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 patios, lobster rolls, movies under the stars, beach days, free concerts and so much more. Not to mention 20 exciting events that are sure to make the month fly by. Long live summer.
ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS
When: July 30 - August 2
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.
STEAM PROGRAMS AT ROSE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
When: August 2, Recurring every Thursday, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Rose Island Lighthouse
The Naval War College Museum is gearing up for summer with the return of STEAM programs at Rose Island. These free, drop-in activities will be open to all visitors of Rose Island on Thursday, July 26 and August 2, 9, 16, & 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Although projects will vary throughout the summer, they will all focus on various elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through a hands-on activity facilitated by a professional educator.
DEATH AT SEA: A MURDER MYSTERY SPECIALTY CRUISE
When: August 3, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, recurring every Friday through 9.14
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: $58 a person
Step aboard the Northeastern and join an elite secret society that controls the world's governments, known as "The Cabal." This powerful shadow government maintains the utmost secrecy, but you have been invited into the inner sanctum and are going on a corporate retreat aboard the leader's yacht! Something isn't right, though, and when a body surfaces, you and your fellow passengers have to root out the culprit before you're the next victim! Our famous Sinister Sangria and hor d'oeuvres are included in admission, and there will be a cash bar open as well.
When: Wednesdays through August; Dusk
Where: Ballard Park
13 rolling acres of nature preserve set the stage for Ballard Park's summer film series, Movies on the Rocks. Bring a blanket, beach chair and a picnic to Quarry Meadow then sit back and relax. Movies are free and begin at dusk every Wednesday through August.
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.
ANTIQUES FESTIVAL & CLASSIC AUTO SHOW
When: August 4, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Little Compton Historical Society
Admission: $10 Adults, Free for Children under 12
Explore more than 25 antiques dealers from around New England displaying unique, high-quality items. Admire vintage vehicles in a Classic Auto Show, vote for your favorite and attend the awards presentation at 3:15 PM.
NEWPORT YACHT RENDEZVOUS
When: August 10, 5:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street
Admission: $500 per ticket (30 years old plus) ; $250 per ticket (under 30 years old)
The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County proudly presents the 5th Annual Newport Yacht Rendezvous. Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing while exploring Newport's finest super yachts on historic Narragansett Bay. All proceeds of the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County and the 5,500 children served each year.
ROCK THE DOCKS LOBSTERFEST
When: August 11; 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street
Enjoy a dockside casual lobster dinner, raw bar, open bar and exciting live auction before dancing the night away to the lively beats of a tropical steel drum band.
HERITAGE FIRE AT GURNEY'S NEWPORT
When: August 12, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Admission: $200 for VIP; $150 for GA
America’s beloved, live-fire, open-air culinary experience comes to Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina on August 12, 2018 with an all-star cast of chefs who specialize in whole animal and sustainable cookery. The list of heritage and heirloom foods includes dry-aged beef, whole pigs, lamb, oysters, duck, an array of sustainable fish, chicken, artisan cheeses, and heirloom vegetables. With a greater goal of promoting honest food prepared by artisans, celebrating family farming, and shining a gastronomic spotlight on the hard-working people who are raising heritage-breed animals, the all-inclusive wood-fired feast will feature more than 30 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the palate.
When: August 12, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street
Admission: $35 for adults/$45 day-of, $10 kids under 12
Small Bites + Raw Bar + Specialty Cocktails, Beer & Wine + Live, Local Music & Performers + Raffles & Games. You’ll want to take your time strolling around and tasting – more than 20 different food stations are in the works (and that’s not even including dessert!)
When: August 14, 4:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Castle Hill Inn
The annual Local Food Fest is a one-of-a-kind experience. We pair local chefs and mixologists 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.
When: August 17, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Bike Newport, 62 Broadway
Ride with Bike Newport around Newport and end the evening a bar for a few New Belgium beverages. Bike to Beer! All rides start at Bike Newport • 62 Broadway, Newport RI
Rides end at:
- Ride 1 - Tavern On Broadway • 16 Broadway
- Ride 2 - Benjamin's Raw Bar • 254 Thames St
- Ride 3 - Midtown Oyster Bar • 345 Thames St
A WEEKEND OF COACHING
When: August 17 - 19
Where: Throughout Newport
It's a colorful tradition that evokes the spirit of an era. From August 17th - 19th, members of the Coaching Club from around the country will bring their historic coaches and their teams of trained carriage horses to Newport, to display the art and sport of coaching. It happens only every 3 years, so you won't want to miss the spectacle as the coaches drive through the streets of Newport.
When: August 18, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street
The 9th Annual Newport Sup Cup, a paddleboard race, is a family fun event with a short (3 mile) course, long (6 mile) course and a Kids SUP race.
CAMELOT VS. THE COUNTERCULTURE: FASHION + SOCIETY IN THE 1960S
When: August 23, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Rough Point
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Jackie Kennedy in the White House and Grace Slick at Woodstock. This illustrated talk explores the tangled web of fashion, culture, and society in the 1960s. This event is sponsored by the Costume Society of America, Northeast Chapter.
LIFE DURING THE 1778 BATTLE OF RHODE ISLAND
When: August 25, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street
This event highlights civilians and how the Revolutionary War impacted their daily activity. Meet dozens of costumed interpreters portraying residents of colonial Newport, as well as the British soldiers who occupied the seaport. Learn about the challenges and fears that loyalists, patriots, and soldiers faced with war on their doorstep!
SALUTE TO SUMMER
When: Saturday, August 25
Where: Dewey Field, Luce Ave, Newport
Salute to Summer Concert with fireworks and live music, food concessions, a kid's area and more.
When: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Members $15 / General Public $20 - advance tickets required;
William Waldorf Astor was one of those rare beings who passed into legend during his own lifetime. The richest man in the world by the 20th century, he created some of the finest houses, gardens, and collections in the world (and founded the legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York). This richly illustrated lecture will feature Astor's most magnificent houses, from his English country estates, to his idyllic villa on the Amalfi Coast.
AUDRAIN AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM SUMMER GALA
When: August 31
Where: Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Avenue
Admission: $1,000 Gold ticket
Guests will be greeted on the Midway by different circus acts, featuring seasoned performers from such famed companies as Cirque de Soleil, Ringling Brothers, and Big Apple Circus. Aerial silk acts, contortionists, tightrope walkers, fire breathers, jugglers, and more will astound and amaze guests as they enjoy cocktails and spectacular cars from the Museum’s collections. Hosted by Jay Leno and Donald Osborne. Entertainment by performers from Ringling Brothers, Big Apple Circus & Cirque du Soleil.