The weekend: Hayrides, Homecoming & a Fall Festival mark 44 things to do in northern RI

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Northern, RI – It is the season of the harvest, a time for pumpkins and apples, foliage and frights – and we want to help you make the most of it with our weekly roundup of things to do, and places to be, right here in northern Rhode Island.

Welcome to a not-quite-Halloween edition of The Weekend, filled with both the usual lineup of live music and local happenings, and seasonal fun for the next three days. It’s Columbus Day weekend, so this week’s lineup includes plenty to do Sunday evening, and even a few special events for Monday.

On Friday, Dragonfly Apothecary kicks off its “guest reader,” series with three special guests in celebration of the season. The store will stay open until 8 p.m. every Friday through October for the weekly events.

Goodwin Bros. Farm Stand in North Smithfield is adding cider donuts to the menu this weekend, and will have a visiting food truck Sunday and free hayrides on Monday.

Haunted Gallows marks its second weekend in Burrillville, with walks along a haunted trail, and special hours on Sunday as well this week. Sunday will also serve as a fundraiser for the Burrillville High School Volleyball Team at the new attraction.

It’s also homecoming weekend in Burrillville – and the public is invited to show their support at the annual parade and game at Alumni Field.

And at Brown & Hopkins Country Store, it’s Spook & Sparkle Weekend with discounts, cocktail samples and the reveal of the store’s first holiday room of the season during business hours.

However you spend it, we hope you have fun and stay safe this weekend northern RI, and if you make a stop at any of these great local venues, don’t forget to tell them: you saw it on NRI NOW.

Tyler Fauxbel performs at Cady’s Tavern Friday night.

Friday, Oct. 7   

Dragonfly Apothecary, 15 Money Hill Road, Chepachet, Guest Reader Night, 4-8 p.m., with Jason Still of Viking Divination, Victoria Foster of Fostering Light and Majickal Energies offering aura photographs. Celebrate Samhain every Friday through October with guest readers on site. Walk-ins welcome but appointments preferred.

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

Haunted Gallows, 505 East Ironstone Road, Burrillville, Haunted trail walks, 6-10 p.m. Halloween attraction features family-friendly pumpkin patch & spooky trail walk for teens and adults. Dinolicious food truck & other vendors on site. Trail tickets $20

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, Corrine Southern, 6-9 p.m. On the deck, weather permitting

Jesse Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Glow In the Dark Halloween Mini Golf, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy 9 holes of spooky mini-golf on the Riverwalk. All ages, no registration required.

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, Salem Sisters Spooktacular, 7 p.m. Halloween performance features live singing, lavish scenery, costumes, and, show stopping production numbers. Tickets cost $20 or $16 for children under 13 and are available online here, or at the door starting one hour prior to show time.

Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, 19th Nervous Breakdown, 7 p.m.

Rhode Island PBS, Channel 36, Episode 4 of Slatersville America’s First Mill Village, 8 p.m. 

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pik e, Chepachet, Tyler Fauxbel, 8 p.m.

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, The Live Music Band, 8:30 p.m.

Dev’s Cafe, 341 Chapel St. Harrisville, Friday Meat Raffle, 8 p.m. TGIF Dance Party 8:30 p.m.

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Karaoke with DJ Serge, 8 p.m.

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

Saturday, Oct. 8

Bridgeton School, 16 Laurel Hill Avenue, Pascoag, Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society’s annual Open House/Yard Sale/Book Sale/Bake Sale, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Research material and historical exhibits will be available for the public. 

Stillwater Mill Center, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Burrillville Farmer’s Market, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Local goods and produce, live music by Jim Lawrence Wilson.

Coach Peter Berthelette and the rest of the Broncos football team are ready for the big homecoming game Saturday.

Callahan Elementary School, 75 Callahan School St., Harrisville (float lineup,) 11 a.m. Bronco Homecoming Parade with class & community floats ending at Burrillville High School. The community is invited to help celebrate.

Glad Tidings Community Church, 111 Victory Highway, Chepachet, Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will feature touch-a-truck, trunk-or-treat, car seat safety checks and more.

Aldi’s (parking lot), 11 Dowling Village Blvd., North Smithfield, Heritage Walk with the North Smithfield Heritage Association, 11 a.m. Visit some of the oldest houses in town including the West Farm and Tyler Mowry House, and the oldest known local settler burials. Walk abandoned Old Sayles Hill Road and see the iconic Rustic Drive-In, Milk Can, and the site of an 18th-century Paine Family Mill. Participants will meet at Aldi’s drive by car to different sites. Bring comfortable walking shoes and tick spray.

Mac Photography, 11 Country Way, North Smithfield, Octoberfest with mini-photo sessions featuring a fall/Halloween-theme along with games and a bouncy house. $25 for a 10-minute session or $35 for anything custom.

Burrillville High School Alumni Field, 425 East Ave. Bronco Homecoming game versus East Greenwich, noon. The BHS Music Boosters will be selling hot apple crisps and cider.

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Ave., Harrisville, Salem Sisters Spooktacular, 2 & 7 p.m. Halloween performance features live singing, lavish scenery, costumes, and, show stopping production numbers. Tickets cost $20 or $16 for children under 13 and are available online here, or at the door starting one hour prior to show time.

Toti’s Tavern, 8 Callahan School St., Harrisville, Game Day, 2 p.m.

Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Magical Fairy Jar workshop, 2-3 p.m. $20 per person. Call (401) 568-5000 or register online at www.artboxstudiori.com

Haunted Gallows, 505 East Ironstone Road, Burrillville, Haunted trail walks, 6-10 p.m. Halloween attraction features family-friendly pumpkin patch & spooky trail walk for teens and adults. Dinolicious food truck & other vendors on site. Trail tickets $20

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

Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Acoustically Dead, 8 p.m.- midnight

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Down to Earth, 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.

Emma Robertson and James Lorusso will perform at Grace Note Farm Sunday.

Sunday, Oct. 9

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.

Goodwin Bros. Farm Stand, 458 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, Oatmeil Cafe food truck on site, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ponaganset High School, 137 Anan Wade Road, Glocester, Tri-County Titans Football & Cheerleading First Responder Appreciation Day, 12:30 p.m. Ceremony honoring first responders followed by varsity game

Toti’s Tavern, 8 Callahan School St., Harrisville, Horseshoes pickup game, Noon

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

Grace Note Farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Pascoag, Music at the Farm with soprano Emma Robertson and pianist James Lorusso, 2 p.m. Tickets are $30. For reservations call (401) 567-0354.

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

Steere Farm Conservation Area, Route 44, Glocester, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Full Moon Hike, 6 p.m. Guides from the WRWC will lead the hike, traveling the wide, flat trail for about 20 minutes to the top of Steere Hill, where participants will have some hot cocoa and enjoy a full moon. The hike will be a child friendly, but advance registration is required by visiting wrwc.org/events.

Bella Restaurant, 1992 Victory Highway, Glendale, Celebration of restaurant’s 25th anniversary, 6 to 11 p.m. Cocktail party, music, dancing and complimentary hot d’oeuvres. Some proceeds will be donated to the Burrillville Weekend Snack Pack program and a donation box will be available for those who would also like to contribute. R.S.V.P. by calling (401) 568-6996.

Haunted Gallows, 505 East Ironstone Road, Burrillville, Haunted trail walks & Bronco Girls Volleyball Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Halloween attraction features family-friendly pumpkin patch & spooky trail walk for teens and adults. Dinolicious food truck & other vendors on site. Trail tickets $20

Monday, Oct. 10

Harmony Products, 474 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Special Holiday Opening, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Open for train rides and shopping

Goodwin Bros. Farm Stand, 458 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, Free hayrides, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. First come, first serve.

Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Leo Charpentier & Friends, 2 p.m.

Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Magical Fairy Jar workshop, 2-3 p.m. $20 per person. Call (401) 568-5000 or register online at www.artboxstudiori.com

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