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12 Fun Labor Day Weekend Events In and Around Newport

1 – Newport Polo vs England (Saturday – 4pm)

Newport Polo, host of the Newport International Polo Series XXIV, is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club, est. in 1876, and founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering public exhibition matches and polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.

Newport International Polo Series
© Adam Zaff Photography

2 – Free Concerts at Brick Market Place (Saturday & Sunday 1pm -5pm)

In Tandem on Saturday and The Playboys on Sunday

The Brick Market Place is a year round destination nestled in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island. Containing over 25 unique shops and eateries, Brick Market Place is a must for visitors and locals alike.

The Playboys

3- Reggae Music at Tavern On Broadway with The Mintones (Friday – 9pm)

Come check out one of Rhode Island’s premier reggae acts performing roots reggae, modern reggae and dub at one of Broadways hottest new venues.

The Mintones


4 – 80’s Night at Norey’s Star Restaurant (Saturday – 7pm)

Each and every Saturday night Norey’s plays all of your favorite 80’s music videos. Each week this ends up becoming absolute sing-along dance-a-thon

80's Night at Noreys

5 – Closing Weekend At Atlantic Beach Club

After years and years as Newport’s premiere beach front meat market, the ABC is sadly closing its doors to the general public. So stop on by and toss one back for old times sake. (steroids, gold chains and bikini’s with high heels encouraged)

Atlantic Beach Club


6 – Wag Nation Rose Island Labor Day Weekend Romp (Sunday 1pm)

Bring the dogs and bid adieu to Summer as Wag Nation returns to Rose Island for a special Labor Day Weekend Romp!

Sunday, September 6th at 1pm

This is your chance to spend a beautiful summer afternoon on the island all while supporting the lighthouse.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic. Your ticket cost covers boat transportation and all the fixings for s’mores by the campfire.

Space is limited and as usual, romping is weather-permitting.

Register online through the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, or sign up in person at 92 William Street, Newport.

wag nation newport ri


7 – East Greenwich Art Festival (Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm)

East Greenwich will host the fifth annual East Greenwich Art Festival on September 5th and 6th from 10am to 5pm at the new NE Tech campus located on Division Road in East Greenwich. The art festival will feature contemporary American art and crafts artists along with strolling entertainment including Rhode Island’s Big Nazo. The festival will feature items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture.

East Greenwich Art Festival

8 – J. Geils Band at India Point Park (Saturday 5pm)

Yes, Peter Wolf will be with the band along with Magic Dick!


J Geiles Providence

9 – Pawtucket Arts Festival  (all weekend – see schedule)

The Pawtucket Arts Festival celebrates creative and cultural life in the City of Pawtucket,Rhode Island, by presenting vibrant arts events during the month of September for resident audiences and for visitors to the City and the Blackstone River Valley. PAF will produce and collaborate with producing partners to present dance, music, theatre, film, visual arts & design, as well as folk-traditional and other arts that evoke the City’s historic legacy, that present creative and cultural communities of today, and that ensure the place of the arts in the Pawtucket of tomorrow.

Pawtucket Arts Festival

10 – Rhthm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park in Charlestown (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Multiple stages featuring the finest roots music from masters and emerging artists. Family activities, food, drink, camping, and fun.

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11 – Live Jazz at Greenvale Vineyards  (Saturday 1pm -4pm)

What has great wine, a fun crowd, and live music? Greenvale Vineyards does every Saturday afternoon through December 13th!

The whole family is welcome, even leashed pets. No reservations necessary, just stop on by! Feel free to pack a picnic!


greenvale vineyards


12 – Classic Yacht Regatta (Saturday & Sunday)

Classic Yacht Regatta Newport RI
credit: Cory Silken