Call us biased but we think summer in Newport is synonymous with paradise. Where do we even begin? Free outdoor concerts, harbor-side rooftop bars and patios, outdoor films in some of our most breathtaking parks and venues, and not to mention an entire bucket list of family fun. And of course, with warmer weather comes sailing and lighthouse tours, sandy beaches, our beloved 3.5 mile cliff walk with panoramic ocean views, scoot couping and so much more. Our only worry in the world is if we're going to have enough time to see and do it all.
Below is a guide to our favorite summer fairs and festivals - some tried and true and some brand new.
Happy summering in our City by the Sea!
NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW
When: June 23 - 25; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff Mansion
Admission: Click here for details.
The 2017 Newport Flower Show, themed Fête Des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres, will celebrate its 22ndyear with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities and more. Inspired by France, America’s premier summer flower show will transport guests’ imaginations to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners. Attendees will travel on a French adventure, from grand gardens to Paris chic at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles.
BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
When: July 4; 10:30 AM
Where: Parade begins corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street
Bristol's Annual Fourth of July Celebration, established in 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration in the United States. The 232nd celebration will be starting off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and will end on High street between State and Bradford Streets.
NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SERIES
When: July 1 - August 12
Where: Throughout Newport
The goal of the Newport Contemporary Music Series is to further the creation of contemporary music through innovative concerts and events that incorporate all music that is considered contemporary, ranging from Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, The Beatles, Jazz, Film Music, and everything in between. We also aim to commission a wide variety of composers and create an education program that provides students with hands on experiences with world class visiting artists. Details.
NEWPORT FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS
When: July 4; 9:15 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Grab a seat by the sea and celebrate the Fourth of July with a grand firework display over Newport Harbor. Prime viewing locations include Fort Adams, Kings Park, or any of the docks & wharves along the waterfront. Show begins at 9:15 PM.
When: July 7 - July 9
Where: Sail Newport at Fort Adams
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." 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). Grab a seat along the shore and watch this annual Regatta unfold.
NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL
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.
THE BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL
When: July 13 - 16
Where: Throughout Newport
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.
QUAHOG SEAFOOD & ART FESTIVAL
When: July 15 - July 16; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Burr's Hill Park, 540 Water Street, Warren
Enjoy fresh-cooked seafood, chowder, stuffed quahogs and clam cakes, along with arts and crafts and musical entertainment.
HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
CANDY STORE CUP SUPERYACHT REGATTA
When: July 27 - 29; 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard
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.
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
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.
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
When: July 28 - 30
Where: Fort Adams State Park
Admission: Event sold out
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.
CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR: A FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE
When: July 29 - 30; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Tiverton Four Corners
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.
When: July 31 - August 3
Where: Various locations throughout Newport
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.
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
This three-day festival features four unique stages set up at Fort Adams State Park overlooking the Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. Enjoy world class musicians, food, crafts and a number of exhibits.