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The last week of October is already here, where did our beloved fall go? Anyway, Halloween is right around the corner and things are really getting spooky around The City By The Sea! Here’s what’s happening, new and to do this week in and around Newport…

1 – Esporao Wine Dinner 

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at 22 Bowens

Join 22 Bowen’s for an evening of exceptional wines and creative cuisine by Chef James and his talented culinary team. The four-course menu is expertly paired with wines from the fabled Portuguese wineries Esporao & Quintas dos Murcas. David Baverstock, who leads the Esporao winemaking team, has come over from Portugal for this dinner and will lead guests through each pairing. 6:30 p.m. Arrival | 7:00 p.m. Dinner | $89 per person, plus tax & gratuity

2 – Purchase Flex Tickets for the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

 Tuesday at 10 a.m. online at

The time has come to start thinking about the next Newport Jazz Festival as a limited number of Flex Tickets for the 2016 event will go on sale on Tuesday, October 27th. MORE INFO

3 – Broadway All Star Chef Challenge

Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm

Four local restaurants create new, exciting dishes based on theme ingredients each week. You wont leave hungry! 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. Featured Ingredients include local catch from Narragansett Bay Lobster Company. More Info

4 – Annual Release 15′ Launch Party

Thursday from 6pm – 8pm at Newport Storm Brewery

Dark nights call for dark brews so the Newport Storm Crew will be keeping the brewery open late to try their Annual Release 15′ with other festive favorites like our R.I.P.umpkin.  21+ event, free admission to brewery

5 – newportFILM Presents UNBRANDED

Thursday at 6pm at Casino Theatre
newportFILM Green Screen presented by Aquidneck Land Trust & Pierce Atwood presents UNBRANDED. In the movie, Four young Cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train, and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West.

  • 6:00PM (Optional) – Cowboy Cocktail Hour: Sam Adams beer, Whiskey cocktails, Inspired savories by Diego’s & The Wharf Pub + music by Sky Sabin
  • 7:15PM – Film + Q&A with Executive Producer, Cindy Meehl
  • Tickets options: $15 – Film + Q&A only $25 – Cowboy Cocktail Hour + Film + Q&A

6 – Clown Shoes Beer Dinner

Thursday at 7pm at Caleb & Broad

Caleb and Broad and Chef Ryan Loeven will be welcoming Noodle Steve (Co-Owner and Co-Chef of Boru Noodle Bar) for a culinary collaboration with Clown Shoes Beer. 4 Courses, 4 Beers, for $45. Tickets available at Caleb & Broad.

7 – Roger Waters: The Wall

Thursday at 8pm at Jane Pickens Theater

As a follwup to Roger Waters visit to perform at Newport Folk this past summer, the JPT will present Roger Waters: The Wall. Buy Tickets

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Recommended Read – Where & How To Celebrate Fall in Newport, RI

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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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.
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