There’s a lot to like about fall in New England. And there’s really a lot to like if you celebrate it at Autumnfest, the annual Columbus Day blowout at WWII Memorial Park in Woonsocket.
Running from October 5-8, it’s three straight days of fun, with great entertainment at the Bandstand on Saturday night, October 7, a midway, an international food court, a beer garden, arts and crafts, and more. Sunday night, there are fireworks (9:00 p.m.) Monday morning, a three-hour parade (starting at 9:30). Autumnfest hours are 10-10 on Saturday and Sunday; 10 am to 6 pm on Monday. It’s impossible not to find something to your liking here.
Meanwhile, if you’re going to be in the area, check out the Blackstone Explorer, which does short tours of the Blackstone River from the Festival Pier (98 Tim Healey Way) in nearby Pawtucket. The Blackstone is known as “America’s hardest-working river” because the American industrial revolution was born along her banks – which has left the beautiful river with equal measures of historic tales and industrial pollution, and has made the Blackstone Valley into America’s latest National Park. Featured in “Trekaroo’s Top Ten Things for Families to do in Rhode Island,” the riverboat ride – which lasts just under an hour -- is both fun and informative.
The Explorer departs every top of the hour from 1pm to 3pm. $12 per adult; $10 for children under 12 and seniors over 62. To reserve a spot, visit www.rivertourblackstone.com