Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival at Bowen's Wharf. (Photo credit: Bowen's Wharf)

Discover all that’s happening, new, and to do in and around Newport this weekend.

Friday, May 21

Mask mandate to be lifted for those fully vaccinated on May 18; most remaining COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted on May 21

What’s Up Interview: Sophie B. Hawkins, playing Greenwich Odeum May 21

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • @ The Deck – Felix Brown Band at 8 pm
  • Celtica Public House – Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille – Keats & Co from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Take It To The Bridge at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East: Brick Park at 8 pm
  • Top of Pelham – Dueling Pianos- Sean Rainey vs. Neil Haven from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm to 12:30 am.

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

Saturday, May 22

Public invited to Slave History Medallion Celebration in Jamestown on May 22

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Celtica Public House – Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille – Pat Cottrell from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: Timmy Smith at 12:30 pm, Jim Devlin at 4 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – The Complaints at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East – Timmy Smith from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Stu Sinclair from 8 pm to 12 am
  • The Firehouse Theater – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 7 pm & 9 pm
  • Top Of Pelham – Dueling Pianos – Danielle Boucher vs Dave Laros from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm to 12:30 am

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

Sunday, May 23

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • @ The Deck – Stu & Dave from Never In Vegas from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille – Julio Amaro from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Landing: Jim Devlin at 1 pm

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.