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Bowen's Wharf will host the Wooden Boat Show September 14-17.

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15 events to enjoy in Newport before autumn arrives


Although pumpkin beer, football and hoodie weather will all be here before you know it, Summer doesn’t end until Autumn begins on Friday, September 22 at 4:02 pm.

Here are some great things to do before we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!

1 – Newport Fall Secret Garden Tour | September 8 – 10

Enjoy self-guided walking tours of private gardens located in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Each tour features about a dozen beautiful gardens. The tours run daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour, allowing for inclement weather, schedule conflicts, or just a late start. You may purchase tickets in advance by calling (401) 439-7253 or by clicking on the “Purchase Ticket” buttons here to order securely online. Tickets will be held for you at Kingscote in September, and can be picked up during tour hours Fri, Sat and Sun 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. View www.secretgardentours.org.

2 – Newport Polo Series – Newport Vs. Baltimore | September 9

The Newport International Polo Series XXVI will feature Newport vs. Baltimore facing a top regional rival on Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2017 at 4PM. Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Saturday, June – Sepember. at 5:00 PM / 4:00 PM in September. More Info

3 – Second Saturday at Newport Art Museum | September 9

The Whale Guitar is traveling to the Newport Art Museum for Second Saturday! Bring all those artful, creative kids, musicians, artists, and whale lovers, too! The Whale Guitar was created by musician and activist Jen Long, to raise awareness of the plight of whales, and raise funds to protect them and their ocean home. More Info

4 – City of Arboreta Celebration | September 14

Newport is home to more accredited arboreta than any other city in the world. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to tour some of Newport’s newest private arboreta, and celebrate our City of Arboreta. Visit: http://bit.ly/CityofArboreta for tickets

5 – 47th Annual Newport International Boat Show | September 14 – 17

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor allowing you to enjoy everything the City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies – many making their official debut in Newport! Visitors will also find an extensive array of marine equipment, services and accessories to round out the boat show experience.

6 – Newport Wooden Boat Show | September 14 – 17

Boats of all kinds and from all over will be available for visits at Bowen’s Ferry Landing Marina. Builders and owners will join to explore the resurgence of wood-boat craftsmanship, with art exhibits and more on site. Meander the waterfront adjacent to the Newport International Boat Show. More Info

7 – Special Pre-Opening Paranormal Investigation of Clark Street Armory | September 15

NE Paranormal Team and the Artillery Company of Newport present the guest paranormal investigations of the Clarke Street Armory to benefit the Artillery Company of Newport. Explore these interactive guest ghost hunts of the never before investigated armory. Be part of an actual ghost investigation of the armory.  More Info

8 – Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational | September 15

Catch all the action when the nation’s top collegiate athletes return to Newport for the second annual Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational! More Info

9 – Newport Polo Series – USA Vs. Dominican Republic | September 16

The Newport International Polo Series XXVI will feature USA vs. Dominican Republic on Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 at 4PM. Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Saturday, June – Sepember. at 5:00 PM / 4:00 PM in September. More Info

10 – AmpSurf | September 16

AmpSurf New England will hold an adaptive surfing clinic at Second Beach in Middletown, RI on September 16th, 2017.  The event involves adaptive surf therapy with certified adaptive surf instructors and is free for anyone with any kind of disability.  The event is from 7 am to 1:30 pm. More Info

11 – 2017 The Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Fort Adams State Park | September 17

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! More Info

12 – Island Moving Company presents Open for Dancing 2017 | September 20 – 24

Island Moving Company’s most joyous festival is coming up September20-24.  Come explore the possibility of participating in the creation and performance of a unique site specific work with a renowned choreographer and collaborating artist.  We’ll be lifting a glass and answering questions at Salvation Cafe on Wednesday, September 6thstarting at 5pm.  Open for Dancing offers classes, opportunities to interact with the artists, exciting evening events and of course the thrill of being part of a company of dancers creating new work in iconic Newport landscapes.

13 – Gills & Grapes Dinner with Eating with the Ecosystem | September 21

Holy Mackerel! Newport Vineyards is joining forces with Eating with the Ecosystem to uncover the wonders below our local seas. An evening of education and eating local with a 5-course dinner paired with Newport Vineyards wines. Lead by our Executive Chef Andy Teixeira, along with Newport lobsterman Al Eagles. Discover the bounty of our local ecosystems and dine for a cause; a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Scales & Tales Mobile Food Boat program. More Info

14 – Sunset & Sequins | September 21

The second annual black tie gala will celebrate National Ballroom Dance Week and raising money for pediatric trauma kits for the Aquidneck Island’s 3 EMS systems. Ride the carousel, hot & cold appetizer stations with an open beer, wine, soda, water bar. Dancing to the sounds of the fabulous DB’s orchestra. More Info

15 – Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival | September 21 -24

The 12th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns for its 12th year in one of America’s most spectacular settings. 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. More Info

For more events, visit our Events Calendar.

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