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

  • 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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  • 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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