Discover the best events, activities and things to do during this weekend in and around Newport, RI.

Wondering what’s happening for live music, comedy and entertainment this weekend? Check this out – Where to Find Live Music, Comedy and Entertainment This Weekend (April 22 – 24)

(In chronological order)

1 – Newport Daffodil Days Festival

April 16th – 24th throughout Newport

The 2016 Newport Daffodil Days Festival will begin with the Opening Ceremonies at 2pm on Saturday, April 16 at Bowen’s & Bannister’s Wharves in downtown Newport, go to for more information and for updated weather information.

2 – Earth Day Celebration

Friday and Saturday throughout Newport

Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program would invite Newport area residents and friends to volunteer for one of the many cleanup events happening for Newport’s 2016 Earth Day celebration. More details – Local Organizations Invite Public to Participate in Their Cleanup Events for Newport’s 2016 Earth Day Celebration

3 – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players (sponsored)

Friday and Saturday at 8pm at The Firehouse Theatre
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.Tickets and more information available at

4 – JAC Talk with Martin Keen

Friday at 6pm at Jamestown Arts Center

Join the Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) on Friday, April 22 at 6:00pm for a talk by Martin Keen, founder, designer and CEO of Focal Upright and founder of KEEN Footwear. This entrepreneur and thought leader in industrial design has led both companies to become successful disruptors in their industries. Keen’s designs have reshaped and redefined entire categories of consumer products. He was named the 2014 Ohio State University Distinguished Alumni for his design work and was the original inductee into the RI Design Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards including the Chicago Athenaeum’s 2015 GOOD DESIGN™ and the footwear industry’s 2003 Launch of the Year for KEEN. More Info

5 – Student Choreography Showcase

April 21 – 23 at Salve’s Megley Theatre

Salve Regina University’s dance minors will present new dance works in their annual Student Choreography Showcase, which is being directed by assistant professor of dance Lindsay Guarino and 2015 Salve Regina graduate Cayley Christoforou. Performances will be given in Megley Theatre, located in Antone Academic Center on Lawrence Avenue, on Thursdayand Friday, April 21-22 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. Admission is $3 for Salve Regina students and $5 for faculty, staff and the community. More Info

6 – Spring Celebration at Newport Vineyards

Saturday from 12pm to 6pm

Celebrate the start of spring season at the all-new Newport Vineyards! Enjoy wine tastings, live music, and food sampling and more. Additional details to come!

Saturday, April 23 – Session 1: 11am – 2pm

– Session 2: 3pm – 6pm

Event to be closed from 2pm –3pm. Note: It is suggested to come at beginning of allotted time to allow a full tasting experience. Limited walk-in tickets will be available. Limited Parking Available. Public Transportation is suggested

$22 per person in advance ($25 per person at the door) CLICK ABOVE FOR ADVANCE TICKETS.

7 – 2nd Annual Daffy Bouquet Bar

Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at Ballard Park

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in Ballard Park! Jamestowners Ed Furtado and Ted Gillerin will perform a mix of current and classic folk and rock music by artists including The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Ed & Ted both sing and play guitar in a variety of locations on Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands. They’ll have a wonderful mix of spring flowers available for purchase at our ‘bouquet bar’. You can pick and choose which blooms you like or one of our expert volunteers will make a bouquet for you. FREE

8 – Springtime Wine Dinner

Saturday at 6pm at Cru Cafe

Join Vickers’ Liquors & Cru Cafe for a Springtime Wine Dinner. Cocktail hour 6-7pm with tantalizing apps and seasonal drinks. 5 course dinner paired with wines promptly at 7:15pm. More Info, Tickets & Menu

9 – Northbound Pound Puppies Fundraiser

Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at Caleb & Broad

Come one, come all to the second annual Northbound Pound Puppies fundraiser! Please join us for an afternoon of fun while we raise money for a great cause. We will have raffles and a silient auction as well as light bites and a cash bar. If you wish to donate anything for the raffle or auction, please contact All donations are tax deductible. Last year was a great success and we are hoping, with your help, to make this year even better. We look forward to a great afternoon with current and future friends. All of our furry four legged friends thank you! More Info

10 – Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 15th Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour, presented by St. Michael’s Country Day School, will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. More details and tickets – Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour will Provide Exclusive Entry to Five Private Homes

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