Five Can’t-Miss Events: Oct. 4–10

Get your jack-o-lantern fix at the zoo, browse artsy wares in Scituate, celebrate fall in Woonsocket and other fun things to do.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Celebrate thirty years of spooktacular magic at the Roger Williams Park Zoo for its annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Marvel at more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins ranging from wizards and fairy tales to superheroes and historical figures. Plus, soar above the pumpkins for a bird’s eye view on the Soaring Eagle zip ride. All proceeds support the zoo’s animal care, environmental education and conservation efforts.

The Details: Oct. 4-Nov. 4. 6-10 p.m. $15-$18. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-3510,


Wine Tasting at Massimo

Mingle with other vino lovers while sipping wines from renowned regions of Italy. Plus, enjoy a selection of the finest hor d’oeuvres that Massimo has to offer. The stand-up tasting event is held in the restaurant’s private dining room. If you find a victual that fancies your tastebuds, purchase a bottle (or two! We’re not judging) during on-site purchase. Spots are limited.

The Details: Oct. 4. 6-8 p.m. $29. Massimo, 134 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-273-0650,


Woonsocket Autumnfest

Jump into the fall season at the fortieth annual Woonsocket Autumnfest. Munch on yummy bites from food truck row, sip a variety of brews, take a joy ride on the midway rides, create a craft, watch fireworks light up the sky and take part in more fun things to do. This jam-packed weekend event is a family fun event for all and is just the right way to kickstart the start of autumn.

The Details: Oct. 5-8. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. World War II Veterans Memorial Park, 40 Snow St., Woonsocket, 401-526-4278,


Orchestra Concert

This is not your typical orchestra. After a long hiatus, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra is back and better than ever with classic songs from Wolfgang Mozart to Josef Suk. The Ocean State Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1990, and performed three to four times annually until 2006. The orchestra has just recently formed again to provide audiences with the magic of music.

The Details: Oct. 6. 8 p.m. $10-$15. University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd., Kingston, 401-594-9606.


Scituate Art Festival

In its fifty-second year, the Scituate Art Festival features 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, antique vendors, a food court, live entertainment and a large raffle. Stroll through the vendor booths with an artistic eye and join thousands of other visitors at this three-day weekend celebration of the arts. Plus, there’s no better way to celebrate autumn than in Northern Rhode Island with changing leaves as the backdrop. And if there is? Well, we don’t know one!  

The Details: Oct. 6-8. See website for festival times. Free. 554 West Greenville Rd., North Scituate,


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

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