Newport was once the summertime playground for the wealthiest of the wealthy, but that doesn't mean you need deep pockets to enjoy our city today. This Summer brings a bounty of affordable activities - $5 and under, in fact.

 

 

CAN'T-MISS EVENTS

Climb the Tower of the Third Oldest Lighthouse in North America

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM - Every other Saturday July 15 through August 26; September 9, 23: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Beavertail Lighthouse and State Park
Admission: Free. $5 suggested donation.

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. 

 

 

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Newport Regatta

When: Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 9
Where: Sail Newport at Fort Adams
Admission: Free

Sail Newport has a long history of hosting this East Coast keynote event for one-design classes where they live by the motto: "More Racing, Less Waiting, Cold Beer."

 

Newport Kite Festival

When: Saturday, July 8 - Sunday, July 9; 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Brenton Point State Park
Admission: Free

Bring the family and enjoy the rainbow of colors across the sky along Ocean Drive at the annual kite festival. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze grazes your face.

 

 

 

Music on the Porch Concert Series

When: Wednesday July 12 & Thursday, August 17; 5:00 PM
Where: Eisenhower House at Fort Adams State Park
Admission: Free

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 

 
 
Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1

When: Thursday, July 13; 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
Admission: Free

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.

 

Black Ships Festival

When: Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free

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: Thursday, July 13; 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: $5 per person

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.

 

 

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Portsmouth Pop Concert

When: Thursday, July 13;6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Glen Manor House
Admission: Free

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

 

Newport Gallery Night

When: Thursday, July 13; Recurring on the second Thursday of each month; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free

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.

 

Life in 1777 Newport: A History Space Event

When: Saturday, July 15; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House
Admission: Free

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: Saturday, July 15; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Touro Park
Admission: Free

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.

 

Quahog Seafood & Art Festival

When: July 15 - July 16; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Burr's Hill Park, 540 Water Street, Warren
Admission: Free

Enjoy fresh-cooked seafood, chowder, stuffed quahogs and clam cakes, along with arts and crafts and musical entertainment.

 

Read / Eat / Chat

When: Thursday, July 20 & Thursday, August 17; 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: $5 non members, free for members

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of E. Curtis” by Timothy Egan, bring a lunch and discuss

 

Bristol Warren Art Night

When: Thursday, July 27 & August 31: 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Throughout Bristol & Warren
Admission: Free

Meander featured galleries, artist open studios and art-friendly businesses throughout Bristol & Warren during Bristol Warren Art Night. Explore the talents of Rhode Island art makers, craftspeople and performers, and ride along the Art Night trolley with a guided tour of every stop featured on the event, complete with great entertainment and good company. Recurring on the last Thursday of each month through September.

 

CANDY STORE CUP SUPERYACHT REGATTA

When: July 27 - 29; 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard
Admission: Free

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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CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR: A FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE

When: July 29 - 30; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Tiverton Four Corners
Admission: Free

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. 

 

Hellenic Fest

When: Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July 30; 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
Admission: Free

Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church presents its annual Hellenic Fest. Enjoy authentic Greek Cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, Ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace.

 

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2

When: Monday, August 7; 4:00 - 6:15 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
Admission: Free

Join Newport Public Library for a free screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. Pizza, snacks, drinks and an activity provided.

 

Lecture: A Culture of Corruption: The Apothecary's Tale

When: Thursday, August 17; 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: 82 Touro Street
Admission: $5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active/retired military with ID

Lecture on Newport's 18th transatlantic drug trade presented by Fordham University history professor Elaine Forman Crane

 

Ida Lewis Distance Race

When: Friday, August 18; 12:30 PM
Where: Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Admission: Free

The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts and finishes off Newport’s historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which sits famously on a rock in Newport Harbor, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.

 

Summer Hike

When: Saturday, August 19; 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Enjoy a summer hike at Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park staff will discuss the history and habitats of Ballard Park as we hike the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. 

 

 

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1777 British Occupation Living History 

When: Saturday, August 26
Where: Newport Historical Society
Admission: Free

The American Revolution will come to life in the heart of colonial Newport on the afternoon of Saturday August 26. Over 50 costumed interpreters will recreate aspects from the summer of 1777 on Aquidneck Island during the first year of the British occupation. Reenactment scenarios will range from the capture of General Prescott by the American Rebels, to a demonstration of the auctioning of scarce food items and goods, to the ever-intimidating presence of British guards.

 

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Miantonomi Exploration Days

When: Every Sunday through August 27; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Miantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free

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

 

 

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Easton's Beach Family Night Concert Series

When: Every Tuesday through August; 6:00 PM
Where: Easton's Beach
Admission: Free

Live music with an ocean view is the agenda for Easton's Beach Family Night Concert Series every Tuesday through August. All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last for approximately an hour and a half. In the event of rain, shows will be rescheduled. 

 

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newportFILM Outdoors

When: Every Thursday through August; Sunset
Where: Various locations throughout Newport
Admission: Free

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 every Thursday through August. Enjoy pre-film live music, free popcorn, on-site food vendors and post film Q&As with film writers and critics.

 

 

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Nimfest

When: Every Sunday through August; 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: King 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!

 
Newport Gulls Games

When: Recurring weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday through August 1; 6:35 PM
Where: Cardines Field
Admission: $5

The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

 

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Build a Better World Film Series

When: First two Fridays of each month through August; 2:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
Admission: Free

Join Newport Public Library for free screenings on the first two Fridays of the month through August. Popcorn provided.

 
Yoga on the Dock

When: Every Wednesday, 5:15 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard
Admission: $5 per person

Wake up your body and clear your mind while overlooking Newport Harbor at Newport Shipyard's dock. You'll flow through breath-centered poses that target core strength, balance, and flexibility, all while making a connection to mind, body, breath and nature.

 

Ballard Park Concert Series

When: Every Wednesday through July 26; 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. 

 

Newport Power Yoga Community Class

When: Tuesday - Wednesday; Times Vary
Where: Newport Power Yoga
Admission: $5

Join Newport Power Yoga for a community class at a cost of $5. Community classes are all levels (except Wednesday, which is Slow Flow) and taught by experienced instructors. Tuesdays, 9:30 AM; Wednesdays, 7:00 AM; Thursdays, 12:00 PM; Fridays, 7:00 PM. 

 

Film Screenings: Family Movie Night at Schultzy's Snack Shack

When: Every Wednesday through August; Movies begin at Dusk
Where: Schultzy's Snack Shack, Portsmouth
Admission: Free

Schultzy's Snack Shack is situated on Park Avenue in Portsmouth touting a casual setting and french fries cooked to crisp perfection. For years, the family owned and operated business has been putting on family movie night at the shack, featuring picture shows both old and new. With a bounty of ice cream flavors and an waterfront view, it's the perfect spot for an evening of family fun.

 

 

 
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Movies on the Rocks

When: Every Wednesday through August; Sunset
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. 

 

Bowling at Dudek Bowling Lanes

When: Daily
Where: Dudek Bowlinf
Admission: $4 per person

Spend an afternoon (or the whole day, if that's your thing!) bowling in at Dudek Bowling Lanes in Warren. The  family-owned business opened in 1938 with 8 lanes of duckpin bowling. Today, it features 18 state-of-the-art lanes, offers a variety of savory treats and even serves wine and beer. 

 

 

MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS

East Bay Bike Path

Walk, run, bike or find a spot to kick your feet up along this welcoming course extending from Bristol to Providence. The course weaves through coves, marshes, parks and bridges offering a scenic journey no matter how long you decided to follow its path.

 

Cliff Walk

Stroll the 3.5 mile path where the beauty of Newport's unspoiled coastline meets the architectural history of the magical Gilded Age. Along your journey, stop and scan any of the 16 provided trail markers, which provide information on the Gilded Age mansions and numerous geographic and geological features. 

 

 

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Ocean Drive

Cruise down the 10-mile shoreline-drive in Newport featuring panoramic ocean views. Along the way, stop at Brenton Point State Park, plant your blanket in the ground and enjoy the ocean breeze. 

 

 

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Beaches

Sink your toes in the sand and soak up the sun at any of our pristine beaches. Pro tip: Head to Easton's Beach and ride the carousel inside the rotunda for $2 per ride. 

 

 
 
Bristol Art Museum

The Bristol Art Museum has served to enrich the cultural life of the community through three major exhibits since its founding in 1963. Admission to the main gallery, located on the grounds of Linden Place in Bristol, is $2. The museum entrance is 10 Wardwell Street.

 

Jamestown Windmill

Open on the weekends through mid-October for guided tours from 1:00 -4:00 PM, the Jamestown Windmill was built in 1787 and in operation until 1896. Climb to the top to see the gears that translate the force of the wind into power that ultimately turns the mill stones. Signage and displays funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will help guide your trip, explaining the history and the technology of the mill along the way.

 

Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge

Explore 50 acres of woods and salt marsh with trails and fine views of the Sakonnet River. The refuge has blinds for observing and photographing the 150 species of birds that visit the land annually, as well as designated walking trails.

 

Sakonnet Greenway Trail

Meander the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island, spanning from Glen Farm in Portsmouth to the northern boundary of Newport National Golf Club in Middletown. Preserved by the Aquidneck Land Trust.

 

 
 
Brenton Point State Park

Parallel to the Ocean Drive - Brenton Point State Park provides an area to picnic, watch the surf, fish or kite fly with panoramic views of rocky coastline. Free parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and a roving concession. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

 

Easton's Beach Carousel

Little ones in tow? Go for a spin on the classic carousal at Easton's Beach Rotunda, a fixture since 1958, for just $2 a ride. Parking: 60-minute validated parking is available in the Short Term / Reserved lot (just past the Rotunda). The cost is free on weekdays and $2.00 on weekends and holidays.

 

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Listed on the National Register for Historic places, the public is welcome to visit and tour the exterior and grounds of Castle Lighthouse. Pro Tip: Visit at sunset for an unbeatable photo-op.

 

 

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Fort Adams 

The largest coastal fortification in the United States makes history come alive for visitors. Walk around this engineering and architectural masterpiece to see where the soldiers lived. While you're there, explore the Bay Walk - the two mile walking and biking path set along Narragansett Bay. Free to explore, fee charged for guided tours.

 

Armory Antiques Marketplace

This 6,000 square foot indoor, housed in Newport Armory, built in 1894, houses more than 70 dealers and 100,000 options. Peruse antique items from various eras.

 

Weetamoo Woods

Between the seven miles of trails within Weetamoo Woods and the two additional miles in the adjacent Pardon Gray Preserve (Tiverton Land Trust), you'll have ample space to lace up your sneakers and get moving on the gentle slopes and rocky/rooted pathways. The trails are well-marked and maps are available the East Road trailhead. Loops are designed for easy to moderate walks.