Here’s what you need to know about Newport and environs to start your weekend.
• The Volvo Ocean Race celebrations continue at Fort Adams! The Race Village (here’s a map) is open to the public all weekend, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (More logistical details below.)
• The VOR in-port racing – the event that everyone’s been waiting for – begins on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. Catch the six teams as they race in Narragansett Bay; the course will extend roughly between the Newport Bridge and Castle Hill. A sailors parade will precede the event, beginning at 12:20 p.m. From land, Fort Adams has a great vantage for watching the events, as do Castle Hill and Ocean Cliff.
• The Aquidneck Island Relay for Life will be held Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Gaudet School in Middletown, where team members will take turns walking the track. It is the local event for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, a global program that raises funds for cancer research.
• Dance troupe Island Moving Co. presents their annual Spring show at the Casino Theater on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. – it’s a one-night only event.
• On Saturday, May 16, Greenvale Vineyards will celebrate the restoration of its former stable into a Tasting Room. Head on over to Portsmouth to enjoy live jazz, tractor rides, and local food from 1 to 4 p.m.
• What better way to welcome spring than with the 33rd Annual Birds & Breakfast at the Norman Bird Sanctuary? The buffet spread will be prepared by Chef Rich Silvia of the White Horse Tavern, and guests can also enjoy guided trail walks and nature activities for kids. Seatings are at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. Adult tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; children ages 3-12 are $10 and children under 3 are free.
• Sunday, May 17 marks the beginning of the next leg in the VOR. Cheer on the teams as they leave Newport on their way to Lisbon at 2 p.m.!
Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover Particulars
• Entry to the VOR Race Village is free of charge through May 17. Parking costs is $20 … unless you drive a Volvo – then you park for free. Parking passes are available for purchase ahead of time. A full list of events is here.
• Two ferries will also be running – the Newport Harbor Shuttle, which will run from Perrotti Park, and the Newport Jamestown Ferry. Each costs $10 roundtrip. A shuttle bus will also leave from the Gateway Center. More transportation logistics are listed here.
• Bicycle parking is available at the Race Village at no cost. Thanks to Bike Newport,two park-and-bike locations — at Bike Newport on Broadway and at the YMCA in Middletown — are also available with free parking. Get more details here.
For more stuff to do, check out our events calendar.