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  • bike friendly
  • community event
  • food vendors on-site
  • live music
  • picnics allowed

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer, and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.



  • Free popcorn courtesy of Newport Hospital
  • Water station courtesy of St. Michael’s Country Day School
  • Live music courtesy of Kiel James Patrick
  • On-site food vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Binge BBQ, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport
  • Rain Venue: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport

Free Event – Suggested $5 Donation 

6:30pm: Venue & food vendors open
7:25pm: Live music by Silverteeth
8:40pm: Film followed by discussion with Academy Award winning director Morgan Neville, moderated by Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp
Run time: 94 min
Director: Morgan Neville
Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, Morgan Neville
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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...touching and insightful


Both nostalgic and immediate, its a documentary you want to hug

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