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…)

Savor the Suds at the Newport Craft Beer Festival 2017

Newport Craft Beer Festival 2017If 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…)

Discover and Explore The U.S. Naval War College Museum

Visit the U.S. Naval War College MuseumHistory 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…)

Come Out For The 4th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival!

Newport Daffodil Days Festival 2017Shake 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. (more…)

Tuck In At Newport Restaurant Week Spring 2017!

Newport Restaurant Week Spring 2017The 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…)

Get Your Green On At The Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Don't miss the 2017 Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade!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…)

Attend the 21st Annual WINEterfest Weekend!

Newport Vineyards' 21st annual WINEterfestNewport 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 Winter Festival 2017 – There’s Snow Place Like Newport!

2017 Newport Winter FestivalNewport’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…)

Discover Narragansett Bay On A Newport Seal Watch Cruise!

Newport Seal Watch CruiseSummer 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…)

Splash Into 2017 At The Newport Polar Bear Plunge!

Newport Polar Bear Plunge 2017Plunge 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…)

2016 Newport Mansions Christmas Tours and Holiday Events

2016 Newport Mansions Christmas Tours and Holiday EventsThe 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…)

Get Your Just Desserts at Sweet Start Smackdown 2016!

2016 East Bay Restaurant Week Signature SweetIf 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…)