Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of August 28


The Second Annual Newport Art Festival, hosted by Festival Fete, returns to Bowen’s Wharf August 29–30. Photo courtesy of Festival Fete/Peter Mellekas.

It’s the last weekend in August, Newport. Here’s what you need to know to get out there and enjoy it!

• You know that fall is around the corner when the annual Corn Maze opens at Escobar Farm in Portsmouth. Beginning today, Friday, August 28, you can visit starting at 10 a.m.; the maze closes at dusk each evening. The cost is $8 for ages 12 and up and $6 for kids ages 5 to 11; children 4 and under are free.

Festival Fete returns to Bowen’s Wharf this weekend on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30 to host the Second Annual Newport Art Festival. Stroll through this local art market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., where you’ll find more than 100 artisans, local food, live music, and children’s crafts.

• The Newport Polo team faces off against New York on Saturday, August 29 at 5 p.m. in a 6-chukker match. Reserve a spot and head over to the Polo Grounds to cheer them on.

• On Saturday, August 29, Naval Station Newport opens to the public to host its annual Salute to Summer concert and fireworks show at Dewey Field. Gates open at 4 p.m. with music by Changes In Latitudes beginning at 5 p.m. and the Navy Band Northeast at 7 p.m. The event is free with parking at the Naval Health Clinic New England parking lot off of Third Street. Be prepared to present a picture I.D.

• Bob Kendall and ZanRicky will perform on Sunday, August 30 in King Park as a part of the Newport Independent Music Festival. Bring a blanket, kick back, and enjoy the music from 3 till 6 p.m.

• Beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, the Redwood Library will hold an end of summer Garden Party on the lawn, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and music by the Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio. Tickets can be purchased online.

• Also on Sunday, August 30, Seamen’s Church Institute’s annual Rock the Docks lobster fest fundraiser comes to Fort Adams from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event features live music, a silent auction, and great food. Tickets are $125 per person; call 401-847-4260 to purchase.

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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