2015-07-09 / Calendar

Black Ships Festival

The annual Black Ships Festival runs July 16-19 and celebrates the opening of Japan to trade in 1854, through a treaty negotiated by Newport's Commodore Matthew C. Perry. This celebration of friendship between Newport and Japan kicks off July 16 with a free concert at Long Wharf Mall by the Newport Community Band at 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies are Friday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Touro Park. The festival features citywide events including arts and crafts, Taiko drumming, Sumo wrestling, the Sushi and Sake Sail, and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit blackshipsfestival.com.

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