Five Can’t-Miss Events: July 27–August 2
Peruse antiques and cultural goods, get your sea legs on in Narragansett and more fun things to do.
1. Newport Antiques Show
Get caught between the past and present as you peruse items that make grandma’s birthday seem recent. More than forty of the country’s top dealers will showcase paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, purses and fine and decorative arts. Get a first look at the Gala Preview Party, catch a lecture or booth talk, and see work that has survived generations. The show benefits the Newport Historical Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County.
The Details: July 28–30. Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $15 one-day admission, $20 weekend. St. George’s School, 375 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 401-846-2669, newportantiqueshow.com.
2. Blessing of the Fleet
Stop by and you may feel more blessed than the boats. Satisfy your cravings at the Seafood Festival, which has been extended to three days for the first time, lace up your shoes for the ten-mile road race, and of course, don’t miss the Blessing of the Fleet. Pull up a seat for the boat parade and decoration contest, too, and decide for yourself which is the captain of fashion. The Narragansett Lions Club hosts thousands of people each year for the festivities, and you’ll want to be one of them.
The Details: July 27–29. Free. Various times and locations in Narragansett, narragansettlionsclub.org.
3. Cultural Survival Bazaar
Learn artists’ stories, view their art, and experience their heritage. Join indigenous artists, cooperatives and their representatives from around the world, as they present traditional and contemporary crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, home goods and accessories from dozens of countries. Art will be accompanied by cultural performances and presentations, including live music, storytelling, craft-making demonstrations and the opportunity to chat with makers and community advocates.
The Details: July 29–30. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Tiverton Four Corners Art Center, 3852 Main Rd., Tiverton, 617-441-5400 x15, bazaar.culturalsurvival.org.
4. Newport BridgeFest
What do you do with a few days between two festivals? Add a third one into the mix, obviously. BridgeFest is meant to “bridge” the gap between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, and celebrates folk, jazz, and Newport’s musical community. There will be a garden party, Caribbean steel drumming, dance, jazz, films and even busking at Bowen’s Wharf. With all this and more, there is guaranteed entertainment for all ages. The concerts, films, educational programs and music-related activities will ensure that the party in Newport doesn’t stop.
The Details: July 31–Aug. 3. Various times and locations around Newport, newportbridgefest.com.
5. Summer Yoga and Water Journey
Do you like yoga? Do you like saunas and mineral baths and steam rooms (oh my!)? The Bodhi Spa combines the two in a special weekly relaxation technique class that begins with a one-hour yoga session in the Bodhi Spa’s Zen Garden, followed by a one-hour water journey through the spa’s mineral baths, steam room, cold plunge pool and saunas. You’ll feel so light after, you might just float away. (Note: Make sure to bring a yoga mat and bathing suit!)
The Details: July 29. 8:30–10:30 a.m. $40. Reserve a spot at thebodhispa.com or call 401-619-4916. The Bodhi Spa, 654 Thames St., Newport, thebodhispa.com.
Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.
Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly.