Summer brought us what will undoubtedly remain some our favorite memories of the year. We dined on rooftops and seaside patios, we relished in outdoor concerts all around town, devoured our fair share of lobster rolls, watched movies under the stars and even lounged by the pool and throughout Newport's best beaches.

As Labor Day weekend nears, we're still not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. From family friendly adventures to chances to sit back and relax on a boat, beach or rooftop, these LDW ideas are just what you need to send the season out in style.

 

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Labor Day Weekend at Newport Vineyards

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Where:
Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown
When:
Friday - Monday

Soak in the last sips of summer by the vines at Newport Vineyards. Think: Sangria slushes, rosé popsicles, Taproot beer, and of course—wine. Enjoy holiday weekend classics from.a cookout menu, or dine in the Overlook dining room, Friday - Sunday, and choose from the regular full dining menu. 

Looking for plans for Sunday? Stay for the live music by Dan Greaves & Amanda Loffredo from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Weekend Hours:
  • Friday: 11:00 AM  – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM  – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM  – 7:00 PM (extended hours!)
  • Monday: 11:00 AM  – 5:00 PM

*Last call: 15 minutes prior to closing

 

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IYRS Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

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Where:
Along the waterfront
When:
Saturday, September 2 - Sunday, September 3

Spot from the water a celebration of classic yachting in Newport Harbor during the 44th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. With two days of racing, a classic yacht parade on Sunday, and party to end it all, join us in weekend of sailing and yachting tradition. 

 

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Around The Island Race

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Where:
Around Conanicut Island
When:
Sunday, September 3rd

Since 1927, The Conanicut Yacht Club has held the Around The Island Race, a 20 mile course around Jamestown with almost 100 boats racing. Now in its 96th season, spot the sails and boats circling Conanicut Island and Narragansett Bay. View from the water aboard Coastal Queen Cruises from Newport or Jamestown. 

 

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Ca' del Bosco Wine Garden at The Chanler

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Where:
117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport
When:
Friday - Sunday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or early evening sipping Ca’ del Bosco luxury sparkling wines. Take in the water views, fresh air and sit back on Adirondack chairs, while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Pro-tip: Make your way to the Al Fresco Bar, located on the terrace, before it closes for the season. 

 

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End of Summer Soiree at Hotel Viking

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Where:
1 Bellevue Avenue, Hill Market
When:
Sunday, September 3

The last "hurrah" of summer is waiting for you at the Top of Newport. Enjoy classic backyard summer BBQ, live music, games, and drinks on Sunday, September 3 from 3:00 - 9:00 PM. 

 

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Hill Market After Dark

Where:
1 Bellevue Avenue, Hill Market
When:
Thursday - Saturday

Last call for Hill Market After Dark. Trust us—you do not want to miss this. Open from 5:00 - 10:00 PM, enjoy an array of dessert parfait cups, s'mores, strawberry shortcake, and lemon meringue, and after dinner drinks like Nitro Espresso Martinis. 
 

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Farmaesthetics Pop-Up at Sweet Berry Farm

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Where:
SWEET BERRY FARM, MIDDLETOWN
When:
Thursday - Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The natural and sustainable beauty brand, Farmaesthetics, will be hosting a pop-up shop at Sweet Berry Farm through early Winter. Shop and swoon over the assortment of sustainable products and accessories, open weekly on Thursdays - Saturdays through December. 

 

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Hard Pressed Cider Co. Opening Weekend

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Where:
WINDMIST FARM, JAMESTOWN
When:
FRIDAY - SUNDAY, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (HOLIDAY MONDAYS UNTIL 2:00 PM)

For our friends who cannot wait for Fall, head over to Windmist Farm, a family-run farm in Jamestown for the opening weekend of Hard Pressed Cider Co., a seasonal cider truck located on site. Expect a quaint farm where cows and horses roam free and chickens patrol the line for fresh Apple Cider made hot, cold or in a slushie with one ingredient: apples, alongside Cider Doughnuts made onsite and served warm.

Opening Weekend Hours:
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday: ​ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Open only on holiday weekends)

 

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Newport International Polo Series

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Where:
250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth
When:
Saturday, September 2, 4:00 PM
Cost:
Pavilion Tables: $30/seat; Lawn Admission: $20/adult, kids free, age 15 and under

USA VS. England. 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.

 

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Games, Gamblers & Cartomancers: The New Cardsharps

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Where:
46 Clarke Street, Vernon House
When:
Friday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Free, Reservations Required

Vernon House, one of the most significant buildings in Newport history, is now open to the public with a unique and special exhibition. This curated display is free* to the public, Fridays - Sunday from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (*registration is required.)

 

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HARBOR SAILS

1 Coastal Queen Cruises

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
When:
Daily
Cost:
Starting at $33 or $37 per ticket

Climb aboard the Coastal Queen for a fun-filled tour of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. You'll pass historic sites like the International Yacht Restoration School, historic lighthouses, historic forts, mega yachts and more that surround Newport Harbor and the Jamestown shoreline.

Cruise Options:
  • Lighthouse and Mimosa Cruises—narrated cruise with complimentary mimosa
  • Scenic Bay Cruises—narrated tour and leisurely boat cruise around Newport Harbor
  • Evening Cocktail Cruises—sunset cruise with complimentary "special" cocktail 

 

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2 Try Sailing with Sail Newport

Where:
Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Drive
Cost:
$55 per adult, $25 per child (11-17), Free per child 10 and under

Where better to earn your sea legs and try sailing than in The Sailing Capital of the World? This one-hour experience with Sail Newport allows you to partake in the thrill of sailing with the safety of an expert sailor. Don't forget to pack hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and a jacket or fleece to layer.

DETAILS:
  • Up to four adults, or up to two adults and three children
  • All ages invited
  • Life jackets of all sizes available
  • By appointment only

 

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3 Classic Motor Yacht, Rum Runner II

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
Cost:
From $40 - $50

Treat yourself to two of life's greatest joys: cocktails and a harbor cruise. Climb aboard Rum Runner II, a classic 1929 motor yacht, and enjoy breathtaking—up-close and personal—views of Newport Harbor this LDW (see featured image for a preview.)

CRUISE OPTIONS:

  • Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise—light narrated tour, mimosas, madeleines, and bottled water onboard
  • East Passage Express—formal narrated tour, non-alcoholic beverages included onboard
  • Smugglers Cocktail Cruise—casual cruise, rum punch, beer, hard cider and bottled water included onboard

 

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4 Dine & Sail

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
Cost:
$160/ticket

Climb aboard a legendary America's Cup 12 meter and help raise the sails as you head out through the harbor. After you sail (or before, you choose) enjoy a meal in the iconic Clarke Cooke House located harbor side in Bannister's Wharf. 

Package Details:
  • Price includes one ticket for a 2-hour 12 Meter Cruise and a $50 gift certificate at the Clarke Cooke House.
  • Rates based on double occupancy.

 

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Farmers Markets

Aquidneck Growers Market

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Where:
Embrace Home Loans, Middletown
When:
Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Saturday summer markets will be held at Embrace Home Loans in Middletown fro 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Think: Fresh produce, cheeses, breads, and juices. 

 

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Mount Hope Farmers Market

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Where:
Mount Hope Farm, Bristol
When:
Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The year-round market happens every Saturday morning. Choose from an array of local produce, meats, fish, and more each week, and live music in the summer. 

 

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Tiverton Farmers Market

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Where:
Town Farm Recreation Area, Tiverton
When:
Sundays, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

During the summer months, the Tiverton Farmers Market moves outdoors to the Town Farm Recreation Area in Tiverton. Connect with local community members, artists, makers, and farmers at this weekly local market.
 

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