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Calendar of Events for August 2017

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Calendar of Events for Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, RI

Event listings are free. They are put here in the hope you will find there are many things to see and do on Aquidneck Island. The information is submitted or compiled from promotional material distributed for the events. Information is deemed reliable but you would be wise to call or check the event website for the latest information.

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Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Calendar of Events

FARMERS/GROWERS MARKETS - The Aquidneck Grower's Market
                 Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, Newport Vineyard and Winery, 900 East Main, Middletown. 401-848-0099
                 Wednesdays, (Summer only) 2pm to 6pm, Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar in Newport.

 

August 4, 5 & 6 - Newport: Newport Jazz Festival
              Various venues see the site for schedules and performers. www.newportjazzfest.org

 

 


Previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet.
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older listing - please check back - Newport: "In Season" Guided Tours of Fort Adams
     Tours depart hourly from 10am and 4pm. Tours depart from the Fort Adams Gift Shop, weather permitting. Explore Fort Adams parade field for yourself or take a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark from the top of the rampart walls to the depths of the underground tunnels. For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 841-0707

older listing - please check back - Saturdays through December -- - Portsmouth: Jazz Saturdays at Greenvale Vineyards
       1pm to 4pm concerts are held in the Tasting Room at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road. What has great wine, a fun crowd, and live music? Greenvale Vineyards does every Saturday afternoon through December 10th! Join us for just a glass or taste each of our wine offerings. The whole family is welcome, even leashed pets. No reservations necessary, just come on by! Feel free to pack a picnic and a blanket! Price: Just Jazz: $3, Tastings: $15 (free for Case Club members), Wine by the glass: $10

older listing - please check back - Saturdays, through Sept. - Portsmouth: Newport International Polo Series
               Exhibition matches start at 5pm (Jun-Aug) / 4pm (Sept). Gates open at 1pm (Jun-Aug) / 12pm (Sept). Glen Farm is on Rt 138 in Portsmouth.
Newport Polo (home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876), is best known in the recent quarter century as host of the Newport International Polo Series, welcoming teams from around the world & from major US cities playing against USA / Newport in exhibition matches every Saturday in June through September, attracting thousands of weekly attendees to enjoy one of the most unique and popular attractions in the region; and as a founding member of the United States Polo Association, continues to offer polo club member services and instruction year-round.For more info and tickets, please visit the website.

 

older listing - please check back -Tuesday, August -- - Portsmouth: National Night Out celebration in Portsmouth - Zootopia at Sandy Point Beach
               
The Portsmouth Police in cooperation with the Portsmouth Recreation Department will be hosting a family friendly event at Sandy Point Beach. The National Night Out event begins at 6:30pm in which police officers and the community will gather together to enjoy pizza, chips, shaved ice and other refreshments. There will be raffle giveaways as well as games for the kids. At 7:30pm we will be showing the hit Disney movie “Zootopia”. Bring your blankets and beach chairs and relax on the beach as you watch “Zootopia” on the large outdoor screen. The event is free and open to the Portsmouth community!

older listing - please check back - Tuesdays in August - Middletown: Tuesday Evening Summer Dinner & Concert Series at Sweet Berry Farm
      times change with thebands but usually between 5:30 - 8:00p. Free live music and family-friendly fun. Limited number of dinner tickets available for purchase. All Dinners are $19.95 (plus tax). Admission to all concerts is free. Specialty dinners prepared by Chef Scott Amaral are available along with many other food items from our café. Picnic tables are reserved for meal ticket holders only and on a first come basis. Meal tickets can be reserved by calling ahead. (401-847-3912) Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Concert goers must park in designated parking lot only. Please do not park in front of farm market. Please enter from the 19 Third Beach Road entrance. SweetBerryFarmRI.com

 

 

 

 


older listing - please check back -August -- - Newport: Coaching Weekend at the Newport Mansions
       Authentic 19th century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses will return to Newport in the triennial renewal of a Weekend of Coaching, hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The public will enjoy free viewing of the colorful and historic coaches every day, as they drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition. Approximately a dozen coaching teams will come to Newport from around the country.
      The routes of the daily drives can be seen on the Preservation Society's website (www.newportmansions.org/events/a-weekend-of-coaching), along with suggested viewing spots.  In addition, there will be a free-to-the-public driving exhibition on the grounds of The Elms at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 22. Please note, there will be no parking on the grounds of The Elms on Saturday morning until 12 p.m.
     The Breakers Stable & Carriage House will house some of the horses, and will be closed to public tours during Coaching Weekend. Additional horses and carriages will be housed in temporary stables at Chateau-sur-Mer. Learn more about the history of The Breakers Stable and one of the most famous coaches in history, Alfred Vanderbilt's Venture.     

older listing - please check back -August -- through Nov. ? - Portsmouth: Get Lost in Escobar's Corn Maze!
      This information needs to be updated, but we do see on their web site the opening day is Aug 28, 2015. Come join the Escobar family for some fall fun, with their 8 acre corn maze. Though the correct pathways can be walked in under 30 minutes, most directionally challenged visitors – adults and children alike -- will require about one hour to travel through more than two miles of twists and turns, 2 bridges and 85 decision points.
      Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 – dusk, Sunday 11:00 - dusk. After Labor Day, the maze will open on Fridays 3:30 – dusk, Saturdays 10:00 – dusk and Sundays 11:00 – dusk. Field trip hours, during weekdays, are available by reservation. THE MAiZE is located at 255 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI. Cost is $7.00 for ages 12 and up, $5.00 for ages 5-11, and free for children under 5. Discounts are offered for civic groups and field trips. For more information or to make reservations, call Lori Clarke at 401-864-1064 or visit www.escobarshighlandfarm.com or www.cornfieldmaze.com.

 

 

 

 

older listing - please check back -August --- - Newport: 16th Annual Newport Storm Luau!
      Saturday, 4:30pm – 10pm (Rain or Shine). At Fort Adams State Park. Presented by Coastal Extreme Brewing Company. This is to benefit the Fort Adams Trust. Live music, Polynesian Dancers, Hawaiian themed food, ice cold Newport Storm beer and Thomas Tew rum drinks. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (while available). Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportstorm.com or at their brewery located at 293 JT Connell Road, Newport or by calling 401.849.5232. This is a 21+ only event. Must show valid ID upon entrance.

older listing - please check back -August---- Newport: Newport Rocks the Fort: Classic Rock Concert to benefit Historic Fort Adams
    7:00pm. Classic Rock Concert to benefit Historic Fort Adams. Featuring; Rick Derringer, The Music of Steely Dan performed by Hey Nineteen, Rhett Tyler and Chakulla! Please, no coolers, food or beverages inside the walls of the Fort. No personal alcohol permitted in Fort Adams State Park. For more information visit www.fortadams.org and click the on Newport Rocks the Fort logo

 

 

 

 

 

older listing - please check back -August 5 - Newport: Mad Hatter Ice Tea Party at Ballard Park
        4 to 6pm in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). Enjoy tea sandwiches, desserts and an assortment of iced teas in between playing croquet, making your own crazy hat and participating in the Alice in Wonderland-themed scavenger hunt along the trails of Ballard Park. Use Hazard Road entrance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and should be purchased prior to Thursday, August 1. E-mail us for an invitation at events@ballardpark.org or send your check made payable to Friends of Ballard Park, 226 Bellevue Avenue #10, Newport, RI 02840. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Tuesday, August 6 from 4 to 6pm.
        Friends of Ballard Park //

older listing - please check back -August 7 - Newport: "Mary Poppins", Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park
        dusk (around 8pm) in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). From the moment Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) floats into the Banks' household, things are never the same. The children are swept into magical romps across the English countryside, tea parties on the ceiling, and madcap dances over the rooftops of London. Winner of five Academy Awards. Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke. Rated G; 140 minutes; 1964.
       Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Movies begin at dusk (around 8pm). Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown on Thursday, August 8. FREE
        Friends of Ballard Park //

older listing - please check back -August 14 - Newport: "Grease", Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park
        dusk (around 8pm) in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). A musical about teens in love in the 50s. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school will they be able to rekindle their romance? Starring John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John. Rated PG; 110 minutes; 1978.
       Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Movies begin at dusk (around 8pm). Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown on Thursday, August 15. FREE
        Friends of Ballard Park //

older listing - please check back -August 16 & Sept. 20 - Newport: 2-Hour Ghost Hunts at Fort Adams
     from 11:00pm to 1:00am at Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. The Fort Adams Trust is proud to offer 2-Hour Ghost Hunts on the 3rd Friday during the months of July-September. These Summer ghost hunts are limited to 40 per night giving our guests 2 hours to investigate the Fort with The Rhode Island Paranormal Research Group as your guides. For Tickets or more information visit the Fortress of Nightmares Website at www.FortressofNightmares.com or call 401-841-0707

 

older listing - please check back -August 21 - Newport: "Moonrise Kingdom", Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park
        dusk (around 8pm) in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, this film tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. With scenes filmed in Ballard Park! Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray. Rated PG-13; 94 minutes; 2012.
        Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Movies begin at dusk (around 8pm). Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown on Thursday, August 22. FREE
        Friends of Ballard Park //

 

older listing - please check back -August 31 - Middletown: End of summer chat for "Groundbreaking Reads", 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program at Middletown Public Library
           at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road.Participants of Groundbreaking Reads, the adult summer reading program, are invited to an informal, end-of-summer book chat and grand prize drawing. Please call the library to register, 401-846-1573. For more information email

 

 

 

older listing - please check back -August -- - Newport: Annual Summer Fair & Dinner Under the Stars
       St. John's Church 61 Poplar, Newport      
       Fair hours are 10 AM to 1 PM, rain or shine. Lots of good food, great auction items including vintage wines, gift certificates, tickets and services, clothing and tag sale, baked goods, good jewelry, and book sale.
       Followed by a catered Dinner Under the Stars at 6:30 PM on the church grounds. Dinner cost is $25 and reservations are requested. Corner of Washington and Poplar Street on "The Point". Call 401-848-2561 or e-mail for more info/dinner reservations.

 

older listing - please check back -August -- - Newport: "Salute to Summer " Concert and Fireworks
        Naval Station Newport and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation present the “Salute to Summer ,” Concert and Fireworks, extravaganza at Dewey Field, featuring the Navy Band Northeast as opening act, then the band, Survivor. Coolers, back packs, pets, outside food and beverages are NOT allowed. Gate 17 will now be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people with routine base access to come onto the base. REMEMBER - Gate 1 will be the only gate open for the general public to enter and will NOT be open for them until 5 p.m. Base personnel can use Gate 1 at anytime. Gates onto the field open at 4 p.m. for attendees with base access so come early and get settled. Gate 17 will reopen after the event for traffic exiting the base only.

older listing - please check back -August -- - Newport: Newport Celtic Rock Festival
           We've got a brand new approach to celebrating today's favorite Irish music and culture with the debut of a one-day Newport Celtic Rock Festival! We've invited back the most popular entertainment from our previous Irish Festival weekends such as Eileen Ivers, The Town Pants, Screaming Orphans and Tartan Terrors, with a new headliner this year, Gaelic Storm. A full day of continuous progressive Celtic music on Newport's busy waterfront! Come also experience lively Irish step-dancers, spirited pipe & drum bands, traditional pub fare, and of course the always flowing Guinness. Be a part of good time shenanigans and rosy Irish cheer! For more information on entertainment, acts and admission fees see the web site

older listing - please check back -August --, September -- - Middletown: Windmill Wednesday
            4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Ongoing tours the last Wednesday of the month (May to Sept.) Have you always wanted to see the inside of the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill? Now is your chance! Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island. Enjoy a family-friendly evening with johnnycake tasting hands-on activities for kids. $5 per person, children under 5 free. Please note: Windmill will not be in full operation due to safety and preservation concerns. www.newportrestoration.org/visit/prescott_farm/

older listing - please check back -Through Labor Day Sept. -- - Newport: The Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium Open
       open daily 10-4 through Labor Day. The Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium located at Easton's Beach in Newport is an interactive marine science learning center offering educational programs and activities for school groups, families and children interested in learning more about Narragansett Bay. General admission is $6 / FREE for Save The Bay members and children under 4.

 

 

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