Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of September 18

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Swimmers will race across Newport Harbor this Sunday during the Third Annual Sharkfest Swim. Photo courtesy of Clean Ocean Access.

With warm days and cool nights, September is Newport’s time to shine! Here’s what you need to know to get out and enjoy the weekend.

• Today, Friday, September 18, Newport County residents enjoy discounted tickets to the Newport International Boat Show, which runs from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. NIBS continues through the weekend, closing at 5 p.m. Sunday. Now in its 45th year, the event takes over 13 acres of waterfront. Purchase tickets online or onsite; check the NIBS website for a complete schedule events.

• Sailors from around the world will take part in a Parade of Sail on Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m. as part of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Racing continues this weekend, with the gun going off at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19.

• Saturday, September 19 also marks the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup, a massive volunteer effort to remove trash from our oceans and waterways. The effort is led by the Ocean Conservancy, and there are tons of ways to get involved locally. Grab some gloves and head to one of several cleanups happening across the island!

• Mexico returns to the International Polo Grounds on Saturday, September 19 in a match against Team USA starting at 4 p.m. Spread a picnic on the lawn or reserve your seat for the last match of the regular season before finals.

• Clean Ocean Access hosts its Third Annual Sharkfest Swim on Sunday, September 20. Starting at 7 a.m., swimmers will dive in at the harbormaster’s dock by Perrotti Park and race across the harbor to the beach at King Park. Registration is closed, but you can still cheer them on and join the after-party at The Landing.

• On Sunday, September 20, head to Glen Park between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus Society’s Annual Show. Obsessed little kids and enthusiastic big people alike will enjoy the vintage trucks, demonstrations, face painting, and more.

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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