Hey’o, the first weekend of fall is here and WOW does the forecast for events and weather look mighty beautiful! Here’s a look ta 15 great things happening this weekend in The Beautiful City By The Sea, as well as a few extra ongoing events that will keep you smiling and busy, enjoy!

Pssst…. don’t forget to check out Listings: Live Music & Entertainment This Weekend.

1 – Open For Dancing Interlude on Friday & Saturday

Island Moving Co. will present dances set in city landscapes as an Open for Dancing Interlude on September 25 and 26, 2015. The Interlude will include performances created for the center of Newport at Queen Anne Square and Bowen’s Wharf; and at the newly built Pell Elementary School on Dexter Street in Newport, employing the inventive playground equipment on the campus. More Info

2 – Busking On Bowen’s Wharf on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Bowen’s Wharf will host acoustic live music performances down at “The Anchor Of Newport” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to entertain and welcome visitors during the fall season. Schedule & More Info

3  – Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Three of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions will be filled with visitors and vendors celebrating the 10th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County and FOOD & WINE. More Info

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4 – 12 Metre North American Racing

Six of the sleek historical 12 Metre yachts will sail on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound in the 12 Metre North Americans sponsored by Bai. Just like during Cups held here in the ‘70s and ‘80s, visitors to Bannister’s Wharf can catch the fleet and racing teams dockside before and after racing. More Info

5 – Dueling Pianos on Friday & Saturday

Dueling Pianos, a one-of-a-kind experience, has been sweeping the nation and has finally come to Newport. The new-and-improved Studio 3, above One Pelham East, and Heineken Light are bringing you Dueling Pianos every Friday and Saturday in September! More Info

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6 – Sail Newport Fundraiser: Wow – What a Season! on Saturday

Sail Newport will hold a fundraising party on Saturday, September 26 starting 7 p.m.at Fort Adams State Park. The “Wow – What a Season!” event will celebrate Sail Newport’s highly successful year. More Info

7 – Smithsonian Museum Day Live on Saturday

7 cultural institutions across the country will offer free admission to their museum for Smithsonian‘s Museum Day Live. More Info & Participating Museums

8 – Yesterday’s and The Place Will Close on Saturday

Yesterday’s and The Place will close after 42 years of business on Saturday, September 26th. More Info

9 – Local Man Will Attempt To Swim Around Aquidneck Island on Saturday

Trent Theroux is going to attempt to swim 40 miles around Aquidneck Island to benefit RISE Above Paralysis. The swim will start at Fort Adams at 7:00am and complete approximately 1:00am on Monday. More Info

10 – Newport International Polo Series FINAL on Saturday

In the Finals, Newport will face off against its most formidable rival this year in the Newport International Polo Series at 4pm on Saturday. For more info and reservations.

11 – Newport Vineyards 20th Anniversary Bash on Sunday

Newport Vineyards is turning 20 and you’re invited to celebrate on Sunday with a Great Grape Stomp-Off, wine tastings and wine by the glass, live music from the Little Compton Band, photo opportunities with live statues and samples from Brix Restaurant, Fatullis Bakery & Deli and Rhody Fresh Cheese. 2pm. $22 per person.  newportvineyards.com

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12 – “A Return To Camelot” at 1pm at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday

Due to its popularity during the summer and avid interest expressed by the cruise ship passengers that visit Newport in September and October, St. Mary’s has scheduled additional public performances of “Return to Camelot” this fall.  The presentation features vintage film clips and a live performance of music and song from the Kennedy wedding ceremony and reception at Hammersmith Farm, Jackie’s childhood summer home in Newport. More Info

13 – Climb Miantonomi Tower on Sunday

The Miantonomi Tower in Miantonomi Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. allowing visitors to climb to the highest point on Aquidneck Island. More Info

14 – 54th Annual Cluny Fair on Sunday

Fun for all ages! This old-fashioned country fair features carnival games & prizes, hay rides, a Zip-line, dunk tank and more. Family-oriented live musical entertainment throughout the day. Home-baked goods, plants, arts & craft, and a giant silent auction. Hot & cold refreshments for sale. Wheelchair-accessible venue. Held rain or shine. Free parking and free shuttle bus to Fair grounds from satellite parking at nearby Rogers High School at 15 Wickham Road. Event runs from 10am-4pm.

15 – Bird Walk at Ballard Park on Sunday

Celebrate the start of fall with a guided bird walk. Expert birder Lauren Parmelee will guide the walk starting at 8am and share her knowledge of local birds and migratory species. After the hour and half hike through Ballard Park, Lauren will lead any participants that wish to continue down Hazard Road towards Gooseneck Cove to view migratory birds that use salt marshes as stop-over points. The event is open to birders of all levels. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

ONGOING

Friday’s At 6: How many breweries can say that every week, you can go in, trade your ID for a pint glass, and drink unlimited amounts of craft beers? Well, we know of only one on the island, Newport Storm Brewery! So that means we don’t have to go far to get it, Newporter’s. You gotta sign up at 12pm on Friday on Newport Storm’s Facebook Page, because only the 1st 50 to sign-up get in! 6pm – 8pm. More Info

Pick You Own: It’s the perfect time of year to taste fall’s bounty at local farms. Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown (sweetberryfarmri.com ) offers pick your own apples, peaches and pumpkins through the end of October while Rocky Brook Orchard, Aquidneck Island’s original pick-your-own orchard (rockybrookorchard.com), offers more than 60 apple varieties for picking on weekends through Columbus Day.

Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & Hayrides: As the season for costumes and candy creeps in, we Newporter’s are savoring the last bits of seaside sun, planning our favorite fall adventures, and picking out our favorite pumpkins for pumpkin carving contests. The What’sUpNewp Crew has harvested a list of the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides in Newport County. Now all you have to worry about is what you’re going to be for Halloween… READ THE STORY

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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