Memorial Day weekend in our City by the Sea marks the unofficial start of summer. Our rooftop bars, al fresco patios, sprawling seaside lawns and outdoor attractions begin to reopen and the energy of our city gets bumped up a notch. And that's just the start. Below is everything you need to see and do to make the most of Memorial Day weekend in Newport.
FOR A TASTE OF SUMMER
SIP & SAIL
- One ticket for a Newport Vineyard’s tour/tasting and one ticket for a 2-hour 12 Meter Sail Cruise.
- Tours may be scheduled on the same day or different days.
- Tours Daily at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Tastings all day, Monday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
- Reservations required for groups of 6 or more.
- All wine tasting participants must be 21 years or older.
TAKE A SCENIC TOUR ON A RAIL BIKE
Rail Explorers offers an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom built pedal-powered vehicles. The eco-friendly business is all about rail bikes and aims to provide an amazing journey using existing railroad tracks.
BRUNCH ON A BOAT
Rise and shine, you’re in Newport. Start your day with an invigorating Morning Mimosa Sail aboard Adirondack II, an elegant, 80-foot, turn-of-the-century-style pilot schooner. Feel free to bring a brunch to compliment perfectly poured mimosas (available for $4 each). Mimosa Morning Sails are the perfect way to see the sights of Rhode Island.
HOP ABOARD THE NEWPORT DINNER CRUISE
Climb aboard Newport's only dinner cruise for a carefully catered meal right on the harbor. Choose from a 2-hour lunch cruise served family style, a 1.5 hour hors d'oeuvres cruise, or 2-hour prix-fixe dinner cruise. No matter which you choose, each cruise offers a scenic trip through Newport Harbor, passing by some of the city's most beautiful attractions.
SIP & SAVOR
Relax at Greenvale Vineyards for a weekend of live music amidst 28 acres of vines.
- Friday: 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Enjoy an evening of bluegrass, some classic, some traditional and original tunes from Four Bridges Bluegrass Band. Bring a picnic and soft drinks. Wine is for sale at the vineyard
- Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 PM - Eight estate grown wines will be available to taste as Dick Lupino plays bass/vocal with Yvonne Monnett on piano/vocal, Dennis Cook on sax and Rick Wells on drums. Jazz Tastings, $15.00. $3.00 for just jazz.
- Sunday: 2:00 - 5:00 PM - Slackwater String Band, a folk music trio featuring Mike Fischman, Ed McGuirl and Tom Perrotti, will play an eclectic mix including originals, “Old Time” and Celtic tunes, Country blues and its own take on Jamaican music called AmeriMento. All three members play a variety of acoustic string instruments with a bit of concertina and tin whistle in the mix. No charge for the music.
ROOFTOP BAR AND OUTDOOR PATIOS
TOP OF NEWPORT ROOFTOP BAR
Hotel Viking's al fresco rooftop kitchen and bar is officially open for the summer season with a full menu offering local and traditional cuisine and a full bar. Dine at tables, lounge on couches or sit along the newly expanded bar, all with unparalleled views of the neighborhood's tree-lined streets and Newport Harbor.
Start at the Top Half-Price Raw Bar
Friday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM. 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.
Bloody Mary Bar
Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM. We provide 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.
Craft Burger and Draft Beer, $11.99
Monday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Each week, the culinary crew creates a unique handcrafted super burger and pairs it with a draft beer.
THE LAWN AT CASTLE HILL INN
The sprawling seaside lawn at Castle Hill Inn is often considered a Newport icon. Offering unbeatable panoramic ocean views, classic New England fare and warm weather cocktails, you'll find it hard to leave your Adirondack chair once you sit down. The lawn officially reopens Memorial Day.
THE CLIFF WALK TERRACE
Dine al fresco on The Chanler's Cliff Walk Terrace offering fresh cuisine infused with local flavor. Savor New-England infused dishes crafted by Executive Chef Thomas Duffy, or lounge by the bar. Either way, you'll be accompanied by an oceanfront view and a comforting sea breeze. The terrace reopens May 26.
THE ROOFTOP AT VANDERBILT GRACE
Savor a glass of champagne or a carefully crafted specialty cocktail while enjoying a scenic sunset over Newport Harbor from atop Newport's Vanderbilt Grace. Situated in the heart of downtown, you'll have gorgeous views of Newport's bustling neighborhoods and the iconic Newport bridge. The rooftop deck reopens Friday, May 26.
THE PAVILION BAR AT FORTY 1 NORTH
Located right on Newport Harbor, the Pavilion at Forty 1 North is a modern bar overlooking the iconic Newport Bridge and offering a scenic spot to savor classic fare or lounge on area sofas and arm chairs. Soak in the sights while sipping a signature cocktails.
PORTSIDE AT 22 BOWEN'S
The open-air, harbor side bar located next to 22 Bowen's is officially open for the season, serving tasty cocktails and culinary treats in an intimate atmosphere.
With so much to see and do this weekend, you won't want to head out of town until the very last second. Rest easy with these featured deals on overnight stays at our city's finest hotels and B&Bs.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Experience the grandeur of a Newport Mansion of your choice with two tickets and luxurious transportation included. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast in the Veranda and return after a long day for a three course dinner for two at The Spiced Pear.
- Accommodations in the room of your choice
- Full breakfast in The Veranda
- One night's dinner at the Spiced Pear (3-Course Dinner with Gratuity—alcohol excluded)
- Two tickets to the mansion of your choice, transportation included in our complimentary Buick Enclaves
SIMPLY SPRING ESCAPE
The Gilded Age mansions await you with a pair of passes plus gourmet breakfast, guest-only afternoon tea, and a three-course dinner for two, as well as a welcome amenity upon arrival.
- Two-night stay at the Castle Hill Inn
- Gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea
- Seasonal fruit plate and bottled water upon arrival
- Two tickets to any Newport Preservation Society Mansion
- Three-course dinner for two in the Dining Room at Castle Hill
Treat yourself to a renewing getaway this spring. Forty 1 North offers everything you need to recover from the long winter days. This special offer makes it easier than ever to escape with 20% off on any of our luxurious guestrooms, elegant suites, lofts and cottages.
CAN'T MISS EVENTS
FRIDAY, MAY 26
When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free/Cash Bar
Details: Raise your glasses and toast to this season’s new wine releases. Sip, swirl and savor the flavors of Newport Vineyard's newly released whites and Dry Rose while enjoying an extended evening wine tasting, complete with fire pits and live music from Erin McAndrew.
When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
Where: Firehouse 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.
When: 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute
Admission: $100 per person
Details: Step back in time to an era of swingin' jazz for an evening of music, molls, and murder. Join a cast of spurious characters from all walks of life who have gathered for the "Grand Opening Gala of SCI" in 1930. Your ticket includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a prize for the winner.
SATURDAY, MAY 27
When: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: St. John's Church Parking Lot
Details: The Point Association is pleased to announce that their annual community plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, St. John’s Church parking lot, corner of Willow at Washington Streets.
When: 8:30 - 10:30 AM, runs every Saturday through the end of September;
Where: The Bodhi Spa's Zen Garden
Admission: $40 per person
Details: "Flow & Float" is a 1 hour all-levels yoga class held outside in The Bodhi Spa's Zen Garden led by yoga teacher Meredith Ewenson, followed by a 1 hour "journey" through the spa's hot epsom & sea salt pools, eucalyptus-infused steam room, traditional & inferred saunas & 55 degree cold plunge pool.
When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Vanderbilt 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.
When: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Where: Cory Farms Past & Presents
Details: Join Cory Farms Past & Presents for their annual antique show.
When: 11:00 AM
Where: Brick Market Museum & Shop
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID
Details: The Common Burying Ground features a rich historic record of the lives of Newporters. It also showcases beautiful colonial craftsmanship worthy of a museum. This tour will focus on the art and the carvers. Stones from the Stevens shop are at the heart of the tour but other prominent carvers’ work will be included.
SUNDAY, MAY 28
When: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Sip, savor and toast to the seasons’ newest wine releases at the 15th Annual Spring Celebration at Newport Vineyards. A day full of grape stomping, wine tasting, potato sack racing goodness. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping on our new releases, or a whiskey tasting from Sons of Liberty and noshing on food created by our culinary team. Feeling competitive? You could be called to compete in our Grape Stomp Competition OR our Potato Sack Race Through the Vines! Or simply relax and capture the memories with a photo of you and one of TEN31’s live wine statues. All while enjoying a glass overlooking the vines.
LMNOP GALLERY TAKEOVER
When: 3:00 PM
Where: LMNOP Gallery
Details: Two local photographers, Madeline Berry and Jon Cameron, take over Newport's newest community art space, LMNOP, on historic Spring Street! Paper, metal, canvas, and wood prints will feature scenes of New England, with many showcasing Newport and Aquidneck Island.
When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: NAM Members $10; Non-members $15; Supporter Ticket $25
Details: The Newport String Project’s fourth season comes to a festive close at the Newport Art Museum. Project directors and violinists, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Sarah Hill (viola) and Chelsea Bernstein (cello) for an edge-of-the-seat program of string quartets by Haydn and Schumann. From the boisterous rumpus of Haydn’s Quartet in D major, op 50 no 2 (“The Frog”) to the impassioned poetry of Schumann’s Quartet in a minor, it promises to be a compelling afternoon of chamber music to spark the imagination.
When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday through June 11.
Where: Fifth Element
Details: Join The Fifth Element casual-hip dining hangout populated by locals, destination diners and tourists alike for their weekly Jazz Brunch series.
SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY
When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday
Where: O'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