Bowen's Wharf
Bowen's Wharf will host their annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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

This story may be updated as we learn about additional events or listings. Have an event you’d like to see added to this list or a future list? Add it to our event calendar.

Note: An event or performance may change at any time due to weather or COVID-19. We encourage you to check with event hosts regarding updates/status of events.

[Weather: Today, Tonight & Tomorrow’s Weather Forecast for Newport, RI]


Monday, November 29

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Fastnet: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm

City & Government


Tuesday, November 30

Live Music & Entertainment

City & Government


Wednesday, December 1

MLK Center to host free community holiday dinner on December 1

Singing For Shelter returns December 1 – 22, nightly virtual live concerts will raise money for local shelters

Things To Do

Christmas In Newport

  • Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 6:00 p.m., Washington Sq. Features proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, music TBD. Free. www.christmasinnewport.org
  • Newport County Orchestra in Concert, 7 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St. Classical and Holiday music sponsored by the Salve Regina University Music Dept. admission $10, seniors/students $8 . 401-341-2297. www.salve.edu/music-theater-and-dance
  • Island Moving Company presents “The Nutcracker at Rosecliff” 7:30 p.m. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave. Follow our young protagonist throughout the Rosecliff mansion as she celebrates the holiday season with her family, battles with the Mouse King, dances with the Snow Queen, and travels with her beloved Nutcracker to the magical Land of Sweets. For more information and tickets visit:www.islandmovingco.org. 
  • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 8th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday, December 10th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List: Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • Singing For Shelter-for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter:  Daily virtual ‘living room concerts’ by our local musicians for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Starting Wed. Dec1st and ending Wed, Dec 22nd. Concerts at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day. Go to Facebook.com/SingingForShelterNewport for viewing. Please donate to www.LucysHearth.org/donate/ and/or the McKinney Shelter www.McKinneyshelter.org/  For information,markgorman56@gmail.com

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Celtica – Team Trivia at 7:30 pm
  • Fastnet Pub – Trivia at 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center – Mrs. Doubtfire at 7:30 pm
  • O’brien’s Pub – Karaoke at 9:30 pm

City & Government



Thursday, December 2

Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting scheduled for December 2 at Rhode Island State House

On This Day In Newport History: Touro Synagogue Dedicated on December 2, 1763

Things To Do

Christmas In Newport

  • Island Moving Company presents “The Nutcracker at Rosecliff” 7:30 p.m. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave. Follow our young protagonist throughout the Rosecliff mansion as she celebrates the holiday season with her family, battles with the Mouse King, dances with the Snow Queen, and travels with her beloved Nutcracker to the magical Land of Sweets. For more information and tickets visit:www.islandmovingco.org.
  • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 8th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday, December 10th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • Singing For Shelter-for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter:  Daily virtual ‘living room concerts’ by our local musicians for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Starting Wed. Dec 1st and ending Wed. Dec 22nd. Concerts at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day. Go to Facebook.com/SingingForShelterNewport for viewing. Please donate to www.LucysHearth.org/donate/ and/or the McKinney Shelter www.McKinneyshelter.org/  For information,markgorman56@gmail.com

Live Music & Entertainment

  • JPT Film & Event Center – Love Actually at 7:30 pm
  • La Forge – Honky Tonk Knights from 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Erika Van Pelt at 9 pm
  • The Reef – Family Jam Band from 8 pm to 11 pm

City & Government


Friday, December 3

Things To Do

Christmas In Newport

  • Newport History Tours- Holiday Lantern Tour: 4:00 p.m. Tours depart from the Museum of Newport History. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk  (Tours last about an hour). Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays. Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for NHS members along with active duty and retired military, and $8 for children ages 5-12. Tours depart from the Brick Market Museum and Shop at 127 Thames Street. For tickets visit:www.NewportHistory.org.
  • Island Moving Company presents “The Nutcracker at Rosecliff” 7:30 p.m. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave. Follow our young protagonist throughout the Rosecliff mansion as she celebrates the holiday season with her family, battles with the Mouse King, dances with the Snow Queen, and travels with her beloved Nutcracker to the magical Land of Sweets. For more information and tickets visit:www.islandmovingco.org.
  • Newport Classical Holiday with Ensemble Altera  7:30 p.m. Emmanuel Church, 4 Dearborn St.  Celebrate the holiday season with up-and-coming chamber choir Ensemble Altera in this beautiful program for feminine voices, harp, and organ. The program centers on Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols, a familiar and attractive work for audiences alongside works by five female composers including Hildegard von Bingen, medieval polymath and mystic, her music is best characterized as mysterious, sensuous, and ethereal; Barbara Strozzi, 17th-century virtuoso singer and composer, whose sacred music is rarely performed; Imogen Holst, Gustav Holst’s only child and student of Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Poston, who beautifully set the text of a poem which first appeared in a New Hampshire hymnal in the late 18th century; and Joanna Marsh, one of the most exciting young voices. To round out the program, a few well-known Christmas songs, which will include the harp and organ – a festive treat for everyone! $25.00, info:  https://newportclassical.org/event/ensemble-altera/ or email info@newportclassical.org
  • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 8th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday, December 10th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • Singing For Shelter-for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter:  Daily virtual ‘living room concerts’ by our local musicians for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Starting Wed. Dec 1st and ending Wed. Dec 22nd. Concerts at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day. Go to Facebook.com/SingingForShelterNewport for viewing. Please donate to www.LucysHearth.org/donate/ and/or the McKinney Shelter www.McKinneyshelter.org/  For information,markgorman56@gmail.com

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Bar & Board – Lois Vaughan solo jazz piano from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill – Live music from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Celtica – Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Gurney’s Newport – DJ Nook from 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham – Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center – The Truffle Hunters at 4:30 pm
  • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Localz (Portsmouth) – John Erikson at 6 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe – Live music from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Chopville at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East – Live DJ at 11:30 pm
  • Speakeasy – Live music at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • The Reef – Mel Hawkins from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top Of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled at this time.

Saturday, December 4

Salve Hockey Team will raise money for Newport Mental Health, Movember Foundation during their match on Saturday

What’s Up Interview: Hubby Jenkins coming to Common Fence Point December 4

Blackstone River Theatre Holiday Craft Fair and Festival returns with 24 crafters and live music

Casual and Connected: Live dance and music performance coming to Jamestown Arts Center

Things To Do

Christmas In Newport

  • 21st Annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9-12 p.m., Rotunda at Easton’s Beach. Christmas wreaths and table top decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community.  All proceeds go to Lucy’s Hearth. 401-847-2021.
  • St. Spyridon’s Greek Church Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m., St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Church, 390 Thames Street, Corner of Thames and Brewer Sts.,  Christmas Bazaar.Free.
  • Rogers High School Athletic Boosters Assoc 5th annual tree and wreath sale: 8 am- 6 pm, International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) parking lot, 449 Thames St. Canadian balsam wreaths, decorated by Rogers parents and students, will be sold along with 8-foot Balsam and Fraser trees. Wreaths will be available in traditional, coastal and other handcrafted designs. There will also be a small supply of undecorated wreaths. Rogers students will be on hand to help load purchases and FREE delivery is available in Newport.
  • A Rough Point Holiday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rough Point Museum, 680 Bellevue Ave. Every season at Rough Point offers something special — come experience Doris Duke’s Newport home during the coziest and merriest days of the year. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday, while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Rough Point’s holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport’s summer cottages. $15.00 Adults, $8.00 Students, Under 12 Free. See information about safety guidelines at: www.newportrestoration.org/roughpoint .  Questions?: 847-8344. visit@newportrestoration.org
  • Newport Classical Holiday with Ensemble Altera  2:30 p.m. Matinee. Emmanuel Church, 4 Dearborn St.  Celebrate the holiday season with up-and-coming chamber choir Ensemble Altera in this beautiful program for feminine voices, harp, and organ. The program centers on Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols, a familiar and attractive work for audiences alongside works by five female composers including Hildegard von Bingen, medieval polymath and mystic, her music is best characterized as mysterious, sensuous, and ethereal; Barbara Strozzi, 17th-century virtuoso singer and composer, whose sacred music is rarely performed; Imogen Holst, Gustav Holst’s only child and student of Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Poston, who beautifully set the text of a poem which first appeared in a New Hampshire hymnal in the late 18th century; and Joanna Marsh, one of the most exciting young voices. To round out the program, a few well-known Christmas songs, which will include the harp and organ – a festive treat for everyone! $25.00, info:  https://newportclassical.org/event/ensemble-altera/ or email info@newportclassical.org
  • Kids Holiday Gift Making, 2:30 p.m., Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to create Holiday crafts perfect for gift-giving. Join us to craft a few gifts and enjoy a small treat while we get creative! Registration is required and opens at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 16th. Sign up through the event calendar on the Library’s website. Held in the lower level program room. Masks are required.https://newportlibraryri.libcal.com/event/8446064
  • Newport History Tours- Holiday Lantern Tour: 4:00 p.m. Tours depart from the Museum of Newport History. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk  (Tours last about an hour). Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays. Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for NHS members along with active duty and retired military, and $8 for children ages 5-12. Tours depart from the Brick Market Museum and Shop at 127 Thames Street. For tickets visit:www.NewportHistory.org. 
  • Singing For Shelter-for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter:  Daily virtual ‘living room concerts’ by our local musicians for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Starting Wed. Dec 1st and ending Wed. Dec 22nd. Concerts at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day. Go to Facebook.com/SingingForShelterNewport for viewing. Please donate to www.LucysHearth.org/donate/ and/or the McKinney Shelter www.McKinneyshelter.org/  For information,markgorman56@gmail.com
  • 51st Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave. ,It’s the most wonderful time of the year – twinkling lights, fragrant wintergreens, beautiful bows, and a most amazing Christmas tree on historic Bowen’s Wharf. Come early for leisurely holiday shopping and stay through the evening as festivities begin around 4:30 with local musicians taking the stage and leading a carol sing-a-long. The enormous tree is lit promptly at 6:00 – the official beginning of the holiday season at Bowen’s Wharf! Santa and Mrs. Claus motor into Bowen’s Basin by boat (weather permitting) eager to listen to every child’s wish. Bowen’s Wharf restaurants remain open for holiday meals and many shops offer sweet refreshments. FREE ADMISSION! Festivities held rain or shine. (401) 849-2243 For more information:www.bowenswharf.com
  • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 8th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 10th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Blue Anchor Grill – Live music from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Buskers – Brian Twohey at 9 pm
  • Celtica – Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Common Fence Point Community Center – Hubby Jenkins at 8 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham – Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe –Live music from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – 7 Day Weekend at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East – Live DJ at 11:30 pm
  • Speakeasy – Live music at 10 pm
  • Surf Club – Traveling Wanna B’s at 9:30 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 7 pm & 9 pm
  • The Reef – Outcry from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top of Pelham – Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled at this time.

  • Sunday, December 5

    Things To Do

    Christmas In Newport

    • Rogers High School Athletic Boosters Assoc 5th annual tree and wreath sale: 8 am- 4 pm (or while supplies last), International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) parking lot, 449 Thames St. Canadian balsam wreaths, decorated by Rogers parents and students, will be sold along with to 8-foot Balsam and Fraser trees. Wreaths will be available in traditional, coastal and other handcrafted designs. There will also be a small supply of undecorated wreaths. Rogers students will be on hand to help load purchases and FREE delivery is available in Newport.
    •  A Rough Point Holiday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rough Point Museum, 680 Bellevue Ave. Every season at Rough Point offers something special — come experience Doris Duke’s Newport home during the coziest and merriest days of the year. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday, while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Rough Point’s holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport’s summer cottages. $15.00 Adults, $8.00 Students, Under 12 Free. See information about safety guidelines at: www.newportrestoration.org/roughpoint .  Questions?: 847-8344. visit@newportrestoration.org
    • A Colonial Christmas,, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 311 Berkeley Ave, Middletown. A Colonial Christmas at the home of the 18th century philosopher George Berkeley, admission Free, donations graefully accepted. www.whitehallmuseumhouse.org,
    • Newport Community Band/Salve Regina Jazz Ensemble in Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St. SRU Newport Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, performing holiday favorites. admission $10, seniors/students $8 . 401-341-2297. www.salve.edu/music-theater-and-dance
    • Advent Lessons and Carols at Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist, , 5 pm, 61 Washington St. Advent Lessons & Carols is an atmospheric sequence of traditional readings and Advent carols with congregational hymns. Join in a centuries-old journey from twilight to light as the historic church on the Point begins in near-darkness and progresses in stages to full light along with the music. Directed by Peter Stoltzfus Berton; and with special guest readers.   parishoffice@saintjohns-newport.org
    • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, Wednesday, December 8th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday, December 10th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
    • Singing For Shelter-for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter:  Daily virtual ‘living room concerts’ by our local musicians for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Starting Wed. Dec 1st and ending Wed. Dec 22nd. Concerts at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day. Go to Facebook.com/SingingForShelterNewport for viewing. Please donate to www.LucysHearth.org/donate/ and/or the McKinney Shelter www.McKinneyshelter.org/  For information,markgorman56@gmail.com

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira from at 12:30 pm
    • Fastnet Pub – Traditional Irish Music from 6 pm to 9 pm
    • Johnny’s at Wyndham – Live music from 3 pm to 7 pm
    • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 11 am to 2 pm
    • Narragansett Cafe – Live music from 4 pm to 7 pm
    • Pour Judgement – Los Duderinos at 10 pm
    • The Firehouse Theater – Chase Ceglie Quartet hosts jazz night at 5:30 pm

    City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled at this time.
  • 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...