Many come to Newport in summer to enjoy the spectacular views, sail the Narragansett Bay, and dine on scrumptious seafood, things locals enjoy daily. While all worthy reasons for a visit, let us not forget the vibrant arts and culture in our community, which Newport county residents also enjoy daily. This time of year Newport comes alive with the sound of music. Newport has played host to the world famous Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for many years. And the Newport Music Festival has been an annual event for 47 years.
Seven years ago The Arts & Cultural Alliance launched Newport BridgeFest to bridge the gap between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Much like the others, BridgeFest is now a much anticipated annual event. Newport is alive with the sound of music!
Featuring over 50 local musical artists
will feature over 50 local musical artists across all musical genres (July 27-30, 2015).
• The annual BridgeFest Sunset Soiree
at the Sanford-Covell Villa Marina. Featuring music by ZanRicky
and dance presentation by Rhode Island’s ballet theatre
. Wines, beers, and hors d’oeuvres from select Newport restaurants and caterers will be served out on the waterfront piazza all included in your admission, the proceeds of which support BridgeFest and our many local musicians. Tickets still available. Make your reservation today!
• Motif Magazine award winners on the Rock Stage
at Jimmy’s Saloon
• The Jazz Stage
at Queen Anne Square
• Busking at Bowen’s Wharf
• The first BridgeFest Classical Music Stage
at St. Matthew’s Church in Jamestown
• Arts and Fine Crafts Fair
with live music at Trinity Church
• Educational music
programming for adults and kids at the Redwood Library
• Yoga and music
, presented in conjunction with Island Music Company and Ebb & Flow
• And so much more…
ARTS AROUND THE COUNTY
Tiverton Four Corners
27th Annual Arts and Artisan Festival
The 28th annual Arts and Artisan Festival located will take place at historic Tiverton Four Corners and will host 60 to 100 unique artists from all over New England. The festival also has live entertainment throughout the day by local musicians, food trucks to fill your bellies and beverages to wet your whistle. artsandartisanfestival.com
DATE & TIME: July 18, 10am – 4pm
LOCATION: 3998 Main Rd, Tiverton RI 02878
“Fraternite: The French in Newport”
A two part exhibit. The Newport Historical Society will showcase the role of the French during the Revolutionary War. At the historic Colony House the focus is on the French participation in Rhode Island during the American Revolution. At the Museum of Newport History the exhibit will highlight the relationship between the Marquis de Lafayette and Daniel Lyman, a local Continental army officer and a leading 18th century Newport resident. Hours and admission prices vary. Visit the web site for more information. Also images can be found here.
DATE: July 4 – October 31, 2015
LOCATIONS: Colony House, Museum of Newport History
FUN FOR KIDS
The Portsmouth Arts Guild is offering art camp for kids ages 7-11. A great opportunity for kids of all levels and abilities to explore a variety of media through activities including drawing, painting, weaving, collage, paper mache and plaster. Two week-long sessions are being offered. Sign up for one or both…different projects are planned for each session. Joanne Murrman, an experience artist and art teacher, is the instructor.
FIRST SESSION: August 3 – 7
SECOND SESSION: August 10 – 14
TIME: 9am – 12 Noon
TUITION: $125/110 members (sign up for both sessions for $225/200 members)
Family Friendly Funnies
There is an art to making people laugh. On Wednesday nights bring your family to the Firehouse Theater as the Bit Players present a special one hour family-friendly performance. Enjoy pure improvisation, inspired by the audience. Kids will love it, parents will too! BYOB for the adults. Water, soft drinks, tea, cups, ice, and bottle openers are provided. www.firehousetheater.org/
DATES: July 15, 22, 29
LOCATION: Firehouse Theatre, Newport
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The ACA is dedicated to supporting the arts in Newport County. The support of sponsors, donors and patrons is important for us to continue bringing quality arts programming to the community. If you would like to support the work of the ACA and arts community, you can do so on our web site. www.newportarts.org