Ballard Park

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? Listings are here – Where to Find Live Music, Comedy and Entertainment This Weekend in Newport: May 13 – May 15

(In chronological order)

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

Friday at 8pm & 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.Tickets and more information available at

2 – 34th Annual Birds and Breakfast

Saturday at 8am, 9am and 10am

Norman Bird Sanctuary will host its 34th Annual Birds & Breakfast on Saturday May 15th 2016. Attendees will be treated to a delectable breakfast buffet prepared with local ingredients by Executive Chef, Rich Silvia of The White Horse Tavern under a tent overlooking fields and the ocean.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $30 day of; Children age 3-12 are $10; free under 3 years old. Tickets are available online at  Breakfast seating’s will be at 8am, 9am & 10am with guided bird walks every ½ hour from 7:30-11am.

3 – Go Blue For Bobby 5k

Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

A FUN-raiser 5k put on by three Rogers high school seniors to benefit local man Bobby Forster, 27 living with ALS. Run jog or walk! $15 students and $25 adults. More Info and Registration

4 – Custom Sketchbook Creation Workshop

Saturday from 9am to 3pm at Newport Art Museum

Every artist needs a sketchbook. Imagine sketching in a one-of-a-kind, personalized journal that you have bound yourself. Select the paper, colors, and images that speak to you. Build a sketchbook to your ideal dimensions. Spend one day creating the sketchbook that will inspire you everyday! Museum Members: $80 | Non-members: $95 Space is limited and spots are filling up quickly! This is a paid event and you must prepay and preregister. Call 401-848-ARTS (2787) to register today!

5 – Second Saturday at Newport Art Museum

Saturday from 10am to 12pm

The Newport Art Museum continues to engage and inspire the whole family with “Second Saturday” (May 14, 10a-12p), an engaging family-oriented program designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family.

This month, “Second Saturday” you can enjoy enjoy beast-making at the Museum! Create your own unique characters based on ancient mythic animals, gods and goddesses. The head of a griffin, a unicorn’s horn, the wings of a pegasus, and a mermaid’s tail? YUP! Listen to stories, visit the Museum’s resident Griffin, take a peek at some inspiring drawings, and spend time with new friends. Have an inspired morning! Expand your children’s visual literacy skills with a mini guided Learning to Look tour where we’ll focus on close looking at one or two works selected especially for Second Saturday. Admission is free, for more information or to pre-register visit

6 – Relay For Life of Aquidneck Island

Saturday from 10am to 10pm at Gaudet Middle School

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is a life-changing experience that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to Celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost, and Fight Back against the disease. More Info

7 – Outdoor Painting with Mermaid Masterpieces 

Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at Prescott Farm

Join art instructor Becky Killian, of Mermaid Masterpieces, as she demonstrates everything from mixing colors and different painting techniques, to cleaning brushes and care. No need to feel apprehensive — this fun, step-by-step class is perfect for beginners of all ages. Learn side-by-side with your children, or let them spread their wings!! At the end of the class, each artist will have their very own painting on canvas to bring home. All materials included. Each class will have a different theme, so repeat attendance is welcome. $30 adults; $15 children; reservations required.  For questions contact (401) 846.4152 x122 or

8 – Wave Of The Winter Film Premiere

Saturday at 6:30pm at Island Surf & Sports

Oneill and Surfline present the Wave of the Winter film premiere. 25% off all O’neill clothing and wetsuits day of event, plus raffle and giveaways. Free food from Winner Winner NPT and free beer from Modelo USA.

9 – Heifetz on Tour Concert

Saturday at 7:30pm at Jamestown Arts Center

Classical music as played by the incredible talents of the Heifetz International Music Institute General Admission $30.00
JAC Members $25.00 Ages 25 and Under $15.00 Buy Tickets Online

10 – Stargazing with Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill

Saturday from 8pm to 10pm at Ballard Park

Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University will bring their high powered telescopes to Ballard Park to give a tour of the Spring skies. The moon will be one day past first quarter phase and Jupiter will be visible. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance. Tickets and More Info

11 – Salve Regina University’s 66th Commencement Ceremony

Sunday at 9:15am

Salve Regina President Jane Gerety, RSM, will confer 704 degrees on Sunday, May 15, when the university celebrates its 66th commencement on the Oceanside lawn of McAuley Hall. The academic procession steps off at 9:15 a.m., with the ceremony slated to begin beneath the commencement tent along the Cliff Walk at 10 a.m.

Sister Jane will confer a total of 467 baccalaureate degrees, 231 master’s degrees and six doctoral degrees, in addition to presenting three honorary doctorates. More Info – 704 Will Receive Degrees During Salve Regina University’s Commencement Ceremony on May 15


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