{Photo via Newport Vineyards of Newport WINEterfest}

Newport, R.I. – February 11, 2016: Discover the best events, activities, live music, entertainment and things to do in and around Newport, RI during this Valentine’s Day weekend.

The 28th Annual Newport Winter Festival is here from February 12 – 21, 2016: Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. www.newportwinterfestival.com

Editor’s Note – In the interest of full disclosure, we’d like you to know that the following businesses mentioned in this story are also current advertisers on our website; Hotel Viking, The Bit Players and Cru Cafe.

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In chronological order

1 – Romance & Love at Hotel Viking

February 12th – 14th 

This Valentine’s Day, Hotel Viking is offering two great packages for wow your Valentine. In addition to their room packages, Hotel Viking’s Food & Beverage team is offering a fantastic and romantic Price Fix dinner as well. Reservations recommended and more info is listed HERE.

2 – Joop & Jake Kids Show 

Friday from 5pm to 8pm at O’brien’s

This is a great kid friendly family show. Joop on guitar and Jake on percussion play the current hits and get the little ones involved. Kids eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal.

3 – Family Movie Night at Kay Chapel – Screening of “Ratatouille”

7pm at Kay Chapel at Hotel Viking 

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Hotel Viking has opened up Kay Chapel to the public on Friday nights for family movie night! Join them for a free family friendly movie every Friday and make it a family night out in Newport.  The movie is free and we’ll be offering dinner specials at One Bellevue before the movie. Movies start at 7PM at Kay Chapel (corner of Church and High Streets).

4 – IMC’s 1st Open Rehearsal of 2016

Friday at 7pm at Island Moving Company

See a work in progress with guest choreographer Jerry Opdenaker. Watch rehearsal then meet and greet the dancers and their guest choreographer with a nosh and a glass of wine. This is a free event. IMC studio, 3 Charles St, 2nd floor. RSVP at info@islandmovingco.org.

5 – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players

Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 8pm & 10pm at The Firehouse Theater 

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RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe hits the stage 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. If you are going for a special occasion & would like a person(s) of honor to be part of the show let us know in advance. We will create a customized game just for your group! We encourage ALL guests to buy tickets online, shows often sell out. All shows are BYOB! Laugh More.

6 – 20th Annual Wineterfest

Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Celebrate the season at the all-new Newport Vineyards with our 20th Annual WINEterfest. Enjoy wine tastings, our infamous Ice Wine Bar overlooking the winter vineyard, live music, and food sampling from Brix Restaurant, Fatullis Bakery & Deli and a selection of local purveyors. Saturday, February 13 + Sunday, February 14 12pm 5pm $22 per person in advance ($25 per person at the door) Admission includes wine tasting & select number of samples.

7 – Family Fun Day at the Newport Skating Center

Saturday from 1pm – 4pm | Facebook Event ***Note this event has been postponed due to sub-zero temps

All ages welcome- enjoy FREE activities including face painting, Legos from Newport Public Library’s Lego Club, arts and crafts, a live DJ, sponsor giveaways – Rob Levine and Associates will have free ear muffs and lip balm, RIPTA will have hats, Cox will be there too! Register to win prizes like tickets to the 35th annual Great Chowder Cook-Off in June and Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along at the Jane Pickens Theater!

8 – Seal Watch Cruise & Lighthouse Tour

Saturday and Sunday at 1pm & 2pm

The Save the Bay seal tours and nature cruises are proof that summer isn’t the only time to enjoy the Bay! Join their expert guides aboard one of their educational vessels for a one-hour cruise and educational view of our winter marine visitors and the habitat they love. You’ll motor through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360° views of harbor seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. They provide binoculars, and their boats are partially enclosed, but the Bay can be chilly so dress warmly.  Special two-hour tours include a tour of historic Rose Island Lighthouse.

All programs are weather dependent.  Reservations are strongly recommended.  For more information visit us online at www.savebay.org/seals, at Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House, or call Save The Bay at 401.203.SEAL.

9 – Second Saturday: Lunar New Year

Saturday from 10am – 12pm at Newport Art Museum

“Second Saturday” is an engaging family-oriented program designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family. Each Second Saturday is uniquely curated based on a theme, and includes a variety of activities geared for ages 3-12. Facebook Event

Storytelling begins at 10:15am, Lantern-making crafts ongoing, Family Friendly Museum Tour 11:45am with a visit to the Cushing permanent collection and Griswold Hunt scavenger hunt. Admission is free, preregistration recommended.

10 – Cru Cafe Wine Dinner

Saturday at 6pm 

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Cru Cafe has partnered with their neighbor, Vicker’s Liquors, to host a Valentine’s Weekend Wine Dinner on Saturday, February 13th.

The five course pre-fixe menu will be paired with wines from Vicker’s Liquors, Elizabeth Moniz will be on hand as a sommelier to explain the pairing of each course.

The night will kick off with a “Welcome House” beginning at 6pm and dinner will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $55 per person and reservations are now being accepted at 401-314-0500. More Info

11 – Wine Tasting & Pairing

Sunday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Grab your favorite sweetheart for a fun afternoon of wine tasting and painting at Greenvale Vineyards. Get your creative juices flowing by enjoying a sample of Greenvale Vineyards seven (7) estate wines! Mermaid Masterpieces will then take you step by step to create a work of art directly on to a wine bottle! Feel free to pack snacks, as wine will be available to purchase as you paint. $50 per person includes wine tasting and all art supplies and instruction! More Info

12 – Valentine’s Day Fundraiser with The Booze Brothers

Sunday at 5pm

Booze Brothers will be providing entertainment for a fundraiser for Cathy Vaughan-Smith. They  are having a $10 donation at the door, that includes a Team Cathy t-shirt. While supplies last. There will be a 50/50 raffle and some silent auction items. Bring your wallets and a great sense of humor! Facebook Event

13 – Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing

Sunday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring you the best of local flavor. Experience a local beer and cheese pairing with five locally brewed beers and five locally made cheeses to show off the best Rhode Island artisan agriculture has to offer. These events start promptly at 5:30pm, plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 w/bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of www.NewportStorm.com.

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14 – Screening of Sleepless In Seattle 

Sunday at 7pm

Jane Pickens Theater and Events Center is planning a very special nostalgic and romantic evening with a screening of Sleepless In Seattle on Valentine’s Day. A screening of the 1993 romantic drama film will be shown at 7:00pm and tickets for this special Valentine’s Day screening are just $15. The $15 includes the “Sleepless Valentines Package”, this includes a ticket to the film, a small gourmet candy, a rose and an onscreen “Happy Valentine’s Day message” that will be shown on the screen at Jane Pickens Theater screen before the film.

Jane Pickens Theater does offer a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails for those 21+.

15 – Love & Laughter

Sunday at 8pm & 10pm 

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There is no better way to celebrate the day of LOVE than with LAUGHTER! Grab your sweetie and go see RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players, on Valentine’s Day this year.

Single? No problem! You can go too, maybe you’ll meet someone there!

Tickets are $20 each and available at BitPlayers.net. Shows will start at 8:00pm and 10:00pm, be one hour, and doors will open a half hour before show time.

Live Music & Entertainment Listings 


  • Buskers: Live music with The Throttles from 9pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 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.
  • Hope: DJ & Dancing
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge): Live music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with Andy Lampert Band, Doctor Baby, Tall Teenagers, Perfect Dude at 9pm
  • Jo’s Bistro: Live music with John & Joanne from 7pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music with The HonkyTonk Knights at 10pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music with Dr. Slick at 9pm.
  • O’brien’s Pub: Live music with Joop and Jake Winterfest Show at 5pm.
  • One Pelham East: Live music with Block Head at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music with PARTY GRAS!!! No BS! Brass Band – Funky Dawgz Brass Band at 9pm.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Live music with Steve Mortrude from 7pm – 10pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live Reggae music with REGGAE FRIDAY – Roots Reaction at TAVERN from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover.


  • 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 with The Teledynes at 10pm. No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm and 10pm.
  • Genie’s Hookah Lounge: DJ & Dancing at 9pm.
  • Hope: DJ & Dancing
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge) Live Music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar:  Live music from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Narragansett Cafe: Live music at 9pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music with Fast Times 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 with Brick Park at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music with Bim Skala Bim – The Brunt of It – The Screw Ups  at 9pm.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Live music from 7pm-10pm. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Chopville from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live music with Queensboro Hustlers at TAVERN! at 10pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover


  • 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 with Mike Warner and friends from 12pm to 3pm . No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm & 10pm.
  • Jimmy’s: Live Music at 9pm.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music with World Premiere Band
  • O’brien’s Pub: Karaoke at 9:30pm
  • One Pelham East: Cathy Vaughan-Smith Valentine Sunday Funday at 5pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music with Los Duderinos from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Stu Sinclair at 8:30pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music from 2pm to 5pm. No cover