Ballard Park

Discover the best events, entertainment, live music, activities and things to do during this weekend in and around Newport!

In Chronological Order

1 – Rhode Island Be Green Kids Consignment SPRING/SUMMER Event

Friday from 6pm – 9pm, Saturday from 8am to 3pm and Sunday from 9am to 1pm

The Rhode Island Be Green Kids Consignment Sale is coming back to the Pennfield School. We will have over 25,000 items for kids- everything needed for babies to tweens—clothes, toys, books, bikes, outdoor toys, baby gear/equipment, furniture and so much more. MORE INFO

5  – Live Improv Comedy  with The Bit Players

Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 8pm & 10pm

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. MORE INFO

3 – Sky Dance at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Friday from 7pm to 10pm

Enjoy an evening by the fire, listening to the prose of some of the great nature writers melded with fiddle and classical music. Fiddlers EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Rachel Panitch, along with guitarist Mike Sokolovsky deliver a toe-tapping performance sprinkled with all the surprise and intrigue of improvisational music!

Tickets $20 for Norman Bird Sanctuary members and $25 for non NBS members. Early registration advised. MORE INFO

4 – MEC Stand-Up for Education Comedy Night

Friday from 7pm to 11pm at Hotel Viking

An evening of comedy to benefit Middletown public education. Comedy Show and Live & Silent Auction.
Tickets are available from all MEC board members or on the MEC website

5 – Friday Movie Night – A Classic Irish Evening

Friday from 7pm to 10pm at Hotel Viking

Join us for dinner at One Bellevue or enjoy a Guinness in our Lounge before the show. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, One Bellevue will be offering a traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, available from 5-7pm, followed by a free showing of the Oscar winning classic, “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Movie is open to all. Please call for dinner reservations. MORE INFO

6 – The Well

Friday from 7pm to 9pm

Evangelical Friends Church Newport (EFC Newport) will host “The Well”, a monthly coffeehouse featuring Christian music and written work performed by area musicians and artists, at The Annex in Newport on Friday, March 18th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. More Info

7 – Hotel Viking Wine Dinner – Frog’s Leap Winery

Friday at 7pm

Featured winemakers will pair their wines with a four-course prix-fixe menu designed by Chef Barry Correia of One Bellevue. Keeping true to the Festival’s long-time approach of tasting the wines first, then developing the menu based on the flavor profiles, Chef Correia will work with each winemaker to craft a menu that showcases Rhode Island’s harvests and flavors. Each menu will present pairings that best enhance the flavors of both the featured wine and food.

The 2016 Viking Wine Festival includes award-winning wineries and celebrated personalities from the wine world. All dinners start at 7pm. The Opus One Winery dinner is $175 per person. All other wine dinners are $95 per person. For more information or to make a reservation at one Bellevue, call 401-848-4813 or email

8 – Mary Poppins! 

Friday & Saturday at Fenner Hall

Newport’s SWANHURST CHORUS THEATER announces its 22nd Annual Tribute to Broadway with Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s beloved adaptation of P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins.” Join Mary & Bert for this fabulous, magical, and whimsical jaunt. Held at Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Avenue, Newport, the dinner theater-style shows features intimate staging that places the audience on Cherry Tree Lane.

Dates are March 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 & 19 with matinees on Sunday, March 6th and 13th, and Saturday, March 12th. NOTE: Opening night, Saturday, March 12th evening, Sunday, March 13th, and Saturday, March 19th are SOLD OUT.

Tickets are $35 and include full dinner & dessert buffet. Matinees are $30. Children 12 & under receive a $5 discount for Friday shows as well as Matinees. (Children price not offered for Saturday evenings.) Full tables of 8 are $270 (evening shows only). Reservations are strongly advised as performances do sell out! Group Rates (over 25) are available.

9 – Spring Equinox Hike

Saturday from 2pm to 3pm at Ballard Park

Celebrate the first day of spring with a hike at Ballard Park! Learn about the thirteen acre site’s history while exploring the mile+ of trails. FBP staff will share information about the way Ballard Park’s plants and animals respond to the longer days. MORE INFO

10 – Caribbean Party at the Clarke Cooke House

Saturday at 9pm

Clarke Cooke House will host their annual Caribbean Party with the Ravers on Saturday night starting at 9pm!

11 – Anchor Distilling Cocktail Seminar

Sunday 3/20/16 enjoy a number of cocktails from Anchor Distillings Portfolio – each paired with a small bite!
French 75 – Martini – Martinez – Aviation – Tom Collins. $25 per person. MORE INFO

Live Music and Entertainment Listings


  • Buskers: Live music 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.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge): Live music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with Holdfast / Juice/ The Leaky Roofs and special guests – presented by tweed leisure  at 9pm
  • 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.
  • Newport Elks Lodge: Live music with Rocking our trio during an evening at the Elks! (Leslie & Matt with Robert Howard) at 6:30pm.
  • O’brien’s Pub: Live music at 5pm.
  • One Pelham East: Live music with Never in Vegas @Pelham at 10pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music at 10pm.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Live music with Steve Mortrude from 7pm – 10pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Justin Pomfret and Ron Ruzzo 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.


  • 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 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.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge) Live Music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with The Viennagram, Beta Motel, Big Time Kill, XR Tabs 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 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 Special Event: The Wild Ones @Pelham at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live with Big Cat Blues at 10pm
  • 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 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 from 12pm to 3pm . No cover.
  • Jimmy’s: Live Music at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music with Justin Pomfret from 4pm to 7pm.
  • 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

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.

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