Waterfire ist eine einzigartige Kunsterfahrung, die bereits zehntausende Besucher nach Providence, der kreativen Hauptstadt von Rhode Island, gelockt hat. Es findet seinen Ursprung in einer künstlerischen Installation von Leuchtfeuern, die auf den drei Wasserwegen angezündet werden, die durch die Innenstadt von Providence führen. Waterfire schafft auf diese Weise ein einzigartiges und magisches Fest bei dem Erde, Luft, Feuer und Wasser gefeiert werden. Genießen Sie die Aura dieses einzigartigen Spektakels und flanieren Sie durch den Waterplace Park, wo Sie von Musik und Unterhaltung aus der ganzen Welt begleitet werden. Die Veranstaltungen finden den ganzen Sommer über statt.
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(Weekends) King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire is tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King's Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup. Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.
Every Friday from September 2nd through October 14th, hop aboard the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a three-hour Swallow Cruise down the Connecticut River to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon! Only this time of year do hundreds of thousands of Tree Swallows flock over Goose Island to roost each evening at sunset. The birds come from as far as 30 miles away and in such numbers that they show up on weather radar! September cruises depart at 5 p.m. October cruises depart at 3:30 p.m. Price: $35.
Celebrate the fall season at The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast celebrating 100 years in 2016. For 17 days during New England’s most colorful season, enjoy free top-name entertainment, major exhibits, The Big E Super Circus, rides, shopping, crafts, parades, and foods from around the world. Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and see impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. Take a step inside and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes and of quintessential New England.
Enjoy special pricing and unique menus during the Annual Nantucket Restaurant Week. Visitors can experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket hospitality in many of the island’s great restaurants. Come see “Junior Chef” — the annual culinary competition that pits three teams from Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program against each other. Armed with a secret local ingredient and a celebrated chef from an island restaurant, the teams go to work on a three-course meal live at Cisco Brewery.
(Select dates, see website for details) View the spectacular New England autumn foliage in style at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat! Offering a multitude of weekday and weekend options to experience this beautiful scenery from the train and the boat, Essex Steam Train has just the ticket for you and your family to see the fleeting vibrant colors of the season.
Choose from our Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion, a 2.5-hour nature excursion, available on weekends & weekdays, that takes riders through the valley on vintage train coaches. From there they will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for stunning views of the leaves reflecting off the water. Looking for more culture with the beautiful landscape? Opt for our Haddam Special train, a delightful fall foliage excursion that combines a river cruise, sight-seeing, and your choice of culture, shopping, or dining in the towns of Haddam and East Haddam. Or perhaps you’d prefer lunch while you ride on our Essex Clipper Lunch Train every weekend, offering seasonal fare in cozy first class dining cars! If romance is what you’re seeking, purchase tickets for our Friday Night Sunset Swallow Cruise, where you can watch hundreds of thousands of barn and tree swallows flock over the river with a breathtaking autumnal backdrop.