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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Salem Haunted Happenings welcomes monsters of all shapes and sizes to Salem, Massachusetts this October. Formally kicking off with the "movie monsters" themed Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 6, visitors can celebrate their little monsters during new "Wicked Wednesdays" family programs, visit Kirk Hammett's classic movie monster movie posters collection at the Peabody Essex Museum, and come face to face with little maritime "monsters" in Sea Shuttle's onboard aquarium. Dramatic favorites, including Spirits of the Gables, Tales & Tombstones Trolley Tours, and Cry Innocent, also return for another season. For complete information, visit the new HauntedHappenings.org.
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!
The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of ‘Sea, Farm & Vine.’ The four-day feast, celebrating the rich tradition of farming and fishing, features the Island’s best culinary talent, artisanal producers and local ingredients, while organically aligning with national chefs, culinary leaders and wine and spirit purveyors to create a fresh unique-to-the-Island immersion weekend.
(1 to 7 p.m.) Thousands of children will design, carve and display their jack-o’-lanterns for the public to enjoy in Central Square, Downtown Keene. With nearly 5,000 individual artists, this event may be one of the most inclusive visual arts events in New Hampshire. Refreshment tables hosted by non-profits serving area youth will offer pumpkin whoopee pies and other treats to festival-goers.
The Freedom Trail® Foundation invites revelers to celebrate this holiday season on the annual Historic Holiday Strolls. The festive atmosphere of the city, set against the unique backdrop of Boston’s historic sites and the American Revolution, makes these merry 90-minute tours a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Walk the Freedom Trail and discover how Boston’s holiday traditions evolved on the Strolls offered Thursdays through Sundays in November, December, and January. Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day excluded.
Led by 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, the Strolls are complete with a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail and an exclusive visit to the Omni Parker House for signature refreshments and world-famous Boston Cream Pie. Following the Stroll, guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at Freedom Trail sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church (valid with any Historic Holiday Stroll receipt from November through February).
Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. The Freedom Trail Historic Holiday Strolls may also be booked as a private family or group tour.