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Beach Fun After Dark

From Oakland Beach to Watch Hill, get your fill of tunes and dunes when the sun goes down

East Side Monthly Magazine ·

This summer on beaches across southern Rhode Island, when the night falls the fun is just getting started. We know you expected fireworks, but film screenings, classic cars, food trucks and clambakes, orchestras and oceanside DJs? What is blazing hot during the day is cool to cruise at night. Paradise indeed.

Tunes at the Beach
You’ve never had so many options to get your dancing feet sandy as you do this July. Westerly’s Tunes on the Dunes will feature live music on Monday and Wednesday nights. You may need to uncover your jean jacket: the line-up includes tributes to Tom Petty, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan. Free. Mondays and Wednesdays. 6-8pm. Westerly Old Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Avenue.

Drink some suds while you dance amongst the suds at Paddy’s Beach Club’s DJ Foam Fridays, featuring local spinners. Brewski isn’t your thing? Surely Paddy’s “Svedka Monster” or “Triple 8 Blueberry Muffin” will appease. For the full experience, opt for the “Jaws” take-home cup. Free. Fridays. 10pm-1am. Misquamicut Beach, 159 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 596-2610,

Shoo-bop and diddily-dop to old doo-wop tunes with Reminisce at The Towers. Specializing in songs from the ‘50s and early ‘60s, the group has taken their oobie-doos from Radio City Music Hall to our scenic Narragansett shores. Return later in the month for Roger Ceresi’s All Starz and again for some southern lovin’ with the Savoy Family Band, playing classic Cajun music. $15. Thursdays. 7-10pm. 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-2597,

With your biggest beach blanket and the entire family in tow, head to Narragansett’s Gazebo Park for this summer’s Gazebo Concert Series. Get your “Strawberry Fields” on with the Beatles tribute band Abbey Road and reach your foursome quota with the Dunn Brothers, playing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Free. July 1, 15 and 22. 6-7:30pm. 25 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-0658,

You’ve got to love it when Misquamicut’s cruising together. Classic Car Cruise Nights continue in July on Thursdays with DJ Mike English from 102.3 The Wolf and an array of classic cars from all over Rhode Island. All specialty cars are welcome or just come to enjoy the chrome. Fridays 5:30pm-dusk. Free. 321 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut. 322-1026,

Celebrate four decades of orchestral bliss on the deck of the North Beach Clubhouse. The 40th Annual Performance of the RI Philharmonic will be preceded by a ticketed cocktail and dinner reception. $50. July 8. Dinner reception 6-8pm, Orchestra 8-10pm. 79 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. To acquire tickets, contact Parks & Recreation at 782-0658,

The North Beach Clubhouse will pulsate with sound on Monday nights this summer during the 4th Annual Music on the Beach concert series. Shawn P. Reilly kicks it all off, followed by Mike Jackson and Reckless Blues. The series continues in August. Free. July 11, 18 and 25. 6-8pm. 79 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 782-0658,

Their event poster, featuring an electric guitar propped in the sand, suggests that you bring chairs, blankets, and a smile to the City of Warwick 2016 Summer Concert Series. It’s all you really need. The line-up kicks off on July 6 with the Jesse Liam Band at Oakland Beach on Oakland Beach Avenue. July 13 features Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band at Conimicut Point on Point Avenue, followed by Whiskey Rhode on July 20 at Natick on West Pontiac Avenue and The Renzi Brothers on July 27 at the Norwood Gazebo at Norwood and Pawtuxet. Free. 6:30pm. 738-2000 ext. 6800,

The beaches of Block Island will resound for another year of Blues on the Block. Otis and the Hurricanes cruise over from Connecticut, bringing with them the sounds of New Orleans and Delta-style blues and R&B. Free. July 6 and 20. 6-8pm. Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Road, Block Island. In the case of rain, event will be moved to Captain Nick’s at 34 Ocean Avenue. 800-383-2474,

Family Night Concerts at Easton Beach this July are bound to be harmonic for young and old alike. The Tuesday and Thursday evening shows are for all ages, with Thursday night shows geared toward a much younger crowd. Free. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 6pm. 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport. 845-5810,

The North Kingstown Town Beach Summer Concert Series continues this year with a full schedule suited for the whole family. Moms and Pops may prefer Tuesday night shows while youngsters will dance to the beat of their own pint-sized drums on Thursdays. Free. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Adult shows begin at 7pm, children’s shows at 6:30pm. 10 Beach Street, North Kingstown. Full line-ups on Facebook

In Jamestown, on the eastern-most end of Narragansett Avenue, music abounds. The Jamestown Summer Concert Series will feature local sounds; listen for the Tool Box Band, Five Flower Discount and the South County Rounders. Free. July 10, 17, 24 and 31. 6:30pm. East Ferry Memorial Square, Jamestown.

Picture it: Resident Conductor Francisco Noya standing proud, leading the RI Philharmonic Orchestra at Narragansett Town Beach with water lapping the shoreline and a half-moon hanging above. Manifest the dream at the Narragansett Summer Pops Concert. Free. July 10. 8pm. 39 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 248-7070,

Although they call themselves “Just a Beach Bar,” there’s a lot more to the Ocean Mist, especially on Ticket Tuesday nights. Hit the dance floor hard as reggae sounds reverberate all the way to the surf just outside. $5 cover. Tuesdays. 9:30pm. 895 Matunuck Beach Road, Wakefield. 782-3740,

Eats at the Beach
If your belly starts a-talkin’ and its a Monday in July, fear not. Narragansett’s Food Trucks at the Beach is sure to satisfy everybody’s cravings (even you, vegans!) Think wood-fired pizza, fresh oysters, barbecue, Brazilmerican and vegan soft serve. Free to enter. Mondays and Wednesdays. 6-10pm. 39 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 782-0658,

You’ve never seen such patriotic clams as the ones that will overlook Quonochontaug Pond at the Weekapaug Inn’s Independence Day Clambake. Enjoy a smorgasbord of clambake fare, beverages and s’mores under the stars. $105/person, $50/children 4-12, children 3 and under free. July 2, rain date July 3. 6-10pm. 25 Spray Rock Road, Westerly. 855-679-2995,

The Fourth at the Beach
Go all out this year with the Annual Independence Day Beach Ball on the Ocean House Beach. Enjoy a classic lobster boil, live music and dancing, and of course a fireworks display. July 3. 7-10pm. $140/person 21+, $120 ages 5-20, children 4 and under free. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. 855-678-0364,

Along with all that red, white and blue paraphernalia, don’t forget the sand-sculpting tools this year. Narragansett’s Independence Day Beach Party is all it’s cracked up to be. The festivities begin mid-day with sand castle building with Sandtasia, continue with Brass Force performing 5-7pm at the North Beach Clubhouse, and finish off with fireworks at dusk. Free. July 4. Noon. 39 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 783-6430,

It just isn’t Independence Day without a parade. With this year’s theme of “Sports and Games,” the July 4th Parade and Steak Fry on Block Island is bound to be a cavalcade of floats, clowns, bands and families. Afterward, march to the Fire Barn on Beach Avenue for the annual steak fry benefitting the Block Island Fire Department. Firefighters will serve up steak, corn on the cob, watermelon and salad from 12:30-2pm. Free. July 4. 11am. Veteran’s Park, West Side Road and Ocean Avenue, Block Island. 800-383-2474,

Fireworks Displays
July 1: 9pm. Oakland Beach Seawall, 889 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick
July 3: 8:30pm. Block Island, Crescent Beach, 7 Corn Neck Road, New Shoreham
July 4: 9:15pm. Newport Harbor, Washington Street/Wellington Ave.

Flicks at the Beach
Just like everything else, movies are better at the beach. Tuesdays in July, head to the Windjammer Beach Resort for Big Screen Movies on Misquamicut Beach, family-friendly flicks on the big screen, toes in the sand style. Free. July 12, 19 and 26. 8:30pm. 321 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 596-7761,

Get a driver’s seat view of the show at Misquamicut Drive-In Movies at Wuskenau Town Beach (pondside lot.) Independence Day, Jaws and Dirty Dancing thankfully all made the schedule. $10 per car. Thursdays and Fridays. Show starts at 9pm, gates open at 8pm. 257 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut. 322-1026,


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