The 30th Annual Newport Winter Festival and 2nd Annual Newport Burger Bender

Friday, February 16th

Feb. 16 – 25 – Newport Winter Festival

Feb. 16 – 25  – Newport Burger Bender

12 pm & 1 pm – Newport Seal Tours

2 pm & 7:30 pm –  I Tonya at Jane Pickens Theater

3 pm to 9 pm – Polar Pineapples at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

4:45 pm – Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Live Action Oscar Shorts at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm to 11 pm – Newport Skating Center Open

6:30 pm – Cocktails & Jazz at The Vanderbilt Grille

7 pm – Speakeasy Soiree at Newport Vineyards

7 pm – Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Evening With The Raptors

8 pm- Down With Love: A Cabaret at Common Fence Point

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

Saturday, February 17th

Feb. 16 – 25 – Newport Winter Festival

Feb. 16 – 25  – Newport Burger Bender

9 am to 12:30 pm – Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards

10 am to 5 pm – Festival of the Arts at Winterfest at Newport Marriott

10 am to 9 pm – Newport Skating Center Open

11 am to 3:30 pm – Annual Chili Cook-Off at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

11 am – 16th Annual Newport Bridal Show at Rosecliff

12 pm – Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Animated at Jane Pickens Theater

12 pm to 5 pm – WINEterfest at Newport Vineyards

12 pm & 1 pm – Newport Seal Tours

1 pm – Winter Festival Ice Cream Sundae Bar at Hotel Viking

2 pm & 7:30 pm –  I Tonya at Jane Pickens Theater

2 pm – Beach Polo at Easton’s Beach

2 pm – Mixology Master Class at The Vanderbilt Grille

2 pm – Winter Speaker Series: John Jackson at Newport Art Museum

3 pm to 9 pm – Polar Pineapples at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

4 pm – Rustys anniversary party 

4:45 pm – Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Live Action Oscar Shorts at Jane Pickens Theater

6 pm – Winter Festival Movie Night at Hotel Viking

6:30 pm – Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairings at Newport Storm Brewery 

7 pm – Open-Mic Night at Channing’s Coffee House!

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

8:30 pm – Changes in Latitudes at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

Sunday, February 18th

Feb. 16 – 25 – Newport Winter Festival

Feb. 16 – 25  – Newport Burger Bender

12 pm – Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Animated at Jane Pickens Theater

12 pm to 5 pm – WINEterfest at Newport Vineyards

12 pm to 9 pm – Newport Skating Center Open

12 pm & 1 pm – Newport Seal Tours

2 pm & 7:30 pm –  I Tonya at Jane Pickens Theater

2 pm – Beach Polo at Easton’s Beach

4:45 pm – Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Live Action Oscar Shorts at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Booze Brothers Reunion at One Pelham East

7 pm – Frozen: Rhode Island Wind Ensemble Concert to Benefit Seamen’s Church Institute at Newport Marriott

9 pm – Tropical Drink Contest at Gas Lamp Grille

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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.

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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