Discover the best, biggest and most popular events happening in and around Newport, Rhode Island this August!

For a full listing of events, visit our Events Calendar.

1. David Sedaris in Person at Jane Pickens – August 1: With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Wielding sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness. A master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, all of which have become bestsellers. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have been included in “The Best American Essays.” More Info:

2. Outdoor Movie & Film Series – Ballard Park and newportFILM are offering eight opportunities to watch movies outdoors during the month of August.

newportFILM Outdoor Series – August 4, 11, 18 & 25: On Thursdays throughout August, watch al fresco documentary films in some of Newport’s most stunning locations. Films roll at sunset. More info:

Movies On The Rocks – August 3, 10, 17 & 24: Friends of Ballard Park’s 11th Annual MOVIES ON THE ROCKS series kicks off on Wednesday, August 3rd.  Four movies will be shown in the quarry meadow off of Hazard Road in Newport on Wednesday evenings during the month of August. A short provided by the Rhode Island International Film Festival will be screened prior to each feature.  The screenings are free and open to the public. More info:

August 3 – Hotel Transylvania

August 10 –  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 

August 17 –  Dirty Dancing

August 24 – Karate Kid

3. Bal du Soleil – August 5: Haute couture, grande cuisine & French Riviera glam are the inspirations for Bal du Soleil, the social climax of the polo season on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, with the French Polo Team to support newportFILM at Rosecliff. More info:

4. An Enchanted Evening, A Benefit Gala Celebrating 150 Years of Child & Family – August 6th: With the backdrop of the beautiful views at Rough Point, the oceanfront estate of the late Doris Duke, this benefit gala celebrates Child & Family’s 150th anniversary of strengthening the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island. The tented seaside affair begins with a garden cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a surf and turf dinner with wine catered by Pranzi Catering and Events and dancing to live music by The Sultans of Swing. More info:

5. Wet Paint at Newport Art Museum – August 13 & 14: The 23rd annual Wet Paint, a family event celebrating art. Saturday, 8/13 participating artists will gather at the Museum before spending the day exploring the island and coastline in search of their favorite subjects and creating art. PM, artists return their completed works, still wet, to the Museum to be installed in the galleries. Saturday evening Preview Reception kicks off the silent auction. Bidding continues on Sunday, with the most popular pieces included in a Live Auction at 4 pm. More info:

6. Ida Lewis Distance  Race – August 19th: Starting and finishing off historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the Ida Lewis Distance Race takes competitors past Castle Hill Light and Beavertail Light (the third oldest light station in the U.S.) in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, with Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower the other waypoints of the two possible courses. Many sailors dream of competing in offshore distance races, but the preparation, logistics and pure stamina required can be intimidating. The Ida Lewis Distance Race can serve as either a stepping stone for those wanting to graduate to longer offshore races or a portfolio enhancer for those simply wanting to experience – for the first time or once again – the beautiful overnight “sprint” that has become a popular late-summer racing tradition in New England. More Info:

7. Lecture: Newport’s Gilded Age Yachtsmen – August 24: Dr. Robert MacKay, Fine Arts Committee Chair, New York Yacht Club discusses how Newport was the cradle of many of the nation’s nascent recreational pursuits. One pastime however, played a much greater role in the development of the “queen of resorts” than the others. Yachting was the catalyst that led to its golden age, the privatization of the resort and the yachtsmen of Bellevue Avenue. New York Yacht Club Fine Arts Committee Chairman, Dr. Robert MacKay, tells the fascinating story of the sport’s tremendous impact on Newport and its built environment. More Info:

8. Naval Impressment: A 1765 Reenactment in Colonial Newport – August 27: “Step back in time” to the summer of 1765. The Newport Historical Society will host a large scale living history event with dozens of costumed interpreters who will recreate a naval press gang incident. In June 1765, members of the Royal Navy from HMS Maidstone impressed sailors into service from the area that is today Washington Square. In reaction to this incident, citizens stole Maidstone’s longboat which they set on fire. This negative treatment is one incident that prompted many men to participate in the Stamp Act riots in August 1765. Learn about life in a colonial seaport. Children’s activities will be available along with a family scavenger hunt. Free. More Info –

9. Newport Salute To To Summer at Naval Station Newport – August 27:  Open to the General Public – food & drink concessions, kid’s area, and more!  2 p.m.: Field gates open for patrons with base access. Live Radio Broadcast WNMP – Mixx 99.3 & WADK – 1540 AM. 4 p.m.: Gate 1 opens for general public to walk on base. 5 p.m.: The Driftwoods (Beach Boy tribute band). FloorTime Studios Dance Demos.  7 p.m.: Navy Band Northeast. 9:15: Fireworks. More Info:

10. Outdoor Music Series Throughout Newport: There’s free live music to be found on Sunday’s, Tuesday’s and Saturday’s throughout August.


Family Night Concert Series at Easton’s Beach  – All shows begin at 6:00 pm and last for approximately 90 minutes. In the event of rain, shows will be rescheduled – call 401-845-5810 after 4 pm.  Free.

Aug. 2nd – Rockin Soul Horns 8 pieces, Sinatra to Bruno Mars – Sponsored in memory of Ralph Gizzi by his loving family

Aug. 9th – Dick Lupino Band Variety: Jazz, Oldies, Motown – Sponsored by Bernard and Doris Nemtzow in honor of their 66th   wedding anniversary. Free carousel rides as well, compliments of Bernard and Doris

Summer Concert Series at Sweet Berry Farm – Admission to all concerts is free. Specialty dinners prepared by Chef Scott Amaral are available along with many other food items from their café. Picnic tables are reserved for meal ticket holders only and on a first come basis. Meal tickets can be reserved by calling ahead. (401-847-3912) Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Concert goers must park in designated parking lot only. Please do not park in front of farm market.

August 2nd – Back Eddy Blues (6pm – 8pm)

August 9th – 6 Diggit (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

August 16th – Jessie Liam (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

August 23 – The Villanaires (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

August 30th – Lois Vaughan Trio (5:30pm  – 7:30pm)


Children’s Night Performances at Easton’s Beach – All shows begin at 6:00 pm and last approximately 45 minutes. In the event of rain, shows are held in the Rotunda Ballroom

Aug. 4th Police Night Out   4:00-6:00 pm FREE

Aug. 4th Keith Munslow storyteller – Sponsored by Silveira Kindergarten and Nursery School

Aug. 11th Toe Jam Puppet Band vaudeville – Free carousel rides sponsored in memory of Jim Toppa by his loving family

newportFILM Outdoor Series Experience award-winning documentaries, live music, interviews with filmmakers and film subjects, great food, and loads of community spirit amongst Aquidneck Island’s beautiful outdoor spaces, every Thursday night, all summer long…for free!

August 4th – Bill Cunningham New York at OceanCliff Lawn (8:15pm)

August 11th – Betting On Zero at Ochre Court Lawn (8:10pm)

August 18th – Don’t Look Down at Rosecliff Lawn (8:00pm)

August 25th – Being AP at Newport International Polo Grounds (7:45pm)


Summer Concert Series at Shops at Long Wharf – Enjoy free concerts throughout the summer from 1pm to 5pm down at the Shops at Long Wharf.

August 6th – ZanRicky

August 13th – Lee Phillips & Friends

August 20th – Drunken Logic

August 27th – Half Step Down


NIMFest at King Park – The series is presented by the City Of Newport with a gift from Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton. All concerts are scheduled on Sundays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., there are no rain dates.  Bring a chair or enjoy the lawn seating at the park, shows are free and open to the public of all ages! Free.

August 7th – Tribute to Newport Slim – Leslie Grimes & Matt Bruneau, Caboodle and Big Cat Blues Band

August 14th –  Joyce Katzberg and The Gnomes

August 21st The Kane Brothers and Abbey Rhode

August 28th  ZanRicky and Chelley, Bill & Dyl

Summer Concert Series at Brick Market Place – Enjoy free concerts at Brick Market Place every Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).