August 2017+ Export Listed Events
From the top of the fort walls to the depths of the underground listening tunnels, take an hour-long tour of Fort Adams that uses architecture to inspire, delight, and create suspense! Between now and Labor Day (September 4th), tours are offered every day giving visitors the opportunity to view the quarters where officers and families lived, ascend to the scenic overlook for a breathtaking view of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, delve beneath the walls of the Fort into the underground tunnels, and experience more than 180 years of American history, culture, architecture, and engineering.
George Washington is America’s first president and one of the first figures children learn about when beginning their history education. Take a step back in time to visit the home of the artist who captured the spirit of our revolutionary roots by painting the man himself! Taking place on the hour, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum offers a tour that includes the birthplace homestead, the Hammond Gristmill, and a discussion of Stuart’s works and colonial daily life. Situated on a beautiful landscape, nestled in beautiful country gardens, you’ll love seeing behind the scenes of history on this tour!
Linden Place offers children and adults the opportunity to see this historic house museum in a whole new light! Upon arrival, your family will receive a handout that will help you make your way through our 200-year old mansion rooms and seek out dozens of artifacts, big and small. Search for a life-size marble statue of Bacchus, discover where George Washington is hiding, and find out the meaning behind the phrase “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.” Adults, $8; students, $6; children 12 and under, $5. Free for children 6 and under. Visit Linden Place for this special self-guided program, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 am to 4 pm; and Sundays, from 12 pm to 4 pm.
Looking for a mid-week activity with your family? Take the kids for a stroll along the Bristol coastline and hear captivating stories of the original Blithewold Mansion owners, Van Wickle/McKee family. The tour offers families the chance to see the mansion decorated with original furnishings, just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds, where trees and colorful gardens are back-dropped by sweeping views of the bay. Your experience concludes with a Q&A, complete with the perfect summer drink: iced tea served on Blithewold's North West Porch. Admission: Regular admission plus $6 per person.
$7 - $10
Get your little ones dancing and bring friends and family to enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay at Blithwold's Summer Concert Series. Taking place each Wednesday, July 12-August 23, you can spread out a blanket, unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and revel in a kaleidoscope of musical performances! Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets. New this year: While registering online, you can also order a Picnic Box prepared by The Kitchen at Blithewold! Select 1 or all 3 delicious options! Check out all the upcoming music! July 12 - The Ravers July 19 - Magnolia Cajun Band July 26 - New Providence Big Band August 2 - Little Compton Band August 9 - Atwater Donnelly August 16 - October Road, A James Taylor Tribute Band August 23 - Superchief Trio
$5 - $14
Blithewold's Family Fun Fridays are a great way to enjoy a summer afternoon with your loved ones! Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy the show that each week features a new act! Dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances from 11 a.m. to noon. After the performance, enjoy a nature-inspired craft activity, face painting, and pizza from noon to 1 p.m. (Limited to one slice of pizza per person; you may want to bring additional food items for your picnic!) Find out more about each featured musical guest! To register, visit Blithwold's website. July 21 - Rolie Polie Guacamole July 28 - Mud Daubers August 4 - Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys August 11 - Toe Jam Puppet Band August 18 - Keith Munslow August 25 - Kaleidoscope Theater
Casey Farm’s weekly Coastal Growers Market was named “one of the five best farmers’ markets in New England” by Yankee Magazine. Easy to get to, and surrounded by the bounty Rhode Island is known for, visitors will find specialty products, including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more from the area’s local farmers. Support local farmers and shop for the family, while enjoying the views!
The Mount Hope Farmers Market is a year-round community market, happening every weekend in every season. During summer 2017, there are some great reasons to bring your whole family! Not only is the market a bounty of local goods and food-stuffs that families love, but Mount Hope Farm has nature trails and barnyard animals too! If you take Cove Road, it will lead you to amazing views of the ocean, so bring your walking shoes. After shopping, tour the historic Governor Bradford House or simply stroll over to the ever growing barnyard featuring all sorts of animal friends: goats, pheasants, chickens and sheep. Make a day of it! Along with the goods listed below, you'll also find local crafts, live music, demonstrations and tastings! -Vegetables -Herbs -Fruits -Meats -Eggs -Cheese -Seafood -Honey -Coffee -Bread/Pastries/Pies -Prepared Foods -Salsas/Sauces/Relishes -Potted Plants & Seedlings -Soaps & Lotions -Cleaning Products Bring the whole family, shop for local food, visit the sheep, goats & poultry, grab a trail map, and walk the beautiful grounds of the farm!
This August, Slater Mill invites you to drop in any Saturday to learn how to weave. Adults and children may participate anytime between 10 a.m. and noon for a "make-and-take" weaving workshop. Think bright colors of string, a little instruction, and you'll see imaginations soar! Great for families with kids 12-years and younger. Best of all, Slater Mill provides the loom, yarn, and needles for the activity. All participants may bring their completed weaves home! For information, call 401.725.8638 ex. 100 weekdays, ex. 111 weekends. Who: Families; Children 12 & under accompanied by an adult What: Saturday Drop in & Weave! Where: Old Slater Mill, 2nd Floor When: Saturdays in August, anytime 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Take a guided stroll through Blithewold and hear captivating stories of the original mansion owners while you take in the beautiful views of Narragansett Bay. The tours offers families the chance to see the mansion decorated with original furnishings, just as it was when the family lived there! As the tour continues, you'll go through the grounds, where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens are fun to explore, with sweeping views of the bay. Your experience concludes with a Q&A, complete with iced tea served on Blithewold's North West Porch. Admission: Regular admission plus $6 per person.