Discover what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, Rhode Island this week.

Newport Bridgefest, a local, live music and music education festival that “bridges” the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music in our community, takes place Monday through Thursday of this week. CLICK HERE for full schedule.

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Monday, July 31st

3 pm – Pop Up Kids Paint gathering at Morton Park

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

5 pm – Mt. Gay Mondays at Plumby’s 

8 pm – Laughter For Locals (live improv comedy with The Bit Players) at The Firehouse Theater

Tuesday, August 1st

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

10 am – Garden Tips and Soil Testing at Prescott Farm

2:30 pm to 6 pm – Newport Farmers Market at Pell Elementary School

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

6 pm – The John G. Winslow Lecture: Great Houses: The Morgan Library at Rosecliff

6 pm – Newport Recreation Department Summer 2017 Performances at Easton’s Beach

6:30 pm – RIDP Women’s Caucus August Meeting at Newport Public Library

7 pm – Lord Hobo Brewing Co Tap Takeover at Plumby’s

Wednesday, August 2nd

1 pm & 3:45 pm – The Big Sick at Jane Pickens Theater

2 pm to 6 pm – Newport Aquidneck Growers Market on Memorial Blvd.

5 pm – Fireside Evening Music Series: Wind in Sails at Newport Vineyards

5:30 pm – The Architect’s Portfolio: Jazz Age Cottages at Redwood Library

6:30 pm – Junior League Recruitment Social at Midtown Oyster Bar

6:30 pm – Fermentation Class: American Sparklers at Forty 1 North

7 pm – Opioid Epidemic – Speaker Series at Emmanuel Church

7 pm – Family Friendly Funnies with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

7 pm – Chasing Trane: John Coltrane Documentary and Live Music at Jane Pickens Theater

8:15 pm – Finding Dory – Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park

Thursday, August 3rd

11 am – 8:45 pm – Live Local Music & Arts Festival at Great Friends Meeting House

11 am – Thursdays in the Garden – Children’s Educational Programs at Green Animals – Music Makers: The Garden is an Orchestra at Green Animals

1 pm – Eco Scouting at Ballard Park

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

6 pm – Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Beach Bash at Norman Bird Sanctuary

6 pm – Newport Recreation Department Summer 2017 Performances at Easton’s Beach

6:15 pm – May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers – newportFILM at St. Michael’s Country Day

6:30 pm – Newport Festival Foundation Will Present ‘A Bridge Together’ at Fort Adams on August 3rd

8 pm – Tell Newport: Dirty at The Firehouse Theater

Friday, August 4th

11 am to 6:15 pm – Day #1 of the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park

5:30 pm – Barbells & Brews at One Asterisk

7 pm – Gala la Bamba at Rosecliff

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

8 pm – Alive! at Salvation Army

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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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