The inaugural Live Local Music & Arts Festival celebrated the art and culture that defines Newport and Rhode Island as a whole on Thursday, August 3rd on the lawn of Great Friends Meeting House.

Live Local gave the hundreds that came out to the festival a first-hand look at what it means to be a Newport local through art, music, food, history and more.

The event was presented by The Kings Lens And Friends and Mission NPT.

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All photos via Patrick Murphy, for The King Lens & Friends/What’sUpNewp.

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).