As the drawbridge to The Connecticut Renaissance Faire closes for the evening, the sounds of Halloween laughter can be heard echoing in North Haven. After enjoying a full day of turkey legs and tyrannical kings in a tented marketplace, the festive event transforms into a Halloween haven filled with photo-happy zombies, shopping under the moonlight, games, contests, food, and shows, including the main event: a fire-fueled joust between the headless horseman and his arch enemies.
When you need a last-minute activity for the whole family, Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth has you covered.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Barnstable County Fair for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
The Newport Storm Luau might take place in Rhode Island, but the party has a distinct Hawaiian theme, with Polynesian dancing, Hawaiian music, fire performers, and summery drinks. Though mai tais and dark and stormys should be plentiful, you need not feel restricted to drinks served with a tiny umbrella. Newport Storm, also known as Coastal Extreme Brewing, will also showcase its craft beers. The microbrewery, which only makes 5,000 barrels per year, offers brews such as Rhode Island Blueberry Beer, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Summer Hefeweizen, traditionally served on a slip 'n' slide. And luau visitors can feel proud of themselves for purchasing some refreshments and shaking their hips during the hula—all proceeds go to the Fort Adams Trust, which is dedicated to preserving Fort Adams, a National Historic Landmark.
In 1999, four college friends founded Newport Storm Brewery with some used equipment and two Middletown garage bays. In the 15 years since then, the enterprise has been on an upward trajectory. First off, it moved into a new, 8,000-square-foot facility. Secondly, they expanded into the liquor business and starting distilling Thomas Tew Rum, a dark amber rum with hints of molasses. However, the founders never abandoned beer, their original passion. Their current craft beers range from Rhode Island Blueberry Beer, infused with juice from local berries five days into the brewing process, to Hurricane Amber Ale with Tettenang hops.
There's no such thing as bad beer-tasting weather. That's why Rhode Island Brew Fest hosts two annual festivals—one in summer, the other in winter. Both draw more than 30 area breweries, such as Grey Sail, Trinity Brew House, and Proclamation Ale. Together, they ply revelers with samples of more than 100 unique brews, all of which can be enjoyed in a complimentary branded pint glass instead of drinking out of cupped hands. Strains of live music add to the festive atmosphere, and local food trucks and vendors serve up gourmet eats to complement the beer.
Now in its 16th season riding the rails, the Newport Dinner Train whisks up to 200 passengers through the lush lands and rich history of Aquidneck Island. A 44-ton diesel engine powers the locomotive, which pulls vintage 1940s dining cars, similar to the ones grandparents had to haul barefoot through the snow on their way to school each morning.