There’s plenty to love in Newport in July: the gorgeous, warm weather, sailing in the harbor, lounging on the beach, enjoy a meal at a waterfront restaurant; the list is endless. A large part of summer and vacation is letting loose. Whether you feel like relaxing and getting lost in a beach or singing your heart out with thousands of others at a festival, Newport has it all for you right here. To help you get your boogie and beach on, we’ve put together a list of some of the best music places to be. Plus more random fun and a great place to celebrate 4th of July.
July 1, 2018 – August 26, 2018 -Recurring weekly on Sunday – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Every Sunday night, the city of Newport presents free, public music performances at the gazebo in King Park on Wellington Avenue. Each weekly show centers on a different musical genre so it will make all music lovers happy. Fun for families with lawn seating, playground, and food trucks Free parking on Wellington Ave. Check out the list below for some of the line-ups showcased this month!
July 1 Folk/Celtic/Bluegrass with Ramblin’ Rhode, Grace Morrison Trio, Slackwater String Band
July 8 Pop/original with Radios Islands, Melissa Chaplin Band
July 15 Blues/Rock singer/songwriter with John Hillman Band, Cee Cee & The Riders
July 22 Pop favorites 60s on with Zoink Zulag & Galactic Shag, Island Rockers
July 29 Folk/Global Fusion with Otis Read Trio, Joyce Katzberg, The Gnomes
More info here!
GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL
July 18 – 20 – St. Michael’s Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Avenue
It is described as “going back to roots of outdoor dance.” The Island Moving Company will perform on an outdoor stage and invites you to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs. Make a cool picnic out of the fun night! IMC presents five professional dance companies from around the world, performing under the stars! A unique performance each evening of unforgettable performances, showcasing an array of dance styles will amaze your family and friends. Admission: $30 each/ 2 tickets for $50 Flex Pass, 5 tickets for $100 *All tickets $30 at the door More Details
CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR: A FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE
July 28 – 29; 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center
Want to get closer to other cultures and learn about them? This free, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. It describes for you and others to “enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build community. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.” More Details
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
Held at Fort Adams over three days, the Newport Folk Festival features a star-studded line-up. Previously Alabama Shakes, Norah Jones and Elvis Costello have preformed. Here is the line up this year. WOW!
BridgeFest is Newport’s genius way of keeping the party going during the week between the Folk Festival and the Jazz Festival. Musical events take place at varying dates from July 30th to August 2nd. Bridgefest celebrates folk, jazz and Newport’s musical community. It will feature local artists performing at 19 events at 14 venues over four days. Check out the schedule: BridgeFest.
Are you looking to get away from the crowds? Or just sit in the sun and build sandcastles with your family? Here is our handy dandy beach guide:
Best beaches for families:
FORT ADAMS STATE BEACH
Located at Fort Adams State Park on Ocean Drive, this small 225 foot beach overlooks Newport Harbor with calm waters and a roped-off swimming area perfect for kids. Free parking! Explore the park before or after.
SANDY POINT BEACH
This quiet and sheltered beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. Admission is $10 during the week and $15 on weekends. They offer swimming and sailing lessons. Here is more info.
Want to catch some sun, eat, drink, and ride a carousel with your friend group or family? Easton’s Beach, or first beach as many locals refer to it, is located at the base of cliff walk and only a mile from the inn. You can walk or bike!! This centrally located beach is very popular for tourists and locals. There’s a carousel, kids playground, skate park, aquarium, and volleyball for the adventurous, and ABC (the Atlantic Beach Club) is close, offering live music on the patio and your favorite adult beverages. First beach is $10 to park during the week and $20 on weekends. Here is all the info you need to make it a great day.
KING PARK BEACH
Another small beach overlooking Newport Harbor, King Park Beach is the perfect spot to pack a picnic to enjoy on the pavilion and spend the day in the sun.
To get away from it all:
This is a good beach to get away from the crowds. Surf the waves or fly a kite with the local newporters. If you have time before the beach take a walk on the trails at Sachuest Point, located just beyond the dunes of Second. Second Beach is about a five-minute drive from the inn, located in Middletown and is $10 to park during the week and $20 on weekends. Here is all the Sachuest Beach (what it is also known as) info.
This is the smallest of beaches but it is a treasure if you are looking for a calm water day. Paddle board, take your boat out, or even practice some yoga. Beach yoga is offered Tuesday evenings for a donation. There is no concession stand at this Middletown beach and parking is $10 on weekdays and $20 on the weekends. Located down the road from Second Beach and fairly off the beaten path, Third Beach provides a quiet oasis for those looking to unwind.
Gooseberry Beach is located along 10-mile Ocean Drive. Set in a cove, the beach provides a quiet, calm place to relax with minimal waves. The beach itself is open to the public, but it’s a favorite by locals for its protected location on Ocean Drive, clean, cool waters, and great concessions. It is one of Newport’s hidden gems. Bike if you want to soak up some spectacular views of Newport houses on the way. Parking is $15 during the week and $20 on the weekend.
Here is a good extensive beach list.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
July 5, 8:35 PM at O’Hare Lawn, Salve Regina UniversitY
Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that goes to the very heart of all human behavior.
When: July 7 – 8
Where: Sail Newport at Fort Adams
Sail Newport has a long history of hosting this East Coast keynote event for one-design classes where they live by the motto: “More Racing, Less Waiting, Cold Beer.” Who doesn’t love that? Sit along the shore and enjoy a classic sailing event in the Sailing Capital of the World. Details.
MAJOR INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS:
233rd ANNUAL BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
10:30 AM -Begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street
The oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country, the 233rd Bristol Fourth of July Parade begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Streets. Have some fun watching history walk by.
Happy Summer Days from your Friends at the Admiral Fitzroy! What is your favorite thing to do here?!