We blinked and February was over. Now we can't stop daydreaming of Spring. There's so much to be excited about in our City by the Sea this month, from kid-friendly events like the anticipated return of Mother Goose at Rosecliff to a bounty of foodie events like Tuck and Taste at Newport Vineyards where you'll engage your inner yogi then get to unwind further with a wine tasting. Not to mention, Newport Restaurant Week returns March 27 - April 7 with $16 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners throughout Newport & Bristol Counties.

Itching to get outdoors? Our favorite parks and preserves are hosting a number of guided hikes and walks to get some fresh air. 

 

Below are our top pick for the month.

 

MARCH 1

TUCK AND TASTE: STUDIO BARRE CLASS + WINE TASTING

When: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $26 per person
Details: Join Newport Vineyards for a fitness experience unlike any other. Studio Barre Newport will lead you through a barre-based fitness routine overlooking the vineyard, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. After you've worked up an appetite head upstairs to Brix following the class for Flight Night - $10 wine and beer flights!

 

 

MARCH 2

NEWPORT KINSALE CHEF EXCHANGE KICK-OFF

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Hibernian Hall
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Local participating restaurants include La Forge Casino RestaurantMalt on BroadwayMidtown Oyster Bar, Mainsail at the Newport Marriott, The Fastnet PubMcGrath Clambakes and Kitchen Companion. Partner restaurants from Kinsale include the culinary teams from Actons Hotel’s Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie and Fisher Street Restaurant, The Blue Haven Collection’s Blue Haven Restaurant & Bar and Aperitif Wine & Tapas Bar Hotel, The Bulman &Toddies Restaurant and Restaurant d'Antibes & The Bistro @ at The White House.

 

BEERTASTING

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

 

 

MARCH 3

EXTENSIONS DANCE COMPANY CONCERT

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $8 Salve Regina Students/Faculty/Staff, $10 Military and Seniors, $15 General Admission
Details: Salve Regina University’s Extensions Dance Company, directed by Assistant Professor Lindsay Guarino, will be performing at the Casino Theatre from March 2-4, 2017. Extensions is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this production. Since its inception, the company has become known for its athletic, dynamic aesthetic and its commitment to jazz and contemporary concert dance styles.

 

IMC'S OPENING WEEKEND AT ROSECLIFF

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereRosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: The Island Moving Co will perform in two evenings of works from the repertory and a new work by Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The dancers will also perform Miki Ohlsen's delightful There's a Party in My Mind and two duets choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering. Company member Shane Farrell and choreographer Danielle Genest will present new and restaged works. Miki Ohlsen will also restage a work from the beginning of IMC's history, Psalms, set to Leonard Bernstein's score and choreographed by Michael Thomas, a founding member of the company.

 

MOTHER GOOSE AT ROSECLIFF

WhenFull schedule, through Sunday, March 5
WhereRosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: Join Island Moving Company for classic Nursery Rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s own professional dancers. See magical performances of Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill and Sing a Song of Sixpence

 

 

MARCH 4

HOTEL VIKING PRESENTS LARKIN WINE DINNER

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: The Imitable Sean Larkin returns having first hosted a dinner as part of the 2007 Rising Stars Dinner at the Boston Wine Festival. His rapid ascent to the top of his field has been remarkable in such a short period of time. His Cabernets and Cabernet Francs stand among some of the best in Napa. Join the gregarious Sean Larkin as he shares his passion for wines.

 
EXTENSIONS DANCE COMPANY CONCERT

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $8 Salve Regina Students/Faculty/Staff, $10 Military and Seniors, $15 General Admission
Details: Salve Regina University’s Extensions Dance Company, directed by Assistant Professor Lindsay Guarino, will be performing at the Casino Theatre from March 2-4, 2017. Extensions is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this production. Since its inception, the company has become known for its athletic, dynamic aesthetic and its commitment to jazz and contemporary concert dance styles.

 

IMC'S OPENING WEEKEND AT ROSECLIFF

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereRosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: The Island Moving Co will perform in two evenings of works from the repertory and a new work by Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The dancers will also perform Miki Ohlsen's delightful There's a Party in My Mind and two duets choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering. Company member Shane Farrell and choreographer Danielle Genest will present new and restaged works. Miki Ohlsen will also restage a work from the beginning of IMC's history, Psalms, set to Leonard Bernstein's score and choreographed by Michael Thomas, a founding member of the company.

 

MOTHER GOOSE AT ROSECLIFF

WhenFull schedule, through Sunday, March 5
WhereRosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: Join Island Moving Company for classic Nursery Rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s own professional dancers. See magical performances of Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill and Sing a Song of Sixpence

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

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

 

 

MARCH 5

NEWPORT STORM BEER PINT NIGHT

When: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: The Wharf Pub
Admission: Free
Details: Newport Storm's Spring Irish Red Ale has been named official beer of the parade for the sixth year!
So, get a head start and begin the celebration at The Wharf Pub for the kick-off of our annual Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade Pint Nights! 
Grab a Spring Irish Red Ale and $2 of the purchase goes right to the parade committee and as a thank you for your contribution towards one of Newport's most honored tradition, the commemorative pint glass is yours to keep! 

 

GUIDED BIRD WALK

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sactuary
Admission: Free
Details: Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM. 

 
WINE TASTING AT THE SPICED PEAR AT THE CHANLER

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: The Spiced Pear at The Chanler
Admission: $190 per person
Details: Wine and an ocean view (notedly two of our favorite things) come together this season as wine tastings return to The Spiced Pear at The Chanler, named America's Most Romantic Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler. From learning the basics of food and wine pairings to exploring the flavors of one of Napa's oldest wineries, the series will invoke your love of wine in a beautiful setting. Discover a hidden expertise on New England wine and spirits or strengthen the knowledge you already have.

 

 

MARCH 7

FORGOTTEN FARMS NEWPORTFILM W/ AQUIDNECK LAND TRUST

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth
Admission: $12 film only, $20 wine & cheese reception + film
Details: Forgotten Farms examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer's markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated.

 

 

MARCH 8

PAINT + PALATE

When: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Kenneth Blane from A Piece of Newport will walk you through a fun evening of wine glass painting. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while you channel your inner artist painting directly on a wine glass that you can take home that night. Head to Brix Restaurant afterwards for Flight Night featuring $10 wine or beer flights, Chef's Bite Board, Cheese Boards and more.

 

 

MARCH 9

HEDDA GABLER

When: 2:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater 
Admission: $17 per person
Details: Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

 

 

MARCH 11

61ST ANNUAL NEWPORT SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

When: 11:00 AM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free
Details: Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! The parade kicks off from the Newport City Hall and runs through Washington Square, down Thames Street, and ends at St. Augustine's Church. Parade will be held rain or shine.

 

HOTEL VIKING PRESENTS S.A. PRUM WINE DINNER

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Hotel Viking’s second annual Viking Wine Festival will build on the success of its inaugural year by comprising seven winemaker-hosted dinners in addition to the grand opening reception. This year, winemakers from vineyards in Sonoma and Napa California, Washington, South Africa, Italy and Germany’s Mosel Valley will collaborate with Hotel Viking's Chef Barry Correia to create four-course prix-fixe menus. Each menu will be centered on a specific wine to complement its flavor profiles while showcasing the products of local purveyors.

 

 

MARCH 15

WOODCOCK WALK

When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 members, $10 non-members
Details: Join NBS staff to learn more about the special adaptations of the American Woodcock, an elusive woodland shorebird that begins its early mating season before many other species. The highlight of this program is a twilight walk through the woodland-bordered fields as we search for displaying Woodcocks. The wonderful “sky dance” of this aerial acrobat is a reminder that spring is on its way.

 

 

MARCH 16

BIKE NEWPORT NIGHT

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Midtown Oyster Bar
Admission: $30 per person
Details: Each March Bike Newport throws a bike party to celebrate cycling in Newport and raise funds for a new initiatives. This year's event takes place on Thursday, March 16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Midtown Oyster Bar. Enjoy live music by the Slackwater String Band and Los Duderinos, supported by Common Fence Music.The grand prize raffle winner will take home a Cannondale Quick 6 hybrid, donated by Newport Bicycle.

 

 

MARCH 18

HOTEL VIKING PRESENTS BENOVIA WINE DINNER

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Owner Joe Anderson joins us for a special night featuring his Russian River small lot, superbly balanced, artisan wines.  Joe will share his philosophy of his winery team being an extension of an extraordinary family, one that eats, drinks, and breathes a lifelong passion for wine. Enjoy a selection of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Rose of Pinot Noir and other selections, paired to a four course meal.

 

 

MARCH 19

MEET YOUR MAKER

When: 10:00 AM - 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. 

 

 

MARCH 20

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!

 

QUAHOG WEEK

When: Through March 25
Where: Throughout Rhode Island
Details: Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns Monday, March 20 - Saturday, March 25, 2017. The celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy, and shines a light on our favorite local clam and its many uniquely Rhode Island preparations. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.

 

 

MARCH 21

WHISKEY DINNER

When: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North 
Admission: $60 per person
Details: Enjoy four Whiskey tastings that will be accompanied by a four-course dinner specially prepared by Executive Chef Terence Feury. Full dinner menu.

 

 

MARCH 23

MILK & HONEY WINE & CHEESE CLASS

When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $42 per person
Details: Head to Newport Vineyards for an evening where wine and cheese experts will take you on a journey through Milk & Honey cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines. PLUS: Receive $5 off 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 the fireplace.

 

WATERFOWL WATCH

When: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 members, $10 non-members
Details: March is a great time to observe waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and swans that have traveled to overwintering grounds in RI. Search the Sakonnet River and nearby Gardiner Pond for waterfowl. Along the way you'll learn the importance of shape, size, and field marks while exploring an often-overlooked family of birds. Parking is at the Third Beach Education Center (across from Peabody’s Beach). Dress warmly for the weather.

 

 

MARCH 24

COMEDY AT THE BRICK

When: 9:00 - 10:45 PM
Where: Brick Alley Pub
Admission: $15 in advance
Details: Comedy at The Brick is one of the best stand up comedy shows in Newport! Located at Plumby's Upstairs Burger Bar above the best restaurant in Newport with the hottest local and nationally touring comics from all over the country, some of who have been seen on Comedy Central, CONAN, Last Comic Standing, TruTC, VH1, and more.

 

 

MARCH 25

SPRING EQUINOX HIKE

When: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: $5 suggested donation, $15 per group
Details: Celebrate the first Saturday of spring with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the thirteen acre site’s history while exploring the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance.

 

HOTEL VIKING PRESENTS JARDIN WINE DINNER

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Family-owned Jordan Wine Estate, situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the heart of the Cape Winelands, has been transformed to become one of the leading estates in South Africa. Surrounded by breath taking views of the vineyards, Jordan Wine Estate boasts spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and the Stellenbosch Mountains.  Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making award-winning wines since 1993 on their 405 acre hillside property with a grape growing history going back over 330 years.

 

 

MARCH 27

NEWPORT RESTAURANT WEEK

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

 

 

MARCH 30

"TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND SPIRIT OF THE OCEAN" PRESENTED BY JONATHAN WHITE

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $10 members, $18 non-members
DetailsTides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.
 

 

ON GOING

SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

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

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

 

FLIGHT NIGHT

WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
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.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

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

 

LOOKING CLOSELY AT WHAT IS NOT THERE

WhenCheck here for museum hours, through May 17
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 adults, members & children under 5 free
Details: Although she began her career in ceramics, Kate Blacklock has explored a variety of media throughout her career. From oil paintings to photographs or scans printed on aluminum to 3-D-printed ceramics, this exhibition showcases several of the artist’s ongoing series.

Threading these series together is the artist’s keen and enduring interest in joining the present and past. Seamlessly integrating new technologies with older art historical traditions, such as Chinese landscape painting and nineteenth-century European porcelain, Blacklock creates something altogether new and contemporary. Whether it is examining aspects of nature or everyday objects, Blacklock carries the viewer to a place where realism, abstraction, and illusion all become one. Based in Providence, Kate Blacklock has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions around the country. She received her MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where she now teaches.

 

FASHION AND SATIRE: THE DRAWINGS OF ORSON BYRON LOWELL AND CHARLES DANA GIBSON

When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, through May 7, 2017
WhereRosecliff Mansion
Details: A new loan exhibition opens in the second floor gallery at Rosecliff on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Fashion and Satire: The Drawings of Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson pairs a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces and accessories. Focusing on the life of “high society” in New York City, the illustrations invite the viewer to understand fashion as a vehicle for representing and interpreting societal ideals in the Gilded Age.