August rounded the corner faster than we were prepared for. With the final days of summer upon us, we're jam-packing our schedules with all our summer bucket list items, including but not limited to sunset sails, al fresco eats & drinks, outdoor films, beach days and more. Not to mention 20 exciting events that are sure to make the month fly bye. Long live summer. 

 
 
1. BRIDGEFEST

When: July 31 - August 3
Where: Various locations throughout Newport 

The Newport Bridgefest is a local festival that “bridges” the gap between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for ten straight days of music. The festival features live music and music education.

 

2. MOVIES ON THE ROCKS

When: Wednesdays through August; Dusk
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free

13 rolling acres of nature preserve set the stage for Ballard Park's summer film series, Movies on the Rocks. Bring a blanket, beach chair and a picnic to Quarry Meadow then sit back and relax. Movies are free and begin at dusk every Wednesday through August.

 
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3. LIVE LOCAL MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

When: Thursday, August 3; 11:00 AM - 8:45 PM
Where: Lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell Street
Admission: $15 online/@TheKingsLens/@MissionNPT beforehand; $20 at door day of

Newport's first music and arts festival featuring solely local artists. Visitors to Live Local can expect a comprehensive look at what it means to be a local in Newport through the creative expressions of those inspired by the culture here. Expect a day of music that will feature a variety of genres from rock to folk, jazz, hip hop and more from all local musicians, plus locally crafted clothing, jewelry, surfboards and food.

 

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4. BEACH BASH FOR NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY 

When: Thursday, August 3; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Third Beach
Admission: $22 Members / $25 Non-members / $10 Under 21

Music and dancing on the beach by the Kohaug Allstars. Pack your own beach picnic or let a food truck do the cooking for you. Beer, wine, lemonade and ice tea will be served along with ice cream and s'mores by the campfire. Paddleboards, kayaks, and beach toys encouraged. NBS' Education staff will be seining along the water's edge with the kids, looking for local fish and possibly some tropical fish brought in on the Gulf Stream.

 

5. NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: August 4 - 6 
WhereFort Adams State Park
Admission: Prices vary - Details

This three-day festival features four unique stages set up at Fort Adams State Park overlooking the Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. Enjoy world class musicians, food, crafts and a number of exhibits.

 

 
 
6. NEWPORTFILM ANNUAL SUMMER BENEFIT

When: Saturday, August 5; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame Piazza
Admission: Prices vary - Details

Join newportFILM for their annual summer benefit featuring cocktails and savories from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

 

7. LIPIZZAN STALLION SHOW IN BRISTOL

When: Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6; 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Colt State Park
Admission: Tickets available at Horses.brownpapertickets.com

For the first time in over a decade, the original Herrmanns' world famous Lipizzans Stallions from Austria returns to Colt State Park in Bristol for four captivating performances. The famous white stallions from Austria make their return to Colt State Park the first weekend in August. Children under 6 are admitted free with an adult. The shows are being hosted by the First Congregational Church (Bristol's founding church) in partnership with the Bristol 4th of July Committee.

 

8. FITNESS IN THE PARK

When: Sundays through August; 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Where: Miantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free

Join Aquidneck Land Trust and the Newport County YMCA for free fitness classes in scenic Miantonomi Park every Sunday in August. This historic, 30-acre park features large, undisturbed woodlands in the densely developed North End of Newport. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors, and to engage in some free physical activity in the fresh air. The 45-minute classes will be led by a certified fitness professional from the Newport County YMCA. All ages and abilities are welcome.

 

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9. RACE THE STATE RI

When: Sunday, August 6
Where: Tiverton, RI
Admission: Entry fees vary - Details

Race the State is a multi- sport race designed to challenge competitors to race across a U.S. state taking into account the unique geography of the state. The 2017 edition is again made up of five legs that include running, paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling.  It will start in Tiverton and travel 53 miles through Rhode Island finishing on the Connecticut/Rhode Island border in Westerly.  All competitors are required to have a support team assisting with logistics throughout the race. 

 

10. LECTURE: REAL LACE REVISITED: INSIDE THE HIDDEN WORLD OF AMERICA'S IRISH ARISTOCRACY

When: Wednesday, August 9; 5:30 - 7:00 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenaeum 
Admission: Free

Author James MacGuire discusses his latest book, Real Lace Revisted: Inside the Hidden World of America’s Irish Aristocracy. Real Lace Revisited is an updating of Stephen Birmingham’s 1973 best seller, Real Lace, which focused on the rise of the first wealthy Irish families in America. Real Lace Revisited chronicles the religious, financial and social evolution of the First Irish Families’ world, its rise, peak, decline, fall, and, in some cases, transformative rebirth. Rather than a memoir, however, the book reads as an informed historical, non-fiction account of the upper-class Irish world as it grew and changed. 

 

11. NEWPORT YACHT RENDEZVOUS

When: Friday, August 11; 5:30 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street
Admission: Ticket prices vary - Details

This special event is put on by The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. It features a night of dinner, dancing, live auction and hopping from yacht to yacht. Proceeds from this event benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.

 

 

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12. WET PAINT

When: Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum 
Admission: Free except for cocktail party

Wet Paint has become a marquee event in Newport. The weekend-long community art-fest draws visitors from across New England for a celebration of regional artists, culminating in a lively benefit auction. On the morning of Saturday, August 12, participating artists convene at the Museum to have their canvasses stamped. They explore the town and coastline in search of their favorite subjects and views, and bring their completed works, still wet, back to the Museum to be installed in the Ilgenfritz Gallery late Saturday afternoon. 

 

13. ROCK THE DOCKS

When:  Sunday, August 13; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street
Admission: $100

"Rock the Docks" lobsterfest is the 11th annual fundraiser to benefit Seamen's Church Institute and it's mission to protect, preserve and enhance the maritime culture of Newport and Narragansett Bay by providing education, hospitality and a safe haven for those who work, live and play on or by the sea. Includes open bar, lobster dinner, music and live auction. 

 

14. LECTURE: Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship presented by Paul Ferrell

When: Thursday, August 17; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereHerreshoff Marine Museum 
Admission: $10 for Museum Members, $18 for Non-Members

Architect Paul Farrell— tugboat enthusiast and masterful artist—brings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.

 

15. LECTURE: A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: THE APOTHECARY'S TALE

When: Thursday, August 17; 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: 82 Touro Street
Admission: 5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active/retired military with ID

Lecture on Newport's 18th transatlantic drug trade presented by Fordham University history professor Elaine Forman Crane

 

16. IDA LEWIS DISTANCE RACE

When: Friday, August 18; 12:30 PM
Where: Ida Lewis Yacht Club, 170 Wellington Avenue
Admission: Free

The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts and finishes off Newport’s historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which sits famously on a rock in Newport Harbor, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.

 

 
 
17. NEWPORT SUP CUP

When: Saturday, August 19; 10:00 AM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street

The 8th Annual Newport Sup Cup, a paddleboard race, is a family fun event with a short (3 mile) course, long (6 mile) course and a Kids SUP race. 

 
18. J CLASS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

When: Monday, August 21 - Saturday, August 26; 12:00 PM
WhereSail Newport
Admission: Free

From August 21 to 26, seven Js will vie for top honors. The J Class Association selected the New York Yacht Club as the host for the J Class World Championship. Philip A. Lotz, the club’s commodore, says that of all the events it’s hosting this cruising season, the championship holds special significance.

 

19. RENEWAL OF THE BLUE GARDEN IN NEWPORT

When: Wednesday, August 23; 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: SVF Foundation, 152 Harrison Avenue
Admission: Free

The Blue Garden was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and the Olmsted Brothers firm from 1912 – 1918, for the Newport estate of Arthur Curtiss James and his wife, Harriet. Blasted from the surrounding terrain of enormous rocky outcroppings, the garden featured a unique planting palette of blues and purples “with some whites”, and shades of green foliage. 

 

20. SALUTE TO SUMMER

When: Saturday, August 26
Where: Dewey Field, Luce Ave, Newport
Admission: Free

Salute to Summer Concert with fireworks and live music, food concessions, a kid's area and more. 

 

21. WINE RUN

When: Sunday, August 27; 3:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereGreenvale Vineyards 
Admission: $65

The Wine Run at Greenvale Vineyards is a unique race for Rhode Island in that it combines a running event with a wine tasting at Greenvale Vineyards. The race will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017, when the vineyard is in full bloom and the grapes are ready for harvest. The scenic course is approximately 3 miles long and consists of trails in the Vineyard. The run will finish amongst the grape varieties. Followed by the race, there will be a wine tasting and BBQ. Every runner will receive a souvenir glass, wine tasting and dinner.