"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 Newport Restaurant Week, where area restaurants will offer an assortment of crave-worthy discounts and deals for you to choose from, April on The Coast is nothing short of wondrous.

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

1 Newport Restaurant Week

Where:
Across Newport and Bristol Counties
When:
April 1st - 10th

Join us for another season of Newport Restaurant Week where area restaurants will offer an assortment of crave-worthy discounts and deals for you to choose from. Think: BOGO deals, prix-fixe offerings, gift cards promotions and more. 

 

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2 NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS

Where:
ACROSS NEWPORT, RI
When:
ALL APRIL

Newport’s Daffodil Days celebrates the arrival of over 1,200,000 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.  

 

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3 BLITHEWOLD: DAFFODIL DAYS

Where:
BLITHEWOLD MANSION, BRISTOL
When:
APRIL 16TH - 24TH, 2022

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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Gateway to Spring Blithewold Mansion

 

4 Daffodil Days Lighthouse Cruise

Where:
Coastal Queen Cruises
When:
All April, recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Cost:
Adults $35 - Seniors (65+) - $30 - Children (5-12) - $25 - Young Child (infant - age 4) - $20 - Military (with valid ID) - $30

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 and Jamestown.

 

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5 Taproot Beer Hall Night

Where:
Newport Vineyards
When:
April 1st from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:
FREE ADMISSION

Newport Vineyards is offering an evening featuring their lineup of fresh Taproot beers and bites, live music and good vibes. The Tasting Room will be transformed for one evening (only) into a bonafide beer hall; tasting and pint bars, themed brewery bites, live music and of course fresh Taproot beer.

 

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6 Party In The Garden - newportFILM Spring Social

Where:
Stoneacre Garden
When:
April 1st from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Cost:
$85 per ticket, $100 at the door (if available)

Warm weather is coming and we want to celebrate the season with newportFILM's spring social.

This isn’t your grandmother’s garden party… we encourage you to “get wild” in your fresh, floral, or nature-inspired attire. Prizes will be awarded to the best and most creative outfits courtesy of CK Bradley!

 

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Party In The Garden - newportFILM Spring Social

 

7 Comedy Night at Rejects Beer Co.

Where:
Stoneacre Garden
When:
April 1st from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Cost:
$85 per ticket, $100 at the door (if available)

Grab a friend and a beer and enjoy comedy night at Reject's Beer Co. with the laughing monks comedy group. Tons of laughs, National touring comedians and cold, fresh, local beer.

 

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8 Afternoon Tea at Hotel Viking

Where:
One Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking
When:
Sunday's & Saturday's in April from 2:30 PM to 4:30 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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9 Grapes & Gourmet Wine Tasting Cruise on the Coastal Queen

Where:
Grapes & Gourmet Wine Tasting Cruise on the Coastal Queen
When:
April 2nd from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Cost:
$48.00

Coastal Queen kicks off the season with everyone’s favorite host, Grapes and Gourmet! Once again, they will be presenting a wine and cheese tasting that will please the palate.

Enjoy the wine while taking in the beautiful sights that surround Jamestown and Newport Harbor. Coastal Queen is covered, warm, weatherproof and ready to cruise! Cruise is 90 minutes, tickets are $48 and the boat departs at 6:00 PM.

 

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10 AMICABLE FARMCOAST 5K RUN & WALK

Where:
HISTORIC TIVERTON FOUR CORNERS
When:
APRIL 2, 2022
Cost:
$25 PER PERSON

The Farmcoast 5k and walk is a scenic 5k through historic Tiverton Four Corners, and along the Sakonnet River organized by the Amicable Congregational Church. Proceeds from this race help support Amicable in its mission to serve our community and beyond with programs such as T.E.A.M., their Thanksgiving Basket Project and other food drives. 

Register here.

 

11 Annual Daffy Dog Paw-Rade

Where:
Downtown Newport
When:
APRIL 2, 2022 From 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Dress your dog in daffy attire (then have Fido dress you!) and to Bannisters Wharf at 1:30pm. The paw-rade then steps off at 2:00 PM, marching to historic Queen Anne Square where the daffiest dressed dog and daffiest dressed human(s) will receive awards and prizes. FREE! 

Brought to you by Bannister’s Wharf, The Black Dog and Lucky Dog Resort

 

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Daffodil Days: Daffy Doggy Parade

 

12 Annual SpringFest at Newport Vineyards

Where:
Newport Vineyards
When:
APRIL 2nd & 3rd, 2022 From 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost:
$32* General Admission, $27* for Case Club/Cru Club members

The 19th Annual Springfest Weekend is back April 2 & 3! Two Days Full of Wine Tasting and Beer Tasting, Live Music, Farm-Fresh Bites and more! 

Saturday April 2, 2022
Session 1: 11:30 – 2:00
Session 2: 2:30 – 5:00

Sunday April 3, 2022
Session 1: 11:30 – 2:00
Session 2: 2:30 – 5:00

Ticket includes admission to one session for your choice of 6 tastes from our wine AND beer bars! 

Food items & additional beverages available for purchase.

 

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13 Bonsai Bar at Newport Craft Brewing

Where:
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company
When:
APRIL 3rd from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cost:
$75 per person

Enjoy a two-hour bonsai class that teaches you about the art of bonsai and lets you create your very own bonsai tree!

Every attendee will be able to select their own tropical bonsai tree and pot and be provided with the tools to prune, pot, and design the tree under the instruction of a bonsai expert. Come early to try some of Newport Craft Brewing's spirits and grab a craft brew and/or snack to enjoy while you create your masterpiece!

 

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14 SINTA QUARTET - LIVE MUSIC IN THE PARK

Where:
Miantonomi Memorial Park
When:
APRIL 3rd at 2:30 PM
Cost:
Free

The energetic Sinta Quartet functions as one machine powered by four individuals, this program highlights works for the ensemble influenced by funk, folk, soul, minimalism; all with a lyrical tone that fuses with earlier works from the classical canon that highlight a full palette of compositional and instrumental colors.

Enjoy a casual and mesmerizing concert with award-winning American saxophone quartet, right in your own neighborhood. Fun for the whole family! Seating is general admission and patrons are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets.

 

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15 SPRING INSPIRED FLOWER ARRANGEMENT WORKSHOP

Where:
YOUNG DESIGNS FLORAL STUDIO
When:
APRIL 8, 2022 FROM 6:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Cost:
$85

Learn how to incorporate Spring flowering branches into your floral arrangements at home. Bright and colorful Spring blooms will also be a focal point in this floral arrangement.

They have one rule at their workshops; you don't leave until you love what you've made!

 

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16 Gilded Age Soirée

Where:
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
When:
APRIL 9, 2022 FROM 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

You are cordially invited to revel in Newport's sumptuous past with a soirée fit for a member of "the four hundred club". The grandeur mansion will be your host for the evening with a live pianist, classic gilded age cocktails, canapés, fine wine, and a formal six-course French-inspired prix fixe dinner.

 

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17 Newport Car Museum Hoods Up Weekend

Where:
Newport Car Museum
When:
APRIL 9th & 10th, 2022

True beauty comes from within; check out the engines on more than 85 magnificent cars in the Museum’s six galleries and Pop-Up Porsche Exhibit.
 

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18 Springtime Scavenger Hunt

Where:
Norman Bird Sanctuary
When:
APRIL 9, 2022 FROM 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost:
$5 Member Child Under 16 | $7 Non-Member Child Under 16 (Ticket includes 1 free adult ticket per child)

Are you ready for a Springtime Scavenger Hunt? Come explore the Norman Bird Sanctuary as a family. Search high and low for signs of spring among the land, plants, wildlife, and much more!

Join your kids on the trails to discover what makes this such a beautiful time of year for new beginnings.

 

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19 Tour Dé Jonquilles

Where:
Downtown Newport
When:
April 9, 2022 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Cost:
Free

Decorate your bike, don your daffiest gear and join other daffy riders for an easy 3-mile ride to view beds of over 1 million daffodils throughout Newport, ending at Ballard Park where over 20,000 flowers will greet us. Prizes for the best bike and daffiest outfit!

Rain date is Sunday April 10th, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM.

 

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20 NEWPORT NIGHT RUN - A RACE FOR EDUCATION

Where:
ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
When:
APRIL 9, 2022

Newport's first and only nighttime race, Newport Night Run returns on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The 5k serves not only as a community wide opportunity to get moving, but also as a fundraiser for the Newport Public Education Foundation. NPEF is an independent, non-profit whose mission is to improve the performance of Newport public school children by enhancing their educational opportunities and by building broad-based community support for quality public education.

 

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21 State Street Artisan Festival

Where:
State Street, Bristol
When:
APRIL 9, 2022

Kickoff Spring at the State Street Artisan Festival on Saturday, April 9th! Shop local artisans, artists & vendors while enjoying live music from 10am to 4pm. Fine art, pottery, jewelry, handmade clothing & gifts, herbalists, organic home & beauty products, farm fresh flowers & produce and so much more!

 

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Downtown Bristol

 

22 Daffodil Days – Sip And Shop

Where:
Bellevue Avenue
When:
April 14th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Enjoy a stroll along historic Bellevue Avenue and drop into JMcLaughlin, a destination stop for defining men’s and women’s style. Enjoy Daffodil cookies,  wine, Pellegrino, and other treats.

 

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23 Newport Rhode Races

Where:
EASTON'S BEACH (FIRST BEACH)
When:
APRIL 16, 2022
Cost:
$100 MARATHON/$80 HALF MARATHON/$33 5K/$15 BEACH MILE

Race through the Daffodils on this award winning, scenic, seaside course. Newport Rhode Races offers a full and half marathon, a 5K and a beach mile race. Note: The marathon course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Register here

 
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24 Easter Egg Hunt

Where:
Castle Hill Inn
When:
April 16th, 2022

On Saturday April 16th Castle Hill will be hosting an annual Easter Egg Hunt!

The day before Easter, over 1,000 Easter eggs will be spread throughout The Lawn area for children to collect! Eggs are filled with various candies and a handful of special “golden” eggs that will have extra special prizes including a voucher for an overnight stay!

This event is recommended for children ages 0-12 and costs $30 per child with all proceeds going to FABNewport.

 

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Easter Sunday At Castle Hill

Where:
Castle Hill Inn
When:
April 17, 2022

This Easter Sunday, April 17th, make your way to Castle Hill Inn for a delectable three-course meal at The Dining Room.

Chef Lou’s menu features holiday favorites like roasted loin of lamb as well as some welcome flavors of spring from the roasted asparagus starter to spring vegetable cavatelli.

The menu will be $85 per person, with live music to accompany your celebration. 

 

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25 Easter Lunch at The Chanler

Where:
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
When:
April 17th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Celebrate Easter with loved ones in a lavish gilded age setting while Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski and his culinary team prepare a four-course prix fixe lunch inspired by the awakening of spring.

Menu highlights include seasonal favorites such as slow-roasted lamb loin, spring carrot soup, and a decadent selection of sweets from our Parisian inspired confiserie.

Four-course prix fixe menu $105 per person, $55 per child + tax and gratuity

 

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The Chanler Easter

 

26 NEWPORT OUT BOOKCLUB

Where:
THE HUDDLE, 42 SPRING STREET, NEWPORT
When:
April 20th AT 6:30 PM, RECURRING MONTHLY ON THE 3RD WEDNESDAY
Cost:
FREE (DONATIONS WELCOME)

Join Newport Out for a bookclub focused on queer literature. All ages 15+ are welcome to join us, free of charge. Not only do we read, but we also do creative writing and engage in artistic endeavors. This book club is a safe space for all!

 

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27 Driving Miss Daffofil Classic Car Parade

Where:
Easton's Beach (First Beach)
When:
April 24, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The Audrain Automobile Museum partners with Newport Daffodil Days to host the 8th Annual Audrain Automobile Museum’s “Driving Miss Daffodil”. This is an opportunity to celebrate the 1,200,000 daffodils planted throughout Newport. Fifty vehicles, starting at Easton’s Beach, will cruise throughout the City of Newport, Ocean Drive and ending at Fort Adams. Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles (and themselves!) in their best daffodil themed attire with awards to the best “draffy dressed.”

 

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28 Opening Day at Herreshoff Marine Museum, Free Admission

Where:
Herreshoff Marine Museum
When:
April 24, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost:
Free Admission

Opening Day at Herreshoff Marine Museum means free museum admission from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with family activities scheduled from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, guided tours, activities, arts & crafts, and more!

 

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29 Go Daffy at Green Animals Topiary Garden

Where:
Green Animals Topiary Garden
When:
April 26, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this grand estate and gardens feature daffodils galore, plus a collection of topiaries including teddy bears, a camel, a giraffe, an ostrich, and an elephant! At 2pm, join the chief horticulturist for a special tour as he describes the over 19,000 daffodils in bloom, featuring 58 different varieties representing all of the 13 official Daffodil divisions. 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI.

Tour included with regular paid admission. Wear your Daffy Pin for discounts!

 

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30 The Gardens at Blithewold: April Flower Walk

Where:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When:
April 28, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost:
$25 Members | $35 Nonmembers

Join Blithewold’s horticulturists Gail Read, Betsy Ekholm, and Julia Callahan on a walk through the gardens and grounds this spring. Learn about what is in bloom on the property from our knowledgeable staff. We will highlight Blithewold’s horticultural gems and treasures on these not-to-be-missed guided walks.

 

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