Newport was once the summertime playground for the wealthiest of the wealthy, but that doesn't mean you need deep pockets to enjoy our city today. This Summer brings a bounty of affordable activities - $5 and under, in fact.
ONGOING THINGS TO DO
Newport Gulls Baseball Games
When: Recurring weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday through August 1; 6:35 PM
Where: Cardines Field
Admission: $5 adults, $2 children 13 - 18, $1 children 12 and under
The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island. Details.
Miantonomi Exploration Days
When: Every Sunday through August; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Miantonomi Memorial Park
On Sundays through the month of August the Miantonomi Tower will once again be open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, allowing visitors to climb to the highest point on Aquidneck Island. Explore the trails, wildlife and historic sites in Newport’s largest park.
CLIMB THE TOWER OF THE THIRD OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE IN NORTH AMERICA
Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, the Beavertail Lighthouse museum features a collection of information, artifacts, and conversation about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. Lace up your sneakers and climb to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay.
AUDUBON SOCIETY'S CITIZEN BANK FREE FAMILY FUN DAY
When: Every first Saturday of the month
Where: The Audubon Environmental Education Center
Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Environmental Education Center is open to the public the first Saturday of every month at no charge for admission. Enjoy crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. Details.
FREE FILM SERIES
When: Every other Friday through August starting June 8; 2:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
Join Newport Public Library for free screenings every other Friday through August starting on June 8. Popcorn provided. Schedule.
NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT
When: The second Thursday of each month; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
On the second Thursday of every month, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries. Your Newport Gallery Night experience includes diverse galleries, museums and cultural institutions displaying art of varying kinds from varying eras, as well as special lectures at participating venues. Details.
Bowling at Dudek Bowling Lanes
Where: Dudek Bowling
Admission: $4.25 per person
Spend an afternoon (or the whole day, if that's your thing) bowling at Dudek Bowling Lanes in Warren. The family-owned business opened in 1938 with 8 lanes of duck-pin bowling. Today, it features 18 state-of-the-art lanes, offers a variety of savory treats and even serves wine and beer.
EASTON'S BEACH CAROUSEL
Where: Easton's Beach Carousel
Admission: Free weekdays, $2 per ride weekends and holidays
Little ones in tow? Go for a spin on the classic carousal at Easton's Beach Rotunda, a fixture since 1958, for just $2 a ride. Parking: 60-minute validated parking is available in the Short Term / Reserved lot (just past the Rotunda).
FIRST FREEDOM OPEN HOUSE TOUR
When: July 4; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Washington Square
Celebrate religious freedom and the First Amendment when more than a dozen houses of worship open for free tours. Learn how these sites symbolize Newport's early commitment to freedom of religion and religious diversity.
ART + ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY PANEL
When: July 6, 6:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
The Art + Environmental Advocacy Panel will dive into issues of global warming and ocean health, public policy and personal responsibility, in a panel discussion held at the Newport Art Museum in partnership with Rhode Island Public Radio. Details.
When: July 7 - 8
Where: Sail Newport at Fort Adams
Sail Newport has a long history of hosting this East Coast keynote event for one-design classes where they live by the motto: "More Racing, Less Waiting, Cold Beer." Sit along the shore and enjoy a classic sailing event in the Sailing Capital of the World. Details.
FAMILY FRIENDLY FREE CONCERT
When: July 10 & July 17; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Enjoy a free family-friendly concert at Newport Art Museum as part of Newport Music Festival. Details.
NEWPORT KITE FESTIVAL
When: July 14 - 15
Where: Brenton Point State Park
Bring the family and enjoy the menagerie of colors across the sky along Ocean Drive at the Annual Kite Festival. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky. Details.
NEWPORT-SHIMODA BLACK SHIPS CELEBRATION
When: July 12 - 15
Where: Throughout Newport
Marking the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Newport and Shimoda, Japan and the 35th celebration of the black ships in Newport. The festival provides a fully immersive cultural experience that features the best both cities have to offer through with food, music, dance, and historical customs. Most events are free and open to the public.
CITY OF NEWPORT BLACK SHIPS ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL
When: Saturday, July 15; 10:30 AM
Where: Touro Park
Experience the cultural and artistic delights of both the United States and Japan through food, dance, music, local artisans, children's activities, and so much more in this open air family friendly festival event.
When: July 20 - 22
Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
Hellenic Fest is St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival which dates back to 1983 and transports us for one weekend from our island to the beautiful islands and mainland of Greece. Enjoy authentic Greek Cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, Ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace.
HISTORY SPACE EVENT: NEWPORT'S FRENCH OCCUPATION
When: July 21; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Wanton Lyman Hazard House
Visit the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House to meet with costumed living historians. Find out what life was like in Newport, RI in 1780, after 12,000 French soldiers and sailors arrived off the coast of Rhode Island, who were sent to aid the American Army in their fight for independence from Great Britain.
CANDY STORE CUP SUPERYACHT REGATTA
When: July 26 - 28; 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Where: Newport Shipyard
The 2018 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta will be hosted and organized by Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf and carries forward the tradition of the Newport Bucket. Details.
CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR: A FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE
When: July 28 - 29; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center
This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world.
WEEKEND OF COACHING
When: August 17 - 19
Where: Throughout Newport
It's a colorful tradition that evokes the spirit of an era. Members of the Coaching Club from around the country will bring their historic coaches and their teams of trained carriage horses to Newport, to display the art and sport of coaching. Happens only every three years.
IDA LEWIS DISTANCE RACE
When: Friday, August 17
Where: Ida Lewis Yacht Club
A late-summer sailing tradition loved by grand prix racers and cruising sailors alike, the annual Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled to start on Friday, August 17. Classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer sail between 104 and 177 nm depending on what the Race Committee thinks best suits the conditions. Details.
SALUTE TO SUMMER
When: August 25; 4:00 PM
Where: Dewey Field, Luce Avenue
Enjoy the annual Salute to Summer concert and fireworks show with live music, food and drink concessions, dancing, a kid's area and more.
LIVING HISTORY EVENT: LIFE DURING THE 1778 BATTLE OF RI
When: August 25; 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Museum of Newport History
Newport's Old Quarter comes to life during the Newport Historical Society's 5th annual summer living history program, "Life During the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island." The focus, which marks the 240th anniversary of this battle, features daily life in Newport during the summer of 1778 and the weeks surrounding the Battle of Rhode Island.
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