Another week of summer is upon us here in the City by the Sea with a calendar overflowing with must-do's. From weekly favorites like Newport Gulls games, mixology classes and music series to some brand new happenings like an invigorating habitat hike through scenic Ballard Park, or The Black Ships Festival throughout town, celebrating Newport's relationship with sister city Shimoda, Japan. We are very busy. Now you are, too. 

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 10

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.

 

NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL HOME GAME

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Cardines 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 MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: 8:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $42
Details: Presenting the Newport debuts of esteemed American instrumentalists, violinist Stephanie Chase and pianist Sara Davis Buechner in recital with music by composers Mozart, Turina, Friml, Ma and Taku.

 

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Rosé Monday

When: 6:00 8:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: Grace Vanderbilt
Admission: Prices vary
Details: Enjoy a special menu of still and sparkling rosés to celebrate the summer on the rooftop deck.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 11

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, JULY 12

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.

 
RELATEDFree Outdoor Concert Series Coming To Newport This Summer

 

THE DAVID B. & PAMELA FORD LECTURE

When: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $15, $10 Preservation Society members
Details: When the Mellon Bank sent a representative to interview Frick in Broadford, Pennsylvania for a prospective loan in 1870, the report came back that he “may be a little too enthusiastic about pictures, but not enough to hurt.” As the industrialist’s fortune grew, he began collecting contemporary American, French, and British art for Clayton, his Pittsburgh house. By the time he moved to New York around 1900 he was assembling one of the finest Old Master art collections in the world. This lecture traces the trajectory of his taste and examines the mansions he built around the art that he loved. 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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 MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $20
Details: Welcome return of Italian pianist performing Franz Liszt’s most inspired piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses.

 

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, JULY 13

FILM SCREENING: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS, PART 1

When: 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
Admission: Free
Details: Join Newport Public Library for a free screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1. Pizza, popcorn and an optional hands-on project provided.

 

ART AFTER DARK

When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Free for members; $10 suggested donation for non-members
Details: Pull on your cowboy boots and 2-step on over to the Museum for a gallery talk with acclaimed photographer and exhibiting artist Henry Horenstein, whose photographs pull back the curtain on the high-glamour back stage of the Grand Old Opry on one end, and rough-and-tumble dive bars on the other. "Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music", the title of his series of photographs, as well as the title of his book, includes portraits of country music legends such as Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Mother Maybelle Carter and more. But his work not only records the performers; Horenstein pays close attention to the honky tonk bars, patrons and culture that surround country music. 

 

BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL

When: Through Sunday, July 16
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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HABITAT HIKE

When: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
WhereBallard Park
Admission: $5 per person
Details: Fox’s live in underground burrows called “earths” when they have young but outside of breeding season they live above ground in hollows. Children will learn why animals choose to live in certain areas of the park based on their food and shelter needs through a habitat scavenger hunt. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old.

 

newportFILM Outdoors

When: 8:35 PM
Where: King Park
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.

 

RELATEDFree Outdoor Film Screenings In and Around Newport

 

PORTSMOUTH POP CONCERT

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
WhereGlen Manor House
Admission: Free
Details: All are invited to enjoy a free, old-fashioned outdoor pops concert at the Glen Manor House. Picnics are encouraged. Please bring blankets and chairs

 

 

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NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free
Details: On the second Thursday of every month, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries. Your Newport Gallery Night experience includes diverse galleries, museums and cultural institutions displaying art of varying kinds from varying eras, as well as special lectures at participating venues.

 

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, JUL;Y 14

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
WhereChateau-sur-Mer 
Admission: $10 Family Price
Details:Newport debut of award-winning pianist, raconteur and showman Richard Perlmutter who breathes new life into classical music by singing witty and very funny lyrics set to masterpieces by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and more. 

 
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.

 

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.

 

AU COURANT: A BENEFIT FOR CHILD & FAMILY

When: 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: Fort Adams State Park
Admission: $125 per person. VIP tickets also available
Details: Child & Family is pleased to announce that its signature benefit event, Au Courant, will return to the runway at historic Fort Adams in Newport. Proceeds will support programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services. This year’s event will feature StyleWeek SWIM, a showcase of current resort and swim collections from designers all over the northeast.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 15

LIFE IN 1777 NEWPORT: A HISTORY SPACE EVENT

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WhereWanton-Lyman-Hazard House
Admission: Free
Details: In a collaborative initiative called "History Space", the NHS provides the public with new ways to engage with the past, including site-specific living history events that have been popular with visitors and residents alike. Leather was used in many products in the 18th century, such as saddles, shoes, trunks, harnesses, and water buckets. Najecki has been producing 18th century military accoutrements since 1980 and has demonstrated his work at many historic sites across New England, including Minuteman National Historic Park.

 

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR AT TOURO PARK

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereTouro Park
Admission: Free
Details: As part of The Black Ships Festival, Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops and displays including arts and crafts and martial arts demonstrations.

 

BRISTOL "TALES OF THE SLAVE TRADE" WALKING TOUR

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereLinden Place 
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. 

 

CLIMB THE TOWER OF THE THIRD OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE IN NORTH AMERICA

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Beavertail Lighthouse and State Park
Admission: Free. $5 suggested donation.
Details: Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, the Beavertail Lighthouse museum features a collection of information, artifacts, and conversation about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. Lace up your sneakers and climb to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay. Recurring on: July 17, July 30, August 14 and August 27. 

 

 
 
QUAHOG SEAFOOD & ART FESTIVAL

When: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Through July 16
Where: Burr's Hill Park, 540 Water Street, Warren
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy fresh-cooked seafood, chowder, stuffed quahogs and clam cakes, along with arts and crafts and musical entertainment.

 

NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SERIES

When: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Rogers Auditorium, 15 Wickham Road, Newport 
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.

 

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. 

 

 

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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.

 

NEWPORT'S NATIVE HISTORY

When: 11:00 AM
WhereBrick Market: Museum & Shop 
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID
Details: Aquidneck Island's history as a summer resort begins long before the Gilded Age. As archaeological deposits confirm, for hundreds of years prior to contact with Europeans, groups of Native Americans came to Newport to enjoy the fruits of the sea in the summertime. In fact, the first streets of Newport actually began as Native American paths and Spring Street itself gets its name from a freshwater spring that had been used by the local indigenous peoples for centuries.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 16

HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: Through July 23
WhereInternational Tennis Hall of Fame
Admission: Ticket prices vary - Details
Details: Just after Wimbledon 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, 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.

 

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. 

 

 

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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.

 

NIMFEST

When: Every Sunday through August; 3:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereKing Park
Admission: Free

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!