Ongoing Events

Events happening throughout the Winter Festival…don’t forget your Festival Button!

8:45am-9:45am * Ice Skate Camp * Feb. 17-21
Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Includes professional instruction and practice time.  $100/$85 w/button for the full week or $25/$20 w/button per day. For more information contact Meghan at Island Skating Academy at www.islandskatingacademy.com or 401.952.4336.

9:30am-2:30pm * Make Your Own Marshmallow Snowman * Daily  Destination Chocolate, 15 Bowen’s Wharf. Let it Snow! From the warmth of our candy wonderland, create your own marshmallow snowman. Come satisfy your sweet tooth while expressing your imagination as you make your own marshmallow snowman. Fun for all ages! $6/$5 w/button.

❅ 9:30am-5pm: Family Fun at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (Sat. 2/15 – Sat. 2/22) 
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave (Museum- 9:30am-5pm, Kids Activities- 10am-3pm, Tours- 11am & 2pm). Discover the history of tennis and its superstars through a diverse collection of memorabilia, art, fashion, video and more from the 12th century through present day. The Museum is housed within the stunning Victorian architecture of the historic Newport Casino and surrounded by legendary grass tennis courts. Daily activities and special events make Winter Festival a great time to visit! Kids can do Museum scavenger hunts, play Nintendo Wii tennis on the big screen, pose for photos in old fashion tennis costumes and with the US Open trophy, have fun with a drawing contest, and check out cool memorabilia from their favorite stars like Venus Williams and Roger Federer. Adults can join in the fun and also enjoy perusing the fascinating Museum galleries. Admission: Adults: $13/$11 w/button, Seniors: $11/$9 w/button, Children: 16 & Under Free w/button & plus 15% off all purchases at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Museum Store, and The Tennis Store w/button. 401.849.3990.

  10am-9pm * Ice Skating at the Newport Skating Center * Daily (Fri. 2/14 5pm-9pm & Sun. 2/16 & 2/23 12pm-5pm)
4 Commerical Wharf. The Skating Center is an outdoor, ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, a concessions menu, warming area and parking! Visit www.SkateNewport.com or call 401.846.3018 for information. All dates and times are weather permitting and subject to change. $2 off skating admission w/button. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.

10am * Walking Tours, Newport Historical Society * Days Vary: see following schedule
All tours begin at The Museum of Newport History & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street.

Daily 11am-3pm: Historic Site Tours (Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, Great Friends Meeting House, Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House & Colony House ($8/$6/button).  Tours are subject to guide and site availability.  Reservations suggested.

What’s Wrong With This Picture – family activity at the Museum of Newport History and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard-House:
Help us fix the museum!  When visiting the Museum of Newport History and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, can you find the objects that are out of place?  This “scavenger hunt” style family activity is available during museum hours and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House site tour.  Site tour fee applies.  See the museum staff to get started.

 2/14 & 2/23  11am: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour - Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  $15/$12 w/button.

2/14 & 2/21 4:30pm: Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport - Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport’s Historic Hill.  Tour Begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. $15/$12 w/button.

2/15 & 2/20 11am: Golden to Gilded - From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. $15/$12 w/button.

2/16  11:00amWorking Waterfront Walking Tour – Walk in the footsteps of the immigrants, sailors and merchants who once lived and worked in the Lower Thames neighborhood on this multi sensory tour.  Note:  Tour begins at the Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames Street. $15/$12 w/button.  

2/17 & 2/22 11am: Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour - See where the scoundrels lived, where pirates profited and where criminals were punished.   Find out why this colony was sometimes known as “Rogue’s Island”.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.$15/$12 w/button.

2/17  1pm:  Concert by the Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir - A Spectacle of Toleration event presented by the Newport Historical Society & the Martin Luther King Center.  Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street; $15/$14 w/button.  Purchase tickets online at: http://newporthistory.eventbrite.com/ Space is limited.

2/18  11am: Road to Independence Walking Tour - Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Hear stories from the years surrounding the American Revolution in Newport.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  $15/$12 w/button.

2/19  10am: Revolutionary Newport Family Program - Visit the 1739 Colony House and participate in a brief reader’s theater skit focused on the 1765 Stamp Act riot in Newport.  Meet a first person interpreter representing Polly Wanton, a young woman living in Newport during the revolution.  The program begins at Brick Market:  Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  Participation is limited. $5/$4 w/button.

2/19  11am:  Souls and Stones Walking Tour - Explore the common burying ground, view the remarkable gravestones that make this cemetery a work of art and learn about select colonial-era and 19th century residents who helped shape Newport’s history.  Tour begins at the Brick Market:  Museum & Shop, 127 Thames. $15/$12 w/button.

2/21 11am: Rum and Revolution Walking Tour - From thriving colonial rum trade through the temperance movement and Prohibition era smuggling, learn about the changing role of alcohol in Newport.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  $15/$12 w/button.

All tours are weather permitting, space is limited. Contact 401.841.8770 with questions.

10am * Scrimshaw Class * Mon. 2/17, Wed. 2/19, & Thurs. 2/20 
Scrimshanders, 14 Bowen’s Wharf.  Resident scrimshaw artist Brian Kiracofe is offering a one-hour scrimshaw class.  Starts with a brief history of the art and a description of the ivories used today.  Students provided with the tools and materials to make their own piece of scrimshaw jewelry.  Ages 10 and up, limited space registration preferred.  $5/Free w/button.  401.849.5680.

 10am, 12pm, & 2pm * Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides * Mon. 2/17 -Sun. 2/23
Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road.  15% off regular prices with button.  1 1/2 hour ride to 3rd Beach & 2 hour ride to 2nd Beach.  Must call for reservations.  401.848.5440.

10am-11am * Make Your Own Piñata * Wed. 2/19 – Fri. 2/21
Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf. Learn to make your own piñata! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.2640.

10am-1pm * Decorate and Adopt Pet Rocks! * Tues. 2/18 – Thurs. 2/20
Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane.  Create a pet of you very own and take him/her home in a personalized travel carrier.  $6/$5 w/button. 401.846.0592.

10am-4pm * Newport Mansion Tours * Daily
The Breakers, 44 Ochre Pt. Ave., The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave. Tour the historic summer homes of Newport’s Elite. Admission: $14.50-$28/$12.50-$26 w/button, Youth under 18 free when accompanies by an adult w/button. 401.847.1000.

10am-4pm  * Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium* Daily  Feb. 14 – Feb. 23
Exploration Center & Aquarium, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Boulevard.  This is an interactive marine science learning center with over 14 exhibits and hundreds of creatures that call Narragansett Bay home.  These exhibits include touch tanks with a wide diversity of Bay life.  Our new exhibits include Smooth Dogfish, Little Skates, Winter Skates, and Chain Dogfish!  Whether you are a local or a tourist, The Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport is the perfect family destination.  Kids get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs, endangered turtles, and some funky looking fish!  With Newport’s only ocean beach just outside our front door, you can continue the beachcombing experience afterwards or just enjoy a walk along the edge of the surf.  Admission:  $6/$5 w/button, Seniors and Military ID $5, Save The Bay members and children under 3 are FREE!  401.324.6020.

10am-5pm * Bite Me Live Bait DIY T-Shirt Artwork * Daily
Bite Me Live Bait Co., 337 Thames Street. Bring your creativity and we’ll supply the
t-shirts, magic markers, and paints. Sit down and create your artwork directly onto our specially prepared colorful t-shirts. Wear your masterpiece proudly. All youth and adult shirt sizing will be available. Free cup of hot chocolate to all artists while they work.   $19.95/20% off w/button. 401.662.9292.

10am-5pm * Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages * Daily
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $137 plus tax per couple. Upgrade to our Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $217 plus tax per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $297 plus tax. Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/button or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info go to http://www.riaerial.com/air_tours.php.

10am-5pm * Wine Tasting Newport Vineyards * Mon. 2/17-Sun. 2/23
(Sun. 12-5pm)

909 East Main Road, Middletown. Winery Tours Daily, 1 & 3pm.  Learn the art of wine making with a tour of our vineyard, winery and barrel room and then select from a list of over 25 Newport Vineyards Wines to evaluate and enjoy.  $15 Tour & Tasting/$13 w/button.  401.848.5161.

10am-6pm * The Cutest Dog of Newport * Feb. 14-23 (Winner Announced Feb. 23)
The Black Dog General Store, 33 Bannister’s Wharf. Bring in a photo of your dog and our customers will vote who is the cutest of them all. Winner will be announced Feb. 23rd. 401.842.0339.

❅ 10am, 12pm & 2pm * Scenic Overview Tour * Sat. Feb 15th, Sun. Feb 16th, Sat. Feb 22nd & Sun. Feb 23rd
Gateway Center, 25 America’s Cup Avenue.  Narrated Tour of Newport’s Ocean Drive & Bellevue Avenue mansion area.  Adult $25/$19.62 w/button, Child $15/$10 w/button.  401.847.6921.

10:30am, 12:30pm (2/15 – 2/23) * Scenic Train Rides * Daily
Additional Ride 2:30pm(2/15 – 2/17, 2/22 – 2/23)
Old Colony & Newport Railroad, 19 America’s Cup Avenue. Remember the days of riding in heated, vintage rail cars. Enjoy a 70-minute narrated trip through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Trains may sell out.  Advance tickets may be purchased prior to the day of travel at www.ocnrr.com with a credit card.  Same day ticket buyers should arrive at the depot at least an hour ahead of the desired train departure as tickets are sold on a first-come first served basis (cash or check only) for that day’s trains.Call 401-849-0546 for additional information.  One discount per ticketed passenger.  Note:  Winter Festival Button discount will be given only at depot; customers ordering advance tickets online will be given the cash discount equivalent upon showing a festival button at the depot prior to departure.  Regular train tickets: Parlor Car (ages 7 & up) $15.00/$14.00 w/button, Adult Coach $10/$9 w/button, Child Coach (ages 2-13) $6/$5 w/button. (No senior class during Winter Festival). Sunset special departing at 4:45pm daily from Saturday 2/15 through Saturday 2/22 except Wednesday 2/19; Adult $10, Children $6, First Class $24.95, includes light fare; $ 1 discount w/ button.

 10:30am-11:30am * Farm Animal Sugar Cookies * Mon. 2/17-Wed. 2/19
The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf. Decorate your own farm animal sugar cookie! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.5672.  

 11:00am-5:00pm * Gioni Originals * Daily
452 Thames Street. See handcrafted jewelry being designed and created on premises by Artist in Residence, Suzanne Gioni. Free. 401.935.5922.

11am * Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant *  2/20, Thurs.(11:00am) 2/21, Fri.(6:00pm), 2/22, Sat.(6:00pm), 2/23, Sun.(11:00am)
102 Connell Highway. Come enjoy a great buffet in our dining room, then enjoy our main stage show “Angel on my Shoulder” in our intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for our hilariously funny cabaret. “Angel on my Shoulder”- A beautiful young book illustrator has found her dream man, a ruggedly attractive owner of a demolition company. When he announces his intention to leave his family, Donna gets looped and awakes in the arms of an angelic looking man with “Wings” printed on his sweat shirt.  He seems to know everything about her, including her present predicament. Complications ensue when the lover shows up suitcase in hand to discover Donna is sharing her apartment with her “guardian angel.” Laughs and surprises come fast and furious as the men vie for Donna’s affections. $49.95/$39.95 w/button. 401.848.7529.

11am-4pm * Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeovers * Fri. 2/14-Tue. 2/18 & Sat. 2/22
Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street. Mother/Daughter makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Learn the best skincare and makeup techniques for your skin type and features in a relaxed atmosphere. $30/person and 15% discount on all products purchased w/button. By Appointment Only: www.cosmeticcosmos.com or 401.842.0666.

❅ 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm * Seal Watch Cruises * Daily Departures (Times Vary)  Fri. 2/14 – Sun.2/23
Save The Bay, boat departs from The Wyndham Inn Wharf at 142 Long Wharf Dock.  Join Save The Bay aboard the M/V Alletta Morris and the M/V Elizabeth Morris for a one hour cruise to observe Narragansett Bay’s Winter Harbor Seals. We provide binoculars and an expert guide. The boats are partially enclosed, but the bay can be chilly so dress warmly. All programs are weather dependent.  Reservations are strongly recommended. Adults: $22/$20 w/button, Children & Seniors: $17/$15 w/button, Children under 3 Free.   For more information or to buy tickets, visit us online at www.savebay.org or call Save The Bay at 401.203.SEAL.  For online tickets, enter promo code “Winterfest” to receive your  Winter Festival Button Discount!

Daily Departures:Fri. 2/14(12pm & 1pm), Sat. 2/15(11am & 12pm), Sun. 2/16(11am & 12pm), Mon. 2/17(12pm & 1pm), Tues. 2/18(1pm & 2pm), Wed. 2/19(1pm & 2pm), Thurs. 2/20(2pm & 3pm), Fri. 2/21(3pm & 4pm), Sat. 2/22(3pm & 4pm), Sun. 2/23(3pm & 4pm)

11am-4pm * Wine Tasting Greenvale Vineyards * Daily (Sun. 12-4pm)
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Winery Tours are at 2pm and include 7 wines and a wine glass.  Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard.  Weather permitting.  15% discount off wine purchases w/button.  401.847.3777.

11:30am *  Scenic Overview Tour & Grand Mansion Tour * Daily
Gateway Center, 25 America’s Cup Avenue.  Narrated Tour of Newport’s Ocean Drive which includes a visit to a mansion.  Adult $39 (Marble House) or $41 (Breakers)/$34 (Marble House) or $36 (Breakers) w/button, Child $19/$14 w/button.  401.847.6921.

12pm & 2pm * Fort Adams, Guided Tours * Daily
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Make History Come Alive for Every Member of the Family. Fun for Kids of All Ages. Tours are largely outdoors and include approximately one mile of walking. Proper footwear is highly recommended. Tours are weather permitting. Adults $12/$10 w/button, Children (6-17) $6/$4 w/button, Children 5 and Under Free. 401.841.0707.

12pm-4pm * Make Your Own Perfume * Daily (2/14 – 2/23)
Newport Aromatherapy, 109 Bellevue Avenue. All ages activity. $10/$8 w/button. 401.846.1101.

12pm-4pm * Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium * Sat.-Sun. 2/15-2/16 & 2/22-2/23
Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Ave. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2014 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute w/button. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome! 401.323.0530.

11am-5:00pm * Newport Vineyards WINE-ter-Fest 2014 * Sat. 2/15 & Sun. 2/16(12pm-5pm) 
Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. Chase away winter’s chill and have a tasting thrill at Newport Vineyards. Check out the outside “Ice Wine” bar. Wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. RSVP suggested to info@newportvineyards.com. $20/$18 w/button. 401.848.5161.

12pm-5pm * Newport Storm Brewery Tours * Daily (Closed Tuesday)
Newport Storm Brewery, 293 JT Connell Road.  Located in the north end of Newport, Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Rum Distillery is open daily(closed to public  Tuesdays) from 12 – 5pm for tastings and production floor tours!  In our 15 years of operation we have made over 40 unique beers and brought back Newport’s famous colonial rum tradition.  Come sample fresh beer and aged rum at Rhode Island’s Microbrewery and Distillery! Beer Tour: $7/$5 w/button. Rum Tour: $9/$7 w/button. 401.849.5232.

1pm * Newport Seal Safari & Rose Island Lighthouse Tour * Daily (2/15-2/23)
Old Port Marine, Sayer’s Wharf. A 1-1/hour narrated and guided seal safari of Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor and Rose Island Light House aboard the Patriot. Leaving from Old Port marine’s dock next to the Mooring Restaurant. Boards 15 min. prior to departure time, bundle up! Adults $18/$16 w/button, Children (10 and under) $14/$12 w/button. Please visit www.oldportmarine.com for more information. 401.847.9109.

1pm * newportFILM KIDS Film Screening * Tues. 2/18
Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street. Tuesday: “Ernest & Celestine” Adults: $8/$5 w/button, Children (4+)$5/$3 w/button.  Tues. 2/18 7pm: “Maidentrip”  $12/$10 w/button.  401.649.2784.

  1pm-3pm * Scrimshanders * Sat. 2/15 & Sat. 2/22
Scrimshanders, 14 Bowen’s Wharf.  Resident scrimshaw artist Brian Kiracofe provides a visual demonstration of his art created on premises. Free.  401.849.5680.

 1pm-3pm * Guided Tours of Trinity Church * Sat. 2/15 – Sun. 2/23
1 Queen Anne Square. Founded in 1698, it is the oldest Episcopal parish in the state. Tour this beautiful Georgian building which was designed by architect Richard Munday and constructed in 1725–26.  Suggested Donation $5/$2 w/button.

2pm * Redwood Library Tours * Daily
50 Bellevue Avenue. Explore the oldest lending library in America and learn about its fascinating 265 year history! $5/$4 w/button. 401.847.0292.

❅ 2pm-3pmKids Tennis Lessons at the Hall of Fame Indoor Tennis Club, Ages 5 – 15  * Tues. 2/18 2pm-3pm & Thurs. 2/20, 2:30-3:30pm*
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue. If you’ve been thinking of getting your kids involved with tennis, here’s a great chance to test it out and have some fun during winter break. Of course, there’s no better place to learn the game than at the Tennis Hall of Fame! Ages 5 – 10 will be introduced to the game through USTA 10 & Under Tennis, which uses special balls, equipment and rules to introduce kids to tennis in a fun and effective way! Ages 11 -15 up will be offered an introductory clinic tailored to their skill and experience. Regularly $10/child/$8/child w/button. Class size is limited. Advance registration required – please call 401-849-4777.

2pm-4pm * 26th Annual Nacho Tasting * Tues. 2/18-Fri. 2/21
Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free w/button and purchase of a beverage. 401.849.6334.

4pm * Polar Pineapples* Fri. 2/14 – Sat. 2/15 & Thurs. 2/20 – Sat. 2/22
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge /button.               Hours 4 – 11pm. Free. 401.851.1234.

6pm * Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant *  2/20, Thurs.(11:00am) 2/21, Frid.(6:00pm), 2/22, Sat.(6:00pm), 2/23, Sun.(11:00am)
102 Connell Highway. Come enjoy a great buffet in our dining room, then enjoy our main stage show “Angel on my Shoulder” in our intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for our hilariously funny cabaret. “Angel on my Shoulder”- A beautiful young book illustrator has found her dream man, a ruggedly attractive owner of a demolition company. When he announces his intention to leave his family, Donna gets looped and awakes in the arms of an angelic looking man with “Wings” printed on his sweat shirt.  He seems to know everything about her, including her present predicament. Complications ensue when the lover shows up suitcase in hand to discover Donna is sharing her apartment with her “guardian angel.” Laughs and surprises come fast and furious as the men vie for Donna’s affections. $49.95/$39.95 w/button. 401.848.7529.

8pm * Comedy with The Bit Players * Fri. 2/14, Sat. 2/15, Fri. 2/21 & Sat. 2/22; Family Friendly Comedy Show Wed. 2/19 at 7pm)
Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place. Award-winning Comedy Troupe, The Bit Players perform high-energy, fast paced improvisation. With various bits, hilarious performers and participation from the audience there is not telling what might happen when The Players hit the stage. One thing is for certain, you will laugh! Much like the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, everything is made up on the spot- all live, including the music. $15/$10 w/button includes hot cocoa & teas or cold drinks. Always BYOB. Reservations required. 401.849.3473.

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