July by the sea. Name something better. While we wait, we'll tell you all the things we can't wait for this month; from the return of some of our favorite celebrations, like the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country in Bristol; Newport Music Festival featuring more than 40 concerts at some of our most stunning venues and mansions; and the return of the Dell Technologies Tennis Hall of Fame Open featuring an induction ceremony, free tennis clinics, a champagne brunch and more.
We told you, there's nothing better than a July in Newport.
When: July 4; 10:30 AM
Where: Begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street
The oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade will begin at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Streets.
When: July 4, 9:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Washington Square
- 9:15 AM: A salute to William Ellery, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island will be hosted by the RISSR, Newport Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and Artillery Company of Newport at his grave site in the Common Burying Ground on Farewell Street.
- 9:45 AM: Family bicycle parade to Washington Square starting at William Ellery Park by Liberty Tree at the intersection of Farewell and Thames Street.
- 10:00 AM:
- Concert by the Newport Community Band in Washington Square
- Open house in the Old Colony House and Newport Museum of History
- 10:30 AM: Pie eating contest on the square
- 11:00 AM: Annual reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Old Colony House
- 12:00 PM:
- Artillery Company of Newport cannon salute to commemorate America's independence in Eisenhower Park in Washington Square
- Free screening of 1776 The Musical at Jane Pickens Theater
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When: July 4 - 22
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free - $1,000
The Newport Music Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary season with 42 concerts and events showcasing Grammy winners and nominees, acclaimed international artists, and beloved resident artists. Incredible concert venues include the Newport Mansions, Belcourt of Newport, Ochre Court, Newport Vineyards, and others!
When: July 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Bellevue House, 30 Bellevue Avenue
Admission: $75 per person
Enjoy a return to the legendary social gatherings of the past. This 50th Anniversary Garden Party will delight the senses. Stroll through the magnificent gardens of Bellevue House with a cocktail in hand. At each turn, be delighted and surprised by a string quartet performing Mozart or a pianist playing Chopin. Tables and seating are strategically located throughout your promenade. So, enjoy the best that Newport has to offer with your friends – a beautiful and intimate setting, fine hors d’oeuvres, and glorious classical music.
When: July 11, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Rough Point
Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Celebrate NRF’s 50th year in 1960s style. Featuring ocean breezes, genteel lawn games, and summer cocktails. Vintage inspired attire is encouraged, and sartorial prizes will be awarded to the guests who best channel Doris Duke’s ’60s style. Bossa Nova tunes provided by the International String Trio.
Experience a terrifyingly fun Friday the 13th in one of Newport's recently revealed gems, the spectacularly restored Belcourt Castle carriage and stable room on the mansion's ground floor. This exciting evening showcases dueling pianos and a String Quartet playing cool and spooky repertoire spanning the ages - from Led Zeppelin to Mozart to Queen. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres along with complimentary wine generously provided by Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard at the best Friday the 13th cocktail party in town.
Each year, top ATP World Tour pros head to Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the first stop of the summer swing for pro tennis in the United States. Contested on the historic grass tennis courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which have hosted all the legends of the sport since 1880, the tournament is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe, and it offers the only opportunity to see professional men's tennis in the Northeast prior to the US Open. International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport.
When: July 16, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Where: Stoneacre Tapas
Enjoy a Mexican pop-up dinner at Stoneacre Tapas. Menu TBA.
When: July 19; 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame
A celebration of all things fashion and tennis, the morning begins with a runway show on the historic Horseshoe Court, featuring the gorgeous summer fashions from Brooks Brothers and Fila. Brunch will be held on the Horseshoe Piazza, where guests will receive a special Ladies Day gift bag.
When: July 20 – 22
Where: St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
Each year the residents and visitors of Newport experience the traditional culture, food, pastries, wine, music and dancing which the Greek community of Newport proudly shares during this cultural celebration. Throughout the weekend, enjoy live music by the Athenian Entertainment Greek Orchestra, featuring modern and traditional music by Georgios Karatzas.
When: Saturday, July 21; 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Fort Adams
Admission: $15 - $70
A fun walk/run 5k in Newport followed by a craft beer festival with more than 40 local craft breweries, including Rhode Island’s best! All at the gorgeous grounds at Fort Adams State Park. Festival-only and Designated Driver tickets are available.
When: July 21, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Where: Great Friends Meeting House
The Live Local Music Festival is a celebration of the art and culture that defines Newport and Rhode Island as a whole. Live Local gives others from across the world a first hand view of what it means to be a Newport local through art, music, food, history and more importantly, the people that make Newport such a beautiful, unique, and innovative place.
When: July 21, 12:00 PM
Where: The International Tennis Hall of Fame
Witness history at the presentation of tennis’ ultimate honor – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
When: July 26, 6:30 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Details: Enjoy a special summer screening of Jaws!
- 6:30 PM: Live music by the Teledynes
- 7:30 PM: Screening begins
When: July 26 - 28
Where: Newport Shipyard
Several of the world's largest and most glamorous sailing yachts will race for the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition. Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf have consolidated the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup to create this fabulous superyacht event. Racing begins at noon off Castle Hill and will provide a stunning visual for those watching from vantage points along the shore of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, south of the Pell Bridge.
When: July 27 - 29, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Saint George's School, 375 Purgatory Road
Admission: $15 per person, $20 per person for weekend pass
The Newport Show is New England's premier antiques and fine art event. Attended by more than 3,000 antiques collectors from across new England and featuring more than 40 of the country's top antique dealers, the Newport Show is a opportunity to view and purchase unique works of art.
When: July 27 - 29
Where: Fort Adams State Park
Admission: Prices vary
The Newport Folk Festival, founded by George Wein in 1959, takes place on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park and features four stages of world class musicians, food, vendors and a number of exhibits.
CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR
When: July 28 - 29; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center
This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build community. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.
When: July 30 - August 2
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Prices vary
A local, live music and music education festival that “bridges” the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music in our community.
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