The winter days are beginning to fade here in the city by the sea, replacing snow-kissed tree tops with brilliant blooms and making way for a blossoming calendar of events. From tens of thousands of daffodils throughout Newport and Bristol Counties to foodie festivals and the return of many of our much-anticipated annual favorites, it's the perfect opportunity to reawaken and renew.

 
NEWPORT RESTAURANT WEEK

When: March 27 - April 7, 2017
Where: Newport & Bristol Counties Area Restaurants
Details: Enjoy 12 days of decadent indulgence featuring seasonal menus highlighting local flavor at more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties. Pre-fixe menus offer $16 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners.

 

 
GATEWAY TO SPRING AT BLITHEWOLD

When: April 1 - May 31, 2017
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Details: Tens of thousands of daffodils trumpet the arrival of springtime on the 33-acre estate in Bristol.

 

NEWPORT NIGHT RUN

When: April 1, 2017
Where: Newport
Details: Newport's only nighttime road race, this 5k starts weaves along some of Newport’s most tranquil roads. Funds raised benefit local public schools.

 

EASTER BUNNY TEA AND EASTER EGG HUNT

When: April 2, 2017
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Details: Enjoy delicious treats, finger sandwiches, tea, and hot cocoa after an exciting Easter egg hunt on Blithewold's Great Lawn.

 

EASTER EGG HUNT & BRUNCH

When: April 15, 2017
Where: Rosecliff
Details: Join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt on the oceanfront lawn of Rosecliff followed by an elaborate sit-down brunch in the famed Newport Mansion.

 

NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS FESTIVAL

When: April 15 - 23, 2017
Where: Newport
Details: This multi-day affair includes a “daffy” dog parade, "dabbling and doodling the daffys” art kiosks, a private garden tour, wine tastings, a bike ride, bouquet bar, sidewalk parade, car rally and classic car display, a garden party with live music and ballet and more.

 

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NEWPORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

When: April 28 - 29, 2017
Where: Lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House
Details: Savor beers and never-before-tasted brews from 35 of the region’s craft breweries while conversing with the people who made them.

 

NATIONAL POLICE PARADE

When: May 7, 2017
Where: Newport and Middletown, RI
Details: Celebrate National Police Week during this parade, one of the only of its kind, which salutes law enforcement nationwide. Perennial crowd pleasers include pipe and drum bands like the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums and classic cars.

 

NEWPORT WATERFRONT OYSTER FESTIVAL

When: May 20 - 21, 2017
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Details: Savor oysters from local growers and restaurants under the festival tents at Bowen’s Wharf. Meet the oystermen of Rhode Island  and learn shucking tips from the experts during this savory weekend.

 

9TH ANNUAL RHODE ISLAND WOOL & FIBER FESTIVAL

When: May 20, 2017
Where: Coggeshall Farm
Details: Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans and craftspeople from across the Northeast will come together for a day of celebrating the art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills.

 

NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO SERIES

When: June 3, 2017
Where: Glen Farm, Portsmouth
Details: Unfolding at Portsmouth’s Glen Farm, Newport Polo marks its 26th anniversary with the home team (USA/ Newport) playing teams from around the world and from major U.S. cities.

 

 

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BRITISH MOTORCAR FESTIVAL

When: June 8 - 11, 2017
Where: Colt State Park
Details: This festival includes a British marketplace with British-inspired products including hard to find car spares and motoring accessories plus British food and regalia, a car corral, town-wide scavenger hunt, a Concours d’Elegance, downtown street party with a concert, a British attire and ladies hat competition, a tailgate competition and more.

 

36TH ANNUAL GREAT CHOWDER COOK OFF

When: June 10, 2017
Where: Fort Adams State Park
Details: The 36th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off returns with endless samples of both traditional and reinvented clam chowder creations. More than 20 international and regional competitors compete to craft the best chowder while you sample to find your favorite.

 

NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOUR

When: June 16 - 18, 2017
Where: Newport
Details: Meander about the private gardens of some of Newport’s most prestigious properties. Proceeds support arts and cultural programs for Aquidneck Island public schools.

 

 

ON GOING EVENTS & TOURS

SEAL TOURS WITH SAVE THE BAY

When: Sundays through April
Where: Narragansett Bay
Details: Take in 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay's seals lounging on Citing Rock just off of Rose Island during Save the Bay's Seal Tours. 

 

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FASHION AND SATIRE: THE DRAWINGS OF ORSON BYRON LOWELL AND CHARLES DANA GIBSON

When: Through May 7, 2017
Where: Rosecliff
Details: A new loan exhibition on the second floor gallery at Rosecliff that pairs a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces and accessories.

 

ART AFTER DARK

When: Second Thursday of every month
Where: Newport Art Museum
Details: This late night gathering features artful programs, talks, gallery games, music, drinks and inspired conversation. 

 

BENEATH THE BREAKERS

When: Departs every 30 minutes 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: The Breakers
Details: Descend the staircase from the caretaker's cottage into the vast underground boiler room where you'll see and learn about the massive boilers that helped to power this great house. 

 

NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT

When: Second Thursday of every month
Where: Newport County Area Galleries
Details: On the second Thursday of every month from February through December, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries.