February may be the shortest month, but is the one month that is FULL of love and wonderful winter things to do. Don't let the cold winds and winter-covered roads stop you from exploring all the new and timeless events here in the City by the Sea. From fancy cocktails to mouthwatering burgers and everything in between. Here's to you, and a fantastic February:

 

❄️ DENOTES  NEWPORT WINTER FESTIVAL EVENT

 

DAILY:

FEBRUARY 1

Snowball Cocktails at Vanderbilt Grace

WhereThe Vanderbilt Grace
Admission: Dependent on drink prices
Details: When it snows...stop by the bar for your snowball maker then head out into the Garden terrace for a playful fight and a few extra snowballs. Our Mixologist will shake up your favorite cocktails like the 1909 Manhattan, pouring them over your snowballs. You can drink up the winter fun. ask about mocktails for the wee ones. **winter weather permitting.

 

FEBRUARY 2

8 Bells Lecture Series

When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute
Admission: FREE
Details: Richard A. Moss’s penetrating study documents and analyzes US-Soviet back channels from Nixon’s inauguration through what has widely been heralded as the apex of détente, the May 1972 Moscow Summit. He traces the evolution of confidential-channel diplomacy and examines major flashpoints, including the 1970 crisis over Cienfuegos, Cuba, the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT), and the Vietnam War. 

 

National Theatre Live: Amadeus

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: TBD
Details: Music. Power. Jealousy.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

 

National Theatre Live: Amadeus

When: 2:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $17 per person
Details: Music. Power. Jealousy.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

 

SEASCAPE

Seascape

When: 7:30 PM, Recurring Friday (Feb 3) & Saturday (Feb 4), Sunday (Feb 5) at 2:30 PM
Where2nd Story Theatre
Admission: Preview Show: $20 (Online) & $25 (In Person), Regular Show: $35 per person & $25 per person under 25
Details: Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic-drama brings eloquence, wit and warmth to a quirky yet compelling examination of the meaning of life. On a deserted beach, a middle-aged couple encounter two humanesque sea creatures contemplating the evolutionary leap to dry land. Ironically, it’s the couple, for whom existence has grown flat and routine, who hold the answers to the inquisitive amphibians’ naive yet probing questions.

 

FEBRUARY 4

Gilded Age Tea

Hotel Viking

When: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $30 pp includes gratuity and parking
Details: A traditional English tea in support of the Newport Public Library featuring specially prepared finger sandwiches, assorted scones served with lemon curd, a selection of freshly baked tea breads and chocolate truffles. Complimentary glass of champagne, reservations suggested with one name per table.

 

It's Great to Hibernate

When: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 Members, $10 Non-members
Details: Did the groundhog see its shadow or do we have an early spring headed our way? Join NBS educators to learn more about our nation’s favorite season-predicting rodent, hibernation and other strategies animals use to survive the winter. After meeting animal ambassadors, we will hike the trails searching for signs of animal activity.

 

Kilimanjaro like never before - Chris Waddell

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Details: Chris Waddell, the most decorated male monoskier in history, the first nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and founder of the One Revolution Foundation. 

Mr. Waddell will share his journey and his belief that, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

 

25th Annual Fakes & Forgeries- Best in Show

When: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WhereSpring Bull Studio & Gallery
Admission: FREE
Details: A guest judge selected the “Best in Show” and several “Honorable Mentions” awards from the works submitted. The winners will be recognized during the opening reception on February 4 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM to which the public is invited. Gallery visitors asked to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” throughout the month. The show runs February 4 -28, 2017.

 

Magnolia Cajun Band

When: 7:00 PM 
Where: Sandywood Center for the Arts, Tiverton RI
Admission: $12 in advance/$15 at the door
Details: We welcome back the Magnolia Cajun Band to Sandywoods after their summer hiatus!

Since 1989, Magnolia has been New England's hometown Cajun band. Learning their music form Louisiana's finest has earned them a solid reputation at home and recognition in the Cajun heartland. Their dance lessons and music have helped build a strong sense of community at festivals and fais-do-dos all over the Northeast. Their monthly Saturday night dance has been New England's hottest ticket for more than twenty years!

Playing high energy two steps and sultry waltzes, the band's twin fiddles, accordion, guitar, bass and of course, rich vocals keep the audience on its feet long into the night.  Come join us for a fun filled, easy dance along, and some wonderful, energetic happy music, I bet you you wont be able to sit still...

 

Royal Flush Comedy

When: 9:00 PM 
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Details: Show is a fast moving, talent-packed show that brings tons of laughs a minute! This very special show brings together 2 of New England’s favorite headlining comics, joined by one of New England’s favorite featured acts, and a new fresh face of comedy, all hosted by the charismatic, audience engaging, R.I. Comedy Hall of Famer, Ace Aceto! You’re guaranteed to be dealt a winning hand every time!

 

The Hotel Viking presents Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner
 

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When: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Founded in 1991, Paul Hobbs produces wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity.  Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, allowing the vineyards to express their terroir.  Tonight host Matt Hobbs will lead us through a history of their Sonoma and Napa wines.

 

Vanderbilt Grace Mixology Master Class: Cocktails with Adrienne

When: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grace
Admission: $35 per person includes 2 cocktails and small plate
Details: Join the Vanderbilt Mixology Team as you prepare signature cocktails from our current Winter Menu. Guests can enjoy a complimentary Small Plate as they shake up concoctions beside our resident Mixologists. 
$35 per person includes 2 cocktails and a Small Plate. For groups of 6 or more contact alex.pendergrass@gracehotels.com, 401-619-3529

 

FEBRUARY 5

Bolshoi Swan Lake: Encore

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When: 12:55 PM 
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: TBD
Details: At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan- woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realizes too late that Fate has another plan for him....

A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Yuri Grigorovich 

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Odette/Odile), Denis Rodkin (Prince Siegfried), Artemy Belyakov (the Evil Genius), Igor Tsvirko (the Fool)

Captured live on Jan 25, 2015 

 

FEBRUARY 8

Bird Feeding Basics

When: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 Members, $10 Non-members
Details: It’s not too late to feed birds! Watching birds at a backyard feeder is a great way to learn about bird identification and behavior while also helping birds survive the harshest months of the year. NBS’ interactive program will cover a wide range of topics from seeds to storage to help transform your back yard into a winter oasis for our feathered friends. Families will have an opportunity to make a bird feeder out of natural materials!

 

SCI Speaker Series : "Ministering to Merchant Mariners"

When: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute
Admission: Suggested Donation of $10
Details: Join us at SCI for a presentation by Reverend Erik Larsen on "Ministering to Merchant Mariners".

This event is part of SCI's ongoing Monthly Speaker Series. It will take place at 7:00 PM in the Mariners' Lounge of the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport. It will be open to the public without charge, though a suggested donation of $10 will help defray costs and fund the Institute’s outreach programs. 

Due to limited seating we ask those interested in attending to register in advance by calling (401) 847-4260 or by emailing Assistant Superintendent Megan Bayley at megan.seamens@gmail.com.

 

FEBRUARY 9

February Newport Gallery Night

When: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Various Newport Art Galleries
Admission: Free
Details: Newport Gallery Organization is celebrating our 17th season by kicking off our February Newport Gallery Night event! Our free event takes place in each of our 27 participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, the second Thursday of each month. Come join us!

 

FEBRUARY 10

Boyd Metcalf Duo

When: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Admission: $35, 4 Concert Package $100—Save $20
Details: Blissful newlyweds Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd return to Rhode Island with a charming program “Boyd Meets Girl”for cello and guitar. Festival-goers know the passion and artistry both bring to their performances—you will have the opportunity to see them perform together here for the first time. Their program features music by Radamés Gnattali, Ástor Piazzolla, J.S. Bach, Ross Edwards, Manuel de Falla, Gabriel Fauré and Jaime Zenamon. The Friends of the Newport Music Festival will prepare a wonderful preconcert reception at 6:00 PM. followed by the concert.

 

Valentine's Day Weekend Getaway

When: February 10 and February 11
WhereOceanCliff Hotel & Resort
Admission: Dinner, $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
Details: Valentine's Weekend at OceanCliff. This Valentine's Day, treat your someone special to a romantic escape at the historic OceanCliff Hotel! Join us on Friday, February 10th or Saturday, February 11th for an intimate five-course dinner featuring several wine specials and a prosecco toast. $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) View menu online at newportexperience.com.

Or make a weekend out of it and take advantage of our Romantic Escape package*

 

FEBRUARY 11

Albert Bierstadt: The Accidental Artist of Manifest Destiny - Janice Hodson

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Details: Janice Hodson, Curator at the New Bedford Free Library

During the second half of the nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt gave audiences some of the most stirring images yet seen of the expansive American West. Ms. Hodson will trace the ways Bierstadt and his contemporaries exploited the public's fascination with western regions and ultimately helped shift popular opinion regarding their fate.

 

Alex Johnson and Colorway

When: 7:30PM
Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Tiverton RI
Admission: $12 advance/ $15 at the door
Details: Colorway didn’t start the rock revolution, but its fighting spirit is certainly strong. 

Band leader F. Alex Johnson stands tall, front and center and sings about why love, loss, recovery and the search for contentment isn’t something to scoff at. 

But his searing guitar work is the real star here, bending, bobbing and and weaving lyrical solos up and down the neck. His extensive experience from recording and performing in the U.S. and around the globe isn’t worn on his sleeve. But you can see it and feel it in the way he does what he loves—what’s he’s done almost all of his life. 

The power trio format—guitar, bass and drums—is the perfect vehicle for Colorway’s music. Space is as important as density here, and bassist Matt Clegg and drummer Riley Godleski hold down the proverbial fort with equal parts grace and ferocity. Meanwhile, Johnson powers on, sometimes teetering dangerously close to aural chaos but somehow always coming in for a secure landing. 

In short, Colorway, who calls Northampton, Massachusetts home, is a reflection of three very different people’s love of music in all its forms. 

Come join the rock revolution and see, hear and feel what Colorway does. They promise it will be one hell of a time.

 

All You Need is Love...Great Food & Fabulous Wine

Rosecliff dinner

When: 6:30 PM 
WhereRosecliff
Admission: $125 per person
Details: Looking for a unique way to spend a special evening with a special someone in your life? Or maybe a get together with close friends? The Preservation Society of Newport County and Blackstone Caterers are hosting a very special food and wine tasting at Rosecliff on Saturday evening, February 11. Start your evening with a sparkling aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, followed by 4 small plate courses paired with the perfect wines, topped off with a lavish dessert buffet. Admission is $125 per person, and tickets are limited, so don't wait. Check out the menu, and buy your tickets now.

 

Frostbite Bash

When: 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
WhereHerreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $85
Details: We are pleased and excited to announce the 5th annual Frostbite Bash! Join the party and enjoy full open bars and food tastings from a variety of top local restaurants and vendors. Dance the night away to live music in the historic Hall of Boats, bid on items in our silent auction, and snap photos with your friends in our photo booth. It will be a night you’re sure to remember!

The Frostbite Bash is the biggest celebration in the winter to celebrate the young and the young at heart. This is why for our 5th Anniversary Bash we’ve lowered our ticket price and are offering a special price for the young professional under 30. No matter who you are, this is a party you do not want to miss!

 

Save The Bay Splash

When: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
WhereEaston's Beach (First Beach)
Admission: Adult $30, Children 12 and under $15, Virtual Splasher $30
Details: Take off on Save The Bay’s quarter-mile obstacle course followed by a cold water plunge in The Splash. The obstacle course includes five obstacles created by Laid Back Fitness owner and trainer, Ryan McGowan, and a mystery obstacle from BoldrDash! Warm up after the splash with heaters and hot cocoa at the Exploration Center and Aquarium, or help support Save The Bay and take the plunge from the comfort of your own bed by registering to be a virtual splasher! Registered splashers receive free admission to the Exploration Center and Aquarium, and discounted rates on Save The Bay Seal Tours happening that day in Newport.

 

The Hotel Viking presents Patin Wine Dinner

When: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Join us tonight for our second wine dinner of the Viking Wine Festival Series featuring the fine wines from Paitin Giovanni Pasquero paired with the amazing food creations of Chef Correia and the Hotel Viking Culinary Team.

Paitin was established in 1796 with the first Barbaresco Sorì Paitin, bottled in 1893. This Piedmontese winery located on the hillsides of Nieve has been producing outstanding Barbarescos ever since, along with Arneis, Barberas, Dolcettos and Nebbiolos. Seventh generation winemaker, Giovanni Pasquero, will present these artisan wines at dinner. Chef Barry Correia will create Northern Italian fare to complement these estate wines.

 

FEBRUARY 12

Joann Svendsen, Country standards

When: 6:00 PM 
Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
Admission: $10 advance/ $12 at the door
Details: Joann Svendsen is a gifted American vocalist. Her Genre is neo traditional country music and she records New Original music with traditional style. She began singing as a small child for family and in church. Joann has been working with Nashville songwriter / producer Lorri Shankar and has recorded two songs in Nashville that are soon to be released for digital download. 

 

FEBRUARY 14

Valentine's Dinner at the Vanderbilt Grille

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When: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WhereVanderbilt Grille
Admission: $75 per person
Details: Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine's Day Prix Fix Menu including Lobster and Tarragon Scented Bisque and Chocolate Mint and Dijon Dusted Lamb Chop Lollipops. Wine pairing available for an additional fee.

 

FEBRUARY 15

One Big Home- newportFILM screening 2/15!

One Big Home

When: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $12 per person
Details: Join us for our first screening of 2017! ONE BIG HOME

7:00PM - Film, followed by conversation with director Thomas Bena & executive director of Aquidneck Land Trust, Chuck Allott

ABOUT THE FILM:
Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character. Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to under-stand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

 

FEBRUARY 16

Saint Joan

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $17 per person
Details: Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.

 

FEBRUARY 17

❄️ 29th Annual Newport Winter Festival- Begins

When: February 17, 2017 - February 26, 2017
Where: Various locations throughout Newport
Admission: Varies
Details: Join us for the 29th Annual Newport Winter Festival, Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 17th-26th, 2017 throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, Princess Partyand exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitudes and more!

 

❄️ Newport Burger Bender

Jo's Burger Bender

When: February 17, 2017 - February 26, 2017
Where: Various locations throughout Newport
Details: The Newport Burger Bender is a simple "best burger" contest taking place Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 26, 2017 at participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties.

 

❄️ Polar Pineapples

Polar Pineapples

When: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Recurring on February 18th, 24th and 25th
WhereGurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Details: Gurney's Newport Resort, One Goat Island, (Formerly Hyatt Newport). Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 4th annual Polar Pineapples! Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year we will have a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free Hot Chocolate at the Five33 Lounge w/bracelet. Hours 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 401.849.2600.

 

Evening with the Raptors

When: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $30 Members, $35 Non-members
Details: Spend a cozy evening by the fire in Mabel’s Studio, learning about local raptor species, adaptations that make them skilled hunters, and how to identify them in their natural habitat. NBS’ Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl will both make an appearance; proceeds directly support our care of these non-releasable wild birds. Wine, beer and dessert will be served. This special program is offered only once a year, and is a perfect after-dinner outing.

 

Beauty Week 2017

When: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Where: Various locations between Newport & Providence
Admission: Varies by location
Details: Treat yourself to the kind of pampering and indulgence that you deserve during Beauty Week, February 17-26. Beauty Week is a celebration of all things beauty and the local industry that supports it. Featuring the best in hair styles, nails, skincare, cosmetics and fragrance. Highlighting local stylist, salons and spas through a series of events and special offers.
 

Owls and Ales

When: 6:30 PM 
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: $30.00 per Member $35.00 per Non member
Details: Meet some of Audubon’s amazing owls in person! Come to Audubon for a presentation on these fascinating birds of prey, while enjoying locally brewed beers and snacks. Then take a guided walk through the refuge at night to look and listen for owls and other signs of wildlife. Leave the kids at home—this program is just for adults! Come prepared to go outside on a chilly evening.

 

WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree

NPT Vineyards

When: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $40 in advance ($43 at the door)
Details: Sip, savor and swing into WINEterfest weekend with our Speakeasy Soiree. Dance the night away with music from members of the New Providence Big Band, a welcome glass of wine and handcrafted light fare. Speakeasy attire and flare encouraged!

 

FEBRUARY 18

21st Annual WINEterfest

Wineterfest

When: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurs on February 19
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $25 in advance ($28 at the door) $20 for Case Club/Cru Club members (Discount Code Required – must provide member number or verification) Includes wine tasting
Details: Celebrate the season at our 21st Annual WINEterfest Weekend. Two days full of grape stomping, ice wine bar tasting goodness. Enjoy live music from Little Compton Band on Saturday and The Pourmen on Sunday, while sipping at our infamous Ice Wine Bar. Marvel at the creations of our LIVE ice sculpting performance on Saturday or LIVE wine statue on Sunday. Warm your toes in a bucket of grapes by signing up to compete in one of our Grape Stomp Competitions!

 

Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event

When: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WhereNewport Historical Society Walking Tours
Admission: FREE
Details: In 1777, Newport was occupied by British troops and a blockade prevented trade to the island. A population with a sophisticated palate, used to trade goods from all over the word, was now forced to eat local. What did people eat 240 years ago to survive the harsh winter and war-torn environment? 

On Saturday February 18, 2017 at 10 am, the Newport Historical Society will host costumed interpreters for Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event. They will share insight on what foods were eaten, when, and why, from tea to pickling, oysters to chocolate, and soldiers’ rations to spices!

This event, part of the Newport Historical Society's Newport Eats history of food programming initiative, is offered on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Colony House on Washington Square. Admission is free. Try your hand at a colonial-inspired stamping craft. Flour sack towels yours to keep, $5 each.

 

Dirty Deeds - Tribute to AC-DC

When: 10:00 PM 
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Details: One of the Northeast’s most authentic tribute acts, Dirty Deeds packs them in from place to place all across New England. With the look and feel of the real thing, Dirty Deeds portrays AC/DC right down to the onstage props, antics and look of the real band. With perfection in mind Dirty Deeds captures the live show and energy AC/DC delivers in every performance bringing it to any event they perform.

 

❄️ Festival of the Arts

When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WhereThe Newport Blues Inn
Admission: FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC
Details: Curated of Tiverton is pleased to announce that they will be producing the 2017 Festival of the Arts at Newport’s Winterfest that will be held on February 18th 2017 from 10-5 in the beautifully renovated, downtown Newport Marriott.

The Festival of the Arts at Winterfest will play host to some of the best local, regional and national artists and artisans as well as Rhode Island based specialty food producers. Come and enjoy the amazing details of the Newport Marriott while being entertained by some of the most unique talents in Newport County.
Admission and parking are free. Winterfest wrist band holders will receive FREE face painting by WOW Face Art – the Official Face Painter of the Pawtucket Red Sox. FREE RE-USABLE TOTE TO FIRST 100 CUSTOMERS! Mystery totes contain gift certificates to local businesses. These went quick last year so get there early!

 

❄️ Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing

Newport Storm & Cheese

When: 6:30 PM to 7:30 AM, Recurring on February 19, 25 & 26
WhereNewport Storm Brewery
Admission: $12 with Winterfest button $15 w/out
Details: Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring you the best of local flavor. Experience a local beer and cheese pairing with five locally brewed beers and five locally made cheeses to show off the best Rhode Island artisan agriculture has to offer. These events start promptly, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 w/bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of www.NewportStorm.com. Tickets can also be purchased in the Visitors Center during normal hours. Space is limited- advanced purchase is strongly encouraged. 401.849.5232.

Please note Sunday's hours are different: February 18th,19th, & 25th 6:30-7:30 PM February 26th 5:30-6:30 PM

 

The Hotel Viking presents Hedges Wine Dinner

When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Founded by Tom Hedges in 1986, Hedges Family Estate has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot blends in the French winemaking style.  Join Christophe Hedges as he presents these biodynamic wines from Red Mountain AVA in Washington State, the site of this family owned and run winery.

 

❄️ The Local Authors Corner

local authors

When: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WhereNewport Visitor Information and Transportation Center
Admission: FREE
Details: Behind The Pen: Local authors share their stories and works of art from self-help memoirs to epic fantasies. Free for visitors of all ages!

 

FEBRUARY 19

Meet Your Maker

When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main
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. 

“For food lovers who want to find a special, uniquely Rhode Island gift or dish to grace their holiday table, we have what you are looking for,” said Lisa Raiola, Hope & Main’s Founder and President. “I love the idea of local, consumable gifts for everyone. The festive atmosphere, delicious samples, and free parking can’t be beat.” 

Unlike similar local markets and events, Meet Your Maker specifically aims to connect the dots of our local “foodieconomy,” demonstrating the importance of understanding where our food comes from. We welcome the community to peek inside Rhode Island’s food manufacturing economy. The relationship between food makers, growers, educators and the consumer is critical to the sustainability of our region. Market-goers can see these relationships in action, meet the makers themselves, and learn what inspires food entrepreneurs to charge ahead with their businesses. 

 

The 13th Annual RIWE Winter Community Concert

When: 7:00 PM 
WhereNewport Marriott
Admission: FREE, Donations are welcomed
Details: The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble's 13th Annual Winter Community Concert will be held the Newport Marriott (Atrium) on February 19th, 2017 at 7:00 PM. FREE & Open to the public. Sponsored by BankNewport. All donations will benefit Seamen's Church Institute of Newport.

 

FEBRUARY 20

❄️ Thomas Tew Cocktail Contest

When: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
WhereThe Revolving Door
Admission: $5 or Free with Newport Winter Festival Bracelet
Details: On Monday, February 20th the Newport Distilling Company will host its fourth annual Thomas Tew Rum Cocktail contest at The Revolving Door Restaurant as a part of the 2017 Newport Winter Festival celebration! The competition will begin promptly at 9 pm. Entry is $5 per person/free with a Winter Fest bracelet and there will be cocktail samples provided for the 21+ crowd. Please note that all proceeds from the entry fee will benefit The Maher Center.

 

FEBRUARY 21

Naledi - newportFILM screening 2/21!

When: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $12 per person
Details: Join us for a February screening of...

7:00 PM
Film, followed by conversation with director Geoffrey Luck (via Skype)

*This film is suitable for families with children ages 10 years and up*

ABOUT THE FILM:
Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale tells the incredible true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness. When she’s suddenly orphaned at one month, the keepers and scientist looking after the herd become tireless surrogate mothers. Camp scientist Mike Chase has launched the most ambitious census ever of African elephants across the continent; a last ditch effort to help them survive. Now, he must race to defend an entire species while struggling to save a single life.

 

Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga

Vineyard Yoga

When: 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $26 per person
Details: Un-wine-d with a yoga class unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards and presented by Thames Street Yoga & Shunya Studio, embark on a 1 hour and 15 mins yoga class, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Dine at Brix Restaurant following the tasting to cap off the night.

 

FEBRUARY 22

❄️ FREE Family Guided Tours at the Newport Art Museum

When: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Recurs on February 24
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free Guided Tour, $2 off admission Wed & Fri, Feb. 22 & 24
Details: Come explore the Newport Art Museum during Winter Festival with a special Family-Friendly Guided Tour! Learn more about the artwork on exhibition, historic building, and mission of the Museum. Participate in engaging gallery activities that help children (and their parents!) look closer at our vast collection and contemporary works. 

This special tour is free to the public with paid admission to the Museum, and wrist band holders enjoy a $2/per person admission discount when they attend the tour. 

Regular Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students/Military $6, Kids under 5 and Museum Members Free

 

Neighborhood Stormwater Outreach

When: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library
Admission: FREE
Details: Many of us have fond memories of puddle-stomping or dancing in the rain. But as we get older, we lose that wistful sense of enjoyment. Instead, rain is often considered a nuisance and a source of discomfort whether we find ourselves commuting to work or forgetting our umbrellas at home. However, we rarely think about the logistics of rainstorms. Where does all that water go? What happens to the rain that hits a parking lot, a roof or some other man-made structure. STORMWATER IS WHERE THINGS START GETTING DICEY!

 

If Jane Should Want to be Sold, Marjory O'Toole

When: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: FREE
Details: Stories of Enslavement, Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, Rhode Island

Speaker and author, Marjory O’Toole, will shed light on the lives of Little Compton’s enslaved and forcibly indentured men, women and children who lived and worked in the community from 1694 to 1816.
Marjory O’Toole, Little Compton Historical Society Managing Director, will share the personal stories of some of Little Compton’s 250 enslaved and forcibly indentured people during her talk at Linden Place Mansion on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:30pm. Ms. O’Toole has been the Managing Director of the Historical Society for over a decade.

 

FEBRUARY 23

Annual Illuminated Garden

Ballard Park Illuminated Garden

When: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Recurring on February 24 & February 25
WhereBallard Park
Admission: FREE
Details: Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. will present the 12th Annual Illuminated Garden on Thursday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in Ballard Park. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three-acre quarry meadow. 

Lights are set up by professional tree climbers and accompanied by student-created exhibits from area schools including Cluny School, Rogers High School and St. Michael's Country Day School. Keep your eye out for the oversized Lite Brite and a “luminary labyrinth” made from Chinese lanterns.

Event goers are advised to wear appropriate shoes or boots as the trail may be dark, muddy and uneven in places.  Ballard Park is located at the intersection of Hazard & Wickham Roads in Newport, RI.  The event may be accessed through the Hazard Road entrance.  The event is sponsored by the RI State Senate. 

For more information on the event visit www.ballardpark.org or call 619.3377.

 

The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You

When: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Historical Society Resource Center
Admission: $5 per person, $4 for Newport Winter Festival button holders, and $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with active duty and retired military
Details: The Newport Historical Society’s current programming initiative Newport Eats aims to provide historical context for present ideas such as food sustainability, community development, and healthy eating. Keeping to this popular topic, the Society is pleased to host author Sue AnderBois for the February 23rd, 2017 talk The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You. Sue will discuss the soon-to-be released Rhode Island Food Strategy, how it was developed, some major key initiatives of the strategy, and how it relates to all Rhode Islanders.

Sue AnderBois is Rhode Island’s first Director of Food Strategy. She comes to the position with a background in policy, strategic planning, and community engagement – in both food/farming and clean energy. Since moving to Rhode Island in 2013, she has been an active member of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and is passionate about Rhode Island. She has an MBA from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Dartmouth College.

 

Wine + Cheese Class

Wine & Cheese Class

When: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $42 per person $37 for Case Club/Cru Club members (Discount Code Required – must provide member number or verification)
Details: Join us for an evening where our wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through artisanal cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines. PLUS! Receive $5 per purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only. Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace.

 

FEBRUARY 24

History of Jazz with the Lois Vaughan Quartet

When: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $20 for public, $15 for Linden Place Members, free for Colt Circle Members
Details: Jazz pianist Lois Vaughan and her quartet will perform an eclectic medley of jazz standards at historic Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street in Bristol on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Playing a range of classic jazz and Latin tunes with a mix of swing, ragtime and more on the mansion's Steinway grand piano, Lois Vaughan is accompanied by Genevieve Rose, a string bassist, Mark Teixeira on drums and Art Manchester playing the sax, flute & clarinet. In between songs, a dialogue about jazz and its history will be held.

Tickets to this intimate performance are $20, $15 for Linden Place members and free for Colt Circle Members. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations should be made in advance as seating is limited. Please contact the office at 401-253-0390 or e-mail info@lindenplace.org for reservations or more information.

 

FEBRUARY 25

Fellswater

When: 7:30 PM
Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
Admission: $12 advance/ $15 at the door
Details: Fellswater is Boston’s dynamic Celtic music ensemble. We play a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions that draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Our instrumentation changes depending on the musical selection and includes vocals, whistle, Irish flute, guitar, octave mandolin, violin,  Scottish smallpipes,  border pipes and percussion.

 

❄️ Beach Polo

Winter Polo

When: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Recurring February 26th
WhereEaston's Beach (First Beach)
Admission: FREE
Details: Back by popular demand, Beach Polo returns to the Newport Winter Festival on Feb. 25 & 26 at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. The exciting outdoor polo exhibition will take place at Easton’s Beach (locally known as 1st Beach), in Newport, RI. For more information, or weather updates, please call (401) 846-0200.

 

Sacred Ground World Premiere

When: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $12 per person
Details: Sacred Ground, a cinematic celebration of the 25th season of the Newport International Polo Series, makes its world premiere on Saturday, February 25 at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport.

The screening, a Newport Winter Festival exclusive, benfiting Friends of Jane Pickens Theater, is a one-time engagement to experience the full-length feature on the big screen. A cocktail party at 7PM to meet the filmmakers & players is followed by the 8PM screening, and Q&A.

 

Barrel Of Laughs Comedy Series

When: 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $25 in advance ($28 at the door) $20 for Case Club/Cru Club members (Discount Code Required – must provide member number or verification) Includes wine tasting
Details: Join us for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Anthony DeVito.

Originally from New Jersey, Anthony DeVito is a NYC based comedian. He’s appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, was one of the “New Faces” at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, has been on “This American Life,” AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Seeso’s NY’s Funniest and was the 2015 winner of Caroline’s March Madness. He’s also performed at the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival, 2014 Laugh Your Asheville Off, 2014 Limestone Comedy Fest, 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival and 2013 SF Sketchfest. In addition to stand-up, he’s appeared on TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, is a regular on Fox News Channel’s Red Eye, has been a featured guest Sirius XM’s Bennington, has been published in Timeout NY and The New York Times.

Make it dinner and a show with reservations at BRIX Restaurant or our Vineyard Cafe (staying open late exclusively for the show!). Reservations required, please call 401.848.5161.

 

Bob Seger Tribute - LIVE BULLET

When: 9:00 PM
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Admission: TBA
Details: Our Band is named after a Seger Album that was released in 1976. We are basing our show off of this live album and another live album entitled “Nine Tonight” (1981). But, we won’t be limited to just these songs… Our set list will reflect Bob Seger’s hits and some older and newer gems. We span 40 years of his music and we’re sure that you will enjoy and appreciate the authenticity of our presentation.

 

Challenges, Opportunities and Environmental Issues Facing the Global Oceans - Bruce Corliss

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $6 students, $10 member adult and $15 non-member adult
Details: Bruce Corliss, Dean of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Mr. Corliss will discuss challenges, opportunities and environmental issues facing the Global oceans.

 

FEBRUARY 26

Vanderbilt Grace Oscars Night 2017

When: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WhereVanderbilt Grille
Details: Enjoy a night of Glitz and Glam as we watch the Oscars ceremony on our wide screen at the Vanderbilt Grille. The evening will feature: Oscar-themed cocktails & food, Gold popcorn, Canapes and Oscar Cookies, Oscar Trivia and Paparazzi red carpet photo shoot

 

FEBRUARY 27

SCHOOL OF FISH

School of Fish

When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main Demonstration Kitchen
Admission: $50 per person
Details: At Eating with the Ecosystem’s “School of Fish”, Rhode Island chefs will educate you on different methods for turning a whole fish - straight from the sea - into a marvelous dinner you can share with your family and friends. Learn how to use plentiful local species like scup, herring, whiting, skate, squid, dogfish, whole sea scallops, and sea robin. Held in the demo kitchen (a former school classroom) at Hope & Main, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company! Each workshop will feature one fish species, prepared several ways. Come for just one class or attend them all!

 

ON GOING:

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Book your wine – OR – beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with our Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

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When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays
WhereChristie's
Admission: $15 per person
Details: Every Thursday Christie's will feature a flight of local craft brews that will be accompanied with a light food pairing

 

25th Annual Fakes & Forgeries

When: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurring daily, February 4 - 28
WhereSpring Bull Studio & Gallery
Admission: FREE
Details: From its conception 26 years ago, artists have been invited to submit serious "copies" or tongue-in-cheek humorous interpretation of known art work in two and three dimensional form. The February exhibit has grown to be a much anticipated area event for both artists and the art appreciators. The artists study and learn techniques used by the old and modern masters while the public has a chance to enjoy and own an “almost masterpiece” without traveling to Boston or New York.

 

❄️ Discover Newport Winter Carnival

When: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Recurring until February 25th
WhereNewport Visitor Information and Transportation Center
Admission: FREE
Details: Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue. Featuring Bouncy House, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes, daily February 19th - February 25th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 

LI'L PEEPS: WINTER SESSION

When: 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays until February 16th
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: $16.00 per Member Additional Sibling, $60.00 per Member Child, $17.00 per Non Member Additional Sibling, or $65.00 per Non Member Child
Details: This popular program introduces children ages 18 months to 2 years to the delights of nature through age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Along with a nature lesson, activities may include nature walks, crafts, songs and stories. This is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends with the other children and parents. Registration is required as space is limited and fills very quickly. Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. In order to maintain an age-appropriate program we ask that older siblings not accompany the parent/child team.

 

ARCTIC BLAST: EXPERIMENTS IN FROST

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When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Recurring on Friday, Saturday & Sunday until March 19th
WhereAnchor Bend Glassworks
Admission: FREE
Details: Anchor Bend Glassworks is excited to announce our Winter Show "Arctic Blast: Experiments in Frost." Showcasing modern sandblasting & silvering techniques. Frosted handblown glass Anchors, Waves, and Sea Creatures are the centerpieces of this show.

 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR WITH SAVE THE BAY

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Where: Bowen's Ferry Landing
When: Check tour times & purchase tickets here! Recurring through the month of January.
Price: $22 non-members; $17 members, seniors & children ages 3-12
Details: Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. 

 

NATURE'S KALEIDOSCOPE, LEAF ROTATION: PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN WOOD

When: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Sunday's throughout the month
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
Details: Discover nature's magnificent hidden patterns and soothing layers through camera rotation photography. Trees provide heart and home to us all – and their leaves are more than just an essential part of life on earth, they are also extremely beautiful. This style of foliage photography unlocks a hidden world of beauty and breathtaking geometry. 

 

❄️ Winter Festival Blue Flag Sale Days at Bowen's Wharf

When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Recurring daily February 17 - February 26
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Details: Winter Festival Blue Flag Sale Days at Bowen's Wharf

Dates: February 11th - 19th, 2017 Our annual Bowen's Wharf Sale Days feature ten full days of Wharf-wide sales during the Newport Winter Festival, along with in-store events and restaurant promotions for family fun. Visit us on Facebook to find out about discounts, specials and happenings.

 

The Bit Players: Award-Winning Improv Comedy

When: 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM, both Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage EVERY 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. Coming to celebrate a special event? Let them know ahead of time and they will make a special moment in the show all for the guest(s) of honor. And don't worry, they never put anyone on the spot or "pick on" anyone... unless they bring it on themselves of course. Every show is BYOB. Get tickets early. Shows often sell out. Come ready to laugh and enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance that will never be replicated again! Visit the website for tickets and more information. Laugh More.

 

Sunday Bloody Funday

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Sunday's
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.