We blinked and February was over. Now we can't stop daydreaming of Spring. There's so much to be excited about on The Classic Coast, from kid-friendly events like the return of Mother Goose at Rosecliff to two different comedy shows book-ending the month. Mid-month brings the return of the highly anticipated Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade with a full weekend of celebrations. Not to mention a lineup of month-long events like Newport Irish Heritage Month, cozy cocktails by the fire at The Vanderbilt and more.
Below are our top picks for the month.
Head to the best party of the off-season in support of newportFILM. Enjoy cocktails, light bites, a photo booth, DJ, dancing, a raffle and more.
When: Saturday, March 2; 7:30 - 11:00 PM
Where: Christie's Restaurant
Admission: $85 in advance, $100 at the door
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co presents a night of stand-up comedy from some of the best and funniest comedians from the NYC comedy scene for one night only! This showcase features professional comedians from the New York City comedy scene.
When: Saturday, March 2; 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Craft Brewing Co.
Admission: $15 online, $20 at the door
The Island Moving Company's Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen will present the premiere of new works by three choreographers: faculty member of Boston Ballet School Kevin Jenkins, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio Rodney Rivera based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and IMC’s recently appointed Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest. Also enjoy duets from Miki Ohlsen’s Of Beauty and Light and Shane Farrell’s Pavo Cristatus.
Enjoy classic nursery rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s professional dancers. See magical performances of Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill, and Sing a Song of Sixpence. You may get a chance to dance with the famous Old Woman who lived in a shoe.
When: March 8 - 10; Times vary
Admission: $39 adults, children under 12, $19
Castle Hill Inn welcomes two acclaimed chefs from the American South to join forces with Castle Hill Executive Chef Lou Rossi and his brigade to showcase the warmth and hospitality of Southern cooking. On Saturday evening, March 9, the Dining Room will offer a four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring the flavors of coastal Georgia, followed by a southern Sunday Brunch on March 10.
- Daniel Zeal, Resort Executive Chef, Sea Island Resorts, Sea Island, Georgia
- Matt Moore, Executive Chef, St. Joe Club & Resorts, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
When: March 9 - 10
Where: Castle Hill Inn
Admission: $95 per person, four courses; with wine pairings, $30 additional. Brunch menu à la carte.
Bringing the joy of cat videos to the masses and raising money for cats in need. A percentage of ticket sales will go to The Potter League
CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses.
When: Sunday, March 10; 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
On the second Thursday of every month from February through December, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries.
When: Thursday, March 14; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Join newportFILM for the best party of the off-season. Ticket price includes cocktails (sponsored by Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, Nautical Gin, Whalers Brewing Company, & Revival Brewing Company); small bites; flip book photo book (sponsored by Digs Design Company), DJ, Disco dancing & more.
When: Saturday, March 10; 7:30 - 11:00 PM
Admission: $75 in advance, $95 at the door
Named one of the best St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations in New England by USA Today and Yankee Magazine, Newport’s first parade took place in 1956. Today, thousands of people line the streets of downtown to enjoy the two-hour parade featuring pipe and marching bands, fife and drum corps, reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations.
When: Saturday, March 16; 11:00 AM
Where: Begins Newport City Hall, proceeds down Thames St. to Carroll Ave. the Fifth Ward
This event will not only showcase leaders in the regional and national fashion world, it will be an opportunity for local boutiques to show their spring and summer clothing and accessory lines. All of it will be expertly modeled by community leaders, students, professional models. The highlight of the evening will be a runway fashion show. Style Week and Providence-based designer Kent Stetson will be one of the show’s headliners along with Boston Fashion Week designer Denise Hajjar.
When: Friday, March 22; 7:00 PM
Admission: $125 VIP, $100 First Row, $75 General Seating
Join Newport Vineyards for an evening of wine (or a beer!) and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region including headliner Samantha Ruddy - straight off her debut on The Late Show! Samantha Ruddy tells jokes, writes funny stuff, and weasels her way into your heart with her girl-next-door charm. At the age of 26, she's headlined Carolines on Broadway and recently appeared on her first late night set for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
When: Saturday, March 30; 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Local chefs from throughout Rhode Island will compete to become the “Top Chocolate Chef”. Chefs will battle to win the popular vote as well as the celebrity judge vote to be titled the Top Chocolate Chef! In addition, enjoy our silent auction and full chocolate themed brunch and bar.
When: Sunday, March 31; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
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