What’s New This Thanksgiving Weekend: Illuminated Boat Parade, Newport Nutcracker, A Rough Point Holiday, and more


Find out what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport this Thanksgiving weekend.

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wednesday 24 november

Things to do

Live music and entertainment

  • Celtica – Team Trivia at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fastnet Pub – Quiz at 9 p.m.
  • Narragansett Cafe – Blockhead at 9 p.m.
  • Newport Blues Café – Chopville at 9 p.m.
  • Norey’s – The Jim Robitaille Group at 8:30 p.m.
  • O’Brien’s Pub – Karaoke at 9:30 p.m.
  • One Pelham East – Ryan McHugh 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Salon Newport – Les Ravers at 9:30 p.m.
  • Rejects Beer Co – Trivia with Kelvini from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pelham Summit – Camden Murphy at 9 p.m.

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Thursday 25 November

Seamen’s Church Institute offering free lunch to anyone in need for Thanksgiving

Where to dine for Thanksgiving dinner in and around Newport

Things to do



Friday November 26

Things to do

Live music and entertainment

  • Blue Anchor Grill – Live music from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  • Celtica – Karaoke at 10 p.m.
  • Gurney’s Newport – DJ Nook from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham – Live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • JPT Film & Event Center – Planes, Trains & Automobiles at 4:30 p.m., The Sound of Music at 7:30 p.m.
  • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Localz (Portsmouth) – John Erikson at 6 p.m.
  • Narragansett Cafe – Live music from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Down City Band at 9 p.m.
  • One Pelham East – Adam Go from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Live DJ at 11:30 p.m.
  • Speakeasy – Live music at 10 p.m.
  • The Firehouse Theater – Live improvisation comedy with The Bit Players at 8 p.m.
  • Le Récif – Sarah Van Pelt from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

City government



saturday 27 november

Spindle City Fest at Fall River on Saturday November 27

‘Santa Magic’ arrives at Long Wharf Mall

Things to do

Live music and entertainment

  • Blue Anchor Grill – Live music from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  • Street entertainers – Brian Twohey at 9 p.m.
  • Celtica – Karaoke at 10 p.m.
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham – Live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • JPT Film & Event Center – The Wizard of Oz at 2:30 p.m., Home Alone at 6:30 p.m.
  • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Narragansett Cafe – Live music from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Newport Blues Cafe – Fast Times at 9 p.m.
  • One Pelham East – Live DJ at 11:30 p.m.
  • Speakeasy – Live music at 10 p.m.
  • The Firehouse Theater – Live improvisation comedy with The Bit Players at 7pm and 9pm
  • The Reef – Bobbyy T from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Top of Pelham – Duel Pianos at 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

City government


Sunday November 28

Things to do

Live music and entertainment

  • Maison Clarke Cooke – Bobby Ferreira from 12:30 p.m.
  • Fastnet Pub – Traditional Irish music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham – Live music from 3pm to 7pm
  • La Forge – Dave Manuel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Narragansett Cafe – Live music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • One Pelham East – Live music 4:30 to 8 p.m., Ryan McHugh 9 to 1 a.m.
  • For Judgment – Los Duderinos at 10 p.m.
  • The Firehouse Theater – Chase Ceglie Quartet hosts a jazz night at 5.30 p.m.

City government

Ryan Belmore has owned and edited What’s Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he is Editor-in-Chief – North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and the American Cancer Society. He is currently Vice President of the Fort Adams Trust and is a member of the Local Independent Online News Editors (LION) and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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