage in style at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat!  Offering a multitude of weekday and weekend options to experience this beautiful scenery from the train and the boat, Essex Steam Train has just the ticket for you and your family to see the fleeting vibrant colors of the season. 

Choose from our Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion, a 2.5-hour nature excursion, available on weekends & weekdays, that takes riders through the valley on vintage train coaches. From there they will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for stunning views of the leaves reflecting off the water. Looking for more culture with the beautiful landscape? Opt for our Haddam Special train, a delightful fall foliage excursion that combines a river cruise, sight-seeing, and your choice of culture, shopping, or dining in the towns of Haddam and East Haddam. Or perhaps you’d prefer lunch while you ride on our Essex Clipper Lunch Train every weekend, offering seasonal fare in cozy first class dining cars! If romance is what you’re seeking, purchase tickets for our Friday Night Sunset Swallow Cruise, where you can watch hundreds of thousands of barn and tree swallows flock over the river with a breathtaking autumnal backdrop.