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Daffodil Daze

What’s up in Newport? It’s April! Spring is Springing and all the things are slowly coming back to life. Especially the daffodils! In keeping with the fresh energy of the season the one thing you absolutely cannot miss is all the events focusing on the daffodils in the city!

If you are new here: Newport’s Daffodil Days celebrates the arrival of over 1,200,000 bright yellow daffodils throughout the area, with decorated store windows heralding their arrival.  More information, and a locator map to the largest fields of daffodils, can be found on the Daffodil Days website.  There are more than a “Daffodillion” reasons to visit in April. Check them out below.

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Newport Daffodil Days Opening Ceremonies ? – April 6, 2024

Historic Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf will be the scene for a dazzling daffy musket salute by the Artillery Company of Newport that signals the beginning of Newport’s Daffodil Days. Mayor Xay will crown our 2024 Daffodil Queen who will then cut the Daffodil Garland and proclaim the official start to this month’s festivities. See more

Annual Daffy Dog Paw-Rade – April 6, 2024

Gather up your beloved pooch and dress them in daffy yellow attire! It should be the cutest day. Find out more at the link!

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Daffy Fun at Miantonomi Park ? – April 14, 2024

With the park’s over 38,000 daffodils blooming for the first time, you can celebrate their arrival with an afternoon of daffy, delirious, and delicious fun. Music, storytelling, food trucks and more.

Blithewold: Daffodil Days – April 13, 2024 – April 21, 2024

Each April, Blithewold opens its gates to welcome visitors just as springtime begins. The famous display covers the 33-acre seaside estate with over 50,000 daffodils that delight visitors for nearly a month. There are tons of activities for the family! Check out the Daffodil Doll Tea Party on the 13th!

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Daffodil Bike Ride – April 20, 2024

Come join the annual Daffodil Ride in celebration of April’s Daffodil Days on April 20th! Decorate your bike, wear yellow and join other daffy riders for an easy 4-mile ride to view over 1,300,000 daffodils that will be in bloom throughout Newport, ending at Ballard Park where over 20,000 of the beautiful yellow flowers more greet you. Prize for the best decorated bike and daffiest outfit! It’s free! More info!

Driving Miss Daffodil and Cars & Coffee – April 21, 2024

The Audrain Automobile Museum partners with Newport’s Daffodil Days to host the 10th Annual Audrain Automobile Museum’s “Driving Miss Daffodil.” This is your opportunity to cruise past thousands of the over 1,300,000 daffodils planted throughout Newport. Decorate your car with bright yellow daffiness, don your daffy best, and head down to Easton’s Beach for the start of a one-of-a-kind “Driving Miss Daffodil” car rally. Register your car now!

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Newport Beer Festival – April 20, 2024

You’re invited to raise your tasting glass high when 50 breweries, offering more than 150 selections, gather at historic Fort Adams State Park. Sign up now!

Leap In To Love!

Winter is brutal. But in Newport it doesn’t have to be. Especially during February when love is in the air! The spectacular snowy-lined streets and hot chocolate, skating and cozy dinners, theater dates and shopping dates are some of the reasons why people love staying here. Looking for something to do?

Newport Winter Foodies Stroll – Various dates

Newport Winter Foodies Stroll offers a 1-mile guided walking food tour through Newport’s historic Thames Street. More info!

Seal Tours – Various dates

Hop aboard Save the Bay‘s education vessel for 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and the chance to catch harbor seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. You must check this out!

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Valentine’s Day Tea – February 10, 2024 – February 11, 2024

Bring your favorite person to Blithewold’s elegantly decorated Dining Room. Create lasting memories while delighting in a cup of tea, freshly baked scones, and a three-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Rhode Island Harpist will provide the romantic ambiance. Program not suitable for children. More info!

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4th Annual Valentines Chocolate Specialty Market – February 11, 2024

This event will see vendors experimenting with integrating chocolate into their products. In this unique chocolate-centric event, local vendors will showcase an innovative range of chocolate-inspired products that extend beyond the traditional boundaries. Discover chocolate in a new way!

Newport Winter Festival ❄️ – February 16, 2024 – February 25, 2024

36th Annual Newport Winter Festival is coming! It will be so much fun, here is the event calendar!

28th Annual WINEterfestFebruary 18, 2024

Two days full of grape stomping, wine and beer tasting, and eating tasty festive treats! Info here.

Newport Burger Bender -February 16, 2024 – February 25, 2024

Local restaurants are throwing their buns in the ring with hopes of being crowned the Best Burger and there is more than just beef. Try one or them all!

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Wine + Cheese Class – February 21, 2024

This evening educators take you on a journey through local cheeses paired with Newport Vineyard wines. They will feature 5 cheeses paired with 5 of their estate-grown wines. Buy tickets now!

Newport Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR! There is still plenty to do in Newport over the winter months. Take advantage of our special January deal and our advice on what your resolution(s) should be this year.

Appreciate animals: Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm

Love goats? Head over to Simmons Farm in Middletown for a two-hour goat hike around the historic family-owned farm. Led by farmer Karla and her crew of adventurous, spirited goats, you’ll get your own goat to walk on a leash along the designated trail. More info here!

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Enjoy great music: Internationally Renowned Jazz Musician, Greg Abate -January 26, 2024!

Saxophonist, flutist, and composer, Greg Abate will perform at Linden Place on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 7:00pm. Abate has played with jazz group legends including the Ray Charles Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra and more! In 2016, Abate was inducted in the RI Music Hall of Fame. Get tickets now!

Focus on your health and body: Aquidneck Growers Market – Saturdays From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Aquidneck Community Table’s Growers Markets describes themselves as “providing easy access to seasonal, regionally-grown food and greater awareness of the benefits of eating fresh local foods for our health, the strength of our local economy, the viability of agricultural life, and the future of our earth.” A perfect way to reset for the New Year, more info here!

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Try great food experiences: Throwback Brunch – January 14, 2024

Gather some old friends for Sunday, January 14th for a “throwback” themed brunch with your childhood favorites and more at Newport Vineyards! Make a reservation!

Learn how to do something new: Fermentation Class – Class is held at the Oval Bar every Wednesday at 6:30

Featuring five wine tastings with a special theme or from a particular region accompanied by five small food pairings! Make a reservation!

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Make a difference: World Peace Circle – January 14, 2024

Prayer/meditation world peace Circle. Washington Square, Newport RI. January 14, 2024. United by a common desire and a vision of world peace. Info here!

What are you most excited for this month? Try something new and you never know how much fun you will have or what you will learn! HAPPY 2024!

Thamesgiving Thanksgiving

You’ll hear many seasoned travelers suggest coming to Newport in the off season, but what’s there to do this time of year? Tons! Read on for some events and holiday cheerful things to do that we are thankful for this month.

Thamesgiving in Newport: Thursdays in November

On these dates, shoppers, museum-goers, coffee, tea & cocktail sippers and diners will be treated to special holiday treats and window/sidewalk displays, and each store or restaurant will choose a community giving-back option that is aligned with their mission. Attendance is open to the public. Please support our local businesses as you socialize, shop and stroll this November! All info here!

Newport Restaurant Week – November 3, 2023 – November 12, 2023

Area restaurants will offer an assortment of crave-worthy discounts and deals for you to choose from. Think: BOGO deals, prix-fixe offerings, gift cards promotions and more!

Fall Lighthouse Cruises – November 4, 2023 – December 16, 2023

It’s a narrated lighthouse tour around magnificent, scenic Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. You will enjoy panoramic views of Rose Island Lighthouse, Castle Hill Light, Goat Island Lighthouse and more.

Sparkling Lights at The Breakers: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland

Various evenings, November 17 – December 30, 2023

For the fourth year, the exterior of The Breakers and its landscape will be awash in thousands of festive colored lights illuminating the grounds’ paths and trees. The gardens will be decorated in different themes as holiday music fills the air. Walk through a dazzling 50-foot-long tunnel of light, see illuminated snowmen, reindeer and many more sparkling surprises.

Newport Illuminated Boat Parade – November 24, 2023

Spectators can view the dazzling display of nautical holiday spirit from many points on the Newport waterfront as the decorated vessels circumnavigate Newport Harbor.

Santa Magic at Long Wharf – November 25, 2023

Come join the shops at Long Wharf for their 3rd annual tree lighting. This is a free community event with Santa. Tree lighting, pictures with Santa, kids crafts, letters to Santa, music and much more.

It’s Fall Y’all

So much is happening in Newport in the next few weeks! Don’t let this month full of classic outdoor adventures slip away without going to a festival, ghost tour, or farm for apple cider and pumpkin picking!

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival: October 14, 2023 – October 15, 2023

Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation for all to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season! All the info!

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Broadway Street Fair – October 14, 2023

The day will be filled with music, food, exhibiting artists & makers and local non-profits. All info here!

Fright Night at Fort Getty – October 21, 2023

Bring out your inner child with carnival party games, go trick-or-treating at the haunted RV park Halloween Town, and warm up by the bonfire. All info here!

The Candlelight Walk with Ghosts Tour: October 20-21 and October 27-29; multiple time slots each day

Come to Belcourt after dark to experience a truly unique guided tour by candlelight and hear stories of the house’s paranormal history! All spooky info here!

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Harvest Festival at Newport Vineyards: October 28, 2023 – October 29, 2023

Two days full of grape stomping, wine and beer tasting, and eating tasty festive treats! More info!

Citizens Pell Bridge Run -October 15, 2023

tarting in Jamestown and finishing in downtown Newport, this point-to-point event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and speeds! Registration here!

Newport Restaurant Week – November 3, 2023 – November 12, 2023

BOGO deals, prix-fixe offerings, gift cards promotions and more at your favorite Newport restaurants!

Snazzy September

Did you not get a chance to take a Newport trip this summer? It went by soooo fast. Faster than usual it feels like. No fear… there is still time for you enjoy what the city offers. And now without the HUGE crowds! The calendar may be headed toward the colder months, but its not getting chilly here in Newport quite yet!

Love boats? Check out:

Around the Island Race Start – Newport – September 3, 2023 Be there, aboard the Coastal Queen, to watch the start of the Conanicut Yacht Club’s annual Around the Island Race. All info!

Newport International Boat Show

September 14, 2023 – September 17, 2023

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor allowing you to enjoy everything the City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies – many making their official debut in Newport! More info!

Newport Oktoberfest – September 16, 2023

The Fort Adams Trust and Ragged Island Brewing Co. are excited for the second annual Newport Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 16th here attendees will be able to enjoy authentic German beer, wine, food, and live music. More info!

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – September 22, 2023 – September 24, 2023

The weekend schedule of events includes the Rosecliff Seminar Series, offering a variety of 50-person wine and spirits seminars, a Friday night Vintner Dinner, and an elegant Sunday Brunch at Rosecliff. More info!

Early Autumn Tree Walk – September 29, 2023

Join the Newport Tree Conservancy to walk and talk amongst a diverse community of trees as autumn begins to creep into the natural world. Dress for a good amount of learning and walking!

Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair – September 30, 2023 – October 1, 2023

It’s time to fully take in fall? Challenge friends to a sack race, compete in the Home & Garden Competition, peruse the Crafter’s Tent, enjoy live music, and so much more during this weekend of festivities for the whole family! More info!

The Highs of Our Julys

It’s summer! What is there to do this month in Newport? 

Umbrella Sky Project – July 21. Umbrella Sky Newport, produced by ArtScape, will unveil its captivating display of over 500 colorful umbrellas magically suspended in the sky. You have to see it to believe it! All info!

Newport Classical Music Festival – July 4 – 23. This amazing multi day event will present more than 20 concerts and events in the outdoor spaces of some of the area’s most iconic venues, including The Breakers, Blithewold Mansion, and more!

Newport Folk Festival – July 28 – 30. Takes place on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park and features four stages of world class musicians, food, vendors and a number of exhibits. All info!

Music at Sunset: Concert Series 2023 -Evert Wednesday in July

Each summer in Bristol, the award-winning gardens and grounds at Blithewold Mansion serve as the stage for the Music at Sunset Concert Series where local artists gather each Wednesday for a variety of musical performances.  See who is performing here!

Infosys Hall of Fame Open – July 16 – July 23

Exciting professional men’s tennis returns to the International Tennis Hall of Fame! All details here!

Events at Newport Vineyard Tank Patio Cookout Weekend When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. 

Tank Patio Friday – Sunday all summer long! Enjoy your grill favorites all made from-scratch by their culinary team and their famous rosé popsicles, sangria slushes, wines, and Taproot beer! All info!

Events on Coastal Queen Cruises Take It To The Bridge Duo – July 18 

Come aboard the Coastal Queen to enjoy the sounds of the Take It to The Bridge duo, Greg Marcotte and Carl Bugbee, as they play the top 40 hits of the past seven decades. More details

20 Hellenic Fest – July 14 – 16 Cost: Enjoy being Greek for the day as you join us for the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece at this fun, family-friendly celebration. all info!

This summer is packed full of fun events! Find everything here!