The weekend: Two not-to-be-missed fall festivals are among 40 things to do in northern RI

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Northern, RI – Welcome to The Weekend, our weekly roundup of activities and events taking place right here in our small towns of Burrillville, North Smithfield and Glocester – starting on Thursday so you can get a jump start on the fun.

This week, we have two annual community events that you won’t want to miss: North Smithfield’s Great Pumpkin Festival and the Burrillville Arts & Crafts Festival. Both kick off on Saturday and each offer their own unique activities, from a pumpkin-eating contest and hot air balloon, to food trucks and a laser-light show. Get out early and catch them both.

On Friday, don’t forget to check out a Star Party with Skyscrapers, Inc. at Jesse Smith Memorial Library, or swing by Heritage Hall in North Smithfield for a History Night on Women in Agriculture. Or, if you do stay in, catch the premiere of a locally-based documentary series on Rhode Island PBS.

On Sunday, the arts festival continues throughout the day, or head over to Chepachet Union Church for the annual Rally Day & Carnival.

However you spend your weekend, as always, we hope it’s a great one.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Trivia night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Open mic with Lori Silvia, 7 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Tyler James, 7-10 p.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Music Bingo, 7:30 p.m.

Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Gator’s Pub, 1402 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, Karaoke, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m.

Amber Rose & the Renegades will perform at The Island Friday.

Friday, Sept. 16   

The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, Open studio time, 1-3 p.m. All ages welcome. Drop in and create something. $10.

The Taco Shop, 459 Chapel St., Harrisville, Burrillvillle Girls Volleyball team fundraiser, 3-8 p.m.

Chapman’s Food & Drink, 1950 Broncos Highway, Harrisville, Cornhole tournament, 5:30 p.m., $10 buy- in

St. Joseph’s Church Hall, 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag, Bingo with cash prizes, 6-8:30 p.m. Food items, beverages and baked goods available for purchase.

Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club, 200 Brook Road, Harrisville, Beginner Skeet, 6-8 p.m. Open to the public with non-member rounds at $5

Johnny’s Victory Diner, 2731 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Illusions Band, 6-9 p.m. On the deck, weather permitting

Heritage Hall, 101 Green St., North Smithfield, History Night with the North Smithfield Heritage Association: Women in Agriculture, 7 p.m.

Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, The Core, 7 p.m.

The Island, 1600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, Amber Rose & the Renegades, 7 p.m.

Jesse Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Star Party with Skyscrapers, Inc. from the RI Astronomical Society on the Riverwalk, 7:45 p.m. All ages, explore the sky using a high-powered telescope. No registration required. Weather conditions permitting, check Facebook page for updates

Rhode Island PBS, Channel 36, Episode 1 of Slatersville America’s First Mill Village, 8 p.m. 

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, live music tba, 8 p.m.

Dev’s Cafe, 341 Chapel St. Harrisville, Friday Meat Raffle, 8 p.m.

Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, DJ Don, 9 p.m.

Sweetner Band will return to Hill’s Tavern Saturday night.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, The Glocester Heritage Society will hold a Master Gardeners Plants Sale & yard sale, 9a.m. Plant sale to noon and yard sale until 2 p.m.

Stillwater Mill Center, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Burrillville Farmer’s Market, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Local goods and produce, horse-drawn carriage rides

North Smithfield High School grounds, Greenville Road/Providence Pike, North Smithfield, The Great Pumpkin Festival, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fun activities for families, food, live entertainment, contests and more. The entry fee is $1 per person.

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, Burrillville Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. Laser light show around 8 p.m. More than 100 vendors, live entertainment, food, libations and more.

The Dragonfly Apothecary, 15 Money Hill Road, Chepachet, Mabon celebration on the grass, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Psychics, Tarot readers, local vendors and artisans will be at the event to honor the autumn equinox.

Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Paint Your Pet, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. Register online at artboxstudiori.com

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, White Shadows, 2-5 p.m. Sweetner Band RI, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, Secret Agents, 7 p.m.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Neal & The Vipers, 8 p.m.

Spritzer’s Bar, 63 Grove St., Pascoag, Karaoke, 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Music Bingo, 8 p.m.

Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, Karaoke, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18

The Beef Barn, 200 Industrial Drive, North Smithfield, Outdoor Yoga class with Debby Reddy, 9 a.m. Participants are asked to bring $10 and their own mat.

Chepachet Union Church at 1138 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Annual Rally Day & Carnival, 9 a.m. Visitors of all ages are welcome to the event featuring games, fun and treats.

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, Burrillville Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. More than 100 vendors, live entertainment, food, libations and more.

Mulberry Vineyards, 95 Pound Road, Chepachet, Gooseberry Road, 1-4 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, live music tba

Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, Don Colt’s open mic, 1 p.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Football party, 1 p.m. Prizes when the Pats score a touchdown

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Roadhouse Blues Jam, 3 p.m.

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