Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of July 31


The singer-songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform at the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend. The event begins Friday and runs through Sunday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by LaNita Adams.

It’s a weekend of festivals and food here in Newport – here’s what you need to know to get your weekend started!

• The sweet and sultry sound of jazz will be drifting across the Harbor this weekend, when the Newport Jazz Festival begins today, Friday, July 31, at Fort Adams State Park. With three full days of music on three different stages, the festival opens at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets are available for general admission and reserved seats and can be purchased online.

• St. Spyridon Church hosts its annual Hellenic Fest in downtown Newport beginning today, Friday, July 31, and it continues through the weekend. Nosh on traditional Greek food such as gyros, souvlaki, and baklava while enjoying live music and entertainment. The festival is held outdoors on the corner of Thames and Brewer streets; admission is free.

• On Saturday, August 1, Chef Katie Cavuto returns to Forty 1 North for the third year in a row for the Culinary Masters Series. The evening includes dinner with wine pairings and you’ll also get to meet the chef. The cost is $110 per person (excluding parking, fyi); reservations are required.

• In polo this weekend, Newport will face off against one of its toughest challengers – Palm Beach – on Saturday, August 1. Starting at 5 p.m., the home team will play to avenge its 2014 loss. 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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