July is one of the busiest and most exciting months in Newport! First, festivities start with a number of celebrations for the 4th of July holiday, including fourth of July parades, barbecues, and several fireworks displays in the Newport area. After the holiday, Newport has endless major events including but not limited to the Newport Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and weekly Newport Polo Series matches and Newport Gulls games. Not to mention, plenty of outdoor movies and live concert series to keep you busy through the month.

 

 

1. INDEPENDENCE ROAD RACE

When: Saturday, July 1; 6:30 – 10:00 AM
Where: Independence Park, Bristol
Admission: $65
Details: In partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, this half marathon will follow the beautiful downtown streets of America’s quintessential community when it is decked out in its finest – during the Oldest 4th of July Celebration in America. The course includes incredible historic homes, a town common and the America’s Cup Museum before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Colt State Park and finishing along the water at Independence Park.

 

2. LECTURE: THE WHITNEY WOMEN AND THE MUSEUM THEY MADE

When: Saturday, July 1; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Admission: Free
Details: Dodie Kazanjian lead will lead a discussion with Flora Miller Biddle and Fiona Donovan about their recently republished book, The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made. From its founding by sculptor and patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art has been fostered by Whitney women. Gertrude’s commitment to artists and disregard for convention has inspired four generations of her descendants who have been part of the Museum’s leadership since its founding. With the Museum in its striking new Renzo Piano designed building, Flora Biddle and Fiona Donovan will explore how this visionary legacy continues in the twenty-first century. Call 401.847.0295, ext. 112 to reserve a seat.

 

3. ARTISTS’ BALL

When: Saturday, July 1; 6:00 – 11:30 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: $250 - $1000 per person
Details: Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra beneath a tent on the Museum’s lawn overlooking historic Bellevue Avenue at The Newport Art Museum’s 2017 summer Gala. This year’s Gala honorees are Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins, two of the world’s most celebrated arts writers. For more information, contact Polly Lyman, Director of Development at plyman@newportartmuseum.org or at 401-619-7990.

 

4. NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SERIES

When: Saturday, July 1; 8:00 – 10:00 PM, recurring through August 12
Where: Rogers Auditorium
Admission: $25 - $112
Details: The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Series offers a wide variety of contemporary orchestral music, including special performances and appearances by Philip Glass, Howard Shore, Bruce Broughton, and many more, including a commission by Sir Andre Previn, composed especially for our newly formed Newport Contemporary Arts Orchestra. For more information on current and future events, visit http://ncmsri.org.

 

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5. ANNUAL 3RD & 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT HMM

When: Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4; 8:00 – 9:00 PM, recurring weekly on Monday
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum 
Admission: July 3rd Tickets: Adults: $50, Children (6-12): $25. // July 4th Tickets: Members: $50, Non-Members: $60, Children (6-12): $30
Details: The July 3rd & 4th Celebration at Herreshoff will be a party you don't want to miss. New Caterer! Great location! Rocking Music! & the Best Waterfront View in Town! We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Russell Morin's Catering to bring you delicious food on the 3rd and the 4th. Blount Fine Foods is returning on the 3rd with their fantastic New England Clam Chowder. Party the night away with tasty libations and live music by 6 Digg-It Band. It will be a rocking party and a perfect way to get your Independence Day celebration started off right. We are also selling tickets for breakfast, lunch, and seats in the shade during the 4th of July parade. Guests can enjoy raised seating to get the best view of the parade while still being out of the sun. Restrooms and parking will be available for ticket holders. 

 

 

6. 232ND ANNUAL BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

When: Tuesday, July 4; 10:30 AM
Where: Begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street
Admission: Free
Details: The oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country, the 232 Bristol Fourth of July Parade will begin at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Streets.

 

 

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7. NEWPORT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

When: Tuesday, July 4; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Washington Square
Admission: Free
Details:

  • 9:00 AM: A salute to William Ellery, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island will be hosted by the RISSR, Newport Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and Artillery Company of Newport at his grave site in the Common Burying Ground on Farewell Street.
  • 10:00 AM: A rousing patriotic band concert by the Newport Community Band at Salve Regina University will be held on the steps to the Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex at the head of Washington Square in Eisenhower Park with the traditional finale of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. 
  • 10:00 AM: Members of the Sons of the Revolution will distribute flags and copies of our Nation’s founding documents (while supplies last).
  • 10:00 AM: The Old Colony House will be open for public inspection and tours hosted by the Newport Historical Society. Historic Churches in the area will be open celebrating Religious Freedom courtesy of the Newport Historical Society.
  • 10:00 AM: Washington Square Roots in conjunction with Bike Newport will hold a decorated bicycle parade beginning at the Liberty Tree at Thames and Farewell streets to Washington Square
  • 10:00 AM: Pie eating contest hosted by Washington Square Roots
  • 11:00 AM: The 142nd annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on the steps of the Old Colony House recreating the original reading by Major John Handy in 1776 and again 50 years later in 1876.
  • 12:00 PM: A 21 gun salute celebrating our Nation’s birthday will be rendered by the Artillery Company of Newport using four original cannons cast by Paul Revere in 1798.
  • 12:00 PM: Ringing of the bells will take place at the Old Colony House.

 

9. GREAT HOUSES LECTURE SERIES PRESENTED BY THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY

When: Thursday, July 6 - Tuesday, August 1; 5:00 PM
WhereRosecliff
Admission: $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for the general public
Details: The Preservation Society of Newport County will present a series of lectures by the Directors of some of the country's most prominent historic house museums this summer.  The Summer Lecture Series is sponsored by ALEX AND ANI. Advance registration is required for all lectures

 

 

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9. NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: Friday, July 7, recurring daily through July 23
Where: Various Locations throughout Newport
Admission: $20 - $350
Details: Newport Music Festival continues the tradition of presenting over sixty classical concerts featuring unique chamber music, programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events held in Gilded Age mansions and other venues throughout Newport and Bristol County.

 

10. NEWPORT REGATTA

When: Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9, recurring daily
Where: Sail Newport
Admission: Free
Details: The 2017 Newport Regatta will mark the 33rd running of our signature annual event. Sail Newport has a long history of hosting this East Coast keynote event for one-design classes where we live by our motto: "More Racing, Less Waiting, Cold Beer." Invited Classes for the 2017 Newport Regatta:  2.4mR, 505, A-Class Catamaran, Comet (ACCs), Ensign (ACCs), Etchells (Narragansett Bay Championship), F-18 Catamarans, 110 (Nationals), 210, 29er, J24, J70 (NEs), Laser, Laser Radial, M32 Catamaran, Melges 20, Melges 32, RS Aero (Nationals), Swan 42 (NEs), Thistle, VX Evo, VX One Design (NEs).

 

 

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11. 3-HOUR AMERICA’S CUP 12 METER RACING EXPERIENCE

When: Sunday, July 9 & Sunday, July 23; 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Where: 12 Meter Charters, Newport
Admission: $139 per person, reservations required
Details: Race aboard a 12 Meter America’s Cup contender! Aboard the 12 Meter racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a “hands on” sailing experience, but participation is not required. No sailing experience necessary. Fun for sailors of all ages!
This sailing option are offered aboard our 65 foot America’s Cup 12 Meter Yachts including:
- US 16 Columbia – 1958 America’s Cup Winner, first 12 Meter yacht to win the America’s Cup.
- US 23 Heritage – Last wooden America’s Cup boat built and newest in the fleet.

 

12. 34TH ANNUAL BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL

When: Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16, recurring daily
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free
Details: The Black Ships Festival incorporates events that are fun for all ages and provides an opportunity to see, sample, and experience Authentic Japanese traditions. Featured events include Martial Arts, Tea Ceremony, Black Ship Gala, Sushi & Sake Sail, Taiko Drum Festival and much more.

 

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13. AU COURANT: A BENEFIT FOR CHILD & FAMILY

When: Friday, July 14; 7:00 – 11:00 PM
Where: Fort Adams
Admission: $125. VIP tickets also available
Details: Child & Family's signature benefit event, Au Courant, will return to the runway at historic Fort Adams. Proceeds will support programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services. Celebrity stylist, Derek Warburton, known for styling stars like Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, and Heather Graham will be a special guest and will also debut his fine jewelry line. Enjoy a lavish cocktail party inside the Fort Adams courtyard to include catering by Pranzi, an open bar, several specialty bars, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and exquisite desserts, as well as a silent and live auction with unique items.

 

14. QUAHOG SEAFOOD & ART FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16, 10:00 AM
Where: Burr’s Hill Park, Warren
Admission: Free
Details: Fresh cooked seafood, chowder, stuffed quahogs and clam cakes are offered, along with arts and crafts and musical entertainment.

 

15. DELL TECHNOLOGIES HALL OF FAME OPEN

When: Sunday, July 16 – Sunday, July 23, recurring daily
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame
Admission: $23 - $350
Details: Each year, top ATP World Tour pros head to Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the first stop of the summer swing for pro tennis in the United States.  Contested on the historic grass tennis courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which have hosted all the legends of the sport since 1880, the tournament is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe, and it offers the only opportunity to see professional men's tennis in the Northeast prior to the US Open. International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport.

 

 
16. GARDEN FETE

When: Wednesday, July 19; 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Where: Rough Point
Admission: $25 in advance, $35 at the door, this is a 21+ event.
Details: Put on your floral frock and come take in one of the best views in Newport. For one night only, Rough Point’s formal gardens are the backdrop to the ultimate summer garden party. Featuring live music, lawn games, garden inspired beverages, and sweet treats from Tricycle Ice Cream. Sartorial prizes will go to the most memorable floral fashions and accessories. This event will be held rain or shine. Program tickets are non-refundable. For questions contact (401-847-8344) or Kelsey@newportrestoration.org.

 

17. ALEX AND ANI LADIES DAY RUNWAY SHOW AND CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH

When: Thursday, July 20; 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame
Admission: $125 per person, $115 for Advantage Participant
Details: A unique summer event! Enjoy a collection of gorgeous summer looks on our grass court runway, followed by an elegant champagne brunch. Tickets include courtside seats for tennis starting at 11:00 AM. Featuring collections from Alex and Ani, Brooks Brothers and Fila. Libations by Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard. Make your plans now - this event will sell out!

 

18. FIESTA VERDE; SAKONNET SUMMER

When: July 22; 6:00 - 10:30 PM
Where: "The Paddock" at The Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth
Admission: $250 per ticket
Details: Join the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) for a beautiful summer night in support of ALT’s mission to conserve open space on our island. The annual fundraiser has become one of the most anticipated summer bashes on Aquidneck Island. A cocktail reception is followed by delicious and plentiful hors d’oeuvres, raw bar, dinner and dessert by McGrath Clambakes of Newport, with music provided by Roomful of Blues. After dinner, enjoy a raffle and a spirited silent and live auction of artwork, jewelry, gifts and getaway packages.

 

19. TENNIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

When: Saturday, July 22; 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame 
Admission: $110 - $140
Details: Tickets include access to what is sure to be an unforgettable Induction Ceremony, as well as access to the Singles Semifinals and the Doubles Final of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open, an ATP World Tour event being hosted at the same time. It's an incredible day of tennis!

 

20. JAWS SUMMER PARTY

When: Wednesday, July 26; 7:00 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Admission: $10
Details: Enjoy a special summer screening of Jaws! 

  • 7:00 PM - Doors open
  • 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - The King Lens & Friends will be set up in the lobby with surf-inspired art, gear and other merchandise.
  • 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Live music with The Teledyne's (Surf Rock, Rockabilly, Blues) on the mainstage.
  • 8:00 PM - Screening of Jaws begins

 

 

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21. CANDY STORE CUP SUPERYACHT REGATTA

When: Thursday, July 27 - Saturday, July 29; 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard
Admission: Free
Details: Several of the world's largest and most glamorous sailing yachts will race for the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition. Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf have consolidated the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup to create this fabulous superyacht event. The Candy Store Cup is all about sportsmanship and camaraderie, as the pristine superyachts must race to rules specially formulated to keep them safe distances from each other. The format calls for pursuit-style (staggered start) racing on Rhode Island Sound, with one race planned for each of the three days, leaving plenty of time in the afternoons and evening for socializing. Racing begins at noon off Castle Hill and will provide a stunning visual for those watching from vantage points along the shore of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, south of the Pell Bridge.

 

 

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22. HELLENIC FEST

When: Friday, July 28 – Saturday, July 30
Where: St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church 
Admission: Free
Details: Hellenic Fest is St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival which dates back to 1983, and transports us for one weekend from our island to the beautiful islands and mainlaind of Greece. Each year the residents and vistors of Newport experience the traditional culture, food, pastries, wine, music and dancing which the Greek community of Newport proudly shares during this cultural celebration. There is fun for the whole family as we also have activities specifically for children to enjoy!

Dates:

  • Friday, July 28: 4:00 PM to midnight
  • Saturday, July 29: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 30: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

 

23. NEWPORT ANTIQUES SHOW

When: Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Saint George's School Ice Rink 
Admission: $15 per person for one day admission. $20 for three day unlimited admission. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
Details: The Newport Antiques Show is a staple of Newport’s summer season and a mecca for collectors with its luxurious atmosphere and sophisticated style. When doors open this July, the Show will celebrate its 11th year with an updated program and new associated activities while visitors discover antiques, art, jewelry, vintage fine accessories and photographs in one convenient venue.

 

 

24. NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

When: July 28 - 30
WhereFort Adams State Park
Admission: Event sold out - Stay tuned to @dscvrnewport for ticket opportunities
Details: The Newport Folk Festival feature four stages which are located on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. Enjoy world class musicians, food, crafts and a number of displays. 

 

25. CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR: A FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE

When: Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, 30; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Tiverton Four Corners
Admission: Free
Details: A family-friendly festival featuring art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Native artists from around the world. Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world. 

 

26. SAVE THE BAY SWIM

When: Saturday, July 29; 9:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Newport Naval Base to Potters Cove, Jamestown
Admission: $50 for Swimmers; $25 for kayakers; free for spectators
Details: Founded in 1977, The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, serving as a critical support to our efforts to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Every year, nearly 500 swimmers, ages 15 to 77 years, swim 1.7 nautical miles across the Bay to raise money and awareness. Swimmers come from more than 25 states to experience the iconic, open water trek from Newport to Jamestown. More than 1,500 spectators, vendors and supporters gather to cheer swimmers and celebrate their trek across the Bay. In many ways, the Save The Bay of today is the legacy of those first brave souls who crossed the East Passage 40 years ago. Back then, proceeds from The Swim kept the organization afloat.

 

27. BRIDGEFEST

When: Monday, July 31 - Thursday, August 3
Where: Various locations throughout Newport 
Details: 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.