Newport Pride Weekend, craft show

Summer has officially arrived and the 4th of July is fast approaching. Before the craziness that comes with the holidays arrives, step out this weekend for these four events that offer everything from arts and crafts, youth sports, a celebration of Newport’s LGBTQ+ community and, of course, food.

And if you want to leave the island, you can now do so without having to drive.

Newport Pride Weekend

The annual Newport Pride weekend runs Friday through Sunday with a lineup of events and experiences to celebrate community and promote love, acceptance, inclusivity and diversity of LGBTQ+ identities.

According to organizer Newport Out, major events include “Pride on Bikes,” a four-mile loop around town in partnership with local nonprofit Bike Newport from the Great Friends Meeting House, and a Pride Market & Festival with local vendors, artists and music Saturday 11am-4pm

Other events include a kick-off social on Friday night and a wrap-up event at Newport Craft on Sunday. More information and a full calendar of events can be found at Newportprideri.org

Battle for the Fort

The eighth annual Battle for the Fort returns to Fort Adams State Park, home of Island RugbySaturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This event brings together teams from across New England for a day of rugby beginning with the K-6 Youth Flag through to the Grade 7/8 and High School tackle matches.

Ocean State Artisans Craft Show

The second annual Ocean State Artisans Craft Show will take place at Linden Park in Middletown on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Sunday as the rainy date.

This year’s event is expected to have over 50 vendors, as well as food trucks, live music, face painting and CAT Country Radio with an appearance by “Jake the Cat” ready to take pictures with the kids, and CAT County games.

Admission is $2, children 12 and under are admitted free. All profits will be donated to local charities.

Sunsets and food trucks

Want Portuguese cuisine? Vegan maybe? Are you going out to eat with a group this Saturday and you don’t know where to go? You might get lucky.

Food Truck Sunsets at Safe Harbor New England Boatworks, 1 Lagoon Road in Portsmouth, return 4-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are not required for this event and admission is free. In addition to a dozen food trucks, there will be live music, beer and wine. Only pay for what you eat and drink.

For a list of participating trucks and more information, visit https://www.foodtrucksin.com/events/food-truck-sunsets-safe-harbor-new-england-boatworks-6-25-22

Take the ferry to Providence

Want to go to the capital but avoid traffic jams? The Providence-Newport Ferry season is back for another year.

Seastreak will once again be the operator using the Ocean State ferry. The cost of the ferry has increased slightly to $12 each way for adults and $6 each way for children, seniors, people with disabilities and Medicare cardholders. Bicycles and pets are allowed on board at no additional cost.

The Providence to Newport ferry has resumed service for 2022.

The ferry season will continue over the Columbus Day weekend. The service to Bristol forms part of the journey to and from Newport and will operate on weekends until Labor Day weekend. This year, the ferry terminal will move from State Street Pier to the Bristol Maritime Center, just two blocks south on Thames Street. RIDOT will also be running special ferries for those traveling to the Bristol 4th of July Parade.

Tickets are available online at www.RideTheBayRI.com or by calling 1-800-BOATRIDE. Seastreak encourages the use of e-tickets for contactless ticketing whenever possible. Those departing from the Newport Ferry Terminal at Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., or the Bristol Ferry Terminal at Bristol Maritime Center, 127 Thames Street, can purchase their tickets online or on the boat.

Maria R. Newman