Photography exhibits, live entertainment, and family-friendly festivals are just a few of the things May has to offer throughout the City by the Sea. Whether you prefer to be indoors or out, sit back and relax or get your hands dirty - we're sure these events will fill your calendar with lasting memories.
Ongoing | Recurring Daily
Renewed Ocean Catch
The artists at Anchor Bend Glassworks are proud to present their latest work at the Newport Gallery. The show features the new large glass Octopus and Squid. These conversational pieces show the pride the artists’ take in their home state of Rhode Island and their own unique spin on glassblowing. Details.
Ongoing | Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Wednesday Night Jazz
Ongoing | Recurring weekly on Wednesday
$5 in addition to regular admission. Experience breathtaking views of the Narragansett Bay while listening to Docents tell a story of the Van Wickle/Mckee Family. The guided tour takes you through the grounds of the beautiful seaside garden estate and ends on the Blithewold Mansion’s Northwest Porch with Q & A and iced tea. 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Details.
Ongoing | Recurring weekly on Friday & Saturday
Award-Winning Improv Comedy with The Bit Players
See Rhode Island’s most award-winning comedy troupe as they hit the stage for a hilarious improve show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers and the quickest wit you’ll ever see. A customized game is created just for your group! Shows often sell out so make sure to buy your tickets online. BYOB! Details.
Ongoing | Recurring weekly on Friday
Dick Lupino Trio
Happening Now Through May 6
Daffodils at Dusk
Free with regular Museum admission. Enjoy an evening filled with life jazz, a complimentary wine tasting., and the opportunity to explore Blithewold Mansion’s enchanting spring gardens at dusk. An outdoor scavenger hunt will be available for children. Every Friday a free tree will be given away by Daffodil Days sponsor Bartlett Tree to promote Tree Planting. 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Details.
Happening Now Through May 13 | Recurring Daily
Afternoon Tea in The Dining Room
Members: $22. Non-Members: $30. Experience a relaxing afternoon at the Blithewold Mansion’s Dining Room. The Dining Room at Blithewold continues to be a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Come in and enjoy a variety of sweet and savory treats. Details.
Happening Now Through May 15 | Recurring Daily
One Slight Hitch
Happening Now Through May 28 | Recurring weekly on Saturday
Exploring the Spring Garden
Add $5 to regular admission. Enjoy one of Garden Manager Gail Read’s weekly guided tours of the gardens and grounds as flowers and plants begin to blossom. From daffodils to flowering trees, fiddlehead ferns and native wildflowers, there is something new to see each week! Advance registration is recommended. Details.
Sunday May 1 – 31 | Recurring Daily
Daffodil Days at Blithewold
Experience tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils as they trumpet the arrival of spring at Blithewold. Blooming flowers and budding trees will help you forget about winter and have you excited for some summer fun. Details.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
The Jetsons, Redux with Joan Johnson-Freese
Members; Free. Non-Members; $10. The 2016 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues May 4th with Joan Johnson-Freese. Joan is a Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College, who will discuss how technologies seen in the class mid-century TV show are being carried out today. 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Details.
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Horses, Slaves, and Sugar: Rhode Island and the 18th Century Atlantic World
$5 general admission, $1 NHS members. Join Dr. Carrington-Farmer at the Newport Historical Society's Resource Center as she examines where Rhode Islander merchants sent their horses. She will also show how Rhode Island’s success and decline in the equine industry was directly tied to the wider currents of the Atlantic. 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Details.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
Tenor Michael DiMucci Brings Broadway to Bristol
Members; $12. Non-Members; $20. Linden Place Mansion welcomes springtime with a concert featuring famous Broadway numbers performed by a pianist and singer Michael DiMucci. Well known pieces and duets from classical and modern shows will be performed by DiMucci accompanied by soprano, Aimee-Rose Willett and pianist, Phillip Martorella. 7:30 pm. Details.
Mother’s Day Weekend Flower Show
DeWolf Tavern will be hosting a Mother’s Day weekend flower show highlighting the Bristol Garden Club, Bayberry Garden Club, local Florists and the community. Floral designs will be created with the inspiration of “Admired Mothers”. The floral creations will be on display in the upstairs dining area of the Tavern. Recurring daily through May 8. Details.
Wasted Talent Show! Live Stand Up Comedy!
Cash only; $15. The Wasted Talent Show is Newport’s hottest stand-up comedy. The show features national touring comedians from Comedy Central, Conan, The Late Show, NBC’s Last Comin Standing, MTV, VH1 and more! The show also features local comedians from New England. 8:00-9:30 pm. Reservations are recommended. Details.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Food Truck 5/10K
Bristol Warren Education Foundation Food Truck 5/10K race starts at 3pm. The new 5k course and the addition of a 10k course have been added for this year’s Food Truck 5/10k. The race starts at the Pete Sepe Pavilion and takes runners on a scenic run toward Touisett Point. The 1-Mile Walk on the Bike Path and Kids races are available too! Details.
Free Concert – Santana Tribute – Spirit of Santana
Free. Enjoy live music by the Carlos Santana Tribute Band who play the best of Santana. The music of Carlos Santana spans nearly four decades. 9:00 pm. Details.
Leslie Grimes & Matt Bruneau at the Skiff Bar
Free. Enjoy live music from Leslie Grimes and Matt Bruneau at the Skiff Bar. They will be performing a mix of blues and Americana. 9:00pm - 12:00am. Details.
Spring for Strings: Kentucky Derby Style!
$85 per ticket until April 10 with a Party Paddock or $100. The event will be located at the home of Joe and Betty Brito which overlooks the Bristol Harbor on Poppasquash Rd. It will celebrate traditional Kentucky Derby activities with mint juleps, Derby hat and attire contests for both men and women, cash bar with bourbon tasting, a betting game and raffle, and live coverage of “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” 4:00 - 9:00 pm. Details.
Derby Party with Newport Storm & Thomas Tew
TUESDAY, MAY 10
Drink and Dabble at the Skiff Bar
$40. Join Drink and Dabble at the Skiff Bar for a chance try your hand at a chosen painting under the guidance of a talented instructor. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Details.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
newportFILM Presents Weiner Documentary Screening
Free. Spring Bull Gallery is happy to feature the 5 award winning artists with 5 Perspectives: Susan Anderson, Wanda Perowska Coderre, Ethan French, Jason Fong, and Pam Neil. The diverse group of exhibitors have come together to promote and support the visual arts featuring different viewpoints, approaches, expertise, and mediums. Recurring daily through May 31. Details.
Eddie's BBQ Food Truck at Residence Inn Newport/Middletown
If you're hankering for a barbeque fix, look no further than Eddie's BBQ. While they specialize in pulled pork and ribs, they also offer some delectable BBQ vegetarian options to round out their menu. 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Details.
THURSDAY, MAY 12
Newport Gallery Night
Free. Newport Gallery Night returns with participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions open for locals or visitors who wish to see some of the wonderful local artwork in Newport. Some of the galleries will have artists in residence, and all will have fascinating exhibitions. 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Details.
FRIDAY, MAY 13
Brian Scott at the Skiff Bar
Free. Enjoy live music from Brian at the Skiff Bar. They will be performing a mix of blues and Americana. 9:00pm - 12:00am. Details.
SATURDAY, MAY 14
Star Gazing at Ballard Park
Suggested donation of $5 per person, $15 per group. Friends of Ballard Park will hold a star gazing program in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow. Robert Horton, Manager of Astronomical Laboratories at Brown University, and telescope operator Scott MacNeill of Brown University's Ladd Observatory will guide event goers through the spring constellations. 8:00 - 10:00 pm. Details.
Second Saturday at Newport Art Museum
Free. The Newport Art Museum continues to engage and inspire the whole family with "Second Saturday." an engaging family-oriented program designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family. 10:00am - 12:00pm. Details.
Newport in Bloom Annual Plant Sale
Locally grown herbs, annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets will be available. All proceeds go directly towards the beautification efforts in the city of Newport. Elks Club, 9:00am - 12:00pm. Details.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
34th Annual Birds and Breakfast
Adults $25, children ages 3-12 $10. What better way to welcome spring than with a delicious breakfast buffet made of local donated ingredients prepared by Executive Chef, Rich Silvia, of the White Horse Tavern? Bird walks led through the beautiful trails of the Norman Bird Sanctuary and nature activities for kids are also offered at this cherished community event. Breakfast seatings at 8am, 9am & 10am. Details.
Tiny Giants Exhibit at Redwood Library
Starting May 15, The Redwood Library will be hosting an inspiring photography exhibit created by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the only independent research laboratory in the world that focuses on microbial oceanography, and brought to Newport by Sailors for the Sea. Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale will feature large-scale exquisite photographs, highlighting the intricate beauty of these invisible marine organisms. Details.
TUESDAY, MAY 17
2016 Real Tennis World Championship
The National Tennis Club located upon the grounds of The International Tennis Hall of Fame has been selected by the International Real Tennis Professionals Association to host The 2016 Real Tennis World Championship May 17, 19 & 21. Real Tennis, or Court Tennis as it is referred to in the United States, is the oldest racquet sport with its origins dating back to the 11th Century. The Real Tennis World Championship is the oldest title in competitive sports. Details.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
A Walk with the Director at Blithewold Mansion
$5 adults, $3 children. Explore Blithewold’s incredible grounds through the eyes of Executive Director, Karen Binder, on a leisurely evening stroll. Karen will highlight the outdoor elements, including exciting updates to buildings and grounds, as well as point out seasonal specimens. 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Details.
Historic Tales of Jamestown Talk
$5 general admission, $1 NHS members. Learn how the town was home to Camps Bailey and Meade, two training facilities for Union troops during the Civil War. Hear about the steam ferries that crossed Narragansett Bay beginning in 1873 and how people traveled to the island to sample the town's leisure and entertainment opportunities and more. Newport Historical Society Resource Center. 5:30 pm. Details.
Live Comedy at Jane Pickens Theater
Jane Pickens Theater presents The JPT Comedy Series in partnership with John Tobin Presents. The monthly series will hit the big stage with a lineup of big names in comedy. May 19 brings Christine Hurly Ace Aceto, Mike Whitman. 8:30 pm. Details.
FRIDAY, MAY 20
Bike to Work Day
Free. Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in May all around the world promoting bicycling for daily transportation. Bike to Work Day in Newport brings the community together to celebrate bicycling as a fun and healthy way to get to work. All activities take place at Eisenhower Park in Washington Square. Details.
7:00-9:00 am: Bike Commuter Breakfast provided by Howley Bread Group and Washington Square Cafe & Baking Company
4:00 pm: Announcements and Awards
5:00 pm: City Loop Group ride
6:00 pm: Cycling Celebration at 29 Spring Street
SATURDAY, MAY 21
Newport Oyster Festival
Savor oysters from local growers and restaurants, meet Rhode Island’s oystermen and learn shucking tips from experts. While exploring the Newport waterfront you can also enjoy chowders and local specialists from participating restaurants. Through May 22. Details.
Coggeshall Farm's Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival
$7 adults, $5 kids. Members, free. The art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills will take center stage at the 9th Annual Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm Museum. 10:00am - 5:00pm. Details.
Colby & Keila at Newport Vineyards
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
O'Crepe Food Truck at Residence Inn Newport/Middletown
A little bit of Paris in Newport RI! Savor treats from O'Crepe, a rolling creperie serving up sweet & savory crepes, inspired by the streets of Paris. 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Details.
SATURDAY, MAY 28
Bird Walk at Ballard Park
$5 suggested donation. Birder Patty O’Neill will guide the walk through Ballard Park and share her knowledge of local, breeding and late migratory birds. The event is open to birders of all levels. Participants should wear sturdy shoes as the trails are steep and uneven in areas. Bring binoculars, if you have them. 8:00 - 9:30 am. Details.