August rounded the corner faster than we were 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 daysfree concerts and so much more. Not to mention 21 exciting events that are sure to make the month fly by. Long live summer. 

 

 

 

 
BRIDGEFEST

When: July 29 - August 1
Where: Various locations throughout Newport 

The Newport Bridgefest is a local festival that “bridges” the gap between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for ten straight days of music. The festival features live music and music education.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: GERTRUDE VANDERBILT WHITNEY'S STUDIO A TOUR

When: August 6; 6:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $20

John LeBoutillier, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s great-grandson, will lead the ultimate insider tour of the iconoclastic sculptor’s Old Westbury, Long Island studio, which today is his home. Whitney, who was the founder of the Whitney Museum, was an accomplished professional sculptor of national stature. Her studio was designed by Delano & Aldrich in 1913 on the grounds of the Whitney family estate.

 

NEWPORT CRAFT 20TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

When: August 16; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Craft
Admission: Free

Celebrate 20 years of brewing at Newport Craft Brewing Co. with a special anniversary brew. Dress to impress in your best throwback attire.

 

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: August 2 - 4
WhereFort Adams State Park
Admission: Prices vary - Details

This three-day festival features four unique stages set up at Fort Adams State Park overlooking the Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. Enjoy world class musicians, food, crafts and a number of exhibits.

 

COCHON 555: HERITAGE FIRE NEWPORT

When: August 24; 4:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Admission: GA: $150; VIP: $200

A must-do whole-animal, live-fire culinary experience. Heritage Fire is a decadent food and wine event featuring 3,500+ pounds of fire-kissed meat roasted en plein air by 50+ top chefs. Inspired by global grilling traditions, chefs build their own fires and roast everything from whole lamb, goats, pigs and ducks, dry-aged beef to foie gras, sturgeon, clams, and heirloom vegetables in a beautiful vineyard setting.

 

NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY BEACH BASH

When: August 8; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $25; $10 under 21

Gather the whole family for a fun mid-summer beach party on Third Beach! Dance the night away with your toes in the sand to live music by the TeleDynes. Pack your own beach picnic or enjoy delicious food offerings from La Forge Casino Food Truck, Newport Island Catering, or the Peabody's Beach Snack Shack. Complimentary beer, wine, lemonade and iced tea will be served along with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and s’mores by the campfire. Go for a paddle with a complimentary kayak or paddleboard provided by Jamestown Outdoors. NBS’ Education staff will also be leading seining activities for kids, looking for local fish and maybe even some tropical fish brought in on the Gulf Stream.

 

MEET & GREET WITH KIEL JAMES PATRICK AND SARAH VICKERS

When: August 9; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: KJP Flagship Store
Admission: Free

Head to the KJP Flagship store to meet and greet with Kiel and Sarah. Enjoy Keel Vodka refreshments and light bites throughout the event. Don't miss out on special giveaway opportunities and complimentary promotional gifts during the event.

 

INAUGURAL VINE DINNER: DINE AMONGST THE VINES

When: August 25; 5:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $125

Dine amongst the vines while Executive Chef Andy Teixeira and his culinary team cook over an open fire, a mix of plated and family style courses, all made from scratch al fresco. This first ever Vine Dinner will be set in the meadow overlooking the rustic farm road, vineyards and pastoral views. Come with old friends and leave with new ones.

 

BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL

When: August 9 - 11
Where: Throughout Bristol

The Japan America Society of Rhode Island is celebrating the 36th year of the Black Ships Festival, August 9-11, 2019. The Black Ships Festival is a celebration of the friendship between the country of Japan and the state of Rhode Island in commemoration of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Commodore Perry opened trade up between the United States and Japan with the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1864. Japanese arts and crafts, martial arts, a Japanese tea ceremony and Taiko drums are only some of the highlights! 

 

BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS AND MARTIAL ARTS FAIR

When: August 10; 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free

Independence Park on Thames Street is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays. Including Arts and Crafts and Martial Arts Demonstrations.

 

SALUTE TO SUMMER

When: August 24; 4:00 - 9:30 PM
Where: Dewey Field, Luce Ave, Newport
Admission: Free

Salute to Summer Concert with fireworks and live music, food concessions, a kid's area and more. 

 

THE MYTH AND MYSTIQUE OF DORIS DUKE'S INNER CIRCLE

When: August 8; 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Doris Duke's Rough Point
Admission: $15

Most people came to know Doris Duke through newspaper headlines and paparazzi images, but who did Doris count among her close friends and confidantes? While Doris’s name was connected to other celebrities like Andy Warhol, Imelda Marcos, and Jackie Onassis, those who knew her best are less well-known. Join us as we unveil the most intimate and influential relationships in Doris’s life.

 

LOCAL FOOD FEST

When: August 13; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereCastle Hill Inn 
Admission: $150

Farm Fresh Rhode Islands l Local Food Fest is a one-of-a-kind experience. Local chefs and mixologists are paired with local farmers and fishers to create unique dishes using the freshest ingredients of the season. Spend the evening under the gorgeous tent on the rolling green lawn of Castle Hill Inn in Newport, overlooking the bay with a perfect view of the Newport Bridge across the water. Watch sailboats ease by as you enjoy new flavors as well as local wine, beer, and specialty mixed drinks; listen to live music; and chat with the chefs as they serve up their creative dishes.

 

WELLNESS DAY AT TIFFANY PEAY HEALING ARTS

When: August 15; 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereTiffany Peay Jewelry
Admission: Free

Tiffany Peay Healing Arts will offer complimentary sessions of Crystal Light Healing & Vascular Therapy. Learn about and taste GemWater and experience educational talks by Tiffany Peay. Enjoy special event pricing on jewelry, door prizes & refreshments. Learn how you can enhance and change your life.

 

BACK TO THE 80'S NIGHT: TOP OF NEWPORT

When: August 16; 7:30 - 9:30 PM
WhereTop of Newport

Dust off your leg warmers & tease up your hair for back to the 80's night at Hotel Viking's Top of Newport. Rock it like a hurricane with DJ Absolut with old school cocktails, dancing & 80's themed snacks. Best dressed of the night will win an overnight stay to Hotel Viking.

 

NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING BEER DINNER

When: August 21; 6:00 PM
WhereSmoke House Restaurant 
Admission: $55

Enjoy a casual five-course dinner with each course paired with a great local brew from friends at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company. An evening of great fun for beer lovers and food lovers alike.

 

SUSHI SAKE SAIL 

When: August 9; 12:15 - 2:15 PM
Where: Goat Island Marina
Admission: $30 in advance, $35 day of

Sail aboard one of the magnificent Tall Ships, the 101′ Schooner Aurora. View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample some great sushi. Space is limited to 68 people.

 

AFTER HOURS AT LINDEN PLACE: TWO GALS COCKTAILS TASTING SERIES

When: August 22; 6:30 - 8:00 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $55

Head inside the historic mansion and gardens for a social, fun and educational opportunity to sample spirits, wines and beers as well as a chance to experience Linden Place in a new way. A unique, educational and fun night out for couples and groups of all sizes. Each session, mixologists Sandra & Michele will focus on a different type of seasonal beverage paired with specialty small bites.

 

JEFFERSON BOURBON TASTING

When: August 11; 2:00 PM
Where: Fluke Newport
Admission: $49

Taste six of the Jefferson Bourbon portfolio each paired with items from Chef Eddie Montalvo.

 

GREAT GATSBY MOVIE EXPERIENCE

When: August 18; 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Admission: $35: Film, breakfast + tour of Rosecliff; $15: Film and breakfast

See the original 1974 romantic film & tour Rosecliff, the mansion where it was filmed. Experience The Great Gatsby as we take you back to the Twenties when romance seemed so divine. Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his landlord, the nouveau-riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and ultimately, tragedy.

 

LIVING BOAT SHOW

When: August 23; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: Free

Competitors and community members can mingle and get up close to many spectacular boats on the dock. Admittance is free. Refreshments are provided thanks to our sponsors. The cost is included for all competitors who check-in that night - a small fee is asked of community members who would like to take advantage of the offered refreshments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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