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. 

 

ONGOING
 

Yoga in the Garden | Fridays, 9:00 AM

Join us at Blithewold in Bristol for Yoga in the Garden. Drop-Ins: $10 Member/$15 Non-Member, Bristol Yoga Studio Class Passes Welcome.

 

Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard Sunday Jazz Series presented by ALEX AND ANI | Sundays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard Sunday Jazz Series presented by ALEX AND ANI. No Cover, Sakonnet Food and Beverages ONLY on Premises. Carolyn’s Café and Grab N’ Go
Open for Your Convenience!

 

Yoga on the Rooftop at the Vanderbilt Grace | Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Sheri Silva will guide you through a flow class with the focus on integrating movement, breath, body and mind through moving meditation. Exploring the deep benefits of a joyful, holistic approach to our being from a place of inner wisdom and playfulness. This is an all levels class and is $15 per person.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Outdoors with newportFILM | Thursdays Nights

Watch and enjoy an al fresco documentary film on the lawn of Newport Art Museum. The film will roll at sunset, with live music presented before. 

 

Romeo and Juliet at Jane Pickens Theater | 2:00 PM

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy.  

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Museum of Yachting 37th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta | Through Sunday, September 4. 

This classic yacht regatta includes two days of racing and will draw a fleet that stands as a time capsule of classic design – from small traditional one-designs to large, majestic yachts built over a century ago.

 

Afternoon Tea with Harpist Arilyn Mitchell | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Recurring Sunday, September 4. Join the Hotel Viking for Afternoon tea while listening to the amazing sounds of Harpist Arilyn Mitchell. 

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Annual Labor Day Weekend Lobster Boil/ Steak Fry | 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Head to the Newport Elks Lodge for their annual Labor Day weekend lobster bake/steak fry. Enjoy clam chowder, clam cakes, a horseshoe tournament and DJ. 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Lobster Boil + Sunset Sail aboard Schooner Aurora | Wednesdays, Dinner 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.  Sail 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

With her two masts tall under a clear sky, Aurora will take you back to a time reminiscent of the "Tall Ships Era." The seaworthy Aurora is Coast Guard certified to accommodate up to 68 passengers and is professionally maintained by her friendly and experienced crew. The BEST way to see the City by the Sea this August. $59 for adults and $33 for children under 12.

 

What the %@&*! Happened to Comics? | 7:00 PM

Spend an evening with Art Spiegelman as part of the Roger Williams University President’s Distinguished Speakers Series. In his lecture — "What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?"— Spiegelman will take his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics while examining the value of the medium and why it should be celebrated, not ignored.

 

Scavenger Hunt Tour for Kids & Families | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Explore the 1810 mansion with this self-guided tour that is perfect for both children and adults! Find dozens of items, hidden and in plain sight, while you learn about the house and family history. Spot a 200-year old coach, search out George Washington and find out the meaning behind the phrase “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

IMC Presents Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook & Pan | 6:00 PM

Island Moving Co., Newport’s contemporary ballet company, presents a new site-specific production, in the tradition of its renowned Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and the Company’s legendary Dracula at Belcourt Castle. In partnership with Newport’s new Tall Ship, Oliver Hazard Perry, Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen presents Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook and Pan, danced on the docks at Fort Adams and the decks and rigging of Oliver Hazard Perry. Performances are September 8, 9 & 10th

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Newport Secret Garden Tour: "On The Point" | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join Newport Secret Garden Tours for self-guided walking tours of private gardens throughout historic Newport. Each tour features about a dozen beautiful gardens. The tours run daily and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour, allowing for inclement weather, schedule conflicts or just a late start.

 

Summer Concert Series at Evelyn's Drive-In | 5:00 PM

Social justice is served up alongside lobster rolls and other summer treats at Evelyn’s Drive-In in Tiverton, and that includes a new summer concert series benefiting Singing Out Against Hunger, a charity that provides food to East Bay residents in need. Enjoy the music and check out Evelyn’s cooking-oil-powered VW Beetle and their garden Peace Pole, one of thousands raised around the world as a reminder to visualize and pray for world peace. And, of course, let’s not forget about the food.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Audubon's Raptor Weekend 

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. Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.

 

Climb Beavertail Light Tower | 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Recurring Saturday, September 24. Enjoy an opportunity to climb the lighthouse tower and admire panoramic views of Narragansett Bay. The Tower is open for climbing twice each month from June through September. Begin your visit with a tour of the museum and learn about America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse. 

 

 

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Salsa at Sunset | 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Bristol Park & Recreation presents a fundraiser Salsa At Sunset with Instructor Sue Young. Meet & mingle at 6:00 PM with light refreshments, salsa dance lesson at 7:00 PM and latin dancing until close. Prior dance experience or a partner are NOT needed to attend this event. Enjoy the sunset over the town beach as we dance in the pavilion.

 

Star Gazing with Robert Horton & Scott MacNeill | 8:00 - 9:30 PM

Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill of Brown University’s Astronomical Laboratories bring their high-powered telescopes and vast knowledge of the skies to Ballard Park. Saturn and Mars will be visible. Use the Hazard Road entrance to enter the quarry meadow.

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

StarRide 16 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The fifth annual family bike, walk or run event to benefit Star Kids Scholarship Program. There are several routes from which to choose all beginning on beautiful Ocean Drive, ranging from 3 to 45 miles. Participants can ride their bikes, walk or run. Food, fun, and the opening of the treasure boxes happens post-ride.

 

New England Festival of Hope | 4:00 - 7:00 PM

An inspirational beachfront event dedicated this year to honoring the lives lost on September 11, 2001, first responders, & encouraging faith & hope in the future. Live music, sports demonstration, children’s activities, an honor guard with gun-salute and a motivating lineup of celebrity speakers. 
 

The Wine Run at Newport Vineyards | 3:00 - 6:00 PM

The scenic course is less than 4 miles long and consists of trails along the Aquidneck Land Trust’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail and in the Vineyard, amongst the grape varieties. Followed by the race will be a wine tasting and BBQ in the vineyard, with live music. Every runner will receive a souvenir glass, wine tasting and dinner.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Chippendale Masterpiece: Dumfries House | 5:30 PM

Join Redwood Library for a noteworthy historical lecture series, "The Great English House," featuring four talks by architectural historian John Tschirch. The series visits four remarkable homes famed for their design, collections, and the legends of their owners. Each is a time capsule of a period in English history and each appears in the design books in the archives of the Redwood Library.

 

Eddie's BBQ Food Truck at Residence Inn | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

If you're hankering for a barbecue fix, look no further than Eddie's BBQ! While they specialize in pulled pork and ribs, they also offer some delectable BBQ vegetarian options to round out the menu. Be a part of the Food Truck Trend at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown.

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

The 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Recurring through Sunday, September 18. 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.

 

CruiserPort University at the Newport International Boat Show | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

CruiserPort University offers boating seminars taught by renowned industry professionals. The cruising focused series includes technical, hands-on and lifestyle seminars. CruiserPort University is brought to you by the same folks who put on TrawlerFest, but organizers stress that CruiserPort is “propulsion-agnostic.” That is, the seminars apply equally to those who would cruise under sail or power.

 

Feeding Frenzy at Save the Bay | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Help aquarium staff feed the fish, turtles, sharks and more. 

 

Newport Wooden Boat Show

Recurring daily through Sunday, September 18. Celebrate the art and craft wood boatbuilding. Boats of all kinds and from all over will be available for visits at Bowen's Ferry Landing Marina. Builders and owners will join to explore the resurgence of wood-boat craftsmanship, with art exhibits and more on site. Meander the waterfront adjacent to the Newport International Boat Show.

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Ciders from Around the World Festival | 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

World Class ciders from around the world. Gluten free & the perfect drink to usher in Fall. 

 

Cocktails for a Cause at O'Brien's Pub | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment included. All proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, RI Chapter

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: From Tragedy to Transcendence at The Elms | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Classical guitarist Steven Hancoff has been traveling the country giving an extraordinary multimedia presentation featuring music, art, and video, telling the story of J.S. Bach’s life and his renowned Six Suites for Solo Cello. Hancoff’s exploration of the great composer’s life and his transcriptions of the suites in acoustic guitar are serene, bitter-sweet, filled with emotional power and depth, and are a feast for the senses and a testament to Bach’s enduring appeal. A one of a kind musical performance.

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Coggeshall Farm Harvest Fair | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Recurring through Sunday, September 18. Harvest Fair celebrates the simple life, engaging visitors of all ages in friendly competitions, games, lively music and dance, hayrides, pony rides and much more against the backdrop of a working 19th century living history farm.

 

End of Summer Hike at Ballard Park | 2:00 - 3:00 PM 

Celebrate the last days of Summer with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the site’s history as we explore the mile+ of trails. Trails are rugged and steep in areas. Please wear proper footwear. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance.

 

4th Annual 4 Bridges Ride | 7:00 AM 

Ride Through Seven of Rhode Island's Coastal Communities as the 4 Bridges Ride returns. On Sunday, September 18,cyclists can cross the Jamestown, Newport, Sakonnet and Mount Hope Bridges in this 26-mile charity ride. 26 Miles, 4 Iconic Bridges, One Amazing Experience.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Oktoberfest at Smokehouse | 6:00 PM

Oktoberfest as part of the Newport Storm Beer Dinner Series at Smokehouse. $49 per person. 

 

Romantic Fortress: Castle Culzean at Redwood Library | 5:30 PM

Join Redwood Library for a noteworthy historical lecture series, "The Great English House," featuring four talks by architectural historian John Tschirch. The series visits four remarkable homes famed for their design, collections, and the legends of their owners. Each is a time capsule of a period in English history and each appears in the design books in the archives of the Redwood Library.

 

 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

To Catch a Glimpse: The Newport Life of Doris Duke | 5:00 PM

For a woman who received no formal education, Doris Duke had well-developed and eclectic tastes in art, architecture, and visual culture. What (and who) influenced Doris's aesthetic choices? Follow in her footsteps from Duke Farms to Newport and beyond as we look at the forces and personalities that shaped one of Newport's most memorable patrons.

 

 

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Sunsets & Sequins | 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Head to Easton's Beach Rotunda for a black tie ballroom dance gala celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week. Ride the historic carousel at Easton's Beach and dance to the sounds of the D.S's orchestra.

 

The Threepenny Opera at Jane Pickens | 2:00 PM

A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the NationalTheatre. 

London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr. and Mrs. Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off.

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

The 11th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration.

 

 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

5th Annual Harvest Craft Fair | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join the Knights of Columbus for their 5th Annual Harvest Craft Fair with crafters & vendors offering unique creations & products. Free admission. 

 

Newport International Polo Series Finals | 4:00 PM

The Newport International Polo Series XXV features Newport vs. its most formidable rival to close out the season on Saturday, September 24 at 4pm. The Newport International Polo Series XXV will conclude its 25th Jubilee season with the Finals, featuring Newport, facing off for the last run against a worthy challenger. 

 

Jamestown Rhode Race | 7:00 - 10:30 AM

The Jamestown Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016. 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. The Half Marathon will start at 7 am.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

2016 Melges 32 World Championship at Fort Adams

Recurring daily through Sunday, October 2. The Melges 32® is one design racing at its best. Since 2005, it has successfully delivered bigger, better, more simplified sailing that is fun and competitive. Complementing its sporty attitude, it possesses one of the most diverse regatta schedules that includes many prestigious venues supported by an organized and well-established class association.

 

Haven Brothers Food Truck at Residence Inn | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Be a part of a Rhode Island tradition and visit a Haven Brothers Food Truck at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown. Haven Brothers Diner originated in, and still operating in Providence, Rhode Island, and is one of the oldest restaurants on wheels in America starting in 1893 as a horse-drawn lunch wagon.

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Vineyard Vinyasa: Summer Yoga Series at Newport Vineyards | 5:45 - 8:00 PM

Un-"wined" with a yoga class unlike any other. Set in our winery 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.