The 29th Annual Newport Winter Festival returns with 10 days of live music, foodie contests, kid-centric activities and much more throughout Newport County from February 17 - 26, 2017. Touted as New England's Largest Winter Extravaganza, Newport Winter Festival offers more than 150 events. Spice things up with the renowned chili cook-off, make your own perfume, horseback ride on the beach or bundle up and head over to Pineapples for an ice bar with a front row seat to picturesque views of Narragansett Bay in the winter.

 

Everything you need for the ultimate winter experience below.

 

PRICING

Pricing varies for each event ranging from free to up to $40. This year's bracelets can be purchased for $10 and provide free admission or significant discounts to all official festival events. Bracelets provide more than $500 in savings, retail discounts and restaurant specials to more than 50 local businesses.

 

Bracelets can be purchased online or at:

 

STAY AND SAVE

Staying overnight? Take advantage of exceptional deals with these unique packages to enhance your festival visit.

 

 

EVENTS

Each day throughout the festival brings a lengthy list of unique and engaging events for the entire family. Listed below are the featured events provided by newportwinterfestival.com. The complete list of daily events can be found here.

 

 

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Daily Events

Newport Mansion Tours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Tour the historic summer homes of Newport's elite. Admission: Prices range between $15- $26, $3 off with bracelet; kids under 18 free when accompanied by an adult with bracelet. The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Avenue, The Elms, 367 Bellevue Avenue, Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Avenue.

 

Kids Design Your Own Tumbler: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Kids design your own tumbler. Receive 20 percent off with bracelet. Tervis Tumbler, 192 Thames Street.

 

Bite Me Live Bait DIY T-Shirt Artwork: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Bring your creativity and Bite Me Live Bait will supply the t-shirts, magic markers, and paints. Sit down and create your artwork directly onto white t-shirts. Wear your masterpiece proudly. Bite Me Live Bait Co., 337 Thames Street.

 

Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The interactive marine science learning center houses more than 30 exhibits and hundreds of creatures that call Narragansett Bay home. Explore a variety of Bay life in three touch tanks, plus hands-on science experiments, activities and crafts. See Smooth Dogfish Sharks, Little Skates in all stages of their life cycle (ever see a Mermaid's purse?), chain cat sharks, crabs, urchins, sea stars, several turtle species, sea robins, flounder, tropical migrants and so much more. Admission: $8/$7 with bracelet, seniors and Military ID $7, Save The Bay members and children under 3 are free. Exploration Center & Aquarium, Easton's Beach, 175 Memorial Boulevard.

 

Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages: (Exceptions: Wednesday, February 22 - Thursday, February 23).10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $165 per couple. Upgrade to the Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $235 per couple or the Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $315. $10 off any tour with bracelet or receive a free in-flight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. Bird's Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road

 

Greenvale Vineyards Wine Tasting: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Winery Tours start at 2:00 PM and include seven wines and a wine glass. Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard. Weather permitting. 15% discount off wine purchases with bracelet. Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.

 

Make your own Perfume: (Exceptions: Sunday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 22). 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Learn to create aromatherapy perfume blends with healer and chemist, Cynthia LaBonte. $15/ $10 with bracelet. Newport Aromatherapy, 109 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Decorate your own Snowman Cookie: 12:00 - 4:00 PM. Newport. Decorate your own snowman cookie and eat it too. $5/$3 with bracelet. Roasted & Brewed Cafe, 337 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Make Your Own Winter Snowflake Soap: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. For all ages. Guests create and design their own soap while learning the art of soap making. $10/$8 with bracelet. Newport Sea Foam Trading Co 415 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Newport Vineyards Wine Tasting: (Excluding Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19.) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Enjoy a selection of 5 wines from our list of nearly 30 selections. Tours daily at 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Estate grown wines. Lunch and dinner options available Tuesday – Saturday. Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. 

 

Save the Bay Seal Tours: 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM. Join Save The Bay aboard one of their education vessels for a cruise through Newport Harbor into Narragansett Bay featuring 360° views of Rhode Island State Marine Mammal in their natural habitat. Harbor Seals migrate from the north into Narragansett Bay every winter to feed, delighting locals and tourists year after year. Catch them resting on rocks in their happy banana pose or bottling in the water, from the perfect vantage point on our marine vessels. Boats are partially enclosed, but the bay can be quite chilly, so dress warmly. Daily departures from Bowen's Ferry landing on Market Square.

  • One Hour Seal watch cruises: February 17 (1:00 & 2:00 PM), February 20 - 22 (10:00 AM & 11:00 AM), February 23 - 24 (11:00 AM & 12:00 PM), February 25 - 26 (12:00 PM & 1:00 PM)
    • Cost: $22 adult, $17 seniors & kids 3-12, kids under 3 are free. 10% off with your bracelet both online and at the dock.
  • Special two-hour Seal Watch and Rose Island Lighthouse Tour: Two days only: February 18 - 19 at 2:00 PM.
    • Cost : $42 adult, $32 seniors & kids 3-12, kids under 3 are free. 10% off with your bracelet both online and at the dock.

 

Fire & Ice: 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Hotel Viking's Courtyard will feature an ice bar, fire pits & blankets. Enjoy invigorating cocktails crafted by mixologists. Cash bar. Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

 

 

Friday, February 17

Ice Cream Sundae Bar: 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ice cream sundae bar in the Viking Ball Room. $5 a person/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking Ball Room, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Polar Pineapples: 3:00 - 9:00 PM. Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 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 will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge. Free hot chocolate at the Five 33 Lounge with bracelet. Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

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Illusion Quest performed by David Garrity: 7:00 PM. Presented by Savings Institute Bank & Trust. Professional Illusionist, David Garrity, will feature visual magic and incredible illusions that will entertain the entire family. Highlights of the show include David’s assistant appearing out of thin air, a table that floats around the stage, the world’s fastest illusion where time seems to stand still, audience participation, comedy and more.  $9/$5 with bracelet. Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Newport Vineyards WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree: 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Sip, savor and swing into WINEterfest weekend with the Speakeasy Soiree. Dance the night away with music from the New Providence Big Band, a welcome glass of wine and handcrafted light fare. Speakeasy attire and flare encouraged. $40 in advance ($43 at the door) $38 with Winter Festival Bracelet. Includes light fare and welcome glass of wine. Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards, 909 E Main Rd, Middletown.​

 

Friday Night Funnies with The Bit Players: 8:00 PM. RI's most award-winning improv comedy troupe If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway." You'll love this show and it's BYOB. All seats $18, $5 off with WinterFest bracelet. Reservations guarantee seats. Use coupon code WINTFEST5 to get discount. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport. 

 

Live Music at the Pelham: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Band TBD. Cost of cover charge to public varies $5-$10 per night. Free cover charge with bracelet. One Pelham East, 270 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Live Music with Chris V and Friends Acoustic Show: 10:00 PM. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

Saturday, February 18

Newport Winter Festival Ice Skating Lessons: 8:30 AM. Skating Lessons for all ages and abilities. Skate rentals available. Helmets & gloves required for all beginners. $75 for 3 days, $100/$85 with bracelet for 5 days. Drop-ins: $30/ $25 with bracelet. Contact: meg@islandskatingacademy.com

 

Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2017 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute with bracelet. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave, Newport.​

 

Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. 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 world was forced now to eat local. What did people eat 250 years ago to survive the harsh winter and war-torn environment? From tea to pickling, oysters and chocolate, soldiers rations and spices, costumed interpreters will share insight on what foods were eaten, when and why. Admission is free. Try your hand at a colonial inspired stamping craft. Flour sack towels yours to keep, $5. Colony House on Washington Square, Newport.

 

 

 

Behind The Pen: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Presented by Association of Rhode Island Authors and the Newport Visitors Information Center. Behind The Pen: Local authors share their stories and works of art from self-help memories to epic fantasies. Free. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport.

 

Festival of the Arts: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Festival of the Arts will play host to some of the best local, regional and national artists and artisans. Enjoy the amazing details of the beautifully renovated Newport Marriott while being entertained by some of the most unique talents in Newport County. Winterfest wrist band holders will receive free face painting by WOW Face Art the Official Face Painter of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Admission to the event is free and parking is free at the Newport Gateway Center adjacent to the Newport Marriott. Atrium of the Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Avenue, Newport.

 

20th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM; Winter heats up as area restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town! Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili! Don't miss the chance to taste them all and vote for your favorite. Adults $10/$8 with bracelet, children (6-10) $3/$2 with bracelet. Children under 5 Free. Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” $15 per person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Viking Scenic and Mansion Tours: 11:00 AM. 

  • Tour 1: Enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes on this narrated tour covering over 150 points of interest. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. (Approximately 90 minutes) $25/ $19.62 with bracelet.

  • Tour 2: All the fun of our Scenic Overview Tour, plus a visit to one mansion of your choice. (Approximately 3 hours) $43/$39 with bracelet. 

Trolley tours depart from the Newport Visitor and Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue.

 

Ice Sculpting Demonstration presented by Bailey T's: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and power sanders as they create masterpieces. Don't miss these spectacular works of ice. The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt. Free. 12 Long Wharf Mall.

 

Newport Scrimshanders Tour and Demonstration: 12:00 - 3:00 PM. The Newport Scrimshanders on Bowen’s Wharf will be giving a tour of the store along with a brief demonstration of Scrimshaw. Newport Scrimshanders, 14 Bowen's Wharf.

 

Newport Vineyards WINEterfest Weekend: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Celebrate the season at the 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 a Grape Stomp Competitions.

 

Saturday, February 18
LIVE Ice Sculpture Performance 12:00 - 2:30 PM.
Grape Stomping Competition at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.

$25 in advance ($28 at the door)
$23 with Winter Festival Bracelet

Includes wine tasting (wine by the glass and food items available for cash purchase)

 

 

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Ice Cream Sundae Bar: 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ice cream sundae bar in the Viking Ball Room. $5 a person/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking Ball Room, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Jazz Seminar: 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Authors Dennis Pratt and Dr. Tom Shaker will present their lecture and their new book “A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz and Swing Musicians." Sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County. For ticket information and reservations, visit Newportarts.org. Adults $10.00/ $7 with bracelet; Children free. Honeyman Hall, 43 Spring Street, on the campus of Trinity Episcopal Church.

 

4 Course Pizza & Craft Beer Pairing: 3:00 PM. 4 Courses - each course includes an 8 oz craft brew, paired with a slice from one of our chef's specialty pizzas. Menu. $19 per person $2 off with bracelet. Reservations strongly suggested, space is limited. 401.845.9300. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

Polar Pineapples: 3:00 - 9:00 PM. Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 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 will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free hot chocolate at the Five33 Lounge with bracelet. Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport: 4:00 PM. Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Family Movie and Dinner Buffet - Frozen: 5:00 - 7:00 PM. A buffet dinner will be offered 5:00 - 7:00 PM for $20 per adult/ $15 with bracelet, kids 3 and older are $10/ $5 with bracelet. Kids under 3 are free. Frozen starts at 6:00 PM, with appearances by Olaf & Anna! Hotel Viking Ball Room, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing: 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring the best of local flavor. Experience a 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, so plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 with bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of NewportStorm.com. Tickets can also be purchased in the Visitors Center during normal hours. Space is limited- advanced purchase is ​strongly encouraged. 

 

Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band Changes in Latitudes: 8:30 PM. Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country's premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and Trop Rock fun for all. You can expect to hear such classics as Margaritaville, Come Monday, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano and more. Tickets available: $15 in advance with bracelet, $20/At the door (based on availability). VIP Seating Available: $45/$40 with bracelet (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating). Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Live Music at the Pelham: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Band TBD. Cost of cover charge to public varies $5-/$10 per night. Free cover charge with bracelet. One Pelham East, 270 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Life Music with Apples: 10:00 PM. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

Encore Performance with The Bit Players: 10:00 PM. RI's most award-winning improv comedy troupe If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway" You'll love this show And it's BYOB All seats $15. $5 off with WinterFest Bracelet. Reservations guarantee seats. Use coupon code WINTENCORE5 to get discount. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport.

 

 

Sunday, February 19

Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2017 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute with bracelet. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave, Newport.​

 

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Children's Fair Co-Sponsored by Webster's Bank: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Bring your kids for this fun filled, two-day fair with music, face painting, balloon creations, arts & crafts, Rainforest Reptile Display featuring turtles, snakes and more. Plus: There will be sand art, a moonwalk bouncer and more. Refreshments available. Adults and children $7/$4 with bracelet. 

  • 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM: Dance Force, leading entertainment throughout the day with dancing and games

  • 1:30 PM: Rainforest Reptiles Live Show- A fun and educational experience

  • 2:45 PM: AmeriKicks Martial Arts Demonstration

Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Visit Touro Synagogue, a National Historic Site and America's Oldest Jewish House of Worship: 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Open Sunday February 19 and Sunday, February 26 for tours every half hour with the last tour at 1:30 PM. Start your visit at the The Loeb Visitors Center, 52 Spring Street to explore two floors of interactive, multi-media exhibits. The LVC opens Sundays at 11:30 AM and closes at 2:30 PM. Admission prices range from $8-$12, children 13 and under free. Save $2 with a Winter Festival bracelet. Touro Synagogue, 80 Touro St, Newport.​

 

Newport Vineyards WINEterfest Weekend: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. 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.

 

Sunday, February 19
LIVE Wine Statue 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Grape Stomping Competition at 1:00 and 3:00 – click here to sign up (limited spots available)*

$25 in advance ($28 at the door)
$23 with Winter Festival Button

Includes wine tasting
(wine by the glass and food items available for cash purchase)

 

Bringing Poetry to life by Island Moving Junior Company: 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM. IMC's junior company will bring poetry to life in a dance performance of Camille Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals. $5 adults, 1 child free with bracelet, $2 additional children under 12. $1 discount with bracelet. Island Moving Company, 3 Charles Street, second floor, Newport.

 

Winter Community Concert: 6:00 PM. Winter Community Concert by the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble. Free. Atrium of the Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Avenue, Newport.

 

Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing: 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring the best of local flavor. Experience a 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, so plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 with bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of NewportStorm.com. Tickets can also be purchased in the Visitors Center during normal hours. Space is limited- advanced purchase is ​strongly encouraged. 

 

Tropical Drink Contest at Gas Lamp Grille: 9:00 PM. Compete for the best tropical drink or just enjoy sampling. Contestants will need to supply glassware and liquor. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street, Newport.

 

 

 

Monday, February 20

Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2017 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute with bracelet. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave, Newport.​

 

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

Kids Event – Make Your Own Piñata: 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Learn to make your own piñata! $6/$5 with bracelet. Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

 

Kids Activity – Make Your Own Hanging Jellyfish: 10:30 - 11:00 AM. Art project – Make your own jellyfish. $6/$5 with bracelet. The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

 

Road to Independence Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Discover Newport Winter Carnival: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Featuring a bouncy house, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue.

 

Children's Fair Co-Sponsored by Webster's Bank: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM Bring your kids for this fun filled, two-day fair with music, face painting, balloon creations, arts & crafts, Rainforest Reptile Display featuring turtles, snakes and more. Plus: There will be Sand Art, a Moonwalk, Bouncer and more. Refreshments available. Adults and children $7/$4 with bracelet. 

  • 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM: Dance Force, leading entertainment throughout the day with dancing and games

  • 1:30 PM: Rainforest Reptiles Live Show- A fun and educational experience

Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Thomas Tew Rum Cocktail Contest: 9:00 PM. Entry is $5 per person/free with bracelet. All proceeds from the entry fee will benefit The Maher Center, a local organization devoted to providing a broad range of services that advance independence and create opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community at large. There will be cocktail samples provided for the 21+ crowd. Grand prize awarded for first place. Let the spirit of Thomas Tew shine through and inspire your hand-crafted cocktail that highlights the unique and historical distilling elements found in Newport and Thomas Tew Authentic Pot Still Rum. Grand prize awarded for first place. The Revolving Door Restaurant, 509 Thames Street, Newport.

Newport Cocktail Wars: 10:00 PM. Week 4 of 7. Four local bartenders compete each week to advance to the finals. Free samples of all their drinks. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

Tuesday, February 21

Audubon Society of RI: 10:00 AM. Birds of Prey Program featuring specific animals, learn about these animals while interacting with them in a fun educational way. $5/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

 

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

 

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Kids Event – Make Your Own Piñata: 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Learn to make your own piñata! $6/$5 with bracelet. Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

 

Kids Activity – Make Your Own Hanging Jellyfish: 10:30 - 11:00 AM. Art project – Make your own jellyfish. $6/$5 with bracelet. The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

 

Viking Scenic and Mansion Tours: 11:00 AM. 

  • Tour 1: Enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes on this narrated tour covering over 150 points of interest. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. (Approximately 90 minutes) $25/ $19.62 with bracelet.

  • Tour 2: All the fun of our Scenic Overview Tour, plus a visit to one mansion of your choice. (Approximately 3 hours) $43/$39 with bracelet. 

Trolley tours depart from the Newport Visitor and Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue.

 

Discover Newport Winter Carnival: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Featuring a bouncy house, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue.

 

Teddy Bear Musical Celebration and Story Time: 11:00 AM;  Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher Kavi Carbone share captivating stories and songs of the wonders of winter, while having tea for adults and milk and cookies for children compliments of The Newport Harbor Hotel. $4/Free with bracelet. Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America's Cup Avenue, Newport.

 

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” $15 per person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Make up and skin care tailored to your unique skin type, coloring and age. Relaxed atmosphere at a new location. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased with bracelet, $50/person without bracelet. Cosmetic Cosmos, 433 Thames Street, #1 Lee's Wharf entrance. Newport.

 

Newport Winter Festival Ice Skating Lessons: 2:00 PM. Skating Lessons for all ages and abilities. Skate rentals available. Helmets & gloves required for all beginners. $75 for 3 days, $100/$85 with bracelet for 5 days. Drop-ins: $30/ $25 with bracelet. Contact: meg@islandskatingacademy.com

 

29th Annual Nacho Tasting: 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free with bracelet and purchase of a beverage. One Free Sample per Day. Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Kids Tennis Clinic: 2:30 - 3:30 PM. Kids ages 5-13 will learn to love the game with USTA. Juniors will have the chance to participate in 10 & under tennis, which uses age appropriate racquets, balls and special equipment to enhance a child's tennis experience on court. Children ages 11-13 will be offered an introductory clinic with our talented teaching staff tailored to their skill level and experience.

  • $15 per child/ $8 with Winter Festival Bracelet

*Class size is limited. Advance registration required. Call 401-849-4777 to reserve your place today! Juniors may sign-up for either Tuesday or Thursday, unless space permits for both days. Hall of Fame Tennis Club- 19 Memorial Boulevard, Newport.

 

Feeding Frenzy at Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium: 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Help feed hundreds of animals all from Narragansett Bay and watch out little skates chow down, our northern stargazer electrify his prey, sharks tear into their dinner and much more! Space is limited for this unique opportunity, so advanced registration is required. Tickets are $10/ $9 with bracelet and $8 for Save the Bay Members. To register, go to savebay.org/aquarium and click on the link to sign up. Save the Bay, 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport.

 

Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga: 5:45 -8:00 PM. 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 minute yoga class followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Dine at Brix Restaurant following the tasting to cap off the night. Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Road, Middletown.


5:45 - 7:00 PM Yoga presented by Thames Street Yoga & Shunya Studio. BYOM (bring your own mat)
7:00 - 8:00 PM Newport Vineyards wine tasting
$26 per person, includes yoga class and wine tasting samples
$24 with Winter Festival Bracelet (paid at the door)

 

Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar: 6:00 PM. Enjoy this annual event as a visiting brewmaster from Sam Adams brewery guides guests through a selection of beers paired with a distinct menu specially prepared by the Mooring chefs for this occasion. Reception begins at 6:00 PM; dinner at 6:30 PM. For a complete menu, visit mooringrestaurant.com. Reservations required. Please call 401.846.2260.

 

NALEDI-Film, followed by conversation: 7:00 PM. Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale tells the 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. $12/$10 with bracelet. Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street.
 

Karaoke Night: 9:30 PM. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

 

Wednesday, February 22

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

Bwana Iguana Reptile Guy: 10:00 AM. Join Hotel Viking for a show-and-tell with Bwana Iguana the reptile guy. This event includes a snack and refreshments. $5/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 

 

Snowflake Craft: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Yarn & craft stick project. Free with bracelet. Knitting Needles, 555 Thames Street.

 

Kids Event – Make Your Own Piñata: 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Learn to make your own piñata! $6/$5 with bracelet. Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

 

Kids Activity – Make Your Own Hanging Jellyfish: 10:30 - 11:00 AM. Art project – Make your own jellyfish. $6/$5 with bracelet. The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

 

Discover Newport Winter Carnival: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Featuring a bouncy house, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue.

 

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Salute to George Washington: 11:30 AM.  Newport Artillery salute to George Washington for his birthday on the Library lawn. Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue.

 

Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Make up and skin care tailored to your unique skin type, coloring and age. Relaxed atmosphere at a new location. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased with bracelet, $50/person without bracelet. Cosmetic Cosmos, 433 Thames Street, #1 Lee's Wharf entrance. Newport.

 

Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle co Sponsored by Good Kidz Toyz: 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Join the Frozen Sisters, Anna and Elsa at the Winter Festival Princess Party at a location truly royal for a princess! Enjoy treats fit for a princess. Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with stories, songs and surprises. $10/$5 with bracelet. Also, Good Kidz Toyz will be featuring a "Frozen Toy Boutique," with Frozen-themed plush toys, games, puzzles & dolls available for purchase during the event. Co Sponsored by OceanCliff, Newport Experience. OceanCliff, 65 Ridge Road, Newport.

 

Create your own Birdfeeder: 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Birds could use a helping hand with finding food over the long winter. Make a birdfeeder to hang in a tree and help our feathered friends this winter! $8/$5 with bracelet. Potter League For Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown.

 

Aquidneck Land Trust Trail Hike and Nature Crafts: 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Atrail hike and nature crafts. Dress for the outdoors. Space is limited, RSVP required: mharris@ailt.org - Free event. Spruce Acres Farm, 1286 E. Main Road, Middletown.

 

29th Annual Nacho Tasting: 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free with bracelet and purchase of a beverage. One Free Sample per Day. Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport.

 

 

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BRIX Flight Night: 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Book your wine – OR – beer flight 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 Chef’s Selection Bite Board. $10 wine or beer flight. Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards, 909 E Main Road, Middletown.

 

Friday Night Funnies with The Bit Players: 8:00 PM. RI's most award-winning improv comedy troupe If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway." You'll love this show and it's BYOB. All seats $18, $5 off with WinterFest bracelet. Reservations guarantee seats. Use coupon code WINTFEST5 to get discount. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport. 

 

Live Music with Chris V and Friends Acoustic Show: 10:00 PM. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

Thursday, February 23

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

Musical Storyteller: 10:00 AM. Sing, dance and hear stories from Christopher Kavi Carbone, the Musical Storyteller. The event will include a snack and refreshments. $5/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Snowflake Craft: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Yarn & craft stick project. Free with bracelet. Knitting Needles, 555 Thames Street.

 

Discover Newport Winter Carnival: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Featuring a bouncy house, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue.

 

Road to Independence Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant: 11:00 AM. Enjoy a great buffet in the dining room, then head to the main stage show “Romantic Comedy” in the intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for a hilarious cabaret. “Romantic Comedy”-  Arrogant, self centered and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael, successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies, is facing two momentous events: he is about to marry a society belle and his collaborator is retiring. $49.95/$39.95 with bracelet. Newport Playhouse and Cabaret, 102 Connell Highway.

 

Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Make up and skin care tailored to your unique skin type, coloring and age. Relaxed atmosphere at a new location. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased with bracelet, $50/person without bracelet. Cosmetic Cosmos, 433 Thames Street, #1 Lee's Wharf entrance, Newport.

 

17th Annual Live Jazz for Kids at Greenvale Vineyards: 1:00 - 4:00 PM; Our musicians are vocalists Tish Adams and Dick Lupino on bass and guest musician Yvonne Monnett. The artists will entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old time standards. Complimentary refreshments will be served for the kids and wine tasting will be available for purchase for adults. Free/Open to the public. Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.

 

Create your own Birdfeeder: 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Birds could use a helping hand with finding food over the long winter. Make a birdfeeder to hang in a tree and help our feathered friends this winter! $8/$5 with bracelet. Potter League For Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown.

 

29th Annual Nacho Tasting: 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free with bracelet and purchase of a beverage. One Free Sample per Day. Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Kids Tennis Clinic: 2:30 - 3:30 PM. Kids ages 5-13 will learn to love the game with USTA. Juniors will have the chance to participate in 10 & under tennis, which uses age appropriate racquets, balls and special equipment to enhance a child's tennis experience on court. Children ages 11-13 will be offered an introductory clinic with our talented teaching staff tailored to their skill level and experience.

  • $15 per child/ $8 with Winter Festival Bracelet

*Class size is limited. Advance registration required. Call 401-849-4777 to reserve your place today! Juniors may sign-up for either Tuesday or Thursday, unless space permits for both days. Hall of Fame Tennis Club- 19 Memorial Boulevard, Newport.

 

Feeding Frenzy at Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium: 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Help feed hundreds of animals all from Narragansett Bay and watch out little skates chow down, our northern stargazer electrify his prey, sharks tear into their dinner and much more! Space is limited for this unique opportunity, so advanced registration is required. Tickets are $10/ $9 with bracelet and $8 for Save the Bay Members. To register, go to savebay.org/aquarium and click on the link to sign up. Save the Bay, 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport.

 

The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How it Relates to You (Newport Eats program initiative): 5:30 PM. Sue AnderBois, Rhode Island's first Director of Food Strategy will discuss the soon-to-be released food strategy and how it relates to all Rhode Islanders. Lecture held at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center. $5 general admission, $4 with bracelet. 82 Touro Street, Newport.

 

Wine + Cheese Class: 6:00 - 7:30 PM. 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 a 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. $42 per person/ $40 with bracelet. Newport Vineyards, 909 E Main Road, Middletown.

 

12th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park: 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. Free. Ballard Park, Hazard Road, Newport.

 

Magic, Mystery, and Fun with Archer Magic. 6:30 PM. Archer Magic combines his unique set of Magic, theatre, technical, and design skills to create a spectacular magic show. $6/$3 with bracelet. Gurney's Newport Resort, One Goat Island.

 

Annual Best Hot Drink Contest: 8:00 PM; The competition heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport. Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque. Guests will get to sample the delightful concoctions as well as enjoy drink specials. To enter, contact the Red Parrot at 401.847.3140. Contestants must provide their own liquor, garnishes and glassware. Free admission. The Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street, Newport.

Video DJ dance party with Elev8 Productions: 10:00 PM. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

 

Friday, February 24

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

Snowflake Craft: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Yarn & craft stick project. Free with bracelet. Knitting Needles, 555 Thames Street.

 

Discover Newport Winter Carnival: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Featuring a bouncy house, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue.

 

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” $15 per person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Viking Scenic and Mansion Tours: 11:00 AM. 

  • Tour 1: Enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes on this narrated tour covering over 150 points of interest. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. (Approximately 90 minutes) $25/ $19.62 with bracelet.

  • Tour 2: All the fun of our Scenic Overview Tour, plus a visit to one mansion of your choice. (Approximately 3 hours) $43/$39 with bracelet. 

Trolley tours depart from the Newport Visitor and Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue.

 

Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Make up and skin care tailored to your unique skin type, coloring and age. Relaxed atmosphere at a new location. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased with bracelet, $50/person without bracelet. Cosmetic Cosmos, 433 Thames Street, #1 Lee's Wharf entrance, Newport.

 

Ice Cream Sundae Bar: 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ice cream sundae bar in the Viking Ball Room. $5 a person/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking Ball Room, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Watch Pottery Demonstrations: 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Experience the art of making pottery. Space is limited so if you can’t watch the first show come back for the next one. Shows are every 20 minutes. Free. Receive 20% off of serving bowls with bracelet. All Fired Up Pottery, 452 Thames Street. ​

 

Newport Winter Festival Ice Skating Lessons: 2:00 PM. Skating Lessons for all ages and abilities. Skate rentals available. Helmets & gloves required for all beginners. $75 for 3 days, $100/$85 with bracelet for 5 days. Drop-ins: $30/ $25 with bracelet. Contact: meg@islandskatingacademy.com

 

29th Annual Nacho Tasting: 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free with bracelet and purchase of a beverage. One Free Sample per Day. Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2017 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute with bracelet. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave, Newport.​

 

SpaFjör Open House: 3:00 - 6:00 PM. Enjoy wine and snacks, mini spa treatments, retail discounts and giveaways. Admission fee will be applied towards a retail item purchased during event. $ 20/$10 with bracelet. Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

 

Polar Pineapples: 3:00 - 9:00 PM; Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 3rd 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 will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free hot chocolate at the Five33 Lounge with bracelet, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Fireside Friday: 5:00 - 10:00 PM. Join Newport Vineyards for an extended evening of wine tasting! Set in the Tank Room overlooking the patio firepits, enjoy live music from Silverteeth while you taste up to five Newport Vineyards wines. Then head upstairs to cozy up by the Brix fireplace for Executive Chef Andy’s special Fireside Menu and $10 wine -OR- beer flights. Cheers to winter! Newport Vineyards, 909 E Main Road, Middletown.

  • 5:00 - 7:00 PM: Extended Tasting Hours
  • 5:00 - 10:00 PM: Dine at Brix – RESERVATIONS
  • Wine Tasting is $12 or $15 with the souvenir logo glass
  • $2 OFF Wine Tastings with Winter Festival Bracelet
  • SPECIAL: 1/2 price wine tasting for Cru Club Members AND DOUBLE POINTS in the Marketplace and Brix that evening only

 

12th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park: 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. Free. Ballard Park, Hazard Road, Newport.

 

Magician Juggler Funny Guy - Robert Clarke: 6:30 PM. Superb, sophisticated and stylish. Boston magician and juggler Robert Clarke will entertain, mystify and keep you wanting more. Providing total variety magic shows that includes awesome magic, cool juggling skills, hilarious comedy routines and tons of audience interaction. This show is non-stop high energy crowd pleasing and action packed. With his uncanny magical and juggling skills Robert Clarke takes the audience on a roller coaster of laughs, cheers and smiles. 100% clean family fun entertainment. $7/$3 with bracelet. Gurney's Resort, One Goat Island.

 

Friday Night Funnies with The Bit Players: 8:00 PM. RI's most award-winning improv comedy troupe If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway." You'll love this show and it's BYOB. All seats $18, $5 off with WinterFest bracelet. Reservations guarantee seats. Use coupon code WINTFEST5 to get discount. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport. 

 

Winter Festival Comedy Show with Nick Griffin and Christine Hurley: 8:30 PM; Nick Griffin has appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show, in his own half-hour Comedy Central special and was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman eleven times. A comic for more than 25 years, Griffin's smart, sarcastic and hilarious style makes him one of the most well-respected in the business. Like any great comedian, Christine has an innate ability to see humor in "everyday" situations. For years, she entertained family, friends and neighbors in their kitchens, at barbeques and the grocery store aisles. The only difference now is she uses a microphone and a stage. $28/$22 with bracelet. Must be 15 or older to attend. Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Live Music at the Pelham: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Blue Light Bandits. Cost of cover charge to public varies $5-/$10 per night. Free cover charge with bracelet. One Pelham East, 270 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Live Music with Chris V and Friends Acoustic Show: No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

 

Saturday, February 25

Newport Winter Festival Ice Skating Lessons: 8:30 AM. Skating Lessons for all ages and abilities. Skate rentals available. Helmets & gloves required for all beginners. $75 for 3 days, $100/$85 with bracelet for 5 days. Drop-ins: $30/ $25 with bracelet. Contact: meg@islandskatingacademy.com

 

Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2017 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute with bracelet. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave, Newport.​

 

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

Snowflake Craft: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Yarn & craft stick project. Free with bracelet. Knitting Needles, 555 Thames Street.

 

Discover Newport Winter Carnival: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Featuring a bouncy house, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes. Newport Visitor Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue.

 

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Viking Scenic and Mansion Tours: 11:00 AM. 

  • Tour 1: Enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes on this narrated tour covering over 150 points of interest. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. (Approximately 90 minutes) $25/ $19.62 with bracelet.

  • Tour 2: All the fun of our Scenic Overview Tour, plus a visit to one mansion of your choice. (Approximately 3 hours) $43/$39 with bracelet. 

Trolley tours depart from the Newport Visitor and Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue.

 

The 15th Annual Newport Bridal Show: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The area’s largest and most elegant bridal show, presented by Newport Wedding Magazine! Two romantic venues: Rosecliff and OceanCliff. Free parking and trolley transportation between venues. Meet with more than 90 of the top wedding professionals. Enjoy fashion shows, live entertainment, and tasty treats by top wedding caterers. Grand Prizes from Lenox! Pre-register and pre-pay your ticket for the chance to win fabulous Door Prizes and enjoy savings on your ticket price. $15 in advance or with bracelet on show day, and $20 at the door. 

 

 

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Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover: 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Make up and skin care tailored to your unique skin type, coloring and age. Relaxed atmosphere at a new location. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased with bracelet, $50/person without bracelet. Cosmetic Cosmos, 433 Thames Street, #1 Lee's Wharf entrance, Newport.

 

Newport Scrimshanders Tour and Demonstration: 12:00 - 3:00 PM. The Newport Scrimshanders on Bowen’s Wharf will be giving a tour of the store along with a brief demonstration of Scrimshaw. Newport Scrimshanders, 14 Bowen's Wharf.

 

7th Annual Chicken Wing Cook-Off: 12:00 - 2:30 PM. Area restaurants compete to see who makes the best chicken wings. No matter how you like your wings these restaurants will be serving them up from Spicy to Sweet. Sample and vote for your favorite. The competition is sure to get sticky with amazing restaurants. Adults $12/$9 with bracelet and children ages 4- 10 $8/$5 with bracelet, Children under 4 are free. Gurney's Resort, One Goat Island.

 

Winter Festival Beach Polo: 1:00 PM; presented by the Newport International Polo Series, Easton's Beach Ponies and players will put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco-friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. Free. Easton's Beach, Memorial Boulevard, Newport.

 

Ice Cream Sundae Bar: 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ice cream sundae bar in the Viking Ball Room. $5 a person/ $2 with bracelet. Hotel Viking Ball Room, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

Polar Pineapples: 3:00 - 9:00 PM; Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 3rd 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 will feature a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free hot chocolate at the Five33 Lounge with bracelet, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

4 Course Dessert & Wine Pairing: 3:00 PM. 4 Courses - each course includes a 3 oz glass of select wine, and a freshly made individual dessert from our head chef. Menu. $21 per person $2 off with bracelet. Reservations strongly suggested, Space is limited. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

 

Family Movie and Dinner Buffet - Toy Story 2: 5:00 - 7:00 PM. A buffet dinner will be offered 5:00 - 7:00 PM for $20 per adult/ $15 with bracelet, Kids 3 and older are $10/ $5 with bracelet. Kids under 3 are free. Toy Story 2 starts at 6:00 PM, with appearances by Buzz Lightyear & Woody. Hotel Viking Ball Room, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport.

 

12th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park: 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. Free. Ballard Park, Hazard Road, Newport.

 

Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant: 6:00 PM. Enjoy a great buffet in the dining room, then head to the main stage show “Romantic Comedy” in the intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for a hilarious cabaret. “Romantic Comedy”-  Arrogant, self centered and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael, successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies, is facing two momentous events: he is about to marry a society belle and his collaborator is retiring. $49.95/$39.95 with bracelet. Newport Playhouse and Cabaret, 102 Connell Highway.

 

Newport Children's Theatre Performance: 6:00 PM. Newport Children's Theatre sings selections from "Fiddler on the Roof" at St. Mary's Church. $5/ Free with bracelet. St. Mary's Church, 12 William St. Newport.

 

Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing: 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring the best of local flavor. Experience a 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, so plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 with bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of NewportStorm.com. Tickets can also be purchased in the Visitors Center during normal hours. Space is limited- advanced purchase is ​strongly encouraged. 

 

Sacred Ground: Newport Polo World Premiere at Jane Pickens Theater: 7:00 PM. A cocktail party is scheduled at 7:00 PM to meet & greet the filmmakers and players, followed by the film at 8:00 PM, concluding with a Q&A with the filmmakers. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater. $12/ $11 with bracelet. TicketsJane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street.

 

Boston's Premier Top 40 Country Band: Walkin' the Line: 8:00 PM; Recently nominated for best country music band in Boston! Walkin' The Line is a high energy, top 40 country band taking New England by storm! Bringing years of experience with some of the best bands around and opening for country legends like Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, and Travis Tritt to name a few, they are ready to bring their live show to the Newport Winter Festival!  With influences ranging from Miranda Lambert to Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean to Kip Moore, this band is sure to keep you dancing all night. $18/$15 with bracelet. Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, One Goat Island.

 

Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show: 8:00 PM. Join us for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region (comedians and headliner to be announced soon. $25 in advance ($28 at the door)/ $23 with bracelet. Newport Vineyards, 909 E Main Road, Middletown.

 

Live Music at the Pelham: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Band TBD. Cost of cover charge to public varies $5-/$10 per night. Free cover charge with bracelet. One Pelham East, 270 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Live Music with Apples: 10:00 PM. No cover with bracelet. Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames Street.

Encore Performance with The Bit Players: 10:00 PM. RI's most award-winning improv comedy troupe If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway" You'll love this show And it's BYOB All seats $15. $5 off with WinterFest Bracelet. Reservations guarantee seats. Use coupon code WINTENCORE5 to get discount. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport.

 

 

Sunday, February 26

Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2017 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute with bracelet. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave, Newport.​

 

Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. 15% off regular prices with bracelet. 1 1/2-hour ride to Third Beach & 2-hour ride to Second Beach. Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road, Middletown. 

 

Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant: 11:00 AM. Enjoy a great buffet in the dining room, then head to the main stage show “Romantic Comedy” in the intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for a hilarious cabaret. “Romantic Comedy”-  Arrogant, self centered and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael, successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies, is facing two momentous events: he is about to marry a society belle and his collaborator is retiring. $49.95/$39.95 with bracelet. Newport Playhouse and Cabaret, 102 Connell Highway.

 

Road to Independence Walking Tour: 11:00 AM. Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 a person/ $12 with bracelet/$10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests. Tour begins at the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.

 

Visit Touro Synagogue, a National Historic Site and America's Oldest Jewish House of Worship: 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Open Sunday February 19 and Sunday, February 26 for tours every half hour with the last tour at 1:30 PM. Start your visit at the The Loeb Visitors Center, 52 Spring Street to  explore two floors of interactive, multi-media exhibits. The LVC opens Sundays at 11:30 AM and closes at 2:30 PM. Admission prices range from $8-$12, children 13 and under free. Save $2 with a Winter Festival bracelet. Touro Synagogue, 80 Touro St, Newport. ​

 

Festival Day at Easton's Beach: 12:00 - 2:00 PM; All ages welcome. Featured Events Include:

  • 12:00 PM: Polar Bear Plunge High noon plunge. The daring are invited to join in a swim in the frosty Atlantic Ocean with The Newport Polar Club.
  • 12:30 PM: Block Hunt Enjoy an old fashioned block hunt digging in the sand.Turn your block in for fun prizes; one silver block in each age category wins a grand prize.

 

Winter Festival Beach Polo: 1:00 PM; presented by the Newport International Polo Series, Easton's Beach Ponies and players will put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco-friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. Free. Easton's Beach, Memorial Boulevard, Newport.

 

Brass and Choir Evensong & Benediction for Transfiguration: 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Festive celebration of this last Sunday before Lent begins, with music highlighting the dazzling event of the Transfiguration: Larry King's path breaking work which features a prerecorded synthesizer track along with choir organ and brass, and a joyous setting of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Sarah MacDonald. With the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County, the St. John's adult choir, and the Soulful Brass Quintet of Rhode Island College. Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 61 Washington Street at Willow Street. 

 

Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing: 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring the best of local flavor. Experience a 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, so plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 with bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of NewportStorm.com. Tickets can also be purchased in the Visitors Center during normal hours. Space is limited- advanced purchase is ​strongly encouraged.