things to do in newport ri

Photo of Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Fair

Can you believe this weather? Not too bad for November. Things on our radar this weekend range from enjoying the last few days of Newport Restaurant Week to a harvest fair to enjoying Romeo & Juliet to a arts show and more.

We’ve spent the time curating the very best of what’s up for this weekend, it’s up to you to go out and make the most of it!

Discover the best activities, events and things to do in and around Newport, RI this weekend, November 13th – 15th.

Recommended Read: Newport Live Music and Entertainment Listings (Nov. 13 – 15)

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. 

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2 – Extensions Dance Company Concert

November 12 – 14 at Casino Theater

Drected by Assistant Professor Lindsay Guarino, the program will include an eclectic range of choreography from esteemed guest choreographers and notable alumni, including Joe Celej, Mike Esperanza, Spencer Gavin Hering, Kat Pantos, Emily Sulock (’12), Amanda Morton (’15) and Ciara Speller (’15). Additionally, Salve’s junior company, Extensions II, will perform for the first time in a piece by Island Moving Company’s Lauren Difede. Pieces range from modern to contemporary jazz. 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. More Info

3 – Newport Skating Center Fundraiser

November 13 from 6pm – 9pm at Cappy’s Hillside Cafe

As part of the ongoing fundraising effort to bring back the Newport Skating Center to Downtown Newport, there will be a fundraiser on Friday, November 13th from 6-9pm at Cappy’s Hillside Café.

Friends, family and supporters of the Newport Skating Center will host a fundraising event with a 50/50 raffle for cash and prizes, free food while it lasts, and “Snowflake” sponsorships.

There will be no admission charge, folks are encouraged to spend their hard-earned money on the raffle, sponsorships or they can simply make a donation to the effort while at Cappy’s.

If you can’t make it to the event, online donations can be made on the fundraising website.

4 – Annual Cocktail Celebration

November 13th from 7pm – 10pm at Rosecliff

Dance the night away, enjoy delicious food, grab your favorite cocktail and bid on the spa packages, the weekend getaways, restaurant gift certificates, overnight stays and more during our Silent Auction! More info and tickets

5 – Newport Seal Tours Begin

November 14th (Runs through April 24, 2016)

Join Save The Bay aboard one of their education vessels as they motor through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while two-hour tours include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse.

  • One hour tour: $22 non-members, $17 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12
  • Two-hour tour: $42 non-members, $32 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $5 children under 3 years
  • More Info & Tickets

6 – 17th Annual Harvest Fair

November 14th from 1pm – 4pm at Greenvale Vineyards

Greenvale Vineyards will host its 17th Annual Harvest Festival. The event is held to celebrate the completion of the annual grape harvest. Everyone is welcome to attend; the celebration is open to the public. General Admission is $3 per person. In addition guests are welcome to taste at $12, buy wine by the glass $7-$9 or simply enjoy the day’s activities. Tickets and More Info

7 – Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs Will Present ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’

November 14th – 15th at Jamestown Arts Center

The Jamestown Arts Center, located at 18 Valley Street in Jamestown, has announced the continuation of their partnership with the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs with a fourth annual presentation of two Shakespeare plays.

This season the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs presents The Tempest, directed by Kyle Vincent Terry and Romeo & Juliet, under the direction of Ashley Teague.

  • The Tempest – Saturday, November 14 at 8:00pm
  • Romeo & Juliet – Sunday, November 15 at 3:00pm

8 – An Evening For Ellie

November 14th from 4pm – 8pm at Newport Elks Lodge

Together as a community let’s help life long Aquidneck island residents, the Aull/ Downes family raise funds for their baby girl Elleona Remy Downes. Ellie was born in march and was diagnosis with a rare brain disorder called Aicardi syndrome at just 2 months old.

Friends and family are hosting a Spaghetti dinner along with silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and Chinese raffle!!! All funds raised will go to help the family directly with mounting expenses. Tickets will be available for purchase for $15 each children 5 and under are free! More Info

9 – 1st Annual Mini Art Show

November 14th from 2pm – 5pm at Blink Gallery

Join Blink Gallery in celebrating our 1st Annual Mini Art Show! The Mini Art show displays a wide-range of works from over 20 art makers including young art school hopefuls, curious hobbyists, and seasoned professionals who have a strong connection to Newport. Photography, painting, ceramics, collage and more will be on view in this salon-style show.

In the spirit of all works being “mini” the work has been priced under $150. The Mini Art Show will remain on view (unless they sell it all first!) until January 9, 2016.

10 – Aquidneck Growers’ Market

November 15th from 9am – 1pm at Newport Vineyards

The Aquidneck Growers’ Market is the perfect place to buy (and eat) fresh, delicious food and support the local economy. Every week, fresh picked vegetables, fruit pasture raised meats, local seafood, cheeses and a selection of fine breads and baked goods are available from local vendors. More Info

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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.

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