Our social calendars are filled to the max as we head into festival season here in Newport. This week brings no shortage of things to do for the whole family. From the pumpkin palooza at Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses with hay rides, pumpkin painting and more to the return of Newport International Boat Show and Bowen's Wharf free Wooden Boat Show, your only problem is which fun-filled events to choose.

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

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, SEPTEMBER 12

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, SEPTEMBER 13

LECTURE: MALMAISON: AN EMPRESS'S PARADISE

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.

 

 

SPEAKER SERIES: SEAMEN'S CHURCH INSTITUTE

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport
Admission: Free; $10 Suggested donation
Details: Dr. Bruce Corliss, Dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, will provide an update on the Graduate School of Oceanography, including the new Master of Oceanography, and speak about the role of the college in Greening the Fleet. Dr. Corliss served as chair of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, an organization of 61 academic institutions and national laboratories that coordinates the activities of the United States oceanographic research ships. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a complimentary wine reception, followed by 7:00 p.m. presentation.  

 

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.

 

 
 
PRE-K FALL STORY & STROLL SERIES

When: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $5 per program, includes 1 parent and 1 child, $2 per additional child per parent
Details: Join NBS educators for a fun series of nature stories geared toward the youngest visitors. Each week a story will compliment a nature walk focused on the sensory experiences around the garden and trails.  This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

 

Z FOOD TRUCK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereResidence Inn by Marriott
Details: Z Food Truck offers food that not only tastes good but is also good for you. Enjoy salads, wraps and family favorites that are flavorful, affordable and healthy.

 

RELATED: Food Trucks Return to Middletown Through October

 

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, SEPTEMBER 14

CITY OF ARBORETA

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $50 for afternoon or $150 for tour & reception
Details: Newport has long been home to some of the country's finest tree collections and grandest landscapes. Join the Newport Arboretum in celebrating the addition of six newly accredited arboreta to the City of Arboreta. Don't miss this rare opportunity to tour some of Newport's finest landscapes and tree collections. Six private Newport estates will open their grounds for self-guided afternoon tours, offering a rare glimpse into some the city's exceptional trees and landscapes.

 

ART AFTER DARK

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members
Details: The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI are celebrating DESIGN WEEK RI during Art After Dark with an exciting collaborative design event, "Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin at the Newport Art Museum.” The museum presents local fashion design heavy weight Leah Benjamin, who will share her work, inspiration, and her take on the intersection between
art, culture and celebrity in the post millennium.

 

NEWPORT WOODEN BOAT SHOW

When: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Recurring daily through September 17
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free
Details: A vast collection of wooden power and sailboats will dot the Newport waterfront at historic Bowen's Wharf Marina during this year's Newport Wooden Boat Show in concurrence with Newport International Boat Show and Newport Brokerage Boat Show. 

 

 

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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.

 

47TH ANNUAL NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Yachting Center 
Admission: Ticket Prices Vary 
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.

 

RELATEDSave the Date: 47th Annual Newport International Boat Show

 

ALL HANDS ON DECK MEET THE ARTIST

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereSpring Bull Gallery & Studio
Admission: Free
Details: Spring Bull Gallery celebrates the tradition of recreational and working vessels here on Narragansett Bay in our upcoming exhibit All Hands on Deck. Exhibiting in this show are artists: Anne Winthrop Cordin, Harley Bartlett, Mark Fernandez, Bill Lane, John MacGowan, Paola Mangiacapra, Jonathan McPhillips, Michael Rich, Susan Shaw, Anthony Tomaselli and David Witbeck.

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

FRIDAYS @ SIX

When: 6:00 PM
WhereNewport 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. 

 

 
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 16

COGGESHALL FARM MUSEUM'S ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR

When: September 16 - 17, 2017; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereCoggeshall Farm
Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for children 4-11, seniors, and active military; free for children under 4 and Coggeshall Farm members.
Details: The 44th annual Coggeshall Farm Harvest Fair brings two full days of "old-fashioned" fun and games. Enjoy pony & hay rides, family-friendly entertainment, live music and dancing, and local food vendors. Your entrance fee includes games, competitions, performances and selected craft activities. 

 

 
RELATEDA Guide to Fall Festivals & Fairs Coming to Newport & Bristol Counties

 

FIREFLY YOGA FESTIVAL

When: September 16, 2017; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Glen Park, Portsmouth 
Admission: $25 per person, includes parking, admission to yoga classes, demonstrations and music; non-yoga ticket: $15; Kids 14 and under: free
Details: A day of yoga, meditation, music, vendors and food. Yoga classes will start at 10;00 AM and continue throughout the afternoon. There will be three rounds of classes (10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM), with two classes occurring simultaneously during each time slot. 

 

PUMPKIN PALOOZA

When: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday through October 29, 2017
Where: Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID
Details: Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses is hosting pumpkin palooza through October filled with family fun. Play in the hay, take a magic pumpkin coach ride, make your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and more. 

 

RELATEDHarvest Fair Returns to Norman Bird Sanctuary This September
 
WALKING TOUR: ESTATE GARDENERS OR NEWPORT

When: 11:00 AM
Where: Departs Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID
Details: The well-manicured lawns and carefully cultivated gardens of Newport’s Gilded Age estates were as important as the famous “cottages”. Maintaining them was a herculean effort. Join Frank Amaral, Newport Restoration Foundation Head Landscaper, and Harry Eudenbach, historian and author of Estate Gardeners of Newport on a walking tour that explores the stories of the gardeners, both past and present, who have worked at many of Newport’s finest homes.

 

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 17

3-HOUR AMERICA'S CUP 12 METER RACING EXPERIENCE

When: 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where12 Meter Charters
Admission: $139 per person
Details: ace 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. Fun for sailors of all ages.

 

 

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GUIDED BIRD WALK

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM 
WhereNorman 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.

 

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereCarolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards
Admission: $20 per car and receive a $10 wine coupon
Details: Enjoy the sounds of The Duke Robillard Hard-Swing Sextet: Swinging Jazz Standards amid the vines. 

 

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.