Five Can’t-Miss Events this Week in Rhode Island

See giant pumpkins weigh-off, eat Italian bites on Federal Hill and more fun things to do from October 10-16.

Rock the Mansion Gala

Spend an evening supporting mental health at Newport’s Rock the Mansion Gala. Overlooking beautiful Narragansett Bay, the gala offers a refreshing atmosphere with live music, as well as scrumptious appetizers, delicious desserts and a cash bar. Participate in the silent and live auctions to help raise money for a mobile crisis clinician to travel on scene with local police and fire personnel. 

The Details: Oct. 10. 6-10 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Ocean Cliff, 65 Ridge Rd., Newport, 401-846-1213,


Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Photo from Frerichs Farm Facebook Page.

Make way for the giant pumpkin! Do you have the largest pumpkin this year? Find out by taking a drive to Frerichs Farm for the annual pumpkin weigh-off. This all day event has activities for kiddos of all ages. Watch the pumpkin weighing, see the pumpkin drop, visit a variety of food trucks, and listen to the live Big Red Barn bluegrass band. 

The Details: Oct. 13. 9 a.m.-Noon. Free. Frerichs Farm, 43 Kinnicutt Ave., Warren, 401-245-8245,

Scituate Arts Festival

Spend the weekend celebrating the arts at the fifty-third annual Scituate Arts Festival. Peruse more than 200 artisans and exhibits featuring antiques, jewelry, paintings, sculptures and more. Shop until you drop and then spend some downtime listening to live music and enjoying a delicious lunch.

The Details: Oct. 12-13. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 14. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Village Green, 554 West Greenville Rd., North Scituate,


Harvest Tribute at Stone Acres Farm

Celebrate the culinary contributions of Chef Jacques Pépin at the family friendly Harvest Festival at Stone Acres Farm. Enjoy a live performance by the Pat McGee Band while stuffing your stomach full of delicious food. Shop at the Artisan’s Market, learn from live cooking demonstrations and participate in farm-inspired crafts, games and activities until it’s time to unveil the newly finished bronze statue in honor of the chef.  

The Details: Oct. 13. 1 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Stone Acres Farm, 393 North Main St., Stonington, Connecticut,


Columbus Day Festival

Visit Federal Hill for a weekend of family fun! Enjoy amusement rides and games, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more. Taste more than eighty wines from around the world at the new Renaissance Wine event Saturday night and kick off Sunday with the Columbus Day Parade! Visit the website below for a full list of activities and entertainment schedule. 

The Details: October 12-14. 10 a.m. Free. Federal Hill, Atwells Ave., Providence,


Reporting assistance by Leanna Lobo.

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