Come June, this charming coastal enclave transforms into an electric paradise brimming with family-friendly events, outdoor festivals and exciting happenings. Some of our favorite annual events return this month, like the International Polo Series every Saturday through September at Glen Farm in Portsmouth; the Newport Gulls games at historic Cardines Field; Back in Bloom, this year's version of the Newport Flower Show and so many more.
Our picks for the month below.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing.
NEWPORT PRIDE WEEKEND
When: Friday, June 25 - Sunday, June 27
Where: Throughout Newport
Newport Pride Weekend highlights events and experiences that celebrate community, and promote love, acceptance, inclusivity, and diversity of LGBTQ+ identities. Events include the Pride Market & Festival, Newport Pride Bike Ride and more.
BACK IN BLOOM: A BALLROOM FLORAL FANTASY
When: Friday, June 18 - Sunday, June 20
This year's Newport Flower Show is reimagined with the first-ever full floral installation inside the breathtaking ballroom at Rosecliff. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature while strolling through a unique fantasy of sight, scent and sound.
Enjoy Botanical Arts design classes in the salon, where talented designers will base their creations on expressions of a garden at nighttime. Then, make your way to the ballroom garden oasis featuring themed floral designs interpreting classes like Garden Nymph, Fireflies and Harvest Moon.
NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO SERIES
When: Saturday, June 5, 5:00 PM
Where: Glen Farm, Portsmouth
Witness the action field-side as the home team, USA/Newport, takes on weekly challengers from home and abroad in this 30th Anniversary season. Matches held every Saturday, June - Sept. feature exciting polo competition in one of New England's most popular outdoor summer events. Expert commentary and Jumbotron live-action coverage provide a professional narrative for spectators on the Lawn, in Reserved Tailgates and the Pavilion marquee. Special weekly features, fan prizes, concessions, opening and closing ceremonies add to the festivities with Pony Parade, Player's Salute and Trophy Presentation.
ACCLAIMED STORYTELLER LEN CABRAL LIVE AT LINDEN PLACE
When: Wednesday, June 2, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion Gardens
Linden Place will host internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral on Wednesday, June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. for a free evening of storytelling in the historic gardens.
All are welcome to come sit by the rose bushes, dogwood and magnolia trees in the back garden and be transported to other lands as Cabral brings to life original stories and folk tales from Africa, Cape Verde, and the Caribbean, as well as other places around the world.
NEWPORT MEMORIAL BOAT PARADE
When: Sunday, June 6, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Where: Mitchell’s Rock (between Rose and Goat islands)
A group of community boaters has joined Sail Newport to organize a Newport Harbor Memorial Boat Parade for Sunday, June 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. The parade will pay tribute to members of the community who passed away in 2020 and 2021.
Brad Read, Sail Newport’s executive director was inspired to create the memorial boat parade because of the loss of opportunities to gather due to pandemic restrictions.
RI SLAVE HISTORY MEDALLION INSTALLATION
When: Saturday, June 19, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
Linden Place Museum will become part of a statewide initiative as it unveils its Rhode Island Slave History Medallion at a free event on June 19th (also known as Juneteenth). The event begins at 12:00 p.m. and will feature prominent local speakers, African dancers, live music, and a land acknowledgment by Sagamore William Guy of the Pokanoket tribe. It is one of several African American history events happening at Linden Place this summer that is sponsored by Bank Newport.
NEWPORT GULLS OPENING DAY
When: Friday, June 4, 6:35 PM
Where: Cardines Field
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.
PICNIC PERFORMANCE AT ROUGH POINT
When: Friday, June 4, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Rough Point
Enjoy a monthly outdoor art performance series on the grounds of Rough Point. In June, Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate, Tina Cane, brings her poetry to Rough Point for a reading from her recently published works. Visitors can lounge on the grass amongst the blooms in the Formal Garden, or bring blankets, chairs, or pillows to relax. Grounds open at 6:00 PM, performance begins at 6:30 PM.
BIKE NEWPORT FULL MOON RIDE
When: Wednesday, June 23
Where: Departs 20 Sunset Blvd, Newport
Join Bike Newport for this monthly moonlit adventure along the coastline under the stars. Registration is free and required. Bring your bike, helmet, water bottle, snack, lock, and lights - white headlight for the front, red flasher for the back.
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