2016 Newport Irish Heritage MonthMarch 2016 marks the arrival of the 39th annual Newport Irish Heritage Month – more than a month’s worth of celebration and recognition of the Irish American influence in Newport and beyond!

Newport Irish Heritage Month is jam packed full of events and celebrations – big and small – and no wonder: Newport was Rhode Island’s first community to have a substantial Irish population, a population that started as far back as the 1600’s but really began to take shape in the 1820’s as workers arrived to help construct Fort Adams.

Consequently, Rhode Island’s oldest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is in Newport – but that’s just one of many of the events scheduled for Newport Irish Heritage Month. Below we’ve compiled a short list of just a few of the highlights of Newport Irish Heritage Month 2016!

2016 Newport Irish Heritage Month Schedule Highlights

February, 28th
Green Eggs & Ham Brunch – 9am to 1pm
Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue
A buffet-style parade fund-raiser that offers a good deal on a great meal and includes an Irish Sing-A-Long that starts at 1pm.

Irish Dancing at the 40 Steps – 3pm, weather permitting
40 Steps is on the Cliff Walk, at the East end of Narragansett Avenue, Newport.
The official opening event of the 39th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month. Dancing at the 40 Steps includes live, traditional music and a demonstration of traditional Irish set dancing. Commemorating the informal dances held here by the Irish who made Newport their home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

March 9th
Pre-Parade Party – 6pm
Hibernian Hall – 2 Wellington Avenue
Entertainment will include Irish musicians Fishing with Finnegan, Mystic Highland bagpipe band, and a DJ. This is a free event with Hors d’oeuvres and a Cash Bar.

March 12th
60th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 11am to 1pm
Starts at Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
The parade will last approximately 2 hours and include Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units, reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations – great traditional fun!

Celebrating the Irish at the La Forge – post-parade to 5pm, 7pm to 11pm
La Forge Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Irish music and sing-a-longs with David O’Manuel, plus great food like corned beef and Irish beverages! Celebrate!

Every Sunday in March
Traditional Irish Music at Fastnet Pub
1 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
Enjoy traditional Irish music and excellent pub fare every Sunday in March, 6pm to 9pm.

And, of course, be sure to drop by Museum of Newport Irish History to learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and about the many contributions made to the Newport community and our great country by Irish Americans.

Museum of Newport Irish History
648 Lower Thames St. in Newport
Special Hours for Newport Irish Heritage Month: March 5th, March 11th, March 12th, March 13th, March 19th, and March 20th – Noon to 4pm

Remember, the above are just a few highlights of an entire month-plus of events and attractions in celebration of 2016’s Newport Irish Heritage Month. For a full list of events, be sure to visit: aohnewport.org

Newport Irish Heritage Month Lodging
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Newport Irish Heritage Month (but it couldn’t hurt) – all you have to do is get here and enjoy the festivities! While you’re here, rather than subjecting yourself to some impersonal, lackluster hotel or motel, give yourself the treat of custom accommodations and true hospitality at one of the many, locally owned and operated, Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts!