May might just be one of our favorite months. Our al fresco patios reopen for the season, sailboats return to the water and we find ourselves outdoors reuniting with the sea breeze. Not to mention, May packs a punch with the return of many of our favorite annual events. Head down to Bowen's Wharf for the return of Newport Oyster Festival with fresh, local oysters from more than 20 growers, plus live music, a cocktail bar and more. 

Aquidneck Growers' Market returns to Memorial Boulevard this month with fresh, local produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, florals and more from more than 35 vendors. 

Plus, don't miss the chance to restock on your favorite outdoor florals for the season at Newport Bloom's annual plant sale. 

The month just began and we're already booked solid.

 

Our top picks for May below. 

 

 

NEWPORT OYSTER FESTIVAL

When: May 19 - 21
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Admission: Prices vary
Details: Oysters lovingly cultivated in the Ocean State will be paired with the world’s most beloved champagne during the Newport Oyster Festival, May 19 - 21. Sample fresh, local oysters alongside 20 growers, eateries and exhibitors. On Friday, May 19, enjoy a night of oysters and champagne on the waterfront followed by bivalves on the water on Saturday. More details.

 

 

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PREVIEW OF 2017 AMERICA'S CUP RACE IN BERMUDA

When: Wednesday, May 3
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol
Admission: $10 for Museum Members, $18 for non-members
Details: America's Cup teams from five separate nations have been practicing on the Great Sound in Bermuda. Which teams are the fastest and why? What should we expect when Team New Zealand arrives in Bermuda? Jack Griffin will be providing the answers and insights into these races that the public rarely gets the chance to see. More details.

 

LECTURE: POWER, SEX & SECURITY

When: Wednesday, May 3
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Newport
Admission: Free for members, $10 for non-members
Details: Joan Johnson-Freese, Ph.D. will discuss gender equality within a society and how it impacts state conflict situations. A wine and cheese reception is held at 5:30 PM, followed by the salon at 6:00 PM. More details.

 

LECTURE: WHAT DID ALEXANDER HAMILTON DRINK? 

When: Thursday, May 4
Where: Newport Historical Society Resource Center, Newport
Admission: $5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active and retired military ID
Details: The Newport Historical Society will host author Deborah Prinz for What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Chocolate in the American Colonial Period. This lecture explores the chocolate culture of North America during the time of Alexander Hamilton. Eighteenth-century Newport merchant Aaron Lopez dipped deeply into the chocolate concerns of the Colonial Period. He benefited from cocoa, enjoying the personal consumption of the beverage, and profiting from it as a commodity. Chocolate blazed a new world of commerce, appetite, and opportunity. More details

 

LINDEN PLACE OPENING WEEKEND 

When: Friday, May 5
Where: Linden Place, Bristol
Admission: $20 per person, $16 for Linden Place members, $12 for Colt Circle Members
Details: Pianist and singer Michael DiMucci returns to Linden Place to perform cover songs from famous recording artists such as Queen, Michael Bublé, Bob Dylan, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel and more in the ballroom. More details.

 

 

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MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET 

When: Wednesday, May 17
Where: Memorial Boulevard, Newport 
Admission: Free
Details: Everything sold at the market is grown or made within 50 miles. Shop more than 30 vendors weekly offering everything from baked goods and fresh flowers to fresh fruits, vegetables and hot prepared foods. More details

 

 

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NEWPORTFILM SCREENING: BECOMING BOND

When: Tuesday, May 9
Where: Rosecliff Mansion, Newport
Admission: $45 
Details: newportFILM presents a special Bond-themed screening inside the ballroom of Rosecliff Mansion. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 PM on the Rosecliff Loggia with a martini bar with Svedka Vodka & Gin, Modelo Beer, Callie & Meiomi Wines. Hors D'oeuvres. Live music by The greg Silva Trio. More details

 

 

FOOD TRUCK 5/10K

When: Saturday, May 13
Where: Pete Sepe Pavilion, Warren
Admission: $5 - $35
Details: The 5K and 10K courses are USATF Certified and start and finish on the grounds of the Pete Sepe Pavilion, taking runners on a scenic run out toward Touisett Point, past picturesque farms, quaint stone walls and along a water view. The race is followed by a food truck festival, beer garden and music to benefit the Bristol Warren Education Foundation. More details

 

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NEWPORT IN BLOOM ANNUAL PLANT SALE

When: Saturday, May 13
Where: Elks Club at the corner of Pelham Street and Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Admission: Free
Details: Peruse locally grown herbs, annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. All proceeds go directly towards beautifying Newport. More details

 

ON THE VERGE: AN EVENING AT THE CASINOS

When: Saturday, May 13
Where: Casino Theatre, Newport
Admission: $25 performance only, $55 with pre-show cocktails, $110 with after show dinner at La Forge Casino 
Details: Island Moving Company celebrates 35 years with a performance of On the Verge. Enjoy pre-show cocktails and an after show dinner at La Forge Casino. More details

 

 
COGGESHALL FARM'S 9TH ANNUAL RI WOOL & FIBER FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, May 20
Where: Coggeshall Farm, Bristol
Admission: $7 adults, $5 kids 
Details: 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. More details

 

 

ROSE ISLAND WINE TASTING & AUCTION

When: Wednesday, May 24
Where: The Canfield House, Newport
Admission: $65 non-members, $55 members
Details: Sample more than 20 different wines and peruse more than 50 live and silent auction items during Rose Island's Wine Tasting and Auction at The Canfield House. Hors d'eourves and appetizers will be provided by Blackstone Caterers. More details

 

 
6TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE CAR & ANTIQUE SHOW 

When: Saturday, May 27
Where: Cory Farms Past & Presents, Portsmouth
Admission: Free
Details: Head to Cory Farms Past & Presents in Portsmouth for their annual antique car show. Meet with antique dealers, shop the store and visit three barns of antiques. More details

 

COLONIAL STONE CARVERS WALKING TOUR 

When: Saturday, May 27
Where: Brick Market Museum & Shop, Newport
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. More details

 

15TH ANNUAL SPRING CELEBRATION

When: Sunday, May 28
Where: Newport Vineyards, Middletown
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Sip, savor and toast to the season's newest wine releases at Newport Vineyard's 15th Annual Spring Celebration. A day full of grape stomping, wine tasting, potato sack racing goodness. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band while sipping new releases and noshing on food created by the vineyard's culinary team. Feeling competitive? You could be called on to compete in a Grape Stomp Competition OR a 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.

 

 

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