Newport, RI – A seaside New England town whose charms have drawn visitors since the Gilded Age to its lively downtown and beaches. Newport is host to beautiful beaches, scenic trails, historical mansions, fresh seafood, and a vibrant art scene. One of the best draws of Newport, is it’s calendar of events. Newport and surrounding towns host various events and festivals nearly every weekend throughout the year. These are a few of my favorite summer festivals in Newport.
Annual Great Chowder Cook-off (May): Located at Fort Adams, this legendary chowder cook-off offers samples to some of the best traditional and exotic chowder creations. Samples are unlimited and guests get to vote for their favorites.
Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival (May): Located on Bowens Wharf, the Oyster festival enables guests to taste their way around 12 of Rhode Island’s oyster growers and four restaurants that offer a flavor unique to Rhode Island. Purchase your ticket in advance for your preferred time slot. Tickets come with one drink and four oysters. I highly recommend buying more oyster tickets when you enter the festival. Well worth it to try every one.
Annual Newport Folk Festival (July): This festival was founded by George Wein in 1959. It’s hosted on the grounds of Fort Adams with spectacular views overlooking the harbor and Jamestown. The event features four stages of world class musicians. This is a truly incredible event to attend and is a world renowned folk music festival. There is plenty of food, vendors and a number of exhibits as well.
Annual Newport Jazz Festival (August): The festival runs for three full days over a weekend and features jazz music on four unique stages. This festival is also hosted at Fort Adams. Musicians are world class musicians, there is fantastic food, local crafts, and a number of exhibits.
Wet Paint (August): Wet Paint has become an institution event in Newport. This is a community art-fest where participating artists get their blank canvases stamped Saturday morning, pick their favorite Newport spot, complete a painting by end of day, and bring their completed works, still wet, back to the Museum to be installed in the Ilgenfritz Gallery late Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening there is a Silent Auction Preview cocktail party and the Silent Auction resumes on Sunday followed by a live auction. All proceeds are donated to charity. This is a really interesting event and it draws all levels of artists.
Check out the full events calendar at Discover Newport.