Experience themed festivals and beautiful seasons…
A stroll on the brick and cobblestone walkways at Bowen's Wharf will reunite you with your favorite Christmas traditions. With over 20 unique shops & restaurants find blazing fireplaces, the perfect gift or something special for yourself! Let one of our celebrity chefs create the perfect meal to warm you this Holiday Season. Experience a working waterfront with breathtaking views and fresh, salty sea air.
Bowen's Wharf 43rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
December 7th, 2013
4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman
5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-a-long (live music)
6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives
Bowen's Wharf is Newport's Holiday Destination!
Surround yourself with sparkling lights, live music and good cheer on the waterfront at historic Bowen’s Wharf, the heart of year-round shopping and dining in Newport. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet Frosty the Snowman, then enjoy live music and join hundreds of voices in a Christmas carol sing-a-long starting at 5 p.m. The Mayor will light the 30-foot Christmas tree promptly at 6 p.m., followed immediately by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Music will continue until every child has had a chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa at the “North Pole.”
Bowen's Wharf offers special holiday hours to accommodate your busy schedule this holiday season. Starting on November 29th through December 23rd stores will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 10am - 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 8pm. Enjoy the lighted Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.
TWO HOURS of FREE PARKING with a validation from a Bowen's Wharf Merchant's Association shop or restaurant until April 1st, 2014! Please note, parking at Bowen's Wharf lot is only available until 4pm the day of the Tree Lighting.
Bowen's Wharf wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
February 14th – 23rd, 2014
Winterfest Sale Days at Bowen's Wharf
Bowen's Wharf Sale Days are here again! Enjoy ten full days of Wharf-wide sales during the Newport Winter Festival.
Newport International Boat Show September 11th – 14th, 2014 Historic Bowen's Wharf is an official 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 Hinkley and other Down East-style boats.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
*owned and produced by Newport Exhibition Group
September 11th – 14th, 2014
Historic Bowen's Wharf is an official 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 Hinkley and other Down East-style boats.
Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival
Saturday, October 18th & Sunday 19th, 2014
11 am to 5 pm:
Historic Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 24th annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, on October 18th and 19th. Named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine (2005), 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, continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. 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.
As you fill your bellies with fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, sea shanties, 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!
Rhode Island residents, cruise ship and bus tour groups, and devoted visitors form an estimated attendance of 6,000-8,000 over the course of this two-day event.
FREE ADMISSION (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths)
RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE FESTIVAL TENTS! We'll see you there!
2014 Music Schedule to be announced
Bowen's Wharf extends sincere thanks to our partners for their continued support and enthusiasm: