It's taking us some time to come to terms with the fact that the Summer days are dwindling down. Nevertheless, that won't stop us from making the most of these final carefree days of sunshine. This month packs plenty to do, from live music in the most unique venues and family fun movie nights outdoors to newly opened art exhibits and your last chance to watch an exciting regatta - a Newport summer-must. Even better? Most of them cost $5 and under. Que the warm and fuzzies.
Below are our picks for things to do in August on the cheap. Because your bank account deserves a summer vacation, too.
NIMFest at King Park | 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Recurring every Sunday. Free. The 10th Annual NIMFest at King Park will take place in the park gazebo on Wellington Avenue offering unparalleled views of Newport Harbor. Presented by the City of Newport, concerts are held on Sundays from 3:00 - 6:00 PM through August. All concerts are free of charge, just bring your lawn chair or a blanket! Details.
Easton's Beach Family Night Concert Series | 6:00 PM
Recurring every Tuesday. Free Live music with an ocean view is the agenda for Easton's Beach Family Night Concert Series every Tuesday through August. All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last for approximately an hour and a half. Details.
Yappy Hour at Vanderbilt Grace | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Recurring every Wednesday. Free. Follow your nose to the Garden Terrace with your furry family member for a fur-fluenced canine menu and all the tennis balls your pooch could dream of. Treat yourself to a glass of Sancerre and light dinner and enjoy the dog days of summer.
Family Movie Night at Schultzy's Snack Shack | Dusk
Recurring weekly on Wednesday. Free. A family affair many years in the making, Schultzy's Snack Shack is situated on Park Avenue in Portsmouth touting a casual setting and french fries cooked to crisp perfection. For years, the family owned and operated business has been putting on family movie night at the shack, featuring picture shows both old and new. With a bounty of ice cream flavors and an waterfront view, it's the perfect spot for an evening of family fun. Schedule.
Newport Power Yoga Community Class | Days & Times Vary
Join Newport Power Yoga for a community class at a cost of $5. Community classes are all levels (except Wednesday, which is Slow Flow) and taught by experienced instructors. Tuesdays, 9:30 AM; Wednesdays, 7:00AM; Thursdays, 12:00 PM; Fridays, 7:00 PM.
Live Jazz Saturdays at Greenvale Vineyards | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Recurring every Saturday through December 10. $3. Join Greenvale Vineyards for just a glass or dare we say, taste each of their carefully crafted wine selections. The whole family is welcome, even leashed pets. No reservations necessary.
Newport Gulls Games at Cardine's Field | 6:35 PM
Recurring weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday through August 1. $5. The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Gulls Baseball Club is a member of both the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the NECBL's East Division. Details.
Contemporary Women Artists | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Monday, August 1 - Thursday, September 22. $2. Bristol Art Museum hosts their exhibit, Contemporary Women Artists through the end of September featuring works in a range of medium from painting, sculpture, and constructions to installation. All the work conveys significant and important narratives that each individual artist wants to share with a viewer. Details.
Crossing the Line: Unofficial U.S. Navy Traditions Exhibit | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday, August 1 - Friday, December 30. Free. Commemorating the crossing of the equator, as well as other significant crossings such as the Arctic Circle, the International Date Line, and the Panama and Suez Canals, the twenty-seven certificates on display date from 1908 to the present. Details.
Movies On The Rocks: Hotel Transylvania | Begins at Dusk (8:15 - 8:30 PM)
Wednesday, August 3. Free. Newport's first "Green Drive-in" debuted in Ballard's Park's Quarry Meadow in 2006. Each summer Friends of Ballard Park hosts an outdoor movie screening reminiscent of the days of drive-in. Movie goers are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and picnic dinner to Ballard's Park's three acre quarry meadow and enjoy a night at the movies. Details.
newportFILM OUTDOORS: Film to be announced | 8:15 PM
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Movies On The Rocks: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade | Begins at Dusk (8:15 - 8:30 PM)
Wednesday, August 10. Free. Newport's first "Green Drive-in" debuted in Ballard's Park's Quarry Meadow in 2006. Each summer Friends of Ballard Park hosts an outdoor movie screening reminiscent of the days of drive-in. Movie goers are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and picnic dinner to Ballard's Park's three acre quarry meadow and enjoy a night at the movies. Details.
Renewal of the Blue Garden in Newport | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, August 10. The Blue Garden, designed in 1912 by the well-known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. for Arthur Curtiss James and his wife, Harriet. The garden featured a unique planting palette of blues and purples “with some whites”, and shades of green foliage. It was a secret garden, a hortus conclusus. The garden was opened to friends in August 1913 with a celebration called “The Blue Masque”, and heralded by numerous magazine articles and photographs in the following years. This lecture will present the history of the Blue Garden and how the restoration team used the original Olmsted plans to rebuild the Blue Garden. Details.
newportFILM OUTDOORS: Betting on Zero | 8:10 PM
Thursday, August 11. Allegations of corporate criminality and high-stakes Wall Street vendettas swirl throughout this riveting financial docu-thriller from Darfur Now writer-director, Ted Braun. Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history while Herbalife execs claim Ackman is a market manipulator out to bankrupt them and make a killing off his billion dollar short. Caught in the crossfire are middle Americans forging their financial future, working class Latino’s seeking justice, and a business model affecting the lives of millions around the world. BETTING ON ZERO weaves deception, hubris, intrigue, and greed in a surprising, deeply emotional dive into the world of money, fraud and the American Dream. Details.
Newport Gallery Night | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, August 11. Free. 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 during Newport Gallery Night. Details.
39th Fools' Rules Regatta | 9:00 AM
Saturday, August 13. Free. The 39th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 on the Town Beach at East Ferry in Jamestown, R.I. Rain date will be the following day. The cannon will be fired at 9:00 AM to begin construction of the “vessels.” Entrants are allowed two hours to construct a sailing craft on the beach, and these “vessels” must be constructed of non-marine items. The craft may be pre-constructed, but must be disassembled and built again on the beach. Races begin at 11:00 AM with the firing of the cannon to begin the Class 1 race. Details.
Movies On The Rocks: Dirty Dancing | Begins at Dusk (8:00 - 8:15 PM)
Wednesday, August 17. Free. Newport's first "Green Drive-in" debuted in Ballard's Park's Quarry Meadow in 2006. Each summer Friends of Ballard Park hosts an outdoor movie screening reminiscent of the days of drive-in. Movie goers are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and picnic dinner to Ballard's Park's three acre quarry meadow and enjoy a night at the movies. Details.
newportFILM OUTDOORS: Don't Look Down | 8:10 PM
Thursday, August 18. Don't Look Down reveals the real story behind Richard Branson’s daring adventures in the 1980s and 1990s trying to break world records for flying in a hot air balloon. While Branson is a world famous name, and many have heard about his ballooning, the real story of this incredible adventure has never been told. Using intimate interviews with Branson and his team at the time, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time) and beautifully designed dramatic reconstructions, the film tells a story of courage, determination, despair and ultimate triumph. Details.
Movies On The Rocks: The Karate Kid | Begins at Dusk (8:00 - 8:15 PM)
Wednesday, August 24. Free. Newport's first "Green Drive-in" debuted in Ballard's Park's Quarry Meadow in 2006. Each summer Friends of Ballard Park hosts an outdoor movie screening reminiscent of the days of drive-in. Movie goers are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and picnic dinner to Ballard's Park's three acre quarry meadow and enjoy a night at the movies. Details.
newportFILM OUTDOORS: Being AP | 7:45 PM
Thursday, August 15. Being AP is a feature length documentary, directed by BAFTA winning and EMMY nominated director Anthony Wonke, which follows Britain’s greatest sportsman, AP McCoy, throughout the 2014/2015 season as he pursues his 20th title. Details.
PLACES & ACTIVITIES
$4 per person. Spend an afternoon (or the whole day, if that's your thing!) bowling in at Dudek Bowling Lanes in Warren. The family-owned business opened in 1938 with 8 lanes of duckpin bowling. Today, it features 18 state-of-the-art lanes, offers a variety of savory treats and even serves wine and beer.
Walk, run, bike or find a spot to kick your feet up along this welcoming course extending from Bristol to Providence. The course weaves through coves, marshes, parks and bridges offering a scenic journey no matter how long you decided to follow its path.
Stroll the 3.5 mile path where the beauty of Newport's unspoiled coastline meets the architectural history of the magical Gilded Age. Along your journey, stop and scan any of the 16 provided trail markers, which provide information on the Gilded Age mansions and numerous geographic and geological features.
Cruise down the 10-mile shoreline-drive in Newport featuring panoramic ocean views. Along the way, stop at Brenton Point State Park, plant your blanket in the ground and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Sink your toes in the sand and soak up the sun at any of our pristine beaches. Pro tip: Head to Easton's Beach and ride the carousel inside the rotunda for $2 per ride.
The Bristol Art Museum has served to enrich the cultural life of the community through three major exhibits since its founding in 1963. Admission to the main gallery, located on the grounds of Linden Place in Bristol, is $2. The museum entrance is 10 Wardwell Street.
Open on the weekends through mid-October for guided tours from 1:00 -4:00 PM, the Jamestown Windmill was built in 1787 and in operation until 1896. Climb to the top to see the gears that translate the force of the wind into power that ultimately turns the mill stones. Signage and displays funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will help guide your trip, explaining the history and the technology of the mill along the way.
Explore 50 acres of woods and salt marsh with trails and fine views of the Sakonnet River. The refuge has blinds for observing and photographing the 150 species of birds that visit the land annually, as well as designated walking trails.
Meander the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island, spanning from Glen Farm in Portsmouth to the northern boundary of Newport National Golf Club in Middletown. Preserved by the Aquidneck Land Trust.
Parallel to the Ocean Drive - Brenton Point State Park provides an area to picnic, watch the surf, fish or kite fly with panoramic views of rocky coastline. Free parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and a roving concession. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.
Castle Hill Lighthouse
Listed on the National Register for Historic places, the public is welcome to visit and tour the exterior and grounds of Castle Lighthouse. Pro Tip: Visit at sunset for an unbeatable photo-op.
The largest coastal fortification in the United States makes history come alive for visitors. Walk around this engineering and architectural masterpiece to see where the soldiers lived. While you're there, explore the Bay Walk - the two mile walking and biking path set along Narragansett Bay. Free to explore, fee charged for guided tours.
Between the seven miles of trails within Weetamoo Woods and the two additional miles in the adjacent Pardon Gray Preserve (Tiverton Land Trust), you'll have ample space to lace up your sneakers and get moving on the gentle slopes and rocky/rooted pathways. The trails are well-marked and maps are available the East Road trailhead. Loops are designed for easy to moderate walks.