We officially have end-of-summer anxiety. You know, the anxious feeling of having so much left to do before summer ends. This week adds so much to our to-do list, from the annual Newport SUP Cup - a paddleboard race through Narragansett Bay - and Ida Lewis Distance Race, to lectures, galleries and shows galore. Get ready for a busy summer week. 

 

Our picks for the week below. 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 14

GALLERY: ARTIST'S CHOICE

When: 12:00 - 5:00 PM; Recurring daily through August 30
Where: Spring 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.

 
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 15

CIGAR NIGHT

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

 

 

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LIVE MUSIC SERIES AT EASTON’S BEACH

When: 6:00 – 7:30 PM; Recurring weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 15
WhereEaston’s Beach
Admission: Free
Details:

  • FAMILY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last for approximately 90 minutes. In the event of rain, shows will be rescheduled - call 845-5810 after 4:00 PM. 
  • CHILDREN'S NIGHT PERFORMANCES: All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last approximately 45 minutes. In the event of rain, shows are held in the Rotunda Ballroom

 

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 16

THE PETER & EADDO KIERNAN LECTURE

When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff Mansion
Admission: Preservation Society members free - General Public $5
Details: The Preservation Society's 2017 Research Fellows will discuss their work - Hannah Kaemmer: 100 Years at Chateau-sur-MerLaura Jenkins: Designing Distinction: "Comfort & Enlightenment" in Gilded Age Bathrooms

 

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS

When: Dusk, every Wednesday through August
WhereBallard Park
Admission: Free
Details: 13 rolling acres of nature preserve set the stage for Ballard Park's summer film series, Movies on the Rocks. Bring a blanket, beach chair and a picnic to Quarry Meadow then sit back and relax. Movies are free and begin at dusk every Wednesday through August.

 

Z FOOD TRUCK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Residence 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.

 

 

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FIRESIDE EVENING MUSIC SERIES: BRIANA WHITE

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Details: Overlooking the firepits, enjoy live music while you sip and savor. Enjoy wine tastings, wine by the glass, beer and sangria, as well as light nosh from the kitchen. 

 

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. 

 

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!

 

 

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YAPPY HOUR 

When: 3:00 - 4:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Wednesday through September 27
WhereGrace Vanderbilt
Admission: $65 per person
Details: Enjoy the serenity of the Garden Terrace with your furry family member every Wednesday at 3:00 PM with a fur-fluenced canine menu.

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17

FILM SCREENING: ONE BIG HOME

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Jamestown Arts Center
Admission: $10 at the door
Details: Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

 
LECTURE: "TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED: HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, SEAMANSHIP"

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $10 for Museum Members, $18 for Non-Members
Details: The story behind the story: 25 years of writing, drawing and assembling the story of tugs. Architect Paul Farrell— tugboat enthusiast and masterful artist—brings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.

 

NEWPORTFILM OUTDOORS

When: 7:55 PM
Where: Rosecliff 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.

 

READ/EAT/CHAT

When: 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Members: free, non-members: $5
Details: Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of E. Curtis” by Timothy Egan, bring a lunch and discuss.

 

THURSDAYS IN THE GARDEN

When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Green 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.

 

 

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LECTURE: A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: 82 Touro Street
Admission: $5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active/retired military with ID
Details: Lecture on Newport's 18th transatlantic drug trade presented by Fordham University history professor Elaine Forman Crane

 

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, AUGUST 18

IDA LEWIS DISTANCE RACE

When: 12:30 PM
Where: Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Details: The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts and finishes off Newport’s historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, which sits famously on a rock in Newport Harbor, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower. It is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge.

 

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 littleneck clams accompanied by an assortment of condiments.

 

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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, AUGUST 19

BARBECUE COOK OUT 

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Baptist Church, Warren
Admission: $10
Details: The Baptist Church in Warren will be holding its second Summer cookout of the season. Open to all. Enjoy a menu of grilled hot dogs & hamburgers, as well as drinks, sides, and salads. 

 

CHARCUTERIE AT THE BREWERY

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Newport Storm Brewery
Admission: $20
Details: Newport Storm Brewery partnered with Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet to bring you a culinary specialty paired with all your favorite Newport Storm brews. Push your taste buds to the limit while enjoying some Newport classics. 

 

 
MIXOLOGY MASTER CLASS

When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
WhereVanderbilt Grace
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Prepare signature cocktails from Vanderbilt Grace's Spring Menu and enjoy complimentary Small Bites’ as you shake up concoctions beside resident Mixologists. 

 

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.

 

NEWPORT SUP CUP

When: 10:00 AM
Where: Newport Shipyard
Details: A Family fun paddleboard race with a Short (3 mile) course, long (6 mile) course and a Kids SUP race. 

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20

COLONIAL JEWISH BURYING GROUND OPEN

When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Touro Burying Ground
Admission: Free
Details: The public is invited to a once a year opportunity to walk the Colonial Jewish Burying Ground located at Kay St, Touro St. and Bellevue Avenue from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 20. This historic site immortalized in poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emma Lazarus features Egyptian revival entrance and grave stones for Newport's first Jewish community. While the majority of the stones are in the same style as other Colonial stones in New England, many are lettered in Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, Ladino and English. This is the final resting place of one of the wealthiest men in Colonial Newport, Aaron Lopez as well as Moses Sexias, the author of the letter that welcomed George Washington to the city in 1790 and prompted his historic response. Guides will be at the burying ground to answer questions and provide additional information about the site.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

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STEEL DRUM BRUNCH

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

 

NIMFEST

When: Every Sunday through August; 3:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereKing Park
Admission: Free
Details: Presented by the City of Newport, concerts are held on Sundays from 3:00 - 6:00 PM through August. All concerts are free of charge, just bring your lawn chair or a blanket!