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Newport Music Festival (Classical) July, Continues the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events in the Gilded Age “summer cottages” of Newport, Rhode Island.

Newport Jazz Festival August, The Newport Jazz Festival is a famous annual festival held every August at Fort Adams State Park.  It was first founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954, and has hosted many famous jazz musicians ever since.

Newport Folk Festival July, When the legendary Newport Folk Festival started in Rhode Island in 1959, organizers sought to bring together a diverse mix of artists who represented the far-reaching branches of folk music, including gospel, protest songs and the pop music of the day.

Sunset Music Festival June-July, The Sunset Music Festival features national and international entertainment overlooking beautiful Newport harbor. This upscale event is set in a great location and allows entertainers to expose themselves to the public. 2,500 seats are reserved under a colorful waterfront tent with a separate tent for VIP receptions.

Newport Waterfront Irish Festival September, In it’s ninth year the Newport Waterfront Irish Festival offers a celebration of Irish music, culture, food, libations and crafts. This labor day weekend event provides quality family entertainment. This three day community celebration features five stages of national and international entertainment, an Irish Marketplace with Irish and handcrafted items for sale, a dance hall and a children’s play area, a festival great for all ages!


Taste of Rhode Island September, The Taste of Rhode Island offers a unique experience featuring food, crafts, talent and culture. This 19th annual event includes over 100 exhibitors comprised of restaurants selling appetizer size portions of the areas finest cuisine, beverages, craft and marketplace vendors. Live entertainment, strolling acts, a wine garden, and a Silent Auction to benefit the American Diabetes’s Association and children’s activities are some of the activities included.

International Great Chowder Cook-off June, The Great Chowder Cook-Off provides an opportunity to taste the Nation’s best chowder in the downtown Newport. The Cook-Off features over 25 international and national restaurants competing for the coveted title of Best chowder in the Nation in 3 categories: clam, seafood, and creative. This event offers 3 stages of continuous entertainment, culinary demonstrations, a community tent with activities for children.

International Oktoberfest October, The ending of the fall festival season, an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration with lively Bavarian music from throughout New England, delicious German food and American cuisine (seafood, pierogies and more), an International Biergarten, Weingarten, and special area for children.

Hellenic Festival (Greek) July, Three-day greek festival with food, pastry, music, dancing, Mythos beer and ouzo, in addition to shopping at the Greek Marketplace.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade This is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. The parade kicks off the day, while countless parties and festivities follow until the wee hours of the night. Parade route: City Hall to Washington Square to Thames Street and ending at Augustine’s Church.

Boat Shows

Newport Spring Boat Show June, The largest Spring Boat Show in the Northeast. A first class exhibition of brokers and dealers selling brokerage boats, past-season and new models. Booths offer attendees a array of products, services and accessories throughout the boat show.

Newport International Boat Show September, The third largest in-water boat show in the country covers over 14 acres of Newport’s waterfront. Hundreds of exhibitors offer a full spectrum of new boat related products and services to any boating enthusiast. Music, food, and fun abound at one of the leading boat show in the world.

Christmas in Newport

Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting First Saturday in December, America’s Cup Ave.  Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30 p.m., children’s musical program begins at 5 p.m.   The mayor lights the tree at 6 p.m. and Santa arrives by a Coast Guard Crash Boat (weather permitting) immediately after tree lighting.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions Marble House, the Elms and the Breakers are open and decorated for the holiday season.  Celebrate a timeless holiday season amid elegantly decorate surrounding.  All three houses are adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations and ring with music of the season.

Newport Winter Festival – Citywide Features more than 150 individual events combining food, music and entertainment for all ages. Includes concert series, sand sculptures, chili cook-off, citywide scavenger hunt, ice sculpting competition, children’s fair, pizza cook-off and fantasy auction.

“Polar Express” Train Ride   Aboard the Newport Dinner Train, departs Newport Station.  Share the magic as the conductor reads Chris Van Allsburg’s classic tale of a young boy’s unforgettable journey to the North Pole.  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Take part in caroling and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.  There will be a special gift for every child who truly believes.  Runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday through December 19th.

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