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Hey’o, can you believe it’s November? This weather is downright absolutely outstanding! There’s plenty of great things to do this weekend (believe us it was tough to narrow it down to these 10), here’s how to make the most out of the first weekend of November….

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1 – Newport Restaurant Week

November 6 – 15 Throughout Newport & Bristol Counties

Savor three-course prix-fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $35 during Newport Restaurant Week, November 6 – 15. Visit for participating restaurants and menus. 

Full Disclosure: Discover Newport is advertising Newport Restaurant Week on What’sUpNewp.

2 – Island Overstock Sale

November 6 – 8 at Newport Elks Lodge

Thousands of items from locally owned boutiques and retailers at 50%-75% off retail price. All are welcome to join and bargain shop for amazing and unique gifts at fantastic prices. Free entry and Free Parking. Hours – 11am – 7pm on Friday, 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 10am -2pm on Sunday.

3 – Life Is Good Founders Come To Newport

Friday from 5pm – 7pm at Life Is Good Newport

Life is Good Founders are hitting the road on their first-ever Nationwide Optimism Tour and they’re coming to Newport.

The tour will bring the owners of the optimistic lifestyle brand to the Life Is Good Newport Store, one of the very first stores to carry Life is Good, on November 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Loyal customers, fans and the public are invited to stop by the store at 160 Thames Street for a meet and greet with co-founder Bert Jacobs, the first 25 guests will receive a free copy of Life is Good – The Book.

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4 – Holiday Art Show – Opening Celebration

Friday at Portsmouth Arts Guild (Show Dates: November 6th – December 20th)

The Portsmouth Arts Guild is celebrating the opening of its annual Holiday Non-Juried Art show! Dozens of local and talented artists and artisans will be offering their work to the public at affordable prices. The Opening Reception for this momentous event will be on November 6th, 6 pm to 8pm. Join them for the best selection of work. This event is FREE and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

5 – Race for Open Space 5K Run & Walk

Saturday on Sakonnet Greenway Trail

This scenic, cross-country 5-kilometer race on ALT’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail is a unique and exciting addition to the local race circuit. Though not allowed in the running category, leashed dogs and strollers are welcome in the walking category of the race. Entry fee is $20 with proceeds from the race directed towards operations of the Aquidneck Land Trust and further maintenance of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, the largest nature trail on Aquidneck Island. Teams are welcome and encouraged to participate! More Info

6 – Annual Harvest Fair 

Saturday at St. Joseph’s 

The annual Harvest Fair at St. Joseph’s Church will take place from 9:30-am-3pm. This popular fundraiser always guarantees fun, food, and prizes for the whole family. Featured activities and tables include a major raffle with cash prizes, a quilt raffle, silent auction, white elephant sale, theme baskets table, handcrafted items, Christmas table, boutique table, a 50/50 raffle, and children’s activities. There will be a food court for lunch and a table filled with yummy baked goods.

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7 – Oyster Explorers

Saturday at Hotel Viking

Hotel Viking invites bivalve fans to slurp Rhode Island’s freshest oysters paired with sumptuous spirits in a special “Oysters Explorers” gathering hosted by oyster sommelier and blogger Julie Qiu of In A Half Shell.

The education-focused social tasting will feature a curated selection of three local farm-raised oysters paired with three different alcohols. The mouth-watering class will be November 7 at 7pm and is $40 per person. Guests will receive a 33 Oysters tasting journal, a special pocket-sized notebook, along with an informative and fun evening with an intimate group of oyster fans. Seating is limited and can be booked at

Full Disclosure: What’sUpNewp was given two tickets to this event.

8 – Common Fence Concert 

Saturday at 8pm at Channing Memorial Church

Common Fence Music presents culturally relevant but underplayed folk, roots & world music concerts & educational workshops.

Most performances hosted by Common Fence Music are held at CFPIA Community Hall in Portsmouth but on Saturday, November 7th they will take their show to Channing Memorial Church in Newport when they present Parsonsfield with Ian Fitzgerald opening. More Info

9 – Raise The Rink

Saturday at 7pm at St. George’s School Ice Rink

Help bring back the Newport Skating Center! Join us for The Raise the Rink Skating Show on Saturday at 7p at St. George’s Ice Rink in Middletown. There will be performances by Professional and Competitive Figure Skaters! It’s sure to be a great time. So come out and have fun all while helping get kids, friends and families back out on the ice this winter season. All proceeds will support the Newport Skating Center.

10 – Public Guided Hikes

Sunday from 11am – 2pm at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Members and non-members are welcome to join NBS for free a guided hike along portions of their 7 miles of trails. They will point out interesting natural history and animal signs along the way. These hikes will be led by an Education staff member and Teen Green volunteers, and are perfect for families. Recommended for all ages. Free.

Enjoy Your Weekend In And Around Newport!

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