Events

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.

Bowen's Wharf Block Party & Kick-off of Holidays by the Sea, Newport Holiday Stroll

City of Newport lights up the harbor with the Illuminated Boat Parade. Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes on the steel pan with Panoramic View will be live at the North Pole. Watch the parade of lights from Bowen's Wharf while boats compete for best decorated. All our locally-owned shops and restaurants will be open -- many with special offers to make shopping for your loved ones, and yourself, a joy.

Date: Friday, November 25th, 2016
Time: 4:00-8pm (Parade starts at 6:15pm) 
FREE ADMISSION! 

Newport Holiday Stroll Dates: December 3rd & 4th, December 10th & 11th, 2016 
Times: 10-8pm in stores, each Saturday & Sunday, with live
 music during the day at the North Pole (more info at Newport Holiday Stroll)

Bowen's Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 

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
FREE ADMISSION!

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: May 19 (evening only), May 20 & 21, 11am-5pm, 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 20th, 2017 (tentative) 

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 21st, 2017 (tentative)

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


Busking @ Bowen's during Bridgefest! 

Dates: TBA 2017   

From 6-9pm nightly during Newport Bridgefest you can get your groove on down at the waterfront and sample some sweet Coole Swan: Superior Irish Cream Liqueur at the Bowen's Wharf Pilot House. FREE, fun, family-friendly. The Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival are time-honored hits and under new leadership from Newport Festivals Foundation Bridgefest joins these revered events as a way to offer folk and jazz the whole week long. Street festival? Kind of!

Monday - Panoramic View 
Tuesday - fiddler Ilana Katz Katz 
Wednesday - guitar prodigy Thatcher Harrison

Newport Wooden Boat Show, Newport International Boat Show & Newport Brokerage Boat Show

Date: September 13th – 17th, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bowen's Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show is a new expansion of our role in this exciting city-wide event which encompasses over half a mile of Newport waterfront! In-water basin and land displays will again feature Hinckley, Hunt and other Down East-style boats. You'll also find a beautiful array of wooden boats in the water at Bowen's Ferry Landing marina this September: Herreshoff Yacht Sales & Herreshoff Marine MuseumBristol Boat CompanyPease BoatworksConcordia CompanyArey's PondNewport Nautical TimbersInternational Yacht Restoration School, handicap accessible Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation's replica of Ernest Hemingway's 1934 Sport-fishing boat, McMillen Yachts, and others. Two special happenings: Join us for the Opening Night Party on September 15th, 6-7:30pm: (free) for the exhibit of Wood, Wind & Water at Seamen's Church Institute then get tickets for a screening of Wood, Sails, Dreams at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center. *NIBS is owned and produced by Newport Exhibition Group. Come enjoy live Caribbean Music and a waterfront bar daily where proceeds support the Oliver Hazard Perry (Rhode Island's official sailing education vessel) thanks to our supporting sponsors: Santa Margherita USAStella ArtoisCoole Swan, Bully Boy Distillers and Colony Video.

Bowen's Wharf Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale

Shopping addicts make your way to the waterfront for specials!

Dates: Friday, October 6th to Monday October 9th, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday October 8th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
FREE ADMISSION

Bowen's Wharf 27th Annual Seafood Festival

Dates: Saturday, October 14th & Sunday October 15th, 2017
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 14th and 15th. 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, lobster rolls, fried calamari, signature cocktails and cold 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). Fresh juice, soft drinks, desserts and kettle corn for your sweet tooth. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf and proceeds from festival bars benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, RI's brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel which will be at Bowen's Wharf Marina and available for ship visits. NEW for 2017: Gluten-free delicacies from Lola's Blue Farm!

As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Live folk, Celtic, Caribbean 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!

Check in with The Nature Conservancy of RI while you're here: they're helping us all make sure that recyclables, compostables, shells, trash are all separated and heading to the best possible place for disposal.

Join the 8,000-10,000 locals and devoted visitors over the course of this two-day event. 

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 (tba) 

11am – 1pm: Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk

1pm – 3pm: Abbey Rhode Best of the Beatles

3pm – 6pm: Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B, with a Touch of Country!

Sunday, October 15th, 2017 (tba) 

11am – 1pm:  Panoramic View Caribbean Energy

1pm – 3pm: The Copacetics Reggae & Ska

3pm – 5pm: Big Cat Blues West Coast and Chicago Blues, Soulful, Powerful, Solid Rhythm


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2014 Cities by the Sea Shop & Stroll at Bowen's Wharf

Date: December 18th 2014

Galleries & shops at Bowen's Wharf are offering specials and staying open until 8p.m. Pick up your holiday tote (guarantees discounts at participating businesses throughout Newport) at our Welcome Center and enter the raffle to win. Our restaurants honor purchase receipts and are offering craft brews and other delights to ease you through the holidays.

2014 Cities by the Sea Shop & Stroll at Bowen's Wharf

Date: December 18th 2014

Galleries & shops at Bowen's Wharf are offering specials and staying open until 8p.m. Pick up your holiday tote (guarantees discounts at participating businesses throughout Newport) at our Welcome Center and enter the raffle to win. Our restaurants honor purchase receipts and are offering craft brews and other delights to ease you through the holidays.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

Date: April 17th – 19th, 2015

Step into spring! The fun starts on the waterfront: join the doggie parade, see what's behind themed windows and wear your daffiest hats. Citywide enjoy the Daffy Bike Ride, Waltz of the Flowers, photo competition and more. Escape to the Newport Waterfront, explore Newport's Colonial history and charm and discover thousands of daffodils in bloom during the freshest time of the year.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

Date: April 17th – 19th, 2015

Step into spring! The fun starts on the waterfront: join the doggie parade, see what's behind themed windows and wear your daffiest hats. Citywide enjoy the Daffy Bike Ride, Waltz of the Flowers, photo competition and more. Escape to the Newport Waterfront, explore Newport's Colonial history and charm and discover thousands of daffodils in bloom during the freshest time of the year.

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.)
FREE ADMISSION

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.)
FREE ADMISSION

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.)
FREE ADMISSION

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 9th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
FREE ADMISSION

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 9th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
FREE ADMISSION