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.

Wednesday brings a romantic roster of things to do for a Valentine's Day by the sea, from couples massages and cooking classes to cozy cocktail dens, your day (or weekend) of enchantment starts here. 

Finally, the end of the week brings the return of two major winter happenings. Get your wintry fix at Newport Winter Festival with more than 150 events, from beach polo 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.

 

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12

SCHOOL OF FISH - EATING WITH THE ECOSYSTEMS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main, 691 Warren Street
Admission: $50
Details: 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. Learn how to use plentiful local species like scup, skate, squid, Jonah crab and more. Held in the demo kitchen (a former school classroom) at Hope & Main, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company. Each workshop will feature one fish species, prepared several ways. Come for just one class or attend them all! 

 

FILM SCREENING: PHANTOM THREAD

When: 4:45 PM; 7:30 PM; Through Thursday
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Admission: $10
Details: Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

IF IT'S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE SHAKESPEARE

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

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15

NOREY'S WORLD CLASS JAZZ NIGHT

When: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Norey'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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MEET AN 18TH CENTURY DOCTOR

When: 5:30 PM
Where:  Newport Colony House, Washington Square
Admission: No cover
Details: Newport Historical Society will host Dr. Hunter, portrayed by first person interpreter Seán O'Brien, as he shares insight on the latest medical knowledge from England while discussing remedies and cures that are available at his 18th century apothecary shop.

 

FEEDING FRENZY AT THE AQUARIUM

When: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Save 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 16

NEWPORT BURGER BENDER

When: February 16 - 25
Where: Throughout Newport & Bristol counties
Admission: Free; burger prices vary
Details: As the temperatures drop and things get a bit quieter here by the sea, we're cooking up something delicious for burger lovers abound. Newport Burger Bender, our annual "best burger" contest returns Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 25, 2018, in conjunction with Newport Winter Festival. Restaurants are throwing their best burger into the foodie gauntlet in hopes of being crowned the winner.

 

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NEWPORT WINTER FESTIVAL

When: February 16 - 25
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Admission prices vary for specific events
Details: The 30th Annual Newport Winter Festival returns with 10 days of live music, foodie contests, kid-centric activities and much more throughout Newport County from February 16 - 25, 2018. Touted as New England's largest winter extravaganza, Newport Winter Festival offers more than 150 events. Spice things up with the renowned chili cook-off, make your own perfume, horseback ride on the beach or bundle up and head over to Pineapples for an ice bar with a front row seat to picturesque views of Narragansett Bay in the winter.

 
 

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DOWN WITH LOVE: A CABARET

When: 8:00 PM
Where: Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth
Admission: $18 in advance, $20 at the door; Students, $15; Children 12 and under, $10
Details: This family friendly cabaret features old and new Broadway hits reminding us how some of truly feel about the holiday of Love. Please join as us as we celebrate the ups and downs of Valentine’s, love, relationships and the human connection. This show features trained talent from Chicago, Boston and New York.

 

EVENING WITH THE RAPTORS

When: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $30 members, $35 non-members
Details: Spend a cozy evening by the fire in Mabel’s Studio learning about local raptor species, adaptations that make them skilled hunters, and how to ID them in their natural habitat. Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl will both make an appearance. Wine, beer and dessert will be served.

 

SPEAKEASY SOIREE

When: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $40 in advance
Details: Sip, savor and swing into WINEterfest Weekend with our Speakeasy Soiree. Dance the night away with Miss Katie Kleyla and a Speakeasy Jazz Band, wine, prohibition style cocktails and handcrafted light fare. Speakeasy attire and flare encouraged.

 

❄️ POLAR PINEAPPLES

When: 3:00 - 9:00 PM; Through Saturday, February 17
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.

 

FILM SCREENING: OSCAR SHORTS 2018

When: 4:45 PM; 7:30 PM; Through Sunday, February 18
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $10
Details: For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films.  Animated, Live Action – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

 

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 17

❄️ 23RD ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

When: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort 
Details: Winter heats up as area restaurants and caterers compete to see who has the best chili in town!  Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  Enjoy Sam Adams specials.

 

❄️ FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereNewport Marriott Hotel 
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy free face painting by Fancy Faces for Winterfest 2018 Wristband wearers, live music performances, tote bags to the first 100 shoppers, a scavenger hunt, Girl Scout cookie sale, a flip flop bar and more than 40 of the area's finest artisans & crafters.

 

EXHIBIT: HOODS UP AT NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Newport Car Museum
Details: Take a peek under the hood of each car for a closer look at the what powers each beauty. 

 

WINETERFEST 

When: 12:00 - 5:00 PM; Through Sunday
WhereNewport Vineyards 
Admission: $25, includes wine tasting
Details: Two days full of grape stomping, ice wine bar tasting goodness. Enjoy live music from Little Compton Band while sipping at the ice wine bar and noshing on food created from scratch from the culinary team. Feeling competitive? You could be called to compete in our grape stomping competitions.

 

❄️ 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.

 

 

 

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❄️ JIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE BAND

When: 8:30 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort
Admission: $17, in advance with bracelet, $22 at the door; VIP: $50/$45 with bracelet (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating)
Details: Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all. You can expect to hear classics  like Margaritaville, Volcano, and of course Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. 

 

WINTER SPEAKER SERIES

When: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Newport 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
Where: Newport 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.

 

NEWPORT BRIDAL SHOW

When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Details: Hosted at two of the most elegant wedding venues, Rosecliff and OceanCliff, hundreds of engaged couples will be able to shop for everything they need to plan their perfect wedding all in one day! Browse our Wedding Professionals to preview the unique products and services showcased at our Newport Bridal Show.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

FROZEN: RI WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Marriott
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
Details: A unique opportunity for local residents and families to experience first hand the beautiful chamber music of RIWE.

 

❄️ TROPICAL DRINK CONTEST

When: 9:00 PM
WhereGas Lamp Grille
Details: Compete for the best tropical drink or enjoy free samplings of each drink.