Discover what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, RI this weekend.

The 34th Annual Black Ships Festival takes place this weekend.  The Black Shops Festival celebrates the friendship between Newport and their sister city of Shimoda, Japan and offers a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese art and culture. For more information, visit

The Dell Technologies Hall Of Fame Open starts this weekend and goes through July 23rd. Each year, top ATP World Tour pros head to Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the first stop of the summer swing for pro tennis in the United States.  Contested on the historic grass tennis courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which have hosted all the legends of the sport since 1880, the tournament is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe, and it offers the only opportunity to see professional men’s tennis in the Northeast prior to the US Open. International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport. For more information, visit

The Newport Music Festival continues this weekend the tradition of presenting classical concerts featuring unique chamber music, programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events held in Gilded Age mansions and other venues throughout Newport and Bristol County. For more information, visit

The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Series is underway. For more information, visit

You Might Also Like – Where to Find Live Music and Entertainment This Weekend in Newport (July 14 – 16)

Friday, July 14th

3 pm – Sushi Sake Sail I on Schooner Aurora

4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – The Big Sick at Jane Pickens Theater

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

7 pm – Child and Family and StyleWeek Northeast Au Courant Benefit at Fort Adams

7:30 pm – Stephen Wallem: A Burly Night Music with Rick Bertone at Jamestown Arts Center

8 pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

8 pm – Alive! at The Salvation Army – Main Hall

Saturday, July 15th

9 am – SpaFjor’s Rise and Shine Yoga at Hotel Viking

9 am to 1 pm – Middletown Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards

10 am – Composites Technology Admissions Open House at IYRS

10 am – Japanese Arts & Crafts Fair at Touro Park

10 am – Hoods Up 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday July 15 at Newport Car Museum

10 am – Life in 1777 Newport: A History Space Event at Wanton Lyman Hazard House

11 am – Newport History Tours, Tour of the Month at Brick Market: Museum & Shop

1 pm to 4 pm – Weekend Music Series: Silverteeth at Newport Vineyards

2 pm, 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – The Big Sick at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Newport Polo Series – Newport Vs. Pittsburgh at Newport International Polo Grounds

5:30 pm – Design Lecture: Chad Phillips at IYRS

8 pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

8 pm – Reich & Boulez at Rogers High School

Sunday, July 16th

8 am – Run and Flow at the Fort

10:30 am – The Great Gatsby Movie Experience at Jane Pickens Theater

11 am – Beethoven Marathon at The Elms

12 pm – Cocktail Wars Summer Splash at Hotel Viking

12 pm – Taiko Drum Concert at Cardines Field

1 pm to 4 pm – Weekend Music Series: Tom Burgess at Newport Vineyards

2 pm, 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – The Big Sick at Jane Pickens Theater

2 pm – Sushi Sake Sail II on Schooner Aurora

3 pm – NIMFest Concert, Ladies of Blues & Soul at King Park

3:30 pm – Rose All Day at Fluke Newport

4 pm – Pineapples & Patterns Preview at The King Lens & Friends

4 pm – Klezmer Spectacular – Di Klezmer Fleyt! at Newport Art Museum

5 pm – Newport Polo Series – 2017 All Charity Day at Newport International Polo Grounds

5 pm – Yappy Hour 2017 at Beacon Rock Mansion

6:30 pm – Jamestown Summer Concert Series at East Ferry Memorial Square

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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.

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