Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade

Discover all that’s happening, new, and to do this Thanksgiving Week in and around Newport and Rhode Island

Monday, November 21

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • The Fastnet Pub: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm
  • The Fifth Element: The Groove Merchants from 7 pm to 10 pm

City & Government

  • Jamestown: Board of Canvassers at 10:30 am, Tax Assessment Board of Review at 3:30 pm, Town Council at 6 pm
  • Middletown: Board of Canvassers at 9 am, Personnel Board at 3 pm, Town Council at 6 pm
  • Newport: Zoning Board of Review at 6 pm, Energy and Environment Commission at 6:30 pm
  • Portsmouth: Board of Canvassers at 2 pm
  • Tiverton: Wastewater District at 5:30 pm, Open Space Commission at 6 pm, Harbor Commission at 7 pm, Library Trustees at 7 pm
  • See the full list of public meetings and the agenda for each meeting here.

Tuesday, November 22

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Fifth Element: Randy Robbins from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Ticket to Paradise at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Trivia from 7 pm to 9 pm

City & Government

Wednesday, November 23

Island Moving Co. opens 21st Annual ‘A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff’

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Buskers: Open Mic with Mike Warner at 9 pm
  • Fastnet Pub: Trivia at 9 pm
  • Fifth Element: Live music from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Irish American Club: Mel from 8 pm to 10 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Ticket to Paradise at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Blockhead at 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Adam Go at 8 pm, DJ Nook at 11:30 pm
  • Parlor: DJ4Hundo at 10 pm
  • Perro Salado: The Z-Boys from 9 pm to 12 am
  • Pub at Two Miler corner: Hyper-Drive at 8 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Live music from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Sardella’s: Live Jazz music at 7 pm
  • Stoneacre Garden: Dave Alves at 8 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: John & Joanne at 7:30 pm

City & Government

Thursday, November 24

Where to dine out in Newport this Thanksgiving

Newport County YMCA will host 37th Annual Pie Run on Nov. 24

Ice Skating opens at Newport Harbor Island Resort on Nov. 24

Seamen’s Church Institute offering a free takeaway meal to anyone who needs it on Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25

25th Annual Newport Illuminated Boat Parade to kick off the Holiday Season on November 25

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Bar & Board: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio at 6:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: Chris & Diane at 6:30 pm
  • Greenvale Vineyards: Jazz Time duo at 7 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Live music at 6 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Miracle on 34th Street at 2 pm, E.T. at 4:30 pm, Ticket to Paradise at 7:30 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel at 6 pm
  • Localz Portsmouth: John Erikson at 6 pm
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 9:30 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Steve Smith & the Nakeds at 9 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Chopville at 9 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: DJ Remedy (video DJ) at 10 pm
  • One Pelham East: Adam Go at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Speakeasy: Justin Pomfret at 10 pm
  • Stoneacre Garden: Mel at 8 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • Top Of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government

Discover Newport

Saturday, November 26

Bellevue Gardens to host Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 26

Long Wharf Mall to host Tree Lighting, Santa Magic on Nov. 26

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Blue Anchor Grill: Steve Rodrigues at 6:30 pm
  • Buskers: Brian Twohey at 9 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music at 10 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: The Wizard of Oz at 2 pm, Home Alone at 4:30 pm, Ticket to Paradise at 7:30 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel at 6 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: The Tommy Raines Band at 8 pm
  • Newport Blues: Sugarbabies at 9 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: CGray the DJ at 10 pm
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Speakeasy: Live music at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 7 pm & 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government

Sunday, November 27

Seals—and Save The Bay Seal Tours—return to Newport

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Clarke Cooke House:  Bobby Ferreira at 12:30 pm
  • Fastnet Irish Pub: Irish Sessions at 6 pm
  • Irish American Club: Karaoke at 9 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham:  Live music at 3 pm
  • La Forge:  Dave Manuel from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Super Chief Trio at 4 pm
  • Newport Playhouse: A Christmas for Carol at 11 am
  • O’Brien’s Pub: Bingo at 7 pm
  • Pour Judgement: Los Duderinos at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theater: Chase Ceglie Jazz Quartet at 5 pm
  • The Pub: John Erikson at 4 pm

City & Government

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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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