Aside from sun-kissed sandy beaches and salty sea breezes, June brings a robust roster of events for a summer filled with unforgettable experiences.
The Newport Gulls, Newport's wooden-bat summer collegiate baseball team, returns for a summer season of family fun every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Can't get enough sports action? Don your favorite favorite floppy hat and head to Glen Farm for the highly anticipated return of Newport Polo, every Saturday through September.
This month also brings ample galas and charity events, like the annual CVS Health Charity Classic, the Ballard Park fundraiser complete with hors d'oeuvres by McGrath Clambakes and the Big Night Out Gala at Hyatt Regency on Goat Island.
Mark your calendars, it's going to be a busy month.
A Fork in the Road Food Truck at Fort Adams | 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Daily through August. A Fork In The Road food truck, operated by Blackstone Caterers, will be cooking up fresh eats at Fort Adams State Park. The truck will be parked right next to the Visitor Center. Details.
Live Jazz at Simone's | 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Start at the Top at Hotel Viking | 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Recurring every Friday. Start at the Top Fridays offers ½ price raw bar. Details.
Tuesdays with Morrie Presented by 2nd Story Theatre
Recurring weekly on Thursday - Sunday through June 26. $30, $20 for 20 and under. When a young, career-driven journalist learns of his former professor’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a one-time visit becomes a weekly pilgrimage – an often funny, always profound tutorial on the meaning of life. Details.
Newport Gulls Baseball Game | 6:30 PM
Starting June 10, recurring on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Gulls Baseball Club is a member of both the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the NECBL's East Division. Details.
Live Jazz at Sardella's | 7:30 - 10:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
World Match Racing Tour | Through Saturday, June 3
Free. With an active international sailing community, the city even hosted the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015. This year, Newport will welcome the new format of the World Match Racing Tour racing the M32 high-performance catamarans capturing the interest of a population of about 25,000. Fort Adams State Park. Details.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
Trappist Ale 10 Tap Takeover at Norey's | 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
On Tap: Spencer Trappist Ale, Chimay- Premiere, Doree, & Triple, La Trappe- Isid'or, Witte, Quad, & Bock, Stift Engelszell- Gregorius & Benno Proceeds will benefit Clean Ocean Access. Details.
Love & Friendship Opening at Jane Pickens | 4:45, 7:30 PM
Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely. Details.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Facing America: Patrons & Portraits in Colonial America | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Organized by the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the 2016 Redwood History Seminar, a yearly scholarly symposium devoted to the study of the art, architecture and material culture of Colonial America, will bring together top experts on colonial portrait painting for "Facing America: Patrons and Portraits in Colonial New England." The event will examine how portraits dominated the visual culture of the American colonies as the preferred mode of visual self-expression, as well as the means by which an emergent and distinctly American intelligentsia sought to be imaged by artists of uncertain status, whose productions teetered between New World aspirations and European portrait conventions. Details.
International Polo Series XXV Season Kickoff Cocktail Party | 7:00 PM
Set season XXV off to a rockin’ start at the Cocktail Kick-Off Party at the Clarke Cooke House Bistro Bar. Join players, sponsors and friends to welcome the Mexican polo team, and christen the Polo Series silver jubilee. Details.
Newport Art Museum Summer Exhibition Opening Reception | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Newport Art Museum welcomes three new exhibitions to its galleries this summer, including a collaborative exhibition by a mother and daughter, a solo artist, and one group show.
Of Water & Bone: New Works by Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle
This Newport: Photographs by Thomas Palmer
Still Life Lives: Rhode Island Perspectives
Light refreshments and cash bar will be available. Details.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Ballard Park Annual Fundraiser | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
$125 per person. Wines selected by Les Ballard and hors d'oeuvres by McGrath Clambakes, Inc. Silent auction, live music. Details.
Buffet Grande Apres Polo | 7:30 - 9:00 PM
$15 per person. Immediately following USA vs. Mexico, an authentic south-of-the-border meal offers an impressive build your own buffet of the freshest homemade ingredients. Meal includes meats and traditional accoutrements for tacos, nachos, salads, rice bowls and more! Served buffet-style in the Pavilion immediately following the trophy presentation. Tickets $15/person, available online by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 1. Polo match tickets sold separately. Details.
IYRS Launch Day | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
An annual tradition in Newport, IYRS students, along with their friends, families and the Newport community, gather each year to celebrate a unique accomplishment that few get to experience; launching and sailing restored boats that were built over the course of the previous nine months. Details.
The Big Night Out Gala at Hyatt Regency Newport | 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State as e celebrate our 50th anniversary with a gala inspired by Classic 1940's and 1950's Hollywood-red carpets, black and white films, and glamour galore! Come red carpet ready, sip a signature cocktail, peruse distinctive silent and live auction items, kick back to live entertainment and a gourmet meal all to benefit our youth mentoring programs throughout Rhode Island. Details.
Newport International Polo Series USA vs. Mexico | 5:00 PM
Kicks off their 25th season of Newport International Polo and offers 17 action-packed matches every Saturday through September. Watch as all-star lineups of international competitors take the field. Purchase a tailgate for the optimal experience, or plant your seat in the lawn and relax. Just don’t forget to help stomp the divots! Details.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Heart & Sole Walk for Animals | 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Potter League for Animals is hosting its annual Heart and Sole Walk for Animals at Glen Park in Portsmouth, RI. The Heart & Sole Walk for Animals is the Potter League’s largest summer fundraiser, bringing together more than 450 people and 200 dogs to raise funds and awareness for homeless and neglected animals across Rhode Island and beyond. Enjoy refreshments, music and demonstrations, pet contests, sponsor booths & exhibitors in the Healthy Pet Marketplace. Details.
Newport 10 Miler
Starting outside the east wall of historic Fort Adams, the course prominently features Newport’s scenic coastal views around the famed Ocean Drive and passes many Bellevue Avenue mansions. The finish line will be truly unique as participants will enter the Fort through the north gate and finish on the parade field. Details.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
Mastering the Craft Roundtable: the Women Makers and Builders of IYRS | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
$25 per person. 4th Annual Mastering the Craft Roundtable: The Women Makers and Builders of IYRS, Their Stories, Experiences and Ideas Newport, RI. The inspirational roundtable discussion will be moderated by Seth Goldenberg, the founder and CEO of Epic Decade, featuring the Women Makers and Builders of IYRS. Details.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
Flat Waves Food Truck at Residence Inn by Marriott | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The 13th Annual Seaside at Castle Hill Inn | 5:30 - 9:30 PM
Proceeds will support the East Bay Community Action Program's array of health and human services, offered to the residents of 10 cities and towns in RI's east bay region. The event consists of fundraising activities, a cocktail hour, sit down dinner, live and silent auctions, live band, and an awards presentation. Details.
Tuck n' Taste | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
World Oceans Day Summit | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$10 per person. All are invited to the Redwood Library and Athenaeum for an Ocean Health Summit presented by Sailors for the Sea and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences! The Summit will provide an overview on the current state of our global ocean, followed by a discussion on how the success story of Narragansett Bay can be used to improve waters worldwide. Speakers from environmental, academic and government institutions will share how they are taking action to make a difference in the Ocean State. Details.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
Blue Garden Tour & Lecture: Newport & Historic Gardens | 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
$35 members, $45 non-members. Gather at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House for a trip to the legendary and recently-restored Blue Garden, then return to enjoy a box lunch and talk with author Caroline Seebohm and photographer Curtice Taylor about their new book, Rescuing Eden: Preserving America's Historic Gardens. Details.
Gallery Talk: The Vanderbilts Go Yachting | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
$10 Preservation Society members, $15 non-members. John Rousmaniere, Author & Marine Historian – Four generations of Vanderbilts were famous for their spectacular yachts and the great variety of uses the family put them to. Author & yacht historian John Rousmaniere brings their story to life. Details.
Newport Gallery Night | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Newport Gallery Night is the 2nd Thursday from February - December. It is easy, fun and is encouraging those people who might not regularly go to an art gallery, museum or cultural institution to participate in the monthly shows in the numerous member galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Details.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show at Newport Vineyards | 6:30 PM
$22 in advance, $25 at the door. Comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes the crowd for Kate Procyshyn, Doug Key and headliner Al Park. Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He recently won both the Boston Comedy Festival and the Cleveland Comedy Festival competitions, and was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Details.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Newport International Polo Series Lufthansa Cup | 5:00 PM
This classic 6-chukker match pits veterans of Newport against up-and-coming players for bragging rights in a test of skill and experience against speed and agility. Details.
SVF Foundation Annual Visitors Day | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free. Once a year, the SVF Foundation opens their gates to the public for a day of fascinating information and fun activities, all set on SVF’s breathtaking 35-acre property. Details.
British Motorcar Festival | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Through Sunday, June 12. With more than 300 classic British motorcars, the festival features a Fun Rally, a Friday night street party in downtown Bristol by the harbor with a live band and reserved parking for British Motorcars. Details.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Fairy Festival at Blithewold Mansion | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Blithewold’s 6th Annual Fairy Festival is a day to celebrate summer garden fun! Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Blithewold’s early summer Gardens and Grounds. All ages; costumes encouraged. Details.
The Golden Pheasant Dinner: Feast in the Field | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
$125 per person. Savor the first taste of summer with a harvest from land and sea at Mount Hope Farm. A farm style meal featuring local growers and fishermen from RI, CT and MA, prepared and served in five star style by Russell Morin Fine Catering, with each seat offering a VIP view of the food and floral gardens at Mount Hope Farm. Details.
MONDAY, JUNE 13
newportFILM Presents Gleason | 6:30- 8:30 PM
Free. At the age of 34, former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible. Details.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Newport Bermuda Race 2016
a 635 nautical-mile ocean race first sailed in 1906 and held biennially in even-numbered years. The race usually takes three to six days as it crosses a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for challenging weather; especially in the Gulf Stream, where there are strong currents. The start is off Castle Hill Light., Rhode Island. Details.
Newport Secret Garden Tour | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Through Sunday, June 19. A self-guided walking tours of private gardens located in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Each tour features about a dozen beautiful gardens. Details.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
2016 Newport Storm Brew.S. Open
Through Sunday, June 19. $5 pr person per round. Polish up your golf clubs and break out those popped collars for the 2016 Newport Storm Brew.S. Open! Friends, families and craft beer lovers are all invited to try their hand at the challenging 18 hole mini golf course while savoring their delicious brew. Details.
35th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off | 12:00 - 6:00 PM
$20 in advance, $25 at the door. The legendary Great Chowder Cook-Off officially kicks off summer in Newport at Fort Adams. The original and longest running chowder championship draws competitors and crowds from across the country. Attendees enjoy endless samples of traditional and exotic creations and get to vote for their favorites. Details.
Norman Bird Sanctuary's 10th Annual 5K
Run, walk, or jog your way past scenic vistas of field, ridge and beach while the birds cheer you on! Kids can join the fun by registering for the Frosty Freez Kids Run. And the fun doesn’t end after the race. Join us back at the Sanctuary for music by DJ Butch, refreshments, and the awards ceremony. Details.
Newport International Polo Series USA vs. Australia | 5:00 PM
ustralia makes its celebrated return to Newport after a 6-year hiatus to play in the Polo Series. Lt. Col. Thomas St. Quintin of the 10th Hussars introduced the game to Australia in 1876 - he was the "Father of Australian Polo" and two of his brothers stayed on there as ranchers and helped the game to develop. Details.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
3rd Annual Bristol Oyster Festival | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The 3rd Annual Bristol Oyster Festival, hosted by DeWolf Tavern and Thames Street Landing, is a celebration of rich Rhode Island history, Aqua culture, community and way of life. Join us for a day of food and family fun to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Details.
Father's Day Hike at Ballard Park | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$10 Suggested donation. Start Father’s Day with fresh air and a hike of the trails at Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park staff will host a guided tour of the thirteen nature preserve providing information on its history, unique features and habitats like a vernal pond, woodland forest and quarry meadow. Details.
MONDAY, JUNE 20
Rose Island Summer Solstice Celebration | 5:22 - 8:22 PM
$25 members, $30 non-members. Watch the sun setting on this longest day of the year. Pack a picnic and enjoy refreshments from the cash bar. Music provided by Fred Bartlett of Jamestown. Transportation via the Jamestown Ferry. Details.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
Children's Workshop: Bugs & Slugs at Ballard Park | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
$5 per child. Children will flip over rocks, dig in the dirt and enjoy the natural setting of Ballard Park as they search for bugs and slugs. Ballard Park will supply our special bug collecting tools so they can examine the creepy, crawly creatures up close and learn more about their habits and habitats. Ages 7-12. Details.
Children's Workshop: Pollination Nation at Ballard Park | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
$5 per child. Learn about the important role of bees, butterflies, birds, and discover how flowers are designed to attract these animals. Hands-on lessons will be taught while walking the thirteen acre nature preserve. Ages 6-12. Details.
Haven Brothers Food Truck at Residence Inn by Marriott | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Haven Brothers Diner originated in, and still operating in Providence, Rhode Island, and is one of the oldest restaurants on wheels in America starting in 1893 as a horse drawn lunch wagon. Details.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
John F. Kennedy in Newport Lecture | 5:30 PM
$1 Newport Historical Society members, $5 non-members. Using archival materials from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Tom Putnam will lead a conversation about JFK and the time he spent in Newport. Details.
Speakeasy & Carry a Rocks Glass | 6:00 PM
$95.95 per person. Ticket includes train ride, performance and dinner. With prohibition in full swing and the country thirsting for a sip of hooch, a group of entrepreneurs has come up with the idea for a speakeasy on the rails! But, deals with gangsters, politicians, socialites, and dirty cops threaten the fun. When a guest gets bumped off, it’s up to you to uncover the truth before the train gets back to the station. Details.
C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta
Through Sunday, June 26. A sailing clinic and regatta for adaptive sailors from across the USA and international competitors. Details.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
An Evening of Revelry Summer Solstice Fundraiser at Fort Adams | 6:30 - 10:30 PM
$85 per person. Catering provided by Blackstone Catering, music & dancing courtesy of "The X Isles," silent auction Items and open bar included in ticket price. Details.
Bacardi Newport Sailing Week | 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Through Sunday, June 26. The BACARDI Newport Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank will return to Newport this summer for a week filled with good sailing and festivities. This year’s event will hold an exciting agenda with amazing sailing in Narragansett Bay, the Pipistrello boat building workshop exhibit at Bowen’s Wharf, and exciting BACARDI events in bars and establishments throughout town. Details.
Newport Flower Show | 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Recurring through Sunday, June 26. During the Gilded Age, nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form. Gardens became stages for nature's most brilliant performances, women's fashions were created for stylish parades, and houses became museums for a lifetime of treasures. Details.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Newport International Polo Series Newport vs. Boston | 5:00 PM
The Boston team returns for a shot at reclaiming the Shreve Crump & Low Cup this year. The match is the first of the City Series, a highlight of the Newport International Polo Series presented by your Rhode Island BMW, featuring challengers from around the US in classic 6-chukker matches against the home team. Details.
2nd Annual Newport Pirate Invasion | 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Each ticket gets you into the Crew of Tommy Tew, an awesome t-shirt, some super sweet salty crew beads to wear and share with whoever ye please, a treasure map with the invasion route, and access to win prizes for winning the scavenger hunt! So don't be that guy or gal who's too cool and just shows up or ye'll be sure to walk the plank! Details.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
CVS Health Charity Classic
Recurring through Tuesday, June 28. The CVS Health Charity Classic will once again kick-off the New England summer with world-class golf for a great cause!. Be sure to join co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade along with 18 elite golfers from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours. Details.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
Rough Point After Hours: Sights & Sounds of Shangri La | 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Immerse yourself in the music, art and cultures of the places that inspired Doris Duke's Honolulu home. Interactive art and music stations on the lawn. Food available for purchase; bring a blanket or lawn chair. Rain or shine! Purchase tickets at the door. Details.