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

1- The Hotel Viking presents Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner – February 4, 2017:

Founded in 1991, Paul Hobbs produces wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity.  Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, allowing the vineyards to express their terroir.  Tonight host Matt Hobbs will lead us through a history of their Sonoma and Napa wines. More Info

2 – The Hotel Viking presents Patin Wine Dinner – February 11, 2017:

Join Hotel Viking for their second wine dinner of the Viking Wine Festival Series featuring the fine wines from Paitin Giovanni Pasquero paired with the amazing food creations of Chef Correia and the Hotel Viking Culinary Team. Paitin was established in 1796 with the first Barbaresco Sorì Paitin, bottled in 1893. This Piedmontese winery located on the hillsides of Nieve has been producing outstanding Barbarescos ever since, along with Arneis, Barberas, Dolcettos and Nebbiolos. Seventh generation winemaker, Giovanni Pasquero, will present these artisan wines at dinner. Chef Barry Correia will create Northern Italian fare to complement these estate wines. More Info

3 – All You Need is Love…Great Food & Fabulous Wine – February 11, 2017:

Looking for a unique way to spend a special evening with a special someone in your life? Or maybe a get together with close friends? The Preservation Society of Newport County and Blackstone Caterers are hosting a very special food and wine tasting at Rosecliff on Saturday evening, February 11. Start your evening with a sparkling aperitif and hors d’oeuvres, followed by 4 small plate courses paired with the perfect wines, topped off with a lavish dessert buffet. Admission is $125 per person, and tickets are limited, so don’t wait. Check out the menu, and buy your tickets now. More Info

4– 29th Annual Newport Winter Festival – February 17 – 26, 2017:

Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. www.newportwinterfestival.com

5– 21st Annual Wineterfest – February 13 – 14, 2016:

Celebrate the season at Newport Vineyard’s 21st Annual WINEterfest Weekend. Two days full of grape stomping, ice wine bar tasting goodness. Enjoy live music from Little Compton Band on Saturday and The Pourmen on Sunday, while sipping at our infamous Ice Wine Bar. Marvel at the creations of our LIVE ice sculpting performance on Saturday or LIVE wine statue on Sunday. Warm your toes in a bucket of grapes by signing up to compete in one of our Grape Stomp Competitions! More Info

6 – newportFILM presents One Big Home at Casino Theater – February 15:

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character. Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to under-stand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. Buy Tickets & Watch Trailer: bit.ly/BigHomeDoc

7 – Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event – February 18, 2017

On Saturday February 18, 2017 at 10 am, the Newport Historical Society will host costumed interpreters for Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event. They will share insight on what foods were eaten, when, and why, from tea to pickling, oysters to chocolate, and soldiers’ rations to spices!

This event, part of the Newport Historical Society’s Newport Eats history of food programming initiative, is offered on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Colony House on Washington Square. Admission is free. Try your hand at a colonial-inspired stamping craft. Flour sack towels yours to keep, $5 each. More Info

8 – The Hotel Viking presents Hedges Wine Dinner – February 18, 2017:

Founded by Tom Hedges in 1986, Hedges Family Estate has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot blends in the French winemaking style.  Join Christophe Hedges as he presents these biodynamic wines from Red Mountain AVA in Washington State, the site of this family owned and run winery. More Info

9 – newportFILM presents NALEDI at Jane Pickens Theater – February 21, 2017:

Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness. When she’s suddenly orphaned at one month, the keepers and scientist looking after the herd become tireless surrogate mothers. Camp scientist Mike Chase has launched the most ambitious census ever of African elephants across the continent; a last ditch effort to help them survive. Now, he must race to defend an entire species while struggling to save a single life. Buy Tickets & Watch Trailer: bit.ly/NalediDoc

10 – Annual Illuminated Garden – February 23 – 25, 2017:

Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. will present the 12th Annual Illuminated Garden on Thursday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in Ballard Park. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three-acre quarry meadow. For more information on the event visit www.ballardpark.org or call 401-619-3377.

11- The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You – February 23, 2017:

The Newport Historical Society’s current programming initiative Newport Eats aims to provide historical context for present ideas such as food sustainability, community development, and healthy eating. Keeping to this popular topic, the Society is pleased to host author Sue AnderBois for the February 23rd, 2017 talk The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You. Sue will discuss the soon-to-be released Rhode Island Food Strategy, how it was developed, some major key initiatives of the strategy, and how it relates to all Rhode Islanders.

Sue AnderBois is Rhode Island’s first Director of Food Strategy. She comes to the position with a background in policy, strategic planning, and community engagement – in both food/farming and clean energy. Since moving to Rhode Island in 2013, she has been an active member of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and is passionate about Rhode Island. She has an MBA from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Dartmouth College. More Info

12 – Wine + Cheese Class – February 23, 2017:

Join Newport Vineyards for an evening where our wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through artisanal cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines. PLUS! Receive $5 per purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only. Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace. More Info

13 – Barrel Of Laughs Comedy Series – February 25, 2017:

Join Newport Vineyards for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Anthony DeVito. Originally from New Jersey, Anthony DeVito is a NYC based comedian. He’s appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, was one of the “New Faces” at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, has been on “This American Life,” AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Seeso’s NY’s Funniest and was the 2015 winner of Caroline’s March Madness. He’s also performed at the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival, 2014 Laugh Your Asheville Off, 2014 Limestone Comedy Fest, 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival and 2013 SF Sketchfest. In addition to stand-up, he’s appeared on TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, is a regular on Fox News Channel’s Red Eye, has been a featured guest Sirius XM’s Bennington, has been published in Timeout NY and The New York Times.

Make it dinner and a show with reservations at BRIX Restaurant or our Vineyard Cafe (staying open late exclusively for the show!). Reservations required, please call 401.848.5161.

14 – Sunday Bloody Funday at O’Brien’s – Every Sunday through March 5th

Mermaid Masterpieces, the area’s leading paint party organizer has teamed up with Newport’s legendary O’Briens Pub and the fastest growing fashion brand, Lularoe, to offer a series of winter paint party socials. The events will be held on Sundays beginning January 29th from 3pm-6pm through March 5th. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, $50/person and should be purchased in advance. The link to purchase tickets can be found on the event facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/sundaybloodyfunday2017

These unique events include a complimentary Bloody Mary, a pair of Lularoe leggings and a painting which the attendees will create while Becky from Mermaid Masterpieces teaches step by step. The events will also feature tarot card readings a professional photo booth with The Snapshot Stop as well as vendors including local artisans as well as BeautyCounter, Herbalife, India Hicks, Keep Collective, Touchstone by Swarovski, Younique, and many more. Vendors will change weekly.

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