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

This month brings a myriad of ways to explore our coastal enclave, from classic outdoor adventures like lobster boils and sunset cruises to special events that celebrate the arts, like IMC's performance of Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook & Pan performed right aboard Newport's new tall ship, Oliver Hazard Perry.

Not to mention, September kicks our season of cozy festivals and fairs with the Coggeshall Harvest Fair, Newport International Boat Show and the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. 

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

 

 

 

 

SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT: A TALE OF HOOK & PAN

When: September 6 - 9
WhereFort Adams State Park
Admission: $95

A perilous dance adventure by Miki Ohlsen with original score by Toby Andrews.

 

MAC N' CHEESE EVENING

When: September 6
Where: Grace Vanderbilt
Admission: $55 

Enjoy an indulgent evening of quality Scottish whisky paired with delicious local artisanal cheeses during a special Macallan Whisky tasting in the Vanderbilt Grill. 

 

NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOUR

When: September 7 - 9
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 7 - 9 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 along historic Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive. 

 

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TOMMY TEWSDAY: THE ANNUAL NEWPORT PIRATE INVASION

When: September 8
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $45

Event begins at the Fastnet Pub followed by a journey to the boats where you'll enjoy an hour and a half cruise around Newport with free Thomas Tew Rum and Allie's donut cakes. Afterwards, enjoy food/drink discounts around town. This ticket also includes entrance to an awesome after party at One Pelham.

 

NEWPORT WOODEN BOAT SHOW

When: September 13 - 16
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free

Bowen's Wharf 3rd Annual Newport Wooden Boat Show brings the sights, sounds, memories of waves against the planking to the historic waterfront. In-water exhibitors will be at Bowen's Wharf Marina and on-land exhibitors will be arranged throughout the historic wharf property.

 

NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

When: September 13 - 16
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. 

 

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3-HOUR 12 METER RACING EXPERIENCE

When: September 16
Where: 12 Meter Charters
Admission: $169 per person

Race aboard a 12 Meter America’s Cup contender! Aboard the 12 Meter racing yachts our professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a “hands on” sailing experience, but participation is not required. No sailing experience necessary. 

 

A PIANO JOURNEY WITH I-HEUNG LEE

When: September 16
Where: Redwood Library & Athenæum
Admission: $10 for members, $20 for non-members

It is our pleasure to welcome back acclaimed pianist, I-Heung Lee, for another special performance in the historic Harrison Room. Ms. Lee's concert will feature works by Leschetizky, Liszt, Mozart and more.

 

NEWPORT CRAFT BEER DINNER

When: September 19
Where: Smoke House
Admission: $55

Celebrate all things summer with Newport Storm and Smoke House for a beer dinner including four-course menu inspired by Newport Storm's local brews.

 

NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL

When: September 20 -23
Where: Marble House
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The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns September 20 - 23. Signature events include the Burgundy Dinner, Wine & Rosecliff Gala, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, the Vintner Dinner, Newport After Dark, the Sunday Jazz Brunch and seminars throughout the weekend. 

 

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RHODE RACES: JAMESTOWN

When: September 22
Where: Fort Getty Pavilion
Admission: $70

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. 

 

NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY HARVEST FAIR

When: September 29 - 30
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Adults: $6, Children: $3 (age 3-12); under 3 are free

An autumn ritual for generations of families, this beloved old-fashioned fair offers something for everyone. The “Mabel Express” Barrel Train, Monkey Bridge, Mud Pit, Midway games and Children’s crafts tent invites kids of all ages to join in the fun. Talented crafters and artisans sell their beautifully created items, enticing fair-goers to get a jump on holiday shopping. Local food and beer vendors offer an array of appetizing selections, while an impressive line-up of musicians round out the festive atmosphere.

 

BRISTOL BURGER BASH

When: September 30
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $35 for Linden Place members, $45 for non-members

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 Toasted Bun Hospitality, Inc., this afternoon of culinary fun is a fundraiser for the preservation and restoration of Linden Place Mansion.

 

 

 

 

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