Whether you prefer galas, regattas, festivals, sport, music, parades or parties, here’s our list of the can’t miss, must go, see and be seen events in Newport, Rhode Island for 2018. 

2018 is shaping up to be a busy one here in the City by the Sea and we have all the details!

Country Fest Newport at Newport Blues Cafe: February 10th

Country Fest Newport brings widely known local and regional acts to perform in the heart of downtown Newport.

Newport Winter Festival: February 16th – 28th

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10 Days of Non Stop Music, Food and Fun! Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. 

Newport Winter Fest Comedy Show featuring Steve Sweeny and Marion Grodin – February 23rd

Newport Irish Heritage Month: March 1st – 31st

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‘All Things Irish’ occurring in the Newport area during the month of March. Including event from the Ancient Order of Hibernian, the AOH Pipes & Drums, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Museum of Newport Irish History, the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Newport Irish Heritage Association.

Newport Restaurant Week: March 2nd – 11th

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More than 50 participating restaurants offer extraordinary three-course prix fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix fixe dinners for $35.

62nd Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: March 17th

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Best day of the year in Newport. Enough said.

5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival: April 14th – 22nd

9 Days of “daffiness” featuring parades, a doggie costume contest, outdoor movie, music, bike tour of the daffodils, a car rally and exhibit — and so much more. 

Aquidneck Island National Police Parade: May 6th

Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover: May 8th – 20th

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The 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race is the 13th edition of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. It started in Alicante, Spain and will conclude in The Hague, Netherlands.At the stopovers, teams will have premium bases to interact with the fans.

Bowen’s Wharf Oyster Festival: May 19th & 20th

164th Annual New York Yacht Club Regatta: June 8th – 10th

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Newport Bermuda Race: June 15th

The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races, and (with the Transpac Race) one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land.

Newport Flower Show: June 22nd – 24th

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Gilded Age “cottages” were built with every convenience, designed for entertaining and to represent a lifestyle. Today’s cottages, much like their gilded ancestors, are also about lifestyle.  Join us to celebrate the tiniest of homes, which are smart in both technology and style.  Their adjacent gardens are equally thoughtful, livable spaces, both functional and beautiful.

2018 Newport Flower Show tickets now on sale.

4th of July Fireworks: July 4th

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The Newport 4th of July Fireworks will go off at 9:15pm on Wednesday, July 4th. The fireworks are shot over Newport Harbor from the point at Fort Adams.

Prime viewing locations are on Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, King Park, all along the waterfront, West Deck, Dockside, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina & Sky Bar at the Clarke Cook House. 

35th Annual Black Ships Festival: (TBA – July 2018)

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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!

Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open: July 15th – 22nd

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The Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open features a field of 32 singles and 16 doubles players direct from Wimbledon. The tournament is played on the same grass courts as the first ever US OpenChampionships and is the only ATP event played on grass in North America.

Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta 2018: July 26th – 28th

Candy Store Cup

The Candy Store Cup 2018 Superyacht Regatta is hosted and organized by Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf and will take place July 26-28, 2018 in Newport, RI. The Candy Store Cup carries forward the tradition of the Newport Bucket and invites yachts over 90′ LOA to race.

Newport Folk Festival: July 27th – 29th

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Newport BridgeFest: July 30 – August 2nd

For the second year, Newport Festivals Foundation presents BridgeFest, which “bridges” the days between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Celebrate folk, jazz and Newport’s musical community.

Newport Polo Gala – August 3rd

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Newport Jazz Festival: August 3rd – 5th

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A Weekend of Coaching: August 16th – 19th

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Authentic 19th century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses visit Newport every three years for a Weekend of Coaching, hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival: September 20th – 23rd

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The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival has been called the best wine fest in the country. Signature events include the two-day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines and celebrity chef demonstrations; the Wine & Rosecliff Gala; Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner; the Vintner Dinner, a Sunday Jazz Brunch, food and wine seminars, and the Newport After Dark Party.

2018 Tickets Now on Sale!

Newport Restaurant Week: November 2nd – 11th

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More than 50 participating restaurants offer extraordinary three-course prix fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix fixe dinners for $35.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions: December 2018

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Christmas at the Newport Mansions, an annual celebration by The Preservation Society of Newport County that delights visitors and helps to create unforgettable family memories, is a must for the holidays in Newport, RI. The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will each be decorated with beautiful trees, ornaments, fresh flowers, and evergreens through January 1st.