Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of September 25

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Historic 12-meter yachts will compete on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound this weekend in the 12-Meter North Americans. Photo by SallyAnne Santos.

Hey Newport, it may be the last weekend in September, but there’s still plenty to do, and the weather’s still gorgeous. Here’s what you need to know to kick off the weekend!

• Six historic 12-meter yachts will sail on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound this weekend in the 12-Meter North Americans. Visitors to Bannister’s Wharf can catch the fleet and racing teams dockside before and after racing, just like they did during America’s Cup races held in the 1970s and 80s. Racing begins today, Friday, September 25, and ends Sunday, September 27.

• Also beginning today, Friday, September 25, Island Moving Co. will be dancing through the streets and squares of Newport during its Open for Dancing event, a prelude to the company’s 2016 season. Dancers will move through Queen Anne Square today at 3 p.m., accompanied by the Trinity Church carillon; the troupe will then move on to Bowen’s Wharf. A second performance will be held on Saturday, September 26 4:30 p.m. A cast of 16 fourth and fifth graders also will also perform at the Pell School playground today at 5 p.m.

• The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival brings the fun to a tented lawn at Marble House this Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 . Sip wine and taste food from dozens of restaurants, food exhibitors, and wineries, and prepared to be inspired by multiple cooking demonstrations by celebrities including Jacques Pépin and Martha Stewart. The Grand Tasting on Saturday is sold, as are the special events, but there are still tickets left for Sunday.

• On Saturday, September 26, Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Fall Wildflowers program invites attendees to learn how to identify blooms and take a short hike through their fields in search of fall flowers. The program begins at 2 p.m. and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Pre-registration is requested; the cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

• The Newport International Polo Series hosts its final match of the season on Saturday, September 26 at 4 p.m. Spread a picnic on the lawn or reserve a seat!

• Head to Fort Adams on Saturday, September 26 for the Sail Newport fundraiser, which begins at 7 p.m. and features a barbecue, open bar, and live music. Tickets are $85 per person or $75 for members, or grab your friends and purchase the Boatload of ten tickets for $700.

• Expert birder Lauren Parmelee will guide a bird walk at Ballard Park starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 27. Learn about local and migratory species in the park then continue on to Gooseneck Cove to view birds using the marsh as a stop-over point. The event is open to birders of all levels with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

• The City of Newport, Aquidneck Land Trust, and Bike Newport have collaborated to create Miantonomi Exploration Days, during which the Memorial Tower in Miantonomi Park has been open every Sunday in September. This Sunday, September 27, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., visitors will have a final chance to climb the tower, which is the highest point on Aquidneck Island and has some of Newport’s greatest views. Follow up with a stroll through the surrounding 30 acres of the city’s largest park.

The 54th Annual Cluny Country Fair will be held Sunday, September 27 on the school’s grounds from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. The old-fashioned fair features carnival games and prizes, hay rides, a zip-line, a dunk tank, a silent auction, craft and gift vendors, and – new this year – knockerballs, plus tons of other activities great for all ages!

• Newport Vineyards is celebrating 20 years with an Anniversary Bash on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. complete with wine tastings, food, live music, and more. Tickets are $22 per person and can be purchased online.

• End your busy weekend with some relaxation on the beach and under the stars with Full Moon Yoga. The class meets at Second Beach (Surfer’s End) on Sunday, September 27 at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 per person. Namaste!

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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