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

Monday, July 4 

9am to 1:30pm – Newport Independence Day Festivities

5:30pm to 10:30pm – 4th of July Barbecue and Fireworks at Rose Island

6pm to 9pm – 4th of July at Top Of Newport

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game – Newport Gulls to host Star Wars Night on July 4

9:15 pm – Newport’s 4th of July Fireworks Display 


  • Fastnet: Live music with The Ubiquitones from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fifth Element: Live music with The Groove Merchants from 7pm to 10pm
  • Hotel Viking: Live music with Travis Colby Band
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music with Yacht Club Rejects from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Perro Salado: Live music with Julio Amaro from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.
  • The Port: Live music with Side Effects from 12pm to 4pm and JKrak from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Tuesday, July 5

1pm – Four Faiths Tour at Four National Historic Landmarks

3pm – ‘Return To Camelot; – The Kennedy Wedding Remembered at St. Mary’s Church

5pm –  Lobster Love at Top of Newport at Hotel Viking


  • Hotel Viking: Live music at 7pm. No Cover.
  • O’brien’s: Trivia at 9:30pm
  • Wharf Pub: Open Mic at 8pm.

Wednesday, July 6

4pm – A Piano Concert with Gemma Turvey at Redwood Library

6pm – Spirits & Stogies at Top of Newport at Hotel Viking

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game at Cardines Field

7pm – Navy Band Northeast at Ballard Park

7pm – Family Friendly Funnies at The Firehouse Theater


  • Buskers: Open mic night with Mike Warner from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fastnet: Pub Trivia at 9pm.
  • Hotel Viking: Live music at 7pm.
  • Norey’s Star Restaurant: Live music at 9pm. No cover.
  • Perro Salado: Live music with The Throttles from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Sardella’s: Live Jazz music at 7:30pm. No cover.

Thursday, July 7

9:30am – Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch at Rosecliff

1pm – Children’s Workshop: Bugs and Slugs at Ballard Park

8pm – T(HERS)day LadyBits improv at The Firehouse Theater

8:40pm –  The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble – newportFILM Outdoors! Presented by Lila Delman Real Estate International at The Marble House


  • Celtica: Trivia at 9pm
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Open mic at 9pm.
  • Hotel Viking: Live music at 7pm. No cover.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 9pm.
  • Norey’s Star Restaurant: Live jazz music at 7:30pm. No cover.
  • Perro Salado:  Live music with The HonkyTonk Knights from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Justin Pomfret at 9pm.

Friday, July 8

July 8 – 10 – Newport Regatta at Sail Newport

11am – Newport Music Festival – Rachmaninoff Morning at The Elms

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game at Cardine’s Field

7:30pm – Island Moving Co’s Nuit Blanche: The Parisian Jazz Age      

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

8pm – Pumpkinhead Ted at Sandywoods

8pm – Newport Music Festival – Opening Night Concert at The Breakers


  • 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: Live music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with 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.
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music 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.

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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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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