We can barely contain our excitement in the City by the Sea this week as the first official day of summer graces us this Wednesday. You better believe our seaside enclave is celebrating with an endless array of festivities to kick off our favorite season. Aside from al fresco eats on our rooftop bars and sprawling seaside lawns, and free live music all throughout town, this week brings so much to do. 

 

Head over to Fort Adams to watch as replicas of Columbus's ships, The Nina and the Pinta sail into town. Climb aboard these sailing museum ships for a self-guided tour. 

 

On Wednesday, ring in summer on our scenic Rose Island with the lighthouse's summer solstice. Pack a picnic and enjoy refreshments from the cash bar with music provided by Jamestown's Fred Bartlett. Relax as the sun sets on the longest day of the year from one of the most magical locations. 

 

Later this week, enjoy plenty of outdoor activities like a summer walk at Norman Bird Sanctuary, a butterfly count at Ballard Park, or Miantonomi Exploration Days at Miantonomi Park, where you'll get the climb the tower to discover one of Newport's greatest views. 

 

Happy exploring. Below are our picks for the week. 

 

MONDAY, JUNE 19

CVS HEALTH CHARITY CLASSIC

When: 8:00 AM
Where: Rhode Island Country Club
Admission: $10
Details: The CVS Health Charity Classic will once again kick-off the New England summer with world-class golf for a great cause!. Be sure to join co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade along with 18 elite golfers from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours.

 
COLUMBUS SHIPS, THE NINA AND THE PINTA LAND IN NEWPORT

When: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, recurring through Sunday
Where: Fort Adams 
Admission: Adults: $8, Seniors (60 and older): $7, Students between the ages of 5 and 16: $6. 4 and under are free.
Details: Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.
While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.

 

 

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NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL HOME GAME

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Cardine's 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.

 

EXHIBIT: SUMMER SAILS

When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, recurring through August 31
WhereAnchor Bend Glassworks
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy the feel of summer with nautical pieces created by Anchor Bend Glassworks. Sailboats, waves, and fish star in this summer's show, inspired by summer in Newport. In addition to all these fan favorites, they're also unveiling a redesign of Seaglass necklaces. These beautiful pieces are a piece of the ocean, wherever you go.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

TEEN TALK BACK WITH CALEB COLE

When: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Free
Details: A very special opportunity for teens to connect with exhibiting artist, Caleb Cole, whose work explores gender, identity and notions of vulnerability. Start the conversation in Instagram by following our MuSE students at @nammuse and Caleb Cole at @calebxcole, and then join us for Teen Talk Back in the gallery with Cole and his work.

 
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 a specially crafted margaritas.

 

HOUSE SMOKED WING NIGHT

When: 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.

 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

ROSE ISLAND SUMMER SOLSTICE

When: 5:23 - 8:23 PM
Where: Rose Island Lighthouse
Admission: $25 members, $30 non-members
Details: Let your spirit be filled with peace and harmony as you watch the sun setting on the longest day of the year. Pack a picnic and enjoy refreshments from our cash bar. Music provided by Jamestown's Fred Bartlett. 

 

 
DRINKS WITH DESIGNERS

When: 5:30 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free
Details: The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI invite you to join us in a collaborative design event, “Drinks with Designers.” Come mingle in the historic Griswold House, have a drink, and be inspired by art and design in Rhode Island! We’ll spotlight two industry professionals, from two different design disciplines, who will present their work and share their inspiration.

 

LECTURE: Flashbacks to Modernism, or Where Does Contemporary Art Come From and Where is it Going?

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library
Admission: $20 per lecture or $50 for series
Details: Explore the general shape and time of contemporary art, charting its continuities and breaks with modernism. We rewind to several key moments in the history of modern art to home in on two core impulses – expressionism and abstraction – both of which have long defined non-Western art. Then we jump from Paris to New York to observe how these practices unite in the form of Abstract Expressionism, and in the figure of Jackson Pollock. Finally, we fast forward to the present for a brief look at the current stakes of expressionism and abstraction as they continue to structure current painting.

 

SPIRITS & STOGIES

When: 6:00 PM
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. A full menu for each week is available!

 

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. 

 

 
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FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
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.

 

NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL HOME GAME

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Cardine's 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.

 

RED'S FOOD TRUCK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Residence Inn by Marriott
Admission: Prices vary depending on menu options
Details: Red's sources all of their ingredients from local farms and purveyors to craft an eclectic selection of gourmet street fare. Their sandwiches, salads and sides reflect the best flavors of European and Pan-Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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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.

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

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, JUNE 23

NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW

When: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Recurring through Sunday
Where: Rosecliff
AdmissionDetails
Details: Transport your imagination to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners - France. At Rosecliff, modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles, you'll travel on a very French adventure, from grand gardens to urban Paris chic. Each day of the Newport Flower Show offers guests opportunities to enjoy judged horticultural specimens and floral designs, special garden exhibitions, free lectures and demonstrations, children's activities, and wonderful shopping experiences at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners' Marketplace. Tickets are also available for special lunches, lectures and workshops, as well as full weekend packages. 

 

 

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OPENING RECEPTION: REDEFINING NEWPORT STYLE: THE INTERWAR YEARS

When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library
Admission: Free
Details: It is widely assumed that Newport, Rhode Island, queen of Gilded Age American resorts, abruptly ceased to be a touchstone of fashionable trends in architecture, art and lifestyle following the outbreak of World War I; on the contrary, although not to the frenzied pace of the last quarter of the 19th-century, the city maintained its status as an international byline from the late teens through the challenges of the Depression and the gathering storm clouds of the bellicose thirties. Leading architects, artists, designers and sportsmen continued to transform the appearance and aspirations of the cottage colony; coupled with the ascendant public interest in the lives of leading debutantes, Newport remained in position as a reference point in taste around the world. This chronological chapter remains a little explored segment of the community’s history and it is the aim of this exhibition and its resultant publication to address the imbalance.

 

HERRESHOFF WHARF SALE

When: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereHerreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: Free
Details: Find the perfect thing you didn't know you needed at the Herreshoff Wharf Sale. The event is open to the public on Friday 6/23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Saturday 6/24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Live footage from the 35th America’s Cup will be aired at the Museum on Saturday (6/24) & Sunday (6/25). Free Museum Admission for everyone!

 

AN EVENING OF REVELRY SUMMER SOLSTICE FUNDRAISER

When: 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Fort Adams
Details: Champagne sunset toast, lowering of the flag ceremony, catering by Blackstone Caterers, complementary cocktails, silent & live auction and music by Triple J DJ.

 

SUMMER WALK

When: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free
Details: This program, organized by Slotozilla, will start with relaxing pace gradually diving into wildlife. Don't forget comfortable shoes. All other equipment and water will be provided. 

 

 
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.

 

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.

 

NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL GAME

When: 6:30 PM
WhereCardines Field
Admission: $5 adults; $2 children 13-17, military ID and seniors; $1 children 12 and under
Details: The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Gulls Baseball Club is a member of both the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the NECBL's East Division.

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

BUTTERFLY COUNT

When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free
Details: The public is welcome to come to Ballard Park on Saturday, June 24th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM to learn about butterflies. Naturalist Charles Avenengo will share tips and tidbits about butterflies while participating in the North American Butterfly Association's annual Butterfly Count. The count represents the longest running citizen-scientist butterfly monitoring program in existence. For almost forty years volunteers have collected data from survey sites throughout North America. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance of Ballard Park (21 Hazard Road). Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org for more information.

 

TOMMY TEWSDAY 2017

When: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: Schooner Aurora departs Goat Island Marina & Rum Runner departs Bannister's Wharf
Admission: $45 per person
Details: White Bay Events presents the third annual Tommy Tewsday sponsored by Thomas Tew Rum. Come join us for a booze cruise aboard the Schooner Aurora and Rum Runner II around Newport Harbor with free Thomas Tew Rum drinks and Allie's donuts, followed by a scavenger hunt, competitions with prizes, great drink and food deals, and general shenanigans around town.
 

 

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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.

 

DAY OF RENEWAL: A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE & DIVERSITY

When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WhereGreat Friends Meeting House
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy a celebration of African American culture as expressed through art, music, food and community. This family friendly event was created to connect diverse people and to include all community members and families from across our region with local, national and international artists, performers, guest speakers, food vendors, area business owners, and our local media outlets.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 25

MIANTONOMI EXPLORATION DAYS

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Sunday through August 27
Where: Miantonomi 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. 

 

 

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A NOVEL EVENING AT THE BEACH

When: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom
Admission: $75 per person
Details: Enjoy Carousel Rides, Silent & Live Auctions, and Music preformed by Steel Pannist Aaron Abramson Cote of Panoramic View. Hors d'oeuvres & dessert by Pranzi Catering. Complimentary beer and wine provided by Harpoon Brewery & Dark Horse Wines.

 
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.

 

WHY WATERCOLOR?

When: 1:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Musem
Admission: Free
Details: A walk-in watercolor technique demonstration and presentation by the accomplished painter Nancy Gaucher-Thomas. Gaucher-Thomas is a member of the National Watercolor Society.

 

SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday
WhereO'Brien's Pub
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Mermaid Masterpieces, the area’s leading paint party organizer has teamed up with Newport’s legendary O’Briens Pub and the fastest growing fashion brand, Lularoe, to offer a series of winter paint party socials. The events will be held on Sundays beginning January 29th from 3pm-6pm through March 5th. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, $50/person and should be purchased in advance. The link to purchase tickets can be found on the event facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/sundaybloodyfunday2017