Truth be told, whether you're in Newport for a day, a weekend or the entire week (the dream!), the possibilities of what you can see and do are endless. You've got the obvious musts: Cliff Walk (the most serene 3.5 mile walk of your life, just to put it simply), Ocean Drive, the mansions and chowder overlooking the bay. But there's also so many under-the-radar events, experiences and dreamy sights you don't want to miss. When you're not sure where to start, this round up of what's going down this week has you covered. 

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 27

BLUES + BBQ

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Statesman Tavern

Enjoy a special BBQ menu, featuring Chef Chris' famous brisket, pulled pork + smoked chicken along with smokin' sides alongside the featured Blues artist of the week. Southern Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers + fresh whipped cream, Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake with chocolate pecan fudge icing, key lime pie, drink specials and more.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28

LEARN TO COOK BOTTEGA FAVORITES

When: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Newport Cooks, 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown

Join Newport Cooks for an evening of cooking and wine. Learn how to prepare Bottega Bocconi favorites with Chef Marco Minieri, discuss all things Italian and enjoy some wine.

 

 

BEER + BURGER NIGHT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $15

Choose from a select menu of burgers and a pint of Taproot Brewing Co. beer (choose from a selection on draft) for just $15.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX AT NEWPORT VINEYARDS

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards

Can’t decide which wine or beer? Pick four! Choose from over two dozen estate-grown wines and the several Taproot Brewing Co. beers on draft for $10. Pair with a small plate favorite such as the short rib toast, seasonal gnocchi, roasted littlenecks and more.

 

 

FERMENTATION CLASS AT FORTY 1 NORTH

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North
Admission: $54

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 PM.  Reservations are required and this class often sells out.

 

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
  • Open Mic Night at Buskers Pub | 2:00 PM

 

 

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

 

SCRATCH SERIES: COOKING WITH WINE

When: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $42

Newport Vineyards' Scratch Series opens the doors to their kitchens for an up-close instruction on how they run a 100% from-scratch culinary program. An intimate group of guests will join Executive Chef Andy Teixeira and his culinary team inside the kitchen to learn the step-by-step process of cooking with wine. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of wine before heading into the kitchens for the demonstrations, followed by light fare made from their creations and paired with a second glass of wine.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31

 

FUNDA FEST: A CELEBRATION OF BLACK STORYTELLING

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Free

In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, and in partnership with the Newport Health Equity Zone, join Newport Art Museum for an epic evening of multi-generational storytelling featuring South African storyteller, freedom fighter, activist, playwright, and poet Dr. Gcina Mhlophe, special guest of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers 22nd annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling.

 

 

WAFFLES AT TWELVE GUNS BREWING

When: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Twelve Guns Brewing

Sweet and savory Liege-style Belgian waffles ARE BACK at Twelve Guns Brewery. Toppings include staples such as cinnamon and sugar, nutella, cookie butter, as well as specials such as the Banana Churro Supreme (cinnamon & sugar, caramel drizzle, bananas, and whipped cream) and the In Bacon We Must (Ricotta, Fig Spread, Bacon, Basil).

 

 

PLANK BAR FRIDAYS

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Plank Bar at Newport Marriott

Enjoy live music in the Newport Marriott’s Plank Bar every Friday night. Extensive bourbon options are now on the menu, in addition to cocktails, food, beer, and wine. On Friday, January 31, enjoy music by Ben Freiert and Jeff Lewis.

 

 

PAINT NITE: WINTER HOLIDAY LOVE

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: O'Brien's Pub
Admission: $35

Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist at the Original Paint Nite. You’ll go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, you'll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.

 

 

 

THE BIT PLAYERS COMEDY SHOW

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Firehouse Theater
Admission: $18

See RI's most award-winning comedy troupe as they hit the stage with their hilarious improv comedy show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, and the quickest wit you'll ever see. Inspired by audience suggestions, no two shows are ever the same. BYOB. Recurs weekly on Friday and Saturday.

 

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
  • Northeast Traffic at Parlor Bar + Kitchen | 8:00 PM
  • Pulse at Newport Blues Cafe | 10:00 PM

 

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

WINTER SPEAKER SERIES: JULIE MALLOZZI

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: $20

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Julie Mallozzi explores cultural identity, historical memory, and social justice issues through her thought-provoking films and transmedia work. She is drawn to personal stories of individuals “repurposing” cultural traditions to address contemporary social issues. Join Newport Art Museum as she takes us to China to uncover her family’s involvement in Chinese history, to Massachusetts to document Cambodian-American teens coming of age, and to a diverse group of Boston residents using indigenous restorative justice practices to heal from trauma.

 

 

FLICKS & FARE ON WASHINGTON SQUARE

When: 2:00 - 6:30 PM
Where: Washington Square
Admission: $79 Per Person (includes all food, beverages and movie)

This international style “linner”, that’s lunch and dinner combined, will take you for a Mexican snack, for an Italian entree and finish with a lovely French dessert, all paired with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. Complete the afternoon at Jane Pickens Theater, Newport's historic art house theater and event space before finishing the day with a hot beverage & popcorn while you settle in for a first run movie, documentary or art film. 

 

 

MIXOLOGY CLASS AT THE VANDERBILT

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: The Vanderbilt
Admission: $60

Be the star host of your next cocktail party! The Vanderbilt's Master Mixologists will help you craft the most appetizing of cocktails. Each class will bring you one amazing cocktail after another.

 

 

AQUIDNECK GROWERS' WINTER FARMERS MARKET

When: 9:00 AM
Where: Easton's Beach
Admission: Free

Aquidneck Community Table provides easy access to seasonal, regionally-grown food and greater awareness of the benefits of eating fresh local foods for our health, the strength of our local economy, the viability of agricultural life, and the future of our earth. Our Aquidneck Growers Market offers customers fresh, locally grown or sourced foods and goods.

 

 

MOUNT HOPE WINTER FARMERS MARKET

When: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereMount Hope Farm
Admission: Free

Explore local farmers, food producers, artisans and more. 

 

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
  • Blue Dream with Nate Farrar at Diego's Barrio Cantina | 8:00 PM
  • The Z Boys + The Silks at Parlor Bar + Kitchen | 9:00 PM
  • Dueling Pianos at Top of Pelham | 9:00 PM
  • Fever at Newport Blues Cafe | 10:00 PM

 

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

SOUND BATH MEDITATION WITH MICHAEL MURPHY

When: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Seaside Yoga
Admission: $40

A Sound Bath is a meditative journey that involves various instruments, each varying in vibrations and frequencies. The resonates that are produced affect the entirety of your body leading to a state of total relaxation, where your brain waves switch into theta brain waves. In this state of relaxation, the mind and body are able to come back into alignment and wellness. The Sound Bath Meditation benefits you up to 72 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

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