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

Weekend Highlights

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:

2016 Newport Kite Festival – July 9 – 10, 2016: The spray of colors across the sky along Ocean Drive in July at the annual kite festival is a sight to behold. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze washes your face. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free. 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:

Friday, July 8

July 8 – 10 – Newport Regatta at Sail Newport

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game at Cardine’s Field

7:30pm – Island Moving Co’s Nuit Blanche: The Parisian Jazz Age      

8 pm – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

8pm – Pumpkinhead Ted at Sandywoods

Saturday, July 9th

9am – SNA 5K by the Bay at Naval Station Newport

10am – Second Saturday: Cities by the Sea at Newport Art Museum

1pm – 5pm – Live music with Caro v Ramos at Long Wharf Mall

5pm – Newport Polo: USA vs. Italy at International Polo Grounds

6pm – 19th Annual IYRS Summer Gala at IYRS

8pm & 10pm – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

8pm – BELLY at The Cafe at Parlor Newport

Sunday, July 10th

11am – Drink Lemonade, Support Clean Ocean Access at lululemon Newport

11am – Four Faiths Tour

1pm – ‘Return To Camelot: The Kennedy Wedding Remembered’ Returns to St. Mary’s For Summer Season

2pm – Opening Reception at Atelier Newport

2:30pm – Outer Earth live at Newport Independent Music Festival at King Park

3pm – 6pm  – NIMFEST features live music with JP Jones, Outer Earth and Gumption & Glory at King Park

6:30pm – Bean Town Restaurant Takeover at Caleb & Broad

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.