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Calendar of Events for July 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

Through early July - Pick Your Own Strawberries
                 Middletown: 8:00am - 7:00pm at Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown. For more information and their market hours see sweetberryfarmri.com
                 Portsmouth: 8:00 am - 7:30pm at Quonset View Farm, 895 Middle Rd, Portsmouth. 683-1254 Baskets available or bring your own.

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.

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

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.

Various dates in July - Portsmouth: Music events at Greenvale Vineyards
       Various artists and events at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road. Check events page of their web site for current information.

Sundays June 25 through August 27 - Newport: NIMFest - Newport Independent Music Festival
      from 3- 6pm at the the King Park gazebo, on Wellington Avenue (off lower Thames Street), which overlooks the Newport Harbor. Concerts are presented free by the City of Newport featuring the best in regional and local talent. The 2017 series celebrates women artists in folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock, and everything in between. The family-friendly harbor park offers free parking, handicap access, two beaches, pier, playground, BBQ area and restrooms. Lawn seating, bring a blanket or folding chair. For more information, check NIMFest Newport at Facebook. Schedule is:
July 2nd: Lisa Martin Trio, Los Duderinos
July 9th: Allysen Callery, Randy Robbins Trio, Silverteeth
July 16th: Ladies of Blues & Soul with Diane Blue and Ilana Katz Katz
July 23rd: Barkode, La Mechante & Le Connard
July 30th: Joyce Katzberg, Thea Hopkins, The Gnomes
August 6th: Aland Bernstein All-Star Jazz Ensemble
August 13th: Down City Band
August 20th: Debra Mann Trio, Jon Monllos Band
August 27th: Chelly, Bill & Dyl, Rick & Rory, Anita Mansfield

July 2017 - Local Fireworks Displays
July 4 (rain date- July 5) - Newport: City of Newport Fireworks
           The fireworks show begins after dusk, around 9:15 p.m. over Newport Harbor. Prime viewing locations are Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, Kings Park, all along the waterfront.The show lasts about 20 minutes and is visible across the Newport waterfront facing west. Public restrooms will be open at King Park, the Harbormaster building at Perrotti Park and at the Mary Street Parking Lot until after the fireworks are completed. Portable restrooms will be available at the Goat Island Causeway, Perrotti Park and King Park. Weather related cancellations will be made no later than 6:00 p.m. See more information at https://patch.com/rhode-island/newport/newport-fourth-july-fireworks-2017
Monday, July 4 - Portsmouth: Escobar's Fireworks
            after dark, approx 9:30p.m. Resident/farmer/July 4th celebrant Louis Escobar will have his traditional Middle Rd fireworks display over the cow pastures. Please do not clog Middle Rd with cars, there are many vantage points around Portsmouth you can witness this show.  The Escobars do this fireworks display for all to enjoy, donations are accepted in the box out front of the farm (133 Middle Rd) anytime in the days/weeks to come.
Sunday, July 2 Jamestown Fireworks
          
9pm - Fireworks! Please leave all pets at HOME. The Fireworks will be fired from a barge in East Ferry. Parking is available along Canonicus Avenue, Narragansett Avenue (and other downtown side streets where parking is not illegal). East Ferry Beach is located on Canonicus Avenue. No rain date. More information including parking information and restrictions can be found at https://www.facebook.com/jamestownrockethogs/ and/or http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2017-06-29/Front_Page/Annual_fireworks_show_Sunday_over_East_Ferry.html

July 11 through August 29 - Middletown: Tuesday Evening Summer Dinner & Concert Series at Sweet Berry Farm
      6:00 - 8:00p then 5:30 to 7:30pm starting August 8. Join in at Sweet Berry Farm on Tuesday evenings in July and August for free live music and family-friendly fun. Specialty dinners prepared by Chef Scott Amaral are available along with many other food items from our café. Limited number of dinner tickets available for purchase. For ticket reservations, call (401) 847-3912. Picnic tables available to dinner ticket holders, first come first serve. All are welcome to purchase food and refreshments from the Farm Café.. Meals are $19.95 plus tax. Concert goers must park in designated parking lot only. Please do not park in front of farm market. Please drive in from the entrance at 19 Third Beach Road, just south of the main entrance & concert lawn. SweetBerryFarmRI.com

July 13 - 16 - Newport: Black Ships Festival
                Commemorates RI native, Cmdr. Matthew C. Perry's historic expedition to Japan opening trade relations with the Far East. The Black Ships Festival offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture. Events include a formal Gala, Japanese Arts & Crafts such as Origami and Ikebana; Martial Arts, and a Japanese Tea Ceremony. A highlight will be the Taiko Drums! Events city wide - 846-2720 Link to the Web Site 

July 13, 14, 15 & 16 - Portsmouth: Annual St. Anthony's Feast 
            Thursday & Friday - 5pm to 11pm, Saturday noon - midnight, Sunday noon - 5pm. At the Portuguese-American Citizens Club (PPACC), 35 Power St. (across East Main Rd from St. Anthony's Church). . On Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony's Church, there will be free soup, Portuguese dancing and an auction at 1 p.m.

July 16 - Portsmouth: 2nd Annual All Charity Day - Newport International Polo
             
from 5-9PM, Glen Farm, Portsmouth. Join in for some Polo Fun! Fairways for Warriors Newport Chapter will be joining Newport Polo in its 2nd Annual All Charity Day. Discover Polo and help Fairway for Warriors Support their mission to provide hope, healing, and camaraderie for combat wounded veterans and their families.TICKETS: Unlike regular Polo matches, Tickets have to be bought ahead of time and can not be bought at the gate. For tickets or to make a donations go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-fairways-for-warriors-at-newport-polo-all-charity-day-tickets-34756049279?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing
For more info on Newport Polo, please visit the website.   

July 28 - 30 - Newport: Newport Folk Festival
                   Fort Adams St. Park & other venues, see the site for schedules and performers: www.newportfolk.org

 

 


Previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet.

 

 

older listing - please check back July -- - July -- - Newport: Bridgefest -a four day event of live local music
        Bridgefest 2016 will take place in and around Newport from July 25th to July 28th, and will include free and paid concerts, music related films, educational programs and other music related activities. In addition, Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc, will produce a free family concert at Fort Adams on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. See full schedule of events at www.newportbridgefest.com.

older listing - please check back July -- - Newport: 23rd annual golf tournament at Newport National Golf Club
        12;00pm.m. Visiting Nurse Services is hosting its 23rd annual golf tournament at Newport National Golf Club on Monday July 25. Price per golfer is $150, includes 18 holes, cart and awards banquet.All proceeds benefit VNS hospice program which provides care to those who are terminally ill. www.vnsri.org

 

older listing - please check back July -- - Newport: The King's Clown Troupe presents service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church
              9:30am at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, Newport. The King's Clown Troupe from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Clifton Park, NY will present the 9:30am worship service in celebration and mime.
The Clown Troupe's worship services are designed for all ages and denominations. They combine contemporary music, dancing, mime and drama into one fantastic experience. They believe that the clown is a fool for Christ, but not foolish. Clowns are childlike, but not childish. They are servants who go among God's people to bring inspiration, joy and fellowship. All are welcome.

 

 

older listing - please check back July 3 - Newport: "Fort Aqua" at Fort Adams
     4pm - 10pm A Revolutionary Water Celebration. This 18+ event will kick off Independence Day Weekend with an unbelievable water and laser light show on the North Lawn of Fort Adams! www.aquaedm.com For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 841-0707

 

older listing - please check back July 9 - Newport: The Newport Community Band in Ballard Park
        7:00pm - 8:30pm in Ballard Park. The Newport Community Band is a forty-five piece symphonic band sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts at Salve Regina University. Membership is open to all Newport-area residents, including high school students and Salve Regina students. Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. FREEMusic Month is one of a series of events held at Ballard Park this summer. Friends of Ballard Park

 

older listing - please check back July 13 - Portsmouth: Bam! Pow! Music Workshop for Tweens and Teens at the Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30pm at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Make really big noises with improvised percussion instruments. Rick Morin from Rhythm Imaginarium will be here to lead us through this music-making workshop. For kids entering grades 4 and up. No need to register; call us at 683-9457 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.

older listing - please check back July 15 - Newport: A Concert by The Rusty Cheetahs in Ballard Park
        7:00pm - 8:30pm in Ballard Park. A Concert by The Rusty Cheetahs. Mark Quinn, Billy "Duke" Oatway and BT Thomas and a few special guests will perform a selection of light hearted, upbeat rock 'n roll music. Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is July 16th. FREEMusic Month is one of a series of events held at Ballard Park this summer. Friends of Ballard Park

older listing - please check back July 13 - Portsmouth: Robin Hood: Live on Stage at the Portsmouth Free Public Library
      10:30am at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. The Hampstead Stage Company is here to present a live performance of Robin Hood. An unconventional hero, meet Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men as they battle against their greedy foes. No need to register; call us at 683-9457 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.

older listing - please check back July 16 - Newport: Friends of Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children!
        1:00pm - 2:30pm in Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children! Butterflies and dragonflies are frequent park visitors. The two have many similar traits but each fills a unique niche in the world. Butterflies help to pollinate flowers and are food for dragonflies! Children will learn about them and make their own terrariums that mimic the meadow habitat. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail or register online

 

 

older listing - please check back July 18 - Newport: Craft Brew Race at Fort Adams
    Road Race & Craft Beer Festival from 12-4 PM. The Craft Brew Race is a 5k road race followed by local craft beer festival. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k. The post race beer festival will be held immediately following the race featuring 20+ breweries. This is a 21+ event.   For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 841-0707 Event site

older listing - please check back July 22 - Newport: A Concert by The Toe Jam Puppet Band in Ballard Park
        10:00am - 11:00am in Ballard Park. Jenkins Construction presents A Concert by The Toe Jam Puppet Band. Bubbles, hula hoops, squirt guns and costumes will get kids movin' and groovin'. Offering a special brand of hands-on children's entertainment, the Toe Jam Puppet Band encourages kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and storytelling.Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. FREEMusic Month is one of a series of events held at Ballard Park this summer. Friends of Ballard Park

older listing - please check back July 22 - Newport: A Concert by Meehan Krous in Ballard Park
        7:00pm - 8:30pm in Ballard Park. Jenkins Construction presents A Concert by Meehan Krous. Charlie Meehan and Scott Krous have been playing together for nearly forty years. About seven years ago, they began performing as the acoustic duo "Meehan Krous". They cover songs by the Eagles, Beatles, CSN, Neil Young and others. Charlie plays guitar and sings and Scott plays bass and sings. Meehan Krous' first gig was opening for Bloody Knuckles, an award-winning local band that Charlie's son Pete was in, at Ballard Park in 2007. They are looking forward to returning to the quarry meadow stage where Meehan Krous began. Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. Rain date for this concert is Wednesday, July 29th. FREEMusic Month is one of a series of events held at Ballard Park this summer. Friends of Ballard Park

older listing - please check back July 23 - Newport: Friends of Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children!
        1:00pm - 2:30pm in Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children! The one and a half hour program will feature hands-on activities focusing on the natural elements found in Ballard Park.This week's theme is Frogs and Friends! Ballard Park has a one acre vernal pond that is home to a variety of frogs. Children will visit our vernal pond, learn why the pond forms and investigate the frogs that live there. They will have the opportunity to use a microscope to observe water samples. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail to register or for more information."

 

older listing - please check back July 30 - Newport: Friends of Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children!
        1:00pm - 2:30pm in Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children! The one and a half hour program will feature hands-on activities focusing on the natural elements found in Ballard Park.This week's theme is ROCKS ROCK! Children will hike through Ballard Park and identify all three different rock types. They will learn where these rocks came from, discover how hikers use rocks as trail markers and practice making their own!The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail to register or for more information.

 

 

older listing - please check backJuly 5 - July 31 - Newport: Spring Bull Gallery's " Les Petites Oeuvres en Été" Exhibit
       at Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Avenue. The Little Picture in the Summer - There are summer treasures to be found at Spring Bull Gallery's " Les Petites Oeuvres en Été" Exhibit. The exhibition begins with a gala reception on Saturday, July 5th from 5 -7 pm. Small artistic gems in oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, glass and other media by local artists will be here for the taking. The exhibit runs July 5, 2014 – July 31, 2014 with work changing daily as new art replaces sold pieces.

 

older listing - please check backJuly 10 - Middletown: Middletown Education Collaborative Annual Duck Race at Third Beach
        from 5-7pm at Third Beach in Middletown. Great family event. First place wins $1,000 and more great prizes for top finishers. $10 to sponsor a duck. For more information visit www.mecmec.org.

older listing - please check backJuly 12 - Newport: Summer Lawn Fete at Emmanuel Church
        from 9 am to 3 pm at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport. The "Lawn Fete" will include a raffle, local vendors, plant table, lunch of burgers, hotdogs, chips, clam chowder, & lemonade, children's games, dunk tank, old fashioned tea room, Potter League Animal Shelter Booth, face painting & much more! Proceeds from this event to benefit outreach programs and provide funding for a wide range of assistance programs within our Aquidneck Island Community. Non-perishable food items will be collected & donated to Salvation Army, Newport, RI. Free parking is available in the church's parking lot on Dearborn Street. For more information call Jordan Sleeper in the church office at 401-847-0675 or

 

older listing - please check backJuly 19 - Newport: Newport History Tours: Tour of the Month: French in Newport
     11 am. Explore the heart of 18th century Newport and discuss the year-long period when roughly 12,000 French soldiers and sailors cohabited with Newport citizens during the American Revolution. Learn how the French contribution to the Revolutionary War was vital to the success of American Independence—and it began in Newport. Reservations required as space is limited, call 401.841.8770. Tours cost $15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Historical Society.

 

older listing - please check backJuly 26 - Middletown: Magician Mat Franco - "Spark a Reaction! at Middletown Public Library
                   11am at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, Middletown. While Most people think a magician's focus is only to shock and amaze audiences, Mat demonstrates how the art form can be used to evoke a wide range of emotions, just like a movie, play or story book. In Mat's program, teens ages 13 and up will learn how magic can be used as a means of communication. Mat shows examples of how magicians use science and psychology to their advantage in their performances. Registration is required. 401-846-1573
                   The "Spark a Reaction" teen summer library program is sponsored by the Office of Library and Information Services of Rhode Island, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank, and Pepsi. Local support comes from Rhode Island Children's and Young Adult Librarians and the Friends of the Middletown Library.

 

 

older listing - please check backJuly 31 - Newport: Jazz After Dark at Rough Point
     5pm to 8pm at Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. $10 per person. Join us for an evening of conversation and jazz, and view our exhibit, No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke. The legendary George Wein will introduce bassist Moppa Elliot (from Mostly Other People do the Killing), a 2014 Newport Jazz Festival artist, and Joe Parillo, pianist and head of the University of Rhode Island Music Department. These musicians will discuss how jazz, historically, changed the rules of music and how modern artists are bending the "rules" of jazz today. Enjoy live music before and after the discussion by URI music students. Cash bar. For more information see the web site or contact Liz Spoden at liz@newportrestoration.org or 401-846-4152 ext. 122

older listing - please check backJuly 31 - Middletown: Gardening experts demonstrate how to create and care for a miniature garden of your own at Middletown Public Library
         6:00pm at the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd.

 

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