Five Can’t-Miss Events: July 6–12
The fourth might be over, but the fun isn't: sip n' shop in Newport, watch Jaws on the beach and more fun things to do.
1. Movies on the Beach: Jaws
Want a thrill? Pack some blankets (or a chair) for a night under the stars watching the classic thriller, Jaws. Bring your favorite squeeze to clutch because trust us, you’ll be jumping every time a wave crashes! Make popcorn at home and pack a snack bag to take along with you so that you can munch on some goodies for the ultimate movie night experience. Don’t forget the licorice, too!
The Details: July 6. Gates open 6:30 p.m. Show starts 9 p.m. Free. Atlantic Beach Park, 321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut, 401-596-7761, oceanchamber.org.
2. Rhode Island Philharmonic at the Beach
Join the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for the forty-first annual performance at the North Beach Clubhouse in Narragansett. A ticketed cocktail dinner and reception precedes the show, with the orchestra performing on the deck of the clubhouse from 8 to 10 p.m. Pack a picnic, grab a cocktail at the cash bar and let the Rhode Island Philharmonic play sweet symphonies for you all night long. In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be the following night on July 8.
The Details: July 7. 6–10 p.m. $50 per person for pre-concert dinner. North Beach Clubhouse, 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett, 401-782-0658, narragansettri.gov.
3. Seaside Sip ‘n Shop
Head over to Newport for an evening of shopping and cocktails in the ever-so-classic elegance of the Ocean Cliff Hotel. Overlooking Narragansett Bay and an immaculate, well-manicured lawn, the hotel hosts a fun-filled night where a variety of local stores will be present. Stores include the Groovy Gator, Island Outfitters, Newport Sunglass Shop and more. Not only can you shop until you drop, but complimentary Champagne will be poured and hors d’oeuvres will also be served.
The Details:July 12. 5–8 p.m. Free. Ocean Cliff Hotel and Resort, 65 Ridge Rd., Newport, 401-619-7924, newportexperience.com.
4. Concerts Under the Elms
Bring a lawn chair and kick back and relax to Steve Smith and the Nakeds under the beautiful elm trees of the John Brown House Museum. Claim your spot on the lawn while you listen to this rhythm and blues band, and don’t forget to stop by the Friskie Fries food truck for a carton of fries. As a bonus, the John Brown House Museum will be open free of charge with a pop-up exhibition, so make sure to check it out.
The Details: July 6. 6:30–8 p.m.$10. Free for member and children younger than twelve. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St., Providence, 401-331-8575, rihs.org.
5. Wickford Art Festival
Take a stroll through historic Wickford Village to admire fine art in one of New England’s longest running outdoor art festivals. Find something that catches your eye? Bring home a sculpture, a photograph or maybe even a drawing from one of the festivals 200 plus vendors. There will be local food vendors along Main Street and raffle tickets available for sale, which will benefit next year’s scholarship winners. Be sure to visit this year’s winners who will be showcasing their artwork as part of their prize. Parking is available at Wilson Park as well as the former Wickford Elementary School where shuttles will be in service. The festival is also accessible by boat via Narragansett Bay, so if you are out on the water, head back inland to check out the Wickford Art Festival, as docking will be available at Wickford marinas.
The Details: July 8–9. Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. 1 Main St., North Kingstown, 401-294-6840, wickfordart.org.