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

Explore the largest fall festival in northern Rhode Island, watch artists create sand sculptures at Misquamicut State Beach, and more fun things to do from October 5–11.
Greg Grady Jr Hampton Beach 22

Photo courtesy of the Atlantis RIsing International Sand Sculpture Competition.


The forty-fifth annual Autumnfest is back to kick start Columbus Day weekend. Enjoy food, rides, live performances, a parade and fireworks at the largest fall festival in northern Rhode Island. Special guest performances by Linger and Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones as well as other dance and variety acts. It’s a fall celebration with something for everyone to enjoy. 

The details: October 6–9. Visit the website for times. Free admission. 84 Social St., Woonsocket,,


Atlantis RIsing International Sand Sculpture Competition

Ditch the sand castle molds – artists from all over are turning Misquamicut State Beach into the mythical city of Atlantis for the annual Atlantis RIsing International Sand Sculpture Competition. Visitors can witness the formation of the intricately carved sand sculptures created by artists competing for the popular vote and cash prize. Entertainment for the weekend also includes food trucks, photo opportunities, live music and activities for the kiddos.

The details: October 6–9. Noon–6 p.m. $5–$15. Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, 800-548-4662,


Rogue Island Comedy Festival

Get ready to have a night filled with laughter at Rhode Island’s only Comedy Festival. Choose between nine different shows in locations such as Portsmouth, Newport and Middletown. Local and national touring comedians are prepared to take the stage to show off their talent. 

The details: October 5–8. Visit the website for times. $30. Newport County,


Apple Cider Bar 

There’s nothing that screams fall like apple cider. The Chanler hotel at Cliff Walk is inviting autumn lovers to take in the crisp air while sipping on mulled cider from Heirloom apples. Add liquor to your drink to heighten the experience. Stop by before or after your stroll along the Newport shoreline for a refreshing beverage. 

The details: Through November 19. Sat.–Sun. 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Visit the website for prices. 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport,


Thursday Night Football and All You Can Eat Wings

Join the Providence G Pub for a Thursday night football watch party. Unwind with all you can eat wings and a chance to win authentic sports jerseys announced at the end of the third quarter. Don’t miss cheering on your favorite team by yourself or with a crew. 

The details: Through December 28. Thursdays 8:15–11 p.m. $28. 61 Orange St., Providence, 401-632-4782,


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