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Hard to believe it’s almost November, where has the year gone? Don’t let the cooler temps fool you, plenty of great things still to do in and around Newport! Check out our list below to discover the best events, activities and things to do this week in and around Newport, RI!

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1 – Mermaid Masterpieces Mermaid Tail

Monday at 7pm

Join VanGogh Pizza to paint the Mermaid Masterpieces Mermaid Tail! The cost for the event is $35.00 per adult and $15.00 per child. Your ticket comes with a slice and your own take home masterpiece! Don’t forget they are BYOB so bringing a bottle of wine is always a good idea! Stop in to VanGogh Pizza and purchase tickets today or pay at the time of the class.

2 – Broadway All Star Chef’s Challenge

Wednesday from 6pm – 8pm

Four local restaurants create new, exciting dishes based on theme ingredients each week. Featured Restaurants are: Tavern on Broadway, Boru Noodle Bar, Pour Judgement & Hope. Only 10 tickets available per event! $45 per ticket. To reserve your spot, contact Newport Food Tours.

3 – Wine Class: Understanding Sake


Sake is to Japan, what wine is to France. It is part of their culinary culture, and it is a delicious beverage that can accompany their own wonderful foods, as well as menus far beyond their borders. This class is designed to introduce you to four distinct types of sake, so you get a sense of the variety and diversity of styles, while also identifying your own interests and tastes for this elegant wine.

4 – RIIFF Short Films of Tension & Turmoil

Thursday at 7pm

The RIIFF  will screen short films of tension & turmoil on Thursday at Jamestown Arts Center. $10 suggested donation at the door. FEATURING: BACK TO EARTH, A BOY’S LIFE, THE CROP, PLAYBACK, SEBASTIAN AND THEM, SEULE, A WAY OUT, YIKES 

5 – Halloween Costume Run 2015

Thursday at 6:15 pm

It will be a special night for the local “Run & Chug” running group as they don costumes and run throughout town. Then they will return for the usual great times at THE FASTNET PUB, along with the additional thrilling “Best Costume” vote. Event is open to the public and all runners welcome. Facebook Event

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Ongoing Events & Activities

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Pick Your Own: It’s the perfect time of year to taste fall’s bounty at local farms. Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown ( ) offers pick your own apples, peaches and pumpkins through the end of October while Rocky Brook Orchard, Aquidneck Island’s original pick-your-own orchard (, offers more than 60 apple varieties for picking on weekends through Columbus Day.

Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & Hayrides: As the season for costumes and candy creeps in, we Newporter’s are savoring the last bits of seaside sun, planning our favorite fall adventures, and picking out our favorite pumpkins for pumpkin carving contests. The What’sUpNewp Crew has harvested a list of the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides in Newport County. Now all you have to worry about is what you’re going to be for Halloween… READ THE STORY

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.