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.
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(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.
(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.
The 36th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings festival will feature a month of programs and events to suit Halloween enthusiasts of all ages. The October program, which always includes a scary dose of theatrics, will be enhanced this year by live music, great food, and costumed pets.
Headlining the new events for 2016 is the Haunted Harmonies a cappella festival on October 8. High school and collegiate a cappella groups will converge in Salem for a day of performance and learning that will culminate with a professional showcase and performance by Vox One. Also new this year is a Food Truck Festival on October 1st and 2nd on Salem Common, the Howl-o-Ween Parade for pets on October 2, and a Chowder Fest to benefit Breast Cancer Research on October 15.
Hailed by USA Today as “extraordinary.” Experience the glow of 5,000 pumpkins carved into amazing works of art and set in a magical display during this night-time spectacular. A team of professional pumpkin carvers spends six weeks creating the trail, resulting in a truly breathtaking display. Feast your eyes on thousands of carved and illuminated pumpkins with hundreds of them depicting people, places, and scenes — all with painstaking detail and amazing intricacy!
Head Of The Charles Regatta®, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, was first held on October 16, 1965. The race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members with the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a “head of the river” race, similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River. “Head” races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long – boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of “Head of the River” or, in this case, “Head Of The Charles.” Today, more than 7,500 athletes from around the world compete in 55 different race events. The Regatta grew to a two-day event in 1997 and now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend.