Summer may be winding down but our City by the Sea is still in gear.

This month brings a bounty of ways to explore, from outdoor adventures including a jazz series among the sprawling vines of Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, lobster boils & sunset cruises and scavenger hunts for the kids, to activities to celebrate arts & culture, 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. Don't forget our beloved annual fairs and festivals, including 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. 


When: Wednesday, September 6; 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $10 for Preservation Society of Newport County members, $15 for general public
Details: Hear about the role played by some of the most wealthy and influential women of the Gilded Age - including leaders of New York and Newport society - in winning the right to vote for women


When: Saturday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Details: The bi-annual Newport Secret Garden Tour opens the gate to a number of private gardens during its return this September 8 - 10, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. "On and Off the Avenue and Drive," as it is titled this season, features a number of gorgeous gardens that are dotted along Bellevue Avenue, and even on Newport’s picturesque Ocean Drive. Primarily designed and maintained by their owners, each garden is a labor of love shared with the community to help raise funds for the arts education programs at Aquidneck Island’s public schools. 


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When: Saturday, September 9; 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Independence Park, Bristol
Admission: $10, Kids under 10, free
Details: Hydes Food Truck Festival in Bristol features a lengthy line up of food trucks, including Championship Melt, Citizen Wing, Portu-Galo, Friskie Fries, Haven Brothers Diner / Haven Brothers Mobile food truck, Elwood's Dog House, Z food truck., Noble Knots, Mike's Ice, Fugo Food Truck, & SoulFull.

Proceeds benefit Engine 1 of the Bristol Fire Department with the purchase of new equipment and training material.



When: Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10; 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: The Audubon Environmental Education Center 
Admission: $11 per child; $16 per adult
Details: Join Audubon for a two-day festival celebrating the amazing raptors. Eagles, owls, falcons and hawks will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages. 



When: Saturday, September 9, 23; 3:30 PM
Where: Beavertail Lighthouse & Museum 
Admission: $5 donation
Details: Climb the tower of the third oldest lighthouse in America. Climbers must be at least 4 ft tall and are strongly urged to consider sneakers and supportive footwear. Neither small children nor pets may be carried. Must be in line by 3:30 PM to climb tower before closing.




LECTURE: Malmaison: An Empress’s Paradise

When: Wednesday, September 13; 5:30 - 7:00 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenaeum
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon, created an exquisite country retreat at Malmaison where she perfected the Empire style and became famed for one of Europe’s finest rose gardens. Recognized as the mastermind behind the glamour of her husband’s reign, Josephine’s Malmaison offers a glimpse at the life and accomplishments of a remarkable lady.



When: Thursday, September 14 - Sunday, September 17; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Newport Yachting Center
Details: The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor allowing you to enjoy everything the City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies - many making their official debut in Newport! Visitors will also find an extensive array of marine equipment, services and accessories to round out the boat show experience.


boat Show


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When: Wednesday, September 20 - Sunday, September 24; 9:00 AM
Where: Island Moving Company
Admission: $10 for Preservation Society of Newport County members, $15 for general public
Details: Island Moving Company presents the seventh Open for Dancing Festival. Choreographers this year are Mary Scott, of Seattle; Thom Dancy of St. Louis, MO and Teresa Fellion from New York. They will be working with other artists and members of the community to create work for this imaginative and joyous festival. In a process that participants have called life-changing, ordinary people collaborate with accomplished choreographers and artists to make memorable performances. 



When: Saturday, September 23; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House 
Admission: Free
Details: Join the Newport Historical Society for "Cider in 18th Century Newport: A History Space Event." This free, interactive program features cider press demonstrations from expert Chris Hurley 



When: Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24; 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Marble House
Admission: Free
Details: The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 12th year September 21- 24, 2017. Signature events include the Burgundy Dinner at The Elms, Wine & Rosecliff Gala at Rosecliff, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday at Marble House, the Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff, Newport After Dark at Forty 1˚ North, the Sunday Jazz Brunch on the terrace of Marble House and seminars in The Breakers Stable and Carriage House throughout the weekend. 

Wine + Food Festival 2016

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When: Saturday, September 23; 7:00 - 10:30 AM
Where: Fort Getty Pavilion 
Admission: $60
Details: The Jamestown Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The event 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. 



When: Sunday, September 24; 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum 
Admission: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Details: Program is as follows: 

  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Papillons Op.2
  • Mozart (1756-1791) Rondo in D Major K.485
  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Consolation No.3 in D Flat Major
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Sonatine
  • I Modern
  • II Menuet
  • III Anime
  • Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante




When: September 30, 2017 - October 1; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Tickets: Adults: $6, Children: $3 (age 3-12); under 3 are free
Details: 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.


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