As sad as we are to bid farewell to August, we're busting with excitement to welcome September. The first days of the month bring with them exciting festivals, family-friendly excursions and cannot-miss events. From live music series amid grape vines and rolling lawns to an extravagant gala, riveting lecture series and even a few free happenings, bring it on September. 

 

Our picks for the week below. 

 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 28

ILLUMINATING THE PAST

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Naval War College Museum, 686 Cushing Road, Newport
Admission: Free; reservations required 7 business days in advance for those without base access
Details: The Naval War College Museum is now hosting a new exhibit, “Illuminating the Past,” by Tom Freeman. Using the medium of watercolor, Tom W. Freeman specialized in naval and maritime themes. Researching deeply in written and visual sources, Freeman’s strict adherence to the historical record led to images of great accuracy. He was the first artist in residence for the U.S. Naval Institute as well as the artist in residence for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration from 2013 until his passing in 2015. Freeman’s art hangs not only in many museums but also in The White House, the USS Arizona Memorial, the Vatican, and the Royal Palace of Bahrain.

 

GALLERY: ARTIST'S CHOICE

When: 12:00 - 5:00 PM; Recurring daily through August 30
WhereSpring Bull Studio Gallery 
Admission: Free
Details: As the title suggests, participating artists choose their best work, not restricted by subject matter or theme, for submission to this juried exhibit. The art chosen by the juror, Richard Harrington, will be on display for your enjoyment for the month of August. 

 

CRAFT BURGER AND DRAFT BEER

When: 2:00 - 9:00 PM; Reoccurring weekly on Monday through September 25
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking
Admission:  $11.99
Details: Each week, the culinary crew at the Top of Newport Bar + Kitchen creates a unique handcrafted super burger and pairs it with a draft beer. The menu, featuring locally sourced beef from Sunset Farms, is available 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

SWEET BERRY FARM SUMMER CONCERT + DINNER

When: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Sweet Berry Farm
Admission: $19.95 + tax
Details: This is the last chance to attend Sweet Berry Farm's annual summer dinner and concert series featuring a dinner menu to complement the provided live music. Admission to all concerts is free. Specialty dinners prepared by Chef Scott Amaral are available along with many other food items from the café. Picnic tables are reserved for meal ticket holders only and on a first come basis. 

 

GOAT YOGA AT SIMMONS FARM

When: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Simmons Farm
Admission: $19.95 + tax
Details

 

VINEYARD VINYASA

When: 5:45 - 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $26
Details: Un-wine-d with a yoga class unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards and presented by Thames Street Yoga, embark on a 1 hour and 15 mins yoga class, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Dine at Brix Restaurant following the tasting to cap off the night.

 
CIGAR NIGHT

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Tuesday
WhereGrace Vanderbilt
Details: Enjoy a glass of Pisco and your favorite cigar or a refreshing glass of Rosé Champagne.

 

TACO-RITA TUESDAY

When: 2:00 - 9:00 PM, recurring weekly on Tuesday
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking
Admission: $11.99
Details: Tuesday is Taco-Rita Day featuring Top of Newport’s take on mouthwatering tacos paired with specially crafted margaritas.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30

LECTURE: TALES OF FRANCE: A HISTORY OF THE GREAT CHATEAUX 

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library 
Admission: $25
Details:This is the third lecture in the four-part series, "Tales of France: A History of the Great Chateaux." This week's lecture is Vaux-le-Vicomte: Classical Splendor; the building that sparked a king’s jealousy and the downfall of its owner, Vaux-le-Vicomte is a superb example of French Classical design. Built for Nicolas Fouquet, Minister of Finance for Louis XIV, the chateau is the creation of the great design team of Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun and Andre Le Notre, who would later create the palace of Versailles in an interesting turn of fate. A wine and cheese reception will be held before each lecture at 5:30 PM. 

 

 

A post shared by Erin Butner ¡Stubbs! (@erinbutner) on

A FORK IN THE ROAD FOOD TRUCK

When: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
WhereResidence Inn by Marriott Newport/Middletown
Details: A Fork In The Road food truck by Blackstone Caterers crafts fresh, homemade sandwiches, salads and classic New England staples. Helpful tip: Try their lobster roll, named best on Aquidneck Island. 

 

RELATEDFood Trucks Return to Middletown Through October

 

LOBSTER BOIL & SUNSET SAIL

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday
WhereRegatta Place
Admission: $55 for adults, $33 for children under 12
Details: Dinner includes 1 1/4 lb lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes or your choice of BBQ chicken. Cash bar during dinner, BYOB on sail.

 

FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through October 25
WhereForty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Head to the Oval Bar at Forty 1 North on Wednesday evening to taste a variety of wine from the region of Rhone. One of the world’s most diverse wine regions, the Rhone is known for producing excellent offerings ranging from rich reds made with 100% Syrah to whites crafted from Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. Explore the vast variety available in one of our favorite regions. Each wine will be accompanied by a light food pairing. RSVP.

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUNNIES

When:7:00 – 8:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through August 30
Where: Firehouse Theater
Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for kids
Details: If you are looking for a fun night out with the whole family these shows are for you: pure improvisation, inspired by audience suggestions, your children may even become part of the show and/or brought up on stage.

 

FLIGHT NIGHT

When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Book your wine – OR – beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with our Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

NEWPORT AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
Where: Memorial Boulevard
Admission: Free
Details: Newport County farmers and artisans gather every Wednesday to bring the freshest of nature's bounty, including: fresh meat products, farm-raised eggs, coffee beans, herbs, sweet and savory bakery products, an assortment of fresh seafood options, and fresh-cut flowers and plants. 

 

SPIRITS & STOGIES

When: 6:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through September 27
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking 
Admission: $65 per person
Details: Curated dinner experiences showcase a weekly spirit and cigar selection paired with a three-course menu created by Chef Barry Correia. Special guest hosts share expertise and encourage interaction. Dinners begin at 6:00 PM and a full menu for each week is available!

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

ART NIGHT AT MADE IN WARREN

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereMade in Warren Artist Cooperative 
Admission: Free
Details: To celebrate the next Bristol/Warren Art Night on August 31st , Made in Warren Artist Cooperative again invites the community in to meet and mingle with artists working across many media including ceramics, jewelry, glass, textiles, woodworking, painting and more. 

 

THURSDAYS IN THE GARDEN

When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereGreen Animals Topiary Garden
Admission: Preservation Society members $5, general public $10
Details: Track the garden's rhythms and celebrate all phases of a plant's life cycle, with a discussion of saving and growing seeds.

 

NEWPORTFILM OUTDOORS

When: 6:35 PM
Where: OceanCliff Lawn
Admission: Free
Details: Experience award-winning documentaries, live music, interviews with film makers and subjects, fabulous food, and loads of community spirit amongst Aquidneck Island's beautiful outdoor spaces. Screenings begin at sunset.

 

 

A post shared by newportFILM (@newportfilm) on

MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 6:30 PM, recurring weekly on Thursday
WhereChristie’s
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Learn how to shake, stir and strain your favorite cocktails at Christie's. On Thursday you will taste a selection of classic cocktails, receive hands on training while enjoying duck taco, shrimp cocktail, and goat cheese puff.

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

AUDRAIN AUTO MUSEUM GALA

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Avenue 
Admission: $500 - $1500 
Details: In addition to live music, dancing an casino games, fellow car collector and enthusiast Jay Leno will grace Ochre Court’s front and back lawns, allowing guests to enjoy an elegant cocktail space with a backdrop of magnificent cars overlooking the ocean. Following an elegant tented dinner, guests will be invited inside Ochre Court for speakeasy-style cocktails, gaming in the State Dining Room, music from the Marianne Bennet Orchestra and many other Prohibtion-era surprises. The inside of Ochre Court will take guests back in time to the night Prohibition was abolished, creating an authentic celebration that even Ochre Court’s original owners, the Goelet gamily, would have enjoyed.

 

FRIDAYS @ SIX

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Newport Storm Brewery
Admission: Free
Details: Be one of the first 50 to sign up on Newport Storm's Facebook at noon each Friday for Fridays @ Six to sample craft beer at no-cost. 

 

AUDUBON SOCIETY CITIZEN'S BANK FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

When: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more on the first Saturday of every month at the Audubon Environmental Education Center thanks to Citizen's Bank. On Saturday, head to Franklin's Hatch Day Party. Franklin is the resident eastern box turtle at the Environmental Education Center. Celebrate his birthday — the day he hatched. Learn all about these awesome turtles and have some fun.

 

START AT THE TOP HALF-PRICE RAW BAR

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking
Admission: Prices vary
Details: Kick off the weekend with Top of Newport’s Half-Price Raw Bar, a delectable spread showcasing the freshest seafood including succulent shrimp and locally sourced oysters on the half shell and little neck clams accompanied by an assortment of condiments.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

LIVE MUSIC AT CAROLYN'S SAKONNET VINEYARD

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard
Admission: $20 per car, receive $10 wine coupon
Details: Join Caroyln's Sakonnet Vineyard for live music among the vines from The Sakonnet All-Stars Jazz Jam featuring jazz styles and blues. 

 

MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: $30 adults, $25 seniors 65+ and active military, youth & students $15
Details: Enjoy a 90-Minute, family-friendly interactive mysteries inside the Newport Art Museum. Search the galleries for clues and interrogate the suspects. Bring the whole family, come with a group of friends, or test your sleuthing skills alone for 90 minutes of fast-paced fun and interactive entertainment at the Newport Art Museum. You're guaranteed to meet a cast of colorful characters dressed in gorgeous period costumes, but be careful who you trust, or you might just end up the victim!

 

NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO SERIES

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Glen Farm, Portsmouth
Admission: $12 general admission
Details: The Newport International Polo series is back for the season offering 17 action-packed matches every Saturday thru September. Watch as all-star lineups of international competitors take the field. Experience a tailgate party for the optimal experience, or plant your seat in the lawn and relax. Just don’t forget to help stomp the divots.

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

MIANTONOMI EXPLORATION DAYS

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Sunday through August 27
WhereMiantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free
Details: Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the City of Newport, as part of the Newport Open Space Partnership, announce new summer hours for the historic tower in Miantonomi Park as part of the Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days. The tower will be open and free to the public every Sunday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, beginning June 18 and ending August 27. 

 

GUIDED BIRD WALK

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM 
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary 
Admission: Free
Details: Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join our experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8 am.

 

FITNESS IN THE PARK

When: Sundays through August; 10:00 - 10:45 AM
WhereMiantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free
Details: Join Aquidneck Land Trust and the Newport County YMCA for free fitness classes in scenic Miantonomi Park every Sunday in August. This historic, 30-acre park features large, undisturbed woodlands in the densely developed North End of Newport. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors, and to engage in some free physical activity in the fresh air. The 45-minute classes will be led by a certified fitness professional from the Newport County YMCA. All ages and abilities are welcome.

 

BLOODY MARY BAR

When: 2:00 - 5:00 PM, recurring weekly on Sunday 
Where: Top of Newport, Hotel Viking 
Admission: Prices vary 
Details: Top of Newport provides the fixings, you do the mixing. Concoct the perfect Bloody Mary blending vodka with any combination of celery salt, celery stalks, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, horseradish, assorted hot sauces, olives and black pepper.

 

STEEL DRUM BRUNCH

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereChristie's
Details: Featuring Tiki Cocktails, Island Mimosa's Bloody Mary's and brunch additions