newport nutcracker at rosecliff
The Newport Nutcracker continues at Rosecliff. (Photo Credit: Island Moving Company)

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 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.
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