2015 Calendar of Events

A green background indicates the event occurs during bird nesting season when access around Rose Island is restricted see aerial photo.
Also see guidelines

Year-round Lighthouse & Harbor Tour
11 AM and 1PM Daily
Enjoy an 1 1/2 hour trip aboard, Starfish, our
32 foot lobster/picnic boat. Daily tours at 11
AM and 1PM. Price includes a tour of the
Lighthouse, Fort, and historic Newport
Harbor. A great deal at just $125 total charge + Tax
for 6 people. Call 401-847-4242 to reserve.
January 1st Members' New Year's Day Pot Luck Picnic
at the Lighthouse

Rose Island Lighthouse Members are invited
to bring their family and guests, plus pot luck
food and drinks to share. Pots of stew, chili
and soup can be heated on a large grill over
an open fire. Help with the New Year beach
clean-up. An unforgettable way to welcome
2014! To be invited Join or renew now.
Feb thru April

Seal Safari and Lighthouse Tour
Hop aboard the MV Patriot for a spectacular
1 ½ hour tour of Newport Harbor,
Narragansett Bay, Rose Island Lighthouse
and see Newport’s favorite winter residents –
Harbor Seals! For information and
reservations call 401-847-9109 ext. 2
Click here for more information.

March 10th

Newport County Chamber of Commerce EXPO
Newport Hyatt

4:00-7:00 PM

Stop by the Rose Island Booth

April 22nd

Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating Party for the Planet
The Theme for this event is sustainable living perfect for the Rose Island trailer. Stop by and say hi.

April 23rd

30th Annual Meeting of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation
Newport Yacht Club- Long Wharf-Newport RI

Join us as John Kennedy presents the Navy & Narragansett Bay a Rose Island Perspective. Catch up with friends and neighbors while enjoying delicious hors d'oeurves. A brief buisness meeting will proceed the presentation.

Click Here to purchase tickets

May, 2nd
10 AM to 2 PM
Touch-a-Truck will give the community’s
youngsters a chance to get up close and
personal with all kinds of big and fascinating
vehicles. The event will take place on
Saturday, May 3rd from at Glen Park in
Portsmouth. Giant trucks and equipment
volunteered by municipal and commercial
organizations will be on display. And the
interactive Rose Island Lighthouse trailer
will be onsite, too!
Admission charge is $3 per person for the
day. In addition to the truck display, there
will be various activities for the
children and food will be available for
purchase from the Portsmouth Lions Club.
Proceeds from the event will go toward
Portsmouth Free Public Library purchases.
May9th -17th

Volvo Ocean Race Village Exploration Zone

Come visit our lighthouse trailer at the race village during the Volvo Ocean Race . Fort Adams State Park 11am-7PM daily.

May 21st

RILF Silent & Live Auction
Goat Island Hyatt 6-9 PM

Members $50
Non-Members $55

Live music, food and fun along with 50 items up for bid.

Click Here for more info and to purchase tickets

May 23 to
Sept 7th

Lighthouse Public Tours - 10 AM - 4 PM Daily
Step back in time with a guided tour of the
self-sufficient lighthouse and grounds,
including 200 year old Ft. Hamilton. Picnic
tables and public toilets available. Board the
Jamestown-Newport Ferry in Newport or
Jamestown for a short ride to Rose Island.
Pay for round trip tickets on the Ferry and a
small landing fee when you arrive at Rose
Island. The perfect destination for everyone;
couples, individuals, scouts, group tours,
school tours, and summer camps. No
reservation needed. Not Recommended for children under 5 years of age.

June13th thru 21st

10 AM- 4 PM

Faries & Gnomes on Rose Island

June 19th -21st

Newport Flower Show (Lighthouse Trailer)

Rosecliff Mansion Newport, RI

Long before it became home to the Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff was the birthplace of the American Beauty Rose. This iconic flower, which became a symbol of excellence, is the inspiration for our 20th anniversary.  Join us to celebrate the classic and timeless style of the American Beauty.

4th of July

4th of July Barbecue & Fire Works

6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Join us for an unforgettable evening of great
food and music. Watch the spectacular
Newport Fireworks from Rose Island! Price
includes a mouth watering, slow- cooked
hardwood barbecue feast,
lighthouse tours and boat transport.
Attendance limited to 150 lucky ticket
holders. Don't miss out - call for
reservations. Rain or shin

Click Here to purchase tickets

August 22nd

Rose Island Battle of the Bay
7AM- 1PM

Stand Up Paddle, Kayak & Surf Ski Event
Join us for this amazing event. Paddlers will lauch at Fort Adams and Race to Rose Island. Prizes will be awarded for each class.

Click Here for more details and to register

Aug 15th

Bird Nesting Season Restrictions End -
Starting on the 15th during regular visiting
hours -10 AM to 4 PM - visitors may walk
around the island ONLY on the BEACHES
and MARKED PATHS. The island interior
remains closed. Land boats only on beaches
at the Lighthouse. Please pick up beach
debris as you go and bring it back to the
lighthouse landing to be counted and
properly disposed in September

Sept. 20th
10 AM - 4 PM

The Travelling Rose Island Lighthouse
makes a stop at Pardon Gray Day - The
much loved working model of the Rose
Island Lighthouse will be on site and open to
kids at Tiverton's traditional Country Day at
Pardon Gray. Sounds like there's something
for everyone at this event! . Learn more at

Reservations: 401-847-4242
best time to call is between 9:00-1:00 M-F

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Annual Clambake
Rose Island's
Dave McCurdy
and Angela Wilson

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