Five Can’t-Miss Events: Oct. 12–18

Experience Bonfire Night stateside, get your nose in a book, taste the last briny bits of summer and more fun things to do.

1. Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night

“Remember, remember the fifth of November.” The famous rhyme points to the day in 1605 when Brit Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament. While bonfires are a common sight in London on Bonfire Night, it’s not a common sight here in the good ‘ol US of A. But if you want a taste of the celebration from across the pond, head to Misquamicut (not on the fifth of November, however) for an evening of live music, local actors and of course, a big glowing bonfire.
The Details:  Oct. 14. 7 p.m. Free. The Andrea, 89 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, guyfawkesusa.com.

2. Pints for Pups

Drink a cold one at Foolproof Brewery during Pints for Pups, a fundraiser to support our four-legged best friends at Paws of New England. Raffles, live entertainment, food trucks and of course, beer, will be available. With your souvenir pint glass in hand, make a toast to cute canines.
The Details: Oct. 14. 7:30–9:30 p.m. $30 designated drivers. $45 non-drivers, Foolproof Brewing Company, 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket, foolproofbrewing.com.

3. Exeter Fall Festival

Head to one of the leaf-peeping regions of Rhode Island (i.e. Exeter) for a fall festival to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy. The Friends of the Exeter Library host a family-friendly day that includes a wide array of autumnal activities, from hay rides to pumpkin and face painting. There will also be a book sale, local artisans peddling their wares and a chance to meet the Rhode Island State Police K-9 unit. All proceeds benefit the Exeter Public Library.
The Details: Oct. 14. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Yawgoo Valley, 160 Yawgoo Valley Rd., Exeter, exeterfallfestival.com.

4. Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Take a few last salty bites of summer’s bounty at the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, where you’ll find fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari and more delights from the sea. There will be live music, family fun and cafe-style seating throughout the wharf. All proceeds will benefit the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s newest 200-foot sailing education vessel, which will be open for curious attendees to explore.
The Details: Oct. 14–15. 11 a.m.¬5 p.m. Free. Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, bowenswharf.com.

5. Festival of Children’s Books and Authors

Bookworms, this one is for you. Have your favorite works signed by nineteen nationally-acclaimed authors and illustrators and learn about their life, work and philosophy. Make sure to buy a book or two from the selection of new releases to carry you into the season of getting cozy with a story by the fire.
The Details: Oct. 14. 9 a.m.­–5:30 p.m. $5. Lincoln School, 301 Butler Ave., Providence, lincolnschool.org.

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.

With reporting assistance by Grace Kelly 

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