Stay away from the malls, shop and stay local and enjoy these great events on Black Friday!

Black Friday with Brick Alley & Bourbon County Stout, November 27 between 5-7pm. Brick Alley Pub will be tapping their latest Goose Island Bourbon County Stout at Plumby’s. This event is annually anticipated across the nation, but has become a Newport favorite over these past couple of years. As Newport’s official Goose Island partner, Brick Alley Pub and Plumby’s will be one of only two restaurants in the entire state that will have Bourbon County available on Black Friday.

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 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.

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.

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.

Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).