Every year August rounds the corner faster than we're prepared for. With the final days of summer upon us, we're jam-packing our schedules with all our summer bucket list items, including but not limited to sunset sails, rooftop bars, outdoor patioslobster rollsmovies under the starsbeach days, seaside concerts and so much more. 

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Soak up what is left of summer with our top picks for the month below.

1 A Weekend of Coaching

Where:
The streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions
When:
August 19 - August 21, 2022

A Weekend of Coaching returns to Newport with coaching drives each day, an exhibition on the grounds at The Elms and a dinner dance in honor of the Whips at The Breakers. In addition, the public can enjoy free viewing of the colorful and historic coaches every day, as they drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition.

Authentic 19th-century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses visit Newport every three years for a Weekend of Coaching, hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Coaching Weekend


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2 Farmaesthetics Pop-Up at Sweet Berry Farm

Where:
Sweet Berry Farm, Middletown
When:
Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The natural and sustainable beauty brand, Farmaesthetics, will be hosting a pop-up shop at Sweet Berry Farm through the fall. Shop and swoon over the assortment of sustainable products and accessories, open weekly on Thursday - Saturdays through October. 


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3 SCHOONER AURORA SAILS

COMMUNITY SAIL ON SCHOONER AURORA

WHEN: Weekly on Wednesdays
WHERESchooner Aurora
ADMISSION: $10 (cash only)

Calling all Newport County residents! We are excited to bring back our Community Sail on Wednesdays leaving from S dock on Goat Island. Join us for a 2 hour afternoon cruise around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.


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WINE & CHEESE SAIL

WHEN: August 10th and 24th, at 6:00 PM
WHERESchooner Aurora
ADMISSION: $45 adults, must be 21+

Bring your favorite bottle of wine and let Schooner Aurora supply the rest, including gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit.


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DOCKSIDE LOBSTER BOIL & SUNSET SAIL

WHEN: August 3rd, 17th, and 31st
WHERESchooner Aurora
ADMISSION: $75 adults | $35 children under 12

With her two masts tall under a clear sky, Aurora will take you back to a time reminiscent of the “Tall Ships Era.” The seaworthy Aurora is Coast Guard certified to accommodate up to 68 passengers and is professionally maintained by her friendly and experienced crew.


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4 Summer Stories at Whitehorne House

Where:
Whitehorne House, 416 Thames St
When:
August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Cost:
Free

This free program recommended for kids aged Pre-K to 1st grade takes place in the beautiful pocket garden at the Whitehorne House Museum. Listen to storybook readings in the garden and put together a themed craft to take home. Outdoor seating provided.

Families with children under 12 receive free admission to Whitehorne House Museum on Fridays between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM through August 26. In the event of rain, this program will be canceled. 
 

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5 The Gelateria

Where:
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
When:
Thursdays - Sundays, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cool down on a hot summer day by indulging in a sweet treat at The Chanler's new Gelateria, a cliffside ice cream pop-up featuring an array of rotating gelato flavors served from a European Street-inspired vintage cart. Confectioners are located directly on the Cliff Walk, nestled just off the beaten path and within a short walk from the Memorial Boulevard's Cliff Walk entrance.

The Gelateria is open Thursdays thru Sundays from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, all August. 

Chanler Gelateria


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6 Family Friendly Funnies with the Bit Players

Where:
Firehouse Theater, Newport
When:
August 3rd, 17th and 31st, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Cost:
$15 for adults, $10 for kids

Join the Bit Players for a night of improv comedy fit for the whole family. Whether you have kids or are a kid a heart, this show is for you!


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7 Hotel Viking Summer Specials

Ketel One Botanicals on The Patio at One Bellevue

WHEN: Friday - Sunday, 12 PM - 4 PM
WHERE: Bellevue Patio

Choose your botanical: Cucumber Mint, Peach and Orange Blossom, or Grapefruit and Rose!

Join us on the One Bellevue Patio all summer long for a Ketel One Botanical Spritz Garden. Enjoy a selection of vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences. Pair your spritz with one of Executive Chef Patrick’s shareable plates.


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Tanqueray at The Top

WHEN: Thursday - Sunday
WHERETop of Newport

Sweeping views of Bellevue Avenue and the bay give Top of Newport an airy, sophisticated feel, and the cocktails on offer will follow suit. Expert bartenders will be on hand to create delicately balanced Gin & Tonic's for you.


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Ketel Cafe at Hill Market

WHEN: Thursday - Saturday 7 PM - 10 PM
WHERE: Hill Market

Make your way to Hill Market for a special ‘After Dark’ experience, serving Nitro Ketel One Espresso Martinis, other assorted coffee cocktails, and desserts. The Courtyard will be open for guests to sit and enjoy their cocktails.


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8 Trivia in the Barn

Where:
Ragged Island Brewing Company, Portsmouth
When:
Weekly on Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Trivia Night every Thursday in the Brewery Barn at Ragged Island Brewing Company. Bring your competitive edge. There will be new beers on draft regularly.


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9 NewportFILM Outdoors

 

Experience award-winning documentaries, pre-film live music and local food vendors at some of Aquidneck Island's most beautiful outdoor spaces. Screenings begin at sunset on Thursday's. 

 

The Princess

WHEN: August 4th
WHEREThe Elms
DETAILS: Venue opens at 6:00 PM, Film starts 8:10 PM

About The Film:

THE PRINCESS is a documentary feature from director Ed Perkins (“Tell Me Who I Am,” “Black Sheep”) and, through their company Lightbox, producers Simon  Chinn (“Man on Wire,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” “LA92” and HBO’s “Tina”) and Jonathan Chinn (“LA92,” HBO’s “Tina” and “Yusuf Hawkins: Storm over Brooklyn”).


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Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

WHEN: August 11th
WHEREEisenhower House
DETAILS: Venue opens at 6:00 PM, Film starts 8:00 PM

About The Film:

One of the world’s most beloved icons, Mickey Mouse is recognized as a symbol of joy and childhood innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. It has been a remarkable journey for a character dreamed up at a low point in the career of Walt Disney, an ambitious young artist who moved to Hollywood from Kansas City, Missouri. Disney’s groundbreaking short Steamboat Willie, the first synchronous-sound animated film, turned Mickey into an overnight sensation and made shorts featuring the plucky mouse a staple of moviegoing during the height of the medium’s popularity.


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Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

WHEN: August 18th
WHEREFort Adams State Park
DETAILS: Venue opens at 5:30 PM, Film starts 7:50 PM

About The Film:

A wide-ranging, definitive look at Hawk’s life and iconic career, and his relationship with the sport with which he’s been synonymous for decades. Hawk, born in San Diego, Calif., is a pioneer of modern vertical skating and one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. The documentary features unprecedented access, never-before-seen footage, and interviews with Hawk, and prominent figures in the sport including Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Neil Blender, Andy MacDonald, Duane Peters, Sean Mortimer, and Christian Hosoi.


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Master of Light

WHEN: August 18th
WHEREFort Adams State Park
DETAILS: Venue opens at 5:30 PM, Film starts 7:45 PM

About The Film:

George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs. While incarcerated, he nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world. Now, he is on a journey back to his hometown of Kansas City, where he tries to heal the broken relationship with his mother– who’s in-and-out of jail– and paint family members in the style of the Dutch Old Masters. Going back forces George to face his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life and discover the contribution of African influences to the realist tradition.


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10 Safe Harbor Race Weekend

Where:
Safe Harbor locations in Newport, Portsmouth and Jamestown, Rhode Island.
When:
August 12th - 14th, 2022

Embark on Safe Harbor’s 2nd annual Safe Harbor Race Weekend amidst the bustling cobblestone streets and seaside charm of downtown Newport.

We invite all sailors with monohull and multihull vessels (30 feet or greater in length overall) to join us for our summer sailing regatta featuring a variety of classes including our Superyacht class slated for competition on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy three unforgettable days of shoreside events, revelries and racing excitement at Safe Harbor locations in Newport, Portsmouth and Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Safe Harbor Race Weekend participants and guests will be treated to a host of festivities including a Friday evening Opening Dinner presented by BMW with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay and casual coastal cuisine, and a celebratory Saturday night Talk of the Town Crew Party presented by X Shore featuring a mariner’s feast and live music.

 

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Food Truck Sunsets at Safe Harbor New England Boatworks

WHEN: August 20th from 4:00 to 8:30 PM
WHERESafe Harbor New England Boatworks
ADMISSION: Tickets are NOT required for this event and admission is free.

Join us at second season at Safe Harbor New England Boatworks. Enjoy the food trucks, live music and beer and wine, just pay for what you eat and drink. Over a dozen Food trucks, live music with local beer and wine, from Trinity Brewhouse.

Eat from your favorite local food truck or try something new...or maybe even eat at multiple trucks.

The trucks accept cash, credit, or debit. See which food trucks are participating at the upcoming events here.

 

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11 Ocean State Beer Fest

Where:
Ragged Island Brewing Company, Portsmouth
When:
August 21st, 2:00 to 5:30 PM
Cost:
$60 (includes a souvenir tasting glass and all beer samples)

After a two year hiatus, the Ocean State Beer Festival will return on August 21st, at Ragged Island Brewing Company! This year’s theme is “Farm to Keg.”

The Ocean State Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Brewers Guild & features only Rhode Island breweries. It is the only beer event focused exclusively on Rhode Island breweries. Each participating brewer has been asked to create a special beer with locally grown ingredients just for the event!

 

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12 10-Spot Ride

Where:
Around Newport
When:
August 27th, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost:
$120 - $250

Newport's most anticipated summer bike event - the 10 Spot Ride - returns on Saturday, August 27th! It's a fun self-directed jaunt about town on bikes to 10 unique and beautiful private "Spots" with live music and locally catered food and drinks. Tickets are limited – Reserve your SPOT today!


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13 Cars & Coffee

Cars & Coffee at Salve Regina University

WHEN: August 14th, from  8:00 to 10:00 AM
WHERE: Salve Regina University

Join Audrain Auto Museum for a morning of cars and coffee at Salve Regina University in Newport.


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Cars & Coffee at Marble House

WHEN: August 28th, from  8:00 to 10:00 AM
WHERE: Marble House

Join Audrain Auto Museum for a morning of cars and coffee at Marble House, one of the many Newport Mansions, in Newport.


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14 Roam Around Rough Point

Where:
Rough Point, Newport
When:
August 27th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost:
Free - $20

Roam around the house and grounds of Rough Point Museum during this special after-hours event! On the last Saturday of every month, explore the house of an unconventional heiress, then stroll the gardens and take in the seascape outside. Complete a different family-friendly craft or activity each month—this May, press flowers from the Rough Point Gardens to take home as a keepsake!

Tickets are free for Newport County residents.
 

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15 Cocktail Ring Party! Celebrating 25 Years in Business

Where:
Tiffany Peay Jewelry, Tiverton
When:
August 18th, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Join us Thursday, August 18 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM to celebrate rings, the design that launched Tiffany’s career. We will showcase a variety of TPJ rings including a fabulous selection of the anniversary moving stone rings and a colorful collection of her signature cocktail rings. Select one in stock or choose your favorite luscious gem from a wide array of loose gemstones to have a custom one-of-a-kind cocktail made just for you. Bring your nearest and dearest to celebrate Peay’s 25 years of jewelry making.
 

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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. Find all live performances happening throughout the month below.

1 Family Night Concert Series

Where:
Easton's Beach, Newport
When:
August 2nd & 9th

Live music comes with oceanfront views at Easton's Beach Family Night Concert Series every Tuesday starting July 5th through August 9th. All shows begin at 6:00 PM, Parking is free after 4:00 PM on show nights!

THE SCHEDULE:

  • August 2: Avenue A—sponsored by Newport Hospital
  • August 9: Down City Band—sponsored in memory of Ralph Gizzi


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2 Music at Sunset Concert Series

Where:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol
When:
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st
Cost:
4 Passenger Car - Members: $45, Non-Members: $60, 2 Passenger Car - Members: $25, Non-Members: $30

Spread out the picnic, soak up the warmth of the summer sun over Narragansett Bay, and enjoy a variety of musical performances by local musicians. Wednesday nights at Blithewold are the perfect way to enjoy summer with friends and family! Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and chairs or blankets. We have 33 acres of gardens and grounds, including a 10-acre lawn, to spread out on and enjoy the music and gorgeous views over the bay, perfect for social distancing!

  • August 3: Panoramic View
  • August 10: Atwater Donnelly
  • August 17: The Star Club – Beatles tribute band
  • August 24: Colby James & The Ramblers
  • August 31: The Oh Nos – Beatles tribute band 

Blithewold Music at Sunset Concert Series


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3 Summer Sunset Jazz Series on the Herreshoff Waterfront

Where:
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol
When:
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Cost:
Members: $20 | Non-Members: $30

By popular demand, the Herreshoff Jazz Series is BACK and bigger than before! Eight fantastic bands will be joining us this summer on the waterfront. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs if they please. However, tables, chairs, and picnic tables will be provided on site to use. The jazz series is BYOB. Please drink responsibly. Food Trucks / Caterers will be available during most concerts.

THE SCHEDULE:

  • August 3: Neal & The Vipers
  • August 10: Greg Abate Quartet
  • August 17: Donna Byrne Quartet
  • August 24: Greg Picollo
  • August 31: Roomful of Blues


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4 Wednesday Night Music Series

Where:
Newport Vineyards, Middletown
When:
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Make your way to Newport Vineyards for live music by the vines each Wednesday night!
 
Enjoy tasting flights of our estate grown wines or beer from our onsite brewery, a glass, bites, or dinner while you enjoy the tunes! The last seating is at 7:15pm for table service / dining. Or bring a chair / blanket and order at the bar to hang by the vines. The music will be outside, weather pending, near the lawn & covered porch. Please note that reservations are all 90 minutes. Outside food & beverages are not permitted. Please, no pets.



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5 Summer Outdoor Concert Series Featuring: Lisa Morales

Where:
Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown
When:
August 5th, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Cost:
$35 General Admission

Bringing the community together for a musical summer night under the stars.


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6 WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES

Where:
King Park, Newport
When:
August 5 and 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

The Waterfront Concert Series returns to King Park this year for live performances under the gazebo. Pack a blanket or a picnic chair to enjoy a variety of genres including blues, folk, Irish folk and more. Presented by Friends of the Waterfront with a gift from the Isham Family Fund, concerts take place on Fridays from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Leashed pets welcome.
 

THE SCHEDULE:
  • August 5: Art Pop & Jazz with Chase Ceglie, opening guitarist Julio Amaro
  • August 19: Blues/Soul with Shari Puorto Band with Doug Woolverton, opening blues fiddler Ilana Katz Katz
     
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7 NIMFEST

Where:
King Park, Newport
When:
August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

NIMFest at King Park, takes place in the park gazebo on Wellington Avenue overlooking Newport Harbor. Pack a lawn chair and a blanket for high-energy live music performances every Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM through August 29.

Presented by the City of Newport, all concerts are free of charge. Leashed pets welcome.

 

THE SCHEDULE:
  • August 7: Eddy's Shoe, Mansfield Band
  • August 14: Swinglane Orchestra
  • August 21: Cee Cee & The Riders, The Digg-It Band
  • August 28: The 40, Islander Rockers

 

NIMFest Outdoor Concert at Kings Park

 
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8 Warren Summer Concert Series

Where:
BURR’S HILL PARK BAND SHELL, Warren
When:
August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, from 5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy a night of entertainment at Warren’s iconic Band Shell. Pack a blanket and chairs and settle in on the lawn at Burr's Hill Park for live performances from some of the area’s most talented artists and bands. Concerts are Sundays at 5:00 PM.

Presented by the Warren Parks and Recreation Department. Leashed dogs welcome.

 

THE SCHEDULE:
  • August 7: Jesse Liam—Pop
  • August 14: Atwater-Donnelly Trip—American Folk
  • August 21: G-Squared—Patry Duo
  • August 28: The Patterson: Smith Trio—Folk, jazz, blues

 

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9 Coastal Queen Cruises with Live Music

Live Performance by the Stone Cold Gypsies on the Coastal Queen

WHEN: August 9th, from 6:15 to 7:45 PM
WHERECoastal Queen Cruises, from Jamestown
ADMISSION: All Ages: $50

Come aboard the Coastal Queen in Jamestown for a fun filled night with live music from the Stone Cold Gypsies. This band performs a mix of R & B, country and reggae. While listening to the music, see the sights that surround Jamestown, Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor—historic forts, lighthouses, mega yachts and more. The Coastal Queen’s grand center bar will be serving your favorite summer beverages along the way. The boat is covered and weatherproof for comfortable cruising. The cruise is 90 minutes, tickets are $50 and the boat departs at 6:15 PM.


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Coastal Queen Sunset Cruise and The Narrow River Band

WHEN: August 23rd, from 6:15 to 7:45 PM
WHERECoastal Queen Cruises, from Jamestown
ADMISSION: All Ages: $50

Watch the sun set aboard Coastal Queen while The Narrow River Band plays hits from The Beatles and James Taylor, along with some jazz and favorite dance tunes. The boat is cozy and spacious indoors and the top deck is covered for pleasant cruising. The cruise is 90-minutes, departs at 6:15pm and tickets are $50


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10 Bubbles & Blues Music Series

Where:
The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport
When:
August 14th, 21st, and 28th

Bubbles & Blues at The Chanler's Ca' del Bosco Wine Garden. An afternoon of live music, Italian renaissance charm, and a decadent selection of wines.

Featuring a selection of blues and jazz music, see website for the daily music line up! 

Wine Garden Open: 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Live Music: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
 

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11 Norman Bird Sanctuary Beach Bash

Where:
Third Beach, Middletown
When:
August 18th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cost:
$25 Adult Member | $30 Adult Non-Member | $15 Age 12 and Under

Enjoy an evening on Third Beach while listening to favorite local musician Greg Ferreira and roasting marshmallows for s’mores over a fire. Pack a picnic or stop by Peabody’s Snack Shack. Bring your blankets, chairs, or water toys. In addition to s’mores, your reservation includes music, soft drinks, seltzer, and ice cream.
 

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12 Salute to Summer Free Concert & Fireworks Show

Where:
Dewey Field, Naval Station, Newport
When:
August 27th, starting at 4:00 PM (general public)
Cost:
Free

Salute to summer with live music, food trucks, and fireworks. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs & blankets. 
 

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