The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events
Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival
Get sea-silly with aquatic vittles and musical vibrations at Newport’s twenty-fourth annual seafood festival. Shimmy while you snack; this year’s live music ranges from American folk with the Atwater-Donnelly Duo to the tender tunes of Big Cat Blues Band. Festival offerings include locally caught shrimp, lobster and scallops so get ready to chew through the deep blue. Feast on fish tacos from Diego’s or crack into the classics: quahogs, clam cakes and chowder. Please your palate further with the festival’s seasonal sips, including ciders, signature cocktails and New England beers. The warm weather is fading fast so skip down to the seaside for one last sunny hurrah.
The Details: Oct. 18–19. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Bowen’s Wharf, 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 401-849-2243, bowenswharf.com.
Rock stars with two X chromosomes: Take back the mic with horribly good cover tunes. Celebrate Girls Rock! Rhode Island’s fifth anniversary and partake in a night of unforgettable fun while local bands croon all the hits you love to hate. Watch Roz and the Rice Cakes, the Sugar Honey Iced Tea, Shellshag and other local talents rock the mic with myriad musical selections — think: Meredith Brooks, Celine Dion, Blink-182, George Michael and more. Get fancy with face paint, look fetching for the photobooth and cut a shape to DJ Merry Def’s spinning sound between sets. The all-ages event will also feature Girls Rock!’s own with performances by alums from both the Girls and the Ladies Rock! camps. You’d be crazy not to crash this birthday bash.
The Details: Oct. 18. 7 p.m.–1 a.m. Admission $5. Aurora, 276 Westminster St., Providence, girlsrockri.org.
Mark your calendars, pumpkin lovers; the Audubon Society of Rhode Island has a party just for you. Celebrate the honorable orange gourd in myriad ways with art projects, a ring toss, golf, fishing and stamp-making that all involve the seasonal favorite. Visitors will have free access to the event after paying admission to the Audubon Environmental Education Center. So go on, pack up your pumpkin-y passion and find out just how much fun a piece of fruit can be. Make a day of it by exploring the Audubon’s ecosystem exhibitions inside, or get some air on a short hike down the refuge’s marsh-dotted boardwalk, which ends at Narragansett Bay.
The Details: Oct. 18. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $6 adult, $4 children, free for children younger than four and Audubon members. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St., Bristol, 401-245-7500, asri.doubleknot.com.
Autumnal amusement continues at this annual fall walkabout in the quaint East Bay. Browse sidewalk sales, explore open studios, participate in demonstrations and let your creativity run free at one of the walk-in workshops. Hungry? Sample local eats at the Taste of Warren or some soup at beloved Blount’s Market. While the little ones put together puppets or chat up characters from Frozen, enter your favorite four-legged friend in Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar’s Halloween fundraiser costume contest. If you’re crazy for cooking with a historic flair, you won’t want to miss the Maxwell House’s live hearth demonstration. And don’t forget to stop by Warren’s Baptist Church for your afternoon tea before hopping aboard Frerichs Farm’s imaginative town-touring dragon ride.
The Details: Oct. 19. Noon–5 p.m. Free. Downtown Warren, discoverwarren.com.
Say goodbye to safety and prepare to pour fuel on the fire of your fears. With more than fifty freaky films from all around the world, guest speakers and an H.P. Lovecraft walking tour, this year’s International Horror Film Festival is sure to scare you senseless. Make it a wild Wednesday at the screening of Feral, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film that tells the story of a young boy found in the wild and his struggles adapting to civilization. After that, explore the local horror legend of Lizzie Borden in Ric Rebello’s Lizbeth: A Victorian Nightmare. Word to the wary, parental discretion is advised for the majority of films. But no worries, smaller spook-seekers can get their frightening fix too: The first two days of the festival include free screenings of numerous kids’ shorts — some creepy, some cute. Be sure to check out the festival website, as screenings will be held at a number of different theaters in Providence.
The Details: Oct. 20–26. Call or visit the website for schedule. Admission $10. Various venues in Providence, 401-861-4445, film-festival.org.