Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of September 4

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Pack up a picnic and your pooch and spend Sunday afternoon at the Rose Island Labor Day Romp, presented by Wag Nation. Photo by Robert Stankiewicz via flickr CC BY 2.0

It’s promising to be a beautiful Labor Day weekend; here’s what you need to know to keep the summer fun going!

• Do you dare to leave the island? The 18th Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival in Ninigret Park in Charlestown may convince you to drive over both bridges. With four-stages, this three-day hoot is fun for all-ages. This year’s lineup includes Keb Mo, Lake Street Drive, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, and many more. Crafts for kids, storytellers, parades, and the popular Cajun Music Camp, are also on hand, along with artisan goods, food, beer, and wine for sale. Music begins tonight, Friday, September 4, at 5 p.m. till midnight, and runs Saturday and Sunday noon till midnight. Kids 12 and under are free; teens are half price with an adult; adult ticket prices vary.

• Tonight, Friday, September 4, gather the family and head to Cardine’s Field for a screening of The Sandlot, an early nineties classic about a young baseball prodigy and his team’s outlandish adventures. Gates for this free event open at 7:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8 p.m. Get there early – the first 400 people get free popcorn!

The Museum of Yachting 36th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta will be held on the bay this weekend. From wooden one-designs to majestic sailing yachts – many built more than a century ago – boasts begin racing just before noon on Saturday, September 5. That same evening, a cocktail party – open to the public with free entry (cash bar) – will be held at 5 p.m. at IYRS. On Sunday, September 6, a classic yacht parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., with racing to follow. An awards dinner will follow at 6 p.m.; tickets can be purchased online and cost $60 in advance or $85 at the door.

• Team USA meets rival England at 4 p.m. at the polo grounds at Glen Farm on Saturday, September 5. After a tough fight last season, our guys and gals are looking to avenge last year’s loss. Head on over with a picnic to cheer them on!

• 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 will be open every Sunday in September. Beginning Sunday, September 6, visitors can climb the tower between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tower 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.

• Also on Sunday, September 6, grab a picnic lunch and your pooch and spend the afternoon at the Annual Rose Island Labor Day Romp, a special outing for people and their pups, presented by Wag Nation. The cost is $30 per person ($27 for lighthouse foundation members) or $55 per couple and includes boat transportation and s’mores by the campfire. Purchase tickets online or at Wag Nation (92 William Street). Proceeds benefit the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation.

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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