May might just be one of our favorite months. Outdoor patios reopen for the season, sailboats return to the water and we find ourselves reunited with the ocean breeze. Not to mention, May packs a punch with the return of some highly anticipated annual events. From the Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival that brings three days of fresh local seafood and live music to the waterfront, to the semi-annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival and the return of Rail Explorers, May on The Coast is a daydream. 

 

Our top picks for the month below.

 

COVID-19 NOTE:

When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, local restaurants, shops, and businesses are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all. This includes wearing mandatory face coverings, following guidelines put in place by health and government officials, and implementing stringent cleaning practices.

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

 

 

 

 

 

KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY

When: May 1; 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Linden Place
Admission: $100

Dig out your derby hat and bring out the seersucker jackets. The ultimate derby watching experience, Linden Place celebrates Kentucky Derby Day in true Colt family fashion with mint juleps, live music, great food, bourbon tasting, live streaming of the 147th annual Kentucky Derby, live and silent auction & more. With prizes for best-dressed, biggest hat, most dapper couple and more, this fundraiser for Linden Place Mansion is not to be missed.

 

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NEWPORT OYSTER & CHOWDER FESTIVAL

When: May 21 - 23; 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: $40 - $60

This year, Bowen's Wharf Company celebrates these Ocean State offerings with the 2021 Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival, set to return May 21 - 23 with fresh oysters and chowder from local growers and vendors. Growers will be shucking alongside a select group of local restaurants and live music under festival tents all weekend long. You'll find additional oysters, a full bar and other food provided by local restaurants available on site for purchase.

 

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ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL

When: May 28 - 30
Where: Greenvale Vineyards

Featured comedians include Shane Torres (Comedy Central, CONAN), Ian Lara (HBO, Comedy Central) Raanan Hershberg (Comedy Central), Caitlin Peluffo (Colbert), Ray Harrington (CONAN), Steven Rogers (Colbert), Christi Chiello (Comedy Central) and dozens more local and national comedians. Full wine bar available and food trucks on site at Greenvale, full menu and bar at The Reef.

Seating is extremely limited for these events.

 

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COASTAL QUEEN SUNSET CRUISE W. BEATLES' HITS

When: May 1; 7:15 - 8:45 PM
Where: Jamestown Newport Ferry
Admission: $35

Climb aboard the Coastal Queen for 90-minute sunset cruise featuring piped-in music from The Beatles. Sit back, relax and savor a drink from the on-board bar while enjoying your favorite Beatles’ hits. Along the way, enjoy classic sights like Rose Island Lighthouse, Hammersmith Farm, Clingstone, Fort Adams, and more.

Valid ID and cloth face covering are required for boarding.

 

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INAUGURAL STONEACRE DOG SHOW

When: May 22; 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Stoneacre Garden
Admission: $10 suggested donation for the Potter League; $200 VIP table for 4; $25 per dog entry

This May, VIPs – or “Very Important Pups” -- will take over the patio at Stoneacre Garden to compete in Stoneacre Hospitality Group’s first annual Stoneacre Dog Show, where a panel of judges will award first-place ribbons across 10 categories, ranging from scruffiest beard to waggiest tail. All participating pups will receive branded swag and attendees can shop from dog-friendly vendors and enter a silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefit The Potter League for Animals, an animal care & adoption center that enriches the lives and promotes the humane treatment of animals.

 

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DAFFODIL DAYS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

When: Through May 13
WhereBlithewold Mansion

Each April, tens of thousands of daffodils blanket the 33-acres at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. The well-known daffodil display known as Daffodil Days, welcomes fifty thousand daffodils. Meander the blossom-filled mansion grounds, and keep an eye out for Blithewold's "Don’t Miss Moments” featuring photos of the gardens and grounds displaying Mother Nature's bounty on any given day on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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OPENING WEEKEND AT RAIL EXPLORERS

When: May 1; 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: 1 Alexander Road, Portsmouth
Admission: $40 - $45 per person

Rail Explorers returns for their 2021 season. These custom-built, pedal-powered rail bikes travel along abandoned railroad tracks starting in Portsmouth and journeying along Narragansett Bay. 

 

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COASTAL QUEEN SUNSET CINCO DE MAYO CRUISE

When: May 2; 7:15 - 8:45 PM
Where: Jamestown Newport Ferry
Admission: $35

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo aboard the Coastal Queen with margaritas and Coronas from the onboard bar. Celebratory attire is welcome, and festive music will be piped in. Along the way, you will see the beautiful Jamestown shoreline and historic Newport Harbor.

Valid ID and cloth face covering are required for boarding. Departs from Jamestown.

 
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NEWPORT RHODE RACES

When: May 22; 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:  Easton's Beach (First Beach)
Admission: $95 marathon/$65 half marathon/$30 5k/$15 Beach Mile

This marathon, half marathon, and 5k returns to Newport May 22, partnering with Newport Daffodil Days to give you a true spring experience. Courses will pass nearly 1.2 million daffodils.

 
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ART BLOOMING AT LINDEN PLACE MANSION

When: May 7 - May 9; 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Linden Place
Admission: $15

The historic 1810 mansion, its collections and gardens will serve as an inspirational backdrop to dozens of original artwork and floral arrangements created by local artists and designers. Expressive forms of design and art inspired by the Linden Place gardens or mansion will be discovered in every room of the 1810 historic house museum. 

Art Blooming at Linden Place will kick-off the opening of the season for the 1810 historic house museum and gardens.

 
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COASTAL QUEEN SUNSET CRUISE W. JIMMY BUFFET HITS

When: May 15; 7:15 - 8:45 PM
Where: Jamestown Newport Ferry
Admission: $35

"It’s five o’clock somewhere" on the Coastal Queen in Jamestown. Cruise along the East Passage of Narragansett Bay listening to piped-in Jimmy Buffett hits. Sit back, relax, and enjoy sights like Rose Island Lighthouse, Fort Adams State Park, Clingstone, Hammersmith Farm, and more.

Valid ID and cloth face covering are required for boarding.

 
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BIKE NEWPORT FULL MOON RIDE

When: May 26; 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Big Blue Bike Barn: 20 Sunset Blvd, Newport
Admission: Free

Join Bike Newport for this monthly moonlit adventure along the coastline under the stars. Bring your bike, helmet, water bottle, snack, lock, and lights - white headlight for the front, red flasher for the back. 

Registration is required & free. This ride will be canceled if the weather/road conditions are not safe. Keep an eye on @bikenewportri social media channels for updates.

 
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BOOTS ON THE GROUND FOR HEROES MEMORIAL

When: May 28 - 31; 8:00 AM
WhereFort Adams

In 2016, OSDRI launched the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial with the widely acclaimed and dramatic display of now over 7,000 military boots adorned with name placards and flags representing each American service member killed in the Global War on Terror. 

The display grows in size each year as the names of the most recent Service Members Killed in Action are added. This year, a separate display will recognize service members who have taken their own lives having succumbed to the invisible scars of war such as PTSD and related mental health conditions.

*Mask required for entry

 
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NEWPORT MENTAL HEALTH'S 7TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

When: May 17; 11:00 AM
Where: The Aquidneck Club, Carnegie Harbor Drive, Portsmouth

Enjoy an exclusive experience at one of Rhode Island’s most luxurious clubs, and private golf courses. Newport Mental Health's charity golf tournament benefits over 1,400 Newport County residents that receive mental health services each year.

Golfers will receive the authentic members experience at one of RI’s most exclusive clubs  including valet parking, access to the clubhouse, locker rooms, restaurant, putting, chipping and driving range. Each foursome will be guided by a forecaddie with carts. Players will have the unique opportunity to enjoy this stunning course while you enjoy the sport and friends. Take a shot at the $100,000 hole in one, compete for the longest drive, closest to the pin, and beat the pro competitions. Golfers will be treated to a chef prepared dinner during the Awards Reception, and enjoy an open bar throughout the afternoon and evening.

 
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