Hard to believe that there is less than three weeks until Labor Day, considered the unofficial end of Summer and beginning of Fall by many. Although pumpkin beer, football and hoodie weather will all be here before you know it, Fall officially begins on September 22, at 4:02 p.m.

Here’s 15 free things to do before we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!

1 – Free Concerts at Long Wharf

The Shops at Long Wharf host a free concert series from 1pm – 5pm every Saturday afternoon.

  • August 20th – Drunken Logic
  • August 27th – Half Step Down
  • September 3rd Abbey Rhode
  • September 4th – Ben Knight
  • September 10th – Becky Chase Band
  • September 17th – Amy Kucharik

2 – Salute To Summer

Newport Salute To To Summer at Naval Station Newport on 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.

3 – Festival of Hope at Easton’s Beach

Former Red Sox World Champion Right Fielder Dwight Evans, four-time X Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson (K-Rob) and current New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury will speak at the 3rd Annual New England Festival of Hope held at Easton’s Beach, Newport, RI, on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

4 – NIMFEST Concerts

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 21st The Kane Brothers and Abbey Rhode
  • August 28th  ZanRicky and Chelley, Bill & Dyl

5 – newportFILM Outdoor Series

It’s not too late to catch a free film screening outdoors in Newport and across Aquidneck Island!

  • August 18th – Don’t Look Down at Rosecliff Lawn (8:00pm)
  • August 25th – Being AP at Newport International Polo Grounds (7:45pm)

6 – Free Screening Of The Sandlot at Cardines Field

What’s better than watching The Sandlot? Watching the iconic film at one of New England’s most historic baseball fields! Back by popular demand, OceanPointe will once again host a screening of The Sandlot at Cardines Field in Newport on Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd.

The  non-denominational, independent, christian church, hosted a screening of the film last year on Friday, September 4th.

7 – Summer Concerts 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 16th – Jessie Liam (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
  • August 23 – The Villanaires (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
  • August 30th – Lois Vaughan Trio (5:30pm  – 7:30pm)

8 – Movies On The Rocks

Ballard Park’s 11th Annual MOVIES ON THE ROCKS series wraps up with a screening of Dirty Dancing and Karate Kid. Movies will be shown in the quarry meadow. Seating is on the grass. Films will begin at dusk (8ish). Picnic dinners welcome. The meadow opens at 6:30 pm. Please allow 15 minutes to park and make your way into the meadow. Trails are rugged and uneven in places. Sneakers are recommended. Like regular movie theaters smoking is prohibited.

  • August 17 –  Dirty Dancing
  • August 24 – Karate Kid

9 – Miantonomi Exploration Days

The City of Newport and Aquidneck Land Trust has announced the Second Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days!  Established as a World War One memorial park, Miantonomi Park includes Miantonomi Hill, the highest point in Newport. The Hill, once the seat of power for the Narragansett Indians, has housed colonial beacons, revolutionary war fortifications, and finally, a 1929 memorial tower designed by Meade, McKim and White. With the assistance of the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Sunset Hill has been added to the park with its revolutionary war earthen redoubt.

On Sundays through the month of August the Miantonomi Tower will once again be open from 11am to 2pm, allowing visitors to climb to the highest point on Aquidneck Island.  In addition, patrons are encouraged to explore the trails, wildlife and historic sites in Newport’s largest park.

10- Watch Sailing From Fort Adams

The Museum of Yachting 37th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta (September 3rd & 4th) will draw a fleet that stands as a time capsule of classic design – from small traditional one-designs to large, majestic yachts built over a century ago. Head to the North lawn or West Road at Fort Adams State Park and enjoy the view!

11. Newport Gallery Night

Newport Gallery Night on September 8th encourages those who might not regularly go to an art gallery, museum or cultural institution to participate in the monthly free shows in the numerous member galleries, museums and cultural institutions. MORE INFO

12. Free Preservation Society Of Newport County Tours

The Preservation Society of Newport County is offering all Newport residents and their families to enjoy all regularly scheduled tours of the Newport Mansions for free in 2016. Any resident member of your family is welcome to enjoy any regular tour, any day of the week, just by showing proof of City of Newport residency at the ticket station at any one of the Newport Mansions. Free admission for Newport residents is available at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.

13. Visit The Coronet

Coronet is a 131-foot Schooner Yacht which was first launched in 1885, and she was one of the most elegant sailing yachts of her day. She was designed for crossing the ocean in style, featuring a marble staircase, stained glass doors, mahogany paneled staterooms, and a piano in the main salon. Since 1995, she has been on the campus of the IYRS in Newport, RI under restoration. In 2006, Coronet Restoration Partners purchased the project and has continued progress on a full restoration. The project is open to the public and can be visited on the IYRS campus. MORE INFO

14 – 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.

15 – Newport Colonial Jewish Burying Ground Opens for visitors.

The public is invited to a once a year opportunity to walk the Colonial Jewish Burying Ground located at Kay St, Touro St. and Bellevue Avenue from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, August 21st. This historic site immortalized in poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emma Lazarus feature Egyptian revival entrance and grave stones for Newport’s first Jewish community. While the majority of the stones are in the same style as other Colonial stones in New England, many are lettered in Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, Ladino and English. This is the final resting place of one of the wealthiest men in Colonial Newport, Aaron Lopez as well as Moses Sexias, the author of the letter that welcomed George Washington to the city in 1790 and prompted his historic response. Guides will be at the burying ground to answer questions and provide additional information about the site.

16 – Newport Wooden Boat Show

Celebrate the art and craft wood boatbuilding from September 15th – 18th. 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.

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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).