Who says cotton candy, clambakes, and Ferris wheels don't mix? Find these and more at the following seasonal seaside celebrations.
Newport, Rhode Island, October 18-19, 2014; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For two days in October, sea chanties, Irish folk songs, and good old-fashioned rock and roll fill the air in downtown Newport as festival goers fill their bellies. Local restaurants offer their specialties, and brews and wines flow from the outside bar. Pumpkin decorating and face painting keep the kids occupied while the adults meander through the street and sample the fare, including wines from the best of Newport's vineyards. Be sure to bring your appetite! This year's event is sponsored by Sam Adams (beer) and Newport Vineyards (wine).
Admission is free; 401/849-2243 or bowenswharf.com