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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Every Friday and Saturday in September, 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.
(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.
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.
Referred to by many as “New Hampshire’s Classic Fall Foliage Experience,” the Hobo Railroad takes on an entirely new look for Autumn with the addition of the Hobo Farm Stand that’s stocked with New Hampshire-made products as well as a huge selection of pumpkins from the Moulton Farm in Meredith, NH. Meanwhile, the Hobo Farm Yard is filled with games for all ages to enjoy like pumpkin bowling, ring toss, horse shoes, bean bag toss, sack races, croquet and corn hole, not to mention an impressive display of five antique tractors provided by the Presby Transportation Museum located in Whitefield, NH.
For those looking to enjoy the Fall foliage from the train, the one hour and twenty-minute round-trip train rides along the Pemigewasset River between Lincoln and Woodstock, NH afford wonderful views of the Fall colors. While on the train, passengers will also be treated to “a taste of New Hampshire” with complimentary samples of various New Hampshire made Fall-themed items such as Maple Drops, Pumpkin Granola or Apple Cider – samples will vary daily. Departure times for the Fall train rides are 11am and 1pm daily, with 3pm trains available on the following weekend dates: September 23 & 30 as well as October 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2017.
Discover the Freedom Trail in a new light – after dark – on the official Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours. In September and October 2017, the Freedom Trail Lantern Tours return, offering visitors and residents the unique opportunity to experience the dark history and mystery of the Freedom Trail by lantern-light! The annual Lantern Tours will be offered on Thursdays, September 21 through October 26 and Saturdays, October 7 through 28, at 7 p.m. from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall.
Fatal sword duels, the grave of a ruthless pirate, scandalous murders, and the punishment and hanging of convicted witches: all real and explored on the Freedom Trail Lantern Tours. Investigate the ghoulish side of Boston’s iconic red-lined path by lantern-light and hear historic tales too dark and macabre for day-time. Join Freedom Trail Players®, darkly garbed with lanterns, and bring true accounts of appalling crimes, spies and assassins, cold-blooded killings, and demonic possession to life on these 90-minute walking tours.
Led by Freedom Trail Players, dressed in authentic 18th-century costumes, Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for children, and include a $1 donation to the Freedom Trail Foundation’s Preservation Fund, which helps support preservation projects at official Freedom Trail historic sites.