November, and what seems like the Holiday Season, has suddenly arrived in the The-City-By-The-Sea.
Here’s a look at some of the “bigger” or “more popular” events happening this month that you’re going to want to make sure you don’t miss.
Of course, check back on whatsupnewp.com every Monday for What’s Up This Week and Thursday for What’s Up This Weekend, where we will bring you a full run down of what’s happening, new, and to do during that time.
Have fun out there!
Fall Newport Restaurant Week: November 1 – 10
Newport Restaurant Week, part of a nationwide movement, debuted here in 2006 as an annual event to encourage both residents and visitors to Newport and Bristol counties to experience the vast culinary talent in our destination at an affordable price. More than 50 participating restaurants will offer extraordinary two-course prix fixe lunches for $20, three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 and a three-course premier prix fixe dinner for $50. More info at http://www.discovernewport.org/newport-restaurant-week/.
Annual Harvest Festival at Greenvale Vineyards: November 9
Celebrate the 20th annual harvest festival at Greenvale Vineyards with music, tractor rides, face painting, games, delicious wines and small food samplings from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. More Info
Le Brio: November 12
The Alliance Française de Newport will sponsor the only area showing of “Le Brio” (eloquence, panache, brilliance), a French language film with English subtitles, on November 12th at 7:30 pm at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport.
While the movie will be open to the public, high school and college language students will be admitted free of charge thanks to a grant from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties. This generous award will afford students the opportunity to improve their language skills as well as gain exposure to French culture and French films. The program is supported by the “One Film, One Federation” initiative of the International Alliance Française which offers films, free of charge, annually to Alliance Française affiliates in the United States. More Info
Scratch Cooking Class Series: Classic French: November 14
Newport Vineyards’ Scratch Series opens the doors to their kitchens for an up-close instruction on how we run a 100% from-scratch culinary program. An intimate group of guests will join Executive Chef Andy Teixeira and his culinary team INSIDE their kitchen to learn the step-by-step process of classic French cooking. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of wine before heading into the kitchens for the demonstrations, followed by light fare made from their creations and paired with a second glass of wine. $42 per perso. 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Ticket Link
Bourbon. Beer. Wine. Party: November 15
In case you (somehow) hadn’t heard, Brick Alley Pub is pretty famous for their beer and wine dinners.On November 15th, they are upping the game and hosting a combo of all things delicious and fun with their “Bourbon. Beer. Wine. Party.”
The event, which is scheduled for 6 pm to 8:30 pm on the second floor of Brick Alley Pub, will feature an exclusive list of bourbon, beer, and wine paired with over ten food stations and dessert (of course).
Tickets are $89 per person and includes tax and service fees. For those non-drinkers or designated drivers, you can enjoy the food portion of the event for $35. Check out the complete menu below and order your tickets online today here.
Sunday Funday Brix Brunch: Harvest Brunch: November 17
Newport Vineyards’ Sunday Funday Brix Brunches are returning this season! Cozy up with with their fireplace roaring and glass in hand. Enjoy Executive Chef Andy Teixeira’s expansive brunch menu – this month infused with special of late harvest to warm your soul, plus wine or beer flights, seasonal cocktails and more. After brunch head downstairs to the winery and brewery. 10 am to 2 pm. Tickets and more info.
Gurney’s Skating Rink Opens: November 22
Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, usually recognized as a summer locale, will once again transform into a winter wonderland for the holidays and beyond when the Gurney’s Skating Rink returns for its second year in a row.
This year, the property is inviting guests, visitors and locals alike to revel in the holiday spirit at the ice skating rink which opens on November 22.
Brightly lit and featuring family-appropriate music, the rink is located on the north lawn of the hotel’s property, near the Goat Island Lighthouse.
Skaters will glide across the ice while taking in unobstructed views of the famed Newport Bridge and Newport Harbor Lighthouse. For some warmth after skating, stop by The Lounge & Firepit for the ultimate Après-Skate experience. The seasonal menu will offer menu items such as classic cheese fondue, chili cornbread and World’s Best Grilled Cheese & Tomato, and cocktails like Naughty Hot Chocolate, Spiked Cider, Mexican Coffee and a Fig Cosmo
For kids, the Aprés-Skate menu includes classics like mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese and chicken tenders with fries.
The rink will be open Monday – Thursday from 2 pm – 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm through March 1st, 2020. Over the holidays, the rink will be open from 10 am – 9 pm.
Admission will cost $10, with different specials for children, seniors and military. Skate rentals will cost $7.
This year, guests and locals are encouraged to “Donate to Skate” by bringing any item of clothing in exchange for complimentary rental skates; the property is partnering with local charity, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rhode Island for this initiative.
Christmas At The Newport Mansions: November 23 – January 1
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season. More Info
Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff: November 27th – December 6th
Be a part of the classic holiday tale as you follow Island Moving Co.’s dazzling performers through the spectacular setting of Newport’s most romantic mansion. Tickets and more information.
City Of Newport’s Illuminated Boat Parade: November 29
The City of Newport lights up the harbor on Black Friday with dozens of boats participating in the annual illuminated boat parade.
Bowen’s Wharf Block Party: November 29
Newport harbor is illuminated with the Boat Parade and Bowen’s wharf delivers Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes from 4 pm to 8 pm. Panoramic View, featuring the steel pan, will be live at the North Pole. Make a restaurant reservation early to watch the parade of lights from Bowen’s Wharf while boats compete for best decorated. All our locally-owned shops and restaurants will be open — many with special offers to make shopping for your loved ones, and yourself, a joy. FREE ADMISSION, Rain or Shine.
4th Annual Newport Holiday Stroll: November 29 – December 1
Holiday Evenings At The Newport Mansions: November 30 – December 28
Don’t miss Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions for an extra special and unique experience. Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday. More Info