"In Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." - Mark Twain

 

No matter the weather, Newport and its surrounding communities are packed with so much to do come April. From Daffodil Days that bloom throughout Newport and Bristol bringing more than a million daffodils to the city's parks and fields, to the return of local road races and seasonal events for you to choose from, April on The Coast is nothing short of wondrous.

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EVENTS

Get ready to shake off winter's cobwebs, spring is here. Our picks for the month below.

1 NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS

Where:
ACROSS NEWPORT, RI
When:
ALL APRIL

Newport’s Daffodil Days celebrates the arrival of over 1,465,000 bright yellow daffodils throughout the area with decorated store windows heralding their arrival. More information and a locator map to the largest fields of daffodils can be found on the Daffodil Days website.  


Opening Ceremony

On April 6th at 12:00 PM, Historic Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf will be the scene for a dazzling daffy musket salute by the Artillery Company of Newport that signals the beginning of Newport’s Daffodil Days. Newport’s Mayor and our 2024 Daffodil Queen and family will then cut the Daffodil Garland and proclaim the official start to this month’s festivities.

 

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2 BLITHEWOLD: DAFFODIL DAYS

Where:
BLITHEWOLD MANSION, BRISTOL
When:
APRIL 13th - 21st

Each April, Blithewold opens its gates to welcome visitors just as springtime begins. The famous display, covers the 33-acre seaside estate with over 50,000 daffodils that delight visitors for nearly a month.

The first week, timed to the annual school vacation week, is filled not only with flowers, but lots of fun-for-the-whole-family programming that celebrate our favorite yellow-flower friends. 

 

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3 Newport Night Run - A Race for Education

Where:
Newport
When:
April 6th starting at 7:30 PM

The Newport Night Run is a Race for Education that benefits the Newport Public Education Foundation. Newport's only after-hours Road Race!

Headlamps, bright colors, and glow sticks are strongly encouraged!

 

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4 Afternoon Tea at Hotel Viking

Where:
One Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking
When:
Sunday's & Saturday's in April from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:
$49 per person, tax and gratuity not included

Celebrate the art of tea while choosing from a selection of loose leaf tea prepared tableside all while enjoying culinary classics in the Garden Room at Hotel Viking. 

 

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5 Events at Newport Vineyards

From weekly specials, taproot beer nights, live music and seasonal festivals, there is always something fun happening at Newport Vineyards

 

 

6 Fermentation Class

Where:
Forty 1° North
When:
Wednesdays in April at 6:30 PM
Cost:
$45

Featuring five wine tastings with a special theme or from a particular region accompanied by five small food pairings, Fermentation Class is held at the Oval Bar every Wednesday at 6:30. Reservations are required and this class often sells out.

 

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7 Daffy Fun at Miantonomi Park

Where:
Miantonomi Park
When:
April 14th from 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Enjoy a morning of Daffy Fun at Miantonomi Park! More info to come!

 

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8 Stop, Sip, Shop and Go Daffy!

Where:
J McLaughlin, Bbellevue Ave
When:
April 19 from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

J. Mclaughlin on historic Bellevue Avenue, pays homage to Daffodil Days today. Have a glass of champagne then shop men’s and women’s classic clothes with a current relevance – and thank them for giving back to our Newport community. A percentage of all sales will go to Newport in Bloom!

 

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9 Daffodil Ride

Where:
Meet at Touro Park
When:
April 20th at 9:30 AM
Cost:
Suggested Donation: $5 per Rider to help plant more bulbs in the fall

Decorate your bike, wear yellow and join other daffy riders for an easy 4-mile ride to view over 1,400,000 daffodils that will be in bloom throughout Newport, ending at Ballard Park where over 20,000 will greet you. Prize for the best decorated bike and daffiest outfit!

 

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10 Bike Newport Full Moon Ride

Where:
Equality Park on Broadway
When:
April 23rd at 6:30
Cost:
Suggested Donation: $10 per Rider

Biking under the moonlight? Count us in. Join in on this lovely evening bike ride along a coastal route that will bring us past scenic harbor, bay, and ocean views – lit first by the setting sun, and then by the rising full moon.
 

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11 Newport Beer Festival

Where:
FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
When:
SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH FROM 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cost:
$65 (INCLUDES SOUVENIR TASTING GLASS AND ALL SAMPLES)

The Newport Beer Festival, formerly known as the Newport Craft Beer Festival, returns this April for its 12th year. The festival brings with it a day full of craft beer taste-testing, live music, local flavors from 50 craft brewers, and is back for the third year at a bigger venue, Fort Adams State Park.

 

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12 Daffodil Days Lighthouse Cruise

Where:
1 Alexander Rd, Portsmouth, RI
When:
SATURDAY, APRIL 27th

Hop aboard the Coastal Queen and celebrate spring's arrival and fresh blooms together for a special Daffodil Days Lighthouse Cruise in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

The tour will be narrated by local guides and refreshments will be available at the teak wood bar. There will be departures from Newport at 5 Bowen's Landing, in Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI.

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13 Rail Explorers Opens for the Season

Where:
1 Alexander Rd, Portsmouth, RI
When:
SATURDAY, APRIL 27th

Based in Portsmouth, Rail Explorers offers you the chance to ride tandem or quad, custom-built, pedal-powered rail bikes along railroad tracks journeying alongside Narragansett Bay.

Rail bike tours return for the season on April 27th, book your pedal-powered tour here.

 
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14 Free Guided Bird Walks at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Where:
Norman Bird Sanctuary
When:
April 14th & April 28th

FREE - No registration required. Meet in the parking lot.

Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants.

All birding levels welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not required.

Can't make the bird walk? Enjoy free hikes at Norman Bird Sanctuary (sponsored by Discover Newport) all month. 

 
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15 Live Music

Dylan doesn’t go electric every day (Newport ‘65 Folk Festival) but chances are somebody is plugging in or stepping up to the mic on any given day here on The Classic Coast.

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