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Discover the best events, activities and things to do during this weekend in and around Newport, RI.

Where To Find Live Music, Comedy and Entertainment This Weekend


48th Annual Newport Music Festival – July 8 – 24, 2016, it continues the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and gala special events in the Gilded Age summer cottages of Newport. Enjoy 60 concerts over 17 days at 13 venues. More info:

International Tennis Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships – July 9 – 17, 2016:  Contested on the historic grass tennis courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 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. More info:

New York Yacht Club Race Week – July 9 – 16, 2016: More than 100 yachts from 25 to 100 feet long are expected to compete on Rhode Island Sound and in Narragansett Bay. This biennial event is one of the biggest regattas of the summer for top skippers and their crews. More info:

IMC Great Friends Dance Festival – July 14 – 23, 2016: All of your favorite IMC dancers will perform along with Owen/Cox Dance Group of Kansas City, MO, Trainor Dance and more. More info:

Black Ships Festival-  July 15 – 17, 2016: The Festival is a family-oriented event, incorporating events for all ages. The Festival provides an opportunity to see, sample, and experience authentic Japanese arts, cuisine, performances, and traditions. Signature events include Martial Arts, a Tea Ceremony, the Taiko Drum Festival, Sushi & Sake Sail, Black Ships Gala and Japanese workshops and demonstrations. More Info:

Friday, July 15

10am – Tourism Marketing Study Commission Will Meet in Newport

3pm – Sushi Sake Sail I

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game

7pm – Fundraiser for Tucker and Beau: A fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy @ The Dockside 

8pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

Saturday, July 16

10am – Summer Hike at Ballard Park

11am – Child & Family’s Family Celebration Day at Trinity Church

12pm – Craft Brew Races – Newport 2016 at Fort Adams State Park

5pm – Newport Polo:  Newport vs. Pittsburgh

6:30pm – Black Ships Festival Gala at Marble House

8pm & 10pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

Sunday, July 17

10:30am – Great Gatsby Movie Experience: 1974 Film, Continental Breakfast and Tour of Rosecliff

1pm – 2016 NECBL All-Star Game at Cardines Field @ Cardines Field

3pm – A Summer Afternoon of 20th Century French & American Organ Music at St. Mary’s

5pm – Charity Day at Newport Polo

5:30pm – FoRIster, A Beer for Bobby Forster Launch Party at Newport Storm Brewery

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