Six Picks: The best in local events this weekend (Oct. 5 – 8)

Ready for the long holiday weekend? We hope so because there’s so much happening across the Ocean State during this Columbus Day weekend.

Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and these events! 

(Photo: Federal Hill will host their annual Columbus Day Festival this weekend)

Scituate Arts Festival, North Scituate

Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday from 10 am to 4 pm

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The Scituate Art Festival, in its 52nd year, is a favorite Rhode Island tradition over the Columbus Day weekend. This event features 200 juried art and craft exhibitors, select antique vendors, a food court offering regional specialties, live musical entertainment and a huge art/craft/antique raffle. If that’s not enough, the event has been recognized eight times as ‘Best Annual Arts/Crafts Festival Statewide’ by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.


Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off, Warren

Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

Join Frerichs Farm and PVD Food Truck Events for a day full of giant pumpkins and gourds.  This is a very family oriented event. Last year the biggest pumpkin weigh 1914lbs..what will this year bring? There is a free corn maze, pirate ship and western town for the kids to play in. They have pumpkin painting and build your scarecrow for a small fee. There will also be a Pumpkin ride, a Dragon ride, food trucks and art vendors. Admission is free but there is a $5 parking fee. 


Oktoberfest, Wakefield

Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm

Head to Main Street in Wakefield for their 3rd annual Oktoberfest…a day of live music, street performers, dancing, vendors & original art, kids games, RiverFire, and food & drink between noon and 11 pm. Enjoy evening RiverFire, and loads of family-friendly activities all day! The daytime and street events are free. 


Federal Hill Columbus Weekend Festival, Providence

Saturday, Sunday and Monday 

The Federal Hill Commerce Association will be hosting its Annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival on historic Federal Hill in Providence from Oct. 6th through Oct. 8th, 2018. The festival has been recognized as one of the best Columbus Day Festivals to attend, with great food and entertainment. The Annual Columbus Day Parade will take place on Sunday, October 7th at 11 am on Atwells Ave in Providence.


Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (and thru November 4th) beginning at 6 pm

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village is celebrating 30 years of Halloween magic October 4 – November 4. Called EXTRAORDINARY by both CNN and USA Today, this year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairy tales, and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes, and historical figures who changed our world. Revel in the sights and sounds of the season, and celebrate this otherworldly experience!



Broadway Street Fair, Newport

Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm

The Broadway Street Fair is back!  Last year more than 10,000 people took a stroll along Broadway, Newport’s historic Main Street and major artery into the city and celebrated the diversity that Newport is known for.  The Street Fair will begin at Equality Park and extend all down into Washington Square. The day will be filled with music, food, family activities, exhibiting artists & makers and local non-profits. This is a rain or shine event!