The Newport Experience

Staying on the waterfront at the centrally located Brenton Hotel is like having an all-access pass to the top events, attractions and restaurants that make Newport, Rhode Island, one of the most alluring destinations on the East Coast. Here are a few of our favorite things to do. Allow our team of local experts to guide you toward experiences that match your unique passions.

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Calendar of events

  • GATEWAY TO SPRING — 04/12/2020

    Blithewold Mansion, Bristol

    April 12 – May 10, 2020

    Each April, tens of thousands of daffodils trumpet the arrival of Spring at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. The well-known daffodil display blankets the 33-acre seaside estate with more than fifty thousand daffodils. Meander the blossom-filled mansion grounds for an enchanting experience.

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  • NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS — 04/24/2020

    Throughout Newport.

    April 24 – May 3, 2020

    Enjoy festive, family-friendly events amid one million daffodils throughout the city, Newport Daffodil Days celebrates the arrival on spring. From a Daffy Doggies Parade and painting among the daffodils to private garden tours to festive parties, revel in one of the most vibrant times on The Classic Coast.

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  • NEWPORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL — 04/24/2020

    Great Friends Meeting House, Newport

    April 24 – 25, 2020

    Newport Craft Beer Festival offers two days of taste-testing, live music and local flavors from area breweries and restaurants. Savor carefully crafted brews from 35 of the nation’s top breweries with more than 200 beers.

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  • NEWPORT OYSTER FESTIVAL — 05/15/2020

    Bowen’s Wharf, Newport

    May 15 – 17, 2020

    The Newport Oyster Festival connects Rhode Island growers with the oyster-loving public, as well as the chefs and restaurants that serve them. Sponsors, growers, non-profits and exhibitors are on-site during the Festival to educate and provide opportunities to enjoy the bounty of aquaculture in Rhode Island.

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  • NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO SERIES — 06/06/2020

    Newport International Polo Grounds & Pavilion at Glen Farm, Portsmouth, RI

    June 6 – September 26, 2020

    Kick off the 29th season of the Newport International Polo series offering action-packed matches every Saturday through September. Watch as all-star lineups of international competitors take the field. Experience a tailgate party for the optimal experience, or plant your seat in the lawn and relax. Just don’t forget to help stomp the divots.

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  • NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW — 06/19/2020

    Rosecliff, Newport

    June 19 – 21, 2020

    Newport Flower Show celebrate its 25th year with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits and more. Meander stunning garden displays alongside unique shopping opportunities and opulent floral designs throughout the grounds of Rosecliff Mansion.

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  • U.S. SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP — 06/24/2020

    Newport Country Club, Newport

    June 24 – 28, 2020

    The 2020 U.S. Senior Open is coming to the iconic Newport Country Club. Witness some of golf’s greatest from past and present vie for the championship next June.

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  • NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL — 07/04/2020

    Throughout Newport.

    July 4 – 25, 2020

    Enjoy more than sixty classical concerts featuring unique chamber music, American debuts, world-class artist and special events held in Gilded Age mansions and other venues.

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  • BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE — 07/04/2020

    Mt Hope High School, Bristol

    July 4, 2020

    The oldest Fourth of July parade celebration in America will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street at 10:30 AM.

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  • NEWPORT-SHIMODA SISTER CITY CELEBRATION — 07/09/2020

    43 Broadway, Newport

    July 9 – 13, 2020

    A Festival celebrating the friendship between Newport and their sister city Shimoda, Japan offering a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese art and culture.

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  • HALL OF FAME OPEN — 07/12/2020

    The International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport

    July 12 – 19, 2020

    Game, set, match! Hot off Wimbledon, the top ATP World Tour pros make their way to Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame. Contested on the historic grass tennis courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which have hosted all the legends of the sport since 1880, the tournament is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe, and it offers the only opportunity to see professional men’s tennis in the Northeast prior to the US Open.

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  • NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL — 07/31/2020

    Fort Adams, Newport

    July 31 – August 2, 2020

    If you’ve got a thing for history-altering performances and a pantheon of artists whose scope of musical talents range from folk and blues to indie folk, country and bluegrass, then you probably want to make your way down to Newport Folk Festival. Since its inception in 1959, the Folk Fest has brought together artists and fans for some of the most accomplished live performances in music history, from Bob Gibson in ’59 to Dylan in ’63.

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  • NEWPORT BRIDGEFEST — 08/03/2020

    Various locations throughout Newport.

    August 3 -6, 2020

    A local live music and music education festival that “bridges” the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music in our community.

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  • NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL — 08/07/2020

    Fort Adams, Newport

    August 7 – 9, 2020

    Newport Jazz Festival began back in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind completely and utterly devoted to Jazz. That year brought big names in the genre like the famed Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Ever since, the festival has produced some of the most influential performances in jazz history, from Miles Davis’s 1955 solo on “‘Round Midnight” and the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s lengthy 1956 performance of “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue.”

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  • NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW — 09/17/2020

    The Bohlin at Newport Yachting Center, Newport

    September 17 – 20, 2020

    One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the premier show in New England, the Newport International Boat Show encompasses hundreds of exhibitors from around the world with new powerboats and sailboats ranging from 15 to 90 feet, plus accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. Meander an expansive collection of boats and accessories alongside a wealth of events.

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  • NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL — 09/18/2020

    Marble House, Newport

    September 18 -20, 2020

    The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns to the spectacular Marble House lawn with special events, celebrity appearances and a two-day Grand Tasting with the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen local restaurants and caterers.

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  • AUDRAIN’S NEWPORT CONCOURS & MOTOR WEEK — 10/01/2020

    Various locations throughout Newport.

    October 1 – 4, 2020

    Newport’s extensive automotive history dates back as early as the Gilded Age. The first American car race, the Vanderbilt Cup, took place in this historic area. Given it’s rich motoring history, Newport is the premiere destination for a Concours & Motor Week. Beautiful, historic mansions and the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean provide the most elegant of backdrops. Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week will be a celebration of the automobile, uniting enthusiasts from around the world.

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  • NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY HARVEST FAIR — 10/03/2020

    Norman Bird Sancturary, Middletown

    October 3 – 4, 2020

    An autumn ritual for generations of families, this beloved old-fashioned fair offers something for everyone featuring children’s crafts and games. Talented crafters and artisans sell their beautifully created items, enticing fair-goers to get a jump on holiday shopping. Local food and beer vendors offer an array of appetizing selections, while an impressive line-up of musicians round out the festive atmosphere.

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  • ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL — 10/08/2020

    Jane Pickens Theater, Newport

    October 8 -12, 2020

    Rhode Island’s only stand-up comedy festival returns with local and nationally known comedians at multiple venues throughout town.

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  • BROADWAY STREET FAIR — 10/10/2020

    Broadway, Newport

    October 10, 2020

    The Broadway Street Fair begins at Equality Park and extends all along the street offering live music, food, family activities and exhibiting artists. Outdoor stages will feature local musicians, comedy, and dance. More than a dozen restaurants will show off their culinary talents, and local artisans will showcase their creativity, too.

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  • CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS — 11/21/2020

    Newport Mansions, Newport

    November 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021

    The decadence of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions meets the sparkle and magic of Christmas during the return of Christmas at the Newport Mansion. Wander three mansions, the The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, dripping in 25 enchanting Christmas trees, a floor-to-ceiling poinsettia tree, hundreds of fresh flowers, evergreens and elaborate ornaments.

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  • CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION — 11/24/2020

    Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

    November 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021

    Each year, this historic estate transforms into a sparkling display of Christmas magic to celebrate the season. Volunteer decorators contrive a new theme each year that explores the interests of the Van Winkle family, the previous mansion owners, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wander the elaborately decorated rooms and enjoy a glimpse into the family’s Christmas and New Year’s traditions.

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  • NEWPORT ILLUMINATED BOAT PARADE — 11/27/2020

    Newport Harbor

    November 27, 2020

    Bundle up and head to the harbor for the Illuminated Boat Parade as boats deck the hulls and festive music heralds the arrival of the holiday season. Watch the parade of lights are boats compete for best decorated.

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  • CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT — 12/01/2020

    Various locations throughout Newport

    December 1 -31, 2020

    Each year since 1971, December 1 has marked the kick off of Christmas in Newport, a month-long celebration complete with festive events and happenings to honor the season and give back to charities throughout the community. Experience events for nearly each day throughout December as part of the celebration.

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