Experience themed festivals and beautiful seasons…
Whether spring flowers are newly in bloom or the smell of chowder is in the fresh, salty sea air, a stroll on the brick and cobblestone walkways at Bowen's Wharf will freshen your spirits. In the winter, our Christmas TreeLighting will reunite you with your favorite Christmas traditions. With over 30 unique shops & restaurants you'll find blazing fireplaces, the perfect gift, or something special for yourself! Experience a working waterfront with breathtaking views.
Bacardi Newport Sailing Week
Dates: June 24th - July 5th, 2016
A mix of six one-designs, including A-Cats and Classic Day Racers will square off in Narragansett Bay during a weekend of racing and more than a week of festivities during Newport Sailing Week. This popular event is the sister-regatta to Miami Sailing Week and with it comes the Florida fun of Bacardi, photo and light shows and something new this year: a boatbuilding workshop at Bowen's Wharf. Racing is organized out of Newport Yacht Club and our site is open daily so come enjoy the competition and the exhibits.
Shifty Sailors are Back!
Dates: July 1st, 2016
From 1-4pm this premiere men's signing group joins us from Whidbey Island: The Shifty Sailors will charm you with songs of the sea and shore, lighthouses and shipwrecks. In their unique style they'll lob in a few favorites about pubs and ale houses too. FREE and fun for the whole family.
Newport Wooden Boat Show & Newport International Boat Show
Date: September 15th – 18th, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Historic Bowen's Wharf is part of this exciting event, which encompasses over half a mile of Newport waterfront! In connection with other show hosts, Bowen's Wharf offers in-water basin and land displays featuring Hinckley, Hunt and other Down East-style boats. You'll find a beautiful array of wooden boats in the water at Bowen's Ferry Landing marina this September. Two special happenings: get tickets for a screening of Wood, Sails, Dreams at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center or visit Seamen's Church Institute (free) for the exhibit of Wood, Wind & Water. *NIBS is owned and produced by Newport Exhibition Group.
Bowen's Wharf Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale
Shopping addicts make your way to the waterfront for specials!
Dates: Friday, October 7th to Monday October 10th, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday October 11th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Bowen's Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival
Dates: Saturday, October 15th & Sunday October 16th, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., EXTENDED on Saturday night to 6 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths) RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE FESTIVAL TENTS!
Historic Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 26th annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, on October 15th and 16th. Named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season!
Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos from Diego's Restaurant, signature cocktails and cold New England beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Spirits and soft drinks are available. Desserts include tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf.
Face-painting, interactive water and art activities, touch tanks and plenty more alongside Oliver Hazard Perry, RI's brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel.
As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, and blues music are just a taste of what you'll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!
Join the 6,000-8,000 locals and devoted visitors over the course of this two-day event.
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Bowen's Wharf extends sincere thanks to our partners for their continued support and enthusiasm:
Bowen's Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (rain or snow!)
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman
5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long (live music)
6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives
We invite you to bring the whole family to see Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for an evening of Christmas cheer! Make a day of it and check off that holiday gift list at our retail shops open 10-8 Fridays and Saturdays with in-store promotions, gift wrapping and other perks!
Festivities begin at 4:30 with Frosty the Snowman! The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long begins at 5 pm, the Mayor lights the tree at 6 pm immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Join us for a magical evening of charm, fun, and good cheer! Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event. Our Pilot House is offering %15 off all book through December 31, and 10% off Bowen's Wharf Ornaments during Holidays By the Sea.
Winter Festival Blue Flag Sale Days at Bowen's Wharf
Dates: February 11th - 19th, 2017 Our annual Bowen's Wharf Sale Days feature ten full days of Wharf-wide sales during the Newport Winter Festival, along with in-store events and restaurant promotions for family fun. Visit us on Facebook to find out about discounts, specials and happenings.
Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Dates: TBA, April 2017 Join us at Bowen's and Bannister's Wharves for the official Newport Daffodil Days Festival ribbon cutting! Muskets will be fired and the festival will begin to bloom throughout Newport. Family fun, games, painting, live music, a daffy conga line and the crowning of the Daffodil King and Queen. Daffy deals and store specials for all those wearing a Daffy Pin. Start your visit at our Pilot House Newport for the pin and event brochure full of the activities throughout town.
Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival
Dates: TBA, 2017
We are shucking' proud to present the Newport Oyster Festival to promote Rhode Island-grown oysters. Did you know that RI is home to upwards of 45 oyster farms? The flavors are distinctive to each farm so this is your big chance to savor 13 of them all in one festive atmosphere! Growers will be shucking alongside a select group of local restaurants on site under festival tents. Tickets are sold online and include some free oysters and a beverage from one of our sponsors: Santa Margherita, Stella Artois and Bully Boy Distillers. You can also shop for favorites as you find them, meet the growers, and learn all about aquaculture. Restaurants that have RI oysters on their menus will be included in our new Rhode Island Oyster Trail. Hot tip: Sunday is looking great and the Shucking Contest will be at 3pm!
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
11am – 1pm: Panoramic View Caribbean Energy
1pm – 3pm: Abbey Rhode Best of the Beatles
3pm – 5pm: Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B, with a Touch of Country!
Sunday, May 22nd 2016
11am – 1pm: Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk
1pm – 3pm: The Copacetics Reggae & Ska
3pm – 5pm: Leslie Grimes & Matt Bruneau West Coast and Chicago Blues, Soulful, Powerful, Solid Rhythm