Much like the 21st century, in 1524 Giovanni da Verrazzano and 50 of his besties sailed out of New York Harbor to spend 2 weeks in Newport (incorporated 1639), establishing our Fair City as the New World’s first resort. Fast forward 500 years and Newport, Rhode Island still rocks, offering an array of activities for visitors and locals alike. Here’s our 2024 something for everyone list:

Newport Flower Show – NFS is a fete of floral arrangements and all things gardening, featuring exhibits, demonstrations, and vendors. Included in the ticket price is an engaging demonstration by author Lucy Hunter as she honors life’s simple pleasures both in the garden and in our living spaces, keeping with the theme of this year’s exhibition, At Home. (June 21 – 23)

Newport to Bermuda Race, aka the Thrash to the Onion Patch – 2024 marks the 53rd running of this biennial 635-mile offshore sailing race from Newport to Bermuda. The Onion Patch refers to the delicious sweet onions for which Bermuda is known, while “thrash” is an apt description of sailing through the wild waters of the open Atlantic and the Gulf Stream. For 118 years the Bermuda Race has been “the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, and one of very few international distance races…(and) is one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land, the second being the Transpac.” 2024 is the first year for the race to commence within sight of observers. For first-timers there’s an Ambassador Program. (June 21)

U.S. Senior Open – For the first time ever (are you sensing a theme here?) you’re invited to join us at Newport Country Club for the 44th US Senior Open, a major golf championship for players aged 50 and over. With 3,019 entries, the USGA has declared this year’s entry total to be the third highest in championship history.  (June 27-30)

Newport Classical Music Festival – This month-long event features “world-renowned and up-and-coming artistic talents at stunning, storied venues across Newport—an internationally sought-after cultural and recreational destination.” July 4 – 21

Newport Dance Festival – Located on the huge lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, the Main Stage is the place to be when Newport Contemporary Ballet welcomes guest dancers from as far as Seattle and as close as Providence. In addition to professional performances, the NDF offers community classes and events throughout the week including kid-friendly activities, music, and workshops. (July 17-22)

Hellenic Fest – In a snug part of town known as the Yachting Village you’ll find St. Spyridon’s Church at the corner of Thames and Brewer Streets, the site of a local favorite: a yearly three-day festival celebrating Greek culture. Come take in the mouth-watering aromas of moussaka and souvlaki, taste the flaky filo pastries, and see the Hellenic Dancers demonstrate traditional footwork to the sounds of favorite Greek music. While you’re there you can also tour the historical Greek Orthodox church. Opa! (July 19-21)

Newport Beer Run – Some people like to run road races, while others like to drink beer. Genius move to combine the two! Formerly the Craft Beer Run, the Newport Beer Run is a timed 5K (3.1 mile) run (or walk, if you prefer) around Fort Adams in Newport. When the race ends, head over to the Beer Festival. Not running? No worries! Festival-only tickets are available, as are Designated Driver tickets. Must be 21 to enter the race and the Festival area. No pets, no children, no minors at all, so find a sitter and Uber on over! (July 20)

Newport Harbor Cruise
Welcome to our City by the Sea! While you’re here, stop by and visit us at 2 Bowen’s Wharf and get ready for some chill time on the water with one of our relaxing narrated harbor tours.