We're celebrating the first week of April with a bounty of things to do throughout the City by the Sea and our surround coastal communities. This week brings the SECOND week of Newport Restaurant Week, with $16 3-course lunches and $35 3-course dinners. Itching to get outdoors? Meander more than 50,000 daffodils at Blithewold's Gateway to Spring, or sit back and relax at a number of film screenings throughout the week. Whichever you choose, April is sure to be off to a great start.

 

Our top picks for the week below. 

 

 

APRIL 3

BLITHEWOLD GATEWAY TO SPRING

When: Recurring daily through May 31, 2017
WhereBlithewold Mansions, Gardens and Arboretum 
Details: Each April, tens of thousands of Daffodils trumpet the arrival of Spring at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. The well-known daffodil display, now known as Gateway to Spring, blankets the 33-acre seaside estate with more than fifty thousand daffodils that delight visitors for nearly a month throughout Spring

 

NEWPORT RESTAURANT WEEK

Where: Throughout Newport
Price: $16 three-course lunches, $35 three-course dinners
Details: Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering menus this season with 3 course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at over 55 participating restaurants throughout Bristol and Newport County; experience culinary walking tours, chef demos, affordable palate-pleasing lodging packages, special themed events and more. Presented by Discover Newport.

 

 

APRIL 4

NEWPORTFILM SCREENING: THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $12
Details: 7:00 PM Film screening, followed by conversation with Dave Polatty (Associate Professor & Director of Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program at the U.S. Naval War College) & Sophie Robinson (The Age of Consequences Executive Producer & Director of Outreach). More about the film

 
HOUSE SMOKED WING NIGHT

When: 4:00 - 10:00 PM; Recurring every Tuesday
WhereNorey's
Price: $5
Details: $5 wings (1/2 price) with any beer purchase. Chef Tyler Cullen's wings are smoked on site. 

 

 

APRIL 5

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS LECTURE

When: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
WhereRosecliff
Admission: Free
Details: From the Cultural Connections Series, a round of monthly, informal presentations by the directors of some of Newport Preservation Society's sister organizations in Rhode Island. Each director will explore the history of their organization and highlight some of their important events and programs. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. 

 

HIGH TUNNEL PRESENTATION

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free
Details: Visit the farms of local growers and learn about extending your growing season with a high tunnel. You’ll learn about federal funding opportunities, how conservation can benefit your land or business, and where you can go for help with applying for federal programs.

 

 

APRIL 6

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE TWELFTH NIGHT

When: 2:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Details: A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

 
PARTY WITH TEAM POUR JUDGEMENT

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereOceanCliff
Admission: $40
Details: Join us for our first fundraiser on Thursday, April 6, 2017 for Bikes and Beers Across America, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at OceanCliff Hotel and Resort. All are invited to join Team Pour Judgement for the sweet jams of Los Duderinos, cool auction items, delicious snacks and a cash bar. BBAM founder, Hank Whitin, will be there to chat about his upcoming adventure, and will be joined by Lauren Bardsley of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here or at the door. The night's proceeds will go toward funding the basic necessities of the team's trek across the country.

 

RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: Free
Details: Is race in our genes, or just in our heads? Where did the idea of race come from? Why is it so hard to talk about race? What if it was suddenly revealed that the most basic assumptions about race — for instance, that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines — were false? A three-part PBS documentary series, Race: The Power of an Illusion, asserts that race has nothing to do with biology. Instead, the series features scientists and experts who believe the notion of race is a construct based on history, laws and social custom. 

 

TASTE OF OAXACA DINNER

When: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereDiego's Bodega
Admission: $75
Details: A behind-the-scenes event in the Diego's Bodega Kitchen. Chef Scott and his team will prepare, serve and talk about a four course dinner inspired by Oaxacan Cuisine featuring Oaxacan Moles. This dinner will also be paired with Cocktails that you will learn to prepare, pair with food and of course taste.

 

THE ROLE OF THE GERMANIA MUSICAL SOCIETY DURING NEWPORT'S HOTEL PERIOD

When: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
WhereOld Colony House
Admission: Admission by donation. Suggested Donation $10, $25, $50+
Details: Newport String Project will present a unique collaboration with the Newport Historical Society and Dr. Brian Knoth, illuminating the story of the Germania Musical Society and its role during Newport’s Hotel Period (approximately 1840-1865).

Described by some scholars as the “first professional orchestra” in the US, the Germania Musical Society toured nationally with the most celebrated virtuosi of the era and played a particularly vibrant role in the cultural landscape of Newport, where they resided each summer of their existence as a touring ensemble.

 

 

APRIL 7

ALLYSEN CALLERY FOLK CONCERT

When: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $20 for general admission, $15 for Linden Place members, free for Colt Circle members
Details: Self-taught Rhode Island singer-songwriter Allysen Callery will be joining Linden Place for an entertaining night of folk music inspired by the sounds of the 1960s and 70s. Callery will be performing in the Linden Place Mansion parlors.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
Where: Firehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

 

APRIL 8

STRING QUARTETS AT GREENVALE VINEYARDS

When: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Greenvale Vineyards
Admission: Suggested donation $10, $25 and $50+
Details: Join EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, Ealain McMullin, Josie Davis and guest cellist Jacob Mackay for a cozy evening of string quartets in the idyllic setting of Greenvale Vineyards. Featuring music by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Judith Weir.

 

 

APRIL 9

SCREENING: A HERO OF OUR TIME

When: 12:55 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Details: The Bolshoi Ballet presented in HD. Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…

 

EASTER DINNER WINE PAIRING TASTING CLASS

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Bellevue Wine & Spirits
Admission: $10 gift card applicable to any purchase
Details: Wine Tasting Class focusing on wines to pair with Ham, Lamb for your Easter Dinner or Brunch.

 

MEET YOUR MAKER

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main
Admission: Free
Details: The nonprofit food incubator Hope & Main announces its lineup of monthly indoor specialty food markets where the community can eat, drink and shop local in a lively, food-centric marketplace showcasing dozens of local companies crafting specialty food products, prepared foods and handcrafted beverages. Taste and tour through Hope & Main’s facility, catch cooking demonstrations throughout the day, enjoy live music and enter to win door prizes like holiday gift baskets, cooking classes, and more. 

 
WINE TASTING AT THE CHANLER

When: 1:00  - 4:00 PM
WhereThe Chanler at Cliff Walk
Admission: $175 per person
Details: Wine and an ocean view (notedly two of our favorite things) come together this season as wine tastings return to The Spiced Pear at The Chanler, named America's Most Romantic Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler. From learning the basics of food and wine pairings to exploring the flavors of one of Napa's oldest wineries, the series will invoke your love of wine in a beautiful setting. Discover a hidden expertise on New England wine and spirits or strengthen the knowledge you already have.

 

JAZZ PIANO SUNDAY BRUNCH

When: 12:30 - 3:30 PM; Recurring every Sunday
WhereClarke Cooke House
Details: Bobby Ferreira performs solo on Sundays at the Clarke Cooke House on Newport's Bannister's Wharf.

 

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday through June 11.
WhereFifth Element
Details: Join The Fifth Element casual-hip dining hangout populated by locals, destination diners and tourists alike for their weekly Jazz Brunch series. 

 

SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday
WhereO'Brien's Pub
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Mermaid Masterpieces, the area’s leading paint party organizer has teamed up with Newport’s legendary O’Briens Pub and the fastest growing fashion brand, Lularoe, to offer a series of winter paint party socials. The events will be held on Sundays beginning January 29th from 3pm-6pm through March 5th. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, $50/person and should be purchased in advance. The link to purchase tickets can be found on the event facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/sundaybloodyfunday2017

These unique events include a complimentary Bloody Mary, a pair of Lularoe leggings and a painting which the attendees will create while Becky from Mermaid Masterpieces teaches step by step. The events will also feature tarot card readings a professional photo booth with The Snapshot Stop as well as vendors including local artisans as well as BeautyCounter, Herbalife, India Hicks, Keep Collective, Touchstone by Swarovski, Younique, and many more. Vendors will change weekly.