Discover the best things, events and activities to do in and around Newport this week.

Monday, August 21

J Class World Championship

1 pm – The Great American Eclipse Party at Top of Newport

4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Maudie at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Mt. Gay Mondays at Plumby’s

8 pm – Laughter For Locals with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

Tuesday, August 22

J Class World Championship

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

4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Maudie at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Summer Celebration Concert and Bonfire at Easton’s Beach

6 pm – The Playboys @ First Beach!

7 pm – Allagash Tap Takeover at Plumby’s

Wednesday, August 23

J Class World Championship

2 pm – Newport Aquidneck Growers Market at Memorial Boulevard

4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Maudie at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Fireside Evening Music Series: Andi Flax at Newport Vineyards

5:30 pm – Fontainbleau: Gilded Hunting Lodge at Redwood Library

6 pm – Spirits & Stogies at Top of Newport

7 pm – Renewal of the Blue Garden in Newport, Rhode Island at SVF Foundation

7 pm – Family Friendly Funnies at The Firehouse Theater

8 pm – Star Wars Rogue One – Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park

Thursday, August 24

J Class World Championship

4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Maudie at Jane Pickens Theater

7:45 pm – newportFILM presents Dealt at Newport International Polo Grounds

8 pm – “I Love…What’s His Name?” A Cabaret about Confusion in Love in the 21st Century at The Firehouse Theater

Friday, August 25

J Class World Championship

Fort Adams Civil War Weekend

4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Wind River at Jane Pickens Theater

7 pm – Disco Throwback Bash at Common Fence Point

8 pm – Alive! at the Salvation Army Hall

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

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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Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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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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