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

March is Newport Irish Heritage Month for a full list of events, activities and things to do, head here – Schedule Of Events: 40th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month.

(In chronological order)

1 – Newport-Kinsale Chef Exchange Kick-off – March 2nd:

Chefs from Kinsale, Ireland, will descend on Newport for a week of culinary and cultural exchange.This March, the City by the Sea will embrace its 40th Annual Irish Heritage Month. This year, the occasion is marked with a savory new experience. Local restaurants will welcome guest chefs and restaurants from Kinsale, the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland,” located in County Cork. Kinsale and Newport have shared a sister city partnership since 2002.

The Newport-Kinsale Chef Exchange will kick off on Thursday, March 2, 2017, with a tasting event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hibernian Hall located at 2 Wellington Avenue in Newport. Tickets are $25 each and available at Hibernian Hall while supply last. More Info

2 – IMC’s Opening Weekend at Rosecliff, A Collection of Attitudes 2017 – March 3rd & 4th:

The Island Moving Co will perform in two evenings of works at Rosecliff from the repertory and a new work by Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The dancers will also perform Miki Ohlsen’s delightful There’s a Party in My Mind and two duets choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering. Company member Shane Farrell and choreographer Danielle Genest will present new and restaged works. Miki Ohlsen will also restage a work from the beginning of IMC’s history, Psalms, set to Leonard Bernstein’s score and choreographed by Michael Thomas, a founding member of the company. More Info

3 – Hotel Viking Wine Series – March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th:

The Viking Wine Festival is modeled after the long-running Boston Wine Festival. Established by Boston Harbor Hotel’s Chef Daniel Bruce in 1989, the Boston Wine Festival has grown to include dozens of events including dinners, seminars, brunches and receptions, and holds the honor of being the nation’s longest running food and wine festival. Many of the winemakers participating in the Boston event will also host dinners at the Viking Wine Festival.

The 2017 Viking Wine Festival runs through March 25. Priced at $119 per person, including tax and gratuity, each dinner starts at 7 p.m. Purchase Viking Wine Festival tickets online or for information or to make a reservation, call 401-848-4813 or email dine@hotelviking.com. More Info

March 4, 2017
Host: Sean Larkin
Winery: Larkin Wines
Winery Location: Napa, Calif.

March 11, 2017
Host:  Raimund Prüm
Winery: S.A. Prüm
Winery Location: Mosel Valley, Germany

March 18, 2017
Host: Joe Anderson
Winery: Benovia
Winery Location: Sonoma, Calif.

March 25, 2017
Host: Gary and Kathy Jordan
Winery: Jardin/Jordan Wine Estate
Winery Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

4 – Newport St. Patrick’s Day Pint Nights – March 5th – 10th:

Eager with anticipation for the 2017 61st Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade?  Well, Newport Storm’s Spring Irish Red Ale has been named official beer of the parade for the sixth year! Newport Storm and the Parade Committee will host a pint night at a different bar each night of parade week, Grab a Spring Irish Red Ale and $2 of the purchase goes right to the parade committee and the commemorative pint glass . Grab all the details at NewportStorm.com

5 – newportFILM Presents Forgotten Farms at Portsmouth Abbey – March 7th:

newportFILM will present Forgotten Farms at Portsmouth Abbey School Auditorium on March 7th. Forgotten Farms examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer’s markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated.

The film will be followed by conversation with local dairy farmers Jane & Louie Escobar (featured in the film), the film’s director Dave Simonds, & producer Sarah Gardner. More Info

6 – 61st Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 11th:

The 61st Annual Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 11th 2017. It will begin promptly at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward. The parade this year is estimated to last 2 hours and will include Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units, reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits. More Info at www.newportirish.com.

7 – What’sUpNewp 5th Anniversary Party – March 12th:

Join What’sUpNewp at Plumby’s Upstairs Burger Bar at Brick Alley Pub on Sunday, March 12th for our 5th Anniversary Party. There will be music, giveaways and games. This event is sponsored by Newport Storm Beer and Brick Alley Pub. It’s not just a party, it’s also a day of giving back to the community that we call home.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Annual Post-Parade Cleanup – We’ll be joining the Brick Alley Pub crew for their annual cleanup of the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade route. Everyone that participates in the cleanup will get into our Anniversary Party for free, where the first Newport Storm Spring Irish Red Ale is on us. Brick Alley will also be throwing you a $10 gift card to use for food at Plumby’s that day.

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. What’sUpNewp 5th Anniversary Party – It’s hard to believe it’s been exactly 5 years since What’sUpNewp launched on March 12th, 2012. Swing on by Plumby’s, meet the What’sUpNewp Crew and help us celebrate – we’ll have some giveways, games, music and more fun for ya.

More Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/408827159469061/

8 – What’sUpNewp St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – March 17th:

Join What’s Up Newp on St. Patrick’s Day (Friday, March 17th) at Midtown Oyster Bar for our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Stop by for some great food (like a Corned Beef Sandwich), Irish fun, live music from Newport RI Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Pipes and Drums, AOH Men’s Singers, Sean Rivers Music and much more (to be announced). No cover charge. The event is all ages until 9 p.m., 21+ after that. More info – https://www.facebook.com/events/267477917024455/.

9 – Comedy at Top O’ The Brick – March 24th:

Comedy at The Brick is one of the best stand-up comedy shows in Newport! Located at Plumby’s Upstairs Burger Bar above the best restaurant in Newport; Brick Alley Pub! They bring in the hottest local and nationally touring comics from all over the country, some of who have been seen on Comedy Central, CONAN, Last Comic Standing, TruTV, VH1, and more! Come early for dinner and enjoy the show after! Get your tickets now! More info 

10 – Spring Restaurant Week – March 27 – April 7:

Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering menus this season with 3 course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at over 55 participating restaurants throughout Bristol and Newport County; experience culinary walking tours, chef demos, affordable palate-pleasing lodging packages, special themed events and more. Presented by Discover Newport. More Info

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.