February is officially flying by, but with so much to see and do, who could blame it? From plenty of hands-on activities to the perfect dose or R&R, your possibilities for this week are endless.

This week brings the return of two major winter happenings. Get your wintry fix at Newport Winter Festival with more than 150 events, from horseback beach rides and cocktail contests to live music, hands on crafts, ice bars and more.

Once you work up an appetite, indulge during Newport Burger Bender, Newport's "best burger" competition featuring 30 of the area's best burgers competing for the #1 spot. Try one (or all, we don't judge) then vote your favorite. 

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

IF IT'S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE SHAKESPEARE

When: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
WhereRedwood Library
Admission: Free
Details: Join Redwood Library as they read the Bard. All are welcome.

 

VINEYARD VINYASA

When: 5:45 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $26 includes yoga and wine tasting
Details: Un-wine-d with a yoga class unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards, embark on a 1 hour and 15 mins yoga class taught by Thames Street Yoga, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting.

 

LECTURE: TO WIN OR LOSE: WILLIAM S. SIMS & THE U.S. NAVY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

When: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Naval War College Museum, 686 Cushing Road
Admission: Free
Details: To Win or Lose All explores the Navy's role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims's leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. 

 

SAM ADAMS BEER DINNER

When: 6:00 PM
WhereThe Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar 
Admission: $60 per person, $55 with bracelet
Details: In conjunction with the Newport Winter Festival, a visiting brewmaster from Sam Adams guides guests through a selection of beers paired with a distinct menu specially prepared by Executive Chef Brian Pawlak. Reception begins at 6pm; dinner at 6:30 PM.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10
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 Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

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FAMILY FRIENDLY FUNNIES

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

 

❄️PRINCESS PARTY AT OCEANCLIFF

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereOceanCliff
Admission: $12, $7 with bracelet
Details: Join Moana and Ariel for the Winter Festival Princess Party at location truly royal for a princess! Enjoy treats fit for a princess. Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with stories, songs and surprises. Co Sponsored by OceanCliff/ Newport Experience

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22

❄️ LIVE JAZZ FOR KIDS

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereGreenvale Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: The artists Tish Adams and Dick Lupino will entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old time standards.  Complimentary refreshments will be served for the kids and wine tasting will be available for purchase for adults.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LECTURE

When: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
WhereRosecliff 
Admission: Preservation Society Members $10, General Public $15; Advance registration Required
Details: Gilded Age Newport in Color tells the largely unknown story of African American life in Newport during the 19th and turn of the 20th centuries. The presentation will unveil the historical sites, events and people associated with the African American community including images of places of worship, businesses and civic organizations that flourished along Bellevue Avenue, Historic Hill and Top of the Hill neighborhoods of early Newport.

 

❄️ BEST HOT DRINK CONTEST

When: 8:00 PM
WhereThe Red Parrot
Admission: Free
Details: The competitions heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport!  Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque.  Guests will get to sample the delightful concoctions as well as enjoy drink specials. 

 

WINTER WINE PAIRING DINNER

When: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
WhereJo's American Bistro
Admission: $65 plus tax and gratuity
Details: Enjoy a special four-course dinner created by Chef Brian Ruffner of Jo's American Bistro with wine pairings by Vicker's Liquors on Thursday, February 22, 2018. A collection of seasonal beers will be served with seasonal hors-d'oeuvres from 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM.

 

FILM SCREENING: BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: $15 Adults, $8 Youth (under 18) & $10 College Students -- Newport Winter Festival Special: $3 off with bracelet
Details: Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show "Bill Nye The Science Guy" is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill's mentor Carl Sagan, where he's launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access--as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy--this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. 

 

❄️ 13TH ANNUAL ILLUMINATED GARDEN

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereBallard Park
Admission: Free
Details: Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. 

 

NOREY'S WORLD CLASS JAZZ NIGHT

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

 

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FEEDING FRENZY AT THE AQUARIUM

When: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereSave the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium
Admission: $10, $8 members
Details: Learn about and assist in feeding critters from Narragansett Bay. See little skates chow down, stargazer electrify his prey, sharks tear into their dinner and more. 

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

❄️ WINTER FESTIVAL COMEDY SHOW

When: 8:30 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort
Admission: $28, $22 with bracelet; VIP seating: $55, $50 with bracelet (includes 1 drink ticket and preferred seating)
Details: Featuring Steve Sweeny and Marion Grodin presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival. 

 

A JAZZ-INSPIRED MUSICAL JOURNEY 

When: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $20 for general admission, $15 for Linden Place members and free for Colt Circle members.
Details: Let the Lois Vaughan Jazz Quartet take you on a musical journey with an evening of songs that helped to shape the Great American Jazz Tradition. Ranging from ragtime to swing to bepop to Latin, music will fill the Linden Place parlors on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:30pm. In addition to the quartet playing and improvising great songs from the Twenties through modern times, each musician will showcase the range and versatility of their instrument with a brief description and musical example. 

 

❄️ BUBBLEMANIA

When: 6:30 PM
WhereNewport Marriott
Admission: $8, $4 with bracelet
Details: A fascinating show filled with tricky manipulations and juggling with bubbles. BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities of spherical liquids.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse 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.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

❄️ INAUGURAL MAC & CHEESE SMACK DOWN

When: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort
Admission: $12, $9 with bracelet; Children 4-10, $8, $5 with bracelet
Details: Area restaurants compete with their best mac & cheese. Sample all and vote for your favorite

 

BARREL OF LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $25
Details: Enjoy an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Will Noonan.

 

COLONIAL CAREER FAIR: A LIVING HISTORY EVENT

When: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Newport Colony House, Washington Square
Admission: $25
Details: In the mid-18th century, Newport was the fifth wealthiest city in colonial America. What jobs were people doing that helped the city become so successful? On Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10am-1pm, join the Newport Historical Society to learn how people made their living. During this colonial career fair costumed interpreters will represent different occupations that would have been present in this seaport. Jobs range from tradespeople like a printer, milliner and leather worker to merchants such as a toy seller and store owner, along with food service jobs such as a baker, brewer, coffeehouse owner and tavern keeper.

 

FREE FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA SERIES

When: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Newport Community Yoga, 312 Broadway
Admission: Free
Details: Explore the foundations of yogic philosophy breathing meditation and basic shapes in this on going Saturday series. Whether you are brand new to yoga or you would like to revisit the foundations of the practice, each class focuses on a different part of the practice in a small group setting. The classes are cumulative with each building upon the last. attending the entire series or as many as possible is suggested to get the most of our the experience. 

 

❄️ POLAR PINEAPPLES

When: 3:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort 
Admission: Cash bar; Free hot chocolate at Five33 Lounge with bracelet
Details: Pineapples outdoor bar at Gurney's will be transformed again this year for the 4th annual Polar Pineapples! Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year we will have a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge.

 

SEAFOOD WINTERFEST

When: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereLa Forge Casino Restaurant 
Admission: $65
Details: Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Fest at La Forge Casino on historic Bellevue Avenue.

 

❄️ BEACH POLO

When: 2:30 PM; Through Sunday
WhereEaston's Beach
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breathtaking views of Newport’s renowned beaches while ponies and players partake in a polo match on the sand.

 

WINTER SPEAKER SERIES

When: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $15 adult member, $20, non-member, $8 college students
Details: This year marks the 90th Winter Speaker Series at the Newport Art Museum! Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter. Topics include assessing Trump's presidency, art in public places, the future of museums, the fate of newspapers in the digital age, and more. The Newport Art Museum's Winter Speaker Series reveals new creative communities in some of today's most exciting fields. All lectures begin at 2:00 PM and are followed by a tea reception. 

 

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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.

 

MASTER MIXOLOGY CLASS WITH CHRISTINA MERCADO

When: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturdays
Where:  The 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: A double booking DISASTER! Two families, gathering for very different reasons, but having the same last name, have invited you to attend either a wedding... or a funeral. Join in the fun as frantic event planners, nervous newlyweds, and grieving relatives try to navigate a ridiculous evening of madcap antics. But, when a surprise guest dies, everyone must come together to investigate family feuds, missing wills, unpaid debts, and closets full of skeletons.