Welcome to February on The Coast, where the sights are snow-covered and magical, and events are aplenty. This month, Newport celebrates Black history with events and lectures that honor the heritage and culture of the Black community. Things heat up mid-month with Valentine's Day events and offerings dedicated to celebrating the love in your life, and the juicy return of Newport's Best Burger contest, Newport Burger Bender and the highly anticipated Newport Winter Festival—bringing over 150 things to do for 10 days of non-stop-fun.

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Black History Month Events

Newport Live Presents: Reverend Robert Jones, Sr.

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Where:
Jamestown Arts Center
When:
February 10th at 7:00 PM
Cost:
$35 General Admission

Enjoy an unforgettable performance by Robert B. Jones, Sr. celebrating the blues, Black History Month, and Reverend Robert Jones special brand of storytelling.

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Black History Month Medallion Installation and Ceremony

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Where:
The Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist (St. John's, Newport), 61 Poplar St, Newport, RI
When:
February 25 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Black History Month Medallion Installation and Ceremony at Saint John Episcopal Church in the Point neighborhood of Newport, to honor church founder Peter Quire who worked on the Underground Railroad.   RI Congressman Gabe Amo will be the guest speaker.

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Guardians of Liberty

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Where:
Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St, Newport, RI
When:
February 28

Lecture by Robert A. Geake, Board Member and Past President at Smith's Castle with Charles Roberts, Executive Director of RISHM as the emcee.

Sponsored by BORI and RISHM.

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Creative Survival Walking Tour

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Where:
TOUR DEPARTS OUTSIDE OF THE MUSEUM OF NEWPORT HISTORY
When:
February 18th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
NON-MEMBERS: $20, MEMBERS/ACTIVE & RETIRED MILITARY: $15, CHILDREN: $10

Discover the early history of Newport’s people of color, enslaved and free. Explore the places where enslaved people lived and labored, along with locations where free African Americans built their enterprises and supported a new local industry.

Tours depart outside of the Museum of Newport History at the Brick Market, located at the foot of Washington Square, 127 Thames Street, Newport RI. Attendees should look for a sign indicating where to check in with the guide and depart for the tour to the north of the building near the flagpoles. Space is limited, advance registration is required. 

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ONGOING AT THE NEWPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Know Your History initiative at Newport Historical Society is a hub for resources to connect audiences with historical information that is relevant to the history we are making now. Currently the hub is featuring resources on Newport and Rhode Island’s history relative to people of African descent, Native Americans, the history of protest and suffrage, and religious toleration.

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Digital Exhibit Breaking Boundaries In Black Tennis

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Where:
VIEW ONLINE AT BREAKINGBOUNDARIES.TENNISFAME.COM
Cost:
FREE

The International Tennis Hall of Fame has launched its newest digital exhibit, Breaking Boundaries in Black Tennis, which highlights the breakthroughs, evolution, and impact of Black tennis players and influential contributors to the sport globally.

The initial launch of Breaking Boundaries features 70 individuals representing 19 nations, and will continue to expand with many more inspiring stories to be added on an ongoing basis. Fans are also encouraged to submit their own suggestions of athletes and contributors for inclusion through a form included in the exhibit.

Visitors to the exhibit can browse athletes’ and contributors’ profiles by navigating an interactive map grouped by region. Breaking Boundaries features biographical information and interactive profiles that highlight the on-court achievements and the lasting impact of players’ successes on the sport of tennis.

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Valentine's Day Events

What To Do in February

For a dose of fresh air, head over to one of the many Igloo Pop-ups, or bundle up and make your way to The Chanler at Cliff Walk for their decadent Hot Chocolate Bar, sure to cure those winter blues.

For more ideas, check out our picks for the month below or visit our full events calendar.

1 Newport Burger Bender

Where:
Newport & Bristol Counties
When:
FEBRUARY 17 - 26

Newport Burger Bender, the “best burger” contest is back February 17th - 26th, 2023. Local restaurants are throwing their buns in the ring with hopes of being crowned the Best Burger (and there is more than just beef!) in Newport. Try one. Try Some. Try them all. Then vote for your favorite burger. Voting begins February 17th! 

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2 Newport Winter Festival

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3 Newport Winter Foodies Stroll

Where:
Tour Starts: Corner of Lees Wharf and Thames Street at 5:30 PM
When:
Friday & Saturday's
Cost:
$135

Newport Winter Foodies Stroll offers a 1-mile guided walking food tour through Newport's historic Thames Street.

TASTING LOCATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Gardiner House: A welcoming cocktail 
  • Vieste: A choice of their arancini or eggplant rollatini and a glass of wine
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: A seafood dinner, salad, and wine
  • The Vanderbilt: for their sticky toffee pudding and a wine pairing.

Tasting locations subject to change.

 

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Newport Foodies Stroll

 

4 Newport Vineyards Events

Enjoy a month of non-stop fun at Newport Vineyards this February. From the annual WINEterfest, to trivia nights and weekly dining specials—come hungry, thirsty, and ready to have fun. 

 

5 Specials at The Chanler at Cliff Walk

The Chanler Hot Chocolate Bar

Where:
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
When:
SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S starting 2/3
HOURS:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spend an afternoon in front of the roaring fire pit or take a winter stroll along the Cliff Walk with a decadent cup of hot chocolate in hand. Artisanal hot chocolate is crafted with either milk or dark chocolate and has the option to upgrade to an adult version.

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Valentine's at The Chanler

Where:
The Café & Cara
When:
February 14th
Cost:
The Cafe: $125 per person + tax & gratuity, Cara: $225 per person + tax & gratuity

Give the gift of an epicurean treat this Valentine’s Day with a romantic rendezvous over candlelight, a backdrop of stunning views, and decadent prix fixe menus on the most romantic day of the year.

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6 Farmers Markets in + around Newport

 

7 Fermentation Class

Where:
Forty 1° North
When:
Weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:
$45

Featuring five wine tastings with a special theme or from a particular region accompanied by five small food pairings, Fermentation Class is held at the Oval Bar every Wednesday at 6:30. Reservations are required and this class often sells out.

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8 Events at Blithewold Mansion

 

9 Beech Leaf Disease Information and Practical Approaches

Where:
Virtual
When:
February 11th from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join the Newport Tree Conservancy for a virtual lecture on Beech Leaf Disease, which has recently been detected in Newport. NTC staff will review the latest research on what the disease is, mechanisms of spread, and impact to American and European beeches. Learn to spot signs of BLD, as well as recent insights into treatments that could help preserve these magnificent trees as research continues.

The program will include a Q&A session and further resources. Information on how to join is available for registrants. Visit our website to sign up for the event.

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10 Musical Performances

 

Newport Classical presents Gabriela Martinez

Where:
Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church
When:
February 17th at 7:30 PM
Cost:
Premier Tickets: $58, Main Tickets: $45

The Newport String Project is delighted to present the Newport String Quartet performing works by Joseph Bologne, Clarice Assad and Felix Mendelssohn. This exciting program opens with music by the extraordinary 18th century composer Joseph Bologne of African and French origin, who was a famed swordsman in addition to being a virtuoso violinist. Clarice Assad’s Canções de America is a suite of song-like movements spotlighting the musical styles and traditions of South America. Finally, the quartet will perform Mendelssohn’s passionate String Quartet in a minor, op. 13 written when he was just eighteen years old.

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Newport String Quartet: Newport County Concert Series III

Where:
Jamestown Arts Center
When:
February 12th from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost:
$20 General Admission

The Newport String Project is delighted to present the Newport String Quartet performing works by Joseph Bologne, Clarice Assad and Felix Mendelssohn. This exciting program opens with music by the extraordinary 18th century composer Joseph Bologne of African and French origin, who was a famed swordsman in addition to being a virtuoso violinist. Clarice Assad’s Canções de America is a suite of song-like movements spotlighting the musical styles and traditions of South America. Finally, the quartet will perform Mendelssohn’s passionate String Quartet in a minor, op. 13 written when he was just eighteen years old.

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11 Winter Speaker Series 2023

 

12 Afternoon Tea Service

Where:
Hotel Viking
When:
Saturday & Sundays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:
$49 per person, tax and gratuity not included

Enjoy quintessential Afternoon Tea in the Garden Room at One Bellevue. The dedicated team will walk you through choosing the perfect loose leaf tea, prepared table side for each guest.

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13 Newport Wedding Show

Where:
Rosecliff and Newport Craft Brewery
When:
February 25th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

The Newport Wedding Show is BACK! Enjoy visiting wedding professionals, tasty samples, thousands of dollars in prizes and so much more! 

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