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Most of the events listed take place on Aquidneck Island, but some interesting nearby off Island events are shown.

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The Perennials

Here are some of the events that come the same time every year, give or take a day or two. Here are the 2006 dates.
Newport Winter Festival
Feb 17 - 26
Saint Patrick's Day Parade
March 11 (Not 17) The route goes from City Hall via Washington Square to Thames Street, ending at Augustin's Church
Police Parade
Sunday May 7, 2006 Noon.
The new, longer route this year goes from Beacon Street in Middletown, South on West Main Road, through One Mile Corner (on the Middletown / Newport line), South on Broadway to the reviewing stand in Washington Square, Newport.
Newport Lions Soapbox Derby
Saturday, May 13, 2006 rain date Sunday, May 14, 2006
Norman Bird Sanctuary Birds and Breakfast
Sunday, May 21, 2006
July 13-16, 2006. (401)847-7666 or
Eastern Rhode Island 4-H Country Fair
July 15-16, 2006 (Saturday-Sunday)
Children's Party at Green Animals
July 14 (always)
Newport International Kite Festival
July 15-16 (Saturday-Sunday), 2006 Brenton Point State Park, Newport, hosts the annual Newport Kite Festival. Competitions are held in various categories including Fighter Kites.
Fiesta Verde
July 22 Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI 02840 Phone: 401-849-2799 7pm. "Treasured Island". Annual fundraiser for Aquidneck Land Trust.
Hellenic Festival
July 28 - 30, 2006 (Fri - Sun) St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Newport
Newport Folk Festival
August 4-6, 2006 New 2006 info web pages coming soon.
Newport Jazz Festival
August 11-13, 2006 New 2006 info web pages coming soon.
Fool's Rules Regatta
Saturday, August 19, 2006 Sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club All boats must attempt to sail a downwind course of approximately 500 yards.
Waterfront Irish Festival
September 2 - 4
Columbus Day Parade
October 9

Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair
October 14 - 15 (Saturday and Sunday)


Here are some of the events and organizations that continue or follow a regular schedule, through the year, or through the summer.
Newport County Council for International Visitors
A Community Organization Promoting Global Understanding Through the Exchange of Ideas and Shared Experiences via Educational and People-to-People Programs for International Visitors and Local Residents. Great Decisions Series 2006 Lecture Series. 7pm. Tuesdays in March and April. Visit website for topics and speaker details. McAuley Hall (Salve Regina University) Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 General Information:
International Yacht Restoration School
Lecture Series. Sailing Personalities: Past and Present 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840 Phone: 401-848-5777 Fax: 7:30pm. Each lecture has a different speaker. See website for more details.
Lecture dates are:
February 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18 and May 2, 2006.
Beechwood Follies
Family-Friendly Improv Comedy by the Beechwood Theatre Company
Astors' Beechwood Mansion 580 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.
March 11 (Sat) and 24 (Fri) 7pm
April 1 (Sat) and 11 (Tues) 7pm
$10 adults $5 students Reservations suggested 401-846-3772.
Grower's Markets (June - October)
Buy Fresh Produce, Help Keep RI Green!
Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. (behind Salvation Cafe & Portabella's) off Broadway in Newport
Saturdays 9am to 1pm,
Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm
141 Pelham street Elk's Club
Wednesdays 2pm to 6pm
info 849-7359
909 East Main Rd (Rte 138) in Middletown
Saturdays 9am to 1pm
info 401-848-0099
Newport Art Museum Wed nights July - August
Concerts on the lawn of the Newport Art Museum start at 6:30 p.m. and last about an hour. Bring folding chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. In case of rain, concerts are held in the Museum's Ilgenfritz Gallery. (Seating indoors is limited.)
Family Entertainment Nights at Easton's Beach
Tuesdays and Thursdays through July and August, 6:00 PM at Newport's Eastons (First) Beach
Free admission and free parking (schedule to follow) Fund-raising for such programs such as Family and Childrens' Nights at Easton's Beach provides the community with a free venue of entertainment, usually sponsored by local businesses or residents. We welcome your ideas and support to increase our outreach into the community. Susan F. Cooper ~ Director. 280 Spring Street. Or call us at 401-845-5800.
Corn Maze at Escobar's Farm
August through November
Newport Gallery Night
5pm-8pm. The second Thursday each month February to December you can tour 22 Newport galleries featuring hand blown glass, wood block prints, award winning photography, international hand craft, fine arts and more.
Newport Art Museum
Picturing the Page: A Legacy of Artist-Illustrators
Contemporary and historic illustrators of the region.
Exhibit runs thru February 26.
Margaretta Maganini: 50 Years of Costume Design
An award winning costume designer's drawings for the opera.
January 21-March 26.
Robert Dilworth: Heritage and the Heretic
An installation that explores African-American identity.
January 21-March 26.
National Museum of American Illustration 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Opens in May.
Newport International Polo Series Saturdays, June through September (Generally a 5pm start)
Glen Farm is on East Main Road (RI Rte 138) in Portsmouth.
Cap'n Nick's Newport Pirate Walk Weekends May 27 Through October 29, 2006
Departs from Gateway Visitors Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI. A costumed buccaneer entertains ye' with genuine pirate talk on this great, grand walking adventure along Newport's historic waterfront an' streets.
Guided Walking Tours Through Sept. 5
Various tours on various days. Collaborative program of The Newport Historical Society, The Newport Restoration Foundation and The Touro Synagogue Foundation.
Ghost Tours of Newport May through October - Newport
Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of our haunted City by the Sea. Reservations please. Special times and rates are available for private tours and groups.
Rose Island Lighthouse
July 1 - Labor Day - Newport: Public Tours Visit the Rose Island Lighthouse Ride the Jamestown-Newport Ferry July 1 to Labor Day 10 AM - 4 PM Daily
After Labor Day, lighthouse tours are given by appointment only for groups and schools
Fort Adams State Park
May 13th is the opening day for guided tours.
Friday, October 27th is the last day for guided tours.
Newport Yachting Center Events


Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

Thursday, September 28 to Saturday, September 30

Save the dates and join us for a remarkable weekend food and wine experience.

11 AM - 4 PM Saturday, September 30, 2006 Pumpkin Festival Corn Maze at Escobar's Farm 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth.
Games, hay rides, cow train, face painting, scarecrow making.
Rain Date Sunday Oct 1. Phone 683-1444
Yankee Steam Up

New England's Oldest Engine Show
Running Engines big and small, Steam, Gas, Sterling, "Other"
See History in Motion
9 AM - 4 PM Saturday, September 30, 2006
New England Steam and Wireless Museum
admission $15 -- under 12 $5 -- engine exhibitors free
1300 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich RI
401-885-0545 - - - - fax 401-884-0683

October 2006

14th Annual International Oktoberfest!
Columbus Day Weekend, October 7 - 9, 2006
Sunday Oct 8, 2006, 10 AM to 3 PM
Middletown Rotary Club
Fort Adams Fifth Annual Fall Car Show. Free admission, donations welcome. For information call David Melchar 619-0964 or Pat Burke 847-6635
Jamestown Classic,
the largest bicycle Road Race in Rhode Island
Organized by the Jamestown Rotary Club

Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2006
this annual event helps support both local and international charitable projects.
The 31st Annual Jamestown Classic and Bank Newport 'Round the Island Bike Race will be held on Monday, Columbus Day, October 9, 2006 with children, novice adults classes beginning at 8:30 AM and USCF Licensed and Professional Rider divisions beginning at 11:30 AM. Pre-registration is available through

1 - 4 PM Saturday, October 14, 2006 Harry Potter Day Corn Maze at Escobar's Farm 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth.
Come in Costume for 1$ off your admission.
Compete for Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Griffindor.
Games, hay rides, cow train, face painting, scarecrow making.
Rain Date Sunday Oct 15. Phone 683-1444
October 14 - 15 (Saturday and Sunday)
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair

The Harvest Fair maintains an old-time country fair flavor with hay and pony rides,quality crafts from over 40 New England crafters, live musical entertainment, a wide selection of food vendors, the ever popular mud pit, and lots of family fun. This fair is an old-fashioned,traditional celebration of autumn. Children under 3 are free.
Don't miss this!
Sorry, No pets are allowed on the fairgrounds!
Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival- Oct 14 - 15 (Saturday and Sunday)
Aquidneck Island Community Contra Dance
Friday, October 20, 8 - 11 PM
Holy Ghost Hall, 15 Fenner Avenue in Newport.
Community Contra Dances date back to Colonial times, and are still popular in many New England towns north of Boston. If you have seen "the barn dance scene" in an old Western movie, this is it. It looks like fun, and it is. Live music. Every dance is taught. For all ages, come single, in couples or groups, or families, bring the neighbors, but do come try it.
Saturday, Oct 21, 6 PM Clamboil Fundraiser for the 2007 Police Parade
Middletown Fraternal Order of Police (FOPA Lodge #21), 464 Mitchell Lane, Middletown.
Tickets available at Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth Police Departments.
6 PM Cocktails, 7 PM Dinner Served, 9 PM Live Music
Come have fun, and help make the 2007 Parade better than ever.
Haunted Newport- Oct 22-31st
October 27th Fort Adams State Park
Last day for guided tours.
October 27 - 31 Fort Adams State Park
The Fort Adams Trust announces the Fortress of Nightmares on Halloween weekend. On the nights of October 28-31, starting at 7:00pm, historic Fort Adams will unleash the restless spirits of its past on special haunted tours. Guides will lead the way through spooky areas of the Fort not usually seen on regular tours, and you will hear the eerie, bizarre, and macabre tales of the Fort's long history and legend from the resident “spirits” themselves! Meet the laborers who built the Fort…the soldiers and families who lived there…learn the secrets hidden within the Fort's ancient walls. Unlike many haunted attractions that rely on startling the audience, these scares are based upon the legends and folklore that surround Fort Adams and in the creepy atmosphere of Fort Adams in the dark. Admission is $10 per person; $1 discount with Haunted Newport RIP Pass OR Fort Adams ticket stub. Ticket sales begin at 6:30pm and end at 9pm each evening. Sturdy footwear required. Fortress of Nightmares is not recommended for children under 12. Call 841-0707 to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Saturday, October 28, 2006 8 PM - midnight 3rd Annual Sea Witch Costume Ball
Arise to the magick of the sea! The Sea Witch returns with an enchanting eve of music and mystics, featuring: * dj and dancing 'til midnight (featuring Sound Waves) * circle at midnight * horror d'oeuvres * magick juice (cash bar) * psychics (featuring the Divas of Divination) * magick marketplace (vendors selling crystals, herbs, candles, books, wands, magickal items) * photographer * costume contest and prizes awarded for "Most Original", "Best Couple" and "Sea Witch Choice" * silent auction to benefit McKinney Cooperative Shelter in Newport, Rhode Island
Newport Inn and Spa 936 West Main Road Middletown, RI

November 2006

Friends of Ballroom Dancing (FOBD) 253 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871 (401) 847-2980 - Email: Web: Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Officers’ Club, US Naval Station, Newport (95 Perry Rd, Newport, RI)
Thursday, Nov 23, 2006 Thanksgiving Day
23rd Annual Pie Run, Five Mile Road Race, at the Newport YMCA
Proceeds to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, and the Newport County YMCA. Sponsored by Bank Newport.
Register Online
BankNewport Pie Run
30 Orms Street
Pawtucket RI, 02861
Info: or phone Sondra Spencer 846-2390, Nigel Musgrave 847-6576, Paul Simone 487-3107

December 2006

Christmas in Newport
Month-long program that celebrates the non-commercial traditions of the holiday season. Includes schedule of events and links to related sites.
Sunday, December 31, 2006 Friends of Ballroom Dancing (FOBD) 253 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871 (401) 847-2980 - Email: Web: Sunday, December 31, 2006 Annual New Year's Eve Dinner Dance Location to be announced Featuring The Duke Belaire Band

January 2007

February 2007

More Useful Links
The Newport Daily News Online
Daily coverage of Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, and Tiverton.
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What to do in Newport - Events Calendar from the Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Atlantic Grille: Events in Newport and Aquidneck Island