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5 Weekend Musts: Newport Jazz Festival + More

Friday, August 05, 2011


Whether it's about leaping out of helicopters above URI or settling in for world-class jazz in Newport, you're ready for the best weekend of the summer with our hand-picked five.

Jazz it up in Newport

Friday-Sunday  Join thousands of people from all around the world for the Newport Jazz Festival, the first jazz festival in America. Don’t miss performances by Randy Weston, Regina Carter, Joey De Francesco, and James Farm. Friday features Wynton Marsalis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and on Saturday and Sunday the stars hit the stages at Fort Adams. Various times. International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue, Newport. Call 848-5055. 

Play like a kid in Cumberland

Friday-Monday  At Cumberlandfest, listen to featured bands, make arts and crafts, ride carnival amusements, eat at the food court, run in the road race, watch the car show and dog show, enjoy fireworks and more.

Admission $5, Children 10 & under Free, Monday is Free Admission Day, Friday and Monday ride all day until closing $20/person. Diamond Hill Park, Rt 114, Cumberland. Call 277-2632.

Eat like a fiend in Charlestown

Friday-Sunday  Enjoy Rhode Island’s best seafood at the Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival. There will be amusement rides, rock climbing, a car show, Marcolites Kite exhibition, children's shows, bungee jumping, Petting Zoo, kayak, overnight getaways, dinners and a lobster raffle. Adult Admission $8, Children 12 & under free. Fri. 12-10pm, Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-8pm. Fireworks Sat 9pm. Ninigret Park, Old Post Rd, Charlestown. Call 364-4031.  

Unite with global forces in Kingston

Saturday  At Leapfest, watch teams from the US Army, US Navy, USMC, USAF, and International Teams from Europe, South America, and Asia, who travel for this annual event. Leapfest is an exercise that develops the command and control of Army Aviation for combat operations and the competitive aspect builds camaraderie between the US and International Community. It's parachute central. 7am. Pick-Up Zone: URI Turf Field, Field Adjacent to Commuter Parking Lot, off Plains Rd, Kingston. Drop Zone: West Kingston Elementary School, 3119 Ministerial Road, West Kingston. Call 275-4613. 

Book it to Newport

Sunday  A welcoming event with a relaxed ambience, A Novel Evening, will feature hors d’oeuvres by Pranzi catering, complimentary wine and beer and a silent live auction. This is Newport Public Library’s annual fundraising event and the proceeds from this event will help to enlarge the library’s collections and expand their available electronic resource materials. 6pm-8pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport. Call 847-8720. 


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