Get Shellfish At Bowen’s Wharf Newport Oyster Festival 2018!

Newport Oyster Festival 2018Newport Oyster Festival returns for it’s third year with a veritable Rhode Island oyster tour for your taste buds! Fresh oysters, a full bar, live music, contests, and more! May 18th through the 20th, 2018!

If you love fresh shellfish, you’ll love the Newport Oyster Festival, held each year at Newport’s own Bowen’s Wharf. Rhode Island is home to more than 40 oyster farms and each with its own, unique taste.

Newport Oyster Festival 2018 is set to feature oysters from more than a dozen of these Rhode Island oyster farmers. Sampling them is like taking a kind of culinary tour of some of the Ocean State’s oyster farms. (more…)

May is Newport Volvo Ocean Race Month!

Newport Volvo Ocean Race 2018The Newport Volvo Ocean Race Village opens May 8th, 2018 – less than a month away! Come experience “the Everest of professional sailing” up close during its only North American stop, right here in Newport, RI!

The Volvo Ocean Race, held once every three years,  is sailing’s toughest team challenge. It’s a 9 month, 45,000 nautical mile regatta that circles the globe. This year’s course is the longest ever, crossing four oceans and visiting six continents. The race kicked off from Alicante, Spain, in October, 2017  and is scheduled to end this June in the Netherlands.

The race includes 11 stopovers at cities around the world, including Lisbon, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Cardiff, and Gothenburg. Newport, RI is proud to once again be a part of this elite group, having served as a stopover previously in 2015.

The Newport Volvo Ocean Race Stopover follows the 8th leg of the race and is scheduled for May 8th through May 20th. The Newport Volvo Ocean Race Village will open on May 8th at 4pm in Fort Adams State Park. The Race Village will be open daily thereafter – 11am to 7pm weekdays, 10am to 7pm weekends – until the May 20th start to Cardiff, Wales.

During the 13 days of the Newport Stopover, the Newport Race Village will offer a variety of related attractions and events.

Fort Adams’ North Lawn will be the site for Race Village activities and an outdoor cocktail cafe. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will be docked nearby for the curious to visit and observe. Sail Newport will offer sailing opportunities throughout the Stopover, and a variety of events including food, drink, and live entertainment are scheduled.

One of the most popular features of the 2015 Stopover returns in 2018: One Ocean Exploration Zone. The One Ocean Exploration Zone offers a variety of interactive exhibits. The exhibits focus on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, weather, and marine technology, with an emphasis on sustainability.

There will be special opportunities throughout the Stopover to meet the racing teams, experience sailing, see the boats up close, and much more. All Newport Volvo Ocean Race related activities will be based at Fort Adams State Park. Best of all, the end of Leg 8 and start of Leg 9 race will be visible from the park!

Newport Volvo Ocean Race

May 8, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Fort Adams – 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840
See the Newport Volvo Ocean Race event schedule online at www.volvooceanracenewport.com. You can also visit www.volvooceanrace.com or follow the event on Facebook.

Newport Volvo Ocean Race Lodging
Make the most of your Newport getaway with a stay at a Newport County Inn and Bed & Breakfast! You’ll find that a Newport B&B offers the kind of hospitality, service, and comfort that’ll make you hesitant to leave and eager to return. Choose from among the many locally owned and operated Newport B&B’s and let us help make your visit one of your best getaways ever.

Newport Rhode Races 2018 – Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k

Newport Rhode Races 2018Come out to Newport this spring and hit the road – or should I say Rhode? Newport Rhode Races 2018 offer a marathon, half marathon, and 5k on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Newport, RI.

Newport Rhode Races 2018 kicks off the Daffodil Days Festival with three races; a marathon, half-marathon, and a 5k. The 26.2 mile marathon course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. (more…)

Spring in Newport – Time for Daffodil Days Festival 2018!

Newport Daffodil Days Festival 2018 April 14 - 22 in Newport, RIGet ready for Newport Daffodil Days Festival 2018! The fifth annual return of this beloved spring festival finds 866,500 daffodils ready to cover Newport in a sea of living color. Come join in the fun and events, April 14th through the 22nd, 2018 in Newport Rhode Island!

In 2006, Newport began The Daffodil Project: an effort to plant 1,000,000 daffodils throughout the city as a celebration of renewal and beauty. As you can imagine, planting 1,000,000 daffodils bulbs takes some time to accomplish. (more…)

Slainte! March is Newport Irish Heritage Month 2018!

Newport Irish Heritage Month 2018Come to Newport, RI this March for Newport Irish Heritage Month 2018! Newport’s annual, month-long celebration includes a host of events and activities including the 62nd annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Newport’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade may be Rhode Island’s oldest – but it is just one of many of the events jam packed into Newport Irish Heritage Month!

Every March, Newport goes green with love and appreciation for its Irish heritage. Newport’s substantial Irish population was Rhode Island’s first, peaking in the 1820’s when Irish workers came to construct Fort Adams. Irish influences can be found all around Newport to this day, and so we take the month of March to recognize and celebrate them! (more…)

Don’t Miss The Spring Session of Newport Restaurant Week 2018!

Newport Restaurant Week 2018 Spring SessionIf you enjoy good deals an great food, you do NOT want to miss the spring session of Newport Restaurant Week 2018! The bi-annual culinary event is your chance to enjoy some of Newport’s finest restaurants at an affordable, prix fixe rate. March 2nd through the 11th, 2018.

Rhode Island’s Newport and Bristol counties are known for their fantastic dining scenes. Now you can experience some of our area’s vast culinary talent – and at an affordable price! Newport Restaurant Week 2018 is more than 55 local dining establishments offering three-course meals at unheard of prices. Three-course prix fixe lunches for only $16. Three-course prix fixe dinners for $35. Wow! (more…)

Celebrate The Season at Newport WINEterfest 2018!

Newport WINEterfest 2018Come to Newport, Rhode Island this February for Newport Vineyards’ 22nd annual WINEterfest Weekend! WINEterfest 2018 promises three days of live music and wine tastings February 16th through the 18th, 2018.

The month of February is hopping in Newport County, RI! Not only do we have Valentine’s Day and the ten-day Newport Winter Festival to look forward to but also WINEterfest Weekend! Both WINEterfest 2018 and Winterfest kick off on President’s Day Weekend. The combination of these two events offers amazing opportunities to experience and enjoy the best of Newport County! (more…)

You’ll Have Snow Much Fun At Newport Winter Festival 2018!

Newport Winter Festival 2018Come celebrate Newport at Newport Winter Festival 2018! The 30th annual return of this ten day festival sees over 150 special events – and all in Newport County, RI. February 16th through the 25th, 2018.

Newport Winter Festival 2018, “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” is 10 days of music, food, festivities, and fun! On top of all the events, you’ll also discover restaurant and retail discounts throughout Newport and Newport County! The non-stop celebration offers events and attractions for all ages and walks of life.

The 30th anniversary promises both plenty of new events as well as many old favorites. Highlights of Newport Winter Festival 2018 include the popular Chili Cook-Off, Beach Polo, Nashville Country Fest, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, and much more. (more…)

Dive Into Rhode Island’s Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge 2018!

Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge 2018Make it a New Year’s Day to remember with an invigorating dip into Narragansett Bay at Rhode Island’s Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge! Noon, January 1st, 2018 at Goddard Memorial State Park Beach.

There’s nothing quite as eye-opening as a splash in the cold waters of the Atlantic in January – and what a way to ring in 2018? Polar plunges are a popular way to celebrate the New Year, believe it or not, and Rhode Island has a number of them.

There’s the annual Prudence Island First Day Walk and Polar Plunge and the lesser known Annawamscutt Seal Society plunge held ever year at Annawamscutt Beach in Barrington, RI since 1984. (more…)

Ring In The New Year With A Newport New Year’s Eve!

Newport New Year's Eve 2017There are so many different ways to ring in a Newport New Year’s Eve. Parties, dinners, stage shows, and more – there’s always something happening in Newport County!

Planning on being on Rhode Island for New Year’s Eve and wondering what to do? Don’t worry! You’ll have no trouble finding great ways to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 on Rhode Island. In fact, there are so many great things to see and do there is no way to list them all here. Instead, we’ve focused on some of the bigger New Year’s Eve events that taking place this year. (more…)

Tour the UnDecked Halls of Doris Duke’s Rough Point

Tour the UnDecked Halls of Doris Duke’s Rough PointLooking for something out of the ordinary to do during your Rhode Island holiday getaway? Come tour the UnDecked Halls of Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Gilded Age mansion of Newport. December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 27th, 2017.

Did you know that Rough Point opens up during the holidays for a series of unusual and revealing winter tours? Doris Duke’s oceanfront estate is already one of the more interesting Gilded Age mansions of Newport, RI. Now you can see it as even Doris Duke never did during the annual UnDecked Halls event! (more…)

Christmas On The Island – Rhode Island Holiday Events

2017 Rhode Island Holiday EventsPlanning on being on Rhode Island for the holidays and wondering how to celebrate the season? Don’t worry! The Rhode Island holiday season is a lively one with plenty to do, from Halloween to the New Year!

The Rhode Island holiday event schedule is loaded with activities and events for everyone. Historic house tours, tree lightings, craft fairs, and more make the Rhode Island holiday season one to look forward to all the year ’round! (more…)

Taste Rhode Island’s Best During Newport Restaurant Week!

Newport Restaurant Week, fall 2017Get a taste of the best of Rhode Island’s Newport and Bristol Counties this fall at the 11th annual Newport Restaurant Week! The fall session of this popular event is scheduled for November 3rd through November 12th, 2017. If you missed Newport Restaurant Week’s spring session, now is your chance to experience Rhode Island’s culinary best!

Newport Restaurant Week had its humble beginnings in 2006. The event has since grown to include more than 50 local restaurants both a spring and fall session. The popularity of the biannual event speaks of the vast culinary talent one can find here. Newport and Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus that are hard to resist. (more…)

Don’t Miss The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo!

Don't Miss The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo!It’s nearly Halloween and that means it’s time once again for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Come see the breathtaking display of thousands of artfully carved and illuminated pumpkins, October 5th through November 5th, 2017.

The annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo has to be seen to be believed. More than five thousand, intricately carved pumpkins, beautifully arranged and all in one place. It’s one of those rare attractions that excites both kids and adults. You won’t believe your eyes. (more…)

The 27th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival!

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival 2017Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is the event of the year for seafood lovers. Come celebrate the harvest of the sea in downtown Newport, RI with live music, special events, and, of course, lots and lots of delicious, fresh seafood. October 14th and 15th, 2017.

Newport’s historic Bowen’s Wharf is always good for a visit. The mix of upscale waterfront dining and shopping, 18th-century commercial wharf buildings, and a busy marina provide a constant center of activity. During the annual Seafood Festival, things really get jumping! The siren’s song of fresh, local seafood is a strong one and few events offer the variety seen at a Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival. (more…)

Get Set For Serious Fun At Rogue Island Comedy Festival 2017

Rogue Island Comedy Festival 2017Rhode Island’s Rogue Island Comedy Festival brings five days of non-stop laughter and more than 60 different comics to Newport, October 5th through the 9th, 2017.

The annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival is Rhode Island’s only comedy festival and one that no fan of live comedy should miss. More than 60 comedians from across the US will be on hand! Mark Normand, Sydnee Washington, Amber Nelson, Christi Chiello, Nick Vatterott, Sean Sullivan, and headliner T.J. Miller are just the tip of the iceberg. Audiences will be treated to comedians seen on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, America’s Got Talent, Conan, The Late Late Show, and many more! (more…)

Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 2017

Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 2017Enjoy fine wines, exquisite food, celebrity chefs, seminars, and the beauty of Newport at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. September 21st through the 24th, 2017.

It’s hard to believe the summer has shot by so rapidly but that just means it’s time for the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival again! That’s never a bad thing. How could it be (unless you’re watching your waistline)? More than 100 of the world’s finest vintners and some of the region’s finest chefs come together for three-days at one of the most anticipated food and wine events of the year. (more…)

Step Back In Time With the Artillery Company of Newport

Artillery Company of NewportStep back in time with a visit to the the Artillery Company of Newport; the oldest military unit operating under its original charter in the United States!

The Artillery Company of Newport was the first chartered independent unit in the Rhode Island Militia. The Artillery Company of Newport was chartered in 1741 by the Rhode Island General Assembly. That’s during the reign of King George II, by the way – and they’re still serving to this day.

Let that sink in a moment. It’s not often you find a U.S. military unit that’s 276 years old (and counting)! (more…)

Experience the 1777 British Occupation Living History Event!

Newport Historical Society's 1777 British Occupation Living History EventWatch as the past comes to life before your very eyes at the Newport Historical Society’s 1777 British Occupation Living History Event! The Redcoats are coming – August 26, 2017 in Newport, RI!

Prior to the Revolutionary War, Newport had a booming economy and was the fifth largest city in the American colonies. Then, December 1776, British troops arrived, dramatically altering Newport’s future. A large percentage of residents fled the city. Those who stayed behind faced a three-year occupation and growing tensions between loyalists and British troops. (more…)

It’s All Greek To Me – Newport Hellenic Fest 2017

Newport Hellenic Fest 2017Souvlaki, Gyro, Spanakopita, and delicious Baklava. If those words have set off your salivary glands then you do not want to miss the 2017 Hellenic Fest: July 28th through the 30th in Newport, RI.

Opa! The 34th annual Newport Hellenic Festival is almost here and I can already taste the lamb, tzatziki, and ouzo! Come to Newport and be Greek for a day – or even the whole weekend, at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek festival. (more…)

The 34th Annual Newport Black Ships Festival!

Newport Black Ships Festival 2017Come celebrate the 34th Annual Newport Black Ships Festival of Japanese art and culture! July 13th through the 16th, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island!

Newport’s Black Ships Festival is an annual celebration of the long and friendly trading partnership between the United States and Japan. The festival is named in reference to the Japanese word for foreign ships, “Kurofune,” which translates to “Black Ships” in English.

The event commemorates the historic Treaty of Kanagawa, negotiated by Commodore Matthew Perry, that opened trade with Japan in 1854. Black Ships is also a celebration of the friendly relationship between Newport and her Japanese Sister City, Shimoda.

The annual Black Ships Festival has been a Newport tradition since 1983. The popular, multi-day celebration offers a variety of fun and fascinating events emphasizing Japanese art and culture. Highlights include a formal Gala at Rosecliff, sake tastings, martial arts and craft demonstrations, and the always exhilarating Taiko Drums. (more…)

The Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County – Part 2

Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County - Rose Island Light

The Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport County, Rhode Island

Last post we highlighted four of the Rhode Island Lighthouses in Newport County. In that post we visited Beavertail Lighthouse, Castle Hill Lighthouse, Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse, and the Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse.

That’s three more lighthouses than most other areas could list – but we’re just getting started! As we mentioned last post, Rhode Island is home to 21 lighthouses, 8 of which are right here in Newport County!

Few structures are as iconic and romantic to the eye as a lighthouse. Lighthouse tourism is a popular pastime, something we know about here on Rhode Island with our 21 lighthouses! In this post, we’ll continue our look at the Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County. If you missed Part 1 of our post on the Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County, you should take some time to read it, as well. (more…)

The Newport County Lighthouses of Rhode Island – Part 1

See the Newport County Lighthouses of Rhode Island! - Castle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport County, Rhode Island

People come to Newport County, Rhode Island for many reasons but one of the most common is all the beautiful Newport County lighthouses!

Lighthouses! If there is a more iconic and romantic coastal structure, I can’t think of it. Rhode Island is known for its lighthouses. This may be a small island be we have lots of coastline! There 21 lighthouses on Rhode Island: 13 are active and 8 are right here in Newport County!

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff Mansion

Newport Flower Show 2017Come out for the annual Newport Flower Show, June 23rd through the 25th, 2017 at the opulent Rosecliff Mansion. You’ve never seen a flower show quite like this one!

The Newport Flower show offers inspiration and beauty to all who attend. Colorful floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays, lectures, demonstrations, special events, and unique shopping opportunities abound. Plant lovers will think they have died and gone to heaven. Rosecliff Mansion, one of Newport’s most famous historic Gilded Age homes, traditionally hosts the event.

Each Newport Flower Show has its own theme and this year’s is “Fete des Fleurs” (French for “Festival of Flowers”). This year’s event will have a focus on showcasing the French influence in garden design. Rosecliff Mansion, which was modeled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, fits right into this theme. (more…)

Attend The 15th Annual Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration!

Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration 2017It’s almost time for the 15th annual Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration! This popular celebration of the return of spring includes grape stomping, wine tasting, live music and more. Sunday, May 28th, 12 to 5pm.

Ah, spring. Is there any finer time of year? The weather is warming, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the coming months are filled with fun and sun. Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration celebrates this oncoming warmth and beauty with the release of some new wines – and we’re all invited to join in the fun! (more…)