Happy New Year, Newport! We wish you and yours a very safe, prosperous and beautiful New Year!

Discover the best events, activities and things to do in and around Newport, RI during this first weekend of 2016!
With nice and cold temperatures, the Newport Skating Center is expected to be open all weekend  long!

Enjoy ice skating on the waterfront from 10am – 9pm on Friday (9pm – 11pm for Adult Skating for those 18+), 10am – 9pm on Saturday and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday.

Visit www.newportskatingcenter.com for rates and updates on weather and ice conditions!

Friday, January 1st

9am – 11am: Diego’s Brunch – This doesn’t usually happen, but Diego’s brunch is brought to Friday in the off season in celebration of the New Year. $5 breakfast tacos will be served!

10am – 4pm: BYOB Brunch – This brunch menu at Cru Cafe will not dissappoint and will include some CRU favorites and exciting New Year’s creations by our Executive Chef Brandon!

No ticket or reservation needed! Get your BYOB on and welcome in 2016 with our mimosa kit. Not ready to keep partying? They will also have a complimentary specialty coffee bar with any coffee purchase. (Full Disclosure: This business is an advertiser on What’sUpNewp.com)

12pm – Polar Plunge: Every New Year’s Day for charity the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them at Easton’s Beach for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean. The charity this year is as last year, A Wish Come True. All proceeds from the swim and at the after swim party at the Atlantic Beach Club at the east end of Easton’s Beach. Come join us at noon and help us raise money for a great charity.

12pm – ? -Polar Bear Party: This will be ABC’s last “after the plunge” party and their final day in operation. Enjoy the music of World Premiere Band, a free buffet and lots of fun!

1pm – 2pm: New Year’s Day at Thames Street Yoga: What is your New Years Resolution? Thames Street Yoga’s is to expand  hearts and hands in generosity and compassion through our yoga practice. Join Amanda Rubio on New Years Day and welcome 2016 by feeding it forward!

The class will be an exploration of traditional poses with flowing movement, physically looking to improve cardiovascular health, strength, and stamina, while mentally, offering clarity and calm. All levels, a range of poses are offered for each posture to suit different body types and experience levels.

Suggested donation is $25. 10% of Long Time Sun Apparel Newport boutique sales will on New Years Day will benefit Yogis Feed the Hungry.

1pm – 4pm: Yoga Open House: On January 1, two separate yoga studios will come together in one space.  Mahatma Yoga Studio will open a Vinyasa studio within the converted barn space, presently a home to Tenth Gate Yoga Studio at 1046 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

Both studios are having an Open House, post-plunge, on January 1 from 1-4. All afternoon, there will be delicious food by local chef Jess Patricio, live music, mind/body raffle prizes, and tarot card readings. Free classes are offered all weekend at Mahatma and Friday & Saturday at Tenth Gate.

7pm – 11pm: Enjoy live music with the Travis Colby Band in the One Bellevue Lounge at Hotel Viking (Full Disclosure: This business is an advertiser on What’sUpNewp.com)

8pm – 10pm: Live Improv Comedy :The Bit Players, RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, hits the stage at The Firehouse Theater with their hilarious improv show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, & the quickest wit you’ll ever see EVERY Fri & Sat night at 8pm. All shows are BYOB! (Full Disclosure: This business is an advertiser on What’sUpNewp.com)

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Buskers: Live music from 9pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Chanler at Cliff Walk: Live music with Dick Lupino & friends from 6pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: DJ & Dancing in the Boom Boom Room from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge): Live music from 7pm – 11pm with Travis Colby Band.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music at 9pm. The Big Takeover & My Mother’s Mousta…
  • Jo’s Bistro: Live music with John & Joanne from 7pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live Reggae music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover.

Saturday, January 2nd

12pm – Easton Beach Cleanup: Join Clean Ocean Access for their start of the New Year beach cleanup at Easton’s Beach (west parking lot) on January 2nd at 12PM. Awesome hot beverages provided by Empire Tea & Coffee. Improving ocean health one cleanup at a time.

8pm & 10pm: Live Improv Comedy :The Bit Players, RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, hits the stage at The Firehouse Theater with their hilarious improv show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, & the quickest wit you’ll ever see! All shows are BYOB! Tickets available at www.bitplayers.net(Full Disclosure: This business is an advertiser on What’sUpNewp.com)

Saturday & Sunday – Last Few Days To Visit Newport and Her Southern Sisters: Three Centuries of Art and Design:  From never-before-seen ball gowns to portraits, silver and furniture, the exhibition at Rosecliff will shed new light on Newport as a vibrant cultural crossroad over 300 years. It will tell the story in four chronological chapters: the colonial period, the antebellum period, post-Civil War & Gilded Age, and early 20th century. Objects and costumes on display will come from several Preservation Society properties, as well as loans from the private collections of families with ties to both Newport and the South. www.newportmansions.org

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Buskers: Live music with Brian Twohey from 8pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fifth Element: Live music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm and 10pm.
  • Genie’s Hookah Lounge: DJ & Dancing at 9pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge) Live Music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with House of Lyrics – The Return at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar:  Live music from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • Newport Grand: Live music at 9pm.
  • O’brien’s Pub – DJ C-Gray from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover.

Sunday, January 3rd

12pm – Sunday Gallery Sunday: The creators of this new event series will bring artists, artisans and art enthusiasts together while infusing the community with art, art viewing and education through self-guided options as well as a guided tour on the first Sunday of every month.

The event is FREE and tour goers are encouraged to start with a brunch at Stoneacre Pantry, just one of the businesses that support the arts within the community. The self-guided tour will have a map available at participating galleries and sponsors. Maps can also be see below and printed directly from the event website sundaygallerysunday.com.

This Sunday, at 1:00pm a guided tour will start at Stoneacre Pantry and move to Blink Gallery, Jessica Hagen Fine Art, Onne van der Wal and Kristen Coates. Tour goers are encouraged to visit every gallery listed on the map throughout the day.(Full Disclosure: What’sUpNewp is a sponsor of this event)

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music with Bobby Ferreira from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. No cover.
  • Fastnet Pub: Live traditional Irish Music from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.
  • Fifth Element: Live music from 12pm – 3pm. No cover.
  • Jimmy’s: Live Music at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music from 4pm to 7pm. No cover.
  • O’brien’s Pub: Karaoke at 9:30pm
  • Parlor Newport: Meg-o-thon! at 6pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music with Los Duderinos from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Dinner and a movie at 7pm
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Stu Sinclair at 8:30pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music from 2pm to 5pm. No cover.

Enjoy Your Weekend In & Around Newport, RI!

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp, LLC. Belmore has led What's Up Newp since December 2012. Belmore also serves as the Sr. Editor - North America for Mountain News - publisher of OnTheSnow. In his spare time, Belmore serves as the Vice President for the Board of Directors at Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors at Lucy's Hearth. Belmore is also a member and supporter of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

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