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Autumn and Early Winter Events

Forget the mall, shop small! Embrace the waterfront this autumn, and let us inspire you every day with something new & unique. Columbus Day Sidewalk Sales Friday, October 6th, 10am – 5pm through Monday October 9th, 11am – 5pm. (Sunday 12pm-5pm).


New shops, new looks…how about some new fragrances or fashions for you, your home or boat? Over 20 locally owned boutiques and galleries to navigate as they offer special pricing on end-of-season merchandise to make room for the newest fall fashions. St. Mary’s Church is hosting a special presentation of Return to Camelot (the Kennedy Wedding Newport Experience) on Monday…tickets and info at our Pilot House.

Bowen’s Wharf 27th Annual Seafood Festival: Saturday, October 14th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, October 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION to 25+ vendors including, local restaurants and fishermen, celebrate the harvest of the sea on historic Bowen’s Wharf, in downtown Newport. Enjoy a cornucopia of seafood, desserts, and kid-friendly fare. Groove all day long to live music featuring folk, surf rock, Caribbean steel pan, reggae, blues, and classic rock. The festival offers ship visits onboard Oliver Hazard Perry, the 200-foot Tall Ship & Rhode Island’s official sailing school vessel.

Food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths. The event will be held, rain or shine, under the festival tents. Visit and our social channels for music schedule, sponsors and event details.

Illuminated Boat Parade & Block Party Friday, November 24th 4pm – 8pm

Newport harbor is illuminated with the Boat Parade and Bowen’s wharf delivers Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes. Panoramic View, featuring the steel pan, will be live at the North Pole. Make a restaurant reservation early to 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. FREE ADMISSION.

Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting and Holidays by the Sea Saturday, December 2nd

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – twinkling lights, fragrant wintergreens, beautiful bows, and a most amazing Christmas tree on historic Bowen’s Wharf. (Travel & Leisure Voted Bowen’s Wharf BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS in Rhode Island). Come early for holiday shopping (recorded Christmas music begins in the afternoon), and stay through the evening as festivities begin with Frosty the Snowman at 4:30. Local musicians take the stage at 5:00 to lead the carol sing-a-long. A City Official lights the tree at 6:00 – the official beginning of Christmas at Bowen’s Wharf! Santa and Mrs. Claus motor into Bowen’s Basin by boat (weather permitting) eager to listen to every child’s wish. Bowen’s Wharf restaurants remain open for holiday meals. Many shops offer refreshments. FREE ADMISSION! Festivities held rain or shine.

Historic Bowen’s Wharf is the Anchor of the Newport waterfront. The brick walks, granite quays and 18th century commercial wharf buildings are reminiscent of its beginnings as a thriving port in one of the finest natural harbors in New England. Trading with all corners of the world, then and now, Bowen’s Wharf is central to the city’s commerce and culture. Today, it boasts over two-dozen owner-operated shops, galleries, and restaurants featuring a delightful mix of New England traditions and international flair. Here, you’ll find distinctive and locally crafted pottery, hand-blown glass, and scrimshaw, along with exceptional jewelry, fashion, and art. Casual eateries and award-winning restaurants offer menus ranging from baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, and sweet treats, to world-class steaks, seafood, extensive wine lists, specialty beers, and exotic cocktails. To complete your island experience, choose from a selection of sailing and motor yacht tours and cruise Narragansett Bay in style. Enjoy the shops and restaurants year round, open seven days a week. Learn more about merchants, dockage, and events at, or by calling 401.849.2120. Bowen’s Wharf: The Anchor of Newport, Since 1760.

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