Can you feel that? Yeah, that -- it's a warm sea breeze. Words can't explain how elated we are to step outside without multiple 9 layers of clothing, and this weekend, we fully plan on embracing the sun. Aside from live music, a brand new oyster festival, and our 9th annual RI fiber festival and craft fair, this weekend brings two, count 'em two, national celebrations -- National Bike to Work Day & Wear Your PDF to Work Day. 

Get in touch with nature on Saturday during a Spring Plant Walk or a Spring Hike, or head to King Park to help spruce up one of our favorite places to lounge by the sea. 

Our weekend picks, below.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 20

 

Sephora Newport Opens at Long Wharf Mall 

The new 3,880 square foot, free-standing SEPHORA store at The Shops at Long Wharf Mall is a paradise of endless beauty options with over 13,000 products from more than 200 brands, including SEPHORA’s own collection of makeup, skincare, tools and accessories, SEPHORA COLLECTION. All day event. 

 

National Bike to Work Day 

Pull your bike out from its winter nap in the back of the garage and join Newport in celebrating National Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 20. Hosted by Bike Newport, the day will feature a Bike Commuter Breakfast at Washington Square, a city-loop group ride around Newport and more. All day event. 

 

#WearItNewport Wear Your Life Jacket To Work Day

Newport celebrates Wear Your PFD (Personal Flotation Device) To Work Day, an annual awareness day to remind boating professionals and enthusiasts of the importance of wearing a life jacket while out on the water. The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)serves as a fun, educational element to officially kick off National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27. Don your favorite PFD and share your photos with #WearItNewport on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. All day event.

 

Newport Oyster Festival Opening Party

The Newport Oyster Festival Opening Night Party will feature an evening of all-you-can-eat, freshly shucked oysters, open bar and hors d'oeuvres on the waterfront to benefit the Ocean State Aquaculture Association. Mingle with a small group of growers under market lights and festival tents. Meet members of the Santa Margherita Wine Group who have created perfect pairings between their elegant Italian selections with Rhode Island's oysters for a memorable and informational marriage of merroir and tasting notes. 6:00 - 8:30 PM. 

 

7th Classic Yacht Symposium™ | 7:30am - 6:00pm 

Over the course of three days, attendees will visit restoration shops to ogle over their projects, debate the definition of “classic” with an expert panel of John Rousmaniere, Matt Murphy, Jim Taylor and Donald Tofias, attend sessions with a variety of scholarly papers on a range of subjects presented by their authors and bond with fellow classic yacht enthusiasts over adult refreshments. Details.

 

What's Bugging You?

Members: $8, Non-members: $10; Meet a few of Norman Bird Sanctuary's new invertebrate animal ambassadors. Through hands-on activities, you'll learn about adaptations for survival, camouflage, and what it means to have no backbone. Details.

 

 

SPECIAL DEALS

For a complete list of special deals, visit our dining discounts blog post

  • 22 Bowen’s: Choose three courses from the Tavern Tasting menu for $29.95. 5:00 - 10:00 PM.
  • Atlantic GrillePrime Rib Dinner: $16 queen cut, $18 king cut. 4:00 PM.
  • Benjamin's Raw BarHappy Hour Raw Bar: $1 oysters, 50 cent clams, 12:00 - 2:00 PM.
  • Brick Alley PubPlumby’s Burger Bar – $5 pizzas, 5:00-7:00 PM.
  • Nikolas Pizza$5 Lunch Special – Cup of soup or clam chowder, large slice of pizza or tossed salad, choice of beverage, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
  • Bristol Oyster Bar: $1 oysters, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
  • Gas Lamp Grille: Your choice of sandwich with fries or pasta $7-$10, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
  • Portsmouth Publick House: $1 oysters, little necks & Jonah crab leg
  • Steve’s Famous Pizza: Fishwich or 6 inch veggie sub $6, 11:00 am -2:30 PM.
  • Tickets Bar & Grill: (Friday and Saturday) Prime rib dinner $14.95, 4:00 pm.
  • Top of Newport at Hotel Viking:
    • Start at the Top Fridays: half price raw bar from 2:00-6:00 PM every Friday. Details
    •  Friday Night Prime Time: Chef Barry Correia’s popular mouth-watering slow roasted, sea-salt encrusted prime rib. 6:00-9:00 PM for $27 per person. Details.
 

 

LIVE MUSIC

For a complete list of live music, visit our live music blog post.

 

 

 
SATURDAY, MAY 21

 

Newport Oyster Festival 

Taste your way around Rhode Island with freshly harvested, local oysters from more than 13 different growers, along with wine and prosecco pairings and the chance to learn how you're helping the ecosystem just by consuming bivalves. Chef's best picks for the spring weekend will be for sale as appetizer portions from 22 Bowen'sDiego'sThe Wharf Pub, Matunuck Oyster Bar and Fluke Wine, Bar, & Kitchen.

 

9th Annual RI Fiber Festival & Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm

Meander the 48 acres of pristine farmland as artisans from across the Northeast gather to exhibit their unique selection of handmade crafts and goods. Observe craft demonstrations, purchase natural fibers and watch a master sheep shearer at work on Coggeshall Farm’s own Gulf Coast Natives. Old-fashioned games, kids’ crafts, dance performances, acoustic music and great local food set the stage for a day of family fun and outdoor exploration. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

 

Real Tennis World Championships

The National Tennis Club located upon the grounds of The International Tennis Hall of Fame has been selected by the International Real Tennis Professionals Association to host The 2016 Real Tennis World Championship May 17, 19 & 21. Real Tennis, or Court Tennis as it is referred to in the United States, is the oldest racquet sport with its origins dating back to the 11th Century. The Real Tennis World Championship is the oldest title in competitive sports.

 

7th Classic Yacht Symposium™ | 7:30am - 6:00pm 

Over the course of three days, attendees will visit restoration shops to ogle over their projects, debate the definition of “classic” with an expert panel of John Rousmaniere, Matt Murphy, Jim Taylor and Donald Tofias, attend sessions with a variety of scholarly papers on a range of subjects presented by their authors and bond with fellow classic yacht enthusiasts over adult refreshments. Details.

 

Newport Carriage House Contents Estate Sale at Richard Saul Wurman’s “The Orchard” | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Trésor Estate Sales of Newport announces the Carriage House Contents sale at the splendid French-style chateau, “The Orchard,” home of TED creator, Richard Saul Wurman and best-selling novelist, Gloria Nagy. The estate sale will feature more than 1,000 items at 180 Narragansett Avenue, Newport. This sale has a richly eclectic selection of items. Details.

 

Spring Plant Walk at Norman Bird Sanctuary | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Join NBS Naturalists and take time to look for plants along the hiking trails. Learn about basic plant identification techniques, common native and invasive plants of Rhode Island and even look for some wild edibles. $8 Members, $10 non-Members. Ages 7 and up. Details.

 

Spring Hike at Ballard Park | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Friends of Ballard Park staff will share information about the thirteen acre site’s history and blooming trees and flowers including a trail covered by Lily of the Valley. Wear sturdy shoes as trails are uneven and steep in areas. Suggested donation: $5. Details.

 

King Park Day | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A spring spruce up of our King Park -Celebrate the park, enjoy refreshments and meet neighbors. Participants will rake in new sand provided by the City and apply paint to the benches around the playground. Flower planting, walkway sweeping, and beach clean up is needed too. Details.

 

Mystery at the Museum | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

t's 1924 in Prohibition and this year marks the first presidential election at which women can vote! Attend this special presidential debate at the Art Association of Newport to hear Republican candidate Calvin Coolidge, Democratic candidate John W. Davis, and Progressive candidate Robert M. LaFollette speak. When expected guests don't arrive and unexpected ones do, the evening shifts courses: libations are poured, dirty laundry is aired, and rumors are spread. A guest is discovered dead and you must help question the suspects, search the galleries for clues, and figure out the murder. Work fast to cover up the scandal before the authorities arrive! Details

 
 
SPECIAL DEALS

For a complete list of special deals, visit our dining discounts blog post

 

 

LIVE MUSIC

For a complete list of live music, visit our live music blog post.

 

 

 
SUNDAY, MAY 22

Newport Oyster Festival 

Taste your way around Rhode Island with freshly harvested, local oysters from more than 13 different growers, along with wine and prosecco pairings and the chance to learn how you're helping the ecosystem just by consuming bivalves. Chef's best picks for the spring weekend will be for sale as appetizer portions from 22 Bowen'sDiego's,The Wharf PubMatunuck Oyster Bar and Fluke Wine, Bar, & Kitchen.

 

7th Classic Yacht Symposium™ | 7:30am - 6:00pm 

Over the course of three days, attendees will visit restoration shops to ogle over their projects, debate the definition of “classic” with an expert panel of John Rousmaniere, Matt Murphy, Jim Taylor and Donald Tofias, attend sessions with a variety of scholarly papers on a range of subjects presented by their authors and bond with fellow classic yacht enthusiasts over adult refreshments. Details.

 

Newport Carriage House Contents Estate Sale at Richard Saul Wurman’s “The Orchard” | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Trésor Estate Sales of Newport announces the Carriage House Contents sale at the splendid French-style chateau, “The Orchard,” home of TED creator, Richard Saul Wurman and best-selling novelist, Gloria Nagy. The estate sale will feature more than 1,000 items at 180 Narragansett Avenue, Newport. This sale has a richly eclectic selection of items. Details.

 

History of Jazz Jam with the Louis Vaughan Jazz Quartet | 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Join he Louis Vaughan Jazz Quartet for a journey through the history of jazz and Latin music, from ragtime to bebop, cool and fusion at Middletown Public Library. Free and open to the public. Details.

 

Jazz Piano Sunday Brunch at Clarke Cooke House | 12:30 - 3:30 PM.

Featuring music by Bobby Ferreira.

 

Meet Your Maker at Hope & Main | 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Discover the latest and greatest local food + drinks. The century-old “up-fitted” school building will be filled to the brim with more than 30 Vendors, offering samples and selling their wares. Live cooking demonstrations throughout the day and live, local music. Details

 

Music in the Galleries at Newport Art Museum | 2:00 PM

With an accomplished faculty and an advisory board including Sebastian Ruth (Artistic Director of Community Music Works) Francisco Noya (Resident Conductor of the RI Philharmonic) and Dr. Mark Churchill (Director, El Sistema, USA) The Community String Project, an independent non-profit organization offering affordable and accessible orchestral string lessons to children and adults, aims to transform lives through its innovative music program. Performing works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi and others, the Chamber Ensemble will appear at Newport Art Museum for an afternoon of live music. Details

 

 

SPECIAL DEALS

For a complete list of special deals, visit our dining discounts blog post

  • 22 Bowen’s: Choose three courses from the Tavern Tasting menu for $29.95. 5:00 - 9:00 PM.
  • Benjamin's Raw BarHappy Hour Raw Bar: $1 oysters, 50 cent clams, 12:00 - 2:00 PM.
  • Bluewater Bar & Grill: Up to two free kids meals with purchase of one regular entree.
  • Bristol Oyster Bar: $1 oysters, 4:00 - 6:00 PM.
  • Christian’s: Three-course pre-fixe menu $29.99, 5:00 - 9:00 PM.
  • Diego’s: Dinner for Two – $40, 4:00 PM - close.
  • Gas Lamp GrilleYour choice of sandwich with fries or pasta $7-$10, 11:00 am - 3:00 PM.
  • Jo’s American Bistro: Prix-fixe menu $20.95, 5:00 - 9:00 PM.
  • O’Brien’s Pub: Buy two entrees get an app free, 6:00 - 10:00 PM.
  • Steve’s Famous Pizza: Sunday Funday Special: 2 large 1-topping pizzas, $21.99, or $5 off any order of $25 or more. Must mention special when ordering.
  • The Wharf Pub:
    • Mom’s Meatloaf Sunday Nights – beef and pork meatloaf wrapped in bacon served with smokey maple BBQ glaze, truffle Parmesan mashed potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts $10, 4:00 PM - close.
    • Sunday Dinner For Two: choice of appetizer to share, choice of two entrees and choice of one signature cocktail or craft beer pitchers to share. $40, 4:00 PM - close.
  • Tavern on Broadway: Bloody Mary, mimosa, orange juice or tea included with choice of brunch entree, 10:00 am - 2:00 PM.
 

 

LIVE MUSIC

For a complete list of live music, visit our live music blog post.