Discover all that’s happening, new, and to do in and around Newport during these last couple of weeks of December.

This story will be updated as we learn about additional events and entertainment. 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.

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Friday, December 17

‘Through Her Eyes- A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined’ airs tonight on Rhode Island PBS

Six Picks: The best in local music this weekend – Guitar heroes, REO Speedwagon and Nellie McKay

Things To Do

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 – Phenix Avenue from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe – Farm Dog from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Chopville at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East – Ryan McHugh at 8 pm, 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 – Randy Robbins and friends from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top Of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm

City & Government


Saturday, December 18

7 Open Houses to check out in Newport County this weekend (Dec. 18 -19)

Common Fence Music to present Nellie McKay Saturday, December 18th at Casino Theater

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Blue Anchor Grill – The Girls from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Buskers – Brian Twohey at 9 pm
  • Casino Theatre – Common Fence Music Presents Nellie McKay at 8 pm
  • Celtica – Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Green Valley Country Club – YNot2 from 6 pm to 9 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 –Steve Smith & The Naked from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Juice Box at 9 pm
  • Newport Sportsman’s Club – Bar Fly at 8:30 pm
  • One Pelham East – Live music at 8 pm, Live DJ at 11:30 pm
  • Speakeasy – Justin Pomfret at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 7 pm & 9 pm
  • The Reef – Dee and Jake Heady Duo from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top of Pelham – Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm

City & Government


Sunday, December 19

Jay Leno to perform at Firehouse Theatre for 5 consecutive nights

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Blue Anchor Grill – Steve Rodrigues from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira from at 12:30 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 – Neal & The Vipers from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • One Pelham – Live music at 4:30 pm
  • Pour Judgement – Los Duderinos at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theater – Chase Ceglie Quartet hosts jazz night at 5:30 pm, Jay Leno at 8 pm

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled.

Monday, December 20

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Fastnet: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center – Home Alone 2 at 7:30 pm

City & Government


Tuesday, December 21

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Celtica – Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center – Die Hard at 7:30 pm
  • Newport Craft – Trivia at 6 pm

City & Government


Wednesday, December 22

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

  • Celtica – Team Trivia at 7:30 pm
  • Fastnet Pub – Trivia at 9 pm
  • Irish American – Mel at 7 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center – National Lampoon Christmas Vacation at 7:30 pm
  • O’brien’s Pub – Karaoke at 9:30 pm
  • One Pelham East – Adam Go at 8 pm

City & Government

  • Full schedule of meetings can be found here.

  • Thursday, December 23

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • Newport Blues Cafe – Erika Van Pelt at 9 pm
    • One Pelham East – Timmy Smith at 9 pm
    • The Reef – Family Jam Band from 7 pm to 10 pm

    City & Government

  • Full schedule of meetings can be found here.

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


    Friday, December 24

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • One Pelham East – Live DJ at 11:30 pm

    City & Government

  • Full schedule of meetings can be found here.

  • Saturday, December 25

    Restaurants serving up dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day


    Sunday, December 26

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • Blue Anchor Grill – Steve Rodrigues from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    • Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira from at 12:30 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 – John Erikson 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

    Monday, December 27

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • Fastnet: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm

    City & Government


    Tuesday, December 28

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • Celtica – Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
    • JPT Film & Event Center – Frozen at 4 pm,  Julia at 7:30 pm
    • Newport Craft – Trivia at 6 pm

    City & Government

  • Full schedule of meetings can be found here.

  • Wednesday, December 29

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    City & Government

  • Full schedule of meetings can be found here.

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


    Thursday, December 30

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • JPT Film & Event Center – Spencer at 4:30 pm, When Harry Met Sally at 7:30 pm
    • Newport Blues Cafe – Erika Van Pelt at 9 pm
    • The Reef – Family Jam Band from 7 pm to 10 pm

    City & Government

  • Full schedule of meetings can be found here.

  • Friday, December 31

    Things To Do

    Live Music & Entertainment

    • Firehouse Theater – Laugh in the New Year with the Bit Players at 7 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm
    • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
    • Midtown Oyster Bar – Blockhead at 10 pm
    • Newport Blues Cafe – Fast Times at 9 pm
    • One Pelham East – Live DJ at 11:30 pm
    • Speakeasy – Live music at 10 pm
    • Top Of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm

    City & Government

    Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).