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Get out and enjoy the best the season has to offer during this long weekend.

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PRONK! (The Providence HONK! Festival) presents their heartfelt antidote to mainstream culture by inviting people from all walks of life to come together for a day of celebrating the power and art of music. Blending musical genres and aiming to blur social boundaries, the street intervention includes musicians, artists, activists, makers and groups from around Providence taking over South Water Street as part of the Providence HONK! Parade. This event is made possible by the support of hundreds of local partners. Monday, October 12. 3-10pm. Burnside Park/Kennedy Plaza, Providence. More info...

Non-profit culinary business incubator Hope & Main celebrates their 1st birthday along with the Centennial Celebration of its building, the Main Street School. 100 years? Nothing says a celebration like a turn-of-the-century fall festival for the building. Featuring square dancing with the Town Howlers Square Dance Club, a pie-eating contest, a photo booth and a class reunion for everyone who attended school there, this festival won’t be one to miss. Sunday, October 11. 2-6pm. 691 Main Street, Warren. More info...

Paula Poundstone has been a major name in comedy for 20 years, known for her HBO specials, regular slot on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and, most recently, a small role in Pixar's Inside Out. So how has she managed to NOT perform in the Newport Comedy Series before? Who knows. All that matters is that this weekend, Paula makes her debut in the City by the Sea. Friday, October 9. 8pm. 1 Goat Island, Newport. More info...

It’s that time of year again when the Columbus Day Festival comes to Federal Hill all weekend. Featuring live entertainment in various locations along the avenue and some of the best ethnic food you’re likely to come across from the Hill’s award-winning restaurants, this festival will certainly give you more than your fill of entertainment this weekend. The annual Columbus Day Parade also kicks off on October 11. Atwells Avenue will be closed for the entire festival from Dean to Sutton Streets. October 10-12. Times vary. Federal Hill, Providence. More info...

Can’t decide which parade to go to? The streets are certainly open for the Westerly Columbus Day Parade which features live marching bands and floats celebrating the founder of America. More than 20,000 will be in attendance. Will you be one of them? Sunday, October 11. 1pm. Corner of Tower and Granite Streets, Westerly. 596-7761. More info...

Autumnfest 2015 is sure to be an event to remember. Featuring the annual parade, live music all weekend long from Steve Smith & the Nakeds, Steve Malic and Electric Flood and “Who Let the Dogs Out?” headlining band Baha Men, a beer garden, arts and crafts and more, you’re sure to encounter a wildly great time this weekend with all this and an amazing fireworks display. October 10-12. World War II Memorial Park, 40 Snow Street, Woonsocket. 723-7892. More info...

In its 49th year, the Scituate Art Festival returns in traditional Rhode Island fashion over the Columbus Day weekend. With some of the best exhibits around featuring arts & crafts, antiques and just about any small knick knack you can find, the festival lends itself to that crisp autumn air that you know and love as you’ll stroll down the beautiful Village Green. You’ll definitely want to come back year after year. October 10-12. Sat. and Sun. 10am-5pm & Mon. 10am-4pm. 554 West Greenville Road, Scituate. More info...

Who would have thought that a small town could be a part of something so large? Frerichs Farm does just that and they’re doing it again this year with their annual Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-Off. Last year, over 3,500 people from all corners of New England and even New York came to see the massive pumpkins and the festivities which include live music, arts and crafts for the kids, hay rides and much more. October 10. Rain Date of October 11 and 12. Admission free. Parking $5. 43 Kinnicutt Avenue, Warren. 245-8245. More info...

Celebrate Lupo’s 40th Anniversary as they highlight headlining musical acts every night throughout the weekend at The Met such as The Schemers, Rizzz and The Young Adults respectively. Featuring acts Neutral Nation, Jungle Dogs, and Rash on the first night, members of the Wild Turkey Band & Friends featuring Tom Keegan on the second and Georgie Porgie & The Cry Babies on the final night, this weekend is sure to be a blast from start to finish. October 9-11. Doors for all shows 6pm; Shows at 7pm. Fri. and Sat. $10; Sun. $15. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005. More info...

If you’re looking for some of the more innovative fine art in the area, look no further than Rhode Island School of Design as they host RISD Craft 2015. Peruse through the bountiful array of fine art, handmade craft and exemplary design by over 150 alumni and student artists during this juried retail sale. You’ll never know what sort of gift you might find. October 10. 10am-5pm. Free. Benefit Street, Providence. More info...

Join the four day event at Stepping Stone Ranch that everyone talks about when they hold their Annual Cowboy Rendezvous. Reach down for your country self where you’ll encounter events such as cow/ranch sorting, a poker ride, a cowboy straight race and much more. Git along, little doggies! October 9-12. Schedules vary. Stepping Stone Ranch, 201 Escoheag Hill Road, West Greenwich. 397-3725. More info...

In 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the King and Parliament. It was one of the most major events in history. Want to see a comedic re-enactment of said event? See Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night. Featuring local actors The Misquamicut Players and local musicians King Crimson’s Jesters, the large bonfire will incorporate live music as well the Monty Python-esque re-enactment of Guy Fawke’s trial. This year is also a special tribute to the music of The Moody Blues. October 10. Rain Date of October 11. 7pm. Free. The Andrea, 89 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut. 322-1026. More info...

Want another joyous potential event that you can attend this weekend? The Annual Young Family Farm Apple Festival holds more than your fill of fall needs when they hold events such as live music, apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting, face painting and much more. This, along with all of Rhode Island’s fall events, will be one to remember. October 10 & 11. 260 West Main Road, Little Compton. 635-0110. More info...