Summer Bucket List: East Bay + Newport

June 2022

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JUNE

June 2

Storyteller in the Gardens: Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral comes to Linden Place for an evening of enchanting storytelling featuring African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

June 4

Cultural Night: Celebrate the different cultures that comprise Rhode Island with local and ethnic cuisine and special music and dance performances. Bristol, FourthOfJulyBristolRI.com

June 17

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, SummerNights5K.com

June 18-20

Back in Bloom: Rosecliff will be transformed into a botanical wonderland for A Ballroom Floral Fantasy, where a self-guided tour will bring you through garden vignettes designed to enchant. Newport, NewportMansions.org 

June 19

Slave History Medallion: As part of a statewide initiative, Linden Place Museum will unveil their Rhode Island Slave History Medallion on Juneteenth with prominent local speakers, African dancers, live music, and a land acknowledgement by the Pokanoket tribe. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

Vintage Baseball: Grab a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy some good old-fashioned baseball at Bristol Town Common. The Providence Grays play the Lisbon Tunnelmen. Bristol, FourthOfJulyBristolRI.com

June 20-July 3

Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series: A range of music is performed at Independence Park for two solid weeks of free entertainment, courtesy of the Bristol Fourth of July celebrations. Bristol, FourthOfJulyBristolRI.com

June 21-24

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

June 25-27

A market and festival, welcoming flag raising, and bike ride are all part of Newport Pride, a weekend of socially distanced experiences celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and inclusivity. NewportOut.com

June 26

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. Bristol, FourthOfJulyBristolRI.com

June 27

Frederick Douglass Reading: Renowned Trinity Rep actor Joe Wilson, Jr. will lead a live reading of Frederick Douglass’ iconic 1852 speech “What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July”, joined by audience members and guests. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

JULY

July 5

Fourth of July Parade: Follow the red, white, and blue striped roads for the ultimate patriotic display. Due to COVID, this year’s parade will be a vehicle procession and requires masks and social distancing for onlookers. Bristol, FourthOfJulyBristolRI.com

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

July 8-20

Newport Music Festival: From opera to chamber music and everything in between, this year’s Newport Music Festival will boast an impressive lineup of acclaimed musicians from far and wide. NewportMusic.org

July 9-11

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, SecretGardenTours.org

July 11-18

2021 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 Hall of Fame’s historic grass courts. Newport, HallOfFameOpen.com

July 17-18 and August 21-22

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, SouthCoastArtists.org

July 23-25, 26-28

The Newport Folk Festival: This year’s lineup has yet to be released at press time, but if last year’s performers are any indication of who’s to come, attendees are in for a treat. NewportFolk.org

July 23-25

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, BGCNewport

July 30 - August 1

Newport Jazz Festival: Dozens of jazz legends will grace the stages at Fort Adams State Park in an intimate version of the annual jazz festival. NewportJazz.org

AUGUST

August 1

Brothers Osborne: Waterfront Concerts and Cat Country 98.1 present this Grammy-nominated Nashville-based country music duo at Bold Point Park. East Providence, RIWaterfrontEvents.com

August 27-29

Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta: A preliminary schedule of a Living Boat Show, cocktails, and dinner is planned for the Golden Jubilee edition, though subject to change. Bristol, Herreshoff.org 

August 28

The Ocean in a Cup: Craft and nature enthusiasts are invited to make a one-of-a-kind ocean scene in a tea cup with Audubon. All supplies will be provided, advanced registration required. Bristol, ASRI.org

Warren Folks Fest: Live music, food, and art attract folk fans to The Collaborative’s lively annual fundraiser event. Warren, TheCollaborative02885.org

ALL SUMMER LONG

Tea and Scones: Sit back and enjoy the scenic overlook from one of Blithewold Mansion’s porches while munching on a fresh scone and hot or iced tea. Bristol, Blithewold.org

SUNDAYS

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 Sundays July through August. BarringtonLearningCTR.org

TUESDAYS

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. TivertonFarmersMarket.com

WEDNESDAYS

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, Blithewold.org

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, NormanBirdSanctuary.org  

THURSDAYS

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, ArtNightBristolWarren.org

FRIDAYS

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, TheCollaborative02885.org

SATURDAYS

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

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, ASRI.org

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