Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of August 21

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Paddle around Newport Harbor on Saturday, August 22 for the 6th Annual Newport SUP Cup, a family-friendly race benefiting Clean Ocean Access. Photo courtesy of Coastal Urge.

Hello, Newport! Here’s what you need to know to get your weekend on.

• Hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County, A Weekend of Coaching, which began yesterday, continues through the weekend and ends Sunday, August 23. The historic 19th century carriages and their teams of horses have arrived from around the country and will drive through the streets at throughout the weekend; check out the daily drive maps for locations and  times. The coaches will also be on display on the grounds of The Elms at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 22.

• The Living Jewel: Pearls show opens tonight, Friday, August 21, at Duris Studios (480 Thames Street). The exhibit features new jewelry by the gallery’s artists that incorporates the jewel that Newport women love. The reception begins at 5 p.m.

• Kathy Griffin returns to the Newport Comedy Series tonight, Friday, August 21. The two-time Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy Award winner will perform two shows,at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt. Tickets are still available for both shows and can be purchased online. Catch her here before takes on Radio City Music Hall in New York City this fall!

• Join the 6th Annual Newport SUP Cup for a family-friendly standup paddle race around Newport Harbor on Saturday, August 22 to benefit Clean Ocean Access. The 3- and 6-mile courses begin at 10 a.m. at Newport Shipyard. Registration is still open; the complete schedule and race courses can be found on the Newport SUP Cup website.

• The always popular Jamaican polo team plays against USA on Saturday, August 22 at 5 p.m. The Jamaicans have a long standing rivalry against our guys and ladies, and typically draw record crowds to the Newport International Polo Grounds. Grab a spot before it’s too late!

• End the weekend on Sunday, August 23 in King Park with the Newport Independent Music Festival, featuring Abbey Rhode and The Kane Brothers. Bring a blanket, kick back, and enjoy the music from 3 till 6 p.m.

For more stuff to do, check out our events calendar.

Kara DiCamillo loves eating, traveling, shopping, and everything outdoors. She is an active volunteer in her Newport, Rhode Island community and has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count. Kara started her online writing career with TreeHugger in 2005 and currently contributes to several websites focusing on lifestyle, food, and travel.

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