Discover the best things to do this week in and around Newport!

Monday, November 23rd

  • Universal Trail Ribbon Cutting, November 23 at Norman Bird Sanctuary. Join Norman Bird Sanctuary to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the Universal Trail and the new trailhead entryway! The ADA-compliant Universal Trail offers an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to establish a connection to the natural world, and helps fulfill a core NBS mission priority to inspire diverse audiences to learn from, enjoy, and care about the environment.

Tuesday, November 24th

  • newportFILM Green Screen with Aquidneck Land Trust & Pierce Atwood Presents Can You Dig This, November 24th at 6:30pm at Jane Pickens Theater. “Inspiring urban gardening doc has real heart.” – Indiewire Executive Produced by musician, John Legend… CAN YOU DIG THIS Tuesday, November 24 Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport 6:30PM – Film begins, followed by Q&A with director Delila Vallot (via Skype) TICKETS: $12* Purchase & Watch Trailer: bit.ly/DigThisDoc *$5 off for student or military with ID – purchase at the door only We will be collecting canned & pantry food items on behalf of the MLK Center.
  • Mid-Muzzy Movember Party, November 24th at 7pm at The Wharf Pub.  Join the local Movember The Wharf Pub for passed appetizers, drink specials, and mustaches! The 11-member Newport Muzzy team will be showing off their facial follicles in celebration of the halfway mark.

Wednesday, November 25th

  • Brunch For Bobby, November 25th from 7am – 2:30pm. Stop by the Corner Cafe for brunch to support local Newporter Bobby Forster in his fight against ALS! All gratuities made by servers and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Bobby to support medical bills and his cost of living. Breakfast served all day! The cafe is open 7:00 am to 2:30 pm on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Feel free to bring your own bottle- bubbles for champagne or fixings for Bloody Mary’s. Visit Ashley, Nicole and Meagan for a day of fun and generosity to support one of our dear friends. Visit: www.acureforforster.com to learn more about Bobby’s journey.
  • Badfish, November 25th at 7pm. Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime will return to Newport, RI for their annual show on Thanksgiving Eve, November 25th. Doors open at 7pm and at this time it has not been announced if there will be an opening act. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and available at www.newportblues.com. If tickets are still available, they will be available for purchase at the door on night of.

Thursday, November 26th

  • The Pie Run, Newport County YMCA. This annual event put on by the YMCA is a certified and generally flat course. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the race that will be donated to a local food bank. More Info

Friday, November 27th

  • Holidays By The Sea Opens, November 27th and runs through December 31st. Holidays By The Sea encourages folks to dine, shop, explore and stay local during the holiday season.  Visit www.NewportChamber.com/Holidays by the Sea.
  • Polar Express, The Polar Express Train Ride on the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 20th through to Christmas. Trains depart each night at 4:30 and 6:30pm. On Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th, trains depart at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:00pm. Each trip is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long. All of our cars are heated and protected from the winter elements. www.newportpolarexpress.com
  • Newport Nutcracker, Join IMC this holiday season for a one-of-a-kind performance of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Set within the romantic rooms of Rosecliff mansion, you dont want to miss this ballet. https://islandmovingco.secure.force.com/ticket/
  • Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade, The Newport Illuminated Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season with boats decorated with festive holiday decor and lights. The boats motor through the harbor and compete for best decorated in various categories. The parade begins at 6:15pm and can be viewed from various spots around the harbor. After the parade, the awards are presented at the Newport Yacht Club where light refreshments will be served.
  • Bowen’s Wharf Block Party, The waterfront at Bowen’s Wharf offers exceptional views of the City of Newport’s Illuminated Boat Parade starting at 6:15pm. The Bowen’s Wharf unique boutiques and restaurants will be offering free hot cider, in-store specials and good karma sales alongside live music while the flotilla motors past. All are invited to meander through the waterfront and local businesses from 5-8pm, rain or snow, just dress the part! More Info
  • The Wasted Talent Show! Stand Up Comedy!, 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Hope Underground. 3 years running, this is Newport’s hottest monthly stand up comedy show at Hope Underground featuring comedians from Comedy Central, Conan, MTV, VH1, and the best local new talent in New England! The last Friday of every month! For table reservations email us with name and number in party. This show sells out fast! Award winning food and cocktails! Only $15 at the door. 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Saturday, November 28th

  • Polar Express, The Polar Express Train Ride on the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 20th through to Christmas. Trains depart each night at 4:30 and 6:30pm. On Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th, trains depart at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:00pm. Each trip is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long. All of our cars are heated and protected from the winter elements. www.newportpolarexpress.com
  • Newport Nutcracker, Join IMC this holiday season for a one-of-a-kind performance of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Set within the romantic rooms of Rosecliff mansion, you dont want to miss this ballet. https://islandmovingco.secure.force.com/ticket/
  • Holiday Lantern Tours Begin, November 28 – December 26thHear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and learn how colonial Newporters recognized the holidays. Offered on Fridays and Saturdays from November 28th-December 26th; not offered Christmas Day. $15 per person, reservations suggested as space is limited. Presented by the Newport Historical Society. More Info

Calendar: The Best Things To See and Do in Newport County This Holiday Season


Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).