Summer in East Bay & Newport

From June through August, what to do all summer long



June 14-16
Newport Secret Garden Tours: Like the grounds of 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

June 20-July 3
Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series: An incredible range of music performs at Independence Park for two solid weeks of free entertainment. Bristol

June 21
Fourth of July Ball: Show off your formalwear, enjoy a cocktail hour, and cut a rug at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Bristol

June 21-23
Newport Flower Show: Watch Rosecliff blossom into an even more spectacular estate, thanks to breathtaking bouquets, plus champagne, jazz, and presentations. Newport

June 26-July 4
Carnival at Bristol Town Common: Rockwell Amusements brings its tents and rides to Bristol’s Town Common. Stroll the midway, nosh on some cotton candy, and see if you can win a prize. Bristol

June 29
Independence Rhode Race: Explore Bristol on foot – for 13.1 miles – and finish at Independence Park in the middle of town. Bristol


July 3
Independence Day BBQ: The Herreshoff Marine Museum hosts a pre-Fourth of July evening cookout, and it’s a prime location on the waterfront to watch the fireworks. Bristol

July 4
Fourth of July Parade: Follow the red, white, and blue striped roads for the ultimate patriotic display and the oldest Independence Day parade in the country. Bristol

July 14-21
2019 Hall of Fame Open: The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a major Newport landmark, and once Wimbledon wraps up, you can still get your tennis fix as ATP World Tour pros contest on the historic grass courts. Newport

July 20
The Live Local Music Festival: An all-day celebration of local art and culture. Newport

July 20
The Craft Brew Races: Beer and a 5K race. Sound eccentric? Yes, but you’ll be in good company. The Craft Brew Races bring hops and casual running to the seashore. Newport

July 20
Tiverton Four Corners Arts and Artisans Festival: Browse the works of 60-80 artists on the lawn at Mill Pond Shops for its 32nd annual curated showcase. Tiverton

July 20-21
Warren Quahog and Arts Festival: No shellfish is more distinctly Ocean State than the quahog, and this annual celebration at Burr’s Hill Park celebrates that fact, along with music, fine arts, and kid-friendly activities. Warren

July 26-28
The Newport Folk Festival: Who plays at the Newport Folk Festival? Oh, just Trey Anastasio and Sheryl Crow – and a score of other acclaimed musicians from across the country. Bask in their down-home glory at Fort Adams State Park. Newport

July 27-28
The Newport Show: New England’s premier fine art and antiques event takes place at St. George’s School Ice Rink. Middletown


August 2-4
Newport Jazz Festival: Herbie Hancock and Common perform at Fort Adams State Park, along with dozens of other jazz legends. Newport

August 8
Beach Bash: Celebrate the summer with a good ol’ fashioned beach party hosted by the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Third Beach, Middletown

August 9-11
Black Ships Festival: This annual event commemorates the friendly ties between Newport and its Japanese sister city Shimoda. Highlights include a gala, traditional Japanese art, and a Taiko drum performance. Bristol

August 17-18
South Coast Open Studios Tour: Visit painters, fiber artists, sculptors, and more, all across the East Bay and southern Massachusetts. Various locations

August 22
Mini Summer Fun Day: Get up-close and personal with the animals at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, as well as with some kid-friendly crafts. Bristol

August 25
The Odyssey: This inaugural endurance event held at Mount Hope Farm is comprised of running and swimming - and repeating. Participants can choose from a two- or four-hour loop. Bristol