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. (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…)

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…)

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…)