Call us biased but we think summer in Newport is synonymous with paradise. Where do we even begin? Free outdoor concerts, harbor side rooftop bars and patios, outdoor films in some of our most breathtaking parks and venues, plus an entire bucket list of family fun. Not to mention, with warmer weather comes a lengthy list of summer fairs and festivals. From the renowned Newport Folk, Jazz, and Classical festivals, to art festivals, seafood festivals and all things in between.

Summer on The Coast: name something better. We'll wait.

Strawberry Festival

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Where:
Trinity Church
When:
Saturday, June 17th
Cost:
Free

Head to Trinity Church at Queen Anne Square fore strawberries by the carton (while they last), strawberry shortcake with local berries and Chantilly whipped cream, fresh squeezed lemonade and cool water. There will be craft vendors all day, live music, and fun for the whole family. 

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Newport Flower Show

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Where:
Marble House
When:
June 23 - 25 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Newport Flower Show offers a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits and more. Meander stunning garden displays alongside unique shopping opportunities and opulent floral designs throughout the grounds of Marble House. The theme 2023: The Grand Tour. 

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Newport Pride

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Where:
Across Newport
When:
June 23 - 25

LGBTQ+ Pride is happening in Newport, RI from June 23rd - 25th, 2023!

Enjoy a weekend of creating events and experiences to celebrate community, and promote love, acceptance, inclusivity, and diversity of LGBTQ+ identities. Think: flag raising ceremonies, a market & festival with unique vendors and live music, a pride bike ride, and so much more.

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Bristol Fourth of July Celebration

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Where:
Bristol, Rhode Island
When:
June 14 - July 4
Cost:
Varies

The Celebration officially starts with Flag Day on June 14. Over the next weeks, there are free outdoor concerts at Independence Park, Orange Crate Derby races, a firefighters’ muster, a Fourth of July Ball, and many other activities and events. The Celebration concludes on July 4 with America's Oldest Continuous Fourth of July Celebration, which is viewed by over 200,000 people from Rhode Island and around the world. 

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Newport Classical Music Festival

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Where:
Historic Venues In + Around Newport
When:
July 4 - 23, 2023
Cost:
Varies

This year's iconic summer Newport Classical Music Festival returns from July 4 - 23 with an impressive twenty-seven summer concerts in the renowned Newport Mansions, including The BreakersThe Elms, and Chinese Tea House, as well as other impressive venues, such as Castle Hill InnBlithewold MansionNewport Art MuseumRedwood Library & Athenæum, and the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Tickets are on sale now.

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Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration

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Where:
Across Newport
When:
July 14 - 17

This annual event is a cultural exchange that celebrates the City's relationship with the people of Shimoda, Japan.

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Newport Dance Festival

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Where:
Across Newport
When:
July 14 - 17

Newport Contemporary Ballet presents the Newport Dance Festival on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House. Enjoy evening performances featuring a unique lineup of dances drawn on the talent, artistry, and unique styles of the festival’s five visiting dance companies, and Newport’s resident Newport Contemporary Ballet.

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Hellenic Fest

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Where:
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
When:
July 14 - 16

Hellenic Fest is St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival which dates back to 1983 and transports us for one weekend from our island to the beautiful islands and mainland of Greece. Enjoy authentic Greek Cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, Ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace. 

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Newport Folk Festival

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Where:
Fort Adams State Park
When:
July 28 - 30

If you've got a thing for history-altering performances and a pantheon of artists whose scope of musical talents range from folk and blues to indie folk, country and bluegrass, then you probably want to make your way down to Newport Folk Festival. Since its inception in 1959, the Folk Fest has brought together artists and fans for some of the most accomplished live performances in music history, from Bob Gibson in '59 to Dylan in '63.

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Newport Jazz Festival

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Where:
Warren, Rhode Island
When:
Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 - 7:00 PM

Newport Jazz Festival began back in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind completely and utterly devoted to Jazz. That year brought big names in the genre like the famed Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Ever since, the festival has produced some of the most influential performances in jazz history, from Miles Davis's 1955 solo on "'Round Midnight" and the Duke Ellington Orchestra's lengthy 1956 performance of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue."

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Black Ships Festival

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Where:
Bristol, Rhode Island
When:
August 11 - 13

The Black Ships Festival celebrates the thriving relationship between Newport and its sister city, Shimoda, Japan, while commemorating the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Rhode Island. The event offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture including a formal Gala, Japanese Arts & Crafts such as Origami and Ikebana; Martial Arts, and a Japanese Tea Ceremony.

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Warren Folks Festival

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Where:
Warren, Rhode Island
When:
Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 - 7:00 PM

Each year, the Collaborative holds a day of music, art, food and fun at 30 Cutler St. Join the party!

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