Events Calendar - 2023

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
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Rhode Island Fashion Week Ssn XIII

Sep 27, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 The Event Factory, 144 Metro Center Blvd. Warwick, RI 02886

Get ready to experience fashion like never before at Rhode Island Fashion Week Season XIII! From September 27th to 30th, immerse yourself in a world of style, creativity, and innovation. Top designers, runway shows, and exclusive events await. Don't miss this chic extravaganza! This event is run from: Sep 27, 2023 to Sep 30, 2023 at 6:00pm to 12:00am.

Breakfast with Santa at Hilton Mystic

Dec 17, 2023 - Dec 17, 2023 20 Coogan Blvd Mystic, CT 06355

Ho, ho, ho! Get ready for a jolly good time at Breakfast with Santa! Join us at the Hilton Mystic, located at 20 Coogan Blvd, in beautiful Mystic, Connecticut, for a festive morning filled with holiday cheer, breakfast, and a visit with Santa! Bring your little ones and watch their eyes light up as they enjoy a delicious breakfast with the one and only Santa Claus himself! This in-person event promises a magical experience for the whole family. Don't miss out on this merry opportunity to create lasting memories with Santa. Book your spot now! Included: • Visit with Santa and Take Photos. • Share your Christmas Wishes • Every child goes home with a cookie decorating kit • Breakfast Breakfast Buffet • Seasonal Sliced Fruit and Berries • Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs • Smoked Bacon • French Toast, Maple Syrup, Fruit Compote • Cinnamon Rolls • Selection of Bakery Specialties • Whipped Butter • Fruit Preserves • Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Cocoa
Tickets: Four Pack Bundle: $154 (min/max four tickets) • Adults: $49.00 • Children: $38.50 *Pricing includes gratuity and sales tax. Event Brite Ticketing Fees additional. Ticket link
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All Ages

Waterfire 2023 – Providence RI

Apr 1, 2023 - Nov 4, 2023 Downtown - Waterplace Park & Along the Riverfront Providence, RI 02903

Waterfire Providence 2023

  • September 2: Partial lighting 7:17 p.m.
  • September 9: Full lighting (PVD Fest) 7:05 p.m.
  • September 30: Full lighting, 6:29 p.m.
  • October 14: Full lighting, 6:06 p.m.
  • November 4: Full lighting, 5:36 p.m.

Splash Dance – Burlington VT

May 26, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 City Hall Park Splash Pad, 149 College Street, Burlington, VT

Suit up and splash around in Burlington’s City Hall Park. On Friday and Saturday afternoons from late May through mid-September, local DJs will provide a soundtrack to boogie to as you play in the fountains on the splash pad.

Art Show

Atlantis Rising: International Sand Sculpture Competition – Westerly RI

Oct 6, 2023 - Oct 9, 2023 Misquamicut State Beach, 247 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Spend Columbus Day weekend witnessing the work of some of the most skilled sand sculptors in the world. Vote for your favorite Atlantis-themed sculpture and enjoy food trucks, live music, photo ops and children’s activities.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Littleton Art Festival – Littleton NH

Sep 30, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Main Street, Littleton, NH

This event is rain or shine and will coincide with several other events in Littleton including the Antique Car Parade hosted by the Lion’s Club as well as the Littleton Community Center and Littleton Garden Club’s Pie Fest at the Community Center. There will be demonstrations from the League of New Hampshire Craftsman as well as Windbloom Beer at their storefront locations and a Historical Tour of downtown provided by the Littleton Historical Society. 

Tap to Table – Cuttingsville VT

Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 1, 2023 Stewart Maple Marketplace, Cuttingsville, VT

Stewart Maple’s Tap to Table is an open air autumn market that will support and celebrate Vermont’s crafts people, artists, specialty foods, and the beginning of the autumn season. Enjoy local vendors, live music, and food. 

"Quilting in the Land of Milk & Honey" Quilt Show – Middlebury VT

Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT

Celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship involved in making quilts. See hundreds of quilts in modern and historical styles, as well as traveling exhibits. Shop from vendors and enter raffles to win prizes. Lunch will also be available.

Car Shows

Antique & Classic Automobile Show 2023- Moultonborough, NH

Sep 30, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road (Route 171), Moultonborough, NH

View stunning examples of antique cars and motorcycles dating from the turn of the 20th century in an equally stunning setting 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Coastal Queen's Evening Cocktail Cruises -- Newport RI

Jul 31, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023 5 Bowen's Landing, Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI

On this evening cocktail cruise aboard the Coastal Queen, enjoy views of magnificent Newport Harbor and the Bay, forts, lighthouses, harbor mansions, Clingstone and the Jamestown shoreline. Coastal Queen's grand teak-wood bar is centrally located and fully stocked with your favorite cocktails.


Heirloom Apple Day – Dummerston VT

Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT

Celebrate apples, learn about heirloom varieties, and discover the history of Scott Farm and the 130 types of apples growing there. At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. there will be a tasting/talk, after which guests can shop for apples and cider or pick-their-own apples. Enjoy, too, food vendors and an area to picnic, apple paint printing, corn hole, and more.

Aldermere Farm & Erickson Fields Fall Celebration -- Rockport ME

Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023 Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport, ME

Free come enjy the farm at harvest time. Pick carrots with the Teen Ag Crew; tour the gardens; take a walk on the Story Walk; meet the Belted Galloway cows from Aldermere Farm; enjoy ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery, burgers made from your local Aldermere beef, and grilled local veggies. Rain date is October 15. Email: jalbury@mcht.org This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.


Harpoon Octoberfest 2023 – Boston MA

Sep 29, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Harpoon Brewery - 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02110

Get your oompah on at Harpoon’s 33rd annual Octoberfest Sept. 29 and 30. In addition to live oompah music (check the website for a list of bands), you can try your hand in the stein-hoisting competition, pretzel-eating contest and chicken dancing. Raise your stein (filled with Harpoon, Clown Shoes or UFO Beer, hard cider or hard seltzer) under open-air tents alongside thousands of fellow beer-lovers. The space is bigger this year, with a tented area with limited seating. Buying tickets in advance is advised, but tickets will also be sold at the door. This is a 21+ event, and dogs are not permitted.

Harpoon Dogtoberfest 2023 – Boston MA

Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 1, 2023 Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA

This fundraising event welcomes dog lovers and their furry friends to the Harpoon Brewery to celebrate Octoberfest. The event features a fun run, dog costume competition, on-site adoption meet and greet, food trucks and drinks.

Saint Albans Oktoberfest – St. Albans VT

Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 1, 2023 264 Hardack Drive, St Albans, VT

Celebrate October the German way, with food from the Crazy Cotton Candy Lady, Mill River BBQ & Smokehouse, Halo Donuts, Nourish Drinks and more. Drink assorted locally-brewed beer and participate in activities like stein hoisting, keg tossing and rolling, corn hole, big beer pong and more. Ages 21 and over only.

Art in the Park Fall Festival – Rutland VT

Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 Junction of Routes 4 & 7, Rutland, VT

Enjoy fine art, photography and crafts. Food and drinks will be available from local Vermont vineyards, breweries and distilleries. There will also be activities for children and live music. 

Heirloom Apple Day – Dummerston VT

Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT

Celebrate apples, learn about heirloom varieties, and discover the history of Scott Farm and the 130 types of apples growing there. At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. there will be a tasting/talk, after which guests can shop for apples and cider or pick-their-own apples. Enjoy, too, food vendors and an area to picnic, apple paint printing, corn hole, and more.

Harvestfest – York ME

Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023 Short Sands Beach, 31 Ocean Avenue, York, ME

At the 2023 York Harvestfest, there’s fun for guests of all ages! Younger attendees can enjoy stories, a roaming railroad, face painting, and other interactive activities at the Kidsfest. Adults can listen to live music; snack on lobster rolls, fried dough, and other yummy local eats; as well as shop for handcrafted items amongst the dozens of arts and crafts vendors from all over New England.

Gilfeather Turnip Festival – Wardsboro VT

Oct 21, 2023 - Oct 21, 2023 Wardsboro Town Hall and 170 Main Street, Wardsboro, VT

America’s best turnip culinary event! Join the whole town for Gilfeather turnip soup at the outdoor soup kiosk, turnip flavored treats, farmers’ market, craft vendors, children’s games, 1000+ lbs of turnip, library book sale and turnip seeds. Also on sale, turnip-themed gifts, and more. 

Food, Wine, Beer

"Cocktail Club" Mixology Classes - One Bellevue Restaurant

Aug 24, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023 Hotel Viking - One Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840

Craft the perfect cocktail with expert mixology guidance from our bartenders. Special themed cocktails each week – different drinks and themes vary by season. Thursdays at 6pm - please check our event calendar at the link above to reserve your attendance in advance.


Sunflower House at Billings Farm & Museum – Woodstock VT

Jul 29, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Billings Farm, 53 Elm St. Woodstock, VT

Experience the breathtaking floral magic of Billings Farm's Sunflower House, a garden structure made from 100 varieties of sunflowers with heights that range from 18 inches to 14 feet. This year’s design includes six rooms with connecting hallways.

Guided Tours

Downtown Westerly Ghost Tour 2023 — Westerly RI

Sep 27, 2023 - Nov 30, 2023 Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, 44 Broad Street Westerly, RI 02891

Westerly, Rhode Island, renowned for its seaside allure, conceals a rich history of eerie legends. From fatal shipwrecks to cursed pirate loot and real-life witches, this tranquil Pawcatuck River hamlet abounds with spine-tingling tales that have endured for centuries.


Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence RI

Sep 28, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Explore the Roger Williams Park Zoo as it is illuminated by thousands of illuminated pumpkins. Each year has its own theme - check back later for additional details.

Walk Among the Shadows 2023 – Portland ME

Oct 5, 2023 - Oct 29, 2023 Eastern Cemetery, Portland, ME

Tour the secret history of Eastern Cemetery, the oldest historic landscape in Portland, Maine. Meet seven different spirits from various time periods in the cemetery’s history, who will guide you along the path and tell stories that are both spooky and true. Each walk lasts about 40 minutes over uneven terrain on Funeral Lane. Be sure to dress warmly.

The Brick Store Museum’s All Souls’ Walk – Kennebunk ME

Oct 28, 2023 - Oct 28, 2023 The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME

Take a stroll through Hope Cemetery and learn about the ghosts of Kennebunk’s past. Hope Cemetery dates back to the late 18th century and is located in the heart of dozens of acres of picturesque woodland. During this half-mile-long guided tour, guests will learn about the history of the town and cemetery. Although some stories may be a bit spooky, the tour is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family along.


Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night – Westerly RI

Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023 Windjammer Surf Bar, 321 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI

Head down to the Windjammer Surf Bar for a night of fire and fun. Their 24th Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night celebrates an early Guy Fawkes Day with a comedic re-enactment of Fawkes’ 1605 trial and, of course, a huge bonfire. Featuring a Monty-Python-esque performance by the Misquamicut Players and music by King Crimson’s Jesters, this is sure to be an entertaining evening.


Neil Gaiman – Boston MA

Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 2, 2023 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Neil Gaiman returns to the Colonial to lead attendees into his fantastical worlds once again. As one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. He is the bestselling author of Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sleeper & the Spindle, Hansel and Gretel, Norse MythologyThe View from the Cheap Seats (non-fiction essays), and more.

Connecticut Book Festival – West Hartford CT

Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

Presented by the Connecticut Authors and Publisher's Association, the second annual Connecticut Book Festival will feature dozens of authors from across the state, representing all genres. There will be books for every reader. The event is free to attend. Come meet authors and have your books signed.


Creating Cape Cod – Sandwich MA

Apr 23, 2022 - Oct 15, 2023 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

Henry David Thoreau once described Cape Cod as a “Yankee backwater,” but how did this once-struggling area transform into a picturesque and popular tourist destination? This exhibit explores how the Cape was lifted out of an economic depression in the later 19th-century by the construction of a train and the invention of automobiles, bringing tourists back to the National Seashore. What has been gained, or lost? And how can it be persevered for future generations?

Beyond King Tut - The Immersive Experience -- Hartford CT

Aug 11, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023 Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT

National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut brings a groundbreaking immersive exhibition to Hartford. Join in the discovery of a story through nine distinct multi-sensory galleries, 3,300 years in the making.


The Mausoleum Hill Sessions 2023 – Providence RI

Sep 20, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 Providence North Burial Ground, 700 N. Main Street Providence, RI

Enjoy live music, an autumn market, food trucks and drinks from Long Live Beerworks in a unique ambiance during the two-day Mausoleum Hill Sessions at the historic North Burial Ground in Providence, RI. Event takes place Sunday, September 24, and Sunday, October 22. September 24 will feature music by Stev Delmonico, Molly O'Leary, Beth Barron, and Dave Alves. October 22 will feature music by Vudu Sister, Doctor Gasp, Allysen Callery, and Cassie lee. Market opens at 2 p.m., and music starts at 5 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Mystic Folkways -- Mystic CT

Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT

Mystic Folkways is a gathering of musicians from all over the world swiwth two dozen performances. In collaboration with Westerly Sound, the Museum presents a music festival, full access to the museum, overnight dockage, programming centered around maritime tradition and music on three stages, food, vendors, local oysters, historic boat cruises, and much more. One-day and two-day tickets will be available

Black Bear Americana Music Fest – Goshen CT

Oct 13, 2023 - Oct 9, 2023 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen, CT

Enjoy a 3-day musical adventure that brings together the best of rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and more, in a celebration of America's rich cultural diversity. Black Bear brings you the best in the Americana sound, including folk, blues, bluegrass, indie and much more. The setting, in the gorgeous foothills of the Northwest Corner, offer incredible sunsets and the very best of the fall foliage. 

Open House

Maine Open Creamery Day – Various ME

Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 Various locations, Various, ME

During Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend, creameries throughout the state of Maine will open their doors and barns to visitors. Meet the milk-producing animals, go on tours of the creamery facilities, and learn about cheese making. See the event website for a map and list of participating creameries.

Outdoor Activities

Beavertail Full Moon Sound Bath -- Jamestown RI

Aug 1, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023 Beavertail Lighthouse, Beavertail Road Jamestown, RI

Don’t miss out on the strawberry full moon sound bath guided by Petra Napolitano and Allison Schumann. All ages welcome. Stretch, breathe, relax, open yourself to the sounds of the bowls and other sound bath instruments. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket for your comfort. Dates: August 1 and September 29.

Bike Newport Full Moon Ride -- Newport RI

Aug 1, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023 Equality Park West Newport, RI

The group will ride 15 miles on Newport’s scenic roads and coastline, from downtown Newport to Fort Adams, around Ocean Loop, and along the mansions of Bellevue Avenue. Come to the start of the route, Equality Park, 30 minutes before the ride begins. These rides have limited capacity; pre-register on Eventbrite. Riders must be at least 18 years of age and have a helmet, front headlight, and rear red blinking light to participate. This is a NIGHT ride, and we will be riding on dark roads. Bring a water bottle, snack, and bicycle lock.
Full moon rides also held August 20, September 29, October 28. Check ride website to register in advance.

Housatonic Heritage Walks -- Various places in Berkshires Region of MA and Litchfield region of CT

Sep 2, 2023 - Oct 1, 2023 See website for walk locations, by date Various towns and parks, CT

Heritage Walks are free, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural and scenic sites in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Litchfield County, Connecticut. Website describes locations and times of walks, by date. Saturdays and Sundays only

Parties & Dances

Boston Public Market Harvest Party

Oct 12, 2023 - Oct 12, 2023 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA

Celebrate the Boston Public Market’s mission to cultivate a diverse community around food. Guests will be invited to celebrate a “taste of the Market” with delicious bites from our food entrepreneurs, two drink tickets featuring craft beer and creative cocktails from The Pine Bar, live music and dancing, raffles, silent auction prizes, and photos with BPM’s annual GIANT pumpkins. A cash bar will be available for additional beverage purchases. 

Performing Arts and Theater

Spruce Peak Arts Summer Events 2023 -- Stowe VT

Aug 5, 2023 - Nov 2, 2023 122 Hourglass Road Stowe, VT

A marvelous assortment of music and dance is coming to the imaginative Spruce Peak Arts Center. See website for details on performances, pricing, and tickets.
  • August 5 – Nefesh Mountain Band. 7 p.m. Bluegrass Americana. The show opens with fun by New York comedian Moody McCarthy.
  • August 12 -- Wild Rivers With Hans Williams. 6 p.m.
  • August 18 – Learn To Dance The Tango. 6 p.m. Guillermo De Fazio & Giovanna Dan teach various Tango dances with featured dancers. Tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited.
  • August 19 – Stowe Tango Music Festival. 8 p.m. The concert features legendary performers from Buenos Aires, and a unique 25 piece orchestra composed of world-renowned tango musicians. The concert will also feature performances by top tango dancers.
  • August 31 -- The Brook and the Bluff with Katie Pruitt. 6 p.m.
  • September 2-- Anders Osborne’s six-string virtuosity and poetic songcraft offers a night of spellbinding music. 7 p.m.
  • September 15 -- An Evening With Gaelic Storm. Genre-bending Irish rock band 7 p.m.
  • October 6 -- Jake Shimabukuro. “The Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” 7 p.m.
  • November 2 -- Shemekia Copeland. Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer. p.m.
  • A Conversation with Ira Glass & Jad Abumrad – Boston MA

    Sep 30, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

    It’s a public radio dream event when two of the most iconic national public radio hosts, Ira Glass (This American Life) and Jad Abumrad (Radiolab), come together to take you on a journey of insight, investigation and humanity in a way that only they can. Join these public radio luminaries for a live onstage event – layered with cinematic video, audio clips, original music composition, and their unique voices – taking us on a journey through their careers in audio journalism and podcasting.


    Fall Dog Party – Saint Johnsbury VT

    Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023 Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury, VT

    Bring your furry friends and enjoy an afternoon full of live music, yummy food (including hot dogs and sweet treats), a raffle, a scavenger hunt, a bounce house, and more. Pups can participate in an agility course, contests, and tons of games.

    Science & Nature

    Bumble Bees and Pollinators – Bristol RI

    Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

    Dr. Katie Burns will teach guests about the importance of native species of bees, butterflies, and hoverflies. Katie developed the Rhode Island Bumble Bee Survey, which inventories these crucial insects to provide baseline data for entomologists to assess their needs and habitats. Learn about identifying, protecting, and counting our native pollinators, and maybe join the survey.

    Shows & Exhibits

    Vermont Steampunk Expo – Essex Junction VT

    Nov 11, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023 Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT

    “Steampunk” describes a science fiction subgenre that makes use of retrofuturistic technology and aesthetics inspired by steam powered machinery of the 19th century. At this expo, come dressed in your best steampunk garb and enjoy activities, talks from special panelists, crafters, performances, and more.

    Street Fairs

    The Harwinton Fair – Harwinton CT

    Oct 6, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 Harwinton Agricultural Society, 150 Locust Road, Harwinton, CT

    The Harwinton Fair is almost two hundred years old! The first record of the Fair’s existence dates back to 1853. At this three-day event, guests can enjoy live music, a wood chopping competition, pig races, 3D barrel racing, a women’s skillet-throwing contest, yummy food, and more.


    Taste of Rhode Island Tour -- Providence RI

    Jul 31, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023 Visitor Information Center at Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. Providence, RI

    This is likely to be one of the most fun lunch experiences you’ve ever had in one of America’s great food-loving cities. The tour will take you all over Providence and introduce you to Rhode Island’s iconic foods. Recurring weekly on Tuesday