With nature walks throughout town, kid-friendly events, cooking classes and more abound, we're feeling so busy in our city by the sea this week.

This week brings the return of the Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival with nine days and more than 20 festive, family-friendly events amid nearly one million daffodils throughout the city.  From a Daffy Doggies Parade and painting among the daffodils to private garden tours to parties, Newport Daffodil Days celebrates one of the most vibrant times throughout our City by the Sea.

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 16

SCHOOL OF FISH: EATING WITH THE ECOSYSTEMS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main Demonstration Kitchen, 691 Main St. Warren
Admission: $50

At Eating with the Ecosystem’s “School of Fish”, Rhode Island chefs will educate you on different methods for turning whole local seafood - straight from the sea - into a marvelous dinner you can share with your family and friends. Held in the demo kitchen (a former school classroom) at Hope & Main, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company.

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

AFTERNOON TEA IN THE DINING ROOM

When: 1:00 - 4:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $24 Members, $32 Non-Members

The Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Today friends gather and exchange stories while delighting in a cup of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats.

 

FAMILY NATURE ART

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Adult Members $7, Adult Non- Members $10, Children $5

Get creative and outside for an adventure into the flowers, woodlands, and gardens of Blithewold. The workshop will begin with a short hike to forage foliage, flowers, seed pods and other found natural objects on the grounds. Participants will then take the materials back to out classroom space to create one-of-a-kind botanical art creations. The creations can be framed later or photographed and then use the prints for cards or other fun projects.

 

IF IT'S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE SHAKESPEARE

When: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
WhereRedwood Library
Admission: Free

Join Redwood Library as they read the Bard. All are welcome.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

FAMILY NATURE DISCOVERY WALK

When: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Adult Members $5, Adult Non- Members $20, Member Children: $3, Non-Member Children $9

Enjoy an afternoon of observing and making connections to the natural world. Participants will use a special nature observation kit, which includes a magnifying glass and observation box, to explore the vibrant world around them. Gardens Manager and tour leader Gail Read will guide you to discover the sensory delights of nature.

 

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WEDNESDAY WALK-AROUNDS

When: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 
Admission: $6 per person in addition to regular admission

Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold’s prominence in horticulture.

 

FERMENTATION CLASS: CATALONIA

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person 
Details: Join Forty 1 North at the Oval Bar to taste a selection of wine from the region of Catalonia. Located in Spain, Catalonia gets a lot of its wine production style from France. They produce some Bordeaux styled wines as well as their sparkling Cava, modeled after French champagne. Each wine will be accompanied by a light food pairing. 

 

LECTURE: THE DEATH OF EXPERTISE

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenæum
Admission: Free for Members; $10 for Non-members

The 2018 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues with Tom Nichols, Professor at the Naval War College. In his book, The Death of Expertise, he argues that people are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. More details.

 

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newportFILM PRESENTS: RGB

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: $15

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. Followed by Q&A with co-director Betsy West via Skype.

 

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10

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 Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY FUNNIES

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport
Admission: $15

While the kids are home for Holiday Break... Bring the whole family to see RI's most award-winning comedy group, The Bit Players on Wednesday night as they present a special one hour performance for the kids (with some adult jokes hidden in, muCh like a Pixar movie). If you are looking for a fun night out with the whole family these shows are for you: pure improvisation inspired by audience suggestions, your children may even become part of the show.

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 19

DOCUMENTARY: REFLECTIONS ON A MERMAID

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereHerreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $10 for members and $18 for non-members

Exclusive, extensive, intimate and never-before-shown documentary coverage of one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century contextualizes Roy Lichtenstein’s creative process during in-studio creation, gallery openings and installations of his internationally-renowned Mermaid collection.

 

BROOKLYN TO BREAKERS: A HIGH CLASS EVENING OF STAND UP COMEDY

When: 8:00 PM
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door

You are cordially invited to join some of New York City’s top comedians as they bring Brooklyn Comedy to the Ocean State for a night of laughs, featuring special guests, prizes, and massive inferiority complexes. 

 

SCRATCH SERIES: BEETS BY ANDY

When: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $42

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 on preparing beets three ways. Learn how to fall in love with the root vegetable everyone is afraid of. 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.

 

NOREY'S WORLD CLASS JAZZ NIGHT

When: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
WhereNorey's
Admission: No cover

Newport has a long history of live music. It is also a place where many members of the Navy Band retire. Many musicians teach in the public schools as well. You will see them on stage and in the audience Thursdays at Norey's Jazz Night. Their participation elevates the Jazz at Norey's to World Class Every Thursday.

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

FIRST NIGHT LIGHT & ILLUMINATED TROLLEY TOURS

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham Street
Admission: Free; Trolley rides, $15

Celebrate the beginning of Arboretum Week and the first night of the Lighting of the Tree. Enjoy good company, light refreshments, cash bar, and a display of local wood art. Special trolley tours will highlight some of Newport's finest trees, illuminated in honor of Arboretum Week. Tours depart at 8:00 PM & 9:00 PM. 

 

FIRESIDE LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: Free

Enjoy an extended evening of wine tasting while enjoying live music by acoustic singer/songwriter Grayson Ty. Grayson performs with an eclectic blend of folk, pop, and soul. No cost for entry, just RSVP. Wine tasting, wine by the glass, beer, sangria and light bites will be available for purchase.

 

PAINTING IN PARADISE

When: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $20 Members, $25 Non-members

Join prominent local artist David Barnes by the fire in Mabel’s Studio as he recounts the extraordinary artistic heritage of the area surrounding Norman Bird Sanctuary known as Paradise Valley. You will learn all the techniques and materials an artist like John La Farge would have used while David recreates a landscape painting on separate panels at various stages.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person

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.

 

 

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21

KID EVENT: CELEBRATE TREES W WOODSY THE OWL

When: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereThe Newport Public Library
Admission: Free

Celebrate Earth Day at the Newport Public Library during Newport Arboretum Week. Enjoy a tree walk in Aquidneck Park led by Newport's Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler & Woodsy the Owl. Followed by tree storytime & crafts.

 
SATURDAY STROLLS

When: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $6 per person in addition to regular admission.

Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold’s prominence in horticulture.

 

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EARTH DAY CLEAN UP

When: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
WhereBallard Park
Admission: Free

Friends of Ballard Park is celebrating Earth Day with a clean-up of Newport’s Only Nature Preserve. At 9:00 AM volunteers are invited to give Ballard Park a spring cleaning. Volunteers will pick up litter, paint gates and signs and trim trails. In the event of inclement weather, the Earth Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, April 23rd at 9:00 AM.

 

EARTH DAY ON ROSE ISLAND

When: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Rose Island
Admission: Free

Join Rose Island Lighthouse on April 21 for a lighthouse and beach clean-up with painting, cleaning and landscaping. Boat to the island will depart from Fort Adams State Park at 10:30 AM and return at 3:00 PM. Meet at Sail to Prevail Dock (Sail Newport, 37 Fort Adams Drive, Newport). Bring your lunch and spend a beautiful day on Rose Island. 

 

NEWPORT SEAL & LIGHTHOUSE TOUR

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Departs Bowen's Ferry Landing, Market Square
Admission: $42 per adult, $32 per Save the Bay Member/Senior/Child 3-12; $7 per Child less than 3
Details: Save The Bay offers 90-minute seasonal seal watching tour and tour of Rose Island Light aboard one of Save the Bay's educational vessels.

 

MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWER'S MARKET

When: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: Every Saturday, local farmers and artisans gather to bring you the freshest of nature's bounty, including: fresh meat products, farm-raised eggs, coffee beans, herbs, sweet and savory bakery products, locally-caught seafood options, fresh-cut flowers and plants, and more. Stroll the market, and when you're done, relax with a glass of wine and a warm sandwich or burger made on site at Pat's Pastured Food Cart -- a genuine farm to fork experience.

 

MASTER MIXOLOGY CLASS WITH CHRISTINA MERCADO

When: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturdays
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grille
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Join Christina Mercado, as she takes you on a personal tour of cocktail creation. Each weekly class is focused on a spirit, cocktail or theme, using a combination of old and contemporary techniques. Guests will work on two cocktails with Christina, which will be paired with light bites from our Culinary Team. Stay for dinner after or make a reservation and receive 10% off the dinner portion.

 

MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM

When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $30 adults, $25 seniors 65+, $15 youth 17 and under
Details: It's 1895 and Newport is hosting a new phenomenon, a game show! Classes collide as Aristocrats go head to head with working class Newporters to see who possesses the largest wealth of trivia.  As the competition heats up, tempers flare and when someone takes the "Sudden Death" round literally, it will be up to you to piece together the clues and bring a killer to justice.

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

WHITEHORNE HOUSE LECTURE: LOCAL MANUFACTURE. GLOBAL FUSION

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: $15

Mahogany from Honduras, brass from Britain, stylistic details from China, and wealth borne of slavery at home and abroad. This lecture connects the global dots and illuminates how interconnected forces yielded a wide range of new furniture forms in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

 

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DAFFODIL GARDEN PARTY

When: 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Where: 304 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Admission: Free

Stroll through the magnificent Daffodil adorned gardens at Bellevue House and enjoy live music, a cash bar and Dances Among the Daffodils performed by Rhode Island's ballet theatre at 4:30 PM.

 

DRAGON DASH 5K FUN RUN WITH COLOR

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: St. George's School
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St. George's School invites the community to participate in the Dragon Dash 5K Fun Run with Color. As the race through the scenic Hilltop course progresses, so does the fun and colors! All proceeds from registration and t-shirt sales will go to benefit Pediatrics at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

 
FREE GUIDED BIRD WALK

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free

Grab your binoculars and join our birding experts out on the trails. In the serene natural landscape at NBS, you will count up as many bird species as you can while also keeping an eye out for non-flying wildlife. All birding levels welcome. No registration required, meet in the parking lot at 8 AM.

 

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereFastnet Irish Pub
Admission: No cover

Live traditional Irish music every Sunday night, hosted by A. O. Gutierrez, Tim May and Jack Wright. Family friendly- arrive early to secure a table if you plan on eating.

 

 

 

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