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, MARCH 9

COCKTAIL CLASS AT SURF CLUB

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Surf Club
Admission: $40

In this hands-on class, you’ll learn the tools and techniques that go into making a great cocktail while creating and drinking some of Surf Club’s most popular elixirs. The class is $40 per person and includes drinks and snacks.

 

 

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.

 

 

AFTERNOON TEA AT HOTEL VIKING

When: 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Every Sunday, Monday, Saturday
WhereOne Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking
Admission: $40

Held in the Garden Room at One Bellevue, enjoy a traditional tea service from the gilded ages. 

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
  • Sam Gentile at Fastnet Pub | 10:00 PM

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

ST. PATRICK'S DAY TRIVIA NIGHT

When: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Buskers Irish Pub

Head over to Buskers Irish Pub for St. Patrick's Day themed trivia night. 

 

 

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
  • Garageful Dead at Norey's | 8:30 PM
  • Open Mic Night at Busker's Irish Pub | 9:00 PM

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

NEWPORT TO NASHVILLE FUNDRAISER

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Newport Playhouse & Cabaret

Newport Playhouse and Cabaret's Nashville style listening room and three great artists are putting on a show to raise money for the victims of the tornado in Nashville. You'll enjoy a great evening of music, food and drink, and help us raise money for this worthy cause.

 

 

SCRATCH SERIES: COOKING WITH BEER

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

Newport Vineyard's 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 his favorite beer bites (yes, bratwurst and pretzels are involved!) Guests will be welcomed with Taproot Brewing Co. beer - made in house, before heading into the kitchens for the demonstrations, followed by light fare made from their creations and paired with another pint.
 

 

FIRESIDE TRIVIA NIGHT

When: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $30

Gather your flock to test your knowledge of nature, pop culture, and Norman Bird Sanctuary trivia! Teams of one or more will play side games and answer light-hearted and fun common knowledge questions to win great prizes including a $100 gift certificate to the Newport Restaurant Group. Wine, beer, and bar snacks will be served.
 

 

THE BOSTON MASSACRE: A FAMILY HISTORY

When: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Where: 82 Touro Street, Newport
Admission: $5

Join the Newport Historical Society for a talk with Professor Serena Zabin, author of The Boston Massacre: A Family History. Zabin’s The Boston Massacre delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history. The story of the Boston Massacre—on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: The Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

 

 

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.

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
  • Lumpia Bros at Ragged Island Brewing | 4:00 - 8:00 PM

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

PLANK BAR FRIDAYS: BEN FREIERT AND JEFF LEWIS

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Newport Marriott
Admission: Free

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. 

 

 

WAFFLES AT RAGGED ISLAND BREWING

When: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Ragged Island Brewing Company
Admission: Free

Burgundian Liege Waffles are returning to Ragged Isaland Brewing for another round of Waffles and Beer. Menu to be announced.

 

 

MARCH BEER HALL NIGHT

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free

Break out of the winter blues and join Newport Vineyards for some live tunes from Cee Cee & the Riders and a beverage. This one's theme? Well, it's the night before the Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade so let's kick it off early with your lucky green. Bring your friends to enjoy new beer releases or your favorite wines with communal tables, indoor corn hole, board games, live music and more. Beer pints, half-pours, wine, plus brewery bites will be available.

 

 

PAINT NITE: CANDY SKIES AND FIREFLIES

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: La Forge Casino Restaurant

Put a little more color in your week and join La Forge Casino Restaurant for an Original Paint Nite party. No experience necessary, just bring your creative side to La Forge for a guided paint night where a talented local artist will give you all the steps you need to go from a blank canvas to a complete painting. 

 

 

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:
  • Joe Krapf & the Renaissance/ Ziggy Gnardust/ Beauquet at Parlor Bar & Kitchen | 8:00 PM
  • Felix Brown Band at Newport Blues Cafe | 10:00 PM

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

NEWPORT ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

When: 11:00 AM
Where: Begins Newport City Hall, proceeds down Thames St. to Carroll Ave. the Fifth Ward
Admission: Free

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 including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits.

 

 

GUIDED BIRD WALK AT SACHUEST POINT REFUGE

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating 50 years of conservation with events all year. Join naturalist Bob Kenney on an informative guided bird walk along the rocky shores. Catch the wintering sea ducks before they head back up north!

 

 

HOODS UP WEEKEND

When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Through Sunday
Where: Newport Car Museum
Admission: $18 adult, $8 children, $15 student and senior

See the engines on 75+ cars in six galleries.

 

 

BEND & BREW

When: 10:00 - 11:30 AM; Through Sunday
Where: Twelve Guns Brewing
Admission: $20

Join Divine Yoga and Paddle Co. of Fall River for and hour long yoga class right in the taproom at Twelve Guns Brewing. Tickets are $20 and include the class, a free beer, and a logo glass.

 

 

SPIRIT SESSION: COCKTAIL CLASS

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

Join The Vanderbilt every Saturday for Spirit Sessions, an exploration of all things distilled. Explore spirits of all types from all regions of the world. You'll learn the nuances of tasting these exceptional liquids and learn how to make exciting and delicious cocktails.

 

 

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:
  • Those Guys at The Deck Restaurant & Bar | 1:00 PM
  • Felix Brown Band, 7 Day Weekend, Fast Times and Darik & The Funbags at Newport Blues Cafe | 11:00 AM
  • Rick Hamel at Zelda's | 12:00 PM

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $15

Twenty five years ago, seven minutes changed the face of Irish dancing forever. The Eurovision interval act performance gave millions of people a new and exciting glimpse of the future of Irish dance.Now 25 years later, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show withinnovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.

 

 

THE HANGOVER BRUNCH POST-PARADE DAY

When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Caleb & Broad

Soothe your headaches with spicy bloodys, chilled mimosa, or just an icy coca-cola. The menu offers hearty, savory, sweet or spicy. Whatever you needs to get you back on your feet post-parade.

 

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY BRIX BRUNCH: HAIR OF THE DOG

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards

Whether you need some comfort recovery food, or are looking to continue the celebration, Brix Restaurant is bringing you more of their Sunday Funday Brix Brunch series. Start off with a baked brie or loaded homefries for the table, then treat yo'self to PB&J stuffed french toast, hash benny, chicken and waffles, or the return of the Homer Burger. Recover by the fireplace or enjoy a mimosa flight and get ready to indulge.

 

 

RECOVERY BRUNCH: THE DAY AFTER ST. PADDY'S DAY

When: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: The Reef

Brunch specials beginning at noon. Enjoy a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar to give you the wake-up you need.

 

 

WINTER MUSIC SERIES: VINO, VIDI, VICI

When: 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Admission: Opera only: 45; Opera and dinner: $110

Enjoy the ambiance of beautiful Blithewold Mansion with the music of Encore Opera Company this winter. Each concert features different composers, music, and superb singers. Enjoy wine, cheese, and desserts during intermission.

 

 

THE EXILES IRISH FOLK BAND

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Admission: $20

Rhode Island-based trio, The Seisiún Exiles, will perform tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and original music written in those traditions.

 

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
  • Rick Hamel Acoustic at Gas Lamp Grille | 12:00 PM
  • The 40 at Newport Blues Cafe | 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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