Get 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…)
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.
The pumpkins are displayed near the Zoo’s bison exhibit, along the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail. The display is so vast and fascinating, it takes an average of 45 minutes for most visitors wend their way through it. Upwards of 140,000 people come to see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular every year.
You may be wondering how 5,000 jack-o-lanterns can be interesting. I mean, you’ve seen one jack-o-lantern, you’ve seen them all, right? You’ve obviously never seen the jack-o-lanterns at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular!
These jack-o-lanterns are much more than just leering faces. When you visit the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, you’ll travel back in time to dinosaurs and the last ice age. You’ll discover the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome, and visit Europe during the Middle Ages. then it’s off to the New World and up to the industrial revolution. Cars, planes, space travel, computers and more – and all in intricately carved pumpkins! Artful backgrounds and music round out the show.
Of course, jack-o-lanterns age pretty quickly. Many of the pumpkins seen at the beginning of the display’s run have to be changed out well before it closes on November 5th. In fact the carvers expect to go through about 20,000 pumpkins during the course of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular’s 32-night run.
The pumpkins are hand-carved by Passion for Pumpkins, a professional multi-media company out of Oxford, MA. More than 5,000 of the jolly, orange fruits make up the display, all lit from within by LED lights. The eerie and beautiful amber glow illuminates the trail in perfect Halloween fashion.
Best of all, attendees to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular also have the option of taking a ride on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride takes you 115 feet above the earth, giving you an all-encompassing view of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence, and out into Narragansett Bay. All while safely and comfortably seated in side-by-side seats. Thrilling!
October 5th through the November 5th, 2017 – 6pm-10pm, trail closes at 11pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907
Visit www.rwpzoo.org for tickets, directions, and more information.
Bowen’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…)
Rhode 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…)
Enjoy 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 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…)
Watch 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…)
Souvlaki, 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…)
Come 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 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.
Newport Harbor Lighthouse
Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island newenglandlighthouses.net
Newport Harbor Light, also known as Goat Island Lighthouse, was the first beacon built for Newport Harbor. This modest stone lighthouse was built in 1824 and is located at the North end of Goat Island. The lighthouse is not open to the public but the grounds adjacent to it are!
Prudence Island Lighthouse
Prudence Island, Portsmouth, Rhode Island newenglandlighthouses.net
The Prudence Island Light, built in 1824, is the oldest lighthouse in Rhode Island. The island is most easily reached via ferry from Bristol. The lighthouse tower is about a mile’s walk from the ferry landing but is not open to the public.
Rose Island Lighthouse
Narragansett Bay, Newport, Rhode Island roseislandlighthouse.org
Rose Island Lighthouse is a still-active light built in 1870. The bottom floor of the restored lighthouse is now a “living museum” where visitors can learn all about the working lives of lighthouse keepers and their families. The upper floor is an apartment for modern-day keepers.
Sakonnet Point Lighthouse
Sakonnet Point, Little Compton, Rhode Island sakonnetlighthouse.org
The Sakonnet Point Light was built on Little Cormorant Rock in 1884. The lighthouse is not open to the public. While you can see it from the beach at Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, RI. Closer views are only available from the water.
Newport County Lighthouse Lodging
After a long day of driving and climbing up and down the spiral staircases of lighthouses, you’re going to be eager for some warm and relaxing hospitality. Look no further than You’ll find no better service, quality, and amenities than those offered at Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts! Give yourself and your companions the pleasure of true comfort, a good night’s rest, and the delicious breakfasts of a locally owned and operated Newport County B&B!
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!
Come 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…)
It’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…)
If you’ve a taste for hops, malt, and roasted barley, then you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Newport Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th, 2017.
Newport Craft Beer Festival is back once again, co-sponsored by the Newport Storm Brewery and Pour Judgement Bar & Grille. This two-day event is a celebration of the best locally brewed beer the Newport County has to offer, if not some of the very best beer in the country!
Ticket holders will receive a commemorative tasting glass, samples from all the breweries present, and an opportunity to cast their vote for the Fan Favorite Brewery Award. You even get to keep the glass!
The theme for this year’s Newport Craft Beer Festival is #unfiltered! Each brewery will be delivering their cloudiest, haziest, wheat-rich, or (and?) hyper-hopped beers.
This two-day event features three sessions: one on Friday and two on Saturday. (more…)
History and navy buffs alike will enjoy a trip to the U.S. Naval War College Museum on Coasters Harbor Island in Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay.
Visitors to the Naval War College Museum will enjoy the many exhibits detailing U.S. Naval history, as well as the naval heritage of Narragansett Bay. You’ll see detailed accounts of heroism, naval and military developments throughout U.S. history, stirring memorials, and more. You can even access the U.S. Navy 20th Century Ships History Database. (more…)
Shake off those winter blues with a celebration of spring at the 4th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival – April 15th through the 23rd, 2017!
Nothing says “spring” quite like hundreds of thousands of hibernating daffodils suddenly bursting forth with their bright, cheery blossoms. Come celebrate the return to warmth and beauty at Daffodil Days!
Newport Daffodil Days is 9 days of fun and free family activities in Newport, Rhode Island. An array of different events will have you “going daffy” with delight all week long.
While the full schedule of events for Newport Daffodil Days is has yet to be posted, a few highlights have been announced.
It all begins on Saturday, April 15th with the 28th annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch at 10am on the Rosecliff lawn. This is followed at 2pm by the Newport Daffodil Days’ Opening Ceremonies downtown at both Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s Wharf.
Other Newport Daffodil Days highlights include:
Dabble & Doodle the Daffys – Express your artistic side with a colorful drawing of the thousands of daffodils along Cliff Walk. Easels, paper, and crayons provided.
Tour de Jonquilles Bike Ride – Decorate your bike in daffy style and join others at Touro Park for an easy 3-mile ride to view daffodils throughout Newport. Fun and exhilarating.
Driving Miss Daffodil Car Rally & Classic Car Display – Come see all the classic cars decorated with daffodils parade through Newport. You can even enter your own car!
Daffodil Delights Private Garden Tours and Parties – Discover Newport’s hidden gardens and historic homes. Tour through some of Rhode Island’s most spectacular horticultural hotspots and the houses they adorn. Nibbles and sips provided to rejuvenate.
The 9 days of the Newport Daffodil Days Festival are jam-packed with special events, entertainments, sales, parades, and more. Come see “the Daffiest City in America” all dressed up in natural gold and green for the Daffodil Days Festival and help celebrate spring’s stunning bounty.
Newport Daffodil Days Lodging
Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts are your key to custom accommodations and true hospitality during your Rhode Island getaway. Why subject yourself to impersonal and lackluster accommodations in some hotel or motel when there are better options all around you? Find your home away from home today at a Newport County B&B!
The spring session of 11th annual Newport Restaurant Week, scheduled for March 27th through April 7th, 2017, will be upon us soon. Now is the time to plan your attendance at this extraordinary event!
Newport Restaurant Week is your chance to sample the offerings from some of our finest local eateries at a price that won’t break the bank. Throughout the event, a broad selection of Newport and Bristol County restaurants will be offering $16, three-course prix fixe lunches and $35, three-course prix fixe dinners.
If you’ve seen and enjoyed other restaurant weeks around the country, you can thank Newport County, RI. We came up with the idea, spearheading the movement by holding the very first Restaurant Week in 2006. Restaurant Weeks are now part of a nationwide movement and continue here as an annual event.
The idea behind Restaurant Week is a simple one. People should have the opportunity to experience the area’s vast culinary talent at an affordable price. The concept was so popular in practice that we now have two Newport Restaurant Weeks! There’s one in the spring and another in the fall, each featuring more than 50 participating, local restaurants. (more…)
You won’t want to miss the 61st annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! The popular, 2-plus hour parade features numerous side events and is scheduled for 11am on March 11th, 2017.
Erin go Bragh! Come celebrate Irish pride, tradition, and history during the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!
A two-plus hour affair, this year’s parade will include pipe bands, fife and drum corps, clowns, floats, and so much more. The parade is scheduled to kick off at 11 am sharp at the Newport City Hall. The course will take it through Washington Square, and down Thames Street to end at St. Augustine’s Church in the Fifth Ward. (more…)
Newport Vineyards’ 21st annual WINEterfest Weekend is two full days of live music, ice sculpting, grape stomping, and wine tasting at their infamous Ice Wine Bar. February 18th and 19th with a WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree kicking things off on the evening of the 17th!
Newport Vineyards has been warming up Rhode Island winters with their annual WINEterfest since 1996. At this point, the event has become something of a tradition. An annual happening that is looked forward to as a bright spot in the potentially drab and dreary gray months of winter. (more…)
Newport’s annual Newport Winter Festival, “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” features over 150 different events that are guaranteed to melt away your winter blues. February 17th through the 26th, 2017!
Are you ready for 10 days of non-stop celebration? The annual Newport Winter Festival is just that with food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages.
This unique festival is celebrating its 29th year with events and attractions throughout Newport and Newport County, Rhode Island. It’s a smorgasbord of entertainments, guaranteeing something for everyone, no matter your age or interests. Just take a look at these highlights! (more…)
Summer isn’t the only time you can tour Narragansett Bay! You can book a Newport Seal Watch Cruise or Lighthouse Cruise with Save The Bay right now!
Save The Bay has made their Nature, Lighthouse, and Seal Watch Cruises available October through April for over 15 years! It might seem like an odd season to get out on Narragansett Bay but it’s actually a great time to go!
Nature, after all, doesn’t have an off-season. All you lose by coming to Rhode Island during the winter are the crowds of other tourists. Rates are down all over the island during this season. So you’ll save some money but the wildlife, scenery, and lighthouses are all still here! (more…)
Plunge into 2017 (and the icy Atlantic) at the annual At The Newport Polar Bear Plunge, January 1st, in Newport, RI! It’s quite literally one of the coolest events of the year!
There’s nothing quite as invigorating as a quick dip in eye-openingly cold water and the Newport Polar Bear Plunge promises just that.
A Rhode Island tradition, the Newport Polar Bear Plunge has been taking place since 1969. If it looks and sounds like a crazy thing to do, that’s fine. It may be – but it is also a lot of fun. Further, it benefits A Wish Come True, a group that grants the wishes for children ages 3 through 18 with life-threatening illnesses. (more…)
The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House, three of Newport’s icons of the American Gilded Age, open their doors this holiday season for the popular Newport Mansions Christmas Tours! November 19th, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017!
Christmas at the Newport Mansions is your annual chance to come and tour three National Historic Landmarks decked out in all their holiday finery. The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House all open their doors for more than a month of music, tours, and spectacular decorations. (more…)
If you’ve a sweet tooth or enjoy culinary competitions, you’ll want to attend Sweet Start Smackdown: the pastry contest to determine East Bay Restaurant Week’s signature sweet! November 18th, 2016!
At the Sweet Start Smackdown, dessert comes first and sweet-toothed foodies are the biggest winners of this annual “tour de confections.” Attend and watch as local pastry chefs compete to win the honor of creating the 2016 East Bay Restaurant Week Signature Sweet. (more…)
The Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th – and you’re invited! Come help celebrate the completion of the annual grape harvest with live music, food, and wine tastings, of course!
The annual Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Festival is always a good time. Getting out to the vineyards with all the sights and smells of autumn and the winemaking process is a refreshing and fun way to get into the season. (more…)