We could have sworn we were just writing about how excited we were for summer to begin and here we are, begging August to slow down. Evidence that time does indeed fly when you're having fun! Speaking of fun, this week has loads of it in store. From fantastic family fun events like a full moon ride with Rail Explorers and live outdoor music on the beach to the return of some of our favorite annual events like Wet Paint at Newport Art Museum. Of course, we can't forget our weekend regulars, like Newport Polo, Bloody Mary Bar at Hotel Viking, live comedy with The Bit Player and more. 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 7

Full Moon Magic with the Rail Explorers

When: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Rail Explorers
Admission: $65 Adult, $45 - Child (under 16)
Details: Ride the rails by moonlight! Fireside s'mores, brownies & cookie, hot chocolate and coffee.

 

 
CRAFT BURGER AND DRAFT BEER

When: 2:00 - 9:00 PM; Reoccurring weekly on Monday through September 25
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking
Admission:  $11.99
Details: Each week, the culinary crew at the Top of Newport Bar + Kitchen creates a unique handcrafted super burger and pairs it with a draft beer. The menu, featuring locally sourced beef from Sunset Farms, is available 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

 
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NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL HOME GAME

When: 6:30 PM
WhereCardines Field 
Admission: $5 adults; $2 children 13-18; $1 children 12 and under
Details: The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8

HOUSE SMOKED WING NIGHT

When: 4:00 - 10:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Tuesdays
WhereNorey’s
Admission: $5
Details: Head to Norey's every Tuesday from 4:00 - 10:00 PM for House Smoked Wing Night offering $5 wings (1/2 price) with any beer purchase. Chef Tyler Cullen's wings are smoked on site.

 

LIVE MUSIC SERIES AT EASTON’S BEACH

When: 6:00 – 7:30 PM; Recurring weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 15
WhereEaston’s Beach
Admission: Free
Details:

  • FAMILY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last for approximately 90 minutes. In the event of rain, shows will be rescheduled - call 845-5810 after 4:00 PM. 
  • CHILDREN'S NIGHT PERFORMANCES: All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last approximately 45 minutes. In the event of rain, shows are held in the Rotunda Ballroom

 

TACO-RITA TUESDAY

When: 2:00 - 9:00 PM, recurring weekly on Tuesday
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking
Admission: $11.99
Details: Tuesday is Taco-Rita Day featuring Top of Newport’s take on mouthwatering tacos paired with specially crafted margaritas.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9

LECTURE: CULTURAL SEASCAPES: PEOPLE, PLACE, DESIGN 

When: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square 
Admission: Free; $10 suggested donation
Details: Sarah Gaines, avid sailor and Oceanographer, will reflect on the recently enhanced mission of the Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport, in part, to "Protect, preserve and enhance maritime culture in Newport and Narragansett Bay." She will speak about this maritime culture from a perspective as a Woods Hole bred earth scientist working for the past decade at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris recently returned to her ancestral home in South County.

 

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS

When: Dusk, every Wednesday through August
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free
Details: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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MUSIC ON THE PORCH CONCERT SERIES

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Eisenhower House at Fort Adams State Park
Admission: Free
Details: Hosted by The Fort Adams Trust, the Music On the Porch free concert series will be held at the Eisenhower House in Fort Adams State Park this summer. All concerts start at 5:00 PM and go through 7:00 PM, featuring live musical performances from a variety of artists and performers, plus refreshments.

 
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Real Lace Revisited: Inside the Hidden World of America’s Irish Aristocracy

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Arboretum
Admission: Free
Details: 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.

 

Fireside Evening Music Series: Briana White

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Details: Overlooking the firepits, enjoy live music while you sip and savor. Enjoy wine tastings, wine by the glass, beer and sangria, as well as light nosh from the kitchen. 

 

 

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FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through October 25
WhereForty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Head to the Oval Bar at Forty 1 North on Wednesday evening to taste a variety of wine from the region of Rhone. One of the world’s most diverse wine regions, the Rhone is known for producing excellent offerings ranging from rich reds made with 100% Syrah to whites crafted from Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. Explore the vast variety available in one of our favorite regions. Each wine will be accompanied by a light food pairing. RSVP.

 

FLIGHT NIGHT

When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Book your wine – OR – beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with our Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

NEWPORT AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
Where: Memorial Boulevard
Admission: Free
Details: Newport County farmers and artisans gather every Wednesday to bring the freshest of nature's bounty, including: fresh meat products, farm-raised eggs, coffee beans, herbs, sweet and savory bakery products, an assortment of fresh seafood options, and fresh-cut flowers and plants. 

 

NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL HOME GAME

When: 6:30 PM
WhereCardines Field 
Admission: $5 adults; $2 children 13-18; $1 children 12 and under
Details: The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team.

 

SPIRITS & STOGIES

When: 6:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through September 27
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking 
Admission: $65 per person
Details: Curated dinner experiences showcase a weekly spirit and cigar selection paired with a three-course menu created by Chef Barry Correia. Special guest hosts share expertise and encourage interaction. Dinners begin at 6:00 PM and a full menu for each week is available!

 

YAPPY HOUR 

When: 3:00 - 4:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through September 27
WhereGrace Vanderbilt
Admission: $65 per person
Details: Enjoy the serenity of the Garden Terrace with your furry family member every Wednesday at 3:00 PM with a fur-fluenced canine menu.

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

NEWPORTFILM OUTDOORS

When: 8:35 PM
Where: Ochre Court Lawn, Salve Regina University
Admission: Free
Details: Experience award-winning documentaries, live music, interviews with film makers and subjects, fabulous food, and loads of community spirit amongst Aquidneck Island's beautiful outdoor spaces. Screenings begin at sunset.

 

 

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MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 6:30 PM, recurring weekly on Thursday
WhereChristie’s
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Learn how to shake, stir and strain your favorite cocktails at Christie's. On Thursday you will taste a selection of classic cocktails, receive hands on training while enjoying duck taco, shrimp cocktail, and goat cheese puff.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL HOME GAME

When: 6:30 PM
WhereCardines Field 
Admission: $5 adults; $2 children 13-18; $1 children 12 and under
Details: The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team.

 

NEWPORT YACHT RENDEZVOUS

When: 5:30 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street
Admission: Ticket prices vary - Details
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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START AT THE TOP HALF-PRICE RAW BAR

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking
Admission: Prices vary
Details: Kick off the weekend with Top of Newport’s Half-Price Raw Bar, a delectable spread showcasing the freshest seafood including succulent shrimp and locally sourced oysters on the half shell and littleneck clams accompanied by an assortment of condiments.

 

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THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

Burying Ground Open House and Tour

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Common Burying Ground, Farewell Street
Admission: Free
Details: Members of the Newport Historic Cemetery Commission invite visitors to the Common Burying Ground located on Farewell Street in Newport. The self guided tour currently underway will be available and Commission members will be on hand to answer questions. At 11 am a tour of God's Little Acre will highlight the recently restored stones and feature stories of Newport's Colonial African American community. God's Little Acre is the most historic burial site for Africans Americans in New England. 

 

WET PAINT

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

 

BRISTOL "TALES OF THE SLAVE TRADE" WALKING TOUR

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
Admission: $20, $15 for members, includes a rum cocktail at DeWolf Tavern
Details: Linden Place Museum will host a walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the 18th and early 19th centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. 

 

MIXOLOGY MASTER CLASS

When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
WhereVanderbilt Grace
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Prepare signature cocktails from Vanderbilt Grace's Spring Menu and enjoy complimentary Small Bites’ as you shake up concoctions beside resident Mixologists. 

 

NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO SERIES

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Glen Farm, Portsmouth
Admission: $12 general admission
Details: The Newport International Polo series is back for the season offering 17 action-packed matches every Saturday thru September. Watch as all-star lineups of international competitors take the field. Experience a tailgate party for the optimal experience, or plant your seat in the lawn and relax. Just don’t forget to help stomp the divots.

 

 

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 13

ROCK THE DOCKS

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

 

MIANTONOMI EXPLORATION DAYS

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Sunday through August 27
WhereMiantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free
Details: Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the City of Newport, as part of the Newport Open Space Partnership, announce new summer hours for the historic tower in Miantonomi Park as part of the Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days. The tower will be open and free to the public every Sunday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, beginning June 18 and ending August 27. 

 
TADPOLE TO FROGS

When: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum 
Admission: Free
Details: A children's concert with nationally known Terry Grosvenor performing children's stories and poems. Summer fun on the Redwood Lawn with music, balloon sculpting and snacks. Free and all are welcome.

 

FITNESS IN THE PARK

When: Sundays through August; 10:00 - 10:45 AM
WhereMiantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free
Details: 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.

 

BLOODY MARY BAR

When: 2:00 - 5:00 PM, recurring weekly on Sunday 
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking 
Admission: Prices vary 
Details: Top of Newport provides the fixings, you do the mixing. Concoct the perfect Bloody Mary blending vodka with any combination of celery salt, celery stalks, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, horseradish, assorted hot sauces, olives and black pepper.

 

STEEL DRUM BRUNCH

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Christie's
Details: Featuring Tiki Cocktails, Island Mimosa's Bloody Mary's and brunch additions 

 

NIMFEST

When: Every Sunday through August; 3:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereKing Park
Admission: Free
Details: Presented by the City of Newport, concerts are held on Sundays from 3:00 - 6:00 PM through August. All concerts are free of charge, just bring your lawn chair or a blanket!