Summer may be slowly winding down but this Classic Coast is still in full gear.

This month brings so many ways to explore our coastal enclave, from classic outdoor adventures like a 3-hour sailing experience on the harbor or the annual Four Brides Ride, to fantastic culinary events like a traditional clam boil on Rose Island and the annual Bristol Burger Bash.

Not to mention, September kicks off our season of cozy festivals and fairs with the Newport International Boat Show, the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival and the brand new Harbor Lights Newport set to light up the docks along the harbor for two nights.

Explore for yourself. Below are our top picks for September. 


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. 


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When: September 20-21, 2019 from dusk to 10:00 PM
Where: Marinas from the Newport Shipyard to the West Wind Marina at Waite's Wharf
Admission: Free

The first ever Harbor Lights Newport hits the Newport harborfront on September 20 - 21, 2019 as boat owners, marinas and waterfront businesses illuminate their vessels, docks, yacht clubs, shops and restaurants with festive lights from dusk until 10 PM on both nights. Illuminated boats will remain in their slips and on their moorings as you stroll, shop and dine along the waterfront decorated with colorful lights and decor to kick off the fall season on The Classic Coast.




When: September 19 - 22
Where: Marble HouseRosecliff + The Elms

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns September 19 - 22, 2019 to the Marble House lawn with special events, celebrity appearances and a two-day Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 with the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen local restaurants and caterers.




When: September 12 - 15
Where: The Bohlin at Newport Yachting Center
Admission: $15 general admission

Meander an expensive collection of boats and accessories alongside a wealth of events, like the ever-popular Confident Captain’s At The Helm instruction program, or the highly anticipated Newport For New Products (NFNP) program, which provides attendees with the exciting opportunity to view boats and products making their first ever debut in the U.S. 




When: September 7 - 8
Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: $16 adults, $11 children

Razor-sharp talons, extraordinary strength, hooked beaks and highly developed eyesight and hearing make raptors the rulers of the avian world. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Enjoy live raptor presentations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.




When: September 15; 3:00 PM
Where: 12 Meter Charters
Admission: $175

Have you ever dreamed of racing an America's Cup yacht? 12 Meter Charters gives you the opportunity to sail and race aboard our America's Cup 12 Meter yachts that raced in the America's Cup. Feel the exhilaration of sailing aboard our 70-foot racing contenders and setting out full speed ahead as you join us on this exciting 3-Hour Racing Experience.




When: September 15; 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Admission: $70

The seventh annual 4 Bridges Ride sponsored by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is a 26 mile charity ride that allows cyclists an opportunity to cross the Verrazzano, Pell, Sakonnet and Mt. Hope Bridges connecting the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The event begins in North Kingstown and finishes on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol. 




When: September 26; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Smoke House
Admission: $55

Enjoy a casual five-course dinner with each course paired with a great local brew from Newport Craft Brewing. An evening of great fun for beer lovers and food lovers alike.




When: September 18; 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Mount Hope Farm
Admission: $10

Matthew “Marcello” Haynes is speaking at Mount Hope Farm on the Romantic World of Gondolas with stories and gondolier songs. Enjoy a fun evening learning about the Italian gondola tradition, some memorable stories of Matt’s time on the Providence River




When: September 28; 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Rose Island Lighthouse
Admission: $95

Head to Rose Island for an afternoon celebration with local favorites of clams, mussels, & BBQ Chicken. Transportation via the Jamestown Ferry, a McGrath's Clam Boil, & Rose Island Lighthouse Tour provided.




When: September 6 - 8
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

The bi-annual Newport Secret Garden Tour opens the gate to a number of private gardens during its return on September 6 - 8 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. "On & Off the Avenue and Drive," as it is titled this season, features a number of gorgeous gardens that are dotted on and off Bellevue Avenue, Ocean Drive and the Kay/Catherine neighborhoods. 




When: September 28
WhereAdirondack II
Admission: $55 with drinks + Drag Show, $40 soft drinks

Launch from Bowen's Wharf on the Adirondack II, one of the famed wooden schooners for an unforgettable cruise featuring drag entertainment from the Trailer Park Girls. Indulge in nautical merriment and celebrate LGBTQ+ community until 5:00. Allies are welcome! And after, stick around in Newport to keep the celebration going.




When: September 14; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: State Street, Bristol
Admission: Free

Lower State Street will come alive with live music, artists, craft vendors and delicious food from your favorite local restaurants. Free children's arts and crafts tables and face painting.




When: September 29; 1:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $50

East Bay’s best restaurants will bring their “burger” A-game, serving up mini burgers of all types – imagine beef, turkey, chicken, pork, seafood and more! Presented with sponsor Chomp Kitchen & Drinks, this afternoon of culinary fun is a fundraiser for the preservation and restoration of Linden Place Mansion.




When: September 21
Where: Fort Getty Pavilion
Admission: $60

This race is set on picturesque Conanicut Island and looks out over Narragansett Bay and the Newport Pell Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in New England. The course features vivid landscapes, winding roads, historic Watson Farm as well as the village of Jamestown with its small shops and quaint restaurants. 


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