Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of July 24


Tickets to the Newport Folk Festival are sold out this weekend, but you can always float on over.

It’s the last weekend in July, which means Newport is all in on the events front. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening this weekend.

• Doors to the Newport Folk Festival open today (Friday, July 24). If you’re headed to the three-day event, which closes Sunday evening, check out our Local’s Guide to the Newport Folk Festival and 13 Things Not to Miss at the Newport Folk Festival. All days are officially sold out (but, pssst, there are usually people selling tickets near the entrance). It’s also just as fun to be on the water – you can sail, motor, kayak, or SUP to join in the festivities.

The Newport Antiques Show is being held at St. George’s School this weekend in Middletown. From Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, more than 40 of the country’s top dealers will display paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and fine and decorative arts. The show opens at 10 a.m. daily; tickets are $15 per day or $20 for three-day unlimited admission. Proceeds benefit the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

• This weekend concludes the performances of Island Moving Co.’s Great Friends Dance Festival. Catch shows through Saturday, July 25 at the Great Friends Meeting House. Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online.

• The Newport Music Festival also continues through the weekend with a closing concert on Sunday, July 26. Ticket prices vary; download a brochure for the complete schedule.

• Aquidneck Land Trust, which celebrates it’s twenty-fifth anniversary this year, will host its annual fundraiser, Fiesta Verde, at Sweet Berry Farm on Saturday, July 25. This year’s theme, “Meet Me at the Fair,” promises to inspire some astounding turn-of-the-century style. Tickets are $200 per person; a dessert-and-dancing–only ticket is also available for $75 (or $125 per couple) and allows entrance to the party from 9 to 11 p.m.

• The Italian Polo team will return to Aquidneck Island this weekend for a 6-chukker match against the U.S. starting at 5 p.m. Spread a picnic on the lawn or reserve your seat in the Alex and Ani Pavilion.

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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