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

1 – American Craft Beer Week Celebration

Monday through Sunday at Wharf Pub

The Wharf Pub will be doing a special menu for American Craft Beer from May 16th through May 22nd, they are the only place in Newport carrying all these beers!

2 – Spirits and Stogies

Wednesday from 6pm – 9pm at Hotel Viking

Head to Top of Newport on Wednesdays for a special dining experience. Featuring a weekly spirit and cigar selection, as well as educational discussion of those selections by guest industry professionals along with a three courses paired by Chef Barry Correia. Reservations suggested, available from 6-9pm, price is $47 per person not including tax or gratuity. Reservations: (401) 848-4813. More Info

3 – From Kazakhstan With Love

Wednesday at 7pm at Jamestown Arts Center

Island Moving Co. (IMC) dancers and staff invite the public to “From Kazakhstan With Love,” an informal opportunity to learn about the Company’s recently completed two week tour of three cities in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The gathering will be at the Jamestown Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18th beginning at 7pm. More information – Island Moving Co. Dancers and Staff Invite Public to “From Kazakhstan With Love

4 – Historic Tales of Jamestown

Thursday at 5:30pm at Newport Historical Society

From tales of shipwrecks to summer days long past, discover the fascinating history of Jamestown, RI during the Newport Historical Society’s May 19, 2016 talk Historic Tales of Jamestown when authors Sue Maden and Rosemary Enright share stories of Jamestown’s 350 year history. Learn how the town was home to Camps Bailey and Meade, two training facilities for Union troops during the Civil War. Hear about the steam ferries that crossed Narragansett Bay beginning in 1873 and how people traveled to the island to sample the town’s leisure and entertainment opportunities. Explore how Beavertail Lighthouse and “Clingstone” stand as iconic landmarks long after their construction, and how the opening of the Jamestown Bridge in 1940 changed the area’s development. More Info

5 – New Store Openings

Friday

Sephora and lululemon will both open in their new locations on Friday, May 20th. More info – UPDATE: Sephora Will Open Store in Downtown Newport on May 20th and UPDATE: lululemon Pop-Up Shop Will Open on May 20th

6 – Bike To Work Day

Friday from 7am to 6pm 

Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in May all around the world promoting bicycling for daily transportation. Bike to Work Day in Newport brings the community together to celebrate bicycling as a fun and healthy way to get to work. Bike with family, friends or colleagues to Bike Newport’s Bike Commuter Breakfast and end the day with a city loop group ride.

All activities take place at Eisenhower Park in Washington Square.7:00-9:00am: Bike Commuter Breakfast provided by Howley Bread Group and Washington Square Cafe & Baking Company 4:00pm: Announcements and Awards 5:00pm: City Loop Group ride 6:00pm: Cycling Celebration at 29 Spring Street (Bike Newport’s Headquarters)Too far to bike, or over the bridge? Use the dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lots located at 437 Broadway, or at the YMCA on Valley Road in Middletown. You can park, hop on your bike, and pedal to the Bike to Work Day breakfast before continuing to your workplace. Or, use RIPTA’s Rack n’ Ride to get into town from anywhere in the state. For more information, please contact Mary Ellen at maryellen@bikenewportri.org. More Info

7 – Newport Oyster Festival Opening Night Party

Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm at Bowen’s Wharf

Mingle with a small group of growers shucking under the lights and festival tents. Wine and prosecco will create perfect pairings for a memorable and informational marriage of “merroir” and tasting notes. Featured oysters are: Aquidnecks, Breachways, Chessawanocks, Salt Ponds, Matunucks and Watch Hills. With live, acoustic Caribbean music throughout the evening, the Newport Oyster Festival Opening Night Party will benefit the Ocean State Aquaculture Association and SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Also launching on this exclusive evening is the new Rhode Island Oyster Trail.

Tickets are $125 and are limited to 150 people. Tickets include all-you-can-eat, freshly shucked oysters, open bar with complimentary wine glass. Curated selections of Santa Margherita wine and prosecco pairings will accompany each oyster. With a true ocean (or pond)-to-table experience, guests will be served signature Oyster Festival drinks and a variety of delicacies from the Ocean State’s best chefs at Matunuck Oyster Bar, The Landing, and Russell Morin Catering. More information – Tickets and more info…

8 – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

Fri. at 8pm & Sat. 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.Tickets and more information available at www.bitplayers.net

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.