Summer Beach Bucket List: East Bay + Newport

June 2023





June 3

Rhody Regatta: The innaugural Rhody Regatta is an 18-mile race benefiting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Newport,


June 17

Farm Coast Art and Garden Ramble: Browse a brand-new art and garden show with artisans selling sculptures, paintings, jewelry, soaps, herbals, textiles, and more.

Coastal Gardens of Little Compton: The Little Compton Garden Club hosts a self-guided tour of private gardens overlooking a salt marsh, the ocean, and the Sakonnet River, along with a visit to the Historical Society.

Vintage Baseball: Grab a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy a free baseball game played the old-fashioned way at Bristol Town Common, when the Providence Grays take on the Lisbon Tunnelmen.


June 19-22

Newport Charter Yacht Show: Luxury yachts are showcased alongside ancillary goods and services at this four-day event dedicated to yacht charter professionals.


June 20-July 2

Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series: Live music is coming to Independence Park for two solid weeks of free entertainment, courtesy of the Bristol Fourth of July celebrations.


June 22

Narragansett Summer Nights 5K: An evening race concludes with an epic after party at the Mount Hope Farm barn. Entry includes two ice-cold Narragansett beers, live music, pizza dinner, and a T-shirt. Bristol,


June 23-25

Newport Flower Show: Marble House transforms into a botanical wonderland for The Grand Tour, a self-guided walk through garden vignettes designed to enchant.


June 24

Independence Rhode Race: Explore Bristol on foot in a 13.1-mile walk or run and finish at Independence Park in the middle of town.


June 25

Strawberry Shortcake Social: Enjoy fresh strawberries from Quonset View Farms, fresh-baked shortcake, and loads of whipped cream.




July 4

Fourth of July Parade: Follow the red, white, and blue-striped roads for the ultimate patriotic display in the oldest July 4th parade in the nation.

Fourth of July Picnic: Come to Linden Place for bleacher parade seating, a continental breakfast, and picnic lunch. Bristol,


July 4-23

Newport Classical Music Festival: From opera to chamber music, this year’s event will boast an impressive lineup of acclaimed musicians from far and wide.


July 7-9

Newport Secret Garden Tours: Like the grounds of a European chateau, such botanical mastery must be seen to be believed. Take a stroll through some of the city’s most prestigious – and normally private – outdoor spaces. Newport,


July 15-16 and August 19-20

South Coast Open Studio Tour: Visit painters, fiber artists, sculptors, and more, all across the East Bay and southern Massachusetts, in self-guided tours of local studios. Various locations,


July 16-23

Hall of Fame Open: Once Wimbledon wraps up, you can still get your tennis fix as ATP World Tour pros contest on the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s historic grass courts. Newport,


July 21

Suitcase Junket: The Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz, a one-man garage band who carries all he needs for live shows in his suitcase. Middletown,


July 28-30

The Newport Folk Festival: This year’s lineup of the iconic festival includes John Oates, Aimee Mann, and Jason Isbell, along with rising stars ready to make their mark in the music world.


July 29-30

The Newport Show: New England’s premier fine art and antiques event raises funds for the Newport Historical Society and Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. Middletown,




August 4-6

Newport Jazz Festival: Dozens of jazz legends including Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Thundercat grace the stages at Fort Adams State Park at the annual jazz festival.


August 11-13

Black Ships Festival: The Japan America Society of Rhode Island hosts the 39th annual celebration of the friendship and culture between our two nations with arts and crafts, Taiko drumming, and martial arts. Bristol and Newport,


August 19

Warren Folks Fest: Live music and food are front and center at The Collaborative’s popular annual fundraiser. Warren,


August 25-27

Classic Yacht Regatta: A prelim schedule for the Golden Jubilee includes a Living Boat show, cocktails, dinner, and prizes. Bristol,


August 31

John Gorka and Antje Duvekot: A pair of leading folk musicians will be at the Norman Bird Sanctuary as part of the Newport Live summer music series. Middletown,




The Kitchen at Blithewold: On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (11am-1pm), sit back and enjoy the scenic overlook from the northwest porch while enjoying a meal with produce grown on the estate’s vegetable garden. Bristol,




Barrington Summer Concert Series: Dance like no one’s watching and make some noise when local musicians come to Latham Park and Barrington Town Beach on Sundays July through August.

Tiverton Farmers Market: Connecting the community to fresh and local produce, the market hosts a variety of food and farm vendors, artisans, makers, and live music at Sandywoods Center for the Arts.




Music at Sunset: Take in the lush gardens and live music at the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum for their weekly summer concert series through September. Bristol,

Nature Walks: Join a naturalist and explore the Norman Bird Sanctuary trails during a free guided walk of spotting native species and identifying plants. Middletown,  




Art Night Bristol/Warren: Walk or ride your bike from one gallery and studio to the next. This evening event is the perfect way to explore the wealth of art the East Bay has to offer on the last Thursdays of the month through August. Bristol and Warren,




Warren Movie Nights at the Drive-In: Pack some snacks and cozy up in your car for a Friday drive-in movie night at 30 Cutler hosted by The Collaborative, screening classic and contemporary hits. Warren,




Newport Polo: One of the great Aquidneck Island traditions, Newport Polo invites spectators to watch international teams gallop to victory at Glen Farm. Portsmouth,

Free Family Fun Days: The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is free to the public the first Saturday of every month for nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes, and more. Bristol,



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