Fairs and Festivals in Newport

Black Ships Festival 2014

Various venues citywide Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666

July 17-20, 2013

A celebration of the arts and culture of Japan, commemorating Cmdr. Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the first treaty between Japan and the United States. Demonstrations and workshops of origami, sushi-making, martial arts, Taiko drumming, and a Japanese tea ceremony. See festival website for schedule.

Newport Celtic Rock Festival 2014

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport , RI Phone: 401-846-1600

August 23, 2014

People who love traditional Irish music love this day-long toast to Celtic culture and 10-hour marathon of Celtic celebration. General admission; no reserved seating; re-entry is allowed. Seating areas will be available throughout the venue. Held rain or shine. Time: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $25 spring discount; $30 through August 22; $40 day of the concert; SNUG package, $75; kids under age 12 are admitted free with an adult

Newport Kite Festival 2014

Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive Newport , RI 02840 Phone: 401-244-5264

July 12-13 2014

The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze washes your face. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Newport Music Festival 2014

Various locations in Newport; see event website Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0700

July 1127, 2014

This 46-year-old festival presents 60 chamber music programs in the Gilded Age mansion of Newport. Music is from 19th-century chamber music and Romantic-era piano literature. There will be concerts of chamber music favorites and programs of ragtime and tango, along with a few surprises. A tribute to German composer Richard Strauss will feature several concerts of his music. The Strauss Series will include piano, chamber and vocal works. See festival website for schedule details.

Newport Reggae Festival 2014

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-1600

August 9, 2014

Come relax during this full day of positive vibes with internationally acclaimed reggae bands. Mingle among vendors and artisans and enjoy festive food and drink in the heart of downtown Newport. Concert-goers may come and go during this day of extraordinary music. Time: Noon to 10 p.m. Admission: $45