Embrace Newport & Bristol County this month in $5 or less. Hands-on activities, workshops, film screenings and more abound. You won’t have to reach deep into your pocket for an unforgettable experience by the sea.
Tuesday, March 1 | 6:30pm
FOREIGN FILM SERIES: DEPARTURE
Free. Daigo Kobayashi answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a “Nokanshi” or “encoffineer,” a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. Details.
Friday, March 4 | 2:30pm
FILM SCREENING: GRUMPY OLD MEN
Free. Newport Public Library hosts a screening of Grumpy Old Men – A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street. Popcorn provided. Details.
Saturday, March 5 | 9pm
ALLMAN BROTHERS TRIBUTE – BROTHERS OF ROAD
Free. Newport Grand Event Center. Details.
Saturday, March 5 | 9pm
FACE IT GALLERY OPENING
Free. DeBlois Gallery presents the annual open show, Face It, through March 27. Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5pm. Details.
Saturday, March 5 | 10-11am
CARTOONAGRAMS – CARTOONING WORKSHOP
Free. Steve B. will be teaching fa free workshop open to the public at Rogers Free Library in downtown Bristol. Program is for second graders and up with adults welcome. No RSVP needed. Details.
Sunday, March 6 | 3pm
MAGRIGALS, CHANSONS & FA LA LAS
Free. The first lecture in Redwood Library’s five part Music Appreciation Lecture Series presented by Dr. Edward Markward, Music Director of the RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra. Dr. Markward will discuss a sampling of the most popular secular music from the 16th century in Italy, France, and Merrie Olde England. Details.
Sunday, March 6 | 3:30pm
WINTER CONCERT SERIES: ATWATER – DONNELLY
Free. Using a wide variety of instruments, the highly acclaimed husband-wife duo will perform American and Celtic folk songs, dance tunes, original works and more at Jamestown Philomenian Library.Details.
Tuesday, March 8 | 5:15 – 6:45 pm
TURN SEEDS INTO PROFITS WORKSHOP
Free. Start with good seed, treat it right and end up with strong healthy plants. Hear about successful propagation techniques from experienced vegetable and herb growers Harry and Sam Chase of Chase Farms. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at this wholesale annual and perennial nursery serving garden centers and landscapers.Details.
Wednesday, March 9 | 5:30-7:30pm
STORIES FROM THE FIELD: EVENING OF STORYTELLING
Free. Mount Hope Farm & the RI Food Policy Council announce Stories from the Field, an evening of storytelling and community aimed at increasing the synergies and opportunities among and between local growers. Storytellers will include Don Minto (Watson Farm); Kohei Ishihara (Freedom Food Farm); and Laura Brown-Lavoie (Sidewalk Ends Farm). Details.
Ongoing beginning Thursday, March 10
NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT
Free. Join the Newport Gallery Organization for March Newport Gallery Night featuring exciting exhibitions at Spring Bull Gallery, DeBlois Gallery, the Newport Art Museum, C.L. Sherman’s Gallery and more. Details.
Thursday, March 10 | 5-9pm
NEWPORT ART MUSEUM ART AFTER DARK
Free; suggested donation. Newport Art Museum’s popular late night event, held each month on the second Thursday continues in March with “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.” The Museum’s hours will extend until 9pm, and the night will be filled with activities for all ages. Details.
Saturday, March 12 | 11am
58TH ANNUAL NEWPORT SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Free. Don your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Newport. The parade begins at City Hall, runs through Washington Square, down Thames Street, and ends at St. Augustine’s Church.Details.
Saturday, March 12 | 10:15am
NEWPORT ART MUSEUM SECOND SATURDAY
Free; suggested donation. Join Newport Art Museum for a selection of this year’s short film favorites curated especially for the Museum by the Providence Children’s Film Festival. Watch them on the big screen in the Museum’s Illgenfritz Gallery and then channel this inspiration to create your own imaginative film storyboard and sculpt your mini lead character. Details.
Saturday, March 12 | 9pm
PAT BENATAR TRIBUTE CONCERT
Free. Watching Wide Awake in Dreamland will have you feeling a suspension of disbelief as you are brought back to the 1980’s with carefree excitement about the show at large. Newport Grand Event Center. Details.
Sunday, March 13 | 3pm
HAYDN/MOZART: THE CLASSICISTS COMPARED
Free. The second lecture in Redwood Library’s five part Music Appreciation Lecture Series presented by Dr. Edward Markward, Music Director of the RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra. Haydn/Mozart: The Classicists Compared, Dr. Markward will present a look at the works of the Father of the Symphony and a peek at what made Mozart one of the greatest opera composers of all time. Details.
Wednesday, March 16 | 1-2:30pm
HOME SCHOOL LESSON: BALLARD ROCKS
$5 per child. Participants will explore Ballard Park searching for samples of all three rock types: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. Learn how these rocks were formed and sculpted by glaciers and erosion. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Hazard Road entrance.Details.
Wednesday, March 16 | 7pm
MOUNT HOPE FIRESIDE LECTURE
$5. Jeremy Brodeur, RI Certified Horticulturalist and AOLCP Principal, will discuss historical and contemporary examples of ornamental edible gardens, and provide tips on how to create one. Light refreshments will be served. Details.
Friday, March 18 | 2:30pm
FILM SCREENING: GRUMPIER OLD MEN
Free. Newport Public Library hosts a screening of Grumpier Old Men – John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max’s attention. Popcorn provided. Details.
Saturday, March 19 | 9pm
PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE CONCERT
Free. The national touring Pink Floyd tribute band from the Philadelphia area delivers a true replication of a Pink Floyd concert. Newport Grand Event Center. Details.
Saturday, March 19 | 1pm
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
Free. Family movie matinees at 1 pm in the Herreshoff Room at Rogers Free Library in Bristol. Today’s move is Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart. This 1939 classic is the tale of a naive young man who is chosen to finish out the term of a deceased Senator when he discovers corruption in Washington. Details.
Sunday, March 20 | 2-3pm
SPRING EQUINOX HIKE AT BALLARD PARK
$5 suggested donation per person. Celebrate the first day of spring with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the thirteen acre sites history while exploring miles of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: March 26. Details.
Sunday, March 20 | 3pm
BRUCKNER/MAHLER: CONFIDENCE & DOUBT
Free. The third lecture in Redwood Library’s five part Music Appreciation Lecture Series presented by Dr. Edward Markward, Music Director of the RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra. Dr. Markward will discuss two of the greatest symphonists at the end of the 19th century a look at the unshakable belief of Bruckner, and the paranoia of Mahler. Details.
Thursday, March 24 | 5:30-6:30pm
THE STAMP ACT IN NEWPORT DISCUSSION
$5 per person. Learn how newspapers reported the tension and turmoil in Newport from the time the Stamp Act was passed in 1765 until it was repealed in 1766. By presenting extracts from 18th century newspapers in Rhode Island, other colonies, and England, Don Hagist will illustrate how news of opposition to the Stamp Act traveled and how other people learned what was happening in Newport. Details.
Free. Stroll along the 3.5 mile path where the beauty of Newport’s unspoiled coastline meets the architectural history of the magical Gilded Age. Along your journey, stop and scan any of the 16 provided trail markers, which provide information on the Gilded Age mansions and numerous geographic and geological features. Details.
Free. 10-mile shoreline drive in Newport featuring parks, beaches, historic estates and Fort Adams. Details.
Bristol Art Museum
$2. The Bristol Art Museum has served to enrich the cultural life of the community through three major exhibits since its founding in 1963. The museum entrance is 10 Wardwell Street.
Sakonnet Greenway Trail
Free. As the weather begins to warm, meander the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island, spanning from Glen Farm in Portsmouth to the northern boundary of Newport National Golf Club in Middletown. Preserved by the Aquidneck Land Trust. Details.
The largest coastal fortification in the United States makes history come alive for visitors. Walk around this engineering and architectural masterpiece to see where the soldiers lived. While you’re there, explore the Bay Walk – the two mile walking and biking path set along Narragansett Bay. Free to explore, fee charged for guided tours. Details.
Museum of Newport History at Brick Market
$4 suggested donation. The Museum & Shop at Brick Market brings Newport’s unique and exciting story to life. Located on Washington Square, the Museum provides the whole family with an engaging introduction to the area’s rich history, architecture, and the stories of the people who have made Newport one of America’s most important historic cities. Details.